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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  • Donald K
    Edmonton, Canada1,139 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, California3,548 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 York102 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, Indiana15 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 Kingdom410 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
  • Samuel Pasaribu
    Bekasi, Indonesia3,207 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Full day amazing experience
    This is one of my bucket list. I visited it late in the evening so there was only less people to take some pictures when the waterfalls was illuminated by colorful lights. And then I also visited it in the morning until afternoon to enjoy some attractions like Maid of The Mist and Cave of The Winds and the trails. In the evening I watched the fireworks on the Canada side.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 November 2023
  • Karen S
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    New York Niagara Falls Welcome Center
    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.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 May 2024
  • Karenwdslp
    St. Pete Beach, Florida111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see this ..you won’t be sorry
    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.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 June 2024
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JammaGammer
Cedar Rapids, IA229 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I don't recommend the US side of Niagara Falls for two reasons: the falls view is not as good and the city is is a sad, sorry place to be with too many abandoned manufacturing buildings left to rot, homes that need windows not boards, and tourist places that provide fun that are not a casino! We were there when COVID measures meant no one was working but a lot of people were visiting. Restaurants were closed. the few that were open would only serve 8 families at a time. It is just so sad. You can tell the government has tried to reinvest in the area around the river with falls viewing and boat rides. That was fun. And then we left.
Written 9 July 2021
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Watt2
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Niagara Falls, N.Y. was a dumpster fire. Avoid at all costs. While the falls are an attraction there is nothing else there and hardly worth the money you pay to park in the state lots. The small tourist trap area in the city could be compared to food row at a state fair with roach coaches lining the streets. The looks of disappointment on tourists faces doesn't help brighten the stay. Old, run down, many empty storefronts. Laughable tourist destination.
Written 29 May 2021
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Creeping_Death_LA
Los Angeles, CA4,434 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
The C19 pandemic isn't stopping the people to hop on board and have a good time. At first I thought this quick boat ride was a bit on the pricey side but it's worth every penny. The five in our group were showered by what felt like a rain storm fell upon us - too much fun.
Written 29 October 2020
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Jennifer S
Minneapolis, MN180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
The Niagara Falls park is beautiful! Lots of areas to walk along the river and over to Goat Island is SOOOO worth the walk. It will take about 10-15 mins to walk casually over to Goat Island from the main tourist area. We went in March and some of the overlook areas were closed still due to ice and snow on the trails.
Going up on the Tower/ Walkway is very cool! Wish they had it open at sunset! It is so pretty up there looking both at the Falls and down river.
Make sure to visit at night too. The Falls is lite up with different colors and with the Canadian skyline in the background, it is breathtaking!
Written 1 April 2021
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travelmom621
Boiling Springs, PA116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
For our 35 anniversary we returned to Niagara Falls. We chose to visit at night to see the lights and the colors projected on the falls. It was quite crowded but everyone took turns stopping g along the rails for photo opps. A few even volunteered to take our
I turn and vise verse!
We didn’t go or see anything else, the signage at night was not full of information and getting there in the dark was easy, and the park was nice, but without the visitors center help b you see the options I am sure we missed other views of it.we followed signs for the falls and that was it.
On the way back was a skunk walking right by us, and my husband was trying to get a picture when we saw the tail go up and I told him if he got spayed he wasn’t getting in the car. He didn’t and was lucky.
Written 29 June 2021
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L C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
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.
Written 11 September 2023
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mrscla75
Cortland, OH18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 3 July 2023
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Banu Niyaz
Colombo, Sri Lanka32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
The full shape of the waterfall is more visible when viewed from the Canadian side than from the American side. But unable to cross the Rainbow Bridge as we have not yet fully vaccinated

There is an electric boat facility to go near the waterfall. But still, don’t go too close. Even if we wear poncho (a top made of polythene,) we will still get somewhat wet. The beauty of the waterfall splashing and falling on us is a personal feeling.
Written 16 August 2021
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Chris F
Cary, NC89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Great one day trip doing Niagara Falls US side including Cave of the Winds Maid of the Mist Boat ride, lookouts (Prospect Point, Luna Island, Terrapin Point), and strolling through Niagara Park. Recommend say trolley pass which allows off and on at any of the stops all day for only $3 a person for the full day. Will get very wet at both the boat ride and Cave of the Winds. Initially walked from Rainbow Bridge all the way to Terrapin Point as not all that long a distance but then took trolley to ride the whole loop. Started at Cave of the Winds as couldn’t but those tickets in advance.
Written 27 May 2023
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DenGourmand
Wallingford, CT251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
For those who have no idea where to go this summer, might I recommend a short trip to Niagara Falls. It is not passe; it is a wonder of nature that will take your breath away. And when you come take the Over the Falls Tour. Don't let the fact that the Canadian side is "closed" deter you. You will be pleasantly surprised at how much there is to see and do, and how close you will get to the maelstrom that is the falls.
Written 7 August 2020
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