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Niagara Falls: Expectations vs Reality

  1. By Globerouter
  2. On May 7, 2019
  3. North America
  4. Travel Tips

Visiting Niagara Falls is an item on many travelers' bucket lists, and it's easy to see why - in fact, up to 30 million people visit this natural wonder every year. Whether you're daydreaming about future travels or rushing to plan your next overseas trip, be aware that your expectations may not align with your reality. If you want to get the best possible experience out of your trip, there are a few things you should be aware of.

Niagara Falls is more than just a natural wonder

The first time you travel to Niagara Falls, you may be expecting to find a spectacular waterfall surrounded by nothing but natural terrain, but you'll find that the area is filled with life and activities for visitors. Everything from butterfly conservatories to amusement parks and eateries can be found within the nearby surrounds, so if you find that a few days allows you enough time to take in the Falls, you can save the rest of your trip for exploration. In as few as two days, a quality tour can give you a thorough experience of the Falls, in daylight and after nightfall.

 

You can visit the Falls at any time

Summer is the best time to visit Niagara Falls, owing to temperatures in the low 80s, and also the most popular time for visitors, but if you're longing to visit after dark, there's nothing stopping you! Just be aware that the attractions surrounding the Falls, which range from theme parks and restaurants to natural parkland, have set opening hours. Experiences such as the Maid of the Mist boat ride and the Cave of the Winds are very popular tour options, but each has its own opening hours and seasonal availability, so keep this in mind when planning your trip.

Getting close to the action is encouraged

When you visit Niagara Falls Ontario, you'll find a variety of experiences on offer for those who want to get a little closer. From cruises and helicopter journeys to zip-line rides for daring adventurers, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the falls in your own way. You might like the sound of the Whirlpool Aero Car, or prefer to explore the surrounds from the comfort of the Maid of the Mist boat ride, which promises to take you as close to the Falls as it is possible to get. Of course, if you’re more comfortable with a view from afar, you can get your fix at the observation tower in Niagara Falls State Park, which offers free entry in the off-season.