Some things can’t be fully appreciated without a personal visit. Niagara Falls is definitely in that category. There are millions of photos taken of this natural wonder but none will ever capture the majesty of this impressive sight. You need to stand alongside the brink and watch as water thunders over the edge and then crashes below. Feel the mist on your skin. It’s a multi-sensory experience where words can’t fully capture the essence.
One of the great things about Niagara Falls is that it’s situated between the United States and Canada. You can fly into one of three international airports which are located in Buffalo, Toronto and Hamilton. There are transportation choices from any of these locations. You can arrange for a hotel stay on either the American or the Canadian side which are connected by several bridges. The Rainbow bridge has a pedestrian walkway so you can easily go from country to to country via foot or bike.
Plan to spend a few days because there’s so much to do. On the American side you’ll find a lovely park with paved pathways that take you alongside the river and over bridges. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase food from one of the many restaurant offerings. Whether you are looking for quick fast food, ethnic varieties or something more upscale, you’ll be able to find it. There are many other fun attractions in the area as well.
The Canadian side offers the beautiful Queen Victoria Park and Oakes Gardens. Walk along the gorge and then tour the picturesque gardens. The Butterfly Observatory offers a peaceful place to view some of the most delicate and colorful butterfly you’ll ever see. After you’ve had your fill of nature you can head back into the city area for a high-energy good time. Lundy lane is full of tourist attractions and you can easily spend hours visiting the museums, exhibits and indulging the many choices for food. Enjoy the amusement park rides or visit the water park. There’s fun for the whole family.
While new attractions come along every year or so, there’s some that have been there for decades. Here’s some of the most visited sights:
The Cave of the Winds is a series of wooden walkways that bring you right up close to the falls. You’ll be loaned a raincoat and you’ll definitely need it.
The Maid of the Mist is a boat ride that brings you directly to the base of the falls. You don’t want to miss this one! You can board from either the American or Canadian side of the falls.
The Journey Behind the Falls takes you down through a tunnel and you’ll emerge behind the falls. Marilyn Monroe was filmed in this attraction for the movie Niagara.
The Whirlpool Aero Car is a suspended cable car crosses the gorge directly over the giant whirlpool on the Niagara River. Access is only from Canada.
That’s simply the beginning of the many ways to enjoy Niagara Falls. One popular way to see a lot of the sights is to purchase the Discovery Pass. Pay one price and you and you can visit all these attractions:
- Niagara Adventure Theater
- Aquarium of Niagara
- Cave of the Winds Trip
- Niagara Gorge Discovery Center
- Maid of the Mist ®
Window Price: Adults-ages 13+ $63.25 – Children 6-12 $43.25
Online price: Adults ages 13+ $45.00-Children 6-12 $34.00
Admission is free for children five & under at all attractions in Niagara Falls State Park.