Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls
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Niagara Falls consists of three magnificent waterfalls spanning the border of Ontario and New York—the 164-foot tall Horseshoe Falls is on the Canadian side while Bridal Veil And American Falls are on the New York side. These picturesque falls combined have the highest flow rate in North America. There are many ways to enjoy the falls, including going on hiking trails and boardwalks at the base, or visiting viewpoints at the top of the falls. The popular way to get up close to the falls is to hop on the Maid of the Mist boat tour from the bottom of Niagara Gorge. – Tripadvisor
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  • Shane W
    Brooklyn, Iowa82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it!
    Such a fun and memorable trip! We stayed within walking distance and could walk everywhere! The pedestrian bridge was a nice surprise to walk to Goat Island to get a different perspective of the Falls. Was debating on spending the money to go on Maid of the Mist and SO GLAD we did this- it truly is a fun and memorable experience with an opportunity to get great photos! Loved Niagara Falls!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Family Fun
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Niagara Falls, NY
    I paid $15 for the day to park by the Maid of the Mist. This price was worth it to me. On the Canadian side, you could pay $22/hour in some spots. Beyond the Niagara Parks Power Station on the Canadian side, I paid $35/day, but this was a far walk to the Welcome Centre. This is where I parked to experience Walking Behind the Falls.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 June 2023
  • mrscla75
    Cortland, Ohio18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mesmerizing!
    I hadn’t visited the Falls since I was a child, and I had forgotten just how beautiful and mesmerizing they were. We spent time at the Whirlpool State Park - I highly recommend it. The water is a stunning blue, reminiscent of the Caribbean. Free parking and awesome hiking trails. I also recommend doing at least one of the typical tourist activities, such as Maid of the Mist or Cave of the Wind. We chose Maid of the Mist. With either one you will get wet, but to my surprise the souvenir rain poncho kept my clothes dry. After the boat ride we climbed the steps to the Crow’s Nest for a beautiful view of the American Falls and great photo ops. We stayed at the Double Tree on the Canadian side. We paid more for a room with a view, but it was worth it to see the Falls illuminated at night, and it was perfect for watching the nightly fireworks display. The room was clean, the restaurant was good with excellent service, and the Starbucks in the hotel lobby was an plus. The hotel was within walking distance of the Horseshoe Falls visitor center and lookout point. We thoroughly enjoyed just watching the amazing falls and enjoying the beautiful morning. I recommend visiting on a week day if you can. Hotel rooms are less expensive and lines are significantly shorter. As it is only a 3 1/2 hour drive, we will definitely be returning and hope to try some different activities.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Donald K
    Edmonton, Canada1,140 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I liked it better than the horseshoe side
    First time visiting the American side of the falls. Despite being a Canadian, I thought this side was a better experience. Better views, fewer people and the parking was half the price. $1.25 to go on the lookout and take the elevator to the gorge.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
  • minimize940314
    Los Angeles, California3,530 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go in the winter
    Probably the best waterfalls that I have seen so far. I went in the winter and it made the entire experience more pleasant. No crowd and no wait, so I was able to enjoy the view and took enough time to take pictures. I am looking forward to visiting this place again in the summer, as some attractions are closed in the winter for safety reasons.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 7 August 2023
  • RKordziel
    Rotterdam, New York101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best New York has to offer!
    I had so much more fun than I expected here! I knew about the boat tours, but I wasn’t sure what else to expect. I spent several hours here and didn’t want to leave when it came time to pack back up and head on the road again! If you get the chance to visit-arguably the best New York has to offer!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 August 2023
  • vrgerber
    Craigville, Indiana14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth seeing once in a lifetime
    It's worth seeing once in a lifetime. Doubt I would need to return. Amazing views on the Canada side. Arriving in afternoon, parking away from the falls and taking the shuttle is probably the best - remember to pay for parking at the green pay booths in the parking lots. Canada side Niagara City Cruise was worth it, and we got in the very front of the boat. With the ponchos, didn't get soaked - just a little wet.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Becky J
    20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the Trip
    Worth the trip to see / experience the falls, for sure. However, outside the official Niagara Falls State Park - which is very nice - a tourist trap ensues. So, get in and get out. Stay in a B&B about a mile away. 2 days in Niagara is enough time to see / experience the beauty of the falls.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 August 2023
  • L C
