How to Visit Niagara Falls: Top 6 Incredible Experiences
Found in North America and despite being just 50 meters high, Niagara Falls is widely considered the 8th wonder of the world. It’s a four-season destination with awe-inspiring natural wonders. Visitors flock from all over the world to experience thrilling entertainment, world-class accommodation, and amazing culinary scenes.
Niagara Falls is found in Ontario, the most populated province in Canada, with a count of 14,570,000 (2019) people. Niagara Falls is estimated to attract 13 million visitors every year. The surrounding areas have four major airports chartering airlines across the globe. These airports are Toronto Pearson International Airport, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport(YMC), Buffalo Niagara International Airport, and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport(YTZ).
Once you land, airport shuttles, buses, trains, airport limousines, and rental cars are available to facilitate your travel to Niagara Falls. If you choose to travel on your own, you might consider taking the Go Train, which enables regional trips between Hamilton areas and Greater Toronto. They provide weekday commuter services to and fro Niagara Falls and Toronto during the mornings and evenings. Going for a Niagara Falls tour from Toronto is an easier option where local tour guides will take care of the planning and take you to the major sights in Niagara Falls. In either case, Niagara Falls will likely be the highlight of your trip – whether visiting solo, with family or with friends.
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How To Visit Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is by far the most visited falls across the globe. While it’s considered by many to be a seasonal destination, that is not the case. You can explore Niagara Falls any season you see fit, but your overall experience will vary depending on the season. For instance, most attractions are open from around April and last until around November (weather dependent). But despite the shutting down of a few attractions sites to usher in the winter season, you’re still bound to have the experience of your lifetime as winter attractions take place. Our travel guide will give you a deep insight into Niagara Falls and how you can effectively navigate the spectacular waterfalls. Depending on your schedule, you can manage to see a lot in just hours or a couple of days!
Niagara Cruises Boat Ride
The Voyage to the Falls is a boat ride that provides an up-close and personal experience of the famous Niagara Falls. Niagara Cruises operates this tour, which departs from the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and takes you up close to the Horseshoe Falls and American Falls, allowing you to see two different perspectives of the falls.
The 15-minute journey takes you past Horseshoe Falls and under the Fallsview Bridge, where passengers experience a thundering wall of mist. Then the boat turns around and passes by the American Falls in close proximity. Expect to get wet during this voyage since the boat comes into contact with the wall of water at the base of the waterfall. You’ll get an awesome red poncho to keep you dry, but prepare for your shoes to be wet!
Journey Behind The Falls
The Journey Behind the Falls might be one of the most enjoyable parts of your Niagara Falls adventure. This is a great alternative to the boat ride, when it closes for the winter. It’s the Niagara Parks attraction site that will crown your visit to the falls. Experience the true power of Niagara by taking a 125-feet tour down the falls to the middle of the cascade. While there, you can take a close look at the 130-year-old tunnels that sit behind the falls. With this close-up view, you can enjoy the beautiful impact that water has while crashing against surfaces. At the end of one tunnel, you’ll find an observational deck that positions you right beside Niagara Falls. But you need to be ready for a misty environment with a set of rain ponchos, as it can get intense. Unlike most attractions in Niagara Falls, the journey behind the falls runs full time, including the winters. That makes it a unique attraction that majorly attracts people all seasons, especially in winter.
While most people know little and hardly think of Whitewater Walk when visiting Niagara Falls, it is still a memorable way of experiencing Niagara Falls. The Whitewater Walk lets you explore the Niagara River rapids first hand, by hiking through a trail right on the water. The whitewater walks stretch along the Niagara River, a few inches down the falls. The river comprises a class of six white-water rapids. The water velocity at these rapids is hard to tell, so one more mystery for you to find out!
You will use an elevator to go 70 meters down to the Niagara Gorge, where you’ll witness a series of standing waves that are the largest of their kind in North America. When you get to the edge of the enormous rapids, you are free to have a walk on the boardwalk. Although the white walk is a distinct attraction of Niagara Falls, it is often included in your Adventure Pass.
Hike The Niagara Glen
While you are in Niagara Falls, you can make the Niagara Glen one of your top experiences since it is a free-of-charge attraction. For this adventure, you will have to hike for at least 4km in paths running through Carolinian Forest, and you’ll witness incredible rock formations along the way. You will begin your adventure from the Niagara Glen Nature Centre and end at Niagara Gorge. Along the way, you will have a closer look at the impressive Niagara River rapids. You’ll also have a distant and elevated view of the Niagara gorge from the start.
The whirlpool jet boat is a fantastic way to experience Niagara Falls. Although the ride will only last a few minutes, you will enjoy it immensely. You can either select a closed or open boat. Just know that you’re more likely to get wet in an open boat than in a closed one! You might want an enclosed boat if you fancy a detailed observation of the Niagara Gorge. The whirlpool is the final destination of the trip, and you get to see its Class 6 Rapids. Given that the whirlpool “swallows” anything close by, you’ll get to sit beside it and have an experience of a lifetime while inside a powerful jet boat.
Visit The Casino Resort
Although you might be new to gambling, visiting a resort that can offer you one of the best experiences you will have while in Niagara Falls. It’s also one of the biggest attractions to Niagara Falls. While you might presume that it is a typical casino, it has a handful of other equally entertaining spots, ranging from nightclubs, a series of restaurants (at least five), and shopping centers.
Visiting Niagara falls will be one of the best decisions you will ever make. Whether you are a couple looking to blossom their romance or a family looking to get away from the daily grind of life, Niagara Falls has something for everyone.
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