Niagara Falls Travel Guide

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Niagara Falls Highlights

  • Pro
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    chewy3326 says…

     Less crowds, more brink-of-the-falls viewpoints 

  • Con
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     Rather depressed area on the USA side due to corrupt politicians 

  • In a nutshell
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    Wendy67 says…

     See the Falls and call it a day. 

Niagara Falls Things to Do

  • Horseshoe Falls

    The Horseshoe falls are best seen from the Canadian side. I have yet to make it over there. Here is a shot from the American side.

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  • Great being wet!

    When you are on the Niagara Falls, you certainly should not miss the experience with the famous "Maid of the mist". The ride is alltogether I think about half an hour long (I did not take care about that) and you get very wet if you chose to stay outside on the boat and not inside, but every second and every drop of water is very worth! It is a...

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  • Goat Island

    Goat Island is the place to go to get some of the best and closest views of the Niagara Falls. As a part of Niagara Falls State Park, it is a great place to walk around and witness the fury of the water. We rode on the Niagara Scenic Trolley to the southwestern extremity of the island, called Terrapin Point, and slowly made our way back by...

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Niagara Falls Hotels

Niagara Falls Restaurants

  • Great view on the Horseshoe Fall

    In the park itself where the Falls are (I am talking about the American side of the Falls) there is not a big number of restaurants, but I can suggest to have a meal in the restaurant "Top of the Falls" mostly because of its location. The food there is quite OK, but the location is really good, there is a nice view on the "Horseshoe Fall" from the...

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  • Pizza and Wings

    The pizza was wonderful. I think the best part was the owner. I notice on the menu that he also had Buffalo wings and I told him that I'd never had them before. I also told him about finding his place by reviews online. He seemed very proud of that and he also became like a man on a mission to make sure that I found out what REAL Buffalo wings were...

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  • Wow, great Italian Food!

    While we were wondering in the downtown area near the falls, we ventured into this establishment. What great food! We enjoyed what we ate and gobbled up everything in between. It's a good choice to try this place out! We both had the Homemade Lasagna:-) Delicious!

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Niagara Falls Nightlife

  • Always a good time.

    Like the umbiquious Starbucks, this chain of restaurants is in every big city in America it seems. Average food, decent prices, the real draw is all the goodies that you'll find hung from the walls (& sticking out of them too!) Dress code is casual, just don't go in naked!

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  • The falls at night!

    These are the horseshoe falls at night, the best viewing can be caught on the Canadian side. This is a great night time thing to do and rather romantic too! So grab your partner and your camera and head over the bridge to the Canada side and enjoy the show! The time is from dark to about midnight and the lights change about every 15 minutes or so....

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  • The falls at night!

    You must go see the falls at night, they light them up and change the colors every 15 minutes. This is a very cool thing to do at night if your not into the party thing or gambling. It usaully last about 3 hours or so. They shine some very bridge lights on the falls from the Canadian side on both sets of falls. Depending on the time of year will...

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Niagara Falls Transportation

  • Crossing Rainbow Bridge on foot

    Rainbow Bridge is the first place we ever changed countries on foot. Linking the cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York, it offers splendid views of the Niagara River and Falls. It's OK to stop and take pictures of the scenery while crossing the bridge.Before going, make sure you have your passport on you, as there are border...

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  • Historic Niagara Falls Trolley

    Explore Niagara Falls State Park in the comfort of the Niagara Falls Scenic Trolley. Enjoy an overview of the park in half an hour as a knowledgeable guide shares the history of the park with you along the three-mile route, or get off at each of the six stops and explore the Niagara Falls attractions. The Niagara Falls Scenic Trolley is a favorite...

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  • Niagara Scenic Trolley

    Although there could be a convenience factor when little ones are along for the ride, but we discovered that during American long weekends, they can become jam packed. It is then better to hike then to ride the trolleys.However, even when they were crowded, we had to take the trolley to cover one long stretch from Parking Area P3 to Parking Area...

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Niagara Falls Shopping

  • Duty Free Shopping, know your prices

    There are two duty free shops, one on each side of the Rainbow bridge.Americans shop on the Canadian side, Canadians shop on the American side and tourists from other countries shop on which ever side is the opposite of their hotel.Both are fairly large stores, offering a wide selection of items from candy bars to perfume.Their hours are from 7am...

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  • Good shopping place

    This is a pretty good place to pick up those gifts for people back home, the prices are good and plenty to chose from. You can find t-shirt, and all those other goodies you like to bring home to the people you love to show them you were thinking of them while you were on vacation having fun without them.

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  • If you want to kill some time...

    If you like to shop and have time to kill there is the Niagara Factory Outlet Mall. Plenty of outlets from Nike, Addidas, Pfatzlgraf, etc. Every weekend Canadians make a pilgrimage across the border to this mall which is known for it's good prices. My girlfriend was estatic when she walked out with a suede coat for $40. Recently I was pretty...

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Niagara Falls Local Customs

  • Niagara Falls USA Discovery Pass

    If you are on a full day (or longer) trip to the American side of the Niagara Falls, you may want to consider buying the Discovery Pass and see everything the Niagara Falls State Park has to offer.The Discovery Pass covers 5 attractions: the Aquarium of Niagara, the Cave of the Winds, the Niagara Adventure Theater, the Niagara Gorge Discovery...

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  • Sales Tax in Niagara Falls!

    SALES TAXES: Sales tax vary somewhat around the region wherein Ontario has a 8% Provincial Sales Tax + 7% GST (both of which international/US visitors can get rebated on purchases of goods) and in Niagara Falls, NY Side the local sales tax is 8.25%.Stores stay open until 6:00 p.m. in most parts of Niagara. Many city and suburban stores are open...

