Niagara FallsCredit: Wikipedia
Niagara Falls actually consists of several waterfalls (Horseshoe falls, American falls, and Bridal Veil Falls). Combined, they highest water flow among all the waterfalls in the world, and often feature on "top 100 places to see in the world" lists.
The best way to see these waterfalls is from the walkway along the Niagara Parkway.
- It's absolutely free!
- The falls produce a lot of spray and mist, so it's useful to carry an umbrella
- It's good to have a water-resistant camera, to make pictures of the falls without being afraid to get it wet.
Niagara Fallsview Casino
Credit: WikipediaNiagara Fallsview Casino is located on a cliff right above the falls. It offers everything you would expect from a great casino: gambling, great shows, restaurants, shops, and even a garden with wonderful views of the Niagara Falls.
Tip: you can park in the Casino, and then walk to the Niagara Parkway to see the Falls. It is usually easier/cheaper than trying to find parking next to the Falls.
Maid of the mist
Maid of the Mist is a boat ride which takes you almost to the base of the Horseshoe Falls. I personally found this to be a bit too expensive and time-consuming for the experience it provides. However, if you have a lot of time and don't care too much about the ticket price, it's still a fun ride.
- You will get wet. It's good to have some spare clothes to change into.
- A waterproof camera will help to take pictures during the trip.
Journey Behind the Falls
Journey Behind the Falls take you to an underground tunnel in the rock which is behind the falls. There are a couple of places where the tunnel wall is gone, so you can see the Niagara Falls from behind!
White Water Walk
This attraction takes you close to the Niagara river to see the rapids. The boardwalk is not very long, but the views of the mighty Niagara River are pretty impressive.
Tip: You may get a very similar experience for free in Niagara Glen (read on!)
The conservatory is a fun place to visit. Any visitor to Butterfly Conservatory will see many varieties of butterflies. Sometimes, the butterflies will land on you (that makes a wonderful photo). The admission is not free, but the ticket price is totally worth it!
Tip: if you want the butterflies to land on you, wear bright clothes, and walk slowly.
Botanical Gardens and Floral Clock
The Botanical Gardens is a huge park, well-cared for by the Niagara Parks commission. It is always full of flowers and plants from many different places in the world. It will offer a nice respite from the crowds.
Floral clock is a unique flower arrangement, which doubles as a real working clock. In addition to admiring this masterpiece from the outside, you can go inside the clock to see what makes the clock hands move.
- It's absolutely free!
- If you want to visit the Butterfly Conservatory, it's on the territory of the Botanical Gardens.
Whirlpool and Spanish Aerocar
Credit: Vitaly KorolevWhirlpool is a natural whirlpool on the Niagara River. Spanish Aerocar is a cable car which takes you on a short ride over the Whirlpool. The Aerocar itself is a pretty sight, with a bright red cabin. It's definitely worth a stop to at least snap a photo of the scene.
- You can see most of the whirlpool from the sidewalk of the Niagara Parkway, without paying for the Spanish Aerocar.
- For best photos, wait untill the Aerocar is directly above the Whirlpool
Hidden gem: Niagara Glen Nature Reserve
Credit: Vitaly KorolevNiagara Glen Nature Reserve is truly a hidden gem of the Niagara Falls area. It's a small piece of wild nature, where you can see the Niagara River up-close, some nice cliffs, and big boulders strewn all-around. There are multiple trails that take you through the area; the access is on foot only.
Tip: Getting to the park involves going down a long staircase. Make sure you can make it back up! On the plus side, there is no admission price.
Clifton Hill is a colourful and lively street in the town of Niagara Falls. There are multiple museums and attractions, which could be fun for kids. Adults can have some fun visiting the shops - some of them have live displays of crafts like glass blowing and fudge making.
Tip: restaurants and shops are more expensive on the Clifton Hill. Try eating and shopping in other places, so that you don't have to over-pay in Clifton Hill.
Best time to visit Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls can be visited during any season. Each season will offer a slightly different experience.
Summer offers the best weather, but the crowds can be overwhelming
Spring and Fall are colder than the summer, but there aren't as many tourists. Also, these seasons are the most colourful due to spring flowers or fall foliage.
Winter can be frigid, and a lot of the businesses are closed. On the plus side, it offers unique experience of the frozen winter falls. Also, you can enjoy the Falls in solitude.
Other things to do in Ontario
Ontario has many other things to see and do. Read more about visiting Ontario here: http://www.infobarrel.com/Top_5_Weekend_Trips_in_Ontario