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Welcome to Niagara Falls & Around

Niagara Falls is one of the world’s most mesmerizing natural wonders—a mighty chasm that’s etched across the border of the United States and Canada. Each minute, six million cubic feet (168,000 cubic meters) of water thunder over the canyon walls, exploding in clouds of icy mist. The falls make a dramatic backdrop for a romantic getaway or an action-fueled adventure. Take a boat cruise, soar overhead in a helicopter, journey behind the falls, or watch the dazzling evening light show. Nearby, Clifton Hill is a mini Las Vegas with casinos, restaurants, and entertainment, whereas cultured Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Ontario wine region offer quieter attractions.

Top 10 attractions in Niagara Falls & Around

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Niagara Falls, Ontario

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Spectacular! Wow! Fabulous! Whatever superlatives you choose, you won’t be able to keep the word from your lips at Niagara Falls. For here, great muscular bands of water tumble over a precipice like liquid glass, roaring into the void below. In terms of sheer volume, more than a million bathtubs of water plummet over the edge every second. Niagara Falls is actually two sets of falls: the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side. The best way to see Horseshoe Falls is either via the Maid of the Mist boat, which takes you right up to Falls, through the turbulent waters of the American Falls. Another way is to take the Journey Behind the Falls, in which you’ll walk through tunnels onto an observation deck to get a wet but up-close view of the Horseshoe Falls or go to the Cave of the Winds for an up-close view of the American Falls. On land, you can see Niagara Falls from the Skyline Tower on the Canadian side.More
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Floral Clock

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Next to Niagara Falls, one of the most photographed attractions in the surrounding area is the Floral Clock. Built in 1950, it is one of the largest in the world at a massive 40 feet in diameter. Each year, the clock is planted with over 15,000 carpet plants and annuals. The hands are made from stainless steel tubing and weigh a combined 1,250 pounds, while a 24-foot stone tower with speakers broadcasts the Westminster chime every 15 minutes. The floral design is changed twice per year, using violas in the spring and four cultivars of Alternanthera along with green and gray Santolina Sage during summer and fall. Next to the Floral Clock visitors will find the Centennial Lilac Garden, which is in full bloom around late May and includes more than 250 varieties of plants and over 1,200 individual shrubs.More
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Skylon Tower

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For numerous Niagara Falls-inspired attractions all in one place, the Skylon Tower is an excellent choice. Boasting front row views of the natural wonder along with ambient dining, a observation platform, 4D movies, shopping and family-fun, you could spend all day being entertained in one place. Start your Skylon Tower experience by riding in their glass-enclosed elevators to the Indoor/Outdoor Observation Deck, where you can take in views of Niagara Falls, the Great Gorge, Niagara’s wine country, and Buffalo and Toronto skylines from 775 feet (236 meters) high. For a unique dining experience in an upscale setting, Skylon Tower’s Revolving Dining Room Restaurant sits at 775 feet (236 meters) high and turns 360 degrees every hour so your view is always changing. The menu is continental, and you can order anything from lobster tails to Filet Mignon to Mediterranean chicken.More
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Journey Behind the Falls

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Horseshoe Falls is an awesome site from the shore and from a boat, but the best way to truly experience its absolute power is to take the Journey Behind the Falls. On this journey, you’ll don a plastic poncho and traverse tunnels bored into the rock behind the great sheet water for a thunderous up-close view. Journey Behind the Falls consists of an observation platform and series of tunnels near the bottom of the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian shore. The tunnels and platform can be reached by elevators from the street level entrance. You walk through two tunnels, which extend approximately 150 feet/46 meters behind the waterfall. When you reach the end of the tunnel, you can see water cascading in front of the open cave entrances. The best part is stepping out on the observation deck for the full experience. You will get very wet, but it’s worth it for the site of the roaring water.More
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Table Rock Welcome Centre

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Although the original Table Rock -- a jutting out of rock from the Falls used as a viewing platform in the 19th century -- was destroyed in 1935 after a series of dangerous rock falls, today it is a retail and entertainment complex. Considered a must-visit when at Niagara Falls, Table Rock’s viewing area is home to terraced platforms perfect for picture taking, especially as rainbows are a common sighting. It’s located right at the Falls in the heart of Niagara Parks, so you’re guaranteed to enjoy beautiful scenery near all the attractions. Begin your Table Rock experience at the Welcome Centre, where you can purchase tickets, packages and passes depending on what you want to do. Here you’ll also be able to get some background information on the area. One attraction at Table Rock is Niagara’s Fury, a 4D experience that will make you feel like you’re really witnessing the creation of the falls through advanced technology.More
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Queen Victoria Park

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Niagara Falls main parkland, the Queen Victoria Park is in the center of the Niagara Parks and features a mix of green and water views as well as the chance to learn about nature. While exploring Queen Victoria Park you’ll be able to take in front row views of Niagara Falls, as the park is located along the Niagara Gorge and River. For this reason, it’s one of the best places for taking excellent photographs of the natural attraction, especially as it provides a peaceful setting. Visitors can also access top Niagara Falls experiences from the park like the Maid of the Mist, Clifton Hill and Journey Behind the Falls.More
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Whirlpool Aero Car

