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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As I mentioned there was a lot of construction going on. We will need to re-visit this during another – warmer – time.
Unfortunately, some of the construction involved Terrapin Point which is the USA viewing area for the Horseshoe Falls.
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.
Even the Top of the Falls Restaurant was part of the refurbishing. looking forward to eating here in a few years.
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: