Things to do in the Niagara Area

Old Fort Niagara

The history of Old Fort Niagara spans more than 300 years. During the colonial wars in North America a fort at the mouth of the Niagara River was vital, for it controlled access to the Great Lakes and the westward route to the heartland of the continent. With the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825, however, the strategic value of Fort Niagara diminished. It nonetheless remained an active military post well into the 20th century.

The three flags flown daily above the parade ground symbolize the nations which have held Fort Niagara. Each competed for the support of a fourth nation: the powerful Iroquois Confederacy. The French established the first post here, Fort Conti, in 1679. Its successor, Fort Denonville (1687-88) was equally short lived. In 1726 France finally erected a permanent fortification with the construction of the impressive “French Castle.” Britain gained control of Fort Niagara in 1759, during the French & Indian War, after a nineteen-day siege. The British held the post throughout the American Revolution but were forced, by treaty, to yield it to the United States in 1796. Fort Niagara was recaptured by the British in 1813. It was ceded to the United States a second time in 1815 at the end of the War of 1812.

This was Fort Niagara’s last armed conflict, and it thereafter served as a peaceful border post. The garrison expanded beyond the walls following the Civil War. Fort Niagara was a barracks and training station for American soldiers throughout both World Wars. The last army units were withdrawn in 1963. Today, the U.S. Coast Guard represents the only military presence on the site.

Old Fort Niagara was restored between 1926 and 1934. It is operated today by the Old Fort Niagara Association, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, in cooperation with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Admission fees, Museum Shop sales, grants and donations provide support for operation of the site. Membership in the Old Fort Niagara Association is open to all.

Hours: 9 am to 7 pm daily

Adults: $12.00
Children (6 to 12 years old): $  8.00
Children (5 and under):   FREE
  • Please note that admission prices for special events may be different.

Discount Admission

  • Senior Citizens
  • Military personnel and veterans with ID
  • AAA/CAA members with a valid card
Adults: $11.00
Children (6 to 12 years old): $  7.00


Niagara Power Vista Center

From a Seat-Gripping Virtual Reality Ride to Hands-On Experiments to the Power of Nature, Discover the Energy of New York at the Niagara Power Vista Center

The geology of Niagara. The argument between two electricity titans. The chance to design your own dam, to operate a power grid during a storm, and to walk through a turbine. A high-tech virtual ride that takes you plummeting from the sky and into the Niagara River; shooting through the penstocks and swirling around a spinning turbine; then zipping at high speeds along high-tension power lines across the landscapes of New York State. The experience at the Niagara Power Vista Center is on the don’t-miss list for the Niagara area. And it’s free to all. No wonder more than 7 million visitors have come to see it.

Niagara Power Vista 5777 Lewiston Road Lewiston, NY, 14092


9 – 5 seven days a week


Niagara Jet Adventure

Niagara Jet Adventures is the must-do whitewater and historic river boating experience. The NJA boats skim just above the swift waters of the Niagara River, followed by the swirling torrent of the legendary Niagara Gorge class 5 white water rapids, with the hair-raising 360 degree spins for which the Jet Boats are specifically designed.

45 – 60 Minutes of PURE ADRENALINE 

Enjoy a breathtaking ride through the spectacular Niagara River Gorge while our experienced tour guides safely navigate the treacherous world-class rapids.  You will get a close-up view of the Niagara River Gorge that is unlike any other tour and you will experience the thrill of acceleration and speed like never before. It is a fun and safe adventure for all ages.

Our World-Famous Jet Boats

Niagara Jet Adventures’ Niagara Class Extreme Tour one of a kind tour boats are 32 ft. in length.They have 3 marine power Cadillac CTSV motors with Hamilton Jet pumps (as seen on that when combined, result in 1650 horsepower. They are specially designed for Niagara Rivers swirling torrents and world-class whitewater rapids for your safety and comfort. All tour boats are U.S. Coast Guard certified, and our experienced guides are trained in the world-class rapids of Hells Canyon. Your safety is our first priority.

What Should I Bring? 

If you are riding the climate-controlled, dry and comfortable protected passenger cabin, we will supply you everything you need. All your small personal belongings can be stored above you in our secured overhead storage compartments. If you have anything that can break, we request that you do not bring it. This includes laptops, tablets, phones or fragile items. If you get brave enough to sit in our outdoor seats or “wet deck”, then we advise you to bring complete change of clothing because we will ensure that you get soaking wet! If you forget a change of clothing, no worries as we have a retail shop. Do not bring anything that can get damaged if it gets wet.

  • Co-Pilot – $81
  • Upper Wet Deck – $71
  • Lower Wet Deck – $66
  • Standard – $66