What are we looking at here? Blue skies. Huge falls. Mist. And a tiny boat. What is it?
This is Niagara Falls, the collective name for the Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls. It is the most powerful waterfall in North America, and holds the title for the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world. It is located on the Niagara River, which drains into Lake Erie, on the border between New York and Canada. Take a ride on the Maid of the Mist to get a close-up view of the powerful falls.
I live about an hour away from Niagara Falls, and I can count how many times I have been there on one hand, which is absurd because it is such a beautiful site and so close! The American side hosts a casino, the Cave of the Winds, an aquarium, and an observation tower with a magnificent view of the falls. So, if you do not have your passport, the American side is fun, but the Canadian side is even better.
Clifton Hill, a collection of hotels, casinos, restaurants, and various other attractions, is like a mini, Canadian version of Las Vegas. With fun houses, haunted houses, wax museums, and movie-themed restaurants, Clifton Hill offers a variety of entertainment within sight of the wonderful falls.
Another perk to the Canadian side is Niagara-on-the-Lake, a quaint, historic town near Fort George. The town offers a step back in time to the War of 1812 with multiple plaques denoting memorable landmarks.
The Botanical Gardens are ten minutes away from the falls, and offer a beautiful, oasis-like escape from the hectic Clifton Hill and tourist-crazy falls. They house the Butterfly Conservatory.
Nearby, ten minutes away, is Canada’s Marineland. If you want to splish and splash, and not in the falls, go to this theme park to see whales, seals, and many other sea animals, along with multiple rides and rollercoasters.
A little farther, but totally worth it, is Canada’s Wonderland. The park features a wide array of rides, rollercoasters, and a huge water park. It is fun for all ages. When I went, I had a blast, sprinting through the park to be the first in line for all of the rides.
So, Niagara Falls. Sounds like fun, huh? It is. If you want a vacation that can be family friendly, or are looking for a little bit of PG13 fun, go to Niagara Falls. It will be completely worth it. Don’t forget your passport!