You can go to the Observation Tower which is located behind the visitors center in Niagara State Park and for $1.00 walk out on the top for some great views of the falls or take the elevator to the bottom to get up close at the base of the falls. The Observation Tower is also the access to the Lady of the Mist tours which is an additional cost.
You should go on the Lady of the Mist Boat Tours, this is pretty fun and educational and you can get wet. We saw many people that got very wet on this tour but we came away pretty dry. If you wish to see the sights and stay dry Don't go on the top deck! The lower deck adds some cover and places to get out of the mist. If you dare to bring your camera on this trip may I suggest you buy a cheap water proof disposable camera, me I'm a little crazy so I brought my camera and gave Terry the disposable one. If you bring your own just make sure to keep it as dry as possible and bring and small soft rag, towel or some thing to clean the lens after every shot and you will get some beautiful photos! The whole trip only takes about a half an hour and is a lot of fun, don't forget exta batteries! No need for resorvation and the cost is $11.50 per person $6.75 children, times are first boat 9:15am and last boat at 8:00pm. They do supply a rain coat for you.
You must take the Cave of the Winds tour behind the falls. The tour provides you with a raincoat and nice sandles and a bag to put your shoes in. Go to Goat Island near Terrapin point, take an elevator ride down 175 feet to the base of Bridal Veil Falls. Be prepared to get very wet! Do NOT bring your camera on this trip, only a disposable waterproof will do here.
I took a balloon ride on the American side which only took about 15 minutes. The ride takes you up 400 feet and has some pretty good views. The cost is $20.00 and is kind of worth it, the view of the falls is not very good but very nice views of the surrounding area. The staff was very nice and friendly and the fellow took a photo of me with my camera and also talked with me about the local issues going on. All in all not bad.
Situated between Luna Island and Goat Island, Bridal Veil Falls which is the smallest among the 3 falls sits on the American side facing northwest of Canada. The falls looks like a bride's veil flowing in the air. Clear, white and simply amazing!
Over the years, the falls have attracted daredevils from around the world, as the first person to successfully tumble down the falls in a barrel was a 63-year-old teacher named Annie Taylor in early 1900. She was able to survived this daredevil activity which brought her to fame and marked her name in Niagara falls history. After the said event, many people have tried to do other death defying stunts in the falls.
This is where the Cave of the Wind tour takes place
If you are staying any where near Rainbow Bridge it's a short walk to the falls. While we were there it wasn't too crowded because it was the week before the summer season so viewing was not much of an issue. The falls are a wonderess sight to see and you can really feel the power of them. Once you enter the park there are many place to check out the sights, we suggest bikes so if you have your own, bring them! And for make sure you have your camera and plenty of batteries!
Go check out the Seneca Niagara Casino on the USA side. We are not really the gambling type but had a lot of fun here. The staff is very nice and friendly, your money seems to go futher here than the casino on the Canadian side. We only dropped about $50.00 and played for hours, this is a fun thing to do to pass the time if it is raining or your just feeling like you don't want to be running around.
Maid of the Mist Tour is one of the highlights when visiting Niagara. Every visitor should try this or else your Niagara Falls trip wouldn't be complete.
Maid of the Mist is one of a kind boat ride wherein you will come beneath the American and Horseshoe Falls. Feel the thundering power of the falls right into your face :-) and Hear the roaring sound as the water drops. Although you will be given a blue poncho, expect to get wet/soak after this activity. So, secure all your belongings that would possibly get wet.
Maid of the Mist tour is inlcuded in the Passport of the Falls ticket though it can be purchased seperately. To reach the boarding area, you have to go to the Observation Tower at Prospect Point. And from there take the elevator going down.
The boat ride will last abouth half an hour, departs every 15 minutes beginning at 10am daily.
Boat runs from May to October.
If purchase seperately:
$12.50 ~ Adult
$7.30 ~ Children 6 to 12
Children 5 under ~ Free
Check out the links for further details
Passport to the Falls is the pacakge deal offer at Niagara. It includes Maid of the Mist tour, Cave of the Winds, Niagara Legends of Adventure, Whole day trolley ride, Entrance to Niagara Aquarium and Gorge Discovery Center plus one entrance to the Observation Tower.
I would suggest to purchase this package deal ticket instead of buying the activities mentioned above seperately because it would cost you more. Also, there are other discount coupons included in it like 10% off to the Wax Museum and 10% off from the Top of the Falls restaurant.
Price per person:
Adult ~ $28.00
Children between six and 12 years of age ~ $21
What a wonderful attraction to visit. Skylon Tower is 520 feet and the tallest structure in Niagara. It opened in the autumn of 1964. It has one of the most breath taking views to see the falls from up above. It has this wonderful pictural presentation of plaques that line the outside walk of the history of the falls. You learn alot just from those. It has a wonderful restaurant too! This is a must see and do!
Another thrilling experience that any visitor shouldn't miss...its the Cave of the Winds Tour. Explore the bridal Veil Falls by walking through the pathways leading to the Hurricane deck. It is a once in a lifetime experience being close to one of the natural wonders of the world. Hear and feel the rumble of the water as it splashes in you. You will totally gonna get wet so be prepared..although a yellow poncho is provided. Another option is that you can totally drenched and enjoy the water. A tourguide will be with you during the whole duration of the walk. he can answer all your questions pertaining to the falls and the state park.
Make sure to bring a waterproof camera so you would enjoy taking pictures without worrying that it would get wet.
A yellow poncho and sandals are provided. You can either keep the sandals as souvenir or you can also donate it. There are drop off boxes at the exit wherein you can put your sandals for donation.
Price per person if purchase seperately:
$10.00 ~ Adult
$7 ~ Children 6 to 12 years of age
Children 5 years of age and under FREE
***Check out the link below for operating schedule***
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.
There was nothing much to do at night in Niagara aside from the illuminated falls and fireworks viewing. And so, we decided to try our luck over at Seneca Casino which is located about 3 minutes walk from our hotel. A huge casino flocked by both tourists and locals. They have showrooms, restaurants, spa etc.
Make sure to bring proper identification just in case they'll ask for it. As per our experienced, my husband has to go back to the hotel and leave me at the lobby to get my passport coz they wont let me in coz they said i look like below 18! hmmm...complement or what? hehehehe.
Nevertheless it was a fun night!
Niagara Legends of Adventure is the only film that will show you the historic to the heroic stories that occured in Niagara. Shows run every hour and the whole duration of the film lasts for about an hour.
This is inlcuded in our Passport of the Falls ticket.
Adventure Theater schedule:
May 1 – June 25 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
June 26 – September 3 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
September 4 – October 31 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
November 1 – December 31 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(schedule based on their website)
If purchase seperately:
$10.00 per person ~ Adult
$6.00 ~ Children 6 to 12 years of age
Children 5 years of age and under FREE
The state park is a nice place for a walk through nature and, of course, to see the falls. You can catch a few different views of the falls from here. There is also "Three Sisters Islands" which are three small islands connected by footbridges. There are short trails through the islands with lots of foliage. Of course there is the Maid of the Mist which is a boat ride that takes you to the foot of the falls. You can also take an elevator down to the Cave of the Winds at the foot of the falls and walk right next to the water as it crashes on to the gorge floor. The prices are reasonable (about $7) and raincoats are provided on both the Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds. You WILL get wet on Cave of the Winds.