Travel Guide to NIAGARA FALLS (Take Adventure with nature)

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Travel Guide to NIAGARA FALLS (Take Adventure with nature), Visit Niagara Falls during your East Coast Road trip along US/Canada. In this post, I will write about Things to do in Niagara Falls from the US side.  So let’s read about a quick tour to Niagaral falls as it is the perfect place for 

    –  Adventurer

    –  Explorer

    –  Thrill Seeker

    –  Challenger

    –  Nature Lover

Guide to Niagara Falls Take Adventure with Nature
Niagara Falls

One of 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.

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Niagara falls from US side

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.

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Dramatic skies over Gushing waters… Take Adventure with Nature

Attractions at Niagara Falls (USA) –  Travel Guide to NIAGARA FALLS (Take Adventure with nature)

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

5)Aquarium

6) Helicopter tours

7) Laser light and firework show in the 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, the rush of mist on the face which is a wonderful lifetime experience.  From this cruise, you can touch the falls as it takes closer to it and can stand under the falls for a few minutes which is like experiencing nature’s adventure in true form.  

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Approaching near the falls.. pic was taken from the cruise

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 for Visit to NIAGARA FALLS – Take Adventure with Nature

1.)  As this is water activity and you get completely into water take waterproof cameras/mobile for taking pictures or wrap into the plastic sheet.  Save your camera/mobile from water because under the fall you cannot stop water entering.

2.)     Go for an 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 the terrace to enjoy fully.

5.)      Be careful with small children because the flow of water is heavy.

Maps of the falls area

This whole ride is of half an hour. Blue Waterproof Ponchos(like raincoats) are provided. Operates from April to November. –
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People with blue ponchos waiting to go under the falls

There is a laser show every night with occasional fireworks accompanied by a light show.  Every evening beginning at dusk, Niagara Falls is changed into, stunning colored lighted water. Special laser light show is 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.

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Laser show on Nigara
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Laser show with fireworks

NIAGARA FALLS in the US is also known as the Honeymoon Capital of the world, so there are many things to do here for couples or read for best 9 things to do in Niagara Falls for couples. It is a perfect romantic getaway because of its heart-stopping beauty, water activities, eye-catching scenery with peaceful natural surroundings and away from hustle and bustle of city life. 

Flowers near Niagara falls – 

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Nature at Niagara

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 km) from New York approximately 7 to 8-hour drive by car.  The nearest international airport is Boston and Buffalo. Buffalo is 25 miles(42 kilometers) away. Road trip to Niagara in a single day is very hectic so better to stay in 1 city like Boston(famous for IVY league educational institutes) or Syracuse (a nice scenic town surrounded by lakes and vineyards).

There are many restaurants and cafe so no problem with 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

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Roads leading to Niagara Falls
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Scenic drive to Buffalo

Other than Niagara there are many cities or places which are worth visiting.  If you love natural places in the US and going for West Coast tour then check this Girl’s Guide to Hiking and Camping in Havasu Falls in Northern Arizona region.

Make an EAST COAST PLAN by reading this. 

Check Best Stays near Niagara Falls or in Buffalo region below –



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130 Comments

  1. I didn’t know that there are three waterfalls within Niagra. It’s amazing to know that one can actually take a cruise. Must have been an overwhelming experience. If I ever go, I would rather leave my camera behind and enjoy it for ehat it is. Incredible.

  2. This is exactly for me! I would love to go see this spectacular wonder of nature as I am a nature lover! I love being in the outdoors! For also $14.60 for your cruise ticket to see this, you would be crazy not to!

  3. Niagara is such a great place to visit. Both sides of the falls have incredibly unique experiences. Did you get a chance to see it from the Canadian side?

  4. Love these tips., Great to know about the camera and shoes part! I think Niagra falls is def a summer trip in that case! Great information, will def come back to this post.

  5. This is great article – I love how you’ve gone over all the attractions and things to do in a clear way. I’ve never been but will go one day, so thanks! The laser show is a great idea!

  6. I’ve still never been to Niagara Falls, but it is so iconic that I need to get there! This is a great guide for planning a trip. I’d love to see the laser show and fireworks on the falls.

  7. I am always in love with waterfalls. Haven’t been there, but it looks super dramatic waterfall. I would love to visit there someday.

  8. I am always in love with waterfalls. Haven’t been there, but it looks super dramatic waterfall. I would love to visit there someday.

  9. Niagara Falls was the first place my hubby and I went to when we first started dating and we fell in love! Love how many things there is to do around the falls and those ponchos and sandals are great souvenirs!

  10. I’ve read so much about Niagra Falls but never been! Great photos and information on how to make a visit really worthwhile :). I had no idea it was 3 waterfalls!

  11. I live on the other side of the United States and have never been to Niagara Falls! I would definitely follow your advice and go early. Jostling around all those blue ponchos, trying to get the “perfect” shot would be an absolute nightmare!

