Niagara Falls Things to Do

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    CN towers little b!tch, the Skyline tower.

    by heitzenrater Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Observation Deck
    Total height of tower from
    base to top of flashing beacon 520 feet (160m), and 775 feet above the bottom of the Falls. it has an Indoor/outdoor viewing
    Visibility to 80 miles (129 km)

    HOURS OF OPERATION

    OBSERVATION
    Summer Hours 8:00 a.m. to Midnight
    Winter Hours 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

    INDIVIDUAL OBSERVATION (REGULAR)

    Adult $9.50 CDN $7.95 U.S.
    Child (12 years and under) $5.50 CDN $4.60 U.S.
    Senior $8.50 CDN $7.10 U.S.
    Family Plan $27.00 CDN $22.50 U.S.

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    Nikola Tesla ~Memorial

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 24, 2009

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    This wonderful bronze statue is of Nikola Tesla located in Niagara Falls State Park in Goat Island. It is a tribute to a man before his time due to his work he did for Westinghouse in building the turbines which converted the power of the Falls into electricity. This monument was a gift of Yugoslavia to the United States, 1976. He designed the first hydro-electric power plant in Niagara Falls, which was the final victory of Tesla's Alternating Current over Edison's Direct Current. The sculptor is Frano Krsinic of Croatian.

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    Cave of the Winds

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Oct 10, 2009

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    Can't get there from here
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    After having some snacks, we decided to buy tickets for Cave of the Winds attraction. However, upon finding that the waiting time was 2 hours, we changed our plan. We hiked to the platform from where we could see Cave of the Winds down below with the water fall right by our side (see pictures).

    An elevator takes you to the rocks at the base of the American falls where you can walk within 25 feet of the cascading water and feel the tremendous power of the wind and spray. It is open from 9:30 am until about 7 pm every day during the summer months and admission is fee is reasonable at $5. Waterproof outer clothing is provided.

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    Historical Three Sisters Islands

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Oct 10, 2009

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    At the edge of the world
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    We hiked along the trail to Three Sisters Islands, which are named after Celinda, Angelina, and Asenath Whitney, daughters of General Parkhurst Whitney of Niagara Falls, New York.

    Excerpts from website of Niagara Falls Public Library:

    "General Whitney was one of the more prominent early settlers of Niagara Falls, New York. The General moved to Niagara Falls, N.Y. in 1810 and is best known as the founder and operator of the Cataract House Hotel located near the upper rapids just above the falls. General Whitney’s daughters are believed to be the first settlers to have trekked to the three small islands. Before European settlers arrived in North America, Iroquois shamans made sacrifices of food and gifts on the islands and communed with He-No (Mighty Thunderer), the spirit who dwells in the mist-enshrouded cave at the base of the falls. Modern day psychics believe any one can hear the voices of the spirits if they listen carefully while visiting the Three Sisters Islands.

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    Hiking on Goat Island

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Oct 10, 2009

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    Over the Pedestrian Bridge
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    We crossed the Pedestrian Bridge (see last tip), and stepped on the Goat Island. We took a trail that was descending steeply along the river towards northwesterly direction i.e. towards the western bank of the American Fall.

    The views of the rapids and small islands were captivating and we took our time to enjoy each one of them.

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    A respite at Rapids Viewing Area

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Oct 10, 2009

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    From American Falls we hiked along the scenic river southeastly direction to the Visitor Centre and then to the Rapids Viewing Area. Here the waters had become raging rapids just before giving way to the American Falls. Needless to mention, the rapids ran shivers through our spines.

    From here we could have views of the Goat Island and the Pedestrian Bridge connecting the Mainland to the Island.

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    Views by the American Falls

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Oct 10, 2009

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    We hopped on to Niagara Scenic Trolley near Parking Lot P3 (our 1st stop) at the Goat Island. It drove over American Rapids Bridge to reach the mainland. We hopped off near the Observation Tower and headed for American Falls. We were captivated by the raging waters turning into a mighty fall right beside us (picture 1).

    From top of the American Falls, we were awe-struck by beautiful views all around us. There was the Observation Tower (picture 2) that we always saw from Canadian side and wondered how do people get to it. Of course, we found that there was a hefty price to go over it. We could also see buildings of the Clifton Hills in Canada.

    We could also see visitors on Canadian side standing in long queues to board Maid of the Mist ferries, which were constantly plying on the rough waters in the gorge below to cater to the demand (picture 3 and 4).

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    Views by Calmer Southern Corner of the Park

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Oct 10, 2009

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    We had to drive all along the Goat Island (see overview / introduction page) to find parking in the southern corner of the park.

    Here, to the south, the waters of Niagara River were calmer just before turning into the rapids (picture 1). To the slight northwest, the waters were turning into early rapids (picture 2).

    We bought tickets for hop-on hop-off Niagara Scenic Trolley from a booth at the roadside and took time to look at the calm waters, wildflowers and to identify different landmarks on the Canadian side.

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    Niagara Falls ~Canadian Side

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 20, 2009

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    The Horseshoe Falls is the most spectacular of the three falls. Although they are all impressive, Horsehoe is probably the most photographed and the one most people have seen. Horsehoe falls was once know as the Canadian Falls since is located mostly on the Canadian side. What we found so impresive is how lush the gardens were on the Canadian side. That many of hotels on this side had some pretty spectacular views. There were so many more things to see and do. Night time was pretty amazing in how much activity with all the different museums, carnival rides, and restaurants. As we browsed around, we found a really nice Italian restaurant to dine at too.

