Don’t go chasing waterfalls…. But if you do, you might as well go big, right?
The Niagara Falls are awe-inspiring. To stand so close and watch over 500,000 gallons of water launch itself over the edge every second, to hear the thunderous roar as it hits the rocks below, to feel the cold spray on your face even from hundreds of metres away – Trust me, it’s a must-do experience.
It feels like you are truly in the presence of Mother Nature’s best work. I could stand there for hours just simply appreciating the falls’ overwhelming beauty and power and imagining the millions of people who have done just the same. Birds float elegantly through the spray, rainbows erupt out of the shadows and it’s humbling to remember that we really are so small in this wonderful world.
The falls are just the beginning!
Niagara Falls is a buzzing hive of activity that dishes out fun-filled and unforgettable experiences by the plateful. So if you are thinking of visiting the falls, make sure you check out the other tourist destinations right on their doorstep:
1. Fallsview Indoor Water Park
This adrenaline-soaked water park is open all year round, so put on your best (most secure) swimsuit and spend hours hurtling down water slides and being tossed around by the wave machines. They even have one of those ‘bowl’ slides that spit you out like a sink and down a plug hole (my favourite) – You will have the best time guaranteed!
2. The Street of Fun
Clifton Hill, or the ‘Street of Fun’, is like a mini-Vegas strip packed with bars, arcades, haunted houses, 4D theatre experiences, celebrity wax work museums, bowling alleys, Ripley’s Believe it or not, miniature golf with life-sized dinosaurs, gift shops, and more! All ages will be entertained by this vibrant road. See the full tour here.
3. The SkyWheel
Get a birds-eye view of the stunning Niagara Falls on the SkyWheel! Located on the main Clifton Hill strip, open day and evening and for only $12 per adult ticket, this is a great way to itch your fairground ride craving and get a unique view of the wonders below.
4. Fallsview Casino
If you have some money to burn, try your luck at the slots or watch one of the famous stage shows! Spread over multiple floors, this glamorous casino is buzzing with energy and you never know; you may win big… And if you don’t, you can take a walk to the falls at night and see the beautifully lit waters to boost your mood.
5. Niagara IMAX Theatre
I always make sure to learn about the places that I visit and the history of Niagara Falls is really fascinating. The IMAX theatre regularly plays the 3D movie entitled ‘Niagara: Miracles, Myths & Magic’ where history comes to life before your eyes and you can hear stories of the (insane) people that threw themselves down the falls! After the movie, you can visit the Daredevil Exhibit next-door to see and touch the real barrels and steel boxes that survived the plunge…
6. Mist-Rider Zipline to the Falls
I cannot wait to try this when it’s open in the summer. I could see it from my hotel window and officially added it to my to-do list. Zooming across the gorge and over the waterfalls below – Yes, please! Let me know what it’s like if you’ve done it in the comments below!
7. Clifton Hill night-life
There is no better place to drink and be merry than Clifton Hill. Whether you’re craving a laid-back bar with live music or a nightclub to dance away your worries until the early hours – This street has got it all. Don’t blame me for your hangover!
8. Bird Kingdom
As the world’s largest free-flying indoor aviary, this is a great place to visit tropical birds and exotic animals and explore their rainforest habitat. Don’t forget to check Groupon as there are always deals on there to save $$!
9. Skylon Tower Observation Deck
If your hotel doesn’t boast a good view of the falls or if you are just visiting for the day, the views from the Skylon Tower are worth every cent. Take a 52-second elevator ride to the viewpoint 775 feet above the waterfalls below. There is also a revolving restaurant if you need to satisfy your appetite whilst up there. Delicious food and stunning views are such a great pairing.
10. Hotel with a View
If you have room in the budget, I passionately suggest taking advantage of a hotel room with a view of the falls! I was lucky enough to stay on the 22nd floor of the beautiful Sheraton with a balcony directly overlooking the American Falls. There are no words to describe the thrill you get when you wake up to the thunderous sound of water from outside your room. I never wanted to check-out!
Could you throw yourself down the falls in a barrel?!