There are so many things to do in Niagara Falls that it can be hard to get to it all! If you’re working on a limited timeline — a weekend getaway, for example — you’ll want to go for our narrowed-down list of things you absolutely have to do here. Get ready for a heady mix of history, culture, and, of course, the spectacular nature of the area is known for!
State Park is not only are the Falls breathtaking, but they’re also embedded in an early state and U.S. history. Take in the drama and excitement of the Falls from the Observation Tower near Prospect Point, the only panoramic view of all three Falls.
Old Fort Niagara played a role in the French and Indian War, the American Revolution and the War of 1812. With some of the ancient buildings in the entire Great Lakes region, it’s Western New York’s most tangible link to the Revolutionary War period. Depending on when you visit, you might even experience one of the period re-enactments that take place at the fort throughout the year.
Cave Of The Winds
Take your waterproof camera to capture some awesome moments, slip into the particular yellow poncho and footwear provided, and follow your tour guide through a series of wooden walkways to the famed Hurricane Deck of Cave of the Winds. And here, you’ll find just feet away from the base of Bridal Veil Falls.
Gorge Hiking Trails
This is an exciting place for the adventurous hiker, getting off the beaten path and descending into the heart of the Niagara Gorge is a must. Just 3 miles from downtown, you’ll discover Devil’s Hole State Park and here you can access the signature route of miles of trails that take you down to the rapids of the Niagara Whirlpool.
Jest Boat Tours
The Class V rapids of the Niagara River can be ominous to even seasoned mariners. However, when you add jet-powered boats to the matching, you get a white-knuckled ride that’ll try out your vocal cords. It offers both a wet and dry experience; these high-speed boats will have you craving another adrenaline-packed excitement.