• Niagara Falls, New York and Ontario

      Photo by Jim Collins
      Niagara Falls has been attracting tourists for decades. It is a is a favorite destination for honeymooners and families because there are many attractions at the falls that are inexpensive or free. One is the most famous is the Maid of the Mist, the boat tour that takes you very close to the bottom of the falls – so close that you'll need rain gear (which the tour supplies) to keep from getting soaked by the spray. Likewise there are two tours that lead down close to the bottom of the falls: the Cave of the Winds tour in New York (they provide not only rain gear but sandals with carpeting on the bottom so you don't slip on the rocks) and in Ontario there's the Journey Behind the Falls, where you can actually peek through a window directly behind the water as it roars down. For the best photos, try one of the bird's eye view attractions. In Ontario there's the distinctive Skylon Tower, which offers you a lookout height of about 600 feet. That's measured from the ground, but it also sits right above the Maid of the Mist pool, which is about 175 feet below ground level. If you want to feel like a daredevil, Canada also has the Whirlpool Aero Car, an aerial tram suspended from cables that carries you out right over the water. (It's perfectly safe, of course.) And there are plenty of other activities in the international twin cities called Niagara Falls in Ontario including three casinos, a carnival, and haunted attractions.

      If you go:
      The Niagara Falls Observation Tower is open year round, weather permitting. Admission is FREE November 1 - April 1.


      Robert Moses Parkway
      Niagara Falls, New York 14301 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Niagara Falls (US) Park Information
      +1 (716) 278-1796