- For other places with the same name, see Niagara Falls (disambiguation).
Niagara Falls is both the name of a group of waterfalls and of the cities that surround them. The Falls are part of the Niagara River, which connects Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. The border between Canada and the United States lies along the centre of the river, which is part of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
There are two cities called Niagara Falls
These cities are on the American side and the Canadian side of the falls, respectively. They are connected by the Rainbow Bridge and the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge.
The Niagara Falls consist of three sections. The large Canadian falls – with their distinctive curved shape – are also known as the "Horseshoe Falls". They are separated by Goat Island from the American Falls, which are separated by a small island at their south end, from the narrow Bridal Veil falls. Each side offers a different perspective. The American side offers great views of the Canadian Horseshoe falls and the hotel skyline on the Canadian side. The Canadian side offers views of both the American and Horseshoe Falls. The Canadian side is usually the most popular due to its view of both falls and the number of attractions and hotels. Although the Canadian side of the falls has more to do and see, it is always best to visit both sides to maximize your experience.
Niagara Falls is one hour by car with no traffic, two with traffic from Toronto and a half hour from Buffalo (New York)
Trentway-Wagar and Coach Canada offer a joint service to Niagara Falls (Canada side) from Toronto via St. Catharines. Adult same-day return fare is roughly $30. There are several departures to and from Niagara Falls per day. Phone: 1-800-461-7661, web: http://www.coachcanada.com/
Visitors staying in Toronto can catch a tour from various Niagara Falls tour providers. The following tour companies offer pick-up from all hotels in Toronto:
- Toronto Tours Canada, phone: none given, .
- Niagara Tours, phone: 416-315-4065, .
- Jojo Tours, phone: 416-201-6465, . Picks up at Toronto hostels and is geared to budget travellers.
Its about 9 hours direct to Niagara Falls, NY from Penn Station in New York City
During the busiest tourist season (May - October), The Parkway along the falls can become very crowded and finding a "picture perfect" view of the falls can be hard to do, walking to the attractions can also be slow during peak tourist season with thousands of people bustling by. There is a "People Mover" system which runs on the Parkway along the river. There are pickup points all along the parkway, including near the bus terminal. There are also several tour services that offer the option to buy a hop on hop off pass, which allows you to board any of the tour buses at any stop point thoroughout the day.
- Skylon Tower, . Tall tower that has an observation deck and revolving restaurant with a great view of the falls. There are arcade games in the base.
- Maid of the Mist. A boat that takes tourists to the foot of the falls, where you can better appreciate their thunder and spray. Only runs in the summer.
- Greg Frewin Dinner Theatre, . Illusionist Greg Frewin presents his Las Vegas style magic show.
- Flower clock. A clock made entirely of flowers, near the Whirlpool.
- Niagara Botanical Gardens (at their best in the summer)
- Butterfly conservatory. Lots of butterflies in an enclosed space.
- Clifton Hill Niagara Falls, . A hill, and a street, full of exciting and fun tourist attractions such as wax museums, Ripley's Believe it or Not, haunted houses, and gift shops.
- Imax theatre, . Has a great movie about the history of the Falls.
- Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort A splendid new (June 2004) Vegas style Casino.
- Casino Niagara The old but nice casino near Clifton Hill.
- Seneca Niagara Casino on the American side.
- The Bell Aerospace Museum on the American side.
- Fort Niagara, . in Youngstown a 10 minute drive from the falls.
- Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, . in Lewiston a 10 minute drive from the falls.
- Magic Mist Limousine, 1-800-689-8189, . Private Sightseeing tours with picnic at Niagara Falls.
- Casinos in Niagara. Visit three casinos in the Niagara including; Seneca, Casino Niagara, and Fallsview Casino Resort.
- Suisha Gardens, 5701 Lewis Ave., Niagara Falls, Ontario, (905) 354-1500, Very pleasant Japanese restaurant. They cook, Teppanyaki-style, at your table.
- Taki, 5530 Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario, (905) 357-7274, "Taki" means "Falls" in Japanese. Very authentic-style Japanese restaurant. Great food, great atmosphere. Pricy, but it's worth it.
- Table Rock Restaurant, Niagara Falls, Ontario, (905) 354-3631, Very good view of the Falls.
- Secret Garden, 5827 River Rd. Embraced by the beautifully manicured Oakes Garden Theater.
- Carpaccio Restaurant, 6840 Lundy's Lane. 2003-04 Award Winning Restaurant & Wine Bar.
- A Cut Above Steakhouse 6755 Fallsview Av., (905)358-4720, Open 7-10 and has some nice pieces of steak at a fair price, reservations welcome.
- Basell'S, (on Victoria Ave.). A super cheap restaurant that may look like "a litle hole in the wall" but the food is delish... try the special: soup du jour (try the vegetable), coleslaw, potatoes or fries, tea or coffee, the special, AND frozen yogurt or icecream for the end.... all of that for only about 8 bucks.