5 Must See Places In Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, NY, the famous honeymoon and vacation destination, will thrill visitors with the beauty and power of its spectacular waterfalls--among the largest in the world. Travelers have the opportunity to view this natural wonder up close and tour the surrounding area with its lovely countryside and historical significance. The following sites are five must-see places during a stay at Niagara Falls.

Situated within New York State, along the Ontario, Canada-U.S. border, the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls comprise Niagara’s U.S. side. For one of the closest and most exciting views, Cave of the Winds, at Niagara Falls State Park, offers views 20 feet from Bridal Veil Falls. Tour guides lead visitors to the site, which is reached by taking an elevator ride down into the Niagara Gorge. Wearing souvenir rain ponchos, groups then follow walkways onto the Hurricane Deck where they will experience the spray and roar of cascading tons of water nearby.

Another unforgettable view is from the base of Niagara Falls, possible only by the Maid of the Mist boat tour. The half-hour ride will take visitors to both the American Falls and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. The boat will circle the basin for an amazing opportunity to get close the flow and observe cliff formations. Feeling the mist and seeing the tremendous force of water pouring down into the Niagara River will provide an unparalleled nature adventure.

The Niagara Falls Aquarium, at 701 Whirlpool St, Niagara Falls, NY, presents a different type of marine encounter with its variety of unusual saltwater and freshwater fish such as seahorses and piranha. Guests can observe seal, penguin, and shark feeding, and witness sea lion training sessions. Education and enjoyment for the entire family is available daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm

For a view of the beautiful Niagara Gorge and access to trails, travelers will want to start their hike at the Niagara Gorge Trailhead Center. This location is the entryway for the trail system and leads to breathtaking vistas such as the Great Gorge Scenic Overlook. Other trails offer more challenging, rocky terrain and provide hikes to Devil's Hole Rapids and Giant Rock or Whirlpool Rapids. The trailhead is located at the Niagara Falls Discover Center, Niagara Falls, NY.

A relaxing, pleasant way to experience the surrounding region of Niagara Falls is visiting one of the wineries on the Niagara Falls Wine Trail (niagarawinetrail.org). The area is well known for the quality of its grapes and fertile soil. Packages are available for tours and sampling some of the award-winning wine varieties.