Niagara Falls is a bucket list destination for travellers both domestic and international. It’s a Natural Wonder that you HAVE to experience to really get it. I’m sharing a few areas that are perfect for making memories and taking those Instagram worthy shots.
Niagara Falls State Park
The United States Side of Niagara Falls in New York has two attractions that you will want to definitely want to experience. You can also walk through Niagara Falls State Park for free. At Luna Island (Pictured Above) you can see views between the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. The Island is very small and is located between Goat Island and Niagara Falls State Park.
Found in the middle of Niagara Falls between Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls, Goat Island has two bridges that connect it to the US mainland that can be travelled on by car or by foot. It’s very easy to walk back and forth from Goat Island to the rest of Niagara Falls State Park.
Terrapin Point is a popular spot for photos day or night. Be ready to feel the mist the closer you get to the edge of the observation area.
An iconic must when visiting Niagara Falls. Cave of the Winds allows guest to get up close to feel the power of the waterfall. The attraction has timed tickets and begins in an area where you can learn more about the history of the falls along with how the falls are being used to help generate power. Next, you are given a poncho that will later be recycled and water sandals that you can keep after your self-guided tour. I would only bring waterproof cameras and phones with you because you will get wet.
Guests take an elevator down 175 ft into the Niagara Gorge and then choose their own adventure depending on how adventurous they are feeling.
You can feel the power of Bridal Veil Falls on the “Hurricane Deck”, just be prepared to get drenched! That deck gets you the closest you can get to Niagara Falls and each fall the deck and walkways are removed and then rebuilt each spring to avoid damage from the ice in the winter.
The Maid of the Mist boat tour is another iconic adventure that you need to experience during a visit to Niagara Falls. The 20-minute boat ride takes you up close to the falls where you can get as wet as you want to be depending on where you decide to stand or sit.
Save your water shoes from the Cave of the Winds tour so you don’t have to worry about getting your regular shoes wet. You receive another poncho for this tour and my advice is that if you are going to go, you need to do it all the way by riding at the front of the boat to get the full experience.
After your Maid of the Mist boat tour, you can walk up a set of stairs near the falls to take a closer look at this incredible Natural Wonder of the World.
The staircase does not go all the way to the top so keep in mind that you will need to turn around and go back down after you take your pictures.
After your elevator ride back at the top, make sure that you check out the views from the platform tower.
Cross the Bridge to Canada
If you have your passport on you, you might as well check out another perspective of this incredible natural wonder by walking across The Niagara Falls International Rainbow Bridge to the Canada side.
*Make sure that you also have some cash on you because you will need it for the toll to get back to the US.
Where to Stay & Eat
During my visit, I stayed at the Hilton DoubleTree Niagara Falls USA. The location is within walking distance to the falls and the convention centre. The more you walk, the more you can enjoys their AMAZING complimentary warm nutty chocolate chip cookies. If you are looking for great wings, make sure that you check out the Anchor Bar located with walking distance of the hotel.
Protect your phone and your valuables from getting wet during your Niagara Falls adventures with a Dry Bag, Waterproof Phone Case, and Shoulder strap bag. A travel umbrella can also come in handy if you are trying to get close to the falls and there is a lot of mist.
Disclosure: My hosted visit was part of the Travel Media Showcase. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
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