Sunday, August 25, 2013

Niagara Falls State Park, New York

Well, we were come through the Niagara Falls area, so we figured, why not, let’s go check ‘em out. Although Niagara Falls State Park is free, the parking isn’t - it was $10 a car.

Due to a bunch of construction, and a TON of people, maneuvering around and finding where to go was a bit confusing. We first walked around the channel leading to the falls, but the falls were not visible, so for $1 each, we took an elevator to an observation deck and area where one can walk towards the falls without getting wet. 

There were a couple good views of the falls from here, as well as the bridge connecting the United States and Canada.
 
 


We then walked the pedestrian bridge to Goat Island to get a different view of the falls. Now this was really cool – there were a lot of interesting perspectives of the rushing water towards the falls – areas that were deep, some shallow, some still – very cool.


Besides the cool views of Niagara Falls, we also saw…..
A bride and groom………


These daredevil birds that hung out right at the edge and seemed to enjoy drinking the water just as it went over……

 


At the other end of Goat Island was Horseshoe Falls – equally impressive.
 


We thought it was cool to see the rocks jutting out – it shows the velocity of the rushing water when you see how far the water is from the rocks.
 
There was also the famous observation deck where one can go and stand where the falls splash down. We brought rain gear anticipating going down there, but we wimped out – it was later in the day when we went (it was past 6pm by this time) and more importantly, Suzanne was having a good hair day and didn’t want to ruin it. 

Some interesting Niagara Falls facts: 
  • Niagara Falls State park is the oldest State Park in the USA. 
  •  Niagara Falls does not freeze in the winter. 
  •  Twenty percent of the Earth’s fresh water flows over Niagara Falls! Some Niagara Falls
Tips: 
  • Don’t’ bring a dog. We brought Zoey – the website and all information says that it’s “dog friendly,” but really, it wasn’t. No dogs inside buildings and you have to go inside a building to go to the observation deck and stairs to the falls. (So we went one at a time.) 
  • Speaking of the Observation Deck and stairs – don’t waste the $1 – seriously. You see much more walking/driving to Goat Island.
Easy and affordable - no matter where you are! 

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