Falling For Niagara
The natural wonder may seem like an old-fashioned honeymoon place, but it still provides a romantic and exciting getaway.
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For generations, Niagara Falls has been considered one of the world’s spectacular sights. It has also been regarded as one of the nation’s most romantic destinations. Your parents—even your grandparents—may wax nostalgic about their getaway in America’s Honeymoon Capital. Yet instead of becoming a cliché, the falls and picturesque towns that surround them still offer memory-making adventures for newlyweds.
The world’s second-largest falls plunge nearly 20 stories into the Niagara River. But this torrent, with its daylight rainbows and nighttime illumination by colored lights, is more than just show.
At Niagara Falls New York State Park, sign up for a spot on the top deck of the Maid of the Mist (716-284-8897, maidofthemist.com; $12.50). During a cruise around the base of the falls, you’ll be whipped by winds induced by the torrent. The exhilaration is a feeling you won’t forget.
Another must-do is Cave of the Winds (716-278-1730, $10 for adults). The experience begins with an elevator ride 175-feet down into Niagara Gorge to the base of Bridal Veil Falls. Scale the wooden walkways under 60 mph winds to the Hurricane Deck. Cave of the Winds is a great spot for viewing fireworks over the falls (Wednesdays and weekends). Other prime spotting sites are Prospect Point and the Rainbow Bridge, which connects Canada and the United States.
Plan to spend an entire day at Niagara Falls New York State Park (716-278-1796, niagarafallsstatepark.com), which is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a summer of special events. In addition to falls-related activities, the park is the site of the Aquarium of Niagara Falls (don’t miss the rare Peruvian penguins) and other attractions. The park’s Niagara Gorge Trail System offers heavy-duty hiking. A little easier to negotiate on foot, bike or Rollerblades is the three-mile-long Robert Moses Parkway Trail.
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