The wonder of Niagara Falls continues to amaze and inspire people from all over the world. Millions of gallons of water surge 300 feet over the falls in a roar of thrilling thunder and splash up in a magnificent mist. The average water flow over the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls varies from 60,000 to 75,000 gallons per second. The water falls at an accelerating rate of 32 feet per second. Twenty percent of the fresh drinking water in the USA goes over the falls. Niagara Falls State Park was designed by America’s greatest landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. Established in 1885, it’s the oldest state park in America. Experience a beautiful view of the Falls from one of the park’s outstanding observation areas. If you’re looking for a more up close and personal experience, be sure to visit some popular attractions. Feel the mist on your face as you ride the world famous Maid of the Mist boat tour, which travels along the Niagara River to the Horseshoe Falls. Waterproof rain ponchos are provided. Tread to the base of the Bridal Veil Falls when you embark on the Cave of the Winds tour. You can’t get any closer to the falls than the Hurricane Deck, just feet from the thundering waters. Visit Prospect Point at the New York State Observation Deck and get a sense of the power of the Falls as you stand directly above the fast-moving current in a glass-walled elevator. You can enjoy a spectacular site in the evening viewing the falls. A rainbow of colors illluminates the falls from March through New Year’s eve. Hiking opportunities are plentiful along the Niagara Gorge. Visit the Niagara Gorge Trailhead Building and book a guided hike down to the Gorge. Walk, jog or bike along the Niagara Gorge Rim Trail located in Devil’s Hole State Park or descend the stairs of Devil’s Hole and walk along the edge of the river. Hiking along the Whirlpool Rapids Gorge trails will lead you to the whirlpool sandstone. Trails range in difficulty so everyone at any skill level can explore the wonders of the Gorge. Stroll around the renovated cobblestone Old Falls Street, home to the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. Visitors can experience foods prepared by the students and shop for wines from the Niagara Wine Trail and around New York State. Discover aquatic life through observation of more than 1,500 aquatic animals including Peruvian penguins and California sea lions at the Aquarium of Niagara. Try your luck at the Seneca Niagara Casino, operated by the Seneca Nation of Indians, with over 4000 slots, 100 table games and nightly entertainment. Explore charming and unique local businesses along the 30-block span of Pine Avenue, including Niagara Falls’ own "Little Italy" – a culture-rich area that contains a variety of family owned and operated Italian restaurants, bakeries and markets.
Beyond the Falls
Take a 15 minute drive from the falls along the scenic Niagara Gorge to the picturesque village of Lewiston. Concerts and other fun events take place throughout the year. On your way you’ll see the Niagara Power Vista visitors center featuring exhibits on energy and electricity - science fun for all ages. Housed in the Castellani Art Museum on the campus of Niagara University, Freedom Crossing depicts the people, places and events of the Undergound Railroad Movement in this region. At the scenic convergence of the Niagara River and Lake Ontario you’ll find the historic Village of Youngstown. Old Fort Niagara takes you back in time with original 18th century buildings, living history programs, exhibits and more. Both villages enjoy their waterfront with outdoor activities such as fishing, sailing and jet boating. Speaking of water, Lockport is the city that holds the famous Flight of Five locks of the original Erie Canal. From early May to October, Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises offer narrated cruises which includes “locking through” and being raised the 49 foot elevation of the Niagara Escarpment in the only double set of locks on the Erie Canal. New to Lockport is the Challenger Learning Center. Its theme of space travel is aimed at inspiring children to take an interest in science and technology. Plans are coming together for a space station room complete with simulators.