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Youngstown Things to Do

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    by Herkbert Updated Dec 6, 2011

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    In over 300 years of history, what is now Fort Niagara has flown the flags of three nations. First established by the French back in the 1600's, it later came to be under the British flag after the French and Indian War in 1759. After many bloody battles were fought throughout the western New York region during the war of 1812, it was ceded to the United States. There have been no more armed conflicts since it came under the American flag, and the fort now serves as a reminder of the past battles.

    Fort Niagara offers a look at the way things were back during the war years. Ther entire fort is really a museum where you can see how the soldiers lived and fought. There are re-enactments periodically, so check the website if you're planning to visit.

    And for those of you who believe, they say that it is haunted by the many men who died there during the war. Dark corridors provide eerie sounds and shadows.

    Open 9:00 am daily, year round.

    Entrance to Fort Niagara Historical marker in Yougstown War of 1812 historical marker
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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