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Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site

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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 Old Fort Niagara served as a training station and active barracks from the Civil War until the last army units were withdrawn in 1963.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 22 Oct
Haunted Fortress
Saturday, October 22, 2016 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site
(716) 745-7611

Old Fort Niagara's centuries-old buildings offer more than a few ghost stories, from the headless ghost that reputedly haunts the 1726 French Castle to unexplained shadows, slamming doors and eerie orbs. You will have the opportunity to experience the Fort's dark and mysterious past during the Haunted Fortress, set for October 15 and 22.

The event offers visitors a nocturnal tour of the Fort, complete with animated ghosts from the Fort's violent past. Visitors also stop by a bonfire and hear true stories of unexplained supernatural sightings on the Fort grounds. As a finale, volunteers will offer tours of the post's graveyard, which dates back to 1755.

Tickets for the Haunted Fortress are available in advance by calling (716) 745-7611 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily. Admission to the event is $20.00 per person. Advance reservations and payment are required. The tour is not recommended for children under 8 years of age. and visitors are encouraged to wear walking shoes. Proceeds from this fund raising event benefit Old Fort Niagara's educational programming, which serves over 13,000 children annually.

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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