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Niagara Falls - Part 2 - Orlando / Florida Guide

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You can get a different perspective if you decide to take a different view of the area via the ‘Journey behind the Falls’ tour. A lift at the brink of Horseshoe Falls takes you down and behind the tumbling waters. This cost C$14 and really does give you a whole different view of the falls and is something I would wholeheartedly recommend if you have the time.

Niagara Falls was formed by glaciation around 12, 000 years ago, the falls were originally seven miles downriver in Lewiston, NY. In their current spot, Goat Island splits the Niagara River into twin channels just upstream from the cascades: the majority of the water tumbles over Horseshoe Falls, with a comparatively small amount plunging down American and Bridal Veil Falls. The deepest part of the river is directly below the falls and, at 52m, is almost as deep as the gorge banks are high.

The major sites you want to see and things to do if you visit are:-

American Falls

Around 10% of the Niagara River’s flow spills over the 260m wide American Falls and the adjacent Bridal Veil Falls.

Horseshoe Falls

These are almost entirely in Canada and this is the largest and most iconic cascade, it measures 670m wide and 57m high.

Rainbow Bridge

This elegant span offers panoramic views across to the falls. On sunny days, if you are lucky, you might see rainbows rise through the spray. The bridge not only crosses the gorge it also connects Canada and the US.

Journey behind the Falls

An elevator from the brink of Horseshoe Falls descends to a series of rocky tunnels that take visitors behind the wall of water

Hornblower catamaran

Replacing the Maid of the Mist, these all mod-cons vessels will start operating in spring 2014 and offer a much-upgraded experience from the old vessels.

Skylon Tower

This tower has a 236m high observation deck, which gives a bird’s eye view of the falls. It is also open at night so visitors can look down on the floodlit waters.

Clifton Hill

This street boasts a range of tourist attractions including a Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum.

Walks at Niagara Falls

The White Water Walk is a great way to admire the falls from the bottom of the canyon. It provides a close-up view of the treacherous whirlpools and rapids, as well as the ancient rock formations of the Niagara Gorge. Visitors descend via a lift and a tunnel, which leads from the top of the gorge to a riverside boardwalk. The walk is 305m long with stairs and leads to two observation decks at the edge of the river. Entry to this costs C$12 for adults.

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