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Fort Ontario State Historic Site

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Address: 1 E 4th St, Oswego, NY 13126-1233
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I visited Fort Ontario a few times, as it is a rich historical resource, affords incredible views of Lake Ontario, and gives you a very good insight to the workings of the fort... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2017
New York
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New York
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

I visited Fort Ontario a few times, as it is a rich historical resource, affords incredible views of Lake Ontario, and gives you a very good insight to the workings of the fort, what life was like for those who lived within its walls, and the people who's voices still echo in their stones.. it's quite fascinating, and you leave... More 

Thank Loriellen1964
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017

Unfortunately, the Fort was closed when we visited but we walked the grounds anyway and enjoyed the view and the scenes. Would be an interesting place to visit in the summer.

Thank Laker0213
Oswego, New York
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 28 November 2016

The French the British and the Canadians all kicked out butt but if they came back now they would get a much more welcoming reception. I know why this location has been fought over for 250 years ...the views from the fort are great.

Buffalo, New York
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

Unfortunately we visited after it had closed for season but enjoyed our walk around the outside of fort. Lovely old cemetery with interesting headstones. Loved the Israel flag pole with Star of David flower bed, honoring the holocaust survivors who were located at the fort. Beautiful view of Oswego Lighthouse too.

Thank CJTom
New York
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

That was different - most other forts have wooden homes, so these relatively fancy buildings were different and interesting. Walk around the top of the fort for beautiful views and go down the stairs into the gun rooms. The young man who was the bugler on the day we visited was very friendly and willing to talk about the role... More 

Thank DZ07
Anchorage, Alaska
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

This fort, and the town of Oswego, illustrates the history of the establishment of the United States from the French and Indian wars through the War of 1812 and on into World War II like nowhere else I have ever been. The best part of the self-guided tour of the fort was the refurnishing of various rooms of buildings within... More 

Thank AlaskaVal
Utica, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 680 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Extremely well-kept fort that offers a great historical (and visual) view of the sights that a soldier or sailor stationed here might have seen in America's history. Important site in both wars. Do not miss the adjacent cemetery; military and their family members who died at this Post.

Thank RonL40
Baldwinsville, New York
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Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

You'll never have a better time seeing a military historic installation that has had a more to do with our country's heritage than this place. You also won't believe it until you see the impact this had unless you get here so get going!

Thank familyman66slig
San Antonio, United States
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6 reviews
Reviewed 8 September 2016

Good trip for teenagers to teach them a little about the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. This fort didn't see a lot of action during conflicts, with only a single battle fought there during the War of 1812, but it's inexpensive and a good way to spend a couple hours.

Thank Glenn P
Fulton, New York
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Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Fort Ontario is one of the most historically significant sites in New York State, yet the state does almost nothing to promote it as a tourist site. Fort Ontario is in pretty good shape in terms of buildings and fortifications. Parts of some of the buildings have been restored with period furniture, but most have not. It's definitely worth a... More 

Thank Roy S

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