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First Things First: The Falls

With more than 280,000 liters of water plummeting into the Niagara River every second, Niagara Falls is the kind of natural event that commands attention. There’s no better place to witness it than Niagara Falls State Park, where multiple lookout points await, along with a cluster of attractions. Pull on your poncho and head down into Niagara Gorge’s Cave of the Winds to experience the full force of the water from the Hurricane Deck, or cruise past the falls via Maid of the Mist, a boat tour that skirts the American Falls base and then pulls into Horseshoe Falls basin. Go above and beyond on a helicopter tour before grabbing lunch at Top of the Falls, a restaurant poised for dramatic views.

 

All About Rivers, Canals and Lakes

Beyond the falls, the Niagara River, Erie Canal and Lake Ontario offer plenty of excitement. Take a jet boat tour through rapids, or hike one of the trails around Niagara Gorge, enjoying the native plants and animals that populate this unique wilderness area. Anglers can fish for trout and salmon year round in the Lower Niagara River, Erie Canal and Lake Ontario. Board a cruise along the Erie Canal, passing through the waterway’s sole set of double locks and under the widest bridge in the USA while guides narrate the canal’s history. Head to the New York Power Authority’s Niagara Power Vista, an interactive center with mind-blowing exhibits that explore how technology and nature unite.

 

Much More on the Mainland

Stop into the sweet Village of Lewiston for a real step back in time and relish the quaint streets, vibrant historical attractions and compelling local culture. Nearby, three centuries of history await at Old Fort Niagara, where one of the oldest surviving U.S. flags is permanently displayed. It was captured by the British during the War of 1812. Just minutes from Niagara Falls is the Niagara Wine Trail, where wineries produce grapes on vines that are more than 100 years old. Hailed as “the most cutting edge wine region in the country” by the New York Post, the Niagara Wine Trail is situated between the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario, where geography gives way to rich soil and a unique micro-climate suitable for the production of grapes to make fine wines.

Fun Fact

Stunning American and Bridal Veil Falls
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New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Mighty big faucet: Both American and Bridal Veil Falls can be turned off for research and preservation purposes.

All smiles at Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum
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Almost half of the hand carved wooden carousels still working in the U.S. and Canada can trace their origins to the Herschell Carrousel Factory in North Tonawanda.

The bird-friendly observation tower
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Wide, white vertical stripes alternating with strips of glass keep birds from colliding into the Observation Tower in Niagara Falls State Park.

On a hiking trail near Niagara Falls in New York
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