As one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, it is not difficult to understand why Niagara Falls attracts so many visitors every year. The Niagara River drops more than 180 feet and sometimes flows at nearly 70 miles per hour. The mist created from the falling water gives the whole place an air of mystery, but the roar of the water is a real giveaway – loud enough to be heard from several miles away.
So Why Visit?
It is one of the most popular destinations in the world for honeymooners and those who haven’t got around to getting married could pop into one of the speedy wedding chapels. It isn’t all cheesy though – there are plenty of truly romantic spots around the falls that are ideal for honeymooners including the local vineyards.
When you visit you can view the falls from either the New York side or from the Ontario side. The Canadian side is very popular thanks to the great choice of hotels and restaurants. Visitors should consider taking advantage of the activity passes which give discounted entries to the main attractions.
The falls have an interesting history and you can learn more about this at one of the many museums in the area. They have been in existence since the ice age. There are plenty of great restaurants around the falls, some of which serve local cuisine, although you can find almost anything you want here.
Most people get around the falls area on foot. The Rainbow Bridge will take you from the US to Canada in around 20 minutes. Most of the attractions are fairly close together and the Discover Niagara Shuttle makes it even easier to get around.
The nearest main airport to Niagara Falls is Buffalo Niagara International Airport, around 30 miles away. Niagara Falls International Airport is closer but only serves a few destinations, so for most tourists this is not the best option. Car rental is available but at the Falls themselves parking is expensive and there is really no need for most people to have a car.
So when would be the best time to visit Niagara Falls? The summer season is definitely the best between June to August. The average temperature at this time of the year is around 80°F and the air can feel a little cooler thanks to the mists from the water. Even though it is a very busy attraction at this time of the year but there is so much more to do.
The Discover Niagara Shuttle is fully operational during the summer and it is free, so you can easily get around from one attraction to another. Winter brings freezing temperatures and so there are no boat tours and many other attractions are not open, but you will definitely be able to find a cheaper hotel room.