The best time to visit Niagara Falls is June to August. Summer is peak season, and with good reason: Average highs rest in the low 80s. Mists and breezes from the waterfalls can make the area feel cooler. You'll spend more money and face more crowds, but visiting in summer will allow you take full advantage of the weather and attractions. Plus, the free Discover Niagara Shuttle is in full operation during the summer season, making it easy to get from one attraction to another. Spring and fall welcome fewer tourists thanks to the plummeting temps, but there are a few advantages to each season. Fall constitutes harvest season at local wineries, while spring's warming temperatures usher in colorful blooms at the botanical gardens. Winter sees below-freezing temperatures, causing many attractions, such as the Maid of the Mist boat tours, to shut down. However, the frigid climate does drive down hotel rates.
Every city has it's trouble spot(s), but really even the worst part of Niagara Falls is really not that bad. I've wandered the streets around city hall drunk off my ass (sigh, memories of youth) never had an issue. And there are some gems in that neighbourhood. Like Taps on queen, a great place for some craft beer and music. Or that little donut shop that makes good won ton soup. They also hold some decent events around there. Actually, thinking about it now, the best times I've had in Niagara Falls were in that neighbourhood.
Guided tours are a waste here. They are expensive and won't get you anywhere you can't go on your own.
I used to work in Niagara Falls tourism, June is start of the peak season. Hotels will be absurdly priced. If you will have a rental car, You may want to look into airbnb in a surrounding town in the area. Driving in the Niagara Region is no big deal. Highways are in good shape, well signed, and generally move well. You can get from St Catharines to Niagara Falls in under 20 minutes on a wide open highway.
It is fine as a day trip. Don't skip it. No offense to Montmorency Falls, but Niagara Falls makes it look like a garden hose, they're not even in the same ballpark.
Niagara Falls is absolutely chock full of kitschy touristy crap that, to a seasoned traveler, is simply embarrassing. Give most of it a pass. /u/O667 gave you a good itinerary. The Maid of the Mist (US) or Hornblower Cruises (Canada) are also neat if you have time and want to see the falls up close and get soaked by mist. If you can stay until dark, the new colored LED lights on the falls are pretty cool, there are also fireworks Fri/Sat/Sun, and daily for the rest of the summer starting on the 18th.
It's also worth noting that the Rainbow Bridge border crossing, besides being right in front of the falls and by far the most scenic of all the Niagara crossings, it's also almost universally the fastest and easiest crossing, by car or by foot. If you plan on crossing the border, plan to do it there. There are lots of other options, but they are used heavily by commercial traffic.
If you are visiting just for the day there are overpriced municipally operated parking lots which charge a fee. In Niagara Falls New York you can park at the Niagara Reservation State Park near the Rainbow Bridge or on Goat Island. In Niagara Falls Canada there are parking lots near the “Table Rock House” adjacent to the Horseshoe Falls. When the lots fill up there is a shuttle service to satellite parking. If you are spending the night all hotels offer parking and there is almost always a fee. You can get discounted parking at the Fallsview Casino if you obtain a “frequent player card” which involves filling out a form to receive newsletters and other promotional information.
First Time to see the Niagara Falls was beautiful. Very cold actually the falls was frozen. But still very neat and pretty to see. We did the tour behind the scenes of Niagara Falls, Its a self guided wall it was very cool because you can go into a tunnel and you dont get wet or not so cold. Still get a good view and some history behind the falls.
Just go and see the Falls for yourself. It’s impressive and powerful. The park on the American side is simply beautiful and extremely well maintained and it’s really worth to cover Goat Island and the Three Sisters in its entirety, seeing the Rapids along the way.
I am updating this post to include my new winter pictures!
What a beauty even in winter white.
Oh what a beauty she is, dressed in winter white and not flocked by a million fans. At first we thought it’s a stupid idea to visit during the coldest days of the year, now we are convinced it was infact a great decision! Maid of mist & other attractions are closed but the falls is active and lot more beautiful in the winter white. With not more than 10 tourists, we the park almost entirely to ourselves. Insight: we had dressed in 3 layers of clothes, snow boots, mask, and stuffed handwarmers in sock and glove. Spent about 3 hours easy & warm.
You simply have to go there if you're traveling on East coast. I was on both sides of the river and saw the waterfalls from different angles. Each of them offers extraordinary view.
Went to Niagara Falls for a long weekend. Loved the Falls, could have sat there all day. Loved the walking, the parks and trails.
Hi from Niagara! I would definitely advise just exploring, there is lots to do in the Falls, but I wouldn't say that a tour is necessary.
As it will be getting into tourist season again, it'll be expensive as it is, so, I would just take your time and go around at your leisure.
Will you have any time to visit the surrounding Niagara region
Niagara is a confusing combination of incredible natural beauty from the falls and kitschy tourist attractions on the Canadian side. Our suggestion: Ride Maid of the Mist, snap a few photos, and beeline to the nearby wine region.
An unstoppable flow of rushing water surges over the arcing fault in the riverbed with thunderous force. Great plumes of icy mist rise for hundreds of meters as the waters collide, like an ethereal veil concealing the vast rift behind the torrent. Thousands of onlookers delight in the spectacle every day, drawn by the force of the current and the hypnotic mist.
Niagara is the most amazing view I've ever seen!!
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Everyone needs to see Niagara Falls before they die. The Canadian Side is better than the American Side.
Niagara Falls: Breathtaking, Awe Inspiring, Beautiful & Stunning. Looks spectacular in any angle.
I would call this as one of the wonders of modern world. This incredible place has been on my bucket list for ages. Everyone should stop by here at least once in their lifetime. One of natures gifts to mankind. Thanks for the great video Expedia. You're the Best.
I went Niagara Falls 2 years ago. I walked along the boardwalk and went in the boat that runs through it. It is stunning when you look at the staggering heights from the bottom, the water raining on your poncho.