Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls, NY | Directions 1430143.087123 -79.065083
User review by edietz – Although the American side does have some interesting perspectives and activities,
The Canadian side offers a much greater diversity of activities. The kitschy Clifton Hill area abounds with attractions for everyone. The panoramic views of the falls from the beautiful parks are spectacular. Lodging and dining is available for all tastes and budgets. Parking can be limited; the PeopleMover is a great value and makes getting around convenient.
Don't miss Niagara on the Lake. It is a beautiful, historic town with many interesting shops and restaurants and hosts the Shaw theater festival.
We have found that by going in the late Spring or early Autumn we can avoid the congestion common in Summer and still enjoy beautiful weather.
Inexpensively Awesome – Don't park downtown. Park in NF USA along the park across from Goat Island for free; there is a wonderful foot path through the park along the river right to the free bridge to Goat Island. The island offers many wonderful walks away from crowds -- all views are fantastic. Buy your food back on the mainland -- nice Hard Rock cafe real close. Then, walk through the mainland side of the park -- more great views and more walks away from crowds and nice science/history museum for free and clean restrooms. Try the Maid of the Mist.
Family Friendly and worth it – The Queen Elizabethpark has landscaped gardens spaced through it making the area next to falls very nice for an afternoon inthe park. Lunch can be had on terraces over looking the falls there but back so you don't get wet.Get Canadian $ at a bank use your credit card for currency exchange as most merchants set their own rates . Save your reciepts stop at the dutyfree shop and get a form to mail in and file for a G.S.T. taxrefund. The best parking is the parking area located behind Cliftonhill on the south side ( turn at the Ripley Museum) . The hotels in the area have very wide price range and just as wide quality of accomendations ( buyer beware read reviews). There are alot family things to do on CliftonHill and places to eat and shop. . There is literaly something for everyone tastes and budget there.
Gltizy and busy – Give me the Grand Canyon of the East, Letchworth Park near Portageville, or the Little Grand Canyon in Pennsylvania. Beautiful falls, but no crowds. Clean facilities. Quiet, tree loaded picnicing spots. Niagara Falls -- there you have to watch your back and the kids. Parking is very expensive and difficult to find.
Awe-inspiring – I have lived in Buffalo all my life and have gone to the falls with my mother, and now with my daughter. I prefer the more natural U.S. side for beauty and serenity; for those who like it more glitzy, the Canadian side is for you. Both sides have their pluses. The dismanteling of the tower on the U.S. side was heartbreaking; the walkup was like going back in time. Oh and you have to visit the islands, they can take you to the water's edge!
Niagara Falls rating – The American side does not worth it at all. Very poor and ugly city. The Canadian side is from far the best but too touristic. Huge tower hotels, noisy, Vegas style. Not recommended for a peacful quite honeymoon, stay at Niagara on the Lake (CA), beautiful and quite.
The world's most famous falls draw starry-eyed honeymooners, rambunctious families and camera-toting tourists to its panoramic view. – The Experience
Formed more than 50,000 years ago by a melting ice sheet, today Niagara Falls is a booming tourist attraction drawing millions of visitors each year. Hop aboard the Maid of the Mist for a wet boat ride at the base of the falls. For a land view, the ever-popular Cave of the Winds tour takes willing tourists 175 feet down to the base of the American Falls.
Spanning the U.S.-Canadian border, Niagara is divided into three falls: American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the awe-inspiring Horseshoe Falls. The best view on the American side is from Goat Island; here visitors witness up close the sheer power of 40 million gallons of water falling each minute. For a panoramic view of all three falls and a closer look at Horseshoe Falls, the Canadian side is preferable.
Niagara Falls - too much – Niagara Falls is a beautiful natural wonder of the world but it is SO overdeveloped! I would love it if there was a 3 mile circle of green around the Falls, with dirt walking trails, and trails for horsebackriding. THEN you can have restaurants souvenir shops etc. It is overdeveloped, yet there are not enough restrooms, or they are dirty or closed.
Niagara Falls - breathtaking! – Niagara Falls is the best, but it's not in Buffalo. It's a little north. For things in Buffalo, see the rest of the Top 10. I also highly recommend the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory, which is right near the falls, on the Canadian side.
10 – I used to live up and buffalo when i was a kid and when i went back a couple yrs ago I enjoyed it alot
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