Niagara Falls - Niagara Falls guide, attractions and pictures
known as one of the seven wonders of the world. Niagara River connects Lake Erie and Lake Ontario and the beautiful Niagara Falls can be seen from both Canada
. The Native Peoples named it Niagara
which means “Great Thunderer of waters”. And indeed it is a great thunder even the volume of the water is reduced more than twice today. The water is diverted to prevent erosion and to produce electricity for Ontario and Eastern USA.
Niagara Falls is a major tourist attraction. The sidewalk along the River and the Falls from the Canadian side offers spectacular view of the Falls both the American Falls
and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls
which carries 90% of the flow. (Niagara river is divided by the Goat Island) There is a constant mist coming from the Horseshoe Falls and on a sunny day it rewards the visitors with a sight of a rainbow over the falls. The Horseshoe Falls are 800m wide (2,625 ft) and 57m (188 ft) high.
There are lots of ways to see and experience Niagara Falls. The Rainbow Bridge
over Niagara River connects Canada and USA and offer splendid views; Maid-of-the-Mist
is another very popular way to get close to the falls. The boat tours date back to 1846 and getting on the boat and hear the thunder of the water is one of the most unforgettable experiences!
Climb up the Skylon Tower
(it is775 ft high – 236 m) and see the falls from a birds eye and get fabulous photo opportunities and a breathtaking view. Skylon Tower also has a revolving restaurant and this is a perfect place to relax, have a gourmet meal and see Niagara Falls. From the American side of the Falls you can go to the outdoor Observation Platform
for more exciting views of the Falls. Table Rock Scenic Tunnels
is a journey behind the Horseshoe Falls – an elevator takes you down and you walk through corridors behind the falls. There are openings where you can see the water falling in front of you.
During the years there were daredevils who challenged Niagara Falls. The first known successful daredevil was a sixty three year old school teacher Mrs. Annie Taylor from Bay City, Michigan. In 1901 she got herself into a barrel and plunged into the raging waters. One of the favorite daredevils was a tightrope walker Jean Francois Gravalet, known as Blondin. He crossed the Falls on tightrope in 1848. Blondin did this many times and even carried once a portable stove and cooked an omelet. David Munday is the only person to survive 2 attempts to conquer the falls. He took the first plunge in 1985 and the second one was 8 years later.
Niagara Falls is a small town that stretches along the Niagara River. It is the honeymoon capital of the world and is visited by 14 million people every year. The area around the Falls is surrounded by beautiful parkland. Niagara Botanical Gardens
and the Niagara Floral Clock
are a must see if you get the Niagara parkway and drive to Niagara-on-the-Lake
. The Niagara parks Butterfly Conservatory
is a home of some 2,000 butterflies and is open year round.
Niagara falls also offers other indoor and outdoor attractions like the Comical and Horrifying Museums, rides and fun houses. Niagara Falls Museum is the oldest museum in North America established in 1827 and here you can see some actual daredevil barrels, and the oldest Egyptian mummy. Marineland
is one of the most popular attractions close to Niagara falls. Marineland is a theme amusement park with rollercoaster rides, deer, elk and bear population and most important of all – Dolphins, Killer Whales and Beluga Whales aquarium. The acrobatic shows with the sea lions, dolphins and killer whales are not to be missed.
Niagara falls has also two casinos - Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino Resort. Both casinos are worth visiting although the minimums at the table games are high.
There is no best time to visit Niagara Falls. The beauty is unique in every season and the sight of that world wonder will be forever in your memories.
Niagara Falls is very close to Toronto
, about 130km (80 miles)
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