Tips For Visiting Niagara Falls

Standing in Awe at Niagara Falls

Recently, I had a chance to visit Niagara Falls for the first time since I was a small child. Granted it was only for a few hours on the way up to Toronto, but it was still a great time. You might wonder what kinds of things one can do in Niagara Falls. Although it’s extremely touristy and expensive, it’s definitely worth a visit. Here are a few tips for visiting Niagara Falls.

1) Stand in Awe of the Falls

Obviously, the reason you go to Niagara Falls is to see the actual Falls.  One can stand in awe of the grandiose of the Falls, literally for hours, just gazing.  It’s quite mesmerizing seeing 6 million cubic feet of water pour over the Falls every minute!

Overlooking Niagara Falls

Self-Portrait at Niagara Falls

2) Catch A Rainbow Over The Falls

With the frequent combination of sun and mist over the Falls, rainbows are quite common. If you stand there long enough, you’re sure to catch a pretty spectacular rainbow view.

Rainbow Over Niagara Falls

Another Rainbow Over Niagara Falls

3) Canadian vs. American Side

You have 2 choices when visiting Niagara Falls, either from the American side or from the Canadian side. Personally, I prefer the Canadian side because you get a much better view. The American side allows you to go behind the Falls if that’s something you’re into, but I’d rather get some good photographs.

Niagara Falls from the Canadian Side

4) Check Out the Tightrope Walker

This really needs no introduction. Seeing a tightrope walker that high up in the air was pretty cool.

Tightrope Walker in Niagara Falls

5) Avoid Eating in Niagara Falls

If you happen to like overpriced, mediocre food, then Niagara Falls is the place for you.  Otherwise, do yourself a favor and head out of Niagara towards Toronto for some better eats. Toronto has some fantastic restaurants, but that’s for another day and another blog post.

What are some of your tips for visiting Niagara Falls? What were some of your favorite things to do there?

Nick Huggins
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  • While the Falls are great to look at, I felt like I already knew them from books and TV when I first went. Go downriver from the falls, and climb down into the gorge. Sit on a rock next to the rapids, and you will find yourself mesmerized and in awe by the power of those waters!

    Also, head north for 30mins on the Canadian side to “Niagara-on-the-Lake”. It’s a cute little village with lots of cool things to look at.

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