Niagara Falls. It’s shared by Canada and the United States, but I think when most people dream of going to see the falls, they want to see the Horseshoe Falls… and that’s on the Canadian side… the side with what we think is, arguably, the best view.
Half a century ago, it was THE honeymoon destination. Back then it was a romantic spot with cozy cottages with views of the Falls. No longer. It has a bit of a carny atmosphere today. High rises have replaced cozy cottages, the town has grown into a major tourist attraction, not just a honeymoon destination…. but none of the changes take away from the Falls themselves. We have many More Niagara Falls Vacation Information, Travel Review and Tourist Attractions Articles Now Available.
There are actually three sections to the falls…. Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. Collectively or as individual sections, the Niagara Falls are awesome. Stand there at any time of the year and look at Horseshoe Falls, and you can’t help but be impressed with the power of nature. From some places on the Canadian side you can see Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls at the same time.
A long time tourist favorite is the Maid of the Mist boat. They’ll give you a blue slicker to wear and take you right up to the base of Niagara Falls. That blue slicker should give you a clue… you will get wet.
If you want something more exciting than the Maid of the Mist, how about a fast-paced Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour.
Another traditional option is to take the Journey Behind the Falls. They take you 150 feet down through solid rock by elevator, then you walk through a short tunnel, and you come out on outdoor observation decks…. directly BEHIND the falls. Yes, you’ll get wet here too.
Depending on where you go for your facts, you’ll read that the top edge of the falls has eroded through the years, and then it depends on who is measuring when and where, but here are some rough figures… Horseshoe Falls is about 170 feet high (52 meters) and 2,500 feet wide (720 meters).
The American Falls section is about 180 feet high (55 meters) and 1,100 feet wide (300 meters). As impressive as they are, this only puts them tenth on the list of world’s largest waterfalls, not at the top. Makes you want to find the other nine, eh?
Don’t worry about hotels. You’ll have quite a selection to choose from both in style and price range. Same goes for restaurants. Many hotels and restaurants have spectacular views of the falls.
Go up in the Skylon Tower. That gets you 775 feet above the falls for a whole different perspective. The Skywheel is one of the newest ways to see the Falls. To get even higher, try Niagara Helicopters for true aerial views.
If you can tear yourself away from the falls, you can play golf or go wine tasting in the area. All kinds of tourist attractions have sprung up near the Falls. There are water parks, horseback riding, and even a Ripley’s Believe It or Not. You can see the Bird Kingdom or check out the Butterfly Conservatory.
There are so many tourist attractions, you’ll wonder who is looking at the falls. But don’t worry, the falls themselves are still the star attraction here, so whether you choose one of the many activities or not…. reserve plenty of time just to soak in the Falls… just remember you’ll do that literally if you get too close. We have many More Niagara Falls Vacation Information, Travel Review and Tourist Attractions Articles Now Available.