Sightseeing at Niagra Falls, New York

Sightseeing at Niagra Falls, New York
Niagara Falls is a popular tourist destination. The city offers plenty of shopping, fine dining options, nightlife excitement, concerts, casinos, spas and golf courses. All of this is, of course, in addition to the main attraction: the falls themselves. There are actually two of them -- the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls. They've been the focal point for daredevils, whether they're trying to survive a trip down the falls in a barrel or attempting to walk a tightrope across the gorge. There's always plenty to do and see at Niagara Falls.

Walking Tours

Try the four-hour All-American Adventure Tour of Niagara Falls, N.Y. Held three times daily, this tour requires a 72-hour booking notice. This guided tour will familiarize you with the history of the area, including tales of the daredevils who have gone over the waterfall. From late April until the beginning of October, the tour includes a boat ride on the Maid of the Mist. The tour also features a visit to the Cave of the Winds and the New York State Observation Tower. The tour is wheelchair accessible. For those who would rather avoid a lot of walking, helicopter tours are also available.

Aquarium

If you're visiting the Niagara Falls area with kids, don't miss the Aquarium of Niagara. You can watch California sea lions, view shark feedings, watch trainers play with the seals and even feed a seal yourself. The aquarium features a plethora of aquatic wildlife, including clown fish, sand tiger sharks, electric eels and piranhas. The aquarium also features special event days such as "Halloween Happenings," "Winds, Waves & Wines" and "Reptile Experience."

Scuba Diving

If you've always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, Niagara Falls has your perfect opportunity. Visit the Niagara Scuba Center and sign up for beginner's classes. Learn the basics of diving in either a group class or a private lesson. You can also take the PADI Open Water Dive course online via Niagara Scuba Center's website. After learning the basics, jump into the center's heated pool to begin hands-on training. An instructor will teach you how to get into your gear as well as precautionary skills like how to share air with a buddy. After your indoor dives, you'll go with your instructor to the open water to dive. The Niagara Scuba Center allows you to learn at your own pace and to bring home something truly memorable from your visit.

Article Written By Catherine Chase

Catherine Chase is a professional writer specializing in history and health topics. Chase also covers finance, home improvement and gardening topics. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American studies from Skidmore College.

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