The total number of visitors to the state's parks and historic sites decreased last year but eclipsed 60 million for the second straight year.
The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation on Wednesday released attendance figures for 2013 showing 60,137,898 people visited 220 sites. In 2012, there were 60.3 million visitors.
Niagara Falls State Park remained the most-visited site in the system, with 8,863,301 visitors, state parks said.
Here are the sites that had the most visitors last year:
For his In Focus series, my colleague Brian Meyer spoke with Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster about economic development, Nik Wallenda's Darien Lake shows and being named to a committee looking at a potential new stadium for the Buffalo Bills.
Lisa A. Vitello was elected chair of the Niagara Falls Tourism Advisory Board at its first meeting of the year Monday night.
Vitello, who has been a member of the board for several years, is also a member of the city Planning Board. She told the group her past also includes 24 years as an educator and a restaurant manager in the former Rainbow Centre mall.
A passion is being rekindled in Niagara Falls for a nearly forgotten piece of history.
There's an effort to save a relic dating back more than 250 years, connected to the times when the French and British occupied the region.
It's known as the Old Stone Chimney, and to those who want it's story told, it represents an opportunity to boost area heritage tourism efforts.
The chimney, which was part of French and British forts here and by virtue of its location at the upper landing of the Niagara Portage on the trade route connecting the Atlantic to the upper Great Lakes, is full of stories.
The chimney also connects the Falls to a time when plenty of powerful and influential people involved in the production of electricity and in other industries had their eyes on the area, said Christopher J. Puchalski, who's heading an effort to preserve and protect the two-story, 60-ton hearth.
Officials from the state and the city of Niagara Falls will tell you Old Falls Street is a work in progress.
The Buffalo News examined the current state of affairs on the important street in downtown Niagara Falls and found that too often, the street is a ghost town. Some parts are vacant even in the busy tourist season when 8 million people visit Niagara Falls State Park, which sits at one end of the road.
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Aaron Besecker joined The Buffalo News in 2007, where he has covered communities in Western New York as a beat reporter, multimedia journalist and assistant online editor. A Buffalo native, he began his career in journalism at the Niagara Gazette.