Among the countless beautiful places on this Earth there are only a select few that really shine the brightest. From the vast Great Wall and the man-made, or possibly not, pyramids of Egypt, to nature’s meticulously sculpted beauty. Choosing a single destination to visit seems almost an unsurmountable task – do we choose the Grand Canyon and its intransitive beauty and vastness, or do we go down South and witness what was once the Mayan civilizational powerhouse and is now barely the remnants of its former self?
Water, among its many life-giving qualities, has the ability to be both serenely beautiful and frighteningly powerful. One of the few places where we can witness water in both of these states is the Niagara Falls. It’s beautiful cycle of calmly reaching the cliff edge to furiously plunging 51 meters down and continuing its way to Lake Ontario can be mesmerizing. And being located on the USA-Canada border means that the whole Niagara Falls area is well-developed and certainly not lacking in activities.
What better way to experience the falls than hopping on a Maid of the Mist steamboat and getting a bit wet in the process? These boat tours have been offering visitors the chance to get plunged right under the falls for more than a century and a half. Available for both Canadian and American visitors, this would certainly be a memorable boat ride.
If, however, we desire seeing the falls from a different perspective, we can always opt for the Journey Behind the Falls. It consists of tunnels and caverns, taking visitors on a walk right behind the roaring water curtain.
Certainly not recommended as a way of experiencing the falls, though, would be a terrifying ride down in a barrel, as some daredevils have tried. Chances of survival are iffy, although chances of an insane adrenalin rush are positively off the charts.
When we’re done with the up close and personal time with the Niagara Falls, the Skylon Tower’s observation decks offer a great view, towering 160 meters above the falls.
Admire the Botanical Gardens of the Niagara Parks, and after the long day of thrills and sight-seeing why not hit up the Niagara Fallsview Casino, where countless slot machines and tables await to see whether you’ve been born under a lucky star. Don’t feel left out if you’re not much of gambler, though – there’s plenty of shopping space, occasional performances and concerts in the Avalon Ballroom, restaurants, and of course – spa, for treating yourself.