Visiting the falls in Niagara, New York and Ontario
Niagara Falls are some of the most famous waterfalls in the world. Over 20 million people a year visit the falls. Niagara Falls is actually not one waterfall, but three separate falls; Horseshoe Falls, called that because of its horseshoe shape, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls, the smallest.
Niagara Falls stand about 165 feet, or 50 meters, high. The waters of Angel Falls in Venezuela crash 3,212 feet to the bottom making them the tallest in the world. The highest falls in the U.S. are located in Yosemite National Park and are about 2,425 feet tall. Although Niagara Falls are not the the highest, combined they have the distinction of having the largest flow rate of any falls in the world.
WHERE: The falls at Niagara are located between the cities of Niagara, NY and Niagara, Ontario. The falls are about twenty minutes from Buffalo, NY, 1.5 hours from Toronto, and about 7 hours(400 miles) from New York City.
WHAT TO DO:
- Hike around Niagara Falls State Park on the New York side of the falls.
- Take a walk behind the Bridal Veil Falls on the Cave of the Winds Tour
- Take a boat ride and get up close to the falls.
- Visit the Aquarium of Niagara.
- Try your luck at one of the local casinos.
- Go over the falls in a barrel. OK, don't really do this one! It's a little dangerous, and illegal. The last person to intentionally go over the falls and survive was fined $2,300 and barred from ever entering Canada.
- Visit the nearby African Lion Safari in Cambridge, Ontario
- Enjoy a meal with a view at the 775 ft. tall revolving restaurant in Skylon Tower in Niagara, Ontario.
- View the illuminated falls at night from the Canadian side.
STAYING: There are well over a hundred hotels near Niagara Falls. Any type of lodging can be found, whether you're traveling as a family or going away for a romantic honeymoon.
CROSSING THE BORDER: You'll need a passport to cross the border. U.S. citizens can use either a regular passport or a cheaper passport card to enter Canada.
SOURCES: niagarafallsstatepark.com, Niagara Falls on Wikipedia, Highest Waterfalls of the World from Factmonster.com, Skylon.com, niagarafallslive.com