As one of the most visited places of the world, attracting millions of visitors across the world, the magnificence of Niagara Falls can be something one may find it difficult to describe in words. It marks the unison of the US-Canadian border, formed by Niagara River. It lies in extreme North-west of New York state and one can never leave the city by striking it down the list.
It is the conjunction of three waterfalls in total- Bridal Veil Falls, American falls lying entirely in the United States and the widest Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side. The three waterfalls create the highest flow rate of any waterfall on the planet. It can be a good weekend getaway and there are plenty of things one can do to enjoy a perfect weekend. It is surely a perfect blend of history, culture and nature one needs to experience.
Niagara Falls State Park
Being the oldest park in New York, it is definitely one of the places where you can get in close proximity to the falls. It covers around 400 acres including picnic facilities, nature and bike trails, and scenic views. You can get a panoramic view of the state falls from the Observation Tower (near Prospect Point) which could be traversed through pack’s vintage-style trolley. The view from here is truly spectacular and breathtaking.
Maid of the Mist Boat Tour
It has been in operation since 1846 and is the longest-running boat tour of the falls. The journey starts from the base of the observation tower and ends back there itself after traversing the three falls. It is a 30-minute tour that can hold up to 600 visitors in its double Decker boats. This truly can be an unforgettable experience one can have in their lifetime.
Old Fort Niagara
Lying at the base of Niagara River, it is just a 20-minute run from the Niagara Falls. This is the place you need to go if you are a history buff or if you are looking for a kid-friendly excursion. You can enjoy an orientation video and go on a self-exploration tour across the place or you can also have a guided tour if you want.
Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours
To have that power-packed adrenaline rush, you definitely have to have this experience. It is the most thrilling ride one could have ever taken and is a 45-60 minute tour offering both a dry and a drenched experience through the Devil Hole’s Class V rapids. You also get a chance to see the falls from above. These are one of the world’s most daunting rapids and can be horrifying for the seasoned mariners too.
Goat Island’s Cave of Winds
The foot of American falls marks the beginning point of the Cave of Winds. The visitors are provided with ponchos and souvenir sandals and traverse the series of wooden walkways with the help of tour guides. It is just 20-feet away from the Bridal Veil Falls and is named as “hurricane deck” due to the stormy conditions prevailing throughout the year.
Rainbow Air Helicopter Tour
Want to have the wholesome view of the Niagara Falls without a Canadian passport, then this flight can give you the privilege of getting an aerial view of the life across the borders.
Nightmare’s Fear Factory, Fallsview Casino Resort, Butterfly Conservatory, Clifton Hill, Skylon Tower, The beer Garden, Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre are some of the interesting spots you could pay a visit to. You can also have a tour across the botanical garden of the place and click amazing pictures capturing the beauty of the place.
The perfect way to end your day at the falls could be by experiencing the spectacular fireworks display they have after it gets dark.
The trip to Niagara Falls is truly an adventure-packed experience with an awe-inspiring scenery which you can’t get enough of in just a single day.