Most people have a list of places they want to visit and Niagara Falls is usually on that list. It is one of those places everyone wants to visit. Every year, 12 million people visit the falls.
If you decide to go, here are our top Niagara Falls must dos.
A hotel with a view
Top of the list is staying in a fallsview hotel close to Niagara Falls. There is nothing better than waking up and seeing the sun coming up over the falls. I am not an early riser, but it was well worth getting up early for that view. To this day, I can remember laying in the bath looking at the falls through my hotel window.
If you can afford it definitely book a hotel with a view of the falls. You will not only love the experience you will also be really close to the falls and many of the other attractions.
A boat trip
If you want to experience the power of the falls, a boat trip has to be top of your list. There really is nothing like getting within a few meters of all that crashing water. You will never forget it.
A walk along Rainbow Bridge is also a must. You are literally walking along the face of the falls. This means getting a little wet, but you get a great biodegradable poncho included in the price of the trip. Not the most fashionable item, but it will definitely keep you dry allowing you to stay under the falls as long as you like.
A helicopter tour
If you can afford a helicopter tour, definitely do it. From the air, you get a very different perspective.
It makes for some fantastic video footage. Not many people get to see the falls from the air, so if you are looking for a unique experience a helicopter tour is as close as you can get.
A trolley tour
I love trolley buses, so touring the falls on a trolley is a great experience. It is popular with people from countries that do not have trolley buses. If you buy a pass, you can spend as much time as you like travelling the various trolley routes. It is also a great way to see some of the State Park.
The discovery centre
Some people forget that the falls are located in a State Park, which is home to a huge range of wildlife and has a unique history. The Niagara Gorge Discovery Centre is a great way to experience the area.
There are miles of hiking trails. Inside the centre are interactive displays. One of the best experiences is the 180 degrees multi-screen theatre. The climbing wall is quite unlike any other complete with geological formations and fossils.
In some places turning up, finding a hotel and finding out what is available is great fun, but if you do this in Niagara, you stand a good chance of disappointment. It is a busy place, so the best approach is to plan your trip in advance and book as many of the tours and experiences you can in advance. It is the best way to avoid disappointment.