Niagara Falls is not just one, but a series of three falls, namely the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veils Falls. While the Niagara falls are the most powerful waterfalls in North America, you’ll be surprised to know that they aren’t very high. Their sheer power comes from their width, as more than six million cubic feet of water tumbles over the crest line every minute during high flow.
The Niagara Falls have captured the imagination of millions of tourists and fascinated the brave spirit of adventurers. Nobody could ever guess that the falls, which had been primarily devoted to commercial purposes, would become one of the top tourist attractions in the world. And once you are here, there’s a lot more that you can do than simply gape open mouthed at these truly awesome waterfalls. Though you aren’t to blame if you took your time doing that!
To begin with, you can take a journey behind the falls and see the water tumbling down from 13 storeys above at the speed of 65 kmph. The trip lasts from half an hour to forty five minutes and it’s especially stunning in winters as the mist of the falls freezes into breath taking formations on surrounding trees and buildings.
Then, you have to be a part of the time honored tourist attraction at the Niagara Falls – the Maid of the Mist. The mist boat cruises began in 1846, and since then, the trips into the whirlpools lying beneath the falls have excited young and old alike. If you don’t enjoy being too close to the water, there’s always the Whirlpool Aero car that will transport you right above the Niagara Falls from where you can view the mesmerizing whirlpool rapids of the Niagara River.
Still craving for more? Then, hang around till evening, where, just as dusk falls, the Niagara comes alive in a kaleidoscope of colors. You get to see the glory of the falls even in the dark, as the illuminations lasts till midnight. However, between January and April, the lighting lasts only till 10 pm.
If you’ve had your fill of the falls (which is not going to happen fast), you can head to the Butterfly Conservatory, just ten minutes away from the Niagara Falls. It’s nothing less than magic to see 2,000 colorful butterflies let loose in a pristine tropical setting. A self guided tour, it will begin with a short video presentation that gives you information about the conservatory. On your tour of the conservatory, you can stop at the emergence window and watch the rare sight of butterflies abandoning their pupae and standing on the threshold of their first flight.
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