Niagara Falls is a unique landmark because it’s located on the international border of New York and Canada. The falls are visited by millions of tourists each year and produce electricity that is shared by The United States and Canada. It’s both a beautiful and functional landmark that has been visited for over 130 years. America By Rail offers a Canada: Three Great Cities trip to Niagara Falls, Toronto, Quebec City, and Montreal. Here are some things to do during your next Niagara Falls vacation.
Niagara Falls Boat Tours
Take a ride on the Hornblower and see the wonder that is Niagara Falls. Hornblower cruises take off from the Canadian side of the falls with views of the American, Bridal Veil, and Canadian falls. You can take a day or night cruise where you will experience a 20-minute ride and a mist experience. Hornblower also offers illumination and fireworks cruises.
Skylon Tower Observation Deck
The Skylon Tower is the tallest total entertainment complex. Standing at 775 feet, the best part about Skylon is the dining experiences with the best views of the falls. You can dine at the Revolving Dining Room, which makes one revolution per hour, or the Summit Suite Buffet. After you dine, check out the observation deck for more extraordinary views and watch the 3D/4D Falls Movie.
Clifton Hill is a street one block away from the Canadian Falls that has everything tourists dream of. Ride the 175 foot Ferris wheel for more amazing views of the falls. Other fun attractions include the Movieland Wax Museum, mini-golf, and bowling.
Niagara Falls History Museum
The Niagara Falls History Museum is the best place to learn more behind the history of the mighty falls. It’s located on the site of the Battle of Lundy’s Lane during the War of 1812 and features artifacts from the war. The current “Pieces of Canada” exhibit features artifacts from locals that tell a story about the country. If you’re lucky enough to be there on a Thursday night, admission is free.
Journey Behind The Falls
Journey Behind the Falls shows a different side of the falls that is truly breathtaking. Part of the journey is a 150 feet descent and an exploration of 130-year-old tunnels where you’ll feel the vibrations of the mighty falls. The lower observation deck is where you’ll get a panoramic view while also getting a little wet.
Open year round, Bird Kingdom is the world’s largest free-flying indoor aviary. They don’t just have birds, but reptiles and small animals to view and experience animal encounters with. The inside is a lush jungle with winding paths that take you to a small waterfall at the end. Some activities include feeding the lorikeet birds, viewing the nocturnal animals in the night jungle, and admiring the carvings in the Javanese tea house. Bird Kingdom is also just a 5-minute walk from the Canadian falls.
Queen Victoria Park
Right beside the American and Canadian Falls, Queen Victoria Park is considered the heart of the Niagara Parks and is a relaxing spot to admire Niagara Falls. The park features unique native plants, a rock garden, flower hanging baskets, and a hybrid tea rose garden. Take a guided horse and carriage tour throughout the park and end the day with a picnic under a shady tree.
All the water from Niagara Falls is sure to produce some tasty wine. Niagara Vintage Wine Tours offers several different tours through Niagara Fall’s best local wineries. You can take special wine and cheese, vineyard, and dinner tours. You can also create your own wine tour and visit local favorites on your own like Chateau Des Charmes and Peller Estates.
Niagara Falls is a vacation destination that is centered around the natural wonder of the falls. A train to Niagara Falls allows travelers to see the Canadian landscape from a unique point of view.