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Niagara Falls, NY - A Must See!!! So beautiful!!!
    The New York Side of Niagara Falls is beautiful, and the park is very pretty. There are walkways that lead you down to observation areas that get very close to the water. The park is well kept and clean, and the views are pretty amazing. If you want to see the falls up close and personal, you have to do a tour that includes the Maid of the Mist and the Cave of the Winds. Prepare to get very wet, but you won't be sorry that you got to experience the falls this way. Both are truly amazing to see!!! We actually visited the Canadian side of the falls on our first day in town. Do Not Miss seeing the Canadian side - remember your passports!!! The Canadian side of the falls was absolutely beautiful!!! Their park and visitor center is right on the Horseshoe Falls. It's mesmerizing to see this up close. There were rainbows over the falls when we visited because it was a sunny day. The park is so beautiful and the landscaping and plantings are lovely. We visited after Labor Day, so I'm sure it was a little less crowded than full blown tourist season. We ate lunch at Table Rock in the visitor center. The food is a little expensive, which is to be expected, but the food was also well worth it - it was delicious. The restaurant overlooks the Horseshoe Falls, so you have a spectacular view while you're dining.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 September 2023
  • stephens473
    Nottingham, United Kingdom395 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awe inspiring
    What an amazing experience ! The car park is $10.00 for all day. You need to wear something waterproof even on a dry day as the spray from the Falls follows you around ! We spent quite a few hours walking around the various viewing platforms - amazing how close yo can get to the water ! Awe inspiring with the rumble from the water and the sheer size of the Falls. The gift shop is quite expensive but has a huge range of souvenirs , there are plenty of modern toilets and cafe. Definitely worth the effort and what memories.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 October 2023
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kay-cee-1138
Houston, TX487 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Visiting Niagra Falls is worth the effort, even if only an hour or two can be spared. The sheer mass of water going over the American Falls and larger Canadian Falls is a sight to see.
Sure, the area is very touristy (especially on the Canadian side), and can get very crowded with visitors, but that need not interfere with one's enjoyment of the sheer spectacle of the waterfalls. We were short on time, so we stayed on the American side and arrived at the Goat Island parking lot as soon as it opened, and we were able to see both of the Canadian and the American Falls very well from, respectively, the west end and the north end of the island. There's a footbridge from Goat Island to Luna Island for a very up-close look at the American Falls. Also fun to watch the Canadian Geese who hang out on Goat Island and the mass of seagulls that wheel about above the river just before it pours over the top of the American Falls.
There's lots of other activities in the vicintity too, of course, but we were content to just let nature put on the show.
Written 10 June 2024
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greglinmon
Las Cruces, NM1,036 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
I have been here a couple of times. Just a beautiful site. Great to walk and watch. Went on a Saturday in June. Lots of tourists and crowds but to be expected. But having to stand three deep to get a view diminished the experience.
Written 8 June 2024
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Sherri Q
Springfield, MO65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The Falls are fabulous! The property is well kept and clean. This was the first time ever we have encountered "ALL WELCOMED" bathrooms, and I have to say I was very uncomfortable when I exited my stall and 3 men were standing there. Why not keep a men's a women's and an all then nobody has to be in a position they are uncomfortable with just to do a basic human function.
Written 5 June 2024
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Karenwdslp
St. Pete Beach, FL111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
First time visiting the Falls. We landed in Niagra international airport and drove to Canada but on the way had to stop to see the American side. Beautiful doesn’t do it justice. Amazing seems lackluster. You can walk down the walkways for free and get a good view. We paid $1.25 per person and went out on the observation deck and got even better pictures and views. You can take the elevator down to the lower section to get closer, we did not bc we didn’t want to possibly get wet. Parking is hit and miss, I think we paid $15. There are lots of shops and restaurants but this was just a stop off. There are a lot of Native American tables selling beautiful jewelry. Restrooms are called washrooms and are all genders so don’t look for just men or women.
Written 3 June 2024
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alek f
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Probably most expensive place in Canada and likely in North America.
City fathers are only concerned how to extract most money in shortest possible time . Falls are spectacular but i dont think i will come back anytime soon
Written 3 June 2024
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Karen S
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I’ve never been disappointed with the awesomeness of Niagara Falls. The staff at Niagara Falls Welcome Center (before entering the State Park) was friendly and helpful.

