Niagara Falls is one of the most magical places I have ever experienced in my travels. The combination of the beauty and power of Mother Earth is astounding and she shows up here in such awe-inspiring form. Mother Nature is truly magical and we are fortunate to experience her in all her glory. In this post I am going to share some of my thoughts on visiting Niagara Falls so that you can plan your own trip.
I LOVE the water! It is something I have known about myself for a long time. Being near, and especially in the water, makes me feel so relaxed and full of joy. For the longest time I wasn’t really aware of the true reason why, I just figured I liked it so it made me feel good (this helps, of course). What I didn’t know is that water has a frequency, just like all matter does, and water in nature vibrates at a high frequency. When we are near higher frequency vibrations it raises our own vibration. Higher vibrations = good vibrations! Cue the Beach Boys 😉
You’ve heard people talking about having or getting “good vibes”. What people are referring to is the fact that positive emotions, like love and hope vibrate at a higher frequency than negative emotions like fear and hate. This is why people always feel so good at the ocean. Walking through the sand and putting our feet into the salt water is grounding us into the earth’s higher vibrations. It is one of the easiest ways to raise our vibration and spirit.
Niagara Falls is all about the water, so naturally it was near the top of my list of places to go while in the northeastern part of the USA this summer. I spent one blissful day at the Fals and it was full of grounding and vibration-raising energy. It left me feeling refreshed, renewed, and full of energy!
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Canada or New York?
As I was planning my trip I realized that there is a bit of a debate about which side is “better”. Well, I experienced both sides and all I can say is that one is not better than the other. They are simply different. Perspective is everything! The two sides offer two different perspectives of the Falls and it is worth seeing both. I found the Canadian side to be more crowded than the NY side. I also found that the NY side offered more close-up views while the Canadian side offered more panoramic views. My recommendation? Do both!
Bring your Passport!
Since my first tip is to do both sides, you will need your passport to cross the border between USA and Canada. I recommend walking across the bridge, rather than driving. This way you can leave your car in one place and the toll is cheaper. The view from the bridge is also quite incredible! Take the stroll across to get all the different perspectives you can of the Falls. The toll is $1 USD in quarters, but there is change machine. If you drive, I believe the toll is $3-4 USD.
Get Ready to Walk
Wear your walking shoes! Even though you may think that your shoes will get soaked, mine didn’t. They got a little damp on the Maid of the Mist tour but they actually give you shoes for the Cave of the Winds. I walked over 11 miles that day! So trust me when I say you will want good walking shoes. If you can’t handle all that walking, the NY side does have a trolley that runs through the park for $3/ride.
Discovery Pass for NY
I highly recommend purchasing the Discovery Pass for the NY side. This pass includes many attractions and doing just the Maid of the Mist boat ride and the Cave of the Winds tour alone make the pass worth it. You can also get the trolley rides for free for the day as well as access to the Niagara: Legends of Adventure movie. The 30 minute movie told the fascinating history of the Falls and was a great way to take a break during the afternoon.
The Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds tours were two of the highlights of the day! I really enjoyed bathing in the mist of the Falls and getting super close at the Cave of the Winds. The Maid of the Mist boat ride is short but gives you a very unique perspective of the power of all this water. For both of these attractions they provide you with a rain poncho. For the Cave of the Winds they require you to wear their special shoes and give you a bag so yours will stay dry.
Top of the Falls Restaurant
On the NY side near Terrapin Point there is a restuarant called Top of the Falls where you can dine outside with a fantastic view. This restaurant’s menu really surprised me as it offered many dietary-friendly options, including gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan. They partner with many local farms and companies to bring you the best of NY state cuisine. I really enjoyed having dinner here as the sun was going down and found it to be really well-priced given the touristy location. Oh, and the food was quite tasty!
When to Go
I was really expecting it to be quite crowded here but it seems that the busiest time of year is July, according to one of the staff members. I highly recommend late August on a weekday if you can make that happen. It was plenty warm without being scorching. Perfect for enjoying the mist, if you ask me. Again, I found the Canadian side to be much more crowded and there seemed to be many more international visitors there, too.
Visiting with a RV
If you are visiting in an RV, I recommend parking on the NY side as there is all-day parking for only $10. You park in Lot 3 and can either walk the 1/2 mile to the Falls or take the trolley.
Also, if you are looking to dry camp on the cheap, the Walmart in Niagara Falls, NY does allow overnight parking. Be sure to double check with a staff member, give them your patronage, and be a good guest. I enjoyed a relatively peaceful slumber here before spending the day at the Falls and am grateful for the Walmarts that still allow RV overnight parking. This location is only about a 15 minute drive to the Niagara Falls NY State Park.
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