As with the first post, I was sent on a work trip to New York and had an opportunity to visit Niagara Falls. As you will see in the pictures it was not the best time of year to visit the falls. It was cold and rainy, under construction, and many things were closed. Still, a place worth visiting at any time. 

The above picture is from Luna Island.

 

 

Niagara Falls USA - Goat Island Rd Bridge

Niagara Falls USA – Goat Island Rd Bridge

The first post was about the Visitor Center and the Observation Deck. From there I walked across the Goat Island Rd Bridge pictured above. You can’t drive on this bridge but there is another bridge that you can drive onto Goat Island. I wanted to take in as much as possible by walking.

 

Niagara Falls USA - Hells Half Acre from Goat Island Rd Bridge

Niagara Falls USA – Hells Half Acre from Goat Island Rd Bridge

This area of the Niagara River is named Hells Half Acre. By the looks of it the name is for good reason. I would not want to be in these waters.

 

Niagara Falls USA - Niagara River View 1

Niagara Falls USA – Niagara River View 1

One of the benefits of walking was the beautiful views available. These are what I refer to as “pre-falls”. These are more elegant than the big falls but not nearly as powerful.

 

Niagara Falls USA - Luna Island Sign

Niagara Falls USA – Luna Island Sign

Once crossing the bridge you get a choice of paths. I choose Luna Island first. This small island sits between the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. Because of this location you can a great up close view of these awesome natural sites.

 

Niagara Falls USA - Luna Island from Goat Island

Niagara Falls USA – Luna Island from Goat Island

In the forefront is the top of Bridal Veil Falls. That is Luna Island sitting next to it. You don’t get much closer to the falls than Luna Island.

 

Niagara Falls USA - Nikola Tesla Monument

Niagara Falls USA – Nikola Tesla Monument

Goat Island is home to the Nikola Tesla Monument. If you are wondering why this is here than you may want to look up some history on Tesla. He is the primary reason that you can run your lights, computers, refrigerators, etc. Much of that started here at Niagara Falls.

 

Niagara Falls USA - Cave of the Winds Ticket Window

Niagara Falls USA – Cave of the Winds Ticket Window

Closed for the season, this is the ticket booth for the Cave of the Winds Tour that will take you down to the bottom of the falls. Best wait until warmer weather though.

 

Niagara Falls USA - New Cave of the Winds Experience

Niagara Falls USA – New Cave of the Winds Experience

As I mentioned there was a lot of construction going on. We will need to re-visit this during another – warmer – time.

 

Niagara Falls USA - Terrapin Point Closed for Season

Niagara Falls USA – Terrapin Point Closed for Season

Unfortunately, some of the construction involved Terrapin Point which is the USA viewing area for the Horseshoe Falls. 

 

Niagara Falls USA - Horseshoe Falls and Terrapin Point

Niagara Falls USA – Horseshoe Falls and Terrapin Point

This is the best that I could do with the construction going on. As you can see in the distance the Canadian view is one of the best views of the falls, if not the closest. There is supposed to be a light show put on at night during the summer months. 

 

Niagara Falls USA - Top of the Falls Restaurant Under Construction

Niagara Falls USA – Top of the Falls Restaurant Under Construction

Even the Top of the Falls Restaurant was part of the refurbishing. looking forward to eating here in a few years.

 

 

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Having never been to Niagara Falls I was amazed at the variety of things to see and do here. I was also a bit surprised at the variety offered on the Canadian side versus the American side. Of course the falls face Canada so the views are a little better over there.

Definitely a place that we will be returning to someday. I would like to spend at least a day on each side and ride the Maid of the Mist. That will have to wait a while although we will return in the warmer months on a future visit.

For more information about this natural wonder check out these websites:

https://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niagara_Falls

https://www.niagarafallsusa.com/

 

 

Niagara Falls - Goat Island

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