Located at the northern end of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, the Village of Youngstown rests quietly on the Niagara River at the point where the river meets Lake Ontario, the final destination for the fresh water journey of the Great Lakes. In Youngstown, visitors will discover spectacular sunsets and a sense of the history of the Niagara Frontier by the sheer proximity to Fort George, Canada and Fort Niagara.
Voted “The Best Small Village in Western New York”,the residents of Youngstown are warm and friendly and always eager to share the beauty of their village with visitors. Use the #YTownLove hashtag to connect and share with Youngstown on social media.
La Belle Familie
The Battle of La Belle-Famille occurred on July 24, 1759, during the French and Indian War along the Niagara River portage trail. François-Marie Le Marchand de Lignery's French relief force for the besieged French garrison at Fort Niagara fell into Eyre Massey's British and Iroquois ambush. This action formed part of the larger Battle of Fort Niagara.
War of 1812
The Niagara Region was the site of much conflict during the War of 1812. Visit Old Fort Niagara and experience the history of this war and how it shaped North America.
Youngstown Village Diner
The Youngstown Village Diner is a gem right on the Niagara River. Perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner, always filled with locals enjoying a delicious meal, “I’ll take a grilled cheese with a million dollar view”.
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The Ontario House aka “Stone Jug”
Enjoy a meal or drink at the “Stone Jug”, an original nineteenth century “Watering Hole”. It was also the first place to get an official New York State liquor license after prohibition in the 1930s.
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Main St. Pizza
Forgot your picnic lunch? As you are going into Fort Niagara State Park, grab a slice of pizza to go!
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The Jaguar at the Bistro
Chef Victor Parra Gonzalez and his sister, Sous Chef Diana Para create exciting Mexican cuisine with a new approach that reflects their family passion for cooking. Chef Victor has won several Nickel City Chef competitions in the area. Jaguar at the Bistro is featured in Buffalo News Food Editor Andrew Galarneau’s Top 20 WNY Restaurants So Far.
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The Mug and Musket Tavern
A new addition to the Village of Youngstown, featuring delicious pub food and live music in a relaxed atmosphere.
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Catch a sunset over Lake Ontario
Lake Ontario's sunsets are breathtaking and there is no better place to experience them than on the shore. Gaze at the hundreds of boats on the Niagara River and Lake Ontario before or during sunset in the summertime. View sunset photos daily and share your sunset photos with Historic Youngstown NY on facebook! Use the hashtag #ParadiseontheNiagara.
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A quiet park right on Main Street, where you can take a walk, enjoy a picnic lunch or participate in one of many recreational activities that are available almost daily in the summertime. Enjoy a series of events including free concerts and community picnics.
Niagara Jet Adventures
An adventures whitewater and historic river boating experience. The 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 360 degree spins for which the Jet Boats are specifically designed.
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Photo Credit: Glenn Clark Photography
Learn to sail
Visit the Youngstown Yacht Club and sign up for sailing lessons or simply sit in a quiet park alongside the Niagara River and watch the sailboats sailing in and out of Lake Ontario.
Cast a line
Generations and generations have enjoyed fishing in the Niagara River and Lake Ontario. Walleye, salmon, lake trout, steelhead, lake sturgeon are just a few of the amazing fish that call this region their home. Join the legions and cast a line from the shores of Youngstown, or, sign up for true tour of the Niagara River by charter boat. For fishing in Niagara information, click on the website link below.
The Fishing Exhibit at the Town Hall
The town hall, otherwise known as the red brick school house, has great exhibits on the history of Youngstown and the history of fishing in this quiet community.
Tom Tower's Farm Market
Due to the microclimate of the Niagara Escarpment, a diverse selection of fruit and vegetables are able to flourish. From cherries to apples, you can find a great seasonal selection at these farm markets.
National Park Passport Stamps at The Dory Trading Post
For all those that visit the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area and enjoy their National Park Service Passport book, you can have your book stamped at the Dory. The Dory Trading Post is a community meeting spot that features and sells work by almost all local artists and authors.
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What To Do
- Old Fort Niagara
- Fort Niagara State Park
- Fishing Exhibit / Red Brick School House
- Historic Walking Tour
“My favorite part of the village is any place I can see the view of the Niagara River as it flows into Lake Ontario….the sunsets are the best!”
- Peggy Hanson, long-time resident of Youngstown
Did you know?
The flow of water was stopped completely over both falls on March 29th 1848 due to an ice jam in the upper river for several hours. This is the only known time to have occurred. The Falls did not actually freeze over, but the flow was stopped to the point where people actually walked out and recovered artifacts from the riverbed!