Niagara Falls is a natural wonder that everyone should behold at least once in their lifetime. Located on the American-Canadian border, it is one of the world’s most famous marvels. Traveling to Niagara, New York, then across the American border to Canada, you will find the most beautiful of views and many great families, and budget-friendly attractions.
Maid of the Mist
Perhaps one of the most famous attractions at the falls, the Maid of the Mist is an engine-powered boat that takes you on a half-hour ride beneath the falls. It is kid-friendly, and the prices are fairly low, so a family of four could take this trip for around forty dollars.
Whether you are visiting the Casino Niagara or Seneca Niagara, gamblers are afforded plenty of locations to play the slots. Providing, of course, that you are over the age of 19, you can partake in over 3000 slot machines, over 78 blackjack tables, and 17 roulette tables.
The waterpark is indoors and offers over 16 waterslides and an indoor wave pool. Located across from the falls, this is a great getaway for those with kids, as children will love the fun and adventure in safer water than the falls they just witnessed.
Feeding exotic birds and watching lizards scamper through the wild while hosting a giant Macaw on one arm is an interesting day indeed. These are a few of the things that you can expect from the Bird aviary on the Canadian side of the falls.
Where else can you see butterflies drink the sweet nectar from thousands of blooming flowers? Here you can travel along paths that will grant you access to unlimited species of beautiful, fluttery butterflies, all unique in their own way.
Cave of the Winds
The Cave of the Winds leads you deep into a gorge where you can ascend stairs that lead you to Hurricane Deck. Here, you stand twenty feet away from the falls themselves and are confronted with a torrent of water from the falls.
With a rotating restaurant, you can not overlook this overlooking view of the Falls. The Skylon Tower is 520 feet high and awards you with a view of all of Niagara Falls. It takes one hour for one full rotation, so you can take your time and take plenty of pictures.
Still can’t get enough of the beautiful falls? Take a helicopter ride that will reward you with every sight possible. Of course, these are not likely to be cheap rides, but the experience might very well be worth it. Not everyone can say that they had a personal, private tour of Niagara Falls in a helicopter, now can they?
Journey behind the Falls
If you haven’t had your fill of a front view of the cascading falls, how about taking a little sneak peek from behind them? Made up of tunnels and elevators, the journey behind the falls takes you as close as 150 feet away from the back of the falls.
It’s like white water rafting, but safer and tons more fun. A jetboat takes you to ‘Devil’s Hole’ and through several rapids spraying water in your face while you get shocking views of the falls above you.
A trip to Niagara Falls has something for everyone! Visitors from all over the world travel to Niagara to take in the sights, visit the falls, and partake in the splendor that Canada and America provide for all to see. A word to the wise, though, for anyone traveling across either border from anywhere, a passport is now needed, so make sure you plan your trip accordingly. Also, since Niagara is such a popular hot spot, you might want to make reservations for all of these attractions in advance.