Discover Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls Educational Tours
Niagara Falls is a natural wonder of North America that lies on the border of Ontario, Canada and the State of New York. Whether or not you bring a passport, Niagara Falls offers scenic views, beautiful parks and walking trails, and opportunities to learn about this natural phenomenon.
The American Side
Don’t have a passport? You’re in luck! You can experience all the beauty of the falls without crossing the border. Niagara Falls USA includes Niagara Falls State Park, from which visitors can enjoy great views of The American, Horseshoe and Bridal Veil Falls at Prospect Point and the Niagara Falls Observation Tower. If you’re looking to get as close as you can and don’t mind getting wet, you can take a ride on the famous Maid of the Mist to the base of the Falls, or walk along wooden walkways to the Hurricane Deck and Cave of the Winds. The Niagara Scenic Trolley runs along a three mile route and makes stops at several locations throughout the park while on board tour guides share about the park’s history.
If you’re looking for more history, you can visit Old Fort Niagara, a historic site featuring original 18th century buildings and lookout points once used by Native Americans, French, British and eventually Americans. Make sure to come for a live reenactment to get the full experience! The location and geography of Niagara Falls played a crucial role in the Underground Railroad, which is why you’ll want to check out The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, located in the former 1863 U.S. Customs House. The museum’s One More River to Cross permanent exhibition features the rich stories of the Underground Railroad in Niagara Falls.
The Canadian Side
If you’re interested in seeing Niagara Falls from the Canadian side, U.S. citizen children under the age of 19 who are traveling with a school group, religious group, social or cultural organization or sports team, may present an original or copy of their birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or a Naturalization Certificate. Crossing points include the Rainbow Bridge (a pedestrian walkway) the Peace Bridge and the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge.
Enjoy stunning views of the Falls all along the Niagara River Parkway, as well as an endless number of activities and attractions. If you’re looking to get up close and personal with this natural phenomenon, you can take a Niagara City Cruise to the base of the Falls. Not a fan of boats? Then head to the historic Table Rock Centre for entrance to the Journey Behind the Falls experience, where visitors can descend 125 ft. by elevator and walk through a short tunnel to two outdoor observation decks and two portals located directly behind the Falls. The torrential force of the water pouring over Niagara Falls and along the Niagara River has long been harnessed for power by stations along the banks. Find out all about how flowing water is converted into energy as you explore the Niagara Parks Power Station, which has been converted into an immersive learning experience that offers access to the inner workings of this historic station.
Other points of interest in the surrounding area include the lovely Queen Victoria Park, the Sky Wheel along Clifton Hill, and the Niagara Parks Botanical Garden.