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August 17, 2018by Emma Churchill3

Niagara Falls has always been a favorite of mine.

I grew up near Niagara Falls, Ontario – about a half hour’s drive away. Now that I’m living closer to Toronto, Niagara Falls is still a relatively short distance away. I’ve always felt very blessed to live near such an awesome natural phenomenon.

Traveling to Niagara Falls, Ontario? Here are 4 incredible ways to experience Niagara Falls!

Living nearby, I can just hop in the car and take a day trip to Niagara Falls. When friends from out of town come to visit, I always offer to take them to the Falls. It’s one of those places that you really must see in your lifetime. When Ashley, a blogger friend of mine, traveled to Toronto from her home in Tennessee, we met in Niagara Falls to check it out together.

While visiting Niagara Falls in the winter is an entirely different experience, there are so many things to do and see in the spring, summer, and fall months. This guide details four incredible ways to witness this spectacular waterfall will help you plan a day trip to Niagara Falls.

You can see these natural attractions easily in a day or even a half day. At the end of the article, I’ll provide some suggestions to fill out the rest of your Niagara Falls day trip.

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.
Ernest Hemingway

Bypass the long lines at the Eiffel Tower with this 1-hour tour accompanied by a host, including summit access. After fast track, skip-the-line access, proceed to the second level to survey the city from the viewing platforms while listening to commentary about Paris culture, traditions, and history. Then, proceed to the summit to see Gustave Eiffel’s private apartments and sip Champagne from the onsite bar (own expense).

Niagara Falls Tour

HORNBLOWER NIAGARA CRUISES

If there’s one truly iconic attraction to do in Niagara Falls, it’s the Hornblower Niagara Cruises boat tour. It’s also the only boat tour operating in Niagara Falls, Canada. If you want to get as close as possible to the Falls by water, this is the tour to take.

So, pull that bright red rain poncho over your head and come experience Niagara Falls!

Your boat tour will take you past the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and circling past the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Be prepared – it’s gonna get misty! While you can stay indoors, the best view is from the top deck. Gather around the front edge of the railing for the ultimate thrilling ride.

While you won’t go completely beneath the Horseshoe Falls (the flow of water is super intense!), you get as close as possible.

The poncho will keep you nice and dry, but your electronic devices can get wet when you get closer to the Falls. Be sure to pack waterproof cameras and smartphones. I was able to use my DSLR until a certain point, and then I put it away as I didn’t want to destroy my camera.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises operates from April 1st – November 30th, daily in the summer and on select days in the spring and fall.

I’d love to return and experience the Falls Illumination Cruise. Every night, Niagara Falls is lit up in a dazzling display of bright colours. This year, there’s a brand new, $4 million dollar enhanced projection system, so the Falls at night looks better than ever.

Cave Of the winds Niagara Falls tour

JOURNEY BEHIND THE FALLS

Journey Behind the Falls, a Niagara Parks attraction, gives you an alternate perspective of this spectacular waterfall. Take a self-guided walking tour through 130 year old tunnels to experience the power of Niagara.

There are multiple cave entrances where you can see Niagara Falls plummeting down right before your eyes. Hearing the crashing waters was another reminder of the sheer amount of water that cascades to the river below every second of the day. It’s actually one fifth of the entire world’s fresh water!

The best part of Journey Behind the Falls is the observation deck at the end of the tunnel system. Standing right beside Niagara Falls is an experience like no other. It’s a good thing that we received another set of ponchos as the mist was even more intense here than on the Hornblower Cruise.

If you’re worried that all of these rain ponchos generates a huge amount of waste, fear not. Both Hornblower Cruises and Niagara Parks have a fantastic recycling initiative. The plastic ponchos are reused to make plastic bags, water bottles, and even outdoor furniture. Feel free to also keep your poncho as a souvenir of your day exploring the Falls.

 

 

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3 comments

  • Peter Promodorou

    September 5, 2018 at 8:51 am

    We walked to the Eiffel Tower one afternoon and spent a few hours properly exploring this area, before having a nice evening meal close by. When we left the restaurant, i was amazed at how beautiful the tower looked, sparkling with all its lights and bring illuminations. Very special. I took a photo, but it didn\’t really do it justice by any means and everytime I show it to people I find myself telling this story.

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    • Marc Whitney

      September 5, 2018 at 8:52 am

      Crusing along the River Seine – what could be nicer? We took an evening cruise along the Seine in February, where the boat had great big floodlights along the sides. We saw so many huge Paris landmarks in a matter of minutes, the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame, bridges and more. It was however extremely cold and by the time it was nearing the end, I was pleased that it was finishing, but then I guess that was my fault for sitting on the top, rather than inside. Boat trips in Paris are easy to come by.

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  • Emma Churchill

    September 5, 2018 at 8:52 am

    I caught an underground train and visited the Sacre Couer. It was completely breathtaking, although did look a little strange and out of place. This basilica featured in the film \’Amelie\’ and is home to a massive pipe organ, and some very eleboarte decor, both inside and out.

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