Niagara Falls is one of North America’s most breathtaking natural wonders and is visited by millions of people every year. The three collective falls straddle the border between the United States and Canada. The largest of the three – Horseshoe Falls – is located in Canada. American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are situated in the United States, whereas some believe that a small portion of American Falls still belongs to Canada as well.
1) See Niagara Falls by boat
Take an adventurous boat ride to get up close to the magnificent falls as you feel the mist on your face and hear the roar of the falls next to you. The legendary Maid of the Mist boat ride is always in demand. It runs from April or May to October. There are several other boat tours offered on the Niagara River including the Wet Jet Tour and Jet Dome Tour. Be prepared to get wet anyways!
2) Explore one of the many parks of Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls State Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, is on the U.S. side and is the oldest state park in the country. It has 15-plus miles of hiking trails, a Visitor’s Center, Niagara Gorge Discovery Center and the Aquarium of Niagara.
Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, New York and the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve in Ontario, Canada showcase the great 125-foot whirlpool moving counterclockwise 30-35 miles per hour caused from a change in the Niagara River’s flow. They also contain hiking and biking trails and picnic areas as well as fishing and hiking opportunities.
Niagara Botanical Gardens have nearly 100 acres of beautifully maintained grounds including its famous rose garden, plus horse and carriage rides are available during the summer.
3) See the Niagara Falls and Niagara Whirlpool by air
The thrilling Whirlpool Aero Car takes riders high above the Niagara Whirlpool in an antique cable car that can carry up to 35 passengers. You may also opt to take a private or public helicopter tour over the grand Niagara Falls. You’ll definitely get to experience an astounding bird’s eye view of the scenery!
4) Walk and stand right next to the falls for spectacular vantage points
5) Go sightseeing by horseback
6) Sample some of the Niagara Wine Region’s fine wines
7) Explore how the Niagara Falls provide power to the surrounding area
8) Travel to the historic Old Fort Niagara
9) Visit one of two observation towers to get a spectacular panoramic view of the falls
10) Watch an entertaining IMAX movie about Niagara Falls