The American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls, known collectively as the Niagara Falls, has the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world. A wonder of nature, the falls is a sight to behold. When you get to Niagara, here are 5 ways to experience the falls!
Ride into the falls
There is no better way to feel the power of the falls than to go straight into the pool of the world’s most powerful Horseshoe Falls. Hornblower Niagara cruises offer “Voyage to the falls”, an exhilarating boat tour that takes you past the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and into the heart of the Horseshoe falls where you can feel the splash from the water falls. The best place to stand if you want to get wet is at the front of the boat. However, if you want to keep dry, standing at the back of the boat is a safe bet. Ponchos are provided as you board, but I dare you to go without! It is the best feeling! Boats leave every 15-minutes, each ride lasts about 25-minutes. Tickets can be bought online to secure a spot. Have fun!
Go behind the falls
Walk through tunnels that have been dug behind the falls to see how the water pours over the cliff. Niagara’s “Journey behind the falls” tour is an elevator ride down into the falls then through tunnels that lead to 2 openings behind the falls and a large observation deck beside the falls. I suggest spending more time at the observation deck for a breathtaking view of the falls in the light. The 2 tunnels to the openings behind the falls allow you to look out from behind the falls. Both openings offer the same view, so ignore the line if one starts to form. Going through this attraction should take you around 1.5 hours; queues into the elevator are shorter in the morning and late evenings should you want to avoid the crowd.
Walk along the falls
Take a stroll along the path between Niagara parkway and the Niagara River for a full view of the falls from start to end. Starting from the base of Clifton Hill, walk towards The Journey behind the falls, also known as the Niagara Falls welcome centre. The angle from the base of Clifton Hill allows you to take in both the American and Horseshoe Falls. I recommend taking photos here, as you will be able to capture both falls. As you walk along, the path will take you right in front of the American Falls, close enough to feel a light splash. Moving along, you will reach a point between both falls, take in the sounds and expanse of the falls. As you get closer to the welcome centre, the Horseshoe Falls will come in full view as you lose sight of the American falls due to the path’s angle. The splash gets stronger and you will get a little wet from the mist. Keep going till you reach the welcome centre, which is at the rapids just before the falls here, you can see the water just before it flows over.
Get an aerial view of the falls
Get an aerial view of the falls from the top of the Skylon Tower. The observation deck at the top allows you to walk all around, giving you a view not only of the falls but also of Niagara, its buildings and structures. The observation deck is a short ride up via elevator. Here’s a little secret: keep to the right of the elevator because that is where the falls come up as the elevator leaves the shaft. On your way back down as you leave the observation deck, keep as close to the windows of the elevators for a clear view of the falls.
Admire the falls in the night
As night falls, large spotlights light up the falls in bright colours. The view of the falls in the night is just as breath taking as it is in the day. The Hornblower has special cruises from 9:45pm to 10:25pm for this every night and on the weekends, you can catch fireworks over the falls. Alternatively, take a walk along the path between the base of Clifton hill and the Niagara Falls Welcome centre to enjoy the view.
Take your time to enjoy the falls
Each way gives you a different view of the falls, all spectacular and breathtaking. You might be able to squeeze all these activities in a day, but spreading them out into 2 days gives you time to enjoy each activity comfortably and experience all that the falls has to offer. An interesting thing to note, the falls is constantly changing due to erosion that occurs, as the water gushes over the cliff into the pool; this takes the cliff back by a few centimeters each year. This daily change may not be obvious to see, but it definitely makes your view of the unique to time.
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