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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 Old Fort Niagara served as a training station and active barracks from the Civil War until the last army units were withdrawn in 1963.

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 28 May
Old Fort Niagara Soldiers Through the Ages
Saturday, May 28, 2016 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site
(716) 745-7611

Join us for a live reenactment of soldiers through the ages! Events of the day will include a military color ceremony parade, artillery demonstrations, exhibits of military vehicles and equipment and much more.  For more details visit www.oldfortniagara.org

Sun 29 May
Old Fort Niagara Soldiers Through the Ages
Sunday, May 29, 2016 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site
(716) 745-7611

Join us for a live reenactment of soldiers through the ages! Events of the day will include a military color ceremony parade, artillery demonstrations, exhibits of military vehicles and equipment and much more.  For more details visit www.oldfortniagara.org

Sat 02 Jul
French and Indian War Reenactment
Saturday, July 2, 2016 until Monday, July 4, 2016 08:00 AM
Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site
(716) 745-7611

This annual Old Fort Niagara event draws over 5,000 visitors/day with over 700 participants demonstrating French & Indian War reenactments.

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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