Niagara Falls might be one of the most popular vacation spots in the world, but many people overlook this natural wonder. There are many possible misconceptions vacationers might have about the Falls — perhaps they think it’s just a waterfall, or there isn’t a lot to do, or it’s crowded.
The fact is there’s plenty to do and see in Niagara Falls throughout the year. So before you disregard Niagara as a vacation destination, consider whether any of the following questions are holding you back.
Is There Anything To Do In the Winter Months?
You might be thinking “Why would I go to Niagara Falls in the winter? Isn’t everything closed — and frozen?” While the Falls are more powerful during the summer months, the water flows year round, and the view is still impressive. And yes, some attractions are closed or operate limited schedules during the colder months, but for the most part, Niagara Falls is a year-round destination. Many of the most popular attractions are indoors, meaning that that you can have the same experiences that you would in the summer, often with smaller crowds and lower rates.
The American Side Has Casinos and Indoor Water Parks. Is There Anything To Do On the Canadian Side?
Which side of Niagara Falls — New York or Canada — is better depends on who you ask. The truth is, there is plenty to do on both sides of the border, but when it comes to the number of attractions,
Canada actually has a slight advantage over New York. You’ll find two casinos (Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara), several indoor waterparks, Niagara parks Botanical Gardens (which is home to the Butterfly Conservatory), the Niagara Skywheel Ferris wheel and dozens of other attractions ranging from the educational (Niagara History Museum and the Daredevil Gallery) to the slightly absurd (several haunted houses and fright fests) — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Is It Hard to Cross the Border to the Canadian Side of the Falls?
One of the most common questions travelers have about visiting Niagara Falls is whether or not it’s
difficult to get across the border between the U.S. and Canada. The short answer is no, it’s not difficult to cross the border, if you have proper documentation. For U.S. citizens, that means a valid U.S. passport, while citizens of other nations may need to provide both a passport and a visa. Children under age 18 do not necessarily need a passport, but you will need to supply identification, such as an original birth certificate. For children travelling with just one parent, a notarized letter from the other parent giving permission for the trip will help ensure you can cross the border.
Isn’t Niagara Falls Just for Honeymooners?
For generations, Niagara Falls was one of the world’s most popular honeymoon destinations, as legend has it that the mists of the falling waters hold magical powers that increase amorous feelings. Whether or not the waters are magical is up for debate, but the fact remains that Niagara Falls continues to be a destination for those seeking romance. However, if you’re thinking of bringing the family or visiting with friends, don’t worry that you’ll only find champagne, roses and a table for two. There is enough to do and see for all ages; kids love the indoor waterparks as well as Marineland and Bird Kingdom, where they can get up close and personal with creatures from the sky and sea, as well as the Greg Frewin Theatre, where they can have their photos taken with a tiger.
Do I Really Need More Than a Day to See the Falls?
A popular misconception about Niagara Falls is that there isn’t enough to do and see to fill a single day, never mind several days. However, read any guide to Niagara Falls accommodations and attractions and you’ll learn the truth. You could easily spend an entire day viewing the Falls themselves from various angles: take a cruise on the Maid of the Mist, survey the area from the top of the Skylon Tower, walk along the White Water Walk or even splurge on a helicopter tour of the area. In addition, you can spend a day visiting the casinos, taking in some of the shows or exploring the museums and parks — and that’s just the activities that are located in the immediate vicinity of the Falls. The region surrounding Niagara Falls offers a wealth of activities for all ages as well.
Niagara Falls is an ideal destination for all ages, at all times of the year, so don’t overlook it when planning your next getaway.