Top 10 things to do at Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is considered the most famous waterfall in the world. It is neither the largest nor the highest, but its splendor has yet to fail in attracting and amazing inspired impassionate lovers and artists around the world. More than 20 million visitors on both the U.S. and Canadian side come to Niagara Falls each year. Composed of three falls: the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls (Luna Falls) and the Horseshoe Falls. The American Falls are located in the U.S. and measures 54 m high; the Horseshoe Falls are located in Canada and measures 52 m high; the Bridal Veil Falls are located on the U.S. side and measures 24 m high. Niagara offers a bonanza of things to do while on your vacation. The sights and sounds of Niagara Falls attractions aim to dazzle and thrill you – from towers with breathtaking views to Journeys Behind the Falls and White Water Walks.

1Maid of the Mist Tour

The Maid of the Mist tour is the oldest and most well known tourist attractions at Niagara Falls. The Maid of the Mist tour boats have plied the roiling waters of the Niagara Gorge since 1846, taking tens of millions of visitors, including notorious people. The Maid of the Mist is a 20 minute ride on a double-decker boat that takes you as close up to Niagara Falls as you can get without swimming. Maid of the Mist boat rides set sail from both the Canadian and American sides of Niagara Falls. Operating from late April - early May to October 24 each year, the Maid departs every 15 minutes.

2Clifton Hill

Clifton Hill is located on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. It is Niagara's most popular stretch of excitement which provides fun experiences for everyone. The street, close in proximity to Niagara Falls and the Niagara River, leads from River Road on the Niagara Parkway to intersect with Victoria Avenue. The street contains a number of wax museums, resort hotels, haunted houses, video arcades restaurants and nightclubs. Clifton Hill also offers some of the best in retail with its collection of specialty gift shops, confectionery stores and one of kind souvenir outlets.

3 Niagara-on-the-Lake

Just a short and scenic drive from Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a quaint historic town that sits at the intersection of Lake Ontario and the mouth of the Niagara River. It captures everyone’s attention with its waterfront park, Victorian and Georgian -styled buildings and surrounding fields of grapevines. The town is the frormer capital of Ontario and home to a busy port. There are a lot of things to do such as strolling the streets and shops of Old Town,  touring old Fort George or visiting the lakeside park or marina. Niagara-on-the-Lake is famous for its Shaw Festival Theatre – one of Canada’s premier theatre festivals that generally run from April until December.
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4 Botanical Garden

Niagara Parks' Botanical Gardens is located on the scenic Niagara Parkway and the Great Gorge, just a 10 minute drive north of the Niagara Falls Ontario. Established in 1936, the beautiful Garden of 40 hectares is open to the public year round and is home to beautifully maintained gardens, including perennials, rhododendrons, azaleas, a formal parterre garden, shade, herb and vegetable plantings, an aviary as well as our world-famous rose garden featuring over 2,400 roses. One of the top attractions is the Butterfly Conservatory which allows visitors to wander amongst recreated tropical conditions in which more than 2,000 butterflies fly freely.

5 Skylon Tower

The Skylon Tower is one of the most visited attractions at Niagara Falls. Situated just steps from the Falls and across from Fallsview Casino, the Skylon Tower offers visitors the very best in Niagara Falls attractions , fine dining and family restaurant selection, discount shopping and a ride-to-the-Top and Indoor/Outdoor Observation Deck. In just 52 seconds, the Yellow Bug Skylon elevators, will take you atop the Observation Tower, where you will enjoy spectacular views of Niagara Falls, the Great Gorge, Niagara wine district and the city skylines of Buffalo, New York and Toronto from above.

6Journey Behind The Falls

The Journey Behind the Falls affords thrilling views of the Falls from below and behind. Located just beside the Horseshoe Falls in the Table Rock, the Journey Behind the Falls is is a year-round attraction. It is a self-guided tunnel tour that takes upto 45 minutes. A 150 feet elevator will descend visitors to a short tunnel which leads to viewing portals behind the massive sheet of water, then on to the Upper and Lower Observation decks at the foot of the Falls. In the spring and summer months, visitors will receive a free souvenir rain poncho as protection from the mist of the Falls.

7White Water Walk

The White Water Walk is an romantic and amazing escape from the top of Niagara Falls. It is like no other, long a boardwalk at the very edge of one of the world’s wildest stretches of whitewater. You can take an elevator 70 meters down into the gorge to get to the White Water Walk, then walk through a tunnel about 73 meters long, at the end of which enjoy a walk along the boardwalk adjacent to the mighty rapids of the Niagara River. As you stroll along, trillions of gallons of madly rushing water pass by merely meters away.

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8Cave of the Winds Tour

Cave of the Winds is a must-do while traveling to Niagara Falls. The journey begins with an elevator ride 175 feet down into the Niagara Gorge. Then, tourists should follow the guide over a series of wooden walkways to the famous Hurricane Deck. From the railing are a mere 6 m from the billowing torrents of Bridal Veil Falls. The rushing waters loom above the tourists. Rainbows are usually visible day and night. Especially for adults with children in arms and handicapped, a deck has been built 150 feet from the base of the Falls.

9Aquarium of Niagara

The Aquarium of Niagara is situated a few blocks away from Niagara Falls State Park. It is one of the top attractions on the U.S. side, and it's a great place for kids. The aquarium is home to more than 1,000 different species of both fresh- and salt-water critters, including sharks, seals, penguins and a wide variety of colorful fish. Every 90 minutes you can watch sea lions perform and penguin and shark feeds happen regularly. Outside, the vibrant Whaling Wall created by famed environmental marine life artist Wyland gives a glimpse of the underwater world waiting inside the Aquarium of Niagara.

10Prospect Point Park Observation Tower

The New York State Observation Tower in Prospect Point Park offers visitors a unique perspective for viewing Niagara Falls. It sees eight million visitors annually. The tower stands at 86 m with the base at the gorge level. Elevators at the Observation Tower provide access to the base of the gorge and the boarding site for the Maid of the Mist boat tour. For a multi-sensory view of American Falls, visitors can go to the base of the gorge and climb a series of stairs to the Crow’s Nest, where the views come with complimentary air conditioning and bracing blasts of misty Niagara spray.
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