Niagara Falls is a city on the Niagara River, in New York State. It’s known for the vast Niagara Falls, which straddle the Canadian border.
In Niagara Falls State Park, the Observation Tower, at Prospect Point, juts out over Niagara Gorge for a view of all 3 waterfalls.
Trails from the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center lead to other viewpoints. The Aquarium of Niagara is home to Humboldt penguins, seals, and sea lions.
Below the falls, the Hurricane Deck, on Goat Island, is a seasonal viewing platform providing up-close views of the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls.
The coal-powered steamboats used for the Maid of the Mist boat tours cruise close to the base of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.
Just outside the park, the Niagara Wax Museum of History displays life-size figures from local history, including Annie Edson Taylor, who went over the falls in a barrel in 1901.
North of town, where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario, Old Fort Niagara has 18th-century military buildings and fortifications.
Best time to visit :
Niagara Falls has a cool temperate climate. Niagara Falls State Park is open year-round, but the most popular time to visit is during the warm summer (Jun–Aug). The cold winter months (Dec–Feb) bring dramatic ice formations.
The Hurricane Deck, part of Niagara Falls State Park’s Cave of the Winds Tour, and the Maid of the Mist usually operate May–Oct, depending on weather conditions. Fireworks displays take place regularly during this period.
Best Places to visit, Things to do, Real Facts
1. Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is the collective name for 3 waterfalls that straddle the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the US state of New York. They form the southern end of the Niagara Gorge.
Awesome view! Breathtaking adventure to be in a maid of the mist and watch it so closely. It’s gigantic and mesmerizing. Anyone from kid to grandparents can visit on this trip. Truly blessed to see the natural wonder!
It is always recommended to book tickets online but if you are going offseason, it is not necessary; you might stay in line for less than 10 minutes. The combo ticket is not recommended if you will not use a trolley. Also, combo ticket should be used in a single day.
It is recommended to spend the whole day – visiting Cave of the winds in the morning and visiting Horseshoe falls on the cruise which is Maid of the mist in the afternoon.
Evening and nights can be spent around falls watching lights. Fireworks are available on some weekends. Parking is available around the falls. However, some of those along the river are free but Parking lots are $10 per day and one ticket can be used in all lots.
Address: Niagara Falls, NY 14303, United States
Flow rate: 84,760 ft³/s
Phone: +1 716-286-8579
Bridges: Rainbow Bridge, Whirlpool Rapids Bridge
Did you know: The Niagara Falls are a source of hydropower, producing large amounts of electricity.
2. American Falls
The American Falls is the second-largest of the three waterfalls that together are known as Niagara Falls on the Niagara River along the Canada–U.S. border.
One of the amazing waterfalls in the world, We think only falls which can be seen by 2 different countries (not very sure). Two eyes are not enough getting the complete glance of it. Must go down and try the boat, you will be amazed as well. Night time they put on lights from Canada and it falls on the waterfalls making it look like the water is all colored.. breathtaking view.
American Falls is incredible compared to Horseshoe Falls in Winter, the color, the texture, or how you want to put it, it absolutely amazing! It has a wonderful feel of calm and it a sight to see in winter. Don’t forget to run around and go to Cave of Winds for a closer look!
Real Facts: The American Falls looks like ‘W’ in shape light up in multi-colors every evening.
The height of American Falls is higher than the Canadian counterpart, no daredevils ever preferred to go over the American Falls. All the stunts were done at the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, which is more popular with its immense water flow rate and shape.
Total height: 110 ft (34 m)
Location: Niagara Falls, New York, U.S
Total width: 950 ft (290 m)
Watercourse: Niagara River
Coordinates: Coordinates: 43°05′06″N 79°04′12″W / 43.085°N 79.070°W
Did you know: From largest to smallest, the three waterfalls are the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls.
3. Cave of the Winds
The Cave of the Winds was a natural cave behind Bridal Veil Falls at the Niagara Falls. The cave was some 130 feet high, 100 feet wide and 30 feet in depth. It was discovered in 1834, and originally dubbed Aeolus’ Cave, after the Greek god of winds.
Attraction offering wooden walkways & ponchos for an up-close & wet view of the Bridal Veil Falls.
We visited early spring so only were able to take the elevator down to the base of the Falls, a shortened version of the “Cave of the Winds” The museum and movie were informative and well done. Once we got off the elevator felt like we were in the land of seagulls and seagull poop. Took our pictures and got the heck out!!!!
Everyone talks about walking around outside and enjoying the view. Before we get into that. we would like to mention there is a lot of seagulls! You need an umbrella or a rain cover because they will fly all around you, we may did get hit by the dropping too.
It was such an educational walk. The falls were great don’t get you wrong, but it was a great price just for the education we received about the falls.
Address: Niagara Falls, NY 14303, USA
Phone: +1 716-278-1796
Did you know: The original “Cave of the Winds” was a cavern located behind the Bridal Veil Falls.
4. Bridal Veil Falls
The Bridal Veil Falls is the smallest of the 3 waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls.
It is located on the American side; Luna Island separates it from the American Falls and Goat Island separates it from the Horseshoe Falls.
The Bridal Veil Falls faces to the northwest and has a crest 56 ft wide.
Did you know: Discovered in 1834 and opened to tourists seven years later, the original “Cave of the Winds” was a cave behind the Bridal Veil Falls.
5. Niagara Falls State Park
Niagara Falls State Park is a state park in the City of Niagara Falls in Niagara County, New York, United States.
One of the most awe-inspiring and memorable urban parks in the United States. Contains the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls, and a portion of the Horseshoe Falls.
It is often said the Canadian side of the falls is better, but the United States side is really, really good. Pleasant promenades throughout the park with amazing views of the river, American Falls, and Horseshoe Falls. Lots of visitor amenities, Close to downtown Niagara Falls.
