Prospect Point is a prime viewing area for the American Falls and Rapids, Prospect Point is also home to the Visitor Center, Niagara Adventure Theater, the Observation Tower and the Maid of the Mist. This is a wonderful area to view the falls if you not able to see the rest. You can see, hear, and feel the power of the water cascading over the crest.
Niagara Falls has a lovely park called Goat Island which is adjacent to all the activities to the falls area. It is a very nice place to visit, with some really nice memorials and statues. A great place to take a picnic lunch or just relax laying in the grass. This area offers some of the most impressive views available here, especially at Terrapin Point. It is connected to the U.S. mainland by two bridges carrying foot and car traffic. The island is largely wooded and is interlaced with foot trails. An elevator provides access down to the foot of the falls and to the Cave of the Winds tour.
P.O. Box 1132
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Seasons/Hours: Park is open year round.
Pets: Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet. Not allowed in buildings or on improved walkways and boardwalks.
When we visited many moons ago, we decided to take a tour since we were a little overwhelmed at what to see. If you feel this way, I suggest you take a tour so you can find your way around later when you want to explore on your own. So we did the American Adventure Tour. Even later we did explore the Canadian side later. I see that they include a lot more places to see, so I think it is a good bargain.
Available Mid April-October 24, 2009
Adult $84.95 Child $49.95
YOUR TOUR INCLUDES:
You will get an up close view of the Falls with a ride on the Maid of the Mist,
a walking adventure through the Cave of Winds, an amazing view from the Prospect Observation Tower and then enter into Thunder Theater for “Legends of Niagara Falls”.
YOU WILL ALSO SEE
* American Falls
* Prospect Park
* Rock Slide Disaster Area
* Bridal Veil Falls
* Lower Niagara River
* Pathway Below The Falls
* Honeymoon Bridge Remains
* E. Dent Lackey Plaza
* Three Sisters Islands
* Upper Niagara Rapids Table Rock
Niagara falls are about 12,000 years old. It once was seven miles down stream from where it is today and as the layer of rock continues to change from the continuing pressure of water. The falls will change again in time moving up stream once more. Gosh, this is just an amazing fact. Here are some more.
Height 180 ft (56 m)
Width 1060 ft (320 m)
Volume of flow 10% of total
Breath taking and if you plan stay the night. Just can't believe the granduer of something so spectacular mother nature has created.
This is just a suggestion, but make sure you checkout the accomodations on the Canadian side because they have a lot more accommodations and views of the falls from the hotels. Lots of things to do during the day and night downtown.
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. Yet, the Bridal Veil and New York falls is beautiful too. Horsehoe falls was once know as the Canadian Falls since is located mostly on the Canadian side.
From the sky you can relate of the amazing shape. The horseshoe-shaped crest is 671 meters (2,200 ft) in width. The center is about 3 meters (10 ft) deep. The speed of the water as it passes over the crest is about 32 km/h (20 mph). The falls measures 53 meters (173 ft) high, the crest elevation of 152 meters (500 ft) and faces northwards. The depth of the river is higher than the falls itself, estimated at 56 metres (184 ft).
The Horseshoe Falls is approximately 90% of the water that flows over Horseshoe Falls, while the other 10% flows over the American Falls.
Niagara Falls Tourism
5400 Robinson St
Niagara Falls Ontario
Canada, L2G 2A6
What a impressive place. The guides are so informative with so many facts and features of the plant and of the Niagara River itself. They have lots of exhibits on energy and electricity. Lots of wonderful hands on displays too for the kids and adults alike.
Admission and parking are always free; the Power Vista is also handicapped-accessible.
We’re open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily,
year-round, except for Thanksgiving Day,
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve
and New Year’s Day, when we're closed.
These attractions are very interesting. At times down right scary. Some very interesting oddities, but at the same time saddness for some. Still, it is an educational eye opener for the young to learn that it takes all kinds of events and individuals to make the world unique.
It's one of the oldest tourist attractions in North America, since 1846. Millions of visitors, including presidents, kings and movie stars, have enjoyed the Maid of the Mist boat tours.
Teddy Roosevelt: commenting "The ride was the only way to fully realize the grandeur of the Great Falls of Niagara".
I agree, this was a lot of fun! We took the tour boat that sails real close to the horseshoe part of the Niagara Falls, so they provide you this blue rain jacket to wear because you get the mist from the falls and an opportunity for some great shots.
I found the views of the falls to definitely be superior on the Canadian side. I was also taken at how clean and well-kept the area around the falls were. You can walk along the river to get a number of vantage points of the falls. By the time you get to Horseshoe falls, be prepared to possibly get a little wet, depending on the wind. As you drift away from the falls, there are a number of things you can do to pass the time. There are a lot of souvenir shops (including a Hershey's store), hotels, restaurants, and a couple of casinos. There are also many tourist "traps" such as wax museums and arcades. It's actually quite a contrast of the natural beauty of the falls and the sheer commercial appeal of the nearby streets!
If you start on the American side and you have a passport, I highly recommend walking over to the Canadian side. After all, if you've paid for the parking on the US side, why pay again when you'll likely have to walk anyway? There are nice views, and it's pretty uncrowded - again just have your papers in order. Also, be aware there is a 25 cent toll coming back from Canada to the US side, so you'll need a quarter from either country to get back.
As you move away from the main waterfalls, there is still another interesting site in the park. A short walk (or trolley ride) will leave you at the Three Sisters Islands. Named for the three daughters of an early Niagara settler who were the first ones to make the trip over to the islands. Bridges take you over the river to each of the small, scenic islands. There isn't much to do other than admire the strong river the cuts around the islands as it heads towards the falls.
Leaving Luna Island, there's another short, flat path before you get to Terrapin Point. Here, you'll be above the more impressive Horseshoe Falls. There is a parking lot outside this area as well, but it was fairly empty early in the morning. There is a lot of seagulls here, so watch where you step! Get past that, and get ready to hear the roar of the waterfall as 600,000 gallons of water pour over every second! The falls get their name from the horseshoe shape - nearly half a mile around of a brink and a height of 167 feet. An awesome sight to behold!
As you leave the visitor center, you can cross over a pedestrian bridge to get over the river and start your trip around Goat Island. There are trolley stops along the major sites, and you can buy a pass to get on the trolley, but most of the hiking is fairly flat, on paved paths, and fairly short distances between sights. The first sight, you actually leave Goat Island over a small bridge across the river at the top of Bridal Veil Falls to get to Luna Island, where you can get a few more views of the American Falls. As popular as the Visitor Center was, I only saw two people over here with me - even though this is right over the Cave of the Winds area.
I parked on the American side of the border, and started off near the visitor center. Here, you can get your bearings, use the restroom, and then take a very short hike behind the visitor center to get your first glimpse of the falls. You're standing above the American Falls at this point, and can look out to see Horseshoe falls. I got there fairly early in the morning (around 8:00 am, so I was able to get to see some rainbows given off by the mist. I imagine that later in the day as the crowds get heavier, the push to the rail becomes a little difficult. Even this early, I would say about half of the rail of the overview was full.
Niagara Fall State Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted who also designed Central Park in Manhattan.It is the oldest state park in United States established in 1885 as the Niagara Reservation.The water flowing over the falls comes from Lake Ontario and flows into Lake Erie.
Things to do at the falls,Maid of the Mist ®Tour,Cave of Winds Tour,American Falls : Niagara Falls Observation Tower,Adventure Theater and picnic area;s around the park.Many open viewing area's the park is year round