Each year 30 million people flock to Niagara Falls to view the awesome power of 3160 tons of water per second (75,750 gallons per second over the American and Bridal Veil Falls and 681,750 gallons per second over the Horseshoe Falls) rushing down the Niagara River and plunging more than 165 feet from Lake Erie into Lake Ontario. A popular destination for honeymooners, the romance of the Falls, particularly at night, cannot be denied. Visitors can view the Falls a number of ways, both from the American side and the Canadian side.
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My first close encounter with Niagara Falls was on the beloved Maid of the Mist, the main attraction of United States' side of the Falls, when I was just a kid. This time was perhaps my third time taking the boat tour, and Marvin's first. The ride starts off fairly quietly and smoothly, but soon, especially for those on the top deck, turns into a fury of wind and water as she rides fiercely into the raging waters at the base of the Horseshoe Falls.
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2. Cave of the Winds (New York)
Video footage from the Cave of the Winds will be available in our YouTube video as well!
Tip: Wear shorts. Anything hanging out below the poncho WILL be drenched.
3. Pedestrian Promenade (New York)
4. The Bridge (New York to Ontario, or vice versa)
Passport in hand, amble across the Rainbow Bridge pedestrian walkway that spans the river between Canada and the United States. This bridge offers great views of both of the Falls, as well as spectacular skyline views of the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario. Take a moment to stop and get your picture taken with one foot in Canada and one in the USA.
5. Fireworks over the Falls (New York or Ontario)
At night, both the American and Canadian Falls are illuminated by colorful lights that change every few seconds. At precisely 10:00 pm every night, the Falls are also alight with a short fireworks show. Though the fireworks over the Falls can be seen from both the Ontario side and certain places on the New York side, we found that the best place to see the fireworks was from the pedestrian bridge between New York and Ontario, closer to the Ontario side, as it had the best vantage point and was the least populated area.
6. SkyWheel (Ontario)
7. Hornblower (Ontario)
8. Skylon Tower (Ontario)
One of our favorite experiences in Niagara Falls turned out to be our time on the Skylon Tower Observation Deck. Unlike other observation decks, like the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, for instance, the Skylon Tower Observation Deck is not glassed in, so taking photos from the top is a piece of cake, void of those awful reflections in the glass. The breezes are magnificent, the views are terrific, and the general peacefulness, even with a couple dozen other observation deck guests, gave the place a great ambience.
Tip: We opted for the buffet dinner that included the walk up one more flight of stairs to the observation deck. However, the buffet left a lot to be desired - both in quality and in quantity. Skip the over-priced meal and just buy the tickets to the observation deck. You'll get better views from there anyway.
9. Falls Incline
10. Journey Behind the Falls
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