A natural division between Canada and the US, the massive Niagara Falls are a must-see for visitors to both countries. Located on the Niagara River between the states of Ontario and New York, the Niagara Falls are a series of three distinct waterfalls that weave their way around the river. Made up of the American Falls, the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls, marvel at the might and beauty of these natural wonders.
There are heaps of different ways to experience the Niagara Falls, depending on your budget and sense of adventure. The classic way to get up-close-and-personal with the falls is on a River Cruise. This boat ride is unlike any other you’ve experienced before, edging as close to the break wake as humanly possible, so come prepared to get wet. Wearing either a yellow or red poncho that the park provides, you’ll seem like a local in no time.
Keep your ponchos on-hand if you’re keen to get even wetter. Take an elevator down to the level of the Niagara River to make your way towards the Cave of the Winds. This slippery pilgrimage up to the foot of the Bridal Veil Falls actually takes you behind the waterfall. But be warned: you’ll definitely emerge completely drenched.
For those wanting to add some adrenaline to their adventure, take a helicopter ride above the falls – or better yet, zip-line across them. This 670-metre trip from the heights of the Park’s Gorge to the Canadian observation deck will thrill you.
If you’re wanting to learn a little more about the local area, there are plenty of local museums that explain the history of Niagara Falls. Check out the Niagara Gorge Discovery Centre to discover the natural history of the site, as well as the Niagara Power Projects Visitor’s Centre, where you can learn about the projects that harness the hydro-energy generated by these mighty falls.
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If you’re looking for some of the best things to do in Niagara Falls, put this one on your list. Take an exhilarating 52-second ride up to the observation deck of the Skylon Tower. Looking out over the Niagara Falls from a 158-metre height, this tower has the highest vantage point of the falls. From the observation deck, you’ll also be able to see the Great Gorge, the Niagara wine district and the Toronto and Buffalo skylines. If you’re feeling a bit fancy, grab a bite to eat at the Skylon Tower revolving Dining Room. With the best vistas in the park, make your way up the Skylon Tower.
Take a shower under the falls with a boat ride
For those who aren’t afraid to get a little wet, enjoy the Niagara Falls from an exhilarating perspective. Remember to pack your poncho when you jump on a Niagara Falls boat tour. Feel the watery mist begin to splash on your face as your ship edges closer and closer to the break of the falls. Get as close-as-possible all three of the park’s great waterfalls; the American Falls, the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. Feel energised as their wake washes over you on this 20-minute voyage. Our tip? Try to come on a clear day, as wind and rain can make this otherwise-awesome boat ride a little rocky!
Located close to the famous waterfalls, the Niagara Falls Museum is actually the oldest museum in all of Canada. What began as a place for Thomas Barnett to showcase his eclectic personal collection of historical artefacts, this museum was most famous for holding the mummy of Ramesses I before its return to Egypt. You’ll be surprised by what you find in this local history museum.
With amazing views of the area’s landscapes, the Niagara Power Projects Visitor’s Centre offers both an interesting insight to the Falls’ energy-generation projects, as well as the opportunity to soak up its natural beauty. Learn about innovative renewable energy through immersive experiences at this interactive museum.
In an old airport terminal at the Niagara Falls International Airport, you’ll find the Niagara Aerospace Museum. Located on the US side of Niagara Falls in New York State, this museum tells the history of New York’s aviation and aerospace programs. If you love aeroplanes or war history, this museum is for you.
One of the quirkier museums in the area, discover the history of Niagara Falls at the Niagara Wax Museum. This unique history museum brings the stories of the local area to life through full-sized wax displays. Learn about some of the most important figures and events of the area at the Niagara Wax Museum of History.
If you’re keen on science, this museum is for you. Also known as the Schoellkopf Geological Museum, the Niagara Gorge Discovery Centre is located on the US side of Niagara Falls within Niagara Falls State Park. Since its opening in 1971, this natural history and geology museum has showcased the ancient rocks and minerals of the Niagara Falls area.
Probably the best contribution Canada has made to the world of food, trying poutine should be on everyone’s Canadian to-do list. Quintessentially Quebecoise, poutine is a mound of fries covered in gravy and cheese curds. Dig into a serve at Smoke’s Poutinerie in Niagara Falls.Best eaten at - Smoke's Poutinerie, 5869 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L6, Canada
Seeing that it’s completely surrounded by water, you’d expect Niagara Falls to have a pretty good seafood scene. For some of the best in the area, head to Tide and Vine. This rustic oyster house offers a variety of cooked and fresh oysters that you’ll happily slurp All. Day. Long. Their seafood chowder and lobster profiteroles are also definitely worth trying.Best eaten at - Tide and Vine Oyster House, 3491 Portage Rd, Niagara Falls, On, L2j 2k5, Canada
Given the State of Ontario’s English heritage, it seems only right to experience a classic British tradition: High Tea. Featuring scones with Devonshire cream and cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, the Queen Charlotte Tea Room puts on one heck of a spread. If you want the full experience, remember to give them the heads up by making a booking in advance.