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Even if you’ve seen countless waterfalls on scenic hikes, there’s still nothing quite like visiting Niagara Falls on both the U.S. and the Canadian sides. Four of the Great Lakes drain into the Niagara River here, producing 3,160 tons of water every second and falling fast at an impressive 32 feet per second. But there’s a lot more to do in this iconic area than just take in the views!
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The top visitor attraction at Niagara Falls is the Maid of the Mist tour, which is a sightseeing boat ride that takes you up to the falls for an incredibly immersive experience. Just wear your poncho and prepare to get wet!
It’s also exciting to climb to the top of the Hurricane Deck via wooden stairs to stand beneath Bridal Veil Falls. Meanwhile, adventurous travelers love to get out from the masses of crowds and explore Niagara Falls State Park, which has some nice walking paths and was designed by the famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmstead. It’s free to enter this state park, but parking costs between $8 and $10 per car.
It’s also fun to take a helicopter ride over the falls to see the massive water flow from a whole new perspective. Guided tours are available on foot, by bus, by boat, and even with a foodie theme if you’d like to learn more about the falls and meet some other travelers.
While many American tourists only see Niagara Falls from the U.S. side, the Canadian side offers something unique for travelers too. It’s actually easier to see more of the falls from the Canadian side, but parking here is a bit further away from the falls and tends to be more expensive. Both sides of the falls are fairly commercialized, so come prepared to shop for souvenirs among crowds of people rather than reconnect with nature in a quiet environment.
When you take a trip out to see Niagara Falls, make a plan to see it in both the daytime and after dark. There’s something especially serene and magical about seeing the falls at night because the falls are illuminated in a spectacle of color.
Depending on when you visit Niagara Falls, you may get to join in the fun at a local festival, such as the Apple Blossom Festival in May, the wine festival in July, or the Oktoberfest festival in September. There are lots of hotels in the areas to stay at in the Niagara Falls area and some great restaurants for dining after a trip to the falls. Nearby you’ll also find the Niagara Wine Trail, which is made up of over 22 wineries, cideries, and breweries that are worth a visit too. See you at the falls!
Niagara Falls State Park USA Information:
Address: 332 Prospect Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Phone Number: (716) 278-1796