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September 25, 2014
September 25, 2014
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Thank you for contacting Niagara Falls State Park!
Niagara Falls State Park is a wonderful place to visit all year long! The park offers some of the most stunning views of the falls and rapids leading up to the waterfalls. There are three waterfalls located within the park; American, Horseshoe, and the little Bridal Veil Falls. Approximately 6 million cubic feet/minute flow over all three waterfalls during daytime hours in our peak tourist season! That’s approximately 750,000 U.S. gallons per second! At night, the amount is half that, most water being diverted for the production of hydroelectricity. A certain amount is actually diverted at all times for the production of electricity. Their sheer volume of water, its uses, and geography make Niagara Falls one of the most interesting and accessible waterfalls in the world!
At the state park here in Niagara Falls, we have attractions that are fun for old and young alike! All ages are welcome! Some are open seasonally, but our main season runs from mid-May till the end of October. Check ahead of time to make sure the attractions you want will be open. We have the world famous Maid of the Mist boat ride (http://www.maidofthemist.com), which is an amazing half hour boat trip into the Horseshoe mist, where you get an up close and personal view of the Falls! It is suitable for all ages. We also offer another world famous attraction in the Cave of the Winds walkways (http://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com), which is another exhilarating half hour trip where you walk through a series of walkways and decks below the Bridal Veil and American Falls to within 15 feet of the Falls! Along with the admission to the Cave of the Winds, we’ve opened an exciting addition to the Cave of the Winds complex called the World Changed Here Pavilion. This building houses year-round displays and a short film teaching visitors how the falls was first used to harness AC current electricity. It also houses displays on the history of the Falls. The Cave of the Winds complex is a timed ticketing attraction, and there are no advanced reservations. You must reserve a time at the State Park, in person, from one of the cashiers at various locations inside the park. The easiest is to simply purchase them directly at the Cave of the Winds. If you start your day at the Visitor Center however, they can also be purchased there, either inside or at kiosks in the front and back of the building. So plan to arrive early to reserve a time. All attractions open at 9:00AM during the summer season. The Adventure Theatre (http://www.niagaramovie.com) is located inside our Visitor Center, running a wonderful 30 minute adventure movie recreating historical events in the area. The Aquarium of Niagara (http://www.aquariumofniagara.org) has an abundance of fresh water and salt water species. The Discovery Center (http://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com) is a geological museum, which will teach you all about the geology and history of the region with interactive displays. The Scenic Trolley, which is a guided bus tour throughout the park, provides you with unlimited rides for one entire day! Save the walking! Separately trolley wristbands are $3.00/adult, $2.00 for children 6-12 years of age, and 5 years and under is free. You may get on and off any trolley, at any of eight stops, throughout the park, as many times in one day as you like. All these are included in our Discovery Pass, or you may pay for individual attractions at the location of that attraction. If you get hungry, there is a snack bar and grill inside our main Visitor Center; a snack bar at the Cave of the Winds complex, and the full service Top of the Falls Restaurant overlooking the Horseshoe Falls on Goat Island. More information and pricing is available from the Niagara Falls State Park website at:http://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com.
We offer the Niagara USA Discovery Pass from sometime in May until the end of October (when all attractions are open). It’s your opportunity to enjoy the most popular attractions in the park at a reduced price over the cost of paying for each attraction individually. The pass includes the Maid of the Mist boat ride, Cave of the Winds walkways, the Adventure Theater movie, the Aquarium of Niagara, the Discovery Center museum, and one day’s unlimited use of the Scenic Trolley bus, which takes you to all these attractions and throughout the entire park. The passes can be purchased, in person, at the state park for $46.00/adults 13yrs + and $35.00/children 6yrs to 12yrs, 5 years and under is free. They can also be purchased online through our website (http://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com) for the same prices, plus a service charge per pass. For online purchases, you must present to the cashier at the state park either a printed copy of the voucher sent to your email, or the voucher loaded on your smart phone. The cashier will scan the voucher and exchange it for your passes. You do not need to print your voucher as long as it’s on your smartphone. Allow one hour per attraction, and they don’t have to be completed the same day. However the included trolley is unlimited rides for an entire day, whichever day you choose. The trolley does not have to be used the same day you purchase the Discovery Pass. Keep in mind, wait times during holidays, or near to holidays, may be very long. Therefore at those times you will not be able to complete all attractions on the same day.
For individual ticket prices you can visit our website at http://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com and click on the individual attraction. Or you may visit https://parks.ny.gov/parks/46/…..tails.aspx (which list hours as well).
