The Niagara Falls tourism almost exploded in the last decade. The Niagara Falls is probably the most famous waterfall in the world, so it is not a surprised that thousands of people visit it every day. No matter what season is, the views offered by the Niagara Falls are unique, so equip yourself with a camera, and a rain coat! You will need it for sure!
Visiting Niagara Falls was one of my child dreams, so when I arrived in the United States, I knew I cannot leave the country without seeing the falls. It happened in September, at the beginning of the autumn, and I am very happy for that: the nature colors where incredible, creating stunning views all around the falls.
In any Niagara Falls tourism guide you will find out that you need a day to visit the falls, and it is true, but I recommend you to stay there a weekend, for a complete experience. I visited the falls from the US side, which doesn’t give you a complete view of this beauty, but is still worth it. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a Canadian visa, so I recommend you, if you can, get it, and enjoy also the other view of the falls.
Before talking more about Niagara Falls tourism, I want to explain you the relief of the area, so you can understand what I am talking about. The Niagara Falls has three main sections: the Canadian falls, also known as Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil falls, separated by a small island. Each part of the falls is completely different, but all of them are amazing. From the American border, where I was, you can enjoy only a side-on view of the falls, but it is great. You are so close to the falls, that for some time you forget completely about everything else. Everybody says the Canadian falls have the best views, but otherwise, everything else happens on the US side.
The American area of the Niagara Falls was transformed in a State Park, which helped a lot to increase the Niagara Falls tourism. There is a nice observation point which allows tourists to get better views of the falls, a nice path with stairs that goes almost under the falls, and the small deck, which allows tourists to go close to the falls by a boat.
The entire area of the Niagara Falls is protected by the State, so do not be surprised if you see a lot of squirrels and other animals in the park. Tourists who want to visit the park and the waterfalls have free access to the area. The park is perfect to spend a day, and most of the people like to organize picnics here. Make sure you visit both of the American waterfalls, by crossing the Goat Island, on the pedestrian bridge.
Things to do at Niagara Falls
As the Niagara Falls tourism developed a lot, there are many attractions for visitors, and you should do as many as you can.
- If you are on the American Side, go to the Skylon Tower Observation Deck. You will get the best views from this side of the waterfalls. You can take the glass elevator to go to the 775 feet air restaurant, and enjoy a nice dinner. It can be a little bit pricy, but it is a one time in a life experience. You will find it in every Niagara Falls tourism guide, so it worth a shot.
- After visiting the falls and taking all the pictures you want, I strongly recommend you to try the Maid of the Mist. This is the famous boat ride that will take you down to the bottom of the Niagara Falls. You will find out interesting things about the falls, but the real cool thing is that you can admire the falls from down, and even feel the mist of the water on your skin. A rain coat or poncho is recommended, if you don’t want to get wet. The boat leaves from both American and Canadian sides, but it is available only between April and October. Keep that in mind!
- If you have time and you want to enjoy the complete Niagara Falls tourism experience, go to Niagara Gorge Discovery Center. It is a real show-case of the incredible local history of the falls and the area surrounding them, with interactive displays, such as a 180 ° multiple-screen theater, and interesting exhibits.
- When the dark covers the area, go back to the Niagara Falls. You will be surprised, but they are lighted in different colors every season. When I was there, the falls got a nice pinky shade, and it was a pleasure to admire the view and listen to the thunderous sound of the water.
- Another Niagara Falls tourism experience is the Cave of the Winds. Right at the bottom of the Bridal Veil Falls, you will discover an incredible cave, which allows you to get extremely close to the water.
After visiting the Niagara Falls, I had to reconsider everything I thought about nature and its beauties. And I have to admit, it is in my top 10 things to see in your life!