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Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site

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Address
Fort Niagara State Park
Youngstown, NY 14174
Latitude 43.261753
Longitude -79.062798

The history of Old Fort Niagara spans more than 300 years. The fort was occupied by three nations: France, Great Britain, and the United States. Old Fort Niagara, located at the mouth of the Niagara River, controlled access to the Great Lakes and the westward route to the heartland of the continent. Visitors to the fort today will see the oldest buildings in the Great Lakes region, living history programs, exhibits, and special events.The French established the first post in 1679 and built the impressive "French Castle" in 1726. It still stands today. Britain gained control of the fort in 1759 during the French and Indian War and maintained control throughout the American Revolution, yielding it to the United States in 1796. The fort was captured by the British during the War of 1812 until being ceded again to the United States in 1815 after which time it served as a peaceful border post. Old Fort Niagara served as a training station and active barracks from the Civil War until the last army units were withdrawn in 1963.

Reminder: The Every-Kid-in-a-Park Pass is not accepted at this location


Mailing Address
P.O. Box 169Youngstown, NY 14174

Hours of Operation

  • January - June: 9am-5pm (Closed 1/1)
    July and August: 9 am-7pm
    September - December: 9am-5 pm (Closed 11/27 & 12/25)

    Admissions end 30 minutes prior to closing.

Fees & Rates

Historic sites charge a vehicle use fee and/or admittance fee at various times and locations throughout the year. A list of fees is available below. For program fees or to verify information, please contact the site directly.

  • Admission
  • Adults: $12
    Child age 6-12: $8
    Child 5 and under: Free
    Senior and AAA rates: $11/adult, $7/child
    Group rate, adult: $10
    Group rate, child: $7

    The Connect Kids Every-Kid-in-a Park pass does not apply to Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site

Sat 03 Dec
The Castle by Candlelight
Saturday, December 3, 2016 until Saturday, December 10, 2016 06:30 PM - 08:15 PM
Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site
(716) 745-7611

Tour the French Castle decorated for the season and lit entirely by candles! Meet historical characters and witness the firing of the grand "feu de joie."
On Saturdays, December 3 & 10, Old Fort Niagara will offer guests a unique historical experience in a setting untouched by consumerism but enhanced by natural elements, like evergreen boughs and pine cones and accented with ribbons and handmade ornaments, courtesy of the Youngstown Garden Club. Candles and lanterns will illuminate outdoor walkways and the rooms of the 1726 French Castle, the oldest building on the Great Lakes. Admission is $10 per person.


Sat 07 Jan
Twelfth Night Ball
Saturday, January 7, 2017 07:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site
(716) 745-7611

Enjoy an evening of English country dancing and an 18th century tavern with beverages and desserts. Tickets are $40.00 in advance. Call (716) 745-7611 after December 1.


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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Costumed Interpreters
  • Educational Services
  • Gardens (Accessible)
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Scenic Views (Accessible)
  • Self Guided Tours
    • Activities
    • Demonstrations
    • Group Tours
    • Guided Tours
    • Historic House
    • Picnic Area (Accessible)
    • Re-enactments