Are you ready for a change of scenery that is perhaps a little further afield than a full tank of gas could take you? Something that has style, grit, and celebrity, but also something that is a little different from the typical destination suggestions featured in just about every must-see Bucket List (we are looking at you Paris and New York)? Great! We are on the same wavelength.
There are many answers, of course. The world is a genuinely sprawling globe of see-it-to-believe-it treats and wonders. But if it is awe you seek, with natural grandeur beyond description and all the trappings of modern convenience on hand at the end of a day spent broadening your horizons, then we say sit back and let the serene beauty and jaw-dropping magnitude of the world-famous Niagara Falls enchant and refresh you.
Top Five Things To Do In Niagara Falls
- Stay. This sounds like an obvious one to begin with, but just like you famously cannot see all that Rome or London have to offer in one day, do not assume Niagara Falls is a sight to be seen briefly before hopping back on the coach. It is so much more. We recommend a room with a view and a few days to take it all in — remember, Niagara Falls has three separate waterfalls and unmissable daily excursions (which we will get into shortly). You are going to need time. For example, check out this Niagara Falls Hotel for fantastic views, indoor whirl pools, and on-site spas.
- Maid of the Mist. The jewel in the crown of any trip to Niagara Falls is a thrilling boat trip aboard the Maid of the Mist. You are going to get wet, sure, but what better way to experience the roar of 600,000 cascading gallons of water than cruising into the heart of the crashing waves for a breath-taking experience to last a lifetime.
- Niagara Falls also sports a range of land-based family-friendly attractions. Old Fort Niagara is located on the banks of both Lake Ontario and the Niagara River. There is a free shuttle bus during the summer months. The Old Fort offers a hands-on entertaining look at history, with reenactors performing short stories, musket demonstrations, and much more. There is even an optional audio tour if you wish to wander unguided.
- Take a relaxing walk in the woods. Another land-based attraction that is fun for solo hikers, adventurous couples, and families looking to get out of the city and take in some fresh air. The Glen Nature Reserve is free and offers the perfect escape from the crowds. The reserve sports over two miles of well-kept trails, featuring a natural whirlpool as its star attraction.
- Take a tour behind the falls. Yes, you can safely stand behind a sheet of roaring water as it crashes over the cliff edge and smashes deafeningly into the river below. This is by far one of the top Niagara attractions, so expect queues at peak times. The attraction opens at 9AM and many visitors advise arriving early to avoid too much queuing.