Niagara Falls: more than just waterfalls

By: Tatyana Kogut.

Niagara Falls are located on the Niagara River, which connects two of the five American Great Lakes: Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. It is a part of the border between the USA and Canada, so you can watch them while staying in Canada or the USA alike. The name Niagara Falls unites two waterfalls: Horseshoe Falls, which reflects the form of the attraction, and American Falls within the state of New York. Waters of the mighty Niagara River approach the rapids and fall from the height of 167 feet (52 meters). Every year the sight attracts about 15 million tourists from all around the world, that is why the nearby city  Niagara Falls, has everything a tourist needs  comfortable hotels, pictorial parks, all kinds of restaurants, cafes and bars, casinos illuminated with neon lights as well as great amount of entertainment options that suit any taste and any age. There are historical attractions, museums, festivals, not to mention the unforgettable fireworks held at night.

No matter what season you choose, the Falls are a beautiful sight to see, but the best time to go there is summer or winter: only the edge of the river freezes and the rocks near the Falls get covered with giant icicles, shining against the water. The Rainbow bridge connecting the Canadian and American sides turns into an ice construction.

In the beginning of November and till the end of December thousands of seagulls arrive at Niagara Falls  a spectacular view to see it is.

Restaurants, cafes and bars of the Niagara Falls offer a great choice of culinary delights that satisfy any taste: from refined European dishes to traditional American food, as well as Canadian dishes prepared of local products. You can also enjoy an evening show performed at some local restaurants like the Grand Dinner Theatre, or be overwhelmed by stunning views over the Falls and the surrounding landscapes that open up from the windows of Skylon Tower or Queenston Heights.

Children will enjoy their time at the Great Canadian Midway entertainment and dining district at Clifton Hill  more than 7000 sq m of attractions, playing machines, sports venues, cafes& The highlight is the Dinosaur Park with the prehistoric atmosphere. Also visit several golf courts in the city suburbs and buy souvenirs at local shops.

The number of attractions at the city and the Falls could not be counted, but Ill list some of them. The city is renowned for its parks and rosariums. For instance, its Botanical Gardens occupy a 100-acre territory and are known for their giant floral clock consisting of 19 thousand flowers. The Niagara Butterfly Conservatory provides all the conditions that its exotic residents  more than 2000 butterfly species  need.

Queen Victoria Park is one of the numerous parks found along the Falls. In springtime its visitors can see Japanese cherry and peach trees and the main summer highlight of the park is its rosarium. Niagara Glen is a nature reserve deep in the Great Gorge. This is the world of stones, granite and limestone, excellent in terms of studying history, geology and biology. The Niagara Greenhouse contains an exposition of tropical plants and flowers.

Many travelers go to the Niagara Falls in winter to see its Winter Festival of Light when hundreds of lights and fireworks illuminate the area.

The best place to observe the waterfalls is Table Rock Center. A helicopter flight over the Falls is also a breathtaking adventure. To see the falls from the water, make a tour on board of Maid of Mist  the boat which was launched in 1846.

As for museums, dont miss the Mackenzie Heritage Printery Museum, Fort Erie, Niagara Falls Railway Museum, Movieland Wax MuseumFree Reprint Articles, Rock Legends Wax Museum and others. Have a nice time!

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