Old Fort Niagara

Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown: Hours, Address, Old Fort Niagara Reviews: 4.5/5

Old Fort Niagara
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks
10:00 - 16:30
Monday
10:00 - 16:30
Tuesday
10:00 - 16:30
Wednesday
10:00 - 16:30
Thursday
10:00 - 16:30
Friday
10:00 - 16:30
Saturday
10:00 - 16:30
Sunday
10:00 - 16:30
About
Old Fort Niagara is a living history site within close driving distance of Niagara Falls (both NY and Ontario) and Buffalo, NY, featuring original 18th-century stone buildings, built by the French and British, and daily interpretive programming that spans its three centuries of history. Open daily at 9 a.m. with ticket sales ending at 4:30 pm (ticket sales end at 6:30 pm in July and August).
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RealCABlonde
Granite Bay, CA124 contributions
A great historical visit - with an equally fabulous view!
Jun 2021
Set on the banks of Lake Ontario, the fort was the perfect end to our Niagara Falls visit. We've visited many historic sites across the US, and this may be one of the best. Every building was available to tour and impeccably restored. The tour guide was excellent and provided an interesting history of the fort and its many inhabitants. We all learned a lot, and it was a highlight for our history-loving 15-year-old! The ammunition demonstrations were quite fun. Would highly recommend for families or couples.
Written 8 July 2021
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Lynn724
West Chester, PA7 contributions
Fun Morning at the Old Fort
Jun 2021
We started our visit with a short film in the visitor's center that explained the importance of Old Fort Niagara to the United States. After the film was over, a volunteer announced that he was giving a short tour to anyone who would like to join him. Joining that tour was a great decision! It lasted about 30 minutes, and we learned so much more than we would have by just wandering around on our own. Our guide really made the history come alive. Our tour brought us inside the fort just in time for a musket demonstration. That was also very informative and really fun! We spent the remainder of our time exploring the different buildings which had nice replicas set up in them of how the buildings were used when the fort was still active. This was a great way to spend a couple of hours.
Written 30 June 2021
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seetheWow
Irvine, CA63 contributions
Interesting little piece of history. With a nice view to go with it.
Jun 2021
Interesting little piece of history. There is quite a bit of walking required along with climbing of stairs. One of the buildings actually goes 4 floors. The for itself is quite ok. The two things we liked more were the view and the musket demonstration. The person performing the musket demo was dressed in the French uniform and explained quite a bit about how those muskets were advantageous and disadvantageous.
Overall, it was a good drive and a nice break from the falls.
Note: Someone had said you could see Toronto on a clear day. I don't think that is possible. It was a clear day during our visit. We could see the Canadian shore and tall trees. It is for this reason that I don't believe it is possible to see Toronto from here. The trees would hide the view.
Written 9 June 2021
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Sherry A
Bradenton, FL205 contributions
Awesome Fort
May 2021 • Couples
This fort is very well maintained, had lots of history and even a Musket Demonstration. The soldier doing the demonstration was very good, he engaged the audience and was very knowledgeable. If you are visiting Niagara Falls I would recommend at trip here too
Written 26 May 2021
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Jennifer S
Minneapolis, MN182 contributions
Family Time with History
Mar 2021
Lots of space to roam around with kids with old building everywhere that you can actually go into and see how soldiers lived. We were there in the off season, so they didn't have much for reinactments but that was ok! Our 15 year old girls loved it! A little cool in March so wear a jacket since it right on Lake Ontario.
Written 1 April 2021
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hduck
Hancock, NY890 contributions
Old french fort that was taken over
Feb 2021 • Couples
The fort started out as a French fort but wound up being in British hands and then the United States of America took it over. Get a history lesson and see the way the fort was back in the day. There are even soldiers walking around to talk to and see them fire their weapons.
Written 27 February 2021
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia63,922 contributions
Due to COVID-18, we could only view from a distance
Sep 2020
The fort was originally built, rebuilt and expanded by the French over the 1678 to 1755 period. Lots of history to this place which is now a museum. This time due to Canada-USA border crossing COVID-18 restrictions, we could not cross from Canada to the USA to visit the fort .
Written 19 October 2020
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Bill B
Pueblo, CO1,006 contributions
Incredible
Sep 2020
We visited the fort some years ago and returned on this trip...incredible visit. The amount of detail in each of the buildings is compounded by the volunteers who are dressed in period clothing/uniforms and extremely knowledgeable. We visited on a Saturday and they had fife and drums, musket loading and shot, and bakers/cooking. Truly a place anyone can enjoy visiting for several hours. Parking is ample but with any principally outdoor activity walking and climbing stairs is required to truly enjoy the visit.
Written 1 October 2020
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EWING529
Syracuse, NY121 contributions
Great Place To Explore
Aug 2020
The fort is very interesting and has lots of nooks and crannies to explore. There are knowledgeable staff and guides in period costume at many points throughout the fort to tell stories and answer questions.
Written 24 September 2020
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LWarmwater
Philadelphia, PA147 contributions
A piece of history worth exploring
Aug 2020 • Family
My son is a history fan. While we were in the area, we decided to stop by.

A small fort on the edge of the lake. The price of admission is good.

The tour is self guided. There are people around the fort that can answer questions about the area you are standing in.

There was a gentleman dressed in soldier's clothing giving a demonstration on the weapons used during that time.

If you like history, you will not be disappointed.
Written 18 September 2020
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Thank you for all of your kind words! We are very happy to know that your experience was nothing less than amazing. Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you again in the future. Take care!
Written 21 September 2020
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Old Fort Niagara is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:30