Niagara Falls - the popular tourist destination. Half American, Half Canadian. It's this giant waterfall. Like, really giant. And, it's really incredible. My family and I took a trip to the Falls in your classic American road trip style. First leg of the journey was Niagara Falls, and the second leg was Toronto. That'll be in the next blog, but until then, here's a recap of Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls is located right near Buffalo, on the border of the New York and Canada. There are viewing locations from both the United States side and the Canadian side. As everyone always says, the Canadian side is better. While I completely agree that the falls is nicer in Canada, it's worth stopping on both sides.
We stopped at the American Side first. The park is clearly in development, and soon it'll be stunning. But even though it may not be as beautiful as the Canadian side, it's still enjoyable.
We took a ride on the Maid of the Mist, the boat tour on the falls. They give you ponchos to keep you dry, but the falls is so great that you'll get a bit damp. You get pretty close to the actually falls and it's amazing to see all the water rushing down.
After the boat ride, you can walk along the observation deck. The deck has the best view of the entire falls as well as Rainbow Bridge. It's great for photo ops.
Next was the Canadian side. Canada not only has the best views of the falls, but they have a beautiful park that runs along the length of the falls, a fun carnival-like entertainment street, and lots of chain restaurants. This side is definitely the best for photos.
At night, there are fireworks over the falls. Unfortunately, there were strong winds while we were there so the fireworks were canceled. However, we did enjoy a fantastic concert performance by Michelle Treacy. She was great - check her out!
Niagara Falls is truly a feat of nature. The sheer amount of water the passes through The Falls is unimaginable. It's no wonder that people from all over the world come to see it. I'd 100% recommend.
Some quick tips for anyone who wants to visit Niagara Falls
- If you can only visit one side, go to the Canadian side
- There are limited dining options on the American side
- Both the American Side and the Canadian side have boats rides on the falls.
- If you decide to take the boat from the American side, buying tickets online is the same price as in person. There is no advantage.
- There are lots of hotels on the Canadian side if you want to stay for more than one day
- You really only need one day at Niagara Falls. But, if you decide to stay for more than one night, the Canadian side has lots of hotels.
- Bring a gopro if you have one! It's useful for the boat ride!
- Wear something nice - you'll have lots of amazing photo opportunities.
- The Fireworks start at 10 pm during the tourism season.
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