Niagara Falls is one of my favorite places that I have ever visited! I roadtripped to Niagara Falls when I lived in Washington D.C. as a weekend trip and it was the best trip I took all year! This is part two of my adventure, be sure to read part one first here!
The first half of my day included my first reactions to seeing the American Falls, meandering through the visitor center, and taking the Maid of the Mist boat tour. Thank you for joining me on the second half of my crazy Niagara Falls adventure!
Horseshoe Falls is really incredible! It’s beautiful — and rather challenging to see from the American side. I’m sure that there is a much better view of Horseshoe Falls from the Canadian side, so that might be something to keep in mind during your visit. I got very wet from the water that the falls pushed into the air, and I had to make sure that my camera didn’t get too wet while I was taking pictures. There’s a fancy restaurant, public bathrooms and another (smaller) visitor center at Horseshoe Falls.
I continued to walk around the path around Goat Island over to Three Sisters Island. It is a quiet(-er) and lovely part of the park. There are fewer visitors because it’s farther from the main falls, but it’s only about a half-mile walk from the Terrapin Point at Horseshoe Falls (the sightseeing point).
To be perfectly honest, I had been at the park for about eight hours at this point. So, I found a quiet, more secluded park bench on Goat Island and laid down. I can’t remember if I fell asleep or not, but I remember it being a very tranquil place to rest.
I heard rumors that there would be a short fireworks show at the falls and that there would be lights cast on the American falls at night, so of course I decided to stay at the park to watch.
I wandered back into downtown Niagara and grabbed some typical New York-style pizza. It was cheap yet delicious! Downtown Niagara is quite interesting and I think that I might write a post about it sometime soon. [Let me know if that is something y’all are interested in!]
Having explored every inch of the Niagara Falls State Park, I found a decent spot for the fireworks show and relaxed. The fireworks show started at 9pm and was really special. It wasn’t too long or exceptional, but it was special because it was right at the falls.
Once the fireworks were over, the park turned on giant floodlights on the American falls. They changed color every few minutes, cycling through blues, purples, yellows, greens, reds, and white. It was very beautiful, although I think I prefer the falls without the lights. There was a lot of people still at the park at night, even though it was after 9pm.
I lingered at the falls, knowing I had seen and done everything that I possibly could have done but not wanting to leave. I have never seen or experienced anything like what happened during my weekend trip to Niagara Falls. I loved adventuring in an entirely new place, helping other tourists get around, and being in nature. I still dream of visiting Niagara Falls again and I can’t wait to take my family, especially my mom. I could not recommend a visit to the falls enough!
Thank you for reading! Have you ever visited Niagara Falls? Do you want to?? Let me know in the comments below and like this post if you want more like it!