Lots of interpretive exhibits and opportunities for photographs. Don’t forget to visit at night as well!
Bring your passport and take a trip to the other side of the border and enjoy the view from the Canada side as well! I also took the ride on the Maid of the Mist boat that takes you to the middle of falls… it’s simply an experience of a lifetime! Take your family and enjoy this!!
Address: 332 Prospect St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303, USA
Area: 435 acres
Tuesday Open 24 hours
Wednesday Open 24 hours
Thursday Open 24 hours
Friday Open 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Monday Open 24 hours
Year built: 1885
Added to NRHP: 15 October 1966
Phone: +1 716-278-1794
NRHP Reference Number: 66000555
Did you know: At one time, before Goat Island became part of Niagara Falls State Park, there were suggestions on what the island could be used for.
6. Maid of the Mist Boat Tour
The Maid of the Mist is an amazing boat tour of Niagara Falls, starting and ending on the American side, crossing briefly into Ontario during a portion of the trip.
It is a 30 minutes boat ride, huge boat with about 200 tourists travel in the river along the line of Niagara Falls. Raincoats are provided to avoid waterfalls spray drenching your clothes.
If your already at Niagara Falls and don’t do this you will regret it the rest of your life! This was such a fun experience.
You get way more wet than you’d expect. It’s like being in a storm when you get close and that really puts in perspective just how awesome these falls are.
In the USA side, Mist of the Maid boat riders wear blue raincoats and in Canada side red raincoats. All visitors to Niagara Falls must take this boat ride
Did you know: The elegant, 70 foot long Maid of the Mist III was launched in June of 1885.
7. Goat Island
Goat Island is a small island in the Niagara River, in the middle of Niagara Falls between the Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshoe Falls.
The island is at the southwest corner of the City of Niagara Falls, New York, in the United States and is part of Niagara Falls State Park. Small, uninhabited island named for previous animal occupants & known for its views of the Falls.
There is a little bit of walking there but it’s very beautiful. You can spend all day easily even if you don’t visit events. Which means you can enjoy for free. Take the bus ride, which is easy to go to goat island. No hassle of parking.
The walk over is nice and not too far. There is a nice restaurant and fun attractions! Beautiful place to visit.
Did you know: Goat Island is connected to the U.S. mainland by two bridges carrying foot, car, and trackless train traffic, and to the smaller Luna Island (adjacent to the American Falls) by a pedestrian bridge.
8. Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
This relaxed casino hotel in a 26-story tower is a mile from Niagara Falls and 10 minutes’ walk from the Rainbow Bridge.
Low-key rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and walk-in showers. Suites add sitting areas and in-room whirlpool tubs; some have separate living rooms. Room service is available.
Parking is free. There’s a fitness center with an indoor pool and whirlpools, as well as a spa and a salon. The gaming floor offers 4000 slot machines, as well as table games, roulette, and a poker room.
Thunder Falls buffet has the most incredible Margharita pizza anywhere. Staff is accommodating and friendly. Rooms are clean, comfortable and really beautiful. Showers are huge. Perks of playing here are nice with comp rooms, free play, and discounts on food.
There are several restaurants, including a casual cafe and a clubby steakhouse, plus a nightclub and live entertainment.
Best part was getting either a free $15 play or Buffet for signing up. They’re undergoing renovation on hotel side. You can smell the strong cigarette odor as soon as you walk in the door on Hotel side. Restaurants in and out of Casino. Hotel was fully booked over the weekend so can’t review the rooms.
Address: 700 Falls St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303, USA
Phone: +1 877-873-6322
9. Whirlpool State Park
Whirlpool State Park is a 109-acre state park located in Niagara County, New York, north of the city of Niagara Falls.
The park overlooks the Niagara Whirlpool on the Niagara River and the lower Niagara Gorge.
Great park with awesome interpretive signage. Trails are well kept as are the grounds, and the views are stunning right out of the parking lot. Easy access for those using wheelchairs or canes. Class VI rapids are impressive!
The park has great views of the big blue whirling rapids of the Niagra River. At least everything is free, and it has some informational displays about the area of the falls!
Address: Robert Moses State Parkway, Niagara Falls, NY 14303, USA
Hours: Saturday 6am–7pm
Number of visitors: 3,64,528
Phone: +1 716-284-5778
Did you know: As the Niagara River formed and the falls receded upstream cutting out a new gorge, it crossed this buried valley, quickly cutting away the soft dirt and stone filling.
10. Aquarium of Niagara
The Aquarium of Niagara is a not-for-profit aquarium in Niagara Falls, New York.
Originally privately owned and founded by a group of chemists and other scientists, it opened on June 12, 1965.
The shows were spectacular, everything is clean and very educational. The mammals are rescued from the wild as they were injured and unable to survive on their own. You can tell that the trainers really are passionate about what they do. We highly recommend it! An important reminder of why we must conserve animal species and reduce pollution.
The main attraction is the aquatic show. A seal does a wonderful job following the commands of the trainer. It brought some laughs and excitement from the crowd.
Address: 701 Whirlpool St, Niagara Falls, NY 14301, USA
Opened: 12 June 1965
Phone: +1 716-285-3575
Niagara Falls USA Discovery Pass
Niagara Falls State Park is open 365 days a year, and it’s always free to walk into the Park and see the Falls.
Prices for 2019
Adult (12 years old +)* $46
Child (6-12 years old)* $35
*Niagara Falls offers FREE admission to all Park attractions to children 5 and under. Aquarium of Niagara honors Children 5 and under FREE with Discovery Pass.
There is a one dollar transaction fee per ticket for online Discovery Pass orders. Read more and buy Tickets online…