With its awe-inspiring scenery, the majestic Niagara Falls stands out as one of the biggest and most profoundly beautiful attractions in the country. The expansive falls are divided into three separate cascades, namely the Bridal Veil Falls, the American Falls and the larger Horseshoe Falls. The waterfall’s beauty, However, is not it’s only asset; there are many ways to see and explore Niagara, which add to one’s experience. Here is a look at some of the best things to do at the Niagara Falls:
Take a Maid of the Mist Boat Tour:
Operating since the late 19th century, the Maid of the Mist Boat fleet is the only such fleet who have successfully navigated the Niagara Gorge. This historic boat ride operates only on the U.S side of the falls. The boat traverses across the base of the Niagara and towards the American and the Bride Veil Falls, crossing over 600,000 gallons of falling water.
Recently, the Maid of the Mist has launched specialized zero-emission passenger vehicles, the first of their kind in the United States. The spectacular ride takes about half an hour in total. Take a look at the Thrillophilia reviews section to know more about what people thought of the experience!
Witness the views from the Observation Deck:
Jutting out dramatically above the Niagara Gorge, the Niagara Observation Deck offers an unprecedented view of the rushing waterfall below. A series of elevators lead one up to the Observation Deck, where all three falls are clearly visible from. Birdwatching is a popular exercise here as well, and those with a quick eye can catch glimpses of peregrine falcons and bald eagles around the place. The Observation Tower can also be a great place to catch a sunset from, and is popularly visited during the hours of early evening.
Take a hike along the falls:
A popular hiking destination in the United States, the Falls are home to a great many hiking trails, all of them boasting of magnificent beauty. Each trail here is of a different level of difficulty, making it a great place for seasoned as well as novice hikers. The Great Gorge Scenic HIke and the Upper Great Gorge hike are both easy trials, and can be tried by anyone across all age groups. The Devil’s Hole Rapids and Giant Rock trail is better suited to hikers with a little more experience, while the Whirlpool Rapids Adventure Hike is fairly challenging and requires some bit of expertise. Check out the Thrillophilia reviews bit to choose the best hike for yourself.
Catch a flick at the Adventure Theatre:
At the Niagara Adventure theatre, one gets to witness the history and making of the majestic falls, albeit on the big screen. Every hour, the theatre hosts a screening of the film “Niagara: Legends of Adventure”, which lasts about half an hour and tells the splendid tale of the eponymous waterfall. The theatre has a seating capacity of 314 people, with enough room to accommodate visitors even with social distancing measures. Tickets for the show must be purchased at the door. Subtitles are offered in Spanish, Mandarin and Korean.
Witness the Niagara Falls illuminations:
Each evening, the Niagara Falls lights up in bands of different hues to honor a certain cause. Hundreds of little LED lights are fitted into the gorge, which light up every night of the year starting from dusk. The falls remain lit up between 08.00PM in the evening and 02.00AM the next morning. The honorary illuminations last for an hour at most, and then the falls revert back to its general lighting schedule. As of November 2020, the Inspired by Nature lighting show has become a regular part of the illumination schedule here, featuring 5 minute shows displaying bands of hues inspired by nature.
Take the Cave of the Winds Tour:
The Cave of Winds Tour is often deemed as a must do at Niagara Falls. Here, an elevator ride takes you down into the womb of the Niagara Gorge, where a series of wooden walkways take you right up to the Bridal Veil Falls. Armed in a yellow poncho, one must travel through strong gusts of spray.
The tropical storm-like conditions here have earned the place the title of “Hurricane Deck ”- in fact, even with the protective shoes and poncho, one is likely to get wet. The Cave of Winds experience not only takes you right into the heart of the waterfall, but can be a great photo opportunity as well. Read through the Thrillophilia reviews to find out what people thought of this attraction!
Journey Behind the Falls: Literally taking one behind the scenes of the mighty Niagara, the Journey Behind the Falls is a self guided tour designed for those looking to get close to the thundering waters here. Guests plummet 125feet down the Gorge, where a short passage drives one to two perception decks found straightforwardly behind the Falls. The attraction is ideally enjoyed during summer, when the seasonal conditions are suitable for it.