Outdoor sights in Western New York
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Alexandria Bay has the greatest concentration of old homes – more like castles, really – on the dozens of tiny islands along its coast. There’s where you’ll find Wellesley Island State Park, a 2600-acre floating village attached to the mainland by the Thousand Islands International Bridge. The park is full of wildlife, and has a nature center open to visitors. If you’re carrying a valid ID (preferably a passport), you can go to the Canadian side of the bridge and take an elevator to the top of the Skydeck, a massive tower with sprawling views of the St Lawrence Seaway.
The traditional way to see Niagara Falls is on the Maid of the Mist, a boat cruise that’s ferried soaking visitors into the rapids right below the falls since 1846. You can also walk along the Prospect Park Point walkways to view the American Falls. Goat Island is accessible by foot, and has an elevator bringing folks down to the Cave of the Winds. From there you can hike to Bridal Veil Falls. The bulk of the attractions are all within Niagara Falls State Park and there’s a trolley offering guided trips through the park.