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Educator's Field Trip Guide

Bringing Your Class to the Fort

First-hand encounters with the past inspire students to learn more about our history, while supporting important in-class learning objectives. Field trips where students see, hear, smell and touch life in another century are great ways to instill a life-long love of history in your students. Field trips include an animated guided tour of our centuries-old fortifications and an audience with a soldier who demonstrates the workings of a flintlock musket.

Hours: The Fort is open year-round from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. School tours are available during these hours.

Reservations: Please make your reservation at least two weeks in advance by calling (716) 745-7611. When you call, please provide the date and time of your proposed visit, group size, grade level, contact information, number of classes and special requests. We will then send you a confirmation.

Rates: School group admission to the Fort is $7.00 per person (unless otherwise listed). One teacher/chaperone per ten students is admitted free. Admission fees are payable the day of your visit. We accept cash, checks and credit cards. To expedite your entrance, please have one person pay for the entire group. Call us at (716) 745-7611 for other payment arrangements.

Fall 2018 Programs

FALL FRONTIER DAYS- Sponsored by the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area and New York State Connect Kids to Parks Program. 

Thursdays and Fridays, this Fall

September 27 & 28, October 4 & 5, 11 & 12, and 18 & 19. 

Fall Frontier Days is an interactive educational program for 4th and 7th grades. Students will experience the early history of the Niagara region including Native American history and culture, life at an 18th century fort, 18th century foodways, artisans, military music, architecture, engineering and commerce.

Admission to the Fort is underwritten by the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area. The New York State Connect Kids to Parks Program will refund transportation costs.

Here's how it works- Step One: book your program with Old Fort Niagara and receive your confirmation. Step Two: apply to the New York State Connect Kids to Parks Program which will refund your bus costs. Follow the instructions on the Connect Kids webpage. Do this as soon as possible after you book with Old Fort Niagara; grants from the Connect Kids Program are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

When you arrive at the fort,  you will indicate the number of students in your party. One free adult will be admitted per ten students. Extra adults must purchase admission.  The fort will invoice the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area directly for your admission fees.

Click here to apply for a grant to underwrite your bus costs.  

To book a program call Carrie at (716) 745-7611 ext 223 or email


Things you should know before your visit

  • Please notify us of changes in your arrival time, etc.
  • Reserved groups who fail to arrive without notification are billed for tourguide costs.
  • Have your class dress for the weather
  • Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For those unable to climb stairs, a virtual tour of the Fort is available on a laptop on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • School groups may eat a bagged lunch on the premises
  • How to find us click here.

Once you are here

  • Restrooms are located in the Visitor Center and next to the French Castle inside the Fort
  • Our Museum Shop offers a full range of publications and souvenirs
  • Please keep your group together and follow the instructions of your docent.


Educational Immersion Programs

Old Fort Niagara offers a variety of hands-on, overnight and outreach programs that allow students and scout groups to experience the past. Click here to find out more-

Hours of Operation

The Fort is open year round with the exception of New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

  • Jan - June 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • July - Aug - 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sept - Dec - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Please note: Ticket sales end 30 minutes before closing time.


Support the Fort

Old Fort Niagara is operated by the Old Fort Niagara Association, an independent, not-for-profit organization established in 1927. We do not rely on tax dollars. Instead, the Fort is funded through a combination of admission fees, museum shop sales, and charitable contributions.

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