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Niagara Falls is in the Niagara Frontier region of New York state.
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Points of Interest in Niagara Falls
Views of Niagara Falls are free and accessible. Access to the riverside walks and parks offer great views. You can walk across to Goat Island on the pedestrian bridge.
There are a number of attractions designed to give different experiences of the falls.
- Cave of the Winds, ☎ +1 716 278-1730. Daily 9AM-7:30PM from Spring 2013. An elevator takes you 175 feet down to a walkway that leads you right to the bottom of the Bridal Veil Falls. You will definitely get a feel for the true power of the falls! This is the closest you can get to the falls on either side without actually leaping into them! Ponchos and sandals are provided, and you will definitely need them. $12, 6-12 yr: $8, younger children Free but must be 42 inches or taller.
- Maid of the Mist. A boat ride, taking you down around the bottom of the falls. Some information is given about the falls, but the real experience is looking up at the falls from below and feeling the mist coming off the falls (hence the name). Wear a poncho to avoid getting wet. Boats leave from both the American and Canadian sides, so you may want to check the exchange rates to see which will be more cost-effective when you visit! Apr-Oct.
- The Niagara Gorge Discovery Center. Although its easy to enjoy the falls visually, the Discovery Center provides another way to appreciate the magnificence of the falls; geologically. Exhibits show the history of the entire area, including the falls, how they were originally formed, and how they've changed over time.
- Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St, toll-free: +1 800-500-4609. 9AM-5PM. The aquarium at Niagara Falls. $10.
- Niagara Adventure Theater.
- Niagara Scenic Trolley. Use this to get around the park more quickly if needed. $2 adults/$1 children for the entire day. Hop on and off.
You can combine all these attractions with a Niagara USA Discovery pass for $35, which you can purchase at the attractions.
- Whirpool Tours in nearby Lewiston is a jet boat ride that will take you to the falls.
- Helicopter Rides Howard Johnson's on Rainbow Blvd.
Must stay a night and see the night view of the Niagara Falls. It is equally beautiful.
- Niagara Falls State Park.
- Niagara Wine Trail. Not at the Falls, but within driving distance.
About Niagara Falls
The Niagara Falls consist of three sections. The large Canadian falls—with their distinctive curved shape—are also known as the Horseshoe Falls. They are separated by Goat Island from the American Falls, which are separated from the narrow Bridal Veil Falls by a small island at their south end.
Each side of the falls offers a different perspective, and it is always best to visit both sides to maximize your experience. In contrast to the panoramic view of the falls afforded by the Canadian side, what is seen from Niagara Falls, New York is a heart-pounding, sidelong, close-up look at the rushing water at the moment it tumbles over the precipice. On the American side, the immediate vicinity of the falls is part of Niagara Falls State Park, the oldest state park in the nation. The presence of the state park (originally laid out by renowned landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted) serves to preserve the natural beauty of the area and prevent the kind of commercialization that you'll find on the Canadian side. Visitors looking to experience the falls as a natural wonder will appreciate this.
During the Winter season, a lot of maintenance of the falls, tours, and surroundings takes place. Many areas, such as Terrapin Point and Luna Island, are closed due to slippery conditions. Plan accordingly and attempt to visit during the warmer seasons.
There are literally dozens of operators offering tours of the area. Only a few offer value-added services on top of simply ferrying you place to place and describing the sites, though. This one does:
- Helicopter Tour. It's an awesome experience though the charge of $90 may seem like a lot for a 15 minute ride.
If you get bored with the scenery and don't much care for probability and statistics, the local Native American tribe has just the place:
- Seneca-Niagara Casino, 310 4th St (between Niagara St and Rainbow Blvd), ☎ +1 716 299-1100, toll-free: +1 877 873-6322. Casino and hotel complex with stores and restaurants, a short walk from the falls.
- Collaso Taco II, 2440 Pine Ave, ☎ +1 716 284-1498. A high rated Mexican restaurant.
- David's, 7616 Niagara Falls Blvd (just south of the city proper), ☎ +1 716 283-3322. Home of the cheesesteak hoagie. It has some of the best cheesesteaks in the area.
- Great Wall, 8233 Niagara Falls Blvd, ☎ +1 716 283-2354.
- Halal Mobile Foods, 102 Niagara St. The food is filling and is in a tourist location.
- Mighty Taco, 18 locations in Western New York. Way better than Taco Bell.
- Misty Dog Grill, 431 Main St, ☎ +1 716 285-0702. The place for cheap eats. With over 100 menu items, you can't go wrong. From several different styles of hot dogs to venison, ostrich, buffalo, and Kobe beef burgers, this is the best place to eat lunch. Beef On Weck, a Buffalo favorite, is also available here.
- Taste Good Chinese Restaurant, 1609 Military Rd, ☎ +1 716 297-9318.
- Twist O' the Mist, 18 Niagara St, ☎ +1 716 285-0702. Huge portions of frozen custard, ice cream, Italian water ice, and other specialties for very reasonable prices. It is located one block east of the Rainbow Bridge. The building is hard to miss as it's shaped like an ice cream cone.
- A Taste of India, 626 Niagara St, ☎ +1 716 285-8100.
- Casa Nova Restaurant, 3041 Military Rd, ☎ +1 716 297-9544.
- Chu's Dining Lounge, 1019 Main St, ☎ +1 716 285-7278, e-mail: email@example.com. 11AM-11PM daily. $6-13.
- India Palace, 539 Main St, ☎ +1 716 282-2421.
- Kohinoor Indian Restaurant, 200 Rainbow Blvd, ☎ +1 716 284-2414.
- Michaels, 3011 Pine Ave (Little Italy), ☎ +1 716 282-4043. Very good prices and big portions of American and Italian fare.
- Royal India Buffet, 421 3rd St, ☎ +1 716 282-0444.
- New Punjabi Dhaba, 26 Niagara St, ☎ +1 716 285-7479.
- Passage to India, 441 3rd St, ☎ +1 716 285-2625.
- Punjabi Hut, 26 Niagara St. Home-style cooking.
- Fortuna's, 827 19th St, ☎ +1 716 282-2252, fax: +1 716 282-1853. W Th, Sa from 4PM, F from 11:30AM, Su from noon. Main courses include handmade gnocchi, ravioli, steaks, veal, poultry, and fresh seafood. They use the freshest ingredients and even their salad dressings are all made there and there is a substantial wine list.
- Koi, Seneca-Niagara Casino and Hotel, toll-free: +1 877-8SENECA. Su-Th 5PM-9:30PM, F-Sa 5PM-midnight. A fairly new fine dining Chinese place.
The drinking age in New York is 21, however, due to the fact that Niagara Falls straddles the border, 19 and 20 year-olds may cross the border into Canada to legally drink. Alcohol is more expensive in Canada.
- Judi's Lounge, 2057 Military Rd, ☎ +1 716 297-5759. Townie bar specializing in wings.
There is an outlet mall, which may be of interest to bargain hunters crossing the border.
- Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls (Prime Outlets), 1900 Military Rd (I-190 to exit 22 and head S), ☎ +1 716 297-2022. Designer names like Coach.
There are numerous places to pick up gifts and souvenirs including:
- Three Sisters Trading Post, 454 Main St (between Rainbow Blvd and 1st St), ☎ +1 716 284-3689. A wide selection of unique gifts and souvenirs.
Book lovers should definitely check out:
- The Book Corner, 1801 Main St (at South Ave), ☎ +1 716 285-2928, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-W, F-Sa 9AM-5:30PM, Th 9AM-7PM. Western New York's largest independent bookstore. Three floors filled to the brim with new books and used treasures. Shows and other events on the third floor.
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