Buffalo and Western New York was once a major hub of travel and tourism and continue to be a major city of interest. Of course, as we look to the future, we can't forget the past.

The area is steep in a rich tapestry of history and with our "Long Ago Buffalo" series, we will take you back to look at all the Western New York had to offer.

This week we are looking at Niagara Falls State Park

While most of the history across Western New York is man-made, there is some very special natural history here.

Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in the entire United States of America! Of course, it is home to one of the natural wonders of the world: Niaraga Falls!

The Park was estiblhed back in 1885 as the Nagara Resversation and was designed by famed park designer Frederick Law Olmsted. The same man who designed Central Park in New York City. Overall the park covers over 400 acres of land with nearly 140 acres underwater.

But the state park has some much more to offer. Visitors to the park can learn more about Olmsted and even Nikola Tesla who used the Falls to help create AC power.

Visitors can also see all the natural beatuy with hiking and biking offered on trails and at the Cave of the Winds. You can even get a bit wet with a trip on the Maid of the Mist.

Check out Marketing and Public Affairs Direcotr Angela Berti who shares more about what the park offers.