  12. Niagara Falls is just one of those iconic places everyone should try to see at least once. You have included a lot of great information here on this attraction together with lists of other worthwhile attractions nearby, which is really great. I hope to get there with my fiance in 2019.

  13. Your post bought back many memories of my time in Niagara. I visited the falls 4 years ago (from the Canadian side tho). And it was winter so it didn’t look anything like this … brrrr. I absolutely loved it. We couldn’t do the cruise, however, we did an helicopter tour. Id love to visit again … from the US side & definitely in summer this time.

  14. $14 is very reasonable to be able to get that close to the falls. I bet it feels so powerful with that much water coming down near you. I wouldn’t mind getting soaked for it.

  15. Ah, the Niagara Falls! I was there a couple of years ago and it was stunning. The view was unbelievable! I visited thru the Canada side of the falls. Its funny how the “US side” ponchos are blue – the Canada side ponchos were red. Hopefully yours worked! We got completely soaked. haha

  16. Niagra Falls is such a spaecial place. I uused to live about a 5 hour drive from there but have only been once. I do remember how beautiful it was though. Can’t wait to visit again.

  17. You know what, I never knew that the Niagara Falls was made up of three different waterfalls. Thank you for informing me. Really want to visit them one day and would probably combine the trip with Chicago

  18. Bridal veil? That’s a beautiful name! Indeed to actually go there so close to that humongous roar of waterfalls is indeed an experience of lifetime! With the fireworks it looks all the more gorgeous!

  19. I am so glad I stumbled upon this post right now! Visiting Niagara in the 2nd week of August and was reading up all the blogs I could find about the place. This guide is so comprehensive, surely would help many more in same boat as me 🙂

  20. I was at Niagara Falls two months back and i totally loved my experience. It is so pretty. I did everything you mentioned above. Only thing I couldn’t do was not have fireworks view like you had 🙁

  21. Great post! However I would suggest going on the Canadian side, for people who can. The views are much better and the Canadian dollar is very weak compared to USD! I was there maybe 10 years ago, and though the city itself wasn’t my thing, I found the falls very impressive!

  22. good review – now i am completely sure i need to take slippers i had a feeling my footwear would be completely soaked

  23. I REALLY want to go here with my kids sometime. I love all the pictures and this makes me want to go right now! Thanks for the post and the tips– I will definitely be using them.

  24. Lovely views. Niagara is an epic falls that I wish to visit someday. Also loved those floral shots, something different from the usual.

  25. I was here lasty year and loved it. You are right about getting wet on the boat tour! The night show shows great, I love fireworks. Great falls picture, hope your camera didn’t get too wet!

  26. I was here lasty year and loved it. You are right about getting wet on the boat tour! The night show shows great, I love fireworks. Great falls picture, hope your camera didn’t get too wet!

  27. Niagara Falls is on my bucket list – what an amazing set of waterfalls! Thank you for the tips about protecting your camera from the water. The lights at night look so cool!

  28. I have traveled to Toronto a couple of years ago and I had a stopover there on my way to Cuba for about 24 hours. One of my plans was to go to visit Niagara Falls but unfortunately I was too tired after the flight and I had to skip it. I wish I did thought, it looks so beautiful and there are definitely enough things to do to spend at least a day there. I would love to take a helicopter tour above the falls, it looks spectacular.

  29. Looks like it was a great time I love the photos with the fireworks. A poncho seems like a must if you want to try and stay semi dry. Niagra falls though is a beautiful sight, a little splash of water is worth it.

  30. I went to Niaga Falls about 10 years ago and was in awe . I’m so glad they’re still doing the Maid Mist .. I remember how wet I was afterward, although it was all worth it. I’d love to back with my grandchildren one day. x

  31. Niagara Falls is a place I really would love to visit in the future. These are great photos. Especially the one with the laser show & fireworks!

  32. Ive never been there but it’s definitely on my bucket list! I didn’t know there were a US side of it with great parks! Thanks for all great infos!

  33. I have some fond memories of Niagara. Went there as a kid when my parents took me on a Around The World trip and I clearly remember being on Maid of the Mist. I hope to be able to take my kids back some day. Great article and thanks for all the tips and pointers.

  34. It’s always funny when I hear people ask which side is better to see Niagara from. In my opinion, as long as you see it, and hopefully experience a cruise, that’s all that matters! I love the Maid Mist, I got very wet on this cruise! The parks you mention on the US side are really useful tips too 😀

  35. Looks like you can tick off Nigare falls off your bucket list 😉 Those blue ponchos look a little silly, but I guess they are very practical

  36. Even though I’m from the US, I’ve only visited the Canada side of Niagara Falls when I visited Toronto a few years back. I would love to visit the US side one day, it has so many more attractions and things to do! I also love how many parks are nearby which you can conveniently visit while you’re there.

  37. This brings back memories. I went to Niagara Falls in 1996 as a bright-eyed teenager. They still have those blue rain ponchos!

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