I haven’t yet been to the iconic Falls, but it’s definitely on my bucket list. I probably wouldn’t go for a romantic getaway though like so many people – when I plan a trip, I like to pack as much adventure into my time there are possible. For example, even my room should be part of the whole experience, so I’ll be staying at the Marriott on the Falls where I’ll get a suite with a view of the Falls from the foot of my bed. What better way to start off an action-packed day? There should be plenty of activities to keep me going, and here are my top picks.
- Take a Journey Behind the Falls
I’ll bet you’ve heard of the Hornblower Cruise, where a catamaran cruises up Niagara River until you can feel the spray of the Falls on your face. However, this is a little calm for the adventurers amongst us, so swap that tour for the incredible Journey Behind the Falls. After putting on your raincoat, you’ll take an elevator right down into the rock-face directly behind the Horseshoe Falls. After making your way through a series of twists and turns, you’ll arrive at an observation deck right behind the famous curtain of water. The sound of gushing water will be thunderous at this proximity, but it’s the closest you’ll ever come to reaching out to touch them.
- Hike through Devil’s Hole
Hop across to the New York side of the waters, and you’ll be able to take a beautiful, scenic hike through the Devil’s Hole State Park. Located along Niagara Gorge, there’s plenty here to delight and enthral nature-lovers, budding geologists and experienced hikers alike. The Park is spread across 42 acres of woodland, to preserve its natural beauty, but with some cleared areas too. The best part about Devil’s Hole for adrenalin junkies though, is that it lies along the lower reaches of the Whirlpool Rapids. So, you can explore the treacherous waters before heading a little further up to a popular picnic spot.
- See Niagara from the air
Most people opt to see the Niagara Falls from a boat, but what about from the air? Here in Southern Ontario, there are three ways to fly past the attractions: flyboarding, ziplining or by helicopter. Flyboarding is the water sport that’s exploded in popularity, where a personal propulsion device (like a jetpack) is attached to you, while water jets lift you up to 40 feet in the air. Once you’ve got the hang of that, how about trying out the brand new MistRider Zipline experience? You can sail past the American and Bridal Veil Falls, right to the Horseshoe. If you fancy a touch of luxury though, you could always sit back and relax with a helicopter tour.
Thanks for stopping by to read today’s post – I hope you found it useful in planning your own trip to Niagara Falls. When are you visiting? Let me know in the comments section…
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