- By kevin
- On Apr 16, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
Take part in the tours from Toronto to Niagara Falls, have your holiday inside Niagara Falls. Away from the falls, both the New York and Canadian sides offer various activities to keep visitors entertained. The area also hosts several family-friendly attractions, including Old Fort Niagara and the Niagara SkyWheel.
Best things to do inside Niagara Falls:
Old Fort Niagara
If you enjoy history, make sure to save time for a visit to Old Fort Niagara. Located on the U.S. side of the falls, this 17th-century fort has changed hands between French, British and American troops. This site has seen action during numerous wars, including the American Revolution and the French and Indian War, making it the longest operational fort in North America. Today, the fort occupies one of the most scenic areas in western New York, overlooking both Lake Ontario and the Niagara River. Inside, you can explore underground gunpowder rooms, old army barracks and ancient cannons. If you're looking for a more in-depth history, make sure to stop by the visitor center.
Recent visitors raved about the well-preserved buildings and clean grounds, and were especially impressed with the re-enactors. Many also said they initially only planned to spend an hour exploring the grounds, but ended up staying half the day thanks to all the interesting demonstrations and exhibits.
Old Fort Niagara is perched on the banks of both Lake Ontario and the Niagara River just north of Youngstown, New York – across the river from Niagara-on-the-Lake. If you don't have your own set of wheels, you can use the free Discover Niagara Shuttle to reach the fort during the summer season. The fort welcomes visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 or 7 p.m. daily, depending on the season. Admission costs $12 for adults and $8 for kids 6 to 12.
Journey Behind the Falls
On the Journey Behind the Falls, you'll be able to stand directly behind the roaring sheet of water and get a literal behind-the-scenes peek at this magnificent natural attraction. The tour begins with an elevator ride to an observation deck where you can take in the view of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and the Niagara River. From there, follow the caverns and enjoy the roaring curtain of the falls from a different perspective. However, be prepared for crowds – Journey Behind the Falls is one of the most popular ways to see the falls, so you may find that the tunnels are rather cramped.
Recent visitors highly recommended the Journey Behind the Falls, even if you've already gone on a Maid of the Mist tour, as this attraction offers yet another interesting perspective of the falls. To avoid crowds and enjoy the view in peace, reviewers suggest getting to the attraction when it opens at 9 a.m.
The Journey Behind the Falls tour begins on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, and the caverns are open daily. Hours vary by season, but generally the attraction begins welcoming visitors at 9 a.m. Tickets cost CA$13.15 (around $10.50) for adults and CA$8.55 (about $7) for kids between 6 and 12.