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Niagara Falls

Country
Canada
State
Ontario
City
Niagara Falls
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By plane

The closest airports to the Falls are across the border in the U.S. Buffalo-Niagara International Airport (IATA: BUF) in Buffalo, New York is about a 20-30 minute drive from the Falls and is served by most major American carriers. Niagara Falls International Airport (IATA: IAG) is the closest airport to the Falls, but it is only for chartered and private flights.

By car

Niagara Falls is 1 1/2 to 2 hours from Toronto (depending on traffic) and 30 minutes from Buffalo.

  • From New York, Boston, and the East Coast: Take I-90 W towards Buffalo to the 290 West. Exit onto the 190 N towards Grand Island and Niagara Falls. Follow the highway through Grand Island, than take the exit immediately after the North Grand Island Bridge (as you're leaving the island) for the Robert Moses Parkway. Continue until in downtown Niagara Falls, New York. Proceed on Rainbow Boulevard, to the Rainbow Bridge, across to Niagara Falls, Ontario.

By bus

Coach Canada, and Greyhound, offer regular bus service to Niagara Falls from other Ontario cities.

By train

VIA Rail Canada's Toronto-Niagara Falls train offers two departures per day in either direction, one in the morning and one in the late afternoon. On some days in summer there is a third train. The trip is about 2-1/2 hours direct to Niagara Falls from Union Station in Toronto. One of the trains daily continue on to New York City, via Buffalo. On the way back, it leaves New York in the morning and arrives in Niagara Falls in late afternoon.

Key places to visit
Queen Victoria Park, Maid of the Mist, White Water Walk, Marineland Theme Park, Skylon Tower


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Places to Visit

Queen Victoria Park

Most visitors' first view of the Falls, from the Canadian side of the river, is at Queen Victoria Park, along the Niagara Falls Parkway. This grand, royal garden provides the perfect vantage point for experiencing both the nightly illumination of the Falls and the summer fireworks displays. The Falls are illuminated, every evening until approximately midnight (see website for exact times) and there are Fireworks over the Falls, Friday and Sunday nights in the summer months.

Maid of the Mist

A boat that takes tourists to the foot of the falls, where you can better appreciate their thunder and spray. Runs April-October. Boats depart every 15 minutes and the ride is 30 minutes. See website for hours, they vary. Line-ups for this attraction can be quite long, try later in the day (1 hour or so before the last boat leaves) for a shorter wait. Many people use their digital cameras to take pictures, but they will get wet. Waterproof disposable cameras are offered for sale before boarding.

White Water Walk

4330 Niagara Pkwy, A 1,000-ft (305 m) boardwalk beside the rapids. Open seasonally.

Marineland Theme Park

7657 Portage Rd (about 1.5 km/1 mi from the Falls), Dolphin, sea lion and walrus shows, and numerous exhibits of interesting and unique marine animals, including killer whales, beluga whales, and black bears. For an additional fee, you can feed some of the animals, including the beluga whales. Also offers a variety of amusement park rides, such as Sky Screamer, billed as the world's tallest three-tower ride, which elevates riders high enough to see Niagara Falls.

Skylon Tower

5200 Robinson St, 520-ft (160 m) tower that has an observation deck and revolving restaurant with a great view of the falls. There are arcade games in the base.

Right Time to Visit

January - April
October - December

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