Niagara Falls is a beautiful city known as the site of the world-famous falls that are its namesake. The city is a popular traveler’s destination for those seeking a festive town. But Niagara Falls is also one of the leading tourism centers in North America. A short distance along the main street lie the falls. America lies just a walk away – separated by three bridges. Each of these bridges offers stunning views of the falls.
- Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls are a world-renowned tourist destination. The three main sections of the falls are the Horseshoe Falls, that stretch for 640 meters from the Canadian side to the other side of the border into America; American Falls, lying entirely on the U.S side of the border; and the romantically named Bridal Veil Falls, in between the two. Walk on the rope way that has been strung above the falls and – if you have the guts – go right to the edge of the canyon for a breathtaking view of the falls hurtling down the gorge. Stroll to the Table Rock Welcome Centre with its strategically located restaurant that gives a fine view of the falls. The Niagara River is nearly 60 meters from the top of the gorge and is nearly 300 meters at its widest.
- Journey Behind the Falls
Take this journey for an intimate and up-close look at the falls from behind the Horseshoe Falls. The viewing point lies an elevator ride into the womb of the earth. Experiencing the falls from the other side is like watching a curtain of water cascading endlessly and showering all within range with mist. As you make your way back to the Table Rock Welcome Centre, your perspective of what a waterfall looks like will be altered forever.
- Skylon Tower
Skylon Tower rises more than 235 meters above the Niagara Falls, and is easily the best spot for viewing the falls and scenery around the place. This includes the Niagara Escarpment and a panoramic sight of the city. There are two observation spaces here – one covered and another outdoors. As befits a tower of this height, it has a revolving restaurant – the Revolving Dining Room. There is another eatery here, the Summit Suite Buffet. This one is easier on the wallet and favored by families.
Official site: http://www.skylon.com/
- Hornblower Cruises
A boat ride to the bottom of the falls where the cascade mingles into the river is an experience to remember. Seeing the mountains of water toppling from above into the very water your catamaran is on is very different from viewing the water falling from a safe distance above the falls. Here, you’d experience a drenching if not for the raincoats provided by Hornblower Cruises, the company operating these rides.
Official site: http://www.niagaracruises.com/
- Niagara Parkway
Niagara Parkway is a breathtaking drive that covers the distance from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Fort Erie. The route is the best way to take eyefuls of the gorge. You can stop at parks, admire dense foliage, and visit spots such as Whirlpool Rapids and Butterfly Conservatory. A bicycle ride along the length of the Parkway is a great way to commune with nature.
- The Butterfly Conservatory
There are more than 2000 butterflies in this conservatory, and for avid lepidopterists this conservatory is easily the highlight of the Parkway. You will enjoy trying to identify butterflies from more than 40 species. The conservatory is open throughout the year and receives visitors even during the cold season.
- Whirlpool Aero Car
How many people who you know have taken a ride in an antique cable car? You can, in the Whirlpool Aero car. It has been ferrying passengers across the Whirlpool Rapids for more than 100 years. A view of the foaming waters of the rapids from above is a thrilling one. The ride takes ten minutes to cover one kilometer in one direction.
- Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours
The city of Niagara Falls attracts adventure seekers. If you feel like getting in touch with your inner daredevil, then Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours can help you accomplish this. They are located a short distance from the falls and operate rides into the heart of class 5 whitewater rapids. In summers, you get to navigate the rapids in open jet boats, while in spring and autumn; you get to experience the stomach churning rapids in a covered boat. These tours will also educate you about the geographical features of the area.
Official site: http://www.whirlpooljet.com/jet-boating/niagara-on-the-lake/
If it’s summer and you are in Southern Ontario, then a visit to MarineLand is mandatory. It’s a family event that locals grow with and look back upon with fondness. It’s a marine park that also packs games and thrilling rides along with shows featuring intelligent marine mammals.
Official site: http://www.marinelandcanada.com/
The town of Naigara-on-the-Lake is one of those fairytale places that time passes by; yet, it has all the amenities you’d expect from a popular tourist spot. It lies only a short distance from Niagara Falls and you will cross this town as you travel the Niagara Parkway. The architecture of the town follows 19th century architectural practices, and indeed many buildings date to that period.
Originally posted 2017-04-06 06:35:26.