Niagara Falls Travel Blog› entry 3 of 3 › view all entries
Woke up and made our way to Niagra Falls. Along the way we made a visit Catellani Art Museum on the Niagra University campus. Ok...Ok...so it wasnt "along" the way but it wasnt much of a detour. They had an exhibit i wanted to see called Freedom Crossing: The Underground Railroad of Greater Niagra. There were a few interesting things but it wasnt much to it.
On to Niagra! We parked at the big casino that's 5 or 6 blocks from the falls. Free parking. While we walked, we passed a couple 8-10 store shopping strips. So many of the stores were closed. Not closed as in after hours. I mean closed as in for good.
get to the falls, walk around some and take a few pictures. We take the "Cave of the Winds" tour. To get here you have to cross the pedestrian bridge to Goat Island.
Side Note: Goat Island is just that. An island. Its also the natural divider between the American Falls and Horseshoe Falls. 5.5 billion gallons of water flow per hour. Alot is diverted to the power plants tho. Think about how the water changes when you put your thumb at the end of the water hose. To me, Goat Island is a big thumb. Like 10% of the water flows over the American Falls. The rest goes over Horseshoe Falls.
Anyway, elevator ride down to the cave. (its not really a cave). The have the stairs/ pathways built going a few directions. You can get as wet (or not) as you like. One part is called the hurricane deck. Its an earned name and you WILL get wet. Stay in the cave as long as you like. When you're finished trash you poncho and elevator back up.
Next stop was/is Maid of the Mist. Pay $13.50 (only $1 if you dont want to ride the boat), go through the gate and you're on the top deck of the observation tower. It's 230ft high and really the best place to get a picture of both falls together. Stay as long or short as you like. If you opted for the boat ride take the elevator down to the bottom. Pick up your poncho and wait for next boarding.
Leave the mist, walk across rainbow bridge to the canadian side. You'll need your passport. I immediately noticed that this is where all the action is. Tons of restaurants, bars, shops and attractions (haunted houses, etc). When I was there a fireworks show was scheduled at nightfall. Wasnt hard to pass a few hours until then. In the end there wasnt much to the show but lots of people turned out to watch.
Long walk so we headed on back to the car for home.
If you visit Niagra Falls you for sure have to get to the canadian side. Like i said before, its where all the action is. Another reason would be to get a good full frontal of the falls. When on the american all you get are profiles.
A great day and another check off on the ole bucket list.