Niagara Falls Things to Do

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    Goat Island

    by chewy3326 Written Apr 21, 2006

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    Some of the best views on the American side can be found on Goat Island, which seperates American and Horseshoe Falls. Goat Island got its name from a herder who lost all but one of his goats during a brutal winter. The island can be accessed by both car and foot, though parking on the island isn't cheap. It's best to park near the visitor center and walk via the pedestrian bridge onto the island. Cave of the Winds trips start on the island (we didn't do it). There is also a giant statue of Nikola Tesla as well as the Top of the Falls Restaurant. Two points on the island that should not be missed are Terrapin Point and Luna Island.

    American Falls
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    Niagara on the Lake

    by Jimmy_Stimm Updated Dec 3, 2004

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    Niagara on the Lake is a quiet little town in the middle of wine country. If you want to get away from the crowds at the falls head for the Queenston Bridge to Canada and follow the signs to Niagara on the Lake. The main street in town is lined with wineries, shops and restaurants. Hop from winery to winery trying the wines. There are a number of good places to get a bite to eat as well. Canada is still closely affiliated with the Queen, which probably explains why you can sit down for "tea and crumpets" at a lot of these places.
    Maple Leaf Fudge is a great place for desert.

    Niagara on the Lake
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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
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    Take a helicopter ride over the falls

    by tpangelinan Written Jul 9, 2005

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    You can take a helicopter ride over the falls, they are located next to the Howard Johnson's near Rainbow Bridge. The ride is only 12 minutes and cost $80.00 per person, Terry and I thought that was out of hand so we passed on it, but if you like that kind of fun and feel that is a reasonable price have a ball.

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    Niagara Power Project Visitors Center

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 19, 2009

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    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.

    It's Free!

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    • Historical Travel
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    Niagara Falls Visitor Center

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Oct 2, 2007

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    Niagara Falls Visitor Center is situated within Niagara State Park. This is where you can learn more about the history of Niagara through its displays. They also have here souvenir shops, books and other gift items. This is also where the film "Niagara.. legends of Adventure" is being shown.
    Coffee Shops can also be found here.

    Note:
    Ticket booth for the Passport to the Fallls is located outside the Center.
    The Visitor Center is open daily from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. in warmer months
    8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. during the cooler months.

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    Horseshoe Falls

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Oct 2, 2007

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    Horseshoe Falls is the biggest among the 3 falls in Niagara. It was named as such because of its horseshoe shape. The thundering water and the mist coming from it is really magical. This is where the Maid of the Mist tour will have its last stop before returning to base.
    The site is really unexplainable and i should say any traveller shouldn't miss visiting this place. You would just hear yourself saying..ITS AMAZING! ITS GOD"S WONDER!

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    Niagara State Park

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Oct 2, 2007

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    Niagara State Park is an acres of land where the famous Niagara Falls can be found. Sourrounded by lush greens of trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens, one can find the serenity of the place although its a very touristic site.
    You can do jogging, picnic, biking & camping in the park.
    The whole place is so neat and well maintained.
    Shops, restaurants and other activities are located just within the park vicinity.

    Note:
    There's no entrance fee to the park.

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    Helicopter Tour

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Oct 2, 2007

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    If you want to explore and have a different view of the falls and the area sorrounding it, you should try the helicopter ride. Located just right infront of Days Inn, you can try this activity. The whole ride will last about 12 minutes and price per person is $80.00
    2 passengers per ride plus the pilot. Get those ears ready for this ear bugging ride of a lifetime.

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    Niagara Aquarium

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Oct 2, 2007

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    Niagara Aquarium is included in the Passport to the Falls ticket. Personally, i didn't enjoy our visit here. Few animal displays while some are under renovations. The whole place smells and it seems like it is not well maintained. There's one dolphin show wherein the Dolphin needs more training regarding its tricks because it doesnt usually follow with the trainor's command. In the end, we just find ourselves and other tourists walking away without finishing the show.

    Price per person if purchase seperately:
    $8.00 ~ Adult
    $5.50 ~Children 4 to 12 years of age
    Children 3 years of age and under FREE

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    Niagara Gorge Discovery Center

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Oct 2, 2007

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    The Niagara Gorge Discovery Center showcases the natural and local history of Niagara Falls. You can learn about the ancient rock layers, local minerals and fossils plus the history of Great Gorge Trolley route.
    Interactive displays, a virtual elevator trip and a multi-screen theater presentation will show you how the Niagara River carved the gorge and the falls over the course of more than12,000 years.
    Very informative!

    This is included in the Passport of the Falls ticket.
    If purchase seperately:
    $3.00 ~ Adult
    $1.50 ~ Children 6 to 12 years of age
    Children five years of age and under FREE

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    Observation Tower

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Oct 2, 2007

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    Entrance to the Observation Tower is included in the Passport to the Falls ticket. The observation deck has a towering height of 230ft. From here you can have a perfect view and photo flatform of the falls and the Rainbow bridge. Niagara Falls Canadian side is also very visible from here. This is where the high speed elevator is located which provides access to the borading area for Maid of the Mist tour.

    Entrance if purchase seperately:
    $1.00 per person
    Children 5 and under FREE

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    Balloon Ride

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Oct 2, 2007

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    This Hot Air Balloon ride is located just outside the Niagara State Park. This will give you the top view of the falls and the State Park. The ride will last about 15 minutes and it costs $25.00 per person.

    Hours:
    May-October, 9am to midnight daily

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    Goat Island

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Oct 2, 2007

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    Goat Island is part of Niagara State Park located near the Cave of the Winds boarding area. This is where you can have a greater view of the Horseshoe falls. You can also find here souvenir shops and the Top of the falls Restaurant. Parking lot 2 is also located here.

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    American Rapids

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Oct 2, 2007

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    Walking upstream from Prospect Point, you come to the American Rapids.
    Actually this would be the first thing that you would see as you exit the Visitor Information Center. Fast running tons of water that would drop as it reaches the American falls.
    There are railings sorrounding it and nice wakways to have a pleasant stroll. .

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    Prospect Point

    by chewy3326 Written Apr 20, 2006

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    Prospect Point is on the northern edge of American Falls. It is directly behind the Orin Lehman Visitor Center, allowing for very easy access and a great view. The view is mainly of American Falls, though a bit of Horseshoe Falls pokes out from behind Goat Island. Prospect Point is the site of a famous rockfall in the middle of the 20th century (don't remember exact date). Large chunks of rock crumbled and fell from the old viewpoint and created some of the loose debris that is now at the bottom of American Falls. It was this and subsequent rockfalls that led to the dewatering of American Falls in 1969 to determine the safety of the rock in the area.

    Niagara Falls from Prospect Point
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