    Niagara Falls Tourism
    5400 Robinson St
    Niagara Falls Ontario
    Canada, L2G 2A6

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    Thomas Hart Benton Mural

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 20, 2009

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    Thomas Hart Benton Mural of Father Hennepin at Niagara Falls: This year marks the centennial of the birth of one of America's most cherished artist, Thomas hart Benton. A Benton masterpiece on display at the Niagara Project Visitors Center, depicts Father Louis Henniepin, one of the first Europeans to ever see Niagara Falls. The seven-foot-high, 20-foot-wide work was commissioned in 1961 to celebrate the completion fo the New York Power Authority's Niagara Power Plant.

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    Whirlpool Aero Car

    by Yaqui Written Jul 20, 2009

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    On our tour, they took us to Whirlpool Park and it is here we saw the Aero Cars high above the Niagara River. This will take you through the air in an antique cable car. Just down below is the torrent of water abruptly changes direction and creates one of the world’s most mesmerizing natural phenomenon – the Niagara Whirlpool. It is frightening and it confirms the fact that we all should have the upmost respect for the power of the river.

    Admission: Prices are shown in Canadian dollars and do not include taxes.
    $11.50 Adults (13+ years), $6.80
    Children (6 to 12 years).
    Children 5 and under are FREE!

    Dates of Operation: Open Seasonally, daily from April 30 to November 22.
    Please note that operation is weather dependent.

    Hours of Operation
    All times subject to change.
    Last tickets sold 30 minutes before closing times listed:

    April 30 to May 8, 10 am to 5 pm
    May 9 & 10, 10 am to 6 pm
    May 11 to May 17, weekdays 10 am to 5 pm, weekends 10 am to 8 pm
    May 18 to May 31, weekdays 10 am to 6 pm, weekends 10 am to 8 pm
    June 9 to June 26, Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm
    June 13 to June 21, Saturday/Sunday 9am – 6pm
    June 27 to September 6, daily 9am – 8pm
    September 7 to October 9, daily 9 am to 5 pm
    October 10 & 11, Saturday/Sunday 9 am to 6 pm
    October 12 to November 22, 10 am to 5 pm

    Last day of operation is: November 22, 2009
    Location 3850 Niagara Parkway Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada Located north 4.5 km.(3 miles) north of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

    The history of the Aero car was designed by a Spanish engineer, Leonardo Torres Quevedo and has been in operation since 1916. The cable car is suspended from six sturdy cables and offers a wonderful view of the Niagara Whirlpool which is formed at the end of the rapids where the gorge turns abruptly counterclockwise and the river escapes through the narrowest channel in the gorge.

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    Rainbow Bridge (Niagara Falls)

    by Yaqui Written Jul 20, 2009

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    Rainbow Bridge facts:

    Carries 4 lanes of vehicular traffic (2 each way), pedestrian traffic
    Crosses Niagara River
    Locale area is Niagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York
    Maintained by Niagara Falls Bridge Commission
    Design: Arch bridge
    Longest span is 950 feet (290 m)
    Opening date was November 1, 1941

    Toll is 3.25 USD/CAD per auto (westbound only)

    The Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls is an international steel arch bridge across the Niagara River gorge, and is a world-famous tourist site. It connects the cities of Niagara Falls, New York, United States (to the east), and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (west).

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    Observation Tower

    by Yaqui Written Jul 20, 2009

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    The Tower’s observation deck extends over the Niagara Gorge and is the only place in the USA to view both the American and Horseshoe Falls at the same time! It is another amazing view! You can ride the elevator down to the lower landing for a view from below or to board the Maid of the Mist. Admission is required. Yet, because we purchased a tour, it included the Maid of the Mist ride, which was fantastic!

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    Cave of the Winds ~New York Side

    by Yaqui Written Jul 20, 2009

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    This wonderful experience starts as you take an elevator ride 175 feet into the Niagara Gorge. You put on these souvenir rain poncho and sandals, then you’ll follow a tour guide over wooden walkways to the Hurricane Deck, less than 20 feet from the torrents of Bridal Veil Falls. While on the deck, you’ll experience tropical storm-like conditions, getting doused with the spray from the rushing waters. A special Cave of the Winds viewing area has also been set up for handicapped individuals and adults with children in arms.

    The Gorge Tour typically opens April 1st and tours operate from 9:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.

    Operating schedule:
    May 7 – June 18

    Sunday - Thursday : 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Friday - Saturday : 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    June 19 – September 7

    Daily : 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    September 8 - September 30

    Sunday - Thursday : 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Friday - Saturday : 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    October 1 - October 25

    Daily : 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

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    Luna Island ~ New York Side

    by Yaqui Written Jul 20, 2009

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    Luna Island is a very small island that separates the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls that has an awe-inspiring view of both Falls. It is 130 feet (40 m) wide between the two falls) and 350 feet (110 m) long, which it extends upstream from the falls.

    The island get its name from being able to see "lunar rainbows" in the Niagara.

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