We drove into the State Park and since we were only going to be there less than an hour that day, we elected to drive to the Three Sisters parking lot.. which has limited free parking and restroom facilities. A shuttle bus is available at the park with hop-on, hop-off for different views in the park.
Written 3 May 2024
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Kiko S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
We joined the 2 days Niagara Falls trip. Very happy to see the falls. We went to the cave of winds, maid of mist boat ride. So excited.
Written 28 April 2024
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Jessica R
Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Overall the trip was good and memorable for my son and I but I want to give my feedback in case it could help someone else prepare if they are visiting around this timeframe. I’ll start off by saying that I wasn’t expecting a full fledged tourist attraction since we were going late April and the weather around here is very unpredictable. However, we were very disappointed by some aspects of the trip which were primarily dining and things to do.

First, dining: We are by no means sophisticated eaters. My 10 year old lives on chicken fingers and pizza. We went to the Hard Rock Cafe our first night. My son has never been and I was looking forward to sharing the experience with him. The overall atmosphere is a bit tired and dated. The memorabilia on the walls is really cool, but the restaurant desperately needs a face lift. The food was very disappointing. My burger was burnt, I am not a great cook but I make better burgers at home. My son got a hot dog and he was pleased with that except that they had split the bun so the hotdog kept falling out. It cost a little under $40 for 2 drinks, a hotdog and cheeseburger. The servers were very friendly and professional. I’d give the overall experience a 4 out of 10 simply due to the memorabilia and the gift shop.

The next day we stopped at F bites for lunch, because there was a banner outside about Hell’s Kitchen and my older son is a fan. Don’t be put off by the appearance of the establishment! I was a bit leery at first but figured we’re on vacation which is the best time to step out of your comfort zone. Let me tell you, I’ve never had a better sandwich in my life. I ordered the open face pulled pork hoagie. Holy cow was this thing messy but sooo worth it! The meat was so tender and flavorful. Whatever sauce or gravy they make I wish I could buy bottled because it was so good. My son got the chicken fingers and fries bowl which he devoured.

This last one falls under both dining and things to do. My son had been looking for an arcade while we were out and about and noticed the Anchor Bar had an arcade sign on the side of the building. Doing my due diligence I looked up the place and saw the Anchor Bar was attached to a 2 story arcade called the Great American arcade. We went to the Anchor Bar for dinner on our last night with intentions of visiting the attached arcade when we were finished eating. The restaurant itself is big and pretty. It’s a sports bar so there’s plenty of tv’s with various sporting events playing. Our server took our order- buffalo chicken Mac and cheese and chicken fingers with fries. We get our food and I dig in. My son is put off because 1) he got 2 chicken tenders when the menu said 3, and 2) they appeared burnt on the outside. He cuts one open and the meat on the inside looks somewhat questionable. He eats his fries and I try my Mac and cheese. I will say it wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t good. There was some sort of after taste that I couldn’t pinpoint but it wasn’t pleasant. We cut open another chicken tender that looked like it had been cooked better than the first so he tried it. He didn’t eat it as it also had a strange after taste. Worst part was we then waited at least another 10-15 minutes just to pay the check so we could go to the arcade. Another server apologized, mentioned our server had a big party on opposite side. As a former server, I always give them the benefit of the doubt and patience. Yet we still waiting another 5 minutes or so after that. Our server finally brings the check and takes our plates. Our full plates. She doesn’t bat an eye or ask how the food was. We finally make our way through the restaurant to the arcade. At which time we pass the “big party” that consists of about 6 people. There were probably about 12 patrons in the entire restaurant including them and us so I didn’t understand the 20+ minute wait for our bill but moving on… We venture to arcade portion only to find out that it is closed for renovation. On their website there is no mention whatsoever of closure. So that was another disappointment.

Things to do: We booked the tour via Maid of the Mist and I highly recommend it. It’s a little pricey but worth it in my opinion. Especially since it’s pretty much the main attraction and adventure there. If you get sea sick take a Dramamine before hand, but my son gets motion sick pretty easily and with half a Dramamine he was fine. They hand out free ponchos, make sure you put it on! I also highly recommend dressing warm if you’re visiting before the hot summer months. Layers would be good, and have an extra pair of socks/shoes in your vehicle if you’re doing any walking, dining afterward as you’ll probably need to change them. You get right up close to the falls and catch quite a bit of ‘’mist”! The boat tour was definitely the highlight of our trip.

