Things to do in and around Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls has numerous things to do and see for just about anyone exploring the area. It’s a destination where you can be hovering over the city in a helicopter during the morning hours, gliding on a cushion of air in a skydiving simulator in the afternoon and enjoying a Vegas-style magic show in the evening.

The purpose of people traveling from around the world to Niagara Falls is more often than not the popular landmarks that make this place so famous. I have recorded the most well-known Niagara falls attractions below. 

The places below are the ones that have made the Falls great and make people come back every year. 

  • Niagra Falls: Yes, I know that it’s obvious but it is a magnificent natural landmark that cannot be missed. Niagara Falls is situated at the south end of Niagara Gorge. It is the combined name for the 3 waterfalls that run through the international border between the United States of America and Canada! The three waterfalls are the Bridal Veil Falls, the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls, from smallest to largest. 
  • Skylon Tower: This monument shows up in just about every pic of the horizon of Niagara Falls. Stretching to a height over 500 feet, the Skylon Tower has an eatery the revolves to give diners a comprehensive view of the entire city and the elevators to get to the top are situated on the outside of the tower so that the whole trip up and down offers the best views.
  • Floral Clock: Along with the Falls themselves, the floral clock draws more visitors than any other landmark around this area. The watch face itself is almost 40 feet wide, and the hands are 14 feet and 20 feet long. The front is adorned with thousands of multiple flowers arranged in new patterns each year.
  • Brock Monument: Built to sanctify and pay tribute to a hero of 1812, General Brock’s building was built on the Battle at Queenston Heights. The combat was a turning point in the war for the Canadian side and the area where General Brock was killed in combat. The 185-foot monument is so big that tourists can walk up the stairs to the top and look out over the place that Brock and his army struggled to keep free.
  • Niagara Gorge: Cut out by the mighty Falls and Niagara River, the Niagara Gorge is a true landmark that has been 10 thousand years in the making. With guided and self-guided walking tours that snake their way through the pathways along the river and deep inside the Gorge, visitors get a first-hand look at the natural geology and walk in the history of Niagara Falls.

Offbeat Things to do in Niagara Falls.

  1. To escape the roaring falls and the photo clicks mobs, take an afternoon and immerse yourself in the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. If you love nature, the gardens are a must-see. This vast space is home to tonnes of beautifully preserved gardens – managed for by scholars at the on-site horticulture school – starring hundreds of species of plants.
  2. If you love history, make sure to find time to explore the Old Fort Niagara. Situated on the U.S. side of the falls, this late medieval fort has swapped cards between British, French and American troops. This site has seen combat during various wars, including the American Revolution and the Indian and French War, making it the most abundant operational fort in Northern America. 
  3. Nature lovers can have a relaxing afternoon at the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve. Located off the Niagara Parkway on the Canadian side of the falls, this nature reserve overlooks the river and its natural whirlpool, offering a few miles of trails through the preserved Carolinian Forest.
  4. On the Journey Behind the Falls, you can walk directly behind the sheet of water and get a real behind-the-scenes peek at this beautiful natural attraction. The tour begins with an escalator ride to an observation deck where you can take the Niagara River view and Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

Best time to Visit Niagara Falls:

A visit to this destination is very convenient because of its various access points. Still, it’s crucial to note that around the peak tourism months of June to August, a nature lover might not get the complete spiritual background of Niagara’s morality – simply because of the presence of huge crowds. Also, in the summer, almost intolerable heat near the waterfalls makes it hard for even the most seasoned hiker to enjoy the breathtaking sceneries. 

The best time to visit Niagara Falls to find spiritual beauty and considerably lesser crowd would be between April and May. Check the climate to make sure it won’t be raining. There’s already so much water in the region, you don’t need anymore. It can get a bit swampy and Niagara’s hike will prove to be more challenging than you bargained for. However, if you catch a trek on a dry day, the smell of the air will lead you to assume you’ve found an oasis in a crazy world. So, nature-lovers, avoid the summertime crowds and heat to enjoy the best of Niagara Falls.

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