Tuesday, December 9, 2014

What to Do in Niagara Falls

While naturally the main reason to visit Niagara Falls is to see the falls, there are plenty of other sights and attractions in the area that are definitely worth your time while you visit as well. Whether you choose to stay on the American side or the Canada side, Niagara Falls offers visitors with breathtaking views and plenty of things to do. 

Maid of the Mist  
Sticking with the things Niagara Falls does best, tours of the falls. These coal-powered boats take visitors right to the base of the falls. This is not a tour for those who don’t want to get wet. Rain gear is provided and many will tell you that this is the best way to see the true beauty of the falls. These Maid of the Mist tours have been going on since the 1840s, so there is obviously something special about them. With boats docking on both the Ontario and New York sides, crossing borders doesn’t have to be a concern. So don a poncho, don’t worry about your hair, and take a trip right under the falls. 

Niagara Fallsview Casino 

The falls may be the main attraction, but that doesn’t mean the nightlife can’t also make a name for itself. This Ontario casino is filled with over 100 table games and thousands of slot machines, as well as shopping space and a ballroom that hosts concerts and performances throughout the year. With plenty of dining facilities within the building as well, you can find plenty of different options for nightlife entertainment. 

Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens & Butterfly Conservatory 

Any nature-lover is sure to enjoy an afternoon in the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. As a nice escape from the bustling, tourist-filled areas right around the falls, this gives visitors a chance to relax while looking at beautiful gardens. The butterfly gardens are home to thousands of butterflies flying around brightly colored flowers inside the conservatory. 

Journey Behind the Falls 

Since the falls is the main reason for your visit, let’s include another way to view the falls. Journey Behind the Falls takes you backstage for a beautiful new view. Go behind the falls on this tour, weaving through tunnels around the back side of the falls. This unique perspective is magnificent, but also extremely popular, often drawing many crowds during peak summer months. The crowds can be worth it though for this unbelievable behind the scenes sight of this natural attraction. 

About the Author: Katie is a guest contributor from America by Rail, featuring train tours all across Canada and Alaska.

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