One of the most well known and photographed Natural Wonders of the World, Niagara Falls has captivated world travelers for ages, but how many could say they’ve seen it up close? A pretty picture of the falls is lovely, but nothing beats a trip up to the New York/Ontario border to get up close and personal with the falls. If you are brave enough to dare a thrilling journey to one of the most beloved natural wonders, then here’s a quick guide on the best ways to enjoy Niagara Falls.
Take a cruise up to the Falls
Sure, anyone can say they’ve seen Niagara Falls, but who can compare the experience of feeling the spray of the falls on your skin, the roar of the waves in your ears? Well, with the popularity of the Maid of the Mist cruise, quite a few actually. But that shouldn’t deter you from joining their mighty ranks!
There are plenty of spectacular cruises to the Falls, including Hornblower cruise along the Canadian side of the Falls, Voyage to the Falls, Niagara Illumination Night Cruises, and Jet Boat tours along the Niagara River to the Falls. Almost all of them are seasonal, but don’t fret, cause you can still take the Niagara Jetboat Adventure in winter!
Stroll through Niagara’s many State Parks
You might not know it, but Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in the country, and one of the most gorgeous. With 15-plus miles of hiking trails, the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center and the Aquarium of Niagara, there’s plenty to explore just here.
Plus, you also have Whirlpool State Park, another New York park that hosts the Niagara Whirlpool, a 125 ft. (38 m) deep pool that moves counterclockwise at 30-35 miles per hour and that’s often overshadowed by the falls.
If you’re on the Canadian side, then you’ll have to check out the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve in Ontario, which hosts its own view of the whirlpool.
One last park worth exploring is the Queen Victoria Park in Ontario, which offers excellent views of the falls beside a vast and gorgeous garden. If you don’t feel like walking around too much, don’t worry, cause you can always ride a horse throughout the area.
Fly over the Falls by plane or helicopter
Let’s face it: soaring over the Falls is one of the best ways to see this natural wonder. Hop into a private plane or helicopter to see every inch of the falls. If you want a thrilling experience but not up for paying for a helicopter tour, then ride the Whirlpool Aero Car the Niagara Whirlpool in classic cable cars. You’ll definitely get a bird’s eye view!
Stand beside the falls!
If you want something between a cruise and helicopter ride, then Niagara’s many viewpoints are a good in between for those who want to see the Falls up close. Cave of the Winds offers one of the best experiences from the New York side, and Journey Behind the Falls another great view from the Canadian. Walk along the many platforms and boardwalks around the falls to see the spectacular phenomenon from many different angles.
Lord over the falls from an observation tower
Helicopters are shaking, boats are wet, and viewpoints too incomplete. Ride to the top of one of Niagara’s two observation towers and get a pristine, panoramic shot of the Falls before you leave! Prospect Point offers great views from the U.S. side, while Skylon is your go to for the Canadian.
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