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    Main grounds and French Castle
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Youngstown Things to Do

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    Step back into history at Old Fort...

    by Herkbert Written Aug 5, 2015

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    Preserved as they were in the 18th century, the buildings at Old Fort Niagara help you to learn about the conditions endured by the brave men and women who passed through the gates. Originally built by the French, the flags of the French, British and Americans have flown over the fort in its 200+ years history. It played a role in the French & Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War.

    There are costumed actors scattered about to talk to you about the different buildings, the different wars and life at the fort. There are regularly scheduled programs that you can attend to learn about specific topics. They shoot off their weapons and fire the cannon - kids love that part.
    They also runs periodic re-enactments and over-night stays.

    The fort is open daily from 9 am - 5 pm, and until 7 pm in July and August. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children.

    Main grounds and French Castle Actor explaining to a group A bunk house Cannon at the ready North Redout
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    Fort Niagara Lighthouse

    by davecallahan Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The original lighthouse at Fort Niagara was within the fort and built by the British in the 1780's. That lighthouse was used up to the 1860's. In 1872, the present structure was built outside the fort walls. The light stands at 61 feet and can be seen over 20 nautical miles away.

    Presently the lighthouse is non-functioning (deactiveated in 1993) although the light elements are still intact. The body of the structure is now a monument, museum and gift shop. You can walk up the stairs to the watch tower and of course, you can buy souveniers.

    The lighthouse is in the Fort Niagara State Park and is reachable by the Robert Moses Parkway (see map in the accompanying pics).

    dedication plaque getting there the lighthouse
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    Take a walk along the waterfront

    by Herkbert Written Sep 4, 2007

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    Just take a stroll along the waterfront for beautiful views of the river. If you want, you can even go down closer to the water for a closer look. On a sunny summer day it is just beautiful.

    Niagara River view Another Niagara River view Down by the water
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Youngstown Restaurants

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    Youngstown Village Diner: "good food for good people"

    by davecallahan Updated Mar 31, 2007

    We stopped in here for coffee and sandwiches on our trip to Fort Niagara.
    I had a turkey club and my wife had the French onion soup with a chicken salad sandwich.
    The place is a nice clean diner with booths and tables. The waitress was glad to see us and served us quickly. The restrooms were clean. The prices were thrifty. Everyone was happy.

    This place is right on the main street in town. Parking was no problem.

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Youngstown Local Customs

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    summer concerts

    by davecallahan Updated Feb 13, 2009

    Every summer in Youngstown, local music artists play at Faulkner Park for two hours on Friday evenings. You can find jazz and country music, Italian opera music, folk music and fiddlers.

    From 7pm to 9pm you can sit in front of the gazebo in Faulkner park on your blanket or folding chair with your family and hear some free tunes. For larger bands they set up a temporary stage.

    to get there:
    one block north of the intersection of route 18F and route 93, right near the Niagara River

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Youngstown Warnings and Dangers

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    crime stats

    by davecallahan Updated Mar 9, 2007

    Youngstown is in the top 10% of safe cities in America when it comes to violent crimes; they do not even have one sex offender registered. It is only rated average however for non-violent crimes (burglaries, shop-lifting, car break-ins).

    We felt safe when we were there but we stayed only the one day and did not go anywhere in the evening. Perhaps the town has a different feel at night.

    Just use common cautions; lock doors, keep wallets/purses secure, don't go to nfamiliar places alone or at night. I believe you too will have a nice, safe vacation trip to Youngstown, NY.

    car alarm may be handy here
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