See The Falls Up Close And For Free

Before you ever see Niagara River Parkway, you can hear the thunderous roar of the river and feel its presence (quite literally on your skin). Niagara River Parkway is the road that stands to the left of Horseshoe Falls, where the dazzling lights of the hotels and casinos blend opposite. It will, however, astound you once you're in front of this enormous curtain of rushing water. Every minute, up to 700,000 gallons of water cascade over Horseshoe Falls. Make use of the many vantage locations to simply stand and gaze. Whatever angle you're at, it's captivating; your camera roll will demonstrate this.

Entertaining oneself in the captivating marvel is simple and cost-free. The size of Horseshoe Falls, the largest of the three falls that spans the international boundary between Canada and the US, is vast enough to make you feel comfortable but yet allow you to get the perfect photo of the massive plunge. The American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls, which are located on the right side of this picture and are divided by Luna Island, are also visible across the Niagara River. Although they are somewhat smaller, they are nonetheless quite striking. All of the falls will be illuminated at night, making for even more breathtaking photos. For a nominal charge, you may across the Rainbow Bridge that links the US city named after the Canadian Niagara Falls.

Visit Niagara Parks Power Station

Niagara Parks Power Station and Tunnel Tour – Niagara Falls USA & Canada  Tourism

The first significant power plant on the Canadian side of the Niagara River was built in 1905 and is located facing Horseshoe Falls. It was known as the Niagara Parks Power Station. The enormous turbines employed here were the biggest in the world back then. All 11 of the 90-ton machines used Niagara Falls' energy to provide the region with excellent electricity for a century. The history of this hydropower pioneer is being brought to life once again as an interactive, must-see attraction, which debuted in 2021, after lying dormant since operations halted in 2006.

A guided tour is recommended to ensure you don't miss anything. Amazing storytelling will be presented through lifelike displays and artifacts that explain the extraordinary history of the power station and its personnel. Get a closer look at the falls via the 2,200-foot (671-meter) tunnel, which is located 180 feet (55 meters) below the magnificent edifice. Tucked down behind the riverside cascade, you may stroll to a recently constructed observation platform that is only accessible by lamps, dynamite, pickaxes, and shovels. A piece of advice: as you go out onto the viewing platform for that crucial first look, take advantage of the free poncho. You won't be able to look away from the scenery.

Take A Helicopter Ride Over The Falls

Take a helicopter ride over the falls and cross two things off your bucket list at the same time. This once-in-a-lifetime experience follows the Niagara River at an altitude of 2,500 feet (800 meters), towering above the Rainbow Bridge, white water rapids, and the Niagara Whirlpool (be sure to see the famous Whirlpool Aero Car attraction that crosses the Niagara Gorge). You will also be able to appreciate the sheer size of the Falls view region, which is home to the magnificent Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil, and the American. At this point, the helicopter turns to follow Horseshoe Falls' arc, and this is the best time to look out for rainbows that come and go in all directions.

Take A Boat Ride To The Falls

Niagara Falls Canada Open-Top (Wet) Jet Boat Tour

Experience the falls up close and personal by taking a boat excursion offered by Niagara City Cruises. This 20-minute boat is another once-in-a-lifetime experience that will take your breath away. It offers breathtaking views of the Niagara Gorge, American and Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls itself. You receive a free poncho, which is quite necessary if you're at the front. After that, you may stand or recline and listen to the audio commentary as it explains this amazing natural wonder.

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Do the White-Water Walk

This stroll is not your typical one. Another must-do is this overlooked walk downstream from the falls, which is directly adjacent to the Class 6 rapids. Take the elevator 230 feet (70 meters) to the water's edge, but before you bask in the awe-inspiring beauty and unwavering might of some of the wildest whitewater sections on earth, spend a few minutes learning about the region's numerous histories.

Once you're up close and personal with the Niagara River, make the most of the observation spots dotted around the 0.40-kilometer (quarter-mile) boardwalk. Take out your camera and point it up the river when you reach the first platform. The Whirlpool Rapids Railroad Bridge is the ideal backdrop for your photo. You can pause and study the informational booklet on the Great Gorge's geology and the surrounding flora and fauna throughout the self-guided tour. Give a wave to the American visitors on the other side of the river; you'll notice several strolling down the same path.