Niagara Falls Travel Guide
What To See and What To Do in Niagara Falls
Horseshoe, American and Bridal Vail Falls, Maid of the Mist, Niagara River, Goat Island, are only a few of the things to see and experience in Niagara Falls. We have selected the best tours and activities, and you will find our recommendations in this Guide. We have researched and picked out the best, trusted and varified booking providers. Book online and easy – on the GO!
Combine adventure with spectacular views as you soar above Niagara Falls. Take off Heliport located 5 minutes from downtown Niagara Falls, Canada. See Queen Victoria Park, Skylon Tower, the American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls from above. On the return to the heliport, you might spy the outline of Toronto to the north and the shores of Lake Erie to the south. Buy tickets
Enjoy unbeatable views of Niagara Falls and the surrounding city from Skylon Tower Observation Deck. Book your flexible date ticket in advance to visit Skylon Tower. Includes a glass-enclosed elevator ride to the top and access to the indoor and outdoor observation deck. Experience the best panoramic views of the Falls and surrounding city from 236 meters above the Niagara Gorge. Buy tickets
Cave of the Winds
Skip the line pass. Get an insider’s look around Niagara Falls State Park during this 1-hour guided tour with a local Professional guide. Set at a leisurely pace, the short but immersive tour is the perfect option for all ages and attention spans. Learn about the history of the area and stop for photos of Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and more. Chrildren 5 and under are free. Buy tickets
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RECOMMENDED TOURS AND ACTIVITIES
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Lockport Cave and Underground Boat Ride
Go underground in a hydraulic raceway that powered New York’s 19th-century industries on a 75-minute walking tour and boat ride through the Lockport Cave.
Walk in the Park
This walking tour is a perfect way to experience Niagara Falls State Park. Your expert guide will also provide you with fascinating facts about the history and nature of Niagara, making it a truly unique experience.
Local Food Tour
Visitors to Niagara Falls are just a short drive from Lewiston, an adorable village known for its fantastic food. On this tour you sample food and drink from several local eateries. Just make sure to arrive hungry.
Whirlpool Aero Car
Experience the Falls from both the American and Canadian sides. You will visit 'Journey Behind the Falls' and 'Whirlpool Aero Car'. In the winter, the Whirlpool Aero Car is substituted with entry to the Niagara Fury
Our Special tip: Open Jet Boat Tour (from US Side)
Take this 45 min ride on the wild side with a thrilling jet boat tour down the Niagara River. Adventure-seekers can revel in this ride through the river’s whitewater rapids, a must-have experience for those who love whitewater and the excitement this offer. Prepare to get really close to the water on the Wet Jet deck as the boat rumbles over the rapids. A safety orientation, led by a Coast Guard–certified captain, precedes this seasonal tour from the US. Also enjoy Scenic views of the beautiful Niagara surrounds. Book our reccommended helicopter tour here
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Where is Niagara Falls located?
Niagara Falls is located 27 km (17 mi) north-northwest of Buffalo, New York, and 121 km (75 mi) south-southeast of Toronto, between the twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Niagara Falls, New York. situated 400 miles / 640 km from New York City.
By car – situated 400 miles / 640 km from New York City, the drive to Niagara Falls is 6-7 hours.
By air – Buffalo Niagara International Airport is located approximately 30 minutes from downtown Niagara Falls and has up to 100 nonstop flights per day serving 31 airport destinations. The Niagara Falls International Airport is located within Niagara Falls’ city limits and features flights on low-cost carriers Spirit Airlines and Allegiant.
By train – the Niagara Falls International Train Station is conveniently located along two major Amtrak service lines connecting the region to much of the East Coast on onto Canada.
Facts about Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls consists of three waterfalls, spanning the border between the province of Ontario in Canada and the state of New York in the United States. The largest of the three is Horseshoe Falls, also known as Canadian Falls. The Fall straddles the international border of the two countries. The smaller American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls lie within the United States. Bridal Veil Falls is separated from Horseshoe Falls by Goat Island, and from American Falls by Luna Island, with both islands situated in New York.
Located on the Niagara River, which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, the 3 combined falls have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in North America. The highest fall has a vertical drop of more than 50 m (160 ft), and more than 168,000 m3 (six million cubic feet) of water goes over the crest of the falls every minute. Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America, as measured by flow rate. Niagara Falls is famed for its beauty and is a valuable source of hydroelectric power.
Niagara Falls is in a public location on Niagara Parks land. It can be accessed for free 24/7 all year around.
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Peak season from May to September is the best time to visit Niagara Falls. Late April and May will see most of the attractions reopen from the winter.
Since its formation more than 12,000 years ago, Niagara Falls has been a destination for world explorers, honeymooners and daredevils alike. Today, visitors flock to the region along the U.S.-Canadian border to be awed by the beauty and power of the iconic waterfall.
Stunning views, lush gardens, 24 km of trails and historical sites. Take the narrated Niagara Scenic Trolley or Cave of the Winds tours. Venture onto Goat Island for the best falls view and a walk among the beautifully manicured grounds. Hear the roar of the water and watch clouds of mist rising up into the sky. Consider visiting at night when a multitude of colors illuminate the falls.
Nearly 2.8 million liters of water flow over the falls each second, so it’s no wonder it attracts over 8 million visitors from around the world to western New York state every year. Iconic views of the falls can be seen in Niagara Falls, or, for a closer look at the cascading Niagara River, hop aboard the Maid of the Mist boat tour, which takes you right up to the base of the waterfall. As the mist from the waterfall blankets the boat, you’ll be happy for that poncho handed out at the beginning of the tour!
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Enjoy Niagara Falls!