There are three parking lots within the state park property. The Falls are only a couple minutes’ walk from each lot. Lot 1 is off Prospect Street, and is the closest to the American Falls at Prospect Point, the Visitor Center, the Adventure Theater, the Maid of the Mist, the Rainbow bridge to Canada, and Scenic Trolley stops. Lot 2 is located on Goat Island and is closest to the Cave of the Winds, Top of the Falls restaurant, and the closest views of the Horseshoe Falls at Terrapin Point. American and Bridal Veil falls can also be viewed from this island. Lot 3 is located on the opposite side of Goat Island and is closest to Three Sisters Islands and the Falls rapids. This area is also a wonderful spot for a picnic, with many benches and tables available and restrooms nearby. Lots 1 and 2 are $10.00/day (for cars only), and the receipt is good in any state park lot throughout the state (for instance, if you went to Fort Niagara it will be good for parking there). Lot 3 is $10.00, charged at the peak summer season and is also the lot for day parking of RVs and trailers. That receipt is also good at any state park parking lot for the day.
For those without a car, there is public transportation (http://nfta.com), taxi services, and the Discover Niagara shuttle (http://www.discoverniagarashuttle.com) .. There are a number of general transportation options also listed at http://www.niagarafallsusa.com…..portation/ … There is also the Niagara Falls Trolley from our NFTA public transportation agency which takes you to most the major hotels, motels, restaurants and stores. There’s information at http://metro.nfta.com/Routes/p…..fs/155.pdf
If you are coming into Niagara Falls from another area and don’t have a car, you can use Greyhound buses, Amtrak trains, or fly to the Buffalo Niagara Airport. Here are some websites:
For those needing wheelchairs, you may visit a bike rental booth across the street from the Visitor Center on Prospect Street and Old Falls, or the one behind the Visitor Center next to the Maid of the Mist ticket booth. For a charge, this booth provides wheelchairs, motor scooters, strollers, and bicycles. It is open seasonally. You can get more information at http://fallsstreetusa.com/niag…..e-rentals/
For nature lovers, I would recommend one of the many hiking trails north of the Falls along the scenic parkway overlooking the beautiful Niagara Gorge. Directly next to our Discovery Center is a trailhead building (open seasonally). They have staff that can help you with your plans to hike the gorge and can provide maps and information. There is an interesting trail just behind the trailhead building suitable for all ages. You may also access trails at Whirlpool State Park and Devil’s Hole State Park, north on the Scenic Parkway North from the Falls. You can get more information at:
For those with their own bikes, there are a number of nice bike trails in the area. You can ride along the Niagara river south of the Falls for nice views of the river and the rapids, or you can ride along the gorge north of the Falls. For bike maps you can visit http://www.mapmyride.com/us/ni…..a-falls-ny and https://www.traillink.com/city…..ny-trails/ If you need to rent bicycles, there are a couple places at the state park. You can find more information athttp://fallsstreetusa.com/niag…..e-rentals/
For hotel information you may visit these sites:
You can also visit one of the many websites available online for lodging information. You may just search for Niagara Falls USA hotels or use Google maps to pinpoint the area you would like to stay at. You would highlight an area on Google maps and put “hotels” in the search field.
Outside of the park there are a number of places of interest. These may include power plant tours, antique shopping and dining in quaint villages, first class shopping at area malls and shopping centers, winery tours, or perhaps a visit to one of the oldest forts in the Great Lakes region. You can learn more at http://www.niagarafallsusa.com. You can even explore the paranormal on your own ghost adventure! For information visit http://www.hauntedhistorytrail.com. Just outside the park, within a short drive or walk, is the Aquarium of Niagara http://www.aquariumofniagara.org. Here you can view and learn about many aquatic species, including Peruvian penguins, shark, eel, saltwater and freshwater species, and an amusing sea lion show. The Aquarium is open year-round and is included in our Discovery Pass.
If you travel north from Niagara Falls on the Scenic Parkway North, you’ll arrive at several interesting and fun destinations. Just a 10-minute drive is the Niagara Power Vista http://www.nypa.gov/communitie…..ower-vista. This attraction offers free admission and parking and houses exhibits on the history and creation of hydropower in the Niagara region. You can even experience a virtual roller coaster ride through the power plant in a surround sound 4D theater! If you like hiking there are many opportunities to hike the gorge trails, either along the rim or descending into the gorge at Devil’s Hole State Park or Whirlpool State Park. Allow yourself at least two hours of daylight and be warned, you MUST stay on the marked paths. Hiking near the waters’ edge has gotten some hikers in serious, sometimes fatal, circumstances. Learn more at https://www.niagarafallsstatep…..ing-trails
Continuing north, on the Scenic Parkway North, you’ll arrive at the historic town of Lewiston, New York. Lewiston is the quintessential small town with shops, antique stores, and first class restaurants. You may even dine overlooking the Niagara River at the location of the seasonal jet boat rides, whose boats offer heart- stopping rides through category 5 rapids in the Niagara Gorge! Learn more at https://www.visitbuffaloniagar…..-lewiston/ , https://www.whirlpooljet.com/
Also in Lewiston is Artpark and its state park. This is a performance center for artisans, musicians and performers. The grounds are open year round and offer excellent views of the gorge. For more information and performance schedules visit http://www.artpark.net.