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  • Parking in Niagara Falls (NY & Canada)

    Free parking is rare. Many parking lots vary in prices from day to day and from month to month. The major parking lots are as follows:Commercial Parking Lots Ontario Side:Table Rock parking - Niagara Parks Commission - a fee is chargedRapids View parking - Niagara Parks Commission - a fee is chargedGreenhouse parking - Niagara Parks Commission - a...

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Niagara Falls Warnings and Dangers

  • Steer Clear of the Water

    Niagara Falls is an excellent place for looking at the water--NOT for getting into it. It's cold, fast, treacherous, and has a slippery bottom. Do not attempt to swim, raft, or even wade in it.

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  • It can get crowded, windy and rainy

    Always keep a light water resistant jacket and an umbrella handy. It is definitely windy all the time and if it is not raining, it could be showers from the falls and rapids that can wet you. Keep checking for your camera as water droplets on the lens may get unnoticed and may destroy many of your pictures.Besides, try to plan your trip on weekdays...

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  • Safe areas to walk, after dark

    Like most towns and cities, there are some places you just don't need to be walking. For those of you who did what I did... fly in and didn't rent a car, you might be doing some walking.According to the hotel staff, your 'safe zone' after dark is between the casino and the falls.Since I like to take night photos, I ended up walking back from the...

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Niagara Falls Tourist Traps

  • Well, who wouldn't want one of these?

    Looking back to 1998 I'll just never know why I didn't buy it. I probably could still stare into its eyes and feel the magic.Fool I am.

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  • Clifton Hill-Expensive place for...

    Located a block from Casino Niagara and walking distance to the Falls, the strip, along with a stretch of Victoria Avenue, features such attractions as the Alien Encounter, Guinness World Of Records Museum, Adventure Dome, Louis Tussaud's Waxworks, and Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum.Prices of t-shirts here cost 10 CAD (made in china!) , shot...

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  • Canadian Side of Niagara Falls

    The two sides of the border are quite a contrast, the American side is park-like and fairly quiet, laid back and green, and the Canadien one is a continuous asphalt and concrete strip devoid of trees, with trashy attractions like a Ripley's Believe it or Not museum (whenever you see one of these you know you're in a serious tourist trap!), a Planet...

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Niagara Falls What to Pack

  • Prevention against nature

    I strongly recommend that some members of the entourage have backpacks. Clothing will depend upon season, but light water-resistant jackets in summer will come in handy. I also recommend comfortable hiking shoes even though my daughter tends to hike even in her party shoes. You may need painkillers after a hectic day of hiking and enjoying other...

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  • Things you don't want to forget!

    For the most part you can leave the fancy clothing at home. The area dresses very casual. Good walking shoes that can handle getting a little wet.Many people say to pack rain gear, but with airline weight limits, it isn't worth the weight. Any of the attractions that you may get wet, give you a poncho to keep. Also the 'Cave of the Winds' give...

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  • If you ride the boat, expect to get...

    If you're planning to ride the Maid of the Mist, make sure you're wearing something you wouldn't mind getting wet in;) Although you will be provided a free poncho. I remember I also wore water sandals. It's no fun walking around in wet socks/sneakers.

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Niagara Falls Off The Beaten Path

  • Devils Hole State Park

    Overlooking the lower whirlpool rapids, this 42-acre park features a nature trail; gorge caves; picnic area; winter snowshoeing and cross-country skiing; and a spectacular 300-foot walkway that winds its way along the Niagara River. At the end of it, you're treated to a stunning view of the rapids in all their majestic splendor. The park is popular...

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  • It is an Important Bird Area

    Niagara River Corridor has been dedicated as an Important Bird Area (IBA). A wide variety of bird species migrate through the area or breed here, including waterfowl, raptors, songbirds, shorebirds and others. Over 30 species of endangered birds, threatened birds or birds of special concern are found here, including the bald eagle, the peregrine...

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  • In Summary... plus

    Seneca Niagara Casino is New York State's first full-service casino featuring reel-spinning and video slot machines. Just a few blocks from world-famous Niagara Falls, make sure you have your passport handy. I have an inside source that tells me that everyone will need a valid passport to cross over come January 2008.stick to the fudgetake a short...

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Niagara Falls Sports & Outdoors

  • Take your bikes!

    We would suggest taking your own bikes and LOCKS! You can cover a lot more ground on a bike and see much more in a shorter period of time than walking thats for sure. We did not see any place to rent bikes on the USA side nor did we see any bike racks. Would suggest locking them up to a tree or some thing. We were also told that bikes can and will...

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  • My sport of choice is Blackjack

    The ObjectIn the game of Blackjack, each player’s wager is a bet against the dealer’s hand. The object of this card game is to have the total point value of the cards dealt to you exceed the point value of the dealer’s hand without going over 21. If you draw cards that total more than 21, your hand breaks and you lose. Bring cash!

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Niagara Falls Favorites

  • History of the Goat Island

    From the website:http://www.answers.com/topic/goat-islandJohn Stedman – an early pioneer and miller – kept a herd of goats on the island. Upon returning to the island after the terrible winter of 1780, Stedman found all but one of the goats had died; thus giving the island its name.The preservation of the island as parkland is due to the early...

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  • overlook

    This camera on the tower at the Sheraton Hotel overlooks the falls so you can see them any time night or day, summer ot winter.http://www.fallsview.com/Stream/StarDotTechCamStill.shtml

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  • Driving to Niagara from Queens!

    Wow this is a Tiring Drive and It took about 10 hours and a few stops to gas stations for us to arrive at niagara falls from woodhaven in queens. the distance is about 422 miles and it gets confusing at times since there are so many turnpikes from the freeways here (there are no turnpikes in the west coast), we got lost near syracuse and also in...

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