Things to Do in Niagara Falls, New York

Things to Do in Niagara Falls, New York
Niagara Falls has long been a destination not only for honeymooners but also for those who love the outdoors. Plenty of trails to explore, splendid nature and a rich past make Niagara Falls a worthy destination even if you're traveling on your own or bringing the kids along.

Goat Island

Goat Island is the oldest state park in the United States and is located right between the American and Canadian falls. Accessed via a pedestrian bridge, the island offers the best views of the falls, as its lookout point is located right over the American Falls. Visitors also have a chance to see the Upper Rapids making its way toward the falls, and even get a chance to step into the cold water as they walk alongside the large boulders marking the edges of the rushing stream. Three Sisters Island and Luna Island are connected to Goat Island and offer a more relaxing and less crowded view of the surrounding nature. Cave of the Winds is accessed through Goat Island as well.

Niagara Falls National Park
P.O. Box 773
Niagara Falls, NY 14302
(716) 278-0337

Niagara Falls State Park

While technically the whole area, including the Falls, are within Niagara Falls State Park, visitors who want more nature and fewer tourists should head well into the park to explore nature. There are 14.5 miles of trails within the park, most of them not suitable for beginners. The trails that slope down into the gorge are especially treacherous, as they're slippery and there's hardly anything to help you stabilize yourself. Some of the trails have steep stairs. For an easier time out, try the Robert Moses Parkway Trail, used for both hiking and cycling.

Guided Hikes of Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-0820

Niagara Gorge Discovery Center

If you want a better understanding of the area's nature, try the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center. Complete with hands-on exhibits, virtual rides into the gorge and an 180-degree multi-screen theater, this place will give you a clear view of the geological past of the park in just a few minutes. There are also fossils and samples of geological formations on display.

Discovery Center
Niagara Falls National Park
P.O. Box 773
Niagara Falls, NY 14302
(716) 278-0337

Article Written By Sarah Dray

Sarah Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including "Woman's Day," "Marie Claire," "Adirondack Life" and "Self." She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.

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