Old Fort Niagara
- Type: Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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If you enjoy history, make sure to save time for a visit to Old Fort Niagara. Located on the U.S. side of the falls, this 17th-century fort has changed hands between French, British and American troops. This site has seen action during numerous wars, including the American Revolution and the French and Indian War, making it the longest operational fort in North America. Today, the fort occupies one of the most scenic areas in western New York, overlooking both Lake Ontario and the Niagara River. Inside you can explore underground gunpowder rooms, old army barracks and ancient cannons. If you're looking for a more in-depth history, make sure to stop by the visitor's center.
Old Fort Niagara is perched on the banks of both Lake Ontario and the Niagara River just north of Youngstown, NY -- across the river from Niagara-on-the-Lake. It's open year round with minimal admission fees (and extended summer hours. Old Fort Niagara also hosts numerous special events throughout the year. For more information, check out the Old Fort Niagara website.