THE 8 BEST Things to Do in Niagara Falls

The city of Niagara Falls named after the famous waterfall and tourist attraction, Niagara Falls, is a lovely place to visit. The Falls of Niagara are shared by both Canada and New York State and are one of the most impressive and visited waterfalls in the world, attracting millions of visitors each year.  There are three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls and they are Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. Of course, the Falls are the main point of interest in the area, but there are many different ways to see the Falls, and there are other attractions worth seeing while you’re visiting the area.

#1 - Maid of the Mist

One way to experience the Falls is by taking the Maid of the Mist boat tour. If you are one for adventure and excitement then this tour is for you. The Maid of the Mist takes passengers to the foot of the Falls and gets so close that they provide raincoats for all of their guests, to protect them from the spray and the mist. The unforgettable experience of being so close to the majestic falls is one not to miss. It’s one that’s sure to take your breath away, as gorgeous rainbows are often spotted near the Falls as well.
Maid of the Mist

#2 - Cave of the Winds

The entrance to the Cave of the Winds is on Goat Island at the base of the American Falls, and offers a view of Niagara Falls that’s better than your wildest dreams. Tourists stay on the famous "Hurricane Deck" to get an exclusive view of the plunging water above. A visit to this location is one you’ll want to participate in during your stay in Niagara Falls because it’s one you won’t forget. Remember to bring a raincoat!
Cave of the Winds

#3 - Skylon Tower

This tower stands about 235 meters above Niagara Falls, and provides a spectacular view day or night of the Falls, the city, and the Niagara Escarpment. The tower has two restaurants and an observation area. When you dine at the Skylon Tower, you’ll also get the added bonus of free access to the observation deck.
Skylon Tower

#4 - Prospect Point Observation Tower

This spot is amongst the best areas to get a stunning view of Niagara Falls. The observation tower with a height of about 200 meters is the only location on the US side of the majestic Falls where tourists can view all sections of Niagara Falls at once. The height of the tower provides unobstructed and breathtaking views where they can see masses of water tumbling down the river and spraying mist into the air. Visitors to the tower will also notice the raging rapids below the Niagara River and hear the roaring sounds.
Prospect Point

#5 - Whirlpool Rapids and Gorge

Water from the Niagara River flows from the Falls and through the gorge forming whirlpool rapids as the canyon becomes narrow. Eventually, the water from the rapids runs into Lake Ontario. A cable car, Whirlpool Aero Car operates above the gorge providing fantastic views of the powerful water currents spinning to form a massive whirlpool.  The historic cable car has been in operation since 1916,  giving tourists brief trips of about ten minutes to experience the unique sight of the gorge below. The aerial vehicle covers a distance of about one kilometer, moving from one part of the gorge to the other and has a capacity of 35 standing passengers for each trip.
Niagara Falls Whirlpool Rapids

#6 - Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour

Hornblower Cruises take tourists on 700-passenger boats close to the foot of the three sections of Niagara Falls. Visitors are provided with raincoats to keep them dry from the mist and water spray. Fun-filled rides to the Falls are available all day.
Hornblower Niagara Falls Cruise

#7 - Goat Island

Goat Island is a wooded Island, located between Horseshoe and American Falls. A walkway connects Goat Island to Luna Island located beyond Bridal Veil Falls. The tunnel and elevators at this entrance lead to a boardwalk that passes under the Falls. The end of the tunnel below the American Falls connects to Lower Gorge Walkway that runs to the base of the Horseshoe Falls.
Goat Island - Niagara Falls

#8 - Niagara Floral Clock

This eye-catching and unique display is located on the Niagara Parkway. It’s an exhibit almost as popular as the Falls and is photograph worthy. The Floral Clock was created in 1950 by Ontario Hydro and its mechanics are maintained by the staff of successor,  Ontario Power Generation. The clock is surrounded by a display of flower beds with a bell tower at the back, and the Westminster chimes in the tower ring every quarter-hour. The planted floral design of the clock is changed twice every year, and the water garden at the foot of the clock is a favorite spot for tourists to make wishes.
Niagara Floral Clock

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