Niagara Falls, straddling the international border between Canada and the United States, is a collective name for 3 spectacular waterfalls known as the Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. Since the 19th century, this region has been a great draw to visitors all over the world for an awe-inspiring vacation rich with fascinating history and cultural heritage. With the most powerful waterfall in North America – Horseshoe Falls located on the Canadian borders, you definitely must give Niagara Falls at least 1 day to prove that it is not “just another tourist site”!
Enjoy a morning shower you will remember for life at the magnificent falls
What’s the first activity you should join when you reach Niagara Falls in the morning? It has to be the popular Maid of the Mist tour without any doubt! As North America’s oldest tourist attraction since 1846, this thrilling 30-minute boat ride brings you right to the base of the three powerful waterfalls while you marvel at its magnitude and awesomeness. The Maid of the Mist operates seasonally, typically from late April to late October every year when the weather isn’t too chilly such that the lake will freeze. There are two 600-passenger boats, departing every 15 minutes during the operating period.
A recyclable Maid of the Mist raincoat is provided free with admission to keep you dry from the mist, but well, you will still get wet, particularly if you stand at the front of the boat. That’s supposed to be part of the fun and thrill of this “morning shower”, isn’t it? If possible, use a waterproof camera casing to prevent your precious device from getting wet and damaged whilst catching all those unforgettable moments on the boat. As the boat approaches the waterfalls, particularly the most powerful Horseshoe Falls, it’s likely you can’t see ahead clearly due to the heavy mist. Nonetheless, all the photos taken during the ride will turn out marvellous. For 17 USD per adult, it’s an exciting ride that you just have to take at least once in your lifetime without regrets!
Cool down from the morning excitement and take a quiet stroll above the lovely falls
After such an exhilarating ride of a lifetime, let the excitement cool and take a leisurely stroll along the pathway to the Niagara Falls welcome centre to enjoy its fascinating beauty. Hear the thundering roar of the waterfalls, breathe in the high concentration of negative ions in the air to keep you refreshed and energised as you enjoy the scenic walk. Who knows, you may just get lucky and spot the stunning rainbow over the magnificent falls, which means you will get to visit the remarkable site again. Best part of it all, this is absolutely free for you to enjoy!
Have fun at the entertaining Clifton Hill district
Just a stone’s throw from the Niagara Falls in Ontario is the famous Clifton Hill district where there are many hotels, restaurants, shops and interesting attractions. You can ride the Niagara SkyWheel, visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not and other themed museums, or enjoy a friendly game of bowling or blackjack at the casino. There is also a wide selection of dining choices here from wallet-friendly fast food restaurants like Wendy’s to themed restaurants like Rainforest Café to restaurants with wonderful views of the falls to suit everyone’s budget. You can also shop at the numerous souvenir shops, Planet Hollywood and Hard Rock Café. This fun district is bound to keep you busy at least half a day or more.
Appreciate the illuminated Niagara Falls at night
Since 1925, the Falls are illuminated in the colours of the rainbow every evening, with the exact time varying from season to season and subject to change according to when the sky turns dark. As a general rule of thumb, during summer, the illumination time will be around 9pm while in winter time, it can start as early as 5pm. Since you already experienced magnificent day views of the mighty falls, why not make the trip complete by watching the free illuminated night show along the path between the base of Clifton hill and the Niagara Falls Welcome centre?
Certainly a tourist site worth spending more time
With so much to do and check out at Niagara Falls, there is surely no reason not to spend at least 1 day at the awe-inspiring destination. Afterall, it has been mesmerizing visitors all around the world for centuries and continues to exude its charms to date. If time and budget permits, do allow more time to explore this renowned tourist site so that you can enjoy each activity pleasantly. Have fun!
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