One-tank trip: Youngstown, Niagara County

05:00 AM, Dec 08, 2013


From Rochester: 90 miles; about a 1½-hour drive.

Attraction: Castle by Candlelight Tours of Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown, Niagara County. Explore the castle — the oldest building on the Great Lakes — by the light of candles and lanterns.

The historic site will be decorated for Christmas and feature costumed re-enactors, demonstrations and activities highlighting 18th century traditions and life at the fort. Remember to dress for the weather (wear walking shoes or boots and bring a flashlight). Admission is $8.

Hours: The event runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 21. The grand feu de joie, featuring the rolling fire of muskets and cannons, will be performed by the massed garrison at 8:30 p.m.

Directions: Head west on the New York state Thruway (Interstate 90) to Buffalo and Exit 50. Follow I-290 west to I-190. Head north on I-190 to the Robert Moses Parkway (Exit 25B). Continue north on the parkway and follow signs to Old Fort Niagara State Park.

For details, call (716) 745-7611 or go to oldfortniagara.org.

— James Durham