Visit Niagara Falls and Tour the History of its Wonder

Niagara Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world, it’s always had the ability to evoke emotions. People have been impressed by its spectacular beauty, awed by the enormous volume of water spilling over the brink, the equivalent of a million full bathtubs a minute. The tremendous roar of the violence of the water as it makes its plunge can be frightening, compelling the world to respect these wild waters.

For many, the overall impression is nothing short of inspiring. As the lyrical Irishman Thomas Moore wrote to his mother from Niagara in 1804, I have seen The Falls and am all rapture and amazement. There’s also a softer, romantic side to Niagara…probably best represented by the countless numbers of newly married couples over many generations who have come to this beautiful place for their honeymoon. For them, Niagara Falls will always have a special place in their hearts and minds.

Niagara Falls is one of the most famous and most visited natural spectacles on earth. The Falls straddle the Niagara River which flows for 35 miles between Lake Eerie and Ontario. The Falls also straddle the border between Canada and the United States.

Stunters and Daredevils

An important and interesting chapter of the Niagara story tells of the stunters, daredevils and those individuals who have deliberately challenged the Horseshoe Falls. The first was a 63-year old former dance instructor by the name of Annie Edson Taylor who had been living in Bay City Michigan. On October 24, 1901 she went over the falls in a 160 lb. wooden barrel and survived. Annie hoped to achieve some fame and fortune from her exploit…she got the fame at least in Niagara, but the fortune alluded her. She died penniless 20-years later. Since then, 15 other people have copied this type of stunt…some like Annie have used not a barrel but a large rubber ball, Jet Ski or kayak. Believe it or not they’ve all been tried, out of the total of 16 people, 11 survived and 5 have not. A word of warning, stunting on the Niagara River is illegal. If you do manage to survive, you can be arrested, charged and have your day in court.

An Overview of the 3 Falls: American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls

There are 3 waterfalls on the New York state side, there is the American Falls which is 850 feet wide and drops over 100 feet to great piles of rock at the foot of the cataract. This rock has been broken off the gorge wall over 1,000s of years. During daytime hours in the summer months, close to 4 million gallons of water spill over the brink every minute. Nearby is lovely Bridal Veil Falls, carrying 90% of the rivers flow. The Canadian or Horseshoe Falls, so named because of its shape is 2,200 feet wide, with a drop of 188 feet. Around 34 million gallons of water flow over the crest of this falls every minute, an ever present mist and often a beautiful rainbow compliment the scene. Lying between the Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls is a lovely island with a curious name of by the name of Goat Island. It’s a part of Niagara Falls state park.

Niagara Falls History

Open in 1885, it’s the oldest state park in the United States. Niagara Falls is all about water and there are a variety of experiences available that allow the visitor to get close to that water and in some cases get soaking wet too. For example, on the American Side using a series of wooden platforms situated at different heights all with connecting steps…you can climb over the rocks at the base of the Bridal Veil Falls…this is known as the cave of the winds. Fury of the water and its deafening roar…create an indescribable and memorable experience.

Tour and Ride and Falls: Maid of the Mist Tour and Scenic Helicoper Tours

Then there is the iconic Maid of the Mist tour which has been sailing into the swirling waters at the base of the Horseshoe Falls since 1846…let the mist bathe your face. Some people say it’s good for your complexion, if you really want to see the Wild side of the river, take a high speed whirlpool jet pool ride up through Niagara gorge and into the rapids below the whirlpool, if you prefer to view the falls from above, try a scenic helicopter ride. Or stand at the top of one of the observation towers, other favorite viewing spots include terrapin point on the American side, table rock on the American side and the rainbow bridge across the gorge. Opened in 1941, this bridge which is slightly down river from the falls doubles as a fine observation platform, especially if you’re walking.

Nighttime at Niagara is an experience of itself. Visit Niagara Falls at night, it’s a great time to take a stroll and see the falls in a whole new light.

What are you waiting for? There are plenty of trips to the east coast and to canada that will allow you to tour the east coast and travel and explore the roar of Niagara!

Comments

Niagara Falls is one of the

Niagara Falls is one of the most wonderful falls on this planet. I have been to Niagara Falls before a few times, and I have liked it every time.

It is better to go during summer, instead of winter in my opinion.

Whao! Love the scene

The image you used is WAOH! It makes me feel aslo I will make a visit here very soon. As Sam has asked early is there top notch hotels around that guarantee first class service? Maybe I could make a visit her with my girlfriend this Valentine. It will be a great scene.

Any hotel near this fall?

I'm impress with your write up which makes me feel this place maybe the best place to take Her to this Valentine. However, is there any top class Hotel near this fall?