Niagara Falls state park- it’s beautiful and the views are amazing, especially in the evening when the falls are lit up. There is a lot of construction going on so it looks like in the future there will be more options of things to do while in the park, right now it’s pretty much just walking and sight seeing.

Niagara wax museum of history- super cool! The cost is low and it’s a great way to spend an hour learning about the history of Niagara Falls. I had initially planned on taking my son to the haunted wax museum a block over, only to find out upon getting there that it hadn’t been open in a long time. Yet again, nothing mentioned on their website. Anyway, it worked out for us because we really enjoyed the wax museum of history. You gain access via the souvenir shop and ask at the counter to purchase tickets for the museum. I believe children under 5 or 7 are free, I can’t remember which, but even so, the price is worth it in my opinion. My 10 year old just happens to be learning about the history of Niagara Falls in school right now so he was so excited to pass on his knowledge to me as we viewed some of those pieces of history.

Aquarium of Niagara- So much fun and educational! The cost of admission is a bit high. I think it cost just under $40 for the 2 of us, but again, options of things to do were very limited so I bought the tickets. I’m glad I did. Before you even enter the aquarium you pass an exhibit of sea lions outside and they are so cool. One was playing with a toy, pulling it beneath the water and letting it go so it would shoot back up into the air. Another was sun bathing on his back, his belly bared to the world, relaxed as can be. Inside there’s a big penguin display, tons of various fish and sea creatures, a sea turtle, Squirt, jelly fish, coral, etc. there’s a stingray and shark exhibit where you can actually pet them. The aquarium also hosts different presentations every 30 minutes. We spent a little over an hour there and we enjoyed it very much.

Parking is pretty pricey. You have to pay for street parking and most places were between 3-5 dollars for 1 hour, which is outrageous. To park at the aquarium it was $5. When visiting the maid of the mist you can opt for street parking and walk a bit or you can pay $10 to park in the state park parking lot which is good for the whole day. I don’t know what time exactly it starts but when we went back to the park during the evening parking was open for everyone free of charge.

We stayed at the Hampton Inn on rainbow blvd. and it was my saving grace for the trip. I paid less than $150 per night and we got a free breakfast each morning. A full breakfast, not just some cereal and fruit. The breakfast was so good. They had omelets, sausage, boiled eggs, oatmeal, yogurt, cereal, bagels, breads, scones, waffles, milk, various juices, coffees, and teas. And it was open until 10 each day. There’s also complimentary coffee and tea in the lobby offered all day and night. I mainline coffee so this saved me so much money because I don’t like hotel room coffee so I would have been hitting up dunkin multiple times a day. At some point in the afternoon they set out a tray of cookies in the lobby also and it’s restocked like every hour. There is an indoor pool available to guests which my son made us of each day of our visit. It’s open from 9am-10pm. It was pretty clean and it’s connected to the fitness area. Your hotel room, pool, fitness area have to be accessed with your room key. If you have the Hilton app you can opt to have a digital key. We used this and it was so nice to not worry if I grabbed the room key or lost it. The staff were all so pleasant and helpful. On our last day there was one staff member who we hadn’t seen before. She appeared to be aggressive and frustrated toward the other staff but as we didn’t have any direct interaction with her I didn’t learn her name or address it. The beds are clean and super comfy. There’s a mini fridge, microwave, and coffee maker in the room. There are snacks and toiletries offered in the lobby also for a cost. For example, after we got back from our dinner at the hard rock, we purchased mini pizzas in the lobby and warmed them in our microwave. If the Hampton Inn were to ever open their own restaurant on site they’d probably make a fortune due to the lack of decent eateries in the area.

Overall we had a really good trip. We drove about 3.5 hours to visit and could have done it the same day, or just staying over one night due to the lack of things to do, but having the pool in the hotel really made up for lack of adventures. It appears right now that there is a focus on the casinos, which is understandable but I’d imagine there is so much lost revenue due to lack of family friendly attractions. Next time we will visit the Canadian side as I’ve read there are more attractions.
Written 24 April 2024
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Juliana T
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
today we took the day trip to Niagara Falls with ober the Falls tours! and it was perfect. I highly recommend the tour and the company! it's really worth it.
Written 18 April 2024
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Robin C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We had a Sunday tour with Steve from Grayline. We saw all the falls and went on the boat, it was awesome and we loved the entire tour
Written 16 April 2024
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