10 Best Things To Do In And Around Niagara Falls, New York

You don’t realize how big the Falls are until you see them in-person. There is more here than just taking a ferry ride to see them from above or below, but you can certainly fill up a good chunk of your day doing just that. There are a ton of activities and landmarks surrounding Niagara Falls in New York, you could vacation over the weekend and still not hit all the major tourist spots. Here’s just a sample of what you can see and do at Niagara Falls, New York.

1: Maid of the Mist

Maid of the Mist

You haven’t been to Niagara if you don’t ride the best and longest running ferry ride. This is as close as it gets to being at the foot of the falls, without actually drowning. You will definitely get wet and you will feel the power of the falls through your entire body. It truly is mesmerizing.

2: Goat Island

Goat Island
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This is one of the cool spots in the middle of the falls, which is located in between the bridge to the American Falls and Horseshoe Falls. It’s a nice place to stop and take in the sights around you. It is kind of a hub between a bunch of other neat little stops along the rapids, like the next stop on our list, which is a magical nook of turbulence and beauty.

3: Cave of the Winds

Cave of the Winds
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If the boat ride next to the falls left you wanting more, don’t worry, the Cave of the Winds will take you right inside the falls. Just follow the path on Goat Island, down a bunch of stairs, where you’ll end up on a platform that puts right underneath a waterfall. You can watch as millions of gallons flow over and under you while on the deck, it’s almost like being encapsulated by a river. You will get wet here, the powerful mists of water will quickly turn you from damp to dripping in just a few minutes.

4: Niagara Falls Jet Boats

Niagara Falls Jet Boats
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If the misty boat ride was too pedestrian for someone who is a bit more of a thrill-seeker, don’t worry, Niagara has the fix for you. Along the lower Niagara Falls, you can hop on the very fast and exciting whirlpool jet boats and ride the rapids in style! The ride is very smooth, but fast, so you’ll get the fun of being on a rollercoaster, with the added bonus of being on one of nature’s greatest tracks!

5: Whirlpool Rapids Bridge

Whirlpool Rapids Bridge

A very interesting event happens at the foot of the American Falls, when the river gets whipped into a frenzy caused by the positioning of tectonic plates, forming a perfect natural crater to create a turbulent whirlpool that churns like it has a mind of its own. Definitely worth stopping by on your way down the rapids.

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