When visiting Niagara Falls for the first time, seeing the mighty falls is high on your agenda. And spending a couple of hours enjoying the Falls is easy. Assuming you are on the Canadian side of Niagara, there’s three things you should do to take it all in.
Stand at the edge of the cascading Canadian waterfall and feel the power. You do this at Table Rock and it’s an easy walk from any of the hotels close to the Falls.
Second, head below the Falls by taking the Journey Behind The Falls. This is accessed from the Table Rock building. Here you go down under the Falls by elevator and walk in the tunnels under the Falls. The walk also leads outside to a platform at the bottom of the Canadian Falls. You get a poncho because you will get wet otherwise.
The third things to do is take in the special film, the Creation of The Falls. It is in the Table Rock Building on the second floor. I won’t spoil the show, but it is unique, it’s inside and you still need a poncho.
Now that you’ve enjoyed the Canadian-Horseshoe Falls up close and personal, it’s time to head downriver along the gorge and the parks so you can view the majesty of the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. Just so you don’t get lost, head for the Rainbow Bridge across the gorge. All three Falls are created by one river, the Niagara River coming from Lake Erie, but an Island that you can see splits the river, causing the two two main Falls and the smaller Bridal Veil Falls.
Because you face the American and Bridal Veil Falls directly, it is easy to get some terrific pictures of the falls.
Now it’s time to take the Hornblower Boat Ride to the Falls. Many people have resisted when I tell them to take the ride during my tours, but after they can’t thank me enough. You won’t get seasick, but you will certainly feel the power of the Falls and get a spectacular view from down below looking up at so much water rushing toward you. It’s a real WOW.
Time to enjoy a video…
By now you’re probably getting hungry for lunch, and you are surrounded by restaurants and fast food locations up and down Clifton Hill and in the hotels that peer down at the Falls, so go ahead and indulge. If you are going up Murray Hill to the hotel area above the Canadian Falls, you might want to try the Skylon Tower revolving restaurant. Just look up and you’ll see the tower. Great lunch with a fantastic view and an observation deck above the restaurant where you can get some excellent pictures of the Falls.
If the tower isn’t your thing, then you have a myriad of choices in and around the hotels above the Falls. Or if you want, you could walk back to the Table Rock Building and try the restaurant and fast food locations at Table Rock.
Next, time to tour down river to the Whirlpool.