Things to do in Niagara Falls

Things to do in  Niagara Falls

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Mighty Niagara Falls is a formidable wonder of the natural world, and visitors to the Canadian side of the border won’t fail to be impressed by the enormous cataract. See the falls from below, above–even behind. But there are many more things to do in Niagara Falls and around besides the waterfalls themselves. The Clifton Hill area of Niagara Falls town is chock-full of amusement arcades and fairground rides, nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake is known for its unusual ice wine, the Niagara Gorge offers further impressive nature and much more.

Top 11 attractions in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is one of North America’s most majestic natural wonders. Its three waterfalls—American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls—plunge dramatically over the Niagara River. The falls straddle the border between Canada and the USA with viewpoints and falls-themed attractions on both sides.More

Cave of the Winds

At the Cave of the Winds observation decks, thrill-seeking visitors can get within 20 feet (6 meters) of the thundering Niagara Falls for an experience that feels like the inside of a tropical storm with torrents of water cascading down and winds up to 68 mph (109 kph). Safe to say, you’ll probably get wet.More

Bridal Veil Falls

The smallest of the three waterfalls that comprise world-famous Niagara Falls, Bridal Veil Falls is anything but small. Located on the US side of the falls, the 56-foot-wide (17-meter-wide) waterfall thunders over a 78-foot (24-meter) drop. Its frothy white cascade is reminiscent of a bride’s veil, hence the falls’ name.More

Maid of the Mist Steamboat

You can't get any closer to the thundering cascades of Niagara Falls than on a Maid of the Mist boat tour. The little steamboats have been chugging away into the falls' misty sprays since 1846, making this one of the area’s oldest tourist attractions. Be prepared to get up close and personal with the highest-flow-rate waterfall in the world—and to get wet, which is all part of the unforgettable Maid of the Mist experience.More

Three Sisters Islands

In Niagara Falls State Park, three footbridges link Goat Island to the Three Sisters Islands. From there, you can see impressive views of the rapids of the Niagara River racing toward the falls. It’s a peaceful place to take a walk amid the highly popular park and town of Niagara Falls, New York.More

Whirlpool State Park

Whirlpool State Park proves that the Niagara region’s natural beauty doesn’t end with Niagara Falls. With hiking trails, picnic tables, Niagara River views, and an impressive whirlpool, this park is a great place to spend a few hours. Thanks to the highly oxygenated water, there’s good salmon and trout fishing here, too.More

Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls

Founded in 1996, the Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls USA is located just minutes from the iconic falls. Part of the global rock ‘n’ roll-themed restaurant chain, and one of two Hard Rock Cafes in the area, Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls USA offers traditional American fare, a full bar, and authentic music memorabilia.More

Aquarium of Niagara

Established in 1965 by scientists, the Aquarium of Niagara has grown to become a charming and educational place to spend some time in Niagara Falls, New York. More than just a museum, the aquarium is a rescue center for injured sea animals and is home to seals, Humboldt penguins, and all kinds of fish.More

Devil's Hole State Park

Devil’s Hole State Park is a peaceful place to relax after visiting thunderous Niagara Falls or when exploring the Niagara Gorge. The 42-acre (17-hectare) park has picnic areas, hiking trails, and fishing spots. Just north of Niagara Falls, New York, it overlooks the Devil’s Hole Rapids on the Niagara River and has views across to Canada.More

Niagara Adventure Theater

Discover the history, legends, and stories behind Niagara Falls with a showing of Niagara: Legends of Adventure at the Niagara Adventure Theater. Featuring a state-of-the-art digital projection and surround sound system, the theater delivers an immersive movie experience and a great introduction to the majestic falls.More

Terrapin Point

To take in the majesty of Niagara Falls, there is no better scenic perch than Terrapin Point. This overlook sits adjacent to Horseshoe Falls, so close that visitors come away damp from the mist that rises from the thundering water. Set on the US side of Niagara, the observation area is a must for unforgettable photos of the famous falls.More

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Niagara Falls After Dark: Light Shows and Fireworks

Niagara Falls After Dark: Light Shows and Fireworks

Niagara City Cruises

Niagara City Cruises

Top activities in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls American Side Highlights Tour of USA
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Power of Niagara Tour with Cave of the Winds Admission
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Niagara Falls USA Small Group Tour + Helicopter +Maid of the Mist
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USA Maid of the Mist Boat ride with Guided Tour
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Best of Niagara Falls, USA, Cave of the Winds + Maid of the Mist
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Niagara Falls Day and Night Combo plus Dinner & Fireworks
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Waterfall Guided Tour: The Niagara Falls USA Viewing Areas
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All about Niagara Falls

When to visit

Niagara Falls is busiest in summer when the weather is warm. Boat tours, such as the Maid of the Mist, typically operate between mid April and early November. Fewer visitors come to Niagara Falls in winter, when temperatures can plummet to 14°F (-10°C), but seeing the falls frozen solid is a memorable sight, especially when they’re lit up at night.

Getting around

Niagara Falls, New York, has a bus system connecting it with nearby Buffalo, which is convenient for travelers on day trips from that city. The town of Niagara Falls is quite small, and all of the attractions (such as the falls and the lookouts) are within walking distance of one other. Organized tours run to different attractions along the Niagara Gorge, or you can drive to take your time.

Traveler tips

To get the most out of your trip to Niagara Falls, plan to visit both the US and Canadian sides of the border as the views are very different. The falls sit right on the border. You must bring your passport (or enhanced driver’s license, if coming by land) and have the right and ability to enter each country. Border officials are used to day-trippers, and it’s often quicker to cross on foot than by car.

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People Also Ask

Why is Niagara Falls so famous?

Niagara Falls is famous for its three stunning waterfalls: the American Falls, the Canadian (or Horseshoe) Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls. These waters flow from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie and create the US-Canada border in New York and Ontario.

What can you do on a day trip to Niagara Falls?

For a day trip to Niagara Falls, be sure to bring a passport so you can enjoy both sides of the border. See the falls from the Niagara SkyWheel on the Canadian side or from the Observation Tower on the US side. There are hiking trails and attractions on both sides.

What is the best time of year to go to Niagara Falls?

The two best times to visit Niagara Falls are in the winter and in the summer. During the summer, the falls create a refreshing mist for anyone journeying behind them on a boat tour. In the winter, the mist from the falls freezes slightly, creating a unique sight.

Is Niagara Falls in Canada or New York?

Niagara Falls is actually three waterfalls that create the international border dividing the US and Canada. The American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls are on the New York side while the Canadian Horseshoe Falls are on the Ontario side. Both cities are named Niagara Falls.

What is there to do in Niagara Falls on the US side?

There are plenty of fun things to do on the US side of Niagara Falls. Hike through Niagara Falls State Park, and then take a boat ride to the falls on the Maid of the Mist. See the falls from above from the Observation Tower, and then explore the attractions in town.

Do I need a passport for Niagara Falls?

No, you do not need a passport to view Niagara Falls from the US side if you’re a US citizen. If you want to cross the border and see the falls from the Canadian side, then yes, you will need a valid passport, passport card, or Enhanced Drivers License (except for children who are 15 or younger).

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