Welcome to Western New York
Much activity in this region revolves around Buffalo, New York State's (very distant) second-largest city, with about 250,000 people. The area first developed thanks to the hydroelectric power of Niagara Falls and the Erie Canal, which linked the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. The falls are now better known as a tourist destination, with 12 million visitors annually
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Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Travel by elevator deep into the Niagara Gorge where you can get as close as 20 feet from the falls on the Cave of Winds trip. Are you brave enough to stand on Hurricane Deck? Ascend to the extended viewing deck of the Prospect Observation Tower and let Niagara's mist kiss your cheek. Don a souvenir raincoat and hop aboard the world famous Maid of the Mist boat ride. Sail past the American and Bridal Veil Falls before coming to a dramatic stop inside the mouth of the roaring Canadian Horseshoe Falls. This tour is seasonal and operates from May through to October. Please note: The Maid of the Mist portion of this tour departs from the US side of Niagara Falls. All customers booking this tour must have appropriate documentation to enter the United States. *Operating dates of the Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds are approximate and dependent on winter/ice conditions.
Classic All American Tour of Niagara Falls
Start this sightseeing tour of Niagara Falls, New York by traveling downstream in a minibus along the Niagara Gorge to the Niagara Whirlpool, where the Falls began some 6,000 years ago. During this 20-minute stop, learn about the geology that helped to create Niagara Falls, the Whirlpool Aero Car, and the Whirlpool itself. The next stop is Goat Island, located just above Niagara Falls. It divides the rapids into three distinct falls: the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls, and the Horseshoe Falls. While touring the island, learn about its history and the story of the Three Sisters Islands. View the upper rapids, see Canada across the river, and the Rainbow Bridge. The first stop on Goat Island is Terrapin Point, which views the mighty Horseshoe Falls, the Table Rock Welcome Centre, and the hydroelectric power plants. From there, it's a short walk to the Cave of the Winds. Put on complimentary raincoats and souvenir sandals. Take the elevator that travels into the gorge to experience the exhilarating boardwalk below the Bridal Veil Falls. Enjoy a fantastic view of the American Falls, Luna Island, the Bridal Veil Falls, and the Rainbow Bridge. Once back on top, when leaving the island, travel to the Three Sister Trading Post for souvenirs, gift shopping, and refreshments. Lastly, it's back to Niagara Falls State Park to visit Prospect Point, take in the views from the New York State Observation Tower, and cruise to the base of the thundering falls on the iconic Maid of the Mist.
Guided Kayaking Tour on Niagara River from the US Side
The Niagara River formed 12, 500 years ago as the last of the Wisconsin Ice Age glaciers melted away. It follows a 36 mile course flowing first around Grand Island before cascading over the brink of Niagara Falls more than 15 miles downstream. It is at the southern tip of Grand Island that your kayak tour begins. Your professional guide will lead you along some of the very same canoe trails that were used by the early settlers of the Niagara frontier. As you paddle through the tranquil river waters you will learn about the geology, history and ecology of the Niagara River. You will get to visit the restored East River Marsh, an active heron rookery on Motor Island and you will even land on Strawberry Island where you may see the Bald Eagles that are in residence. During the tour you will pass by the historic River Lea home, circa 1874, where former President Grover Cleveland lived while working summers for his uncle Lewis F. Allen. Birdlife abounds and it is likely that you will encounter great blue herons, great egrets, black crowned night herons, ospreys and spotted sandpipers as well as a variety of gulls and terns so plan on bringing a camera. After meeting your guide you will be briefed on the day’s trip and the potential highlights. Please note that as the season progresses, each trip will be different depending on the growth rate of native plants and the seasonal migration patterns of wildlife. You will be given a choice of either a single or tandem kayak that can be adjusted to fit you comfortably. All paddlers will be required to wear a lifejacket equipped with a whistle while out on the river. Each paddler should dress for the conditions encountered and should be prepared to get wet at times. Early in the season the water can be cold. Sunscreen and wide brim hats are strongly recommended.
Maid in America Tour of Niagara Falls, USA
This tour from Niagara Falls, New York, provides the opportunity to discover the undeveloped natural beauty of Niagara Falls State Park. After hotel pickup in town, head to the falls with your guide, who takes you through the paths of the park to reach the Maid of the Mist, the falls' iconic boat cruise. From the Niagara Falls Observation Tower, descend 250 feet (76 meters) to the base of American Falls to board the cruise. Then make your way into the belly of Horseshoe Falls, feeling the cool spray and listening to the roar of 600,000 gallons of water falling over the cliffs each second. Hang on tight as you experience the power of the churning water below you make its way down the Niagara River. Back on land, your second activity begins as you go to the base of the falls and climb a series of stairs to the Crow’s Nest. During your exploration, your guide leads you onto Goat Island, where the Cave of the Winds provides a closer look at the falls as you head 175 feet (53 meters) deep into the gorge. At the bottom, put on your provided bright yellow poncho and specialized footwear, and hike along a series of wooden walkways up to the Hurricane Deck to come face to face with the fierce base of Bridal Veil Falls. Look for rainbows that are often spotted, and enjoy additional views of the falls from above at various lookouts like Prospect Point, Terrapin Point, and more. Throughout your tour, your guide provides commentary on the rich history and mystery of the Niagara region.
Classic All Canadian Tour of Niagara Falls
Crossing the Niagara River Gorge via the Rainbow Bridge, pass over the International Boundary Line while enjoying amazing views of Niagara Falls, Niagara Gorge, the Lower Niagara River, and the Carillon Bell Tower. After clearing Immigration, drive into Queen Victoria Park, with it's beautiful gardens and landscapes, witnessing some of the most picturesque views of the American and Bridal Veil Falls along the way. After heading upstream past the Upper Rapids, ask the guide about the abandoned scow in the river for an interesting story of the old days. Next, the group will stop at the Table Rock Welcome Centre, the historic overlook beside the Horseshoe Falls. Take in the view and then head over to experience the Journey Behind the Falls. Grab a snack or a drink, if desired. The Hornblower Niagara Cruise is next, a 25-minute boat ride to the thundering base of the Falls. Bring a camera and prepare to be awestruck. Further downstream, take in the Lower Rapids, see the Niagara Whirlpool and Whirlpool Aero Car, and take some time for souvenir shopping and refreshments. Finally, it's off to see the hydroelectric generating plants and the Floral Clock before returning to the United States.
Niagara White-Water Jet Boat Tour
After a 30-minute check-in and orientation session at the tour operator’s office in Youngstown, your Niagara adventure starts as you board the jet boat and head south along the Niagara River with your Coast Guard–certified captain. When you’re settled comfortably into the climate-controlled interior cabin, which seats 26, or prepared to get wet on the 14-passenger wet deck, begin cruising along the river, enjoying views of the shoreline and passing sites like Brock's Monument and Fort Niagara. When you reach Devil’s Hole, hold on tight and enjoy the wild ride as the 1,650-horsepower boat — specially designed to skim across the river’s whirlpools and white water — effortlessly navigates the Class 5 rapids. Continue the excitement by catching more ‘waves’ in the Niagara Whirlpool and the Class 6 rapids just above it, and travel through the swirling Niagara Gorge, where your heart will pound as your captain maneuvers you into 360-degree spins. Between moments of exhilaration, look around at the stunning scenery of Niagara Gorge, whose beauty is even more impressive if you’re there during the months of fall foliage.Your tour ends when you return to Youngstown. If you are wet after the tour, you can put on your dry clothes in the changing rooms, and then perhaps warm up with a snack or hot drink (own expense).