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Niagara Falls from All Angles

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Niagara Falls, the magnificent waterfalls that straddle the Canadian / U.S. border, is a historic and awe-inspiring destination that proudly welcomes millions of visitors every year. Located on the Niagara River, the falls form the southern end of the Niagara Gorge and include the beautiful Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls.

While in town, be sure and experience Niagara from every possible angle. In addition to witnessing the great falls from land on either side of the border, you can take a cruise for a water level look, venture behind the falls for an immersive experience or even fly overhead with an exciting helicopter tour. There is also a historic venue that dangles you over a massive whirlpool for a glance straight down into the churning water.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, set your sights on Niagara as a must-see destination. You won’t be disappointed!

 

The Flight of a Lifetime – Niagara Helicopters

For the ultimate view of Niagara be sure and take a helicopter tour of the area. It’s a unique, eye-in-the-sky perspective that combines adventure and spectacular views over one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders.

The Niagara Helicopters’ 12-minute aerial tour starts with the Sir Adam Beck Generating plant and the Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture and follows the Niagara River, over the churning whirlpool at the Whirlpool Rapids and the Rainbow Bridge. The lush beauty of Queen Victoria Park stretches below as the helicopter passes by the American Falls and the Skylon Tower and then follows the curve of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls allowing passengers to witness rainbows projecting from every direction.

Departing daily (weather permitting) from 9:00 am until sunset, the flight is the perfect opportunity to see the area from a unique point of view.

Niagara Helicopters
3731 Victoria Avenue Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, L2E 6V5
http://www.niagarahelicopters.com/contact/

By: Kelly Taggart
Photos: Allen Carrasco and courtesy Niagara Helicopters

 

Niagara by Boat – Hornblower Niagara Cruises

If discovering Niagara by boat appeals to your adventurous side, consider a tour that takes you as close as possible to the breathtaking rush of thundering water and mesmerizing mist of the magnificent falls. This heart-pounding, once-in-a-lifetime experience promises to leave you absolutely drenched in awe.

 

Hornblower Niagara Cruises offer a fleet of double-hulled catamarans providing safe, stable rides through the Niagara Great Gorge and into the very heart of the famous Horseshoe Falls. Perched on their 360-degree observation deck, this is thrilling new way to experience Canada’s most spectacular wonder of the world.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises
5920 Niagara Parkway
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada L2E 6X8
1-905-NIAGARA
niagaracruises.com
By: Kelly Taggart
Photos: Allen Carrasco and courtesy Hornblower Niagara Cruises


Whirlpool Aero Car

In operation since 1916, the Whirlpool Aero Car travels between two different points of the Canadian shore of the Niagara River over the spectacular whirlpool rapids. Suspended from six sturdy cables, the antique cable car safely carries 35 standing passengers 3,600 feet roundtrip over the stunning but turbulent water below. The tour offers a unique view of the natural phenomenon, which formed at the end of the rapids where the Great Gorge turns abruptly counterclockwise, and the Niagara River escapes through the narrowest channel in the gorge.

Whirlpool Aero Car
3850 Niagara Parkway
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada L2E 6T2
1 877-642-7275
http://www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-attractions/whirlpool-aero-car.html

By: Kelly Taggart
Photos: Allen Carrasco and courtesy The Niagara Parks Commission

 

Clifton Hill – Fun by the Falls

To enjoy all that Niagara Falls has to offer, spend some quality family time at Clifton Hill’s world famous Street of Fun by the Falls.

Located on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, Clifton Hill offers exciting attractions, resort hotels, restaurants, shops and nightclubs, with fun experiences for everyone. Where else can you ride a giant wheel 175 feet above Niagara Falls for the most amazing views, golf with life-size dinosaurs in a 36-hole mini-golf adventure, or be challenged by over 300 interactive games at Canada’s largest entertainment complex?

Clifton Hill Resorts
4960 Clifton Hill
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, L2G 3N4
cliftonhill.com

By: Kelly Taggart
Photos: Allen Carrasco and courtesy Clifton Hill Resorts

 

Journey Behind the Falls

Offering a completely different vantage point, the Journey Behind the Falls tour takes you on a voyage deep below and behind the heart of Niagara. On your 30-45 minute tour, descend 150 feet through the bedrock to tunnels that lead to the Cataract Portal and the Great Falls Portal, which is one third of the way behind the massive sheet of water.

Journey Behind the Falls
6650 Niagara Parkway
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada L2G 0L0
(877) 642-7275
http://www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-attractions/journey-behind-the-falls.html

By: Kelly Taggart
Photos: Allen Carrasco and courtesy The Niagara Parks Commission

 

Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens

Located on the scenic Niagara Parkway and the Great Gorge, Niagara Parks’ Botanical Gardens is just a 10-minute drive north of the Niagara Falls.

Established in 1936, the Botanical Gardens offer 99 acres of beautifully maintained grounds. Walk along the meandering paths and discover perennials, rhododendrons, azaleas, a formal parterre garden, shade, herb and vegetable plantings, as well the world-famous rose garden featuring over 2,400 roses.

This beautiful garden setting is also home to the Butterfly Conservatory and serves as the unique outdoor classroom for students attending the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture.

Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens
2565 Niagara Parkway
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
http://www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-attractions/botanical-gardens.html

By: Kelly Taggart
Photos: courtesy The Niagara Parks Commission

 

Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory

A magical attraction, the Butterfly Conservatory features over 2,000 of these colorful, tropical, winged insects floating freely among lush, exotic blossoms and greenery. Wander through the rainforest setting, past a reflective pond and shimmering waterfall and the Emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare to take their first flight.

Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory
2565 Niagara Parkway
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
http://www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-attractions/butterfly-conservatory.html
Interactive Map: http://www.niagaraparks.com/about-niagara-falls/interactive-map.html

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