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Fort Niagara State Park has two boat launches providing access to the Lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario, woodland hiking trails, swimming pools, water slide, a view of Lake Ontario, picnic grounds, playgrounds, water fowl hunting, 18 soccer fields. In winter, visitors can cross-country ski, snowshoe, and sled. The park is adjacent to Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site.
Old Fort Niagaraoffers living-history programs year round, plus a museum and original 18th-century buildings. It is operated by the Old Fort Niagara Association, a not-for-profit organization, and is a Registered National Historic Landmark and New York State Historic Site. Admission to the site is available through its Visitor Center.
Be sure to visit theFort Niagaras Nature Center, located adjacent to the swimming pool.
Outdoor education programs are available upon request.A Walkers Guide to the Natural History of Fort Niagara State Parkis available.
Fort Niagara has four pavilions. Prices range from $50 to $75 and can accommodate 50 to 60 people. Check availability .
Pet Policy:A maximum of two pets are allowed in day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).
July 7/4 -Sept. 9/1 Thursday – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Swimming/Slide/Wading Pools, 2021 Season:
6/26/2021 – 9/6/202111:15 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.* last entry is at 5:30
No food or drink in pool area other than water or a sports beverage
July – August: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
September – December: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Last admission 30 minutes prior to closing.
Reservations taken beginning 1st business day after January 1st.Water fowl hunting is permitted in season.Fees & Rates
Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.
The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about ourAdmission Programsincluding the Empire Pass.
*Collected via automated pay kioskOld Fort Niagara
For admission rates to Old Fort Niagara please visit or call (716) 745-7611.
Last admission 30 min. prior to closing.
Children 5 and under FreeVehicle Entrance Fee$8 per vehicle *pool additional
Waterfowl hunting at Ft. Niagara, Joseph Davis, Wilson Tuscarora, and Golden Hill is by permit only during DEC & federal regulated seasons. Permits for all four parks are issued at a weekly Thursday evening draw at Ft. Niagara. Permitees are required to have a NYS hunting license, Federal HIP number, waterfowl identification certification, and a dog or boat for retrieval. Rules and restrictions from permit as follows:
Fort Niagara, Wilson-Tuscarora, Joseph Davis, and Golden Hill State Parks
All Federal and State regulations apply.
A dog or boat is required for retrieving.
Only one person per hunting group is allowed to draw at any time.
All spent shell casings and any litter must be removed at the end of the hunt.
The permittee is responsible for listing all of the blind occupants on the permit; substitutions are not allowed.
All hunters must have a NYS hunting license, HIP number, and Federal Duck stamp.
The permittee must have successfully completed a satisfactory Waterfowl Identification course.
All blinds must be set up within fifty (50) feet of the blind number.
The intent of this Permit is to allow shooting over water only, not over land.
Saturday, October 16, 2021 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Fort Niagara State Park(716) 282-5154
Lets learn about wind currents and aerodynamics using paper planes! We will learn to make different planes and then see which one flys farthest.
For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
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