Bucket List Adventures: Top Tips for Visiting Niagara Falls

For as long as I remember, visiting Niagara Falls has been top of my bucket list. Ever since my dad went with his work when I was little I was stare for hours at the photos he had taken at Niagara Falls dreaming of one day visiting this magnificent natural wonder. When I travel I also love to see the local side of a place, and visiting Niagara Falls is no different. There are many ways to explore this wonderful region, but one of the best ways is to go vintage! If you are anything like me, when you go on holiday you still like to indulge your love of all things vintage. Fortunately, the vintage movement is gaining momentum, which means that, in many parts of the world, you can do exactly that. I’ve listed some of my favourite ways to explore the more alternative Niagara Falls!

So it’s time to tick another off your Bucket List Adventures…


What is Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, Ontario, is a Canadian city at the famous waterfalls of the same name, linked with the U.S. by the Rainbow Bridge. Its site on the Niagara River’s western shore overlooks the Horseshoe Falls, the cascades’ most expansive section. Elevators take visitors to a lower, wetter vantage point behind the falls. A cliffside park features a promenade alongside 520-ft.-high Skylon Tower with an observation deck.


Visiting Niagara Falls

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When to visit Niagara Falls

It’s no secret that if you’re going to the falls, you’re going to get wet, right? Naturally, because of that, people tend to go during the summer. We actually ended up going mid September. Labor Day Weekend is over, kids are back in school, people are traveling less, but the weather is still decently warm. Fewer people AND still warm-ish weather. Yes please!

Is Niagara Falls in Canada or USA

The American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls in the USA and the Canadian “Horseshoe” Falls in Canada. The Niagara River serves as an international border between the USA & Canada. There are two distinctive cities. Niagara Falls Ontario, Canada and Niagara Falls New York, United States of America.

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What side do I visit at Niagara Falls

American vs Canadian. Who’s it gonna be? Everyone always says the Canadian side, but why? Basically the views are much better from the Canadian side, but its Niagara Falls so either side is still going to be amazing! Plus, I’m guessing if you’re visiting the Falls you’re going to want to go on a boat tour. If you’re on the Canadian side, you’ll take the Hornblower (the Hornblower boats are bigger and newer than Maid of the Mist on the US side). The Hornblower takes you on a 20 minute tour literally into the falls. You’ll also see American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

What is the best time of the year to go to Niagara Falls

Best Times to Visit Niagara Falls. The best time to visit Niagara Falls is June to August. Summer is peak season, and with good reason: Average highs rest in the low 80s.


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Where to stay at Niagara Falls

There is one thing I must tell you about….. I discovered that some of the five-star hotels in the area offer guests with rooms that have panoramic views of the waterfalls themselves. Of course, staying in these hotels tend to be expensive, however staying in a room like that with a stunning view is a once in a lifetime experience. So it really is worth treating yourself to at least one night in this type of hotel room. For this reason alone I’d recommend staying at the Marriott On The Falls for the best views in the region. If you don’t have the budget to stay longer you could always book yourself into one of the area’s vintage hotels or bed and breakfast for the rest of your stay.

How much does it cost to go to Niagara Falls

The Niagara USA Discovery Pass allows you to bundle the tickets for different attractions in the Niagara Falls area in order to save money. The cost is $46 for adults and $35 for children between the ages of 6 and 12, and is available seasonally.


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Activities at Niagara Falls 

Most people only visit Niagara Falls for one day, so I’ve pulled together a little guide to spending one day here:

  1. Cave of the Winds
  2. Niagara Falls State Park
  3. American Falls
  4. Niagara Falls
  5. Horseshoe Falls
  6. Niagara Parks
  7. Journey Behind the Falls
  8. Skylon Tower
  9. Clifton Hill
  10. Niagara SkyWheel


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