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Dangling above the Niagara River, just north of Horseshoe Falls, is the Whirlpool Aero Car. The gondola travels 1,800 feet/550 meters between two points above the Niagara Gorge, providing unforgettable views of the raging waters below. It’s a thrilling 10 minutes! To reach the Whirlpool Aero Car, you climb a winding stairwell. Those afraid of heights might be better off on the ground. Then, you’ll board the antique cable car and be transported on six sturdy cables high above the racing Niagara River. Far below, the torrent of water abruptly changes direction and creates one of the world’s most mesmerizing natural phenomenons - the Niagara Whirlpool, which is formed at the end of the rapids where the gorge turns abruptly counterclockwise and the river escapes through the narrowest channel in the gorge.More
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Reif Estate Winery

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Brock's Monument

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Rainbow Bridge

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Arching across the Niagara River gorge, Rainbow Bridge links Niagara Falls in New York with Niagara Falls in Ontario. Built in 1940, the historic bridge serves as one of the most scenic border crossings between the United States and Canada. Traverse it for dramatic views of Niagara Falls.More

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Niagara Falls After Dark: Light Shows and Fireworks

Niagara Falls After Dark: Light Shows and Fireworks

How to Spend 2 Days on the Canadian Side of Niagara Falls

How to Spend 2 Days on the Canadian Side of Niagara Falls

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Niagara City Cruises

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Recent reviews from experiences in Niagara Falls & Around

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Thumbs up for the skywheel!
Annie_W, Sep. 2020
Niagara SkyWheel Admission Ticket
Excellent way to see all of Niagara!
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Adams the real MVP
Sandy, Feb. 2020
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
What a great day seeing the wonder of Niagara Falls from the US and Canada.
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exploring Niagara Falls
Jet34806519810, Dec. 2019
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
my husband and myself both agree that it was a very comprehensive day tour of Niagara Falls which gave us the opportunity for lots of great photos and memories to take home and the guide was very pleasant and gave us lots of facts.
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Amazing view
lumaryc995, Nov. 2019
Niagara Falls Grand Helicopter Adventure
Bucket list, Niagara Falls done!
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Great Time!!!
deechilders2019, Nov. 2019
Niagara Falls Best of Both  American/Canadian Tour
The Best of Both Niagara Falls American/Canadian Tour is well worth the money.
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Good View of Niagara
Natalie G, Nov. 2019
Best of Niagara Falls Tour from Niagara Falls, Ontario
It was a great tour to see all parts of Niagara Falls.
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Nice view, Fun Ride,
bellepatrice, Oct. 2019
Niagara SkyWheel Admission Ticket
This iconic ride is a must do for your visit to the Niagara Falls :)
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Niagara Falls amazing tour
mermaid919, Oct. 2019
Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Covered all the important and interesting spots in Niagara Falls.
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Amazing experience
Helen A, Oct. 2019
Skylon Tower Observation Deck Admission
A must do activity to view the falls and surrounding area, especially at night!
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Wonderful Tour
cruisebandit, Oct. 2019
Niagara-on-the-Lake Wine Country Tasting Tour
We had marvelous personal attention as we visited several wineries throughout the Niagara Falls/Lake Region.
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Fun aerial tour of Niagara Falls!
Peter M, Sep. 2019
Niagara Falls Grand Helicopter Adventure
We enjoyed our Viator helicopter tour of Niagara Falls and the surrounding area.
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Great Tour
esvetcov, Sep. 2019
Best of Niagara Falls Tour from Niagara Falls, Ontario
For four fist timers to Niagara Falls this was the way to go!
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We had a blast!
AlyssaandJamie, Sep. 2019
Maid in America Tour of Niagara, USA with Maid of the Mist: Canada Pickup
Our tour of the Niagara falls was awesome!
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Step by Step Nigaraaa Falls
Tom L, Nov. 2019
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
If we ever return to Niagara Falls we will redo this tour.
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Ultimate Tour
Sansere W, Sep. 2019
Niagara Falls Canada Tour + Helicopter Ride and Skylon Tower Lunch
This tour covered everything we wanted to do in Niagara Falls.
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Visit to Niagara Falls
ErikaMichell, Sep. 2019
Niagara Falls Canada Tour + Helicopter Ride and Skylon Tower Lunch
We arrive a day early and was able to get these attractions done all in one day.
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ggloflo, Aug. 2019
Buffalo Airport Transportation
Very knowledgeable about Niagara Falls and pointed out interesting sites along the way.
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Over the Falls Tour with Randy
John H, Aug. 2019
Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
He was able to shepherd our group around the falls with patience and humor.
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Whirlpool Jet Boat
deedeingram, Aug. 2019
Niagara Falls Open-Top Jet-Boat Ride
This was the mine and my husbands first trip to Niagara Falls.
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Niagara Falls
59toddh, Aug. 2019
Buffalo Airport Transportation
Both Bill and Cory were great with information about our drive to and from the Buffalo airport to Niagara Falls, Ontario.

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