3 Ways To Experience Niagara Falls Up Close

Niagara Falls Attraction: Fun things to do in Niagara Falls, USA
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Niagara Falls is known for its three spectacular waterfalls spanning the border between Ontario, Canada, and New York. With over 700,000 gallons of water flowing per second, it’s one of the most beautiful cascading waterfalls in the world estimated to be about 12,000 years old. While there are many things to do around the Niagara Falls like visiting wineries and hiking trails, I would be missing the mark if I did not highlight the incredible adventures you can have exploring the Falls first. A popular destination among newlywed couples, as I plan my honeymoon, I’ve teamed up with Hotels.com to share some of the memorable Niagara Falls activities which will allow you to experience one of the natural wonders of the world up close. If you’re ready to get wet, grab your poncho and waterproof camera! 

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, stay up to date with health and travel advisories in your area and the destinations you wish to travel to. Stay safe and be well. 

Where to Stay in Niagara Falls, New York 

Photo courtesy of Niagara Falls Canada.

Whether you’re in town for a weekend or an extended stay, there are a variety of hotel options to choose from in Downtown Niagara Falls and beyond. Some of the popular chains you can find here include Hampton by Hilton, Fairfield Inn and Suites, Marriott, and Hyatt.

Experience Niagara Falls and Get Soaked

Maid of the Mist Boat Tour – Get Soaked By Boat 

Operating since 1846, the Maid of the Mist is a must for first-time visitors of the Niagara Falls. This is the only tour boat that has safely navigated the choppy waters for over 100 years. While this adventurous ride only lasts 20 minutes, experience Niagara Falls’ sheer power as you travel from the base of the American Falls (the second largest) to the Horshoe Falls (the largest). Although you don’t have to worry about bringing a poncho with you, because one will be provided, expect to get wet. Bring a change of clothes, a ziplock or waterproof phone case, and wear waterproof shoes. Before your visit, check for the latest public safety advisories including occupancy limits, physical distancing, and enhanced cleaning procedures. 

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Cave of the Winds – Get Soaked At the Base

Want to get even closer to the Niagara Falls? At the Cave of the Winds Tour, descend 175 feet into the Niagara Gorge. Walk right up to the Bridal Veil Falls (the smallest of the three falls). Within 25 feet of the Falls, this is the closest you can get! 

As with all of the activities on this list, expect to get soaked. Right underneath the waterfall, stand on the ‘Hurricane Deck’ and let the Falls crash down on you. Appreciate the powerful force of the tropical storm winds, touch the rocks, and spot seagulls overhead. 

Fun Fact: Cave of the Winds is knocked down and rebuilt every year to avoid ice damage during the winter. 

Niagara Jet Adventures – Get Soaked by Jet Boat

For those thrill seekers who are looking for more excitement, Niagara Jet Adventures offers guided jet boat tours of the Class 5 whirlpool rapids. With options for a wet or dry adventure, head over to the upper ‘wet deck’ to get soaked as you speed through the river and ride the rapids. The hour-long tour includes wild cowboy spins and you’ll learn about the history of the Lower Niagara River region. Tours are available all season.

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