Intended to guard access to the Great Lakes, this historic fort was built by the French in the late 17th century. Thereafter, control shifted between the British and the Americans, until Old Fort Niagara was finally ceded to the US after the War of 1812. Restored in the 1920s and ’30s, it continued to host active military units throughout the 20th century. These days, visitors can tour the historic buildings, learn from costumed guides and observe demonstrations of period activities. A gift shop is available and re-enactments are sponsored from time to time.

Photo by G. Bayliss and used under the Flickr Creative Commons agreement.