Niagara is almost as famous for the diverse ways that you can view the falls as it is for the falls themselves. Many people would like to get as close as possible to the power and thunder while others prefer to enjoy them from a picturesque distance. Still more would like to have a meal while looking over them or view them while lit up under the colorful glow of fireworks. There’s something for everyone.
Perhaps the most expensive, yet intimate, way to view the falls is by helicopter. Not only are the views unlike that which can be seen any other way but it feels like it’s all for you. A helicopter ride inherently avoids the crowds and the clamor of most other ways to get a look at one of the seven natural wonders of the world. There are a variety of organizations that can take you, so feel free to shop around.
Hornblower Niagara Cruises
Hornblower Niagara is a boat tour that goes right up to the bottom of the falls so that passengers can come to truly appreciate the sound and the fury of the rushing water. It’s probably the most exciting way to view the falls. It may also be the best for coming to understand the grandeur and wonder of the place.
Journey Behind the Falls
The Journey Behind the Falls is generally less crowded than the Maid of the Mist and is a better option for the watercraft-averse or those with small children. One of the more interesting points is that this attraction is open year-round, except Christmas Day, regardless of weather. This gives an opportunity to experience the proximity of the falls with a more frigid beauty in the winter. Due to the wetness of the trip, like the Maid of the Mist, ponchos are provided to those that participate in this attraction.
Skylon Tower is a rather unique structure. 520 feet (160 meters) tall, it contains two restaurants, an observation deck and a convention venue on each of the four floors. On the ground floor is a video arcade. It’s truly a great view of the falls from the tower, whether from the observation deck or one of the restaurants and is probably the most comfortable way to experience the wonder.
Fireworks Over the Falls
To view the fireworks over the falls, you must be present on a Friday or Sunday night during one of the summer months. The falls are lit up nightly by colored lights, but the fireworks only go off on those two days a week during the peak of the tourist season. For more information on the fireworks schedule, check here.
So, no matter who you are or how you choose to view the falls there’s a way for you: up close and personal by boat or on foot; from a comfortable distance in a helicopter or tower; on top of a Ferris wheel or lit by colorful explosions. Perhaps the most important thing that you know is not how to view the falls but that you’ll be staying in comfort regardless of how you decide to view it.