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


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
Guide to Niagara Falls - Take Adventure with Nature
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 –

Love nature, love traveling and keep writing your personal and wonderful travel experiences. For planning an itinerary or getting tips always be in touch with me. 

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So, till then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………

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  1. I went to Niagara Falls on my first trip to the States in 1982 … I’m sure it’s changed a little since then! I traveled there from NY on a Greyhound bus as part of my first solo backpacking trip .. and because it was winter time it was freezing cold and there were only a few other visitors sightseeing, and I got the falls more of less to myself. I don’t suppose you can get days like that any more.

  2. Niagara Falls is the best! I love that it is such an impressive natural wonder with so much to do in the surrounding area too!

  3. Niagara Falls is a few hours from our home. So we have visited a lot. But I love to see the reaction of visitors to this natural wonder. Good to reminder people about getting wet. Even if you just walk along the side, we have often gotten drenched. We were delighted when we stayed on one visit to catch the lights on the falls at night. Most people miss this if they visit for the day. A winery visit would definitely add another day to two to your visit for sure.

  4. Each one of us wants to visit this place, isn’t so? You are so lucky to have already visited the Niagara Falls. Loved your pictures and I wasn’t aware of the laser show, that would be great to wait, I will surely wait until it’s dark.

    1. Thanks Shreya for reading through and even I was not knowing about laser show till the time we checked into hotel. And when our reception informed we rushed to the spot though missed few minutes initially

  5. OMG Niagara Falls are so amazing. I have seen so many travel documentaries on the Maid of the Mist and I eventually got there last year. It is such an amazing tour. Thank you for sharing more things to do around the area.

  6. I just went to Niagara Falls for the first time in September and this post brought back wonderful memories. The Maid of the Mist trip is so fun but you’re right, you cannot stop any spot on you from getting wet and it is so loud! I also really enjoyed the Cave of the Winds – which gives visitors an entirely different perspective and up close view. I was too scared to do the observation platform though! What great memories!

  7. Your post brought back some amazing memories. I visited the Niagara Falls back in 2015 and had a great time.The only thing I didn’t like – it was too crowded and the whole place looked too touristy for my taste. Nevertheless, the falls are indeed a wonder of nature.

  8. Hi Yukti, your brought back nostalgic memories for me from the times when we lived in Toronto and visited Niagara Falls often. You reminded me of the thundering gush we feel in maid of the mist. Recently we were in Victoria fall in Zambia. The Vic falls is much larger. They don’t have maid of the mist but do have the knifes edge bridge for a big soak.
    Your pictures are amazing.

  9. We are going to upstate New York in September and really thinking about visiting Niagara Falls. You have convinced me that Maid of the Mists is a must see and I would really like to check out the light show too. There have a lot of stuff going on up there.

  10. Informative, well written post. I didn’t know (silly me!) That there were actually three waterfalls! The experience of seeing the falls by boat sounds spectacular. Lovely photos too

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