Niagara falls is one of the most fascinating destination in North America. The falls is a family-friendly destination and is also perfect for couples who are looking for a romantic getaway.
Niagara falls is three waterfalls that stand between Ontario, Canada and the US state of New York. From largest to smallest, the three waterfalls are the Horseshoe Falls, the American falls and the Bridal Veil falls. The Horseshoe falls lie on the border of the United states and Canada.
I want to share a pocket friendly, weekend plan for the Niagara Falls. My husband and I have decided to travel and explore a lot of places and is not possible for him to take time off the work. So we are planning our trips for the weekend.
Let us tell you how you can enjoy these amazing falls from the US side in less than 24 hours.
How do I get to Niagara Falls?
Ideally, there are two airports that you can fly into – Buffalo, NY, airport on the US side and Toronto airport on the Canada side.
Inexpensive option: We flew into Detroit from Houston ($140/person roundtrip) and from there it was about 6 hours drive. Another option is to fly into Cleveland airport. You can rent a car and it is about 3 hours drive to Niagara. You can find great deals on ticket price from momondo website.
Falls Illumination and Fireworks: Pay visit to falls at night and be wowed by the illuminations. Also, catch the falls’ famous firework.
*Beginning June 17th, Niagara Falls fireworks will be going off every night at 10:00 pm until September 2nd. Following Labour Day weekend, shows will continue Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays Mondays until October 14th. Check for the schedule here.
Maid of the Mist – Niagara Cruise
Boat tour is the best option to get as close as possible to the falls. This is a twenty minute boat ride. Your boat tour will take you right to the bottom of the falls. The best view is from the top deck. Grab your free Poncho (provided by the park) and be prepared to get wet!
After the boat tour, visit the Observation Tower to get a nice view of the falls and Canada and to take pictures. It is really hard to click pictures on the tour as your electronic devices will get wet when you get closer to the falls.
Cave of the Winds
Get closer to the falls than you ever imagined! To get to the cave of the winds, take the pedestrian bridge to the goat island. Take an elevator down into the Niagara Gorge and walk along the wooden stairs to get to the Hurricane deck. Because of the gusting winds and waterfalls, it will look like you are caught in a storm. Be careful with the stairs, they are slippery.
Fun Fact: The wooden decks and platforms are removed each fall to avoid damage caused by the ice and are reinstalled each spring by the park officials.
After cave of the winds, walk up to the Terrapin Point – a great view spot for the horseshoe falls.
Adult Ticket: $19.25 Child Ticket (6–12 years) : $11.20 5 and Under :FREE (with accompanying adult)
Adult: $19 Youth: $16
The best option is to get the Niagara Discovery Pass priced at 46$ for adults and 35$ for youths. This includes the Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, Aquarium of Niagara, Niagara Adventure Theater and unlimited rides on the Scenic Trolley for the day .
Things to do for Free
- View in the beauty and power of the waterfalls
- Walk on the Scenic View: Take a walk along the river that is flowing into the falls. Park your car at the entrance of the Niagara State Park, free of cost.
- Nightly Falls Illumination
- Niagara Falls firework display
- Visit Whirlpool state park
- Visit Devil’s Hole state park
- Walk up to the Terrapin Point – a great view spot for the horseshoe falls.
List for our next visit 🙂
- Visit Niagara in winter
- Niagara Jet Adventures
- Whirlpool Jet boat tours
- Devil’s Hole state park
- View falls from the Canada
Have you been to the Niagara Falls? What did you enjoy most?