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Niagara Falls travel tips

When planning a trip to a destination you have never travel, make sure you are doing thorough research on the activities, attractions, restaurants and hotels you want to visit. If you are currently planning a trip to Niagara Falls, here are some suggestions to help make sure you get the best experience possible while visiting one of the wonders of the world.

Aquarium of Niagara Falls
Stefanie Cornwall

If you are approaching Niagara Falls from the US side I suggest first stopping at the Niagara Falls State Park. Though people say the views of the falls are better on the Canadian side, the US side still has a lot to offer. There is a $10 parking fee to get into the park but well worth what you are about to experience.

First, start by visiting Horseshoe Falls. You can get very close to Horseshoe Falls, so close in fact, you are going to get wet. You can get some amazing pictures by being this close to the falls.

Then start walking along the river. You will see a building where you can purchase tickets for the Cave of the Winds attraction or get a Discovery Pass that provides a discounted rate on 5 attractions. Cave of the Winds is a walking tour right next to the falls. You will take an elevator down to the base of Bridal Veil Falls and then walk up a staircase right next to the falls. Though a souvenir poncho is provided, you will get soaked.

Farther down the river, still in Niagara Falls State Park you can walk down a staircase and across a bridge to get a better glimpse at Bridal Veil Falls and American Falls. Here you are very close to the water, but since you are on top of the falls instead of beside them, you won't get wet.

Still on the American side is the Aquarium of Niagara, this attraction is also included in the Discovery Pass. This small aquarium is only worth your admission ticket if you visit with the Discovery Pass. Paying full price isn't recommended. A visit to the Aquarium will take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour depending on how interested you are. Spread throughout the day are informational animal chats and animal feedings.

The other attractions included in the Discovery Pass are Maid of the Mist, Niagara Adventure Theater and Niagara Gorge Discovery Center. Discovery Passes can be purchased for $36/adult and $29/child ages 6-12.

When you cross the border into Canada (which does require a passport) there is a transformation in the area. The US side is run down and not very attractions. The Canadian side is on the extreme opposite spectrum. Niagara Falls, Ontario has turned into a giant tourist trap resembling the Las Vegas strip with bright lights, tons of shopping, hotels and more.

For an extremely nice place to stay and play consider the Falls Avenue Resort. Here you will find everything you need to stay, play and enjoy the amazing view. This resort features 3 interconnected hotels, a 3 acre indoor waterpark, restaurants and plenty of attractions to entertain you during your stay. This property is right across the street from Bridal Veil Falls and American Falls and if you get a hotel room with a view you will also get to enjoy Horseshoe Falls.

A few blocks away from the Falls Avenue Resort and 775 feet above the falls is the Skylon Tower. The Skylon Tower offers an incredible ride to the top with beautiful 360 degree views of Niagara Falls. Also in Skylon Tower are a couple of restaurants and several family friendly attractions such as the Battle of the Titans, which explores dinosaurs, an arcade, a 3D/4D movie and an art gallery.

Whether staying on the US side or crossing into Canada, there are so many great attractions, restaurants and hotels that can enhance your stay in Niagara Falls.

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