I personally think the best view of the falls is from the Canadian side. We went on the maid of the mist tour and got the blue raincoat-its a must do trip!! the boat goes right near the cascading water and you get hit by the spray but its actually an amazing experience! This photo I took on the boat.
Fondest memory: Everything! The fact that Niagara itself is a whole resort and so friendly! the beautiful fireworks we saw over the falls and the way they are illuminated at night! The lovely refreshing spary in the air from the water-in July temperatures this was a godsend! Just everything!
THE SKYLON TOWER
A nice place to see the whole view, revolving restaurant, panoramic views...
More info at: skylon.com
MAID OF THE MIST
This little boat takes you to see the Falls from down under. Feel the water all around you, see it fall from the bottom. Since 1846.
151 Buffalo Avenue. Niagara Falls NY 14303 . Ph 716-284-8897. Fax 716-284-5446.
More info at: maidofthemist.com
Niagara Falls are not the most impressive Falls I've seen by height or extension, but its Horseshoe shape make them very spectacular for the huge amount of water you can see falling together.
Fondest memory: Niagara Falls facts: 20% of the earth's fresh water flows over Niagara Falls. It's 12000 years old. It devides into American Falls, Bridal Veil and Horseshoe Falls. The average depth of the water below the falls is 52 meters, which is as high as the Niagara Gorge banks are high.
If you come to Niagara Falls, you MUST take the Maid of the Mist cruise.... and/or the Whirlpool Jet boat ride which operates from early May to late October. Very fun! And I doubt if you'd regret it. I sure didn't.... :-D
However, during the months of November-April, the Maid of the Mist, Jetboat, Cave of the Winds are all closed. :-(
catch a glimpse of the beautiful American + Bridal Veil (?) Falls.
The best time to visit (in my humble opinion) is from mid May to mid September. I guess you can also visit the Falls at other times of the year but it can get very cold, rainy, snowing, windy.... see what I mean? :-)) So, it's better to stick to late-spring to early-autumn time.
I was told that late September to October can also be an excellent time to visit because of the beautiful fall foliage. Hey, seeing the trees around you change to an orangy color can be very spectacular indeed.
See Niagara Falls from the American and the Canadian sides. Honestly, the Canadian side offer MUCH more to the visitor.
Fondest memory: Well, actually, this is a bad memory. When we went to Niagara my dad thought it was necessary to spend 3 days there!!! Take it from me- that is way too long!! One night or 3-4 hours is all you need to enjoy this majestic natural wonder!!
Favorite thing: Picture is Areocar Rescue car. It can only take 2 people, I think plus operator at a time. It runs on own small motor and is slow. All Operators are trained on rescure. The Areocar has been running for 85 years with no problems.
Favorite thing: My youngest Son complained to me, since the Skylon Tower was not open on the Observation Deck he wanted to ride the Areocar. He is the Bravest. After bribing my Oldest son we went on the Areocar. They Both loved it!
Favorite thing: My fondest memory of Niagara Falls was back in 1984. My first time at the Niagara Falls Airshow. Two Blue Angel Planes crashed over us as they were comming at each other at over 500 Miles per hour. The plane in the pictures Pilot Survived. The Pilot of the other plane was not as lucky. This plane came down near the runways in front of us. The other plane crashed on the other end of the runway. It was amazing that they didn't end up in the crowd. Usually this is a safe show. Its hasnt had a problem like that in over 17 years almost.
Walk! Start with Goat Island on the USA side. Walk around Goat Island. It has the American Falls on one side and the Canadian Falls on the other side.
Fondest memory: I have a fear that I am going to Fall over the Falls. I think everyone has this fear. The only one I don't think has this fear are the Seaquals.
Fondest memory: The attraction of the falls was initially promoted by Joseph Bonaparte, the Napoleon's brother. He came here by coach from Louisiana and found the spectacle amazing. Turned back home, he adviced his friends to go there. He started the trend.
approach to the Falls with the Maid of the Mist : a boat which goes to the bottom of the Falls. The journey lasts 30 mn. There is a departure each 15 mn from 9:15 to 8PM.
Fondest memory: The Falls are one of the major destinations (with Venice) to the honeymoon.
Oscar Wilde came here in 1882 and said : 'The Falls must be the second disapointment of a bride groom'.
Favorite thing: Take the boat ride!!! You really can't appreciate the power of the falls without getting drenched beneath it. when you get ready to board the boat they give you these little plastic jackets. don't think for a minute you won't need it!