The final leg of the Scenic Parkway North takes you into the historic town of Youngstown, New York. Here you will find the world famous Old Fort Niagara, one of the oldest forts in the Great Lakes region! Construction was started in 1726 by the French with the “French Castle, ” which still stands today! The fort has many interesting buildings and displays and is open year-round. Youngstown also offers thrilling jet boat rides in the gorge. You can find more information at http://www.oldfortniagara.org , http://www.niagarajet.com.
Traveling east from Niagara Falls, you can find many fine wineries, breweries, and distilleries in the region. Some of the best wines are produced right here in New York state! Learn more at http://www.niagarawinetrail.org,http://www.visitbuffaloniagara…..s-type/craft-beer.
Also east of Niagara Falls is historic Lockport, New York. Here you can discover the history behind one of the most important canals ever built, the Erie Canal. Historic locks are located here that allowed commerce to flow through New York State, making it one of the most important trade routes in the United States!. You can learn more athttp://www.lockportlocks.com/http://www.lockportcave.com.
You may also be interested in a carousel museum in North Tonanwanda, NY, housing displays and a working carousel for the kids! On premise is a woodcarving shop where artisans display their woodcarving skills for the public, a children’s gallery with a kiddie carousel, a Whirlitzer organ roll department, an Artizan band organ, and a 1916 vintage carousel. You can learn more at http://carrouselmuseum.org/
If shopping is your passion, there are many choices spanning small town to great shopping malls and centers. For small town shops, consider the shops of Lewiston, Williamsville, Clarence, and East Aurora N.Y. Learn more athttps://www.visitbuffaloniagar…..-lewiston/ , https://www.visitbuffaloniagar…..iamsville/ , https://www.visitbuffaloniagar…..st-aurora/ . The largest mall in Niagara county is the Fashion Outlets of Niagara (http://www.fashionoutletsniagara.com) There are many stores and restaurants surrounding the mall as well.
After a long day exploring and shopping, you’ll want to relax and replenish your energy. There are many restaurants and dining options within Niagara Falls and the surrounding area. You can even sample the food that put us on the map .. chicken wings … at the newly-opened Anchor Bar in downtown Niagara Falls! Learn more about area restaurants at http://www.niagarafallsmenus.com.
For upcoming events in the park and nearby you can check out these websites ;
For general parks information New York State has a very informative website. You may access information at:
For finding things to do outside Niagara Falls, there are a number of choices. These activities range from hiking in the spectacular gorge, to shopping at malls and antique stores, to perhaps exploring history at one of the oldest forts in the Great Lakes. You can find all this through these websites, along with dining options:
http://www.niagarafallsmenus.com (for dining options)
http://www.niagarawinetrail.org (to tour the many regional wineries)
http://www.mapmyride.com/us/ni…..a-falls-ny (for those who would like to bike through the region)
Niagara Falls is illuminated every night of the year with amazing color. Usually the colors change every 15 minutes on all three waterfalls. During the summer there are beautiful fireworks over the Falls as well. You can get a full illumination schedule at https://www.niagaraparks.com/e…..umination/ The 2019 Falls Fireworks series will begin with special holiday shows over the Victoria Day (May 17 – 20) and Memorial Day long weekends (May 24 – 27) and continue with fireworks Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until June 16th. Beginning June 17th, Niagara Falls fireworks will be going off every night at 10:00 pm until September 2nd*. Following Labour Day weekend, shows will continue Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays Mondays until October 14th. A total of 114 shows are scheduled from May to October, giving plenty of opportunities to enjoy the spectacular display! You may get a fireworks schedule at https://www.niagarafallstouris…..fireworks/
Niagara Falls has views from the Canadian side of the border as well. If you are thinking of visiting Canada, you must have the proper ID, usually a passport, passport card, or enhanced driver’s license. International visitors should carefully check to see what documentation they will need. Children from the U.S. and Canada 16 years of age and under only need a birth certificate. You can find more information at:
I couldn’t, of course, list everything there is to do and see in the area. For a full listing of activities, attractions, and services in the region visit http://www.niagarafallsusa.com
Thank you for your interest!
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