This reconstructed fort, which played a role in the War of 1812, is about 20 minutes from Niagara Falls. Its living history lesson features re-created interior spaces, mock battles, authentically dressed guides and weaponry exhibits. While visitors wander about, they can get a feel for the sacrifices inherent in nation-building and see how life was conducted in a military outpost. Also on the grounds are a gift shop, picnic areas and concessions.

Photo courtesy of the Niagara Parks Commission.