Attractions Near Niagara Falls

Attractions Near Niagara Falls
In addition to it famous thundering falls, the Niagara Falls area on the United States and Canadian border also offers superb hiking adventures. Hike the Gorge Trail System with its steep stairs and rocks. Or head to the moderately difficult Devil's Hole Rapids and Giant Rock. The Niagara Falls SkyWheel gives you an excellent view of it all.

Whirlpool State Park

Just off Robert Moses Parkway in New York, Whirlpool State Park features excellent hiking. Take the 30-minute hike down the steep steps from the parking area to see some of the most extreme rapids in the world as you head for the whirlpool. From there, choose from several nature trails or bring your line and go fishing. Bring a picnic lunch and sit at one of the picnic tables located along the rapid-filled river. You can also bike the roads in the park, and in the winter, bring your cross-country skis.

Whirlpool State Park
P.O. Box 1132
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
(716) 284-4691

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

Head to this attraction to get a close-up view of Niagara Gorge from a jet boat. The tour leaves from Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario and heads down the gorge, with its 200-foot walls of rock towering above you. The boat takes you into the swirling, class five whitewater rapids known as Devil's Hole, then returns you to dock the same way. Plan to get wet--the company provides gear to keep you warm, but it does not guarantee you will keep dry, so an extra change of clothes is recommended.

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours
61 Melville St.
Niagara on the Lake Ontario
Canada L0S 1J0
(888) 428-4444

Niagara Falls SkyWheel

Get a different, new view of Niagara Falls as well as an exciting ride when you take North America's tallest Ferris wheel--the Niagara Falls SkyWheel. Six people fit into each of 42 enclosed gondolas attached to a 175-foot wheel. Open all year, the area's newest ride gives you spectacular views of Horseshoe and American Falls as well as the Niagara River from above the falls. Take the ride close to sunset, when the sun gives the falls a warm light, perfect for photo opportunities.

Niagara Falls SkyWheel
4946 Clifton Hill
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Canada L2E 6S8
(905) 358-4793

Article Written By Nancy Wagner

Nancy Wagner is a marketing strategist and speaker who started writing in 1998. She writes business plans for startups and established companies and teaches marketing and promotional tactics at local workshops. Wagner's business and marketing articles have appeared in "Home Business Journal," "Nation’s Business," "Emerging Business" and "The Mortgage Press," among others. She holds a B.S. from Eastern Illinois University.

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