Niagara Falls Travel Guide

Niagara Falls is renowned as a tourist destination throughout the world. The impressive display of the powerful rushing waters is breathtaking, and the misty air that follows adds a magical feel that envelopes the city. It makes sense that so many people love visiting the Falls with their loved ones.

In this guide, we hope you'll see the beauty of Niagara Falls, and figure out how to best plan your trip to this natural wonder.

What is Niagara Falls State Park?

Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in the United States and is home to the second-largest group of waterfalls in the world.

Standing at around 170-180 feet depending on the fall, it's a beautiful sight that everyone should experience at least once.

When is the best time to visit the falls?

The summertime (June - early September) is the best time to vacation near Niagara Falls.

It's warm and humid at this time, plus the heat is reduced by cooling mist emanating from the waterfalls.

Which side of Niagara Falls is better?

Niagara Falls is cut into two halves, the Canadian side and the American side. Let's take a look into what each side offers.
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Canadian Side

If you asked the average person which side of Niagara Falls is better, most of them would probably say the Canadian half. When you travel to Canada, you get a more scenic view because the Falls are flowing toward you.

The American side can't see the waterfall as easily because they are above the falling point, providing less visibility. As such, the Canadian side makes for a more memorable viewing experience (and better social media post).

American Side

The American half gets a bad wrap for being less picturesque, but that doesn't mean it's a bad experience by any means. The American side still has some good picture moments, and if you don't have the ability to cross the border for whatever reason, you can still have a satisfying experience.

Some people would even argue that there are more fun things to do ON the American side, and you can get a better view of the falls if you take a boat tour out there, so you don't need to cross the border!

Things to Do at Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is cut into two halves, the Canadian side and the American side. Let's take a look into what each side offers.
Canadian Side

Bird Kingdom

Birders and animal lovers should rejoice! Right next to your perfect view of the Falls, you'll find the biggest free-flying aviary in the world. You can feed your feathery acquaintances and grow an appreciation for the creatures.
American Side

Niagara Discovery Center
If you are more into outdoor exploration, the American side is your best bet. You can hike along the Gorge Rim Trail, which gives you a better look at the rushing current of the Niagara River. You can also walk through Goat Island for a casual stroll.

Clifton Hill

Heading back to Canada, the Clifton Hill amusement park is quite a treat. You can get a less-crowded view of the Falls by hopping on the Niagara SkyWheel. You can also eat up as much carnival food as you can find.

Aquarium of Niagara

If water creatures are your favorite (and if you're a fisherman, why wouldn't they be), then you must swing by the Aquarium on the American half of Niagara falls. You can pet stingrays, feed fish, and interact with some of the other animals.

Oakes Garden Theatre

For those wanting a quieter vacation, exploring the Oakes Garden can make for a relaxing day after the hustle and bustle of the Falls.

Maid of the Mist Boat Tour

This is likely the best way you can get an amazing view of Niagara Falls from the American side. This ferry will show off the beauty of the rushing water. Book early!
This is as much as you need to know to get a feel for Niagara Falls! Lake Ontario Motel and Inn is one of the best places to stay for a Niagara day trip. Book with us today!