Originally built by the French in 1726, this New York State Historic Site features pre-Revolutionary War stone structures and ... More
Old Fort Niagara
Originally built by the French in 1726, this New York State Historic Site features pre-Revolutionary War stone structures and the oldest building in the Great Lakes area. Located in Fort Niagara State Park, the fort stands as a monument to living history with re-enactments of famous battles, musket demonstrations and ever-changing exhibits. Guided tours of the fort are conducted by period-dressed guards, supplemented by recorded messages in English and French. Admission: Adults USD7, Children 6-12 USD4, children under 6 free.
After traveling over 50 miles, we were informed that they would not sell us tickets because it was too close to closing. However, I called before we left and asked. We spent a lot of time and gas trying to see this attraction. Based on another review, the staff is not professional.
My daughters, 4 & 7, and I went to Old Fort Niagra to pass the time to a windy day at the campground we were at. It was beautiful. The kids loved it! They loved looking at things that once were used and building were soldiers once stepped foot in. It is a beautiful view to see the River and the Lake. They thought it was awesome to know they were looking at Canada. I would highly encourage you to see the Fort at least once. We are heading to the area again this Sept and will be back!
Old Fort Niagara was a great trip for my family. In addition to the incredible history of the beautiful buildings which have been so well preserved, the living history was fantastic. Inside the fort were a group of French reenactors that were so much fun. They were very willing to share their knowledge of the fort and my children had a great time being recruited by them and learning how the French fired a cannon. They added humor to history as they poked fun at their British counterparts outside of the fort and were "shot" during the musket demonstrations. I'm not sure what the British group we met outside the fort was there for. They weren't particularly entertaining, but don't be fooled, the group inside the fort makes this visit well worth the trip.
I liked walking around inside and outside the buildings and liked looking at the architecture. This place has a lot a history to it. It was a clear enough day where I could see the skyline of Toronto, Canada from the other side of Lake Ontario. Being from Michigan, I have seen all four of the other Great Lakes, but this was my first time seeing Lake Ontario.
Old Fort Niagara should be on everyone's list of things to do when visiting Niagara Falls. It has a child friendly relaxed feeling. Great fun on a summer day, or visit during the colder months to see how it might have felt to live there many years ago!
We visited Old Fort Niagara while we were in the area visiting Niagara Falls. It was incredible! It is built next to the Niagara River, where it empties into Lake Ontario. It is just beautiful. We enjoyed walking the grounds and going into the buildings. This was an important fort in American history and the kids really learned a lot. Plus, it has a ghost story, which they love. Don't miss Old Fort Niagara.
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