One of the most splendid natural wonders, Niagara Falls, offers scenery that visitors never forget. With 40 million gallons of water per minute gushing over a cliff that's 180 feet high, the falls captivate all who view them.
The Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in the U.S. and was developed in 1885 by a man named Frederick Law Olmsted, a landscape architect. Prospect Point is the main viewing area for the U.S. falls and is situated along the gorgeous Niagara River. Directly across the river is the Canadian side of the falls where the horseshoe falls are located.
Attractions at the Falls
Simply viewing the falls is worth a trip in itself, but there are quite a few attractions for the entire family to enjoy. A ride on the Maid of the Mist boat takes you right up to the horseshoe falls for a slightly different "point of view". You'll be able to get a feel for the real magnitude of the falls from below while being sprayed from the mist of the falls. From the boat, you can hear the roaring sounds of the falls close-up.
The Niagara Scenic Trolley tours the state park on a three-mile long route and stops at various locations to enable you to tour at your own pace. The trolley operates year-round, so you can explore the park during winter as well.
Another great way to get a closer view of the falls is by taking a tour in the "Cave of the Winds". You'll be led through a series of paths and come face to face with the falls.
Some other fun adventures for the family include the Aquarium of Niagara, the Discovery Center where you can learn about the falls' history, and the observation tower.
Rainbows of the Falls
Niagara Falls is famous for its colorful rainbows that shine out of the mist. Rainbows occur very frequently, sometimes several in a day and can be seen from either the U.S. or Canadian side of the gorge. If you're a photographer, you won't have to wait very long to capture a "rainbow" moment at Niagara Falls.
Beautiful Times to View the Rapids and Falls
Although Niagara Falls' beauty can be seen year-round, there are several special times when the falls can be viewed in a different light. At night, you'll enjoy the illuminated falls in the spotlight. The man-made spotlights from the Canadian side beam a variety of rainbow colors on the falls to create a mystical view. One minute, the falls might appear to be a light blue pastel color, and then suddenly a light pink.
Winter at the falls is a wonderland adventure when snow's on the ground. The ice and snow enhance the white caps on the rapids, and only deepen the blue color of the water.
Spring at the falls is filled with lovely flowers and colors. Wildlife is abundant, and you'll be able to enjoy the falls in very comfortable temperatures.
In the fall, the foliage offers brilliant autumn colors. No matter when you visit Niagara Falls, there's something unique to be enjoyed.
Weddings at Niagara Falls
The falls are famous for weddings. For many years, couples have chosen to get married and honeymoon at Niagara Falls. There's nothing more thrilling than having the falls in the background of your wedding photos. Weddings are held at Chapels in the area.
Visiting Niagara Falls is a great way to spend a family vacation or honeymoon. There's something for everyone to enjoy.
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