It was 3 years ago when we moved from India to the USA. During these 3 years of the time period, we had visited lots of great places (New York, Washington D.Sc. Boston, Los Angeles etc.) however, Niagara fall was one of those bucket-list places, which we did not get chance to visit, to explore!
I always had a dream of seeing this world famous tourist spot and nature’s wonder.Luckily, during last summer when my parents came to the USA; we were thrilled to meet them again, after an extended period of separation. And we had planned our long-awaited “first Niagara fall tour” along with them, with great enthusiasm.
I could say confidently that visiting Niagara fall is one of my most favourite travel memories.
I would love to share some important things and tips about this greatest tourist spot as a part of week #3 of #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 (as a response to given prompt #Favourite travel memories)
History of Niagara fall
Niagara fall is a city on the Niagara River, in the New York state. It is a collective name for three waterfalls which straddle the international border between the Canadian province Ontario and the American state of New York. It is famed for its beauty and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power.
Niagara fall is America’s oldest state park that is expanded in the area of 400 acres of beautiful landscape. The falls are 17 miles north-northwest of Buffalo, New York, and 75 miles south, southeast of Toronto, between the twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York.
When to visit?
Summer is the best and ideal time to visit and explore the Niagara fall. Especially between the months of June to August, visiting in summer months allows you to take full advantage of beautiful weather and awesome attractions. So many people visited this awesome spot during fall, spring and winter too. Fall is open year around for viewing the attractions. However, some of the attractions are seasonal and remains open until November only.
There are various ways to get from Columbus to Niagara Falls. Either by bus, car, train or plane. And you can choose any option according to your preference. The Driving distance between Dublin (Dublin is nearby town to Columbus and we stay here) and Niagara fall is 346.09 miles and it takes around 5 hours and 20 minutes by car.
We had planned our visit in the first week of June with a rental car, with good mood and great enthusiasm. It was like dream come true for us. We had done lots of pre-preparation before travel, such as research activities at our destination, book the hotel, prepare some homemade food and snacks etc. (will share more information about this in next section)
Top visiting tourist attractions of Niagara fall
- There are plenty of things to do in the Niagara fall. Such as,
- Maid of Mist
- Cave of wind
- Niagara Glen Nature reserve
- Journey behind the falls
- Niagara sky wheel
- Sky lone tower
- Old Fort Niagara
- Max theatre
- Butterfly Conservatory
- Niagara aquarium
Personally, I would say, “Among these all awesome spots, waterfalls are the main attraction of Niagara Falls and there is the range of ways to explore it. You can see it from their foot on the awesome maid of mist boat tours, from behind in caves of wind (by accessible elevator), or sky hovering in the helicopter.
As we had 2 days 1-night stay tour, we had visited these spots.
Maid of Mist
Maid of mist is one of the most famous and awesome tourist spots of Niagara fall. It is a boat tour of Niagara fall that starts from the calm part of the Niagara River near the rainbow bridge, take its passenger to America’s Bridal Veil Falls. The tour starts and returns on the USA side of the river. We had loads of fun during this tour. Nature’s beauty and awesomeness is at their highest point during this tour.
Cave of wind
Cave of wind is a natural cave behind the Bridal Veil Falls (at the Niagara Falls). It is also one of the most famous and must visit spot. Here is an elevator that takes people from the area between American and Canadian falls down, the level of the Niagara River at the base of the American falls.
There is a series of the redwood platform that allows visitor to go up at the base of bridal veil falls and enjoy the experience of water crushing down right on them.
When we went to see the beauty of fall from this point, we were amazed to see that how close we get to the falls and loved being able to witness the powerful rush of water up so close.
Journey behind the falls
It was the third point that we had explored! It is a point where you shall be able to stand directly behind the sheet of water. An elevator takes you down to a tunnel system to view the falls and learn facts and history about them. This spot is pretty chilly and you need to take extra care while visiting it.
During the first day, we had visited these 3 awesome spots during daytime and after having lunch and a short nap, we went to Max theatre. Max theatre is another great spot to visit, especially if you want to learn the facts and history of the origin of Niagara Falls.
Max theatre plays an awesome movie on an enormous screen that explains the history and origin of Niagara fall so wonderfully. We had a great time while watching this movie.
At night, we had seen a spectacular display of fireworks over Niagara Falls. Fireworks performances are weather permitting and may be cancelled due to poor weather conditions like high wind or rain. Watching the fireworks display was an unforgettable experience and we had a great fun while watching this spectacular Niagara fall firework show.
Next day, we had visited the Aquarium of Niagara
Aquarium of Niagara
It is a great spot for kids; it offers plenty of sea animals such as sea lion, penguin, and etc. kids had enjoyed a lot and we had clicked some cool pictures here.
Travel tips for visiting Niagara Falls
For making your visit smooth, here I am sharing some handy tips.
- Check the weather- as I had mentioned earlier, it is very important to check the weather forecast, before travel to avoid any end moment problem.
- Book an adventure pass before your visit. There are various packages available online and you could choose any one according to your preference.
- Shortlisted your activities and visiting spots before the visit.
- Make some handmade food and snacks for travel
- Do a proper research about where to stay? And where to dine?
Luckily, there are lots of Indians in Niagara Falls, and you can get good Indian food and accommodation here, at the affordable rate.
So, we had loads of fun during these 2 days of a short trip. And I would love to go again and again there to recreate this magic. I cannot explain the joy and happiness in words that we had experienced during this tour. I just say as a conclusion “it was my best #Travel memory”.
What were your favourite travel memories? Did you have visited this awesome place? What was your experience? Please share with us!
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