The City of Niagara Falls attracts more than eight million visitors each year because of the majestic beauty of Niagara Falls itself (once referred to as “the eighth wonder of the world” by President Teddy Roosevelt).
No matter how many times I visit Niagara Falls, I can't get over its beauty and the sheer power of Mother Nature. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend a visit.
The summer is an ideal time for tourists to enjoy all this area has to offer, because in the fall and winter there is often snow, and it can be much colder. Regardless of the season, there are always plenty of family-friendly, free things to see and do to make this a fun and budget-friendly vacation.
On the American side, the first stop should be Goat Island. No, it’s not an island filled with goats! It’s actually a beautiful state park that butts up against Niagara Falls. There is no admission fee to enter Goat Island, but there is a parking fee. For those who don’t mind walking and want to save a little money, there is plenty of free parking just before the park’s entrance. Throughout Goat Island, there are places to have picnics and enjoy the scenery. The park has a path where you can walk the entire perimeter and enjoy the view of the falls from many angles.
It may sound scary, but it’s not! Devil’s Hole State Park is actually very pretty and a great destination during the summer months. The Devil’s Hole is a part of the Niagara Gorge Trail System. Visitors can walk, run, or bike the upper trail. For those looking for a little more adventure, there are stairs that descend to a trail along the river's edge. Be prepared to sweat! It's not so bad going down, but coming up those stairs is a workout. Need some time to relax? There are places to picnic and fish here as well.
Niagara Falls is famous for all the daredevils who have attempted to go over the Falls and survive. To learn more, visit the Daredevil Museum, located at 303 Rainbow Boulevard in Niagara Falls, NY. It features daredevil memorabilia, including Steve Trotter and Lori Martin’s two man barrel, the jet ski used in Robert Overacker’s attempt over the Falls and a complete pictorial history. Admission is free!
More Free Activities:
This hot tourist destination stays busy with free activities throughout the year.
- Festivals and other special events in the summer
- Free ice skating in the winter
- New Year's Eve ball drop just outside of the Hard Rock Café
- Fireworks over the Falls on the weekends throughout the winter months
Throughout the summer months into the early fall, Lewiston, New York (just 10 minutes north of Niagara Falls) is home to many festivals that provide free entertainment, such as the Lewiston Jazz Festival in late August.
This has been a guest post by Jennifer from New York
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