Exploring Niagara Falls, US side

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View of the American Falls from the observation deck

We parked in a $10 parking lot at the Falls gift shop, where we had breakfast and signed up for a group tour package of the Falls and surrounding area.  While waiting for the tour to begin, we walked through the park and across the bridge to Goat Island, and some great views.  We didn't get a chance to see Horseshoe Falls from the US side, as we had to get back to the gift shop in time for the start of our tour.  The first leg of the tour took us on "The Maid Of The Mist", a boat tour that takes you right up to the edge of the Falls.  They give you waterproof windbreakers so you can attempt to stay dry. The view from below the Falls is awesome! Bring a waterproof camera, though!  After that we went up the observation deck, which give views of both American and Canadian Falls and The Peace Bridge.

Tyler and Dawn on the Maid of the Mist
  Next, they took us to a gift shop with a theater, where they showed us a cheesey 3-D movie about The Falls and it's Indian past.  Then they had a trivia contest about the Falls, which Tyler won! They gave him a necklace of Mardi Gras beads as his prize.  Next, our tour guide, Sam, took us on a bus tour of the area, to show us things like the power plant, and the Whirlpool Aero Car. We followed that with a tour of Bridal Veils Falls and Luna Point, and finished with "The Cave Of The Winds" tour. They have stairs and platforms leading right to the bottom of the American Falls, so you can walk right under and get wet!  This time they gave us waterproof shoes as well as a windbreaker.  Tyler and Dawn really liked the "Hurricane Deck", they got soaked! ( I stayed back to protect the camera and camcorder).
Getting wet on the Hurricane Deck, under the US Falls!
  You could almost reach out and touch Bridal Veil Falls.  The force of the falling water compresses the air as it falls, and blasts it out when it gets to the bottom, causing "hurricane" force winds, hence the name.  The guide told us that they break down this walkway and deck every fall, and rebuild it every spring.  If they didn't, it would be destroyed by the ice in winter!   When we finished that part of the tour, we had to turn our "Sam" badges back in (All our name tags had our tour guides name on them, so that employees of the different attractions would know which group we belonged to)  Then, the bus brought us back to the gift shop where we had started (and parked)  The whole thing was a lot of fun, well worth the hundred bucks or so it cost for the 3 of us.   It would have been a lot more to do each thing individually!  We spent most of the day here, and we hadn't even gone into Canada yet...but that was to be next! 

aswold says:
Yeah, it was this blog and these pictures that got me interested in going to Niagara. I went in November but it wasn't quite as nice and pretty as what you're showing us!
Posted on: Feb 22, 2008
CrazyLisa says:
Wow that sounds neat. I want to go see it now.
Posted on: Nov 20, 2007
WaltJake says:
thanks!
Posted on: Aug 28, 2007
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View of the American Falls from th…
View of the American Falls from t…
Tyler and Dawn on the Maid of the …
Tyler and Dawn on the Maid of the…
Getting wet on the Hurricane Deck,…
Getting wet on the Hurricane Deck…
waiting in line for our tour ticke…
waiting in line for our tour tick…
Tyler loved this menu!
Tyler loved this menu!
walking around the park before the…
walking around the park before th…
just north of the falls
just north of the falls
the bridge to Goat Island
the bridge to Goat Island
American Falls
American Falls
The American Falls, view from Goat…
The American Falls, view from Goa…
Peace Bridge and observation deck …
Peace Bridge and observation deck…
rapids above the American Falls
rapids above the American Falls
Our tour guide, Sam
Our tour guide, Sam
Looking down at a rainbow over The…
Looking down at a rainbow over Th…
walking out onto the observation p…
walking out onto the observation …
Peace bridge from the platform
Peace bridge from the platform
looking down from the observation …
looking down from the observation…
waiting in line with our tour tick…
waiting in line with our tour tic…
they had several boats, on both si…
they had several boats, on both s…
if you look close, you can see peo…
if you look close, you can see pe…
heading out!
heading out!
about to get very wet
about to get very wet
The US falls
The US falls
about to turn the corner to Horses…
about to turn the corner to Horse…
Horseshoe Falls
Horseshoe Falls
Looking up at the American Falls, …
Looking up at the American Falls,…
The observation deck we were on ea…
The observation deck we were on e…
The American Falls, with the Canad…
The American Falls, with the Cana…
Horseshoe Falls
Horseshoe Falls
Close up of the American Falls
Close up of the American Falls
water shortage? what water shortag…
water shortage? what water shorta…
Ty makes his own rules!
Ty makes his own rules!
Looking down at the Maid of the Mi…
Looking down at the Maid of the M…
the Whirlpool
the Whirlpool
On the edge of the American Falls
On the edge of the American Falls
Waiting in line for the Cave Of Th…
Waiting in line for the Cave Of T…
Cave of the Winds tour. Carrying o…
Cave of the Winds tour. Carrying …
They take these stairs down every …
They take these stairs down every…
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photo by: WaltJake