Niagara Falls, Ontario, Niagara Falls, New York, Niagara Region & Niagara Frontier Visitor Tips
Here are some quick suggestions for visitors with limited time in the city & region: The schedule is only a suggestion -- you may have more fun, or wish to take more time than mentioned below.
One Day Stay
To capture the essence of Niagara Falls, here are suggestions for your first day (especially if its your only day).
- Start your day walking along the Niagara River as it approaches the Falls (on the Canadian side, start at Dufferin Island and work your way north, on the American side, walk along Goat Island)
- Head underneath and behind the Falls (on the Canadian side, take the Table Rock tour, on the American side go to Cave of the Winds, also on Goat Island)
- Head up an observation tower, to get an overview of the landscape around the Falls (on the Canadian side, there's the Skylon and the newer Konica Minolta, on the US side there's the Observation Tower beside the Maid of the Mist)
- Head toward the Rainbow Bridge and take a Maid of the Mist Tour to get a view of the Falls from below. Tours leave every 20 minutes from both the US and Canadian side, and return you to your point of origin.
- Head north to The Whirlpool, where you can take the Aero Car Tram across the river and get a bird's eye view of this swirling mass of water caused by a sharp right bend in the Niagara River
- Head back toward the Falls and enjoy the sundry sites, sounds and attractions of Niagara Falls.
- After dark head back to the Falls which are lit each night until midnight. During the summer there may also be witness to spectacular fireworks on special evenings.
Second Day Stay
To capture the essence of this city, here are suggestions for your second day in Niagara Falls. This day will help you capture the sense of history of the area. If you are on the Canadian side, you should consider getting a ticket on the Falls Shuttle, which covers most of these attractions without needing to worry about parking.
If you are visiting for a longer period, there are a number of destinations worth visiting (each about a day, including driving):
- Take the Lake Ontario scenic route to St Catharines, its Lock 3 Viewpoint of the Welland Canal, its charming downtown shopping & restaurant district and its Port Dalhousie historical district around Martindale's Pond, the original terminus of the Welland Canal.
- Head to Port Colborne and Welland to see the upper portion of the Welland Canal, while enjoying the wide open expanses of the Upper Niagara Penninsula. As you head north to Thorld, you get a great view of Lake Ontario and even Toronto from the top of the Escarpment.
- Head east from Tonawanda to Lockport, New York, and take in the history of the Erie Canal, which had a similar transforming effect on the Niagara Frontier on the American side
- Take a winery tour of the over 30 wineries in the Niagara Region. You can do this self-guided or take one of the many guided tour buses
TRAVEL TIP: Those visiting several of these attrations should consider getting the Niagara Falls & Great Gorge Adventure Pass
which saves money on admisstion tickets to Niagara’s most popular attractions – Niagara’s Fury: The Creation of the Falls, Journey Behind the Falls, Maid of the Mist and the White Water Walk, plus 2-days unlimited travel on the step-on, step-off "People Mover" bus and the Falls Incline Railway.
The Adventure Pass tickets can be used unlimited days from mid-April until lage October.
2009 Rates: Adults (13+ yrs) $39.95, Children (6-12 yrs) $24.95. * ($ Cdn without taxes) • Kids 5 and under get in free!
Contact Niagara Parks Information 1-877-642-7275 for details.
Niagara Reservation State Park Master Pass (716-278-1796) offers all-day tranportation and a 20% discount on 8 major attractions including: