Nigara Falls is the perfect place for
– Thrill Seeker
– Nature lover
One of the nature’s most spectacular wonders located on the international borders between USA and Canada. It is between the state of New York (northern part of US) and Ontario – province of Canada (southern part of Canada). Niagara is the collective name of three waterfalls. From smallest to largest the three waterfalls are The Horseshoe falls, The American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls.
This is located on the Niagara river, which falls into Lake Erie & Lake Ontario. This combined waterfall falls which form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world that has a vertical drop of more than 165 ft. I viewed Niagara Falls from US side and you can also view it from Canada side.
Attractions at Niagara Falls (USA) –
There are many attractions there but the main ones are
1.) Cave of the winds
2) Maid of the Mist
3) Niagara Gorge Discovery Center
4) Observation Tower
6) Helicopter tours
7) Laser light and firework show in night.
Maid of the mist –
It is a cruise which takes you to the thundering roar of 600,000 gallons of water falling right before your eyes. So just hear the crashing waves, rush of mist on face which is a wonderful lifetime experience. From this cruise you can touch the falls as it takes closer to it and stand under the falls for few minutes which is like experiencing nature’s adventure in true form.
Cost of the ticket on this cruise – $14.60 for an adult (can vary). Also many group discounts are available. Children under 12 are free.
Tips to follow
1.) As this is water activity and you get completely into water take waterproof cameras/mobile for taking pictures or wrap into plastic sheet. Save you picture taking device from water because under the fall you cannot stop water entering.
2.) Go for early morning cruise ride to avoid large Q’s.
3.) Wear fit flops or sports sandals as water goes inside the shoes. We wore shoes, so got completely wet and have to purchase slippers on the way.
4.) Cruise is 2 tier, so to experience full adventure take place on terrace to enjoy fully.
5.) Be careful with small children because flow of water is heavy so hold them.
Maps of falls area
This whole ride is of half an hour. Blue Waterproof Ponchos(like raincoats) are provided. Operates from April to November.
There is laser show every night with occasional fireworks accompanied by light show. Every evening beginning at dusk, Niagara Falls is changed into, stunning colored lighted water. Special laser light show are arranged on Niagara Falls last for about 15 minutes after different time intervals followed by the fireworks. Refer to illumination show timings before heading towards it.
NIGARA FALLS in US is also known as Honeymoon Capital of the world. It is a perfect romantic getaway because of its heart-stopping beauty, water activites, eye catching scenery with peaceful natural surroundings and away from hustle and bustle of city life.
Flowers near Niagara falls –
There are many state parks near Niagara –
1.) ArtPark State Park
2.) DeVeaux Woods State Park
3.) Devil’s Hole State Park
4.) Fort Niagara State Park.
5.) Four Mile Creek State Park
6.) Golden Hill State Park.
Also there are many Wineries and Breweries with vineyards located nearby Niagara area –
1.) A Gust of Sun Winery & Vineyard
2.) Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
3.) BlackBird Cider Works
4.) Honeymoon Trail Winery
5.) Chateau Niagara Winery.
6.) Spring Lake Winery.
Staying in Niagara – There are two choices like Many hotels are near falls overlooking into it and other one is living in Buffalo, 42 kilometers (25 miles) from falls which is a developed city.
How to reach Niagara-
408.4 miles (700 kms) from New York approximately 7 to 8 hour drive by car. Nearest international airport is Boston and Buffalo. Buffalo is 25 miles(42 kilometers) away. Road trip to Niagara in single day is very hectic so better to stay in 1 city like Boston(famous for IVY league educational institutes) or Syracuse (nice scenic town surrounded by lakes and vineyards).
There are many restaurants and cafe so no problem of food. Also many supermarkets like K-mart is located very near.
We stayed in Buffalo –
Some pictures while going towards Buffalo(our stay for Niagara falls) from Boston
Other than Nigara there are many cities or places which are worth visiting. Make a EAST COAST PLAN by reading this.
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