How to Plan a Perfect Family Vacation in Niagara Falls

hannahfreedman
14th September 2017

Niagara Falls is a world-renowned destination attracting tens of millions of international visitors each year. Even though it’s a relatively modest 176 feet tall, the sheer volume of water draining the Great Lakes is awe-inspiring. Over 150,000 gallons per second flow from Lake Erie over the cascade via the Niagara River on its way to Lake Ontario and the sea.

Why Go

Steeped in history, the wonder of Niagara Falls has attracted tourists ever since the country was founded. The region played a key role in the War of 1812, in 1846 the “Maid of the Mist” sightseeing boat tour began and crossing the Niagara River was the final obstacle to freedom for those escaping slavery via the Underground Railroad.

Niagara Falls is actually made up of three separate waterfalls: Horseshoe, American and Bridal Veil, straddling the U.S. and Canadian international border. Located in western New York and southern Ontario, the falls are 20 miles north of Buffalo, New York and 90 minutes south of Toronto.

 

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What to Do

Families can find all types of adventures around Niagara Falls from natural beauty and history to kitschy entertainment, depending on your taste.

 

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Getting Around

Once you get to Niagara Falls, it is very easy to get around the compact region. Many attractions are within walking distance and there are shuttle services as well. Niagara Falls State Park offers a scenic trolley that delivers guests throughout the park. Ontario’s Niagara Parks has a WEGO hop-on, hop-off bus system to transport visitors between hotels and attractions.

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