Niagara Falls straddles the border between the USA and Canada and is one of the world’s most popular natural attractions. Visitors to Niagara Falls are offered a wide range of unique ways to experience the falls from boat trips to helicopter rides and the area has hotels and restaurants catering to all budgets and tastes. However you do not have to be staying at the falls to experience the majesty of Niagara. Niagara Falls tours are available from New York City and Toronto.
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Niagara Falls Tours from New York City range on duration from 1 day to 5 days. If you have just 1 day you can fly from New York City with Jetblue to Buffalo. If you have 2 or more days on hand then you could take the more affordable coach trips from New York City which also include other highlights of eastern US and Canada such as Toronto and Washington DC. There are also a range of great Niagara Falls Tours from Toronto such as a popular night tour that includes dinner and view of illuminated Niagara Falls.
If you are staying close to Niagara Falls, you could buy money saver passes that give priority access to attractions like Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury, IMAX theatre, Ripleys and many more. Also, the money saver passes offer discounts on helicopter tours, Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory, Whirlpool Aero Car and Niagara Heritage Trail attractions.
All visitors to Niagara Falls will find an exciting way to experience the falls, from helicopter rides to family attractions. For children, Niagara Falls is a theme park with tall structures like the Skylon Tower and water parks inside hotels, Ferris wheels and kid-friendly restaurants, and they even sneak in some education at Niagara Falls attractions like the Butterfly Conservatory and Marineland. Grown-ups have upscale hotels, modern casinos, nightlife and concerts, fine dining, golf courses and spas, and wine country is just down the road.
The most famous of all Niagara Falls attractions is Maid of the Mist. This 30 minute thrill aboard a powerful diesel-engine boat takes you from the Canadian docks past the base of the American Falls, then into the basin of the magnificent Canadian Horseshoe Falls. While the recyclable raincoat provided keeps you dry, you cannot help but soak up the excitement as you come close to the roar of the mighty Niagara Falls. Operating from late April/early May (weather dependent) to October 24 each year, the Maid departs every 15 minutes. Two 600-passenger boats, Maids VI and VII, are each 80-feet long and have two 350-horsepower engines that carry the vessels against the powerful current. A recyclable souvenir raincoat is provided free with admission to help keep you dry from the mist and spray.
The Niagara Peninsula is bordered by three bodies of water; Lake Ontario, the Niagara River and Lake Erie and it is cut through by the world famous Welland Ship Canal which runs from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. One of the most fertile regions of Canada, the rich soil of Niagara has sustained inhabitants near and far since the very beginning. Lush vineyards, resplendent fruit orchards and productive farmland have all added to the success of the Niagara Region. Coupled with the Lake effect which contributes to a mild climate, the Niagara Region has always been a desirable location to put down roots. Niagara is home to more than 50 world-class wineries. Niagara Icewine has become a world leader in quality. Over 90% of Canada's icewine is produced by Niagara Vintners. Tour Niagara's Wine Route throughout the scenic countryside by car, bus, bicycle, or guided tour. Many of the wineries offer wine tours and tasting as well as on-site restaurants where wines are paired with gourmet regional cuisine. After you've sampled and selected your favourite wines, you can purchase them in the wineries gift shop.
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