things to do in Niagara falls

RightTurn’s Road Trip Destinations Series: Niagara Falls

It’s been a while since we packed up the car and hightailed it out of town. This time you better bring your snow boots. Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you should hunker down all winter. The warm weather will soon return, but until it does, take advantage of the majesty of Niagara Falls in the wintertime.

Why Niagara Falls in Winter?

Don’t get me wrong; it’s not that I don’t like people, but visiting Niagara Falls in winter means fewer people so parking is easier! And the beauty is parallel. In fact, it might even be more striking to see something so big and so wonderful with a frosty look to it.

There are many things to do in Niagara Falls, so check out all that this wonder of our world has to offer. So here’s your Niagara Falls road trip guide!

See the Falls From a Different Perspective

Seeing, feeling, and hearing the rush of the water crash down so heavily while taking a ride on the Maid of the Mist is definitely a great experience. But what if you could view the Falls from behind in a cave? You can go on a tour and get a behind-the-falls look beginning on the Canadian side. Tours are normally under two hours and occur daily and are quite affordable. And how can you put a price on the chance to see something so beautiful? The Journey Behind the Falls will shake you with its force deep inside your chest as 2,800 cubic meters of water crashes every second of the way!

White Water Walk

The most natural way to take in the sights is along a boardwalk that overlooks the Great Gorge Rapids. The long drop-off that lay ahead pulls the river water at a pace of 22 miles per hour, giving you the pre-rush of the free fall the water is soon to experience. At this spot, you can get a view of all that you need to see and an Adventure Pass will get you access to the boardwalk, Journey Behind the Falls, and a Maid of the Mist ride.

Clifton Hill Skywheel

Viewing the Falls and skyline from atop a skywheel? Um, yes please! For one of the more unique places to sightsee, the observation wheel puts you on a 12-minute ride featuring the most exclusive, spectacular view of Niagara Falls. Winter or not, the gondolas are climate controlled, so no matter how cold it is outside, you can take in the view in comfort.

Fallsview Tourist Area

Sticking with theme of being unique, the Niagara Falls Railway delivers a convenient link between the Falls and the Fallsview Tourist Area. Originally built in 1966, the cars were open-air, but in 2013 they were covered to enable year-round guests to enjoy another view while being lowered to the tourist viewing area. At the top of the hill, you’ll find the Fallsview Casino Resort — and who doesn’t like gambling? Other Niagara Falls attractions within the tourist area include an indoor waterpark, brewing company, Niagara Parks, and Clifton Hill — which includes museums, funhouses, haunted houses, restaurants, and wineries (The wine tours are open year-round! But go there after you gamble.).

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