Niagara Falls are a popular destination, and the towns in Ontario and New York or the same name are great jumping-off points exploring the falls’ many facets. In three days, you can see the thundering water, explore the area’s parks, jump into outdoor adventures, and learn about local history. Here’s how to spend 72 hours at Niagara Falls.
The term Niagara Falls actually refers to three separate falls that gush into the Niagara Gorge: the Bridal Veil Falls, the American Falls, and the enormous Horseshoe Falls. The Canada-US border cuts right through the middle of the river, and to truly experience Niagara Falls, you need to see it from both sides, ideally on foot. Start at the Horseshoe Falls in Canada, walk along the promenade, and then head over the Rainbow Bridge, which connects the two countries (be sure to have your passport in hand). Continue your walk through Niagara Falls State Park and over to Goat Island, where you can admire views towards Canada. If you want to get wet, take a ride on the Hornblower or the Maid of the Mist boats, which take you right up to the falls.
Niagara Falls offers a variety of outdoor sports and adventures with something to suit every interest and fitness level. To see the famous falls from yet another vantage, take a scenic helicopter ride or a jet boat tour of the region. If heights don’t bother you, you can even zipline across part of the falls. For a less adrenaline-pumping adventure, rent a bike or join a cycling tour that takes you through the trails and paths along the Niagara Gorge, or ride on the 175-foot (53-meter) tall Niagara Skywheel, an ideal attraction for families with small children.
Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake,Canada, is a charming little town about a half-hour drive from Niagara Falls. For a dose of history, watch a reenactment at Fort George, a military fortification built in 1812, when the US and Canada were at war, then browse the town’s boutiques and faux-English fudge shops, and admire the many historic buildings. Wine lovers can also take a tour of the wineries around the town and learn about the region’s famous ice wines.