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Niagara—Six Ways to Enjoy the Falls

Experience the Falls from high above or up close. —By Viviane Kertész

Get a bird's eye view of the Skylon Tower.

Get a bird's eye view of the Skylon Tower.

Little wonder that the panorama from Skylon Tower, the tallest lookout point from the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, draws millions of visitors annually. This landmark 800 feet above it all entrances kids with a 52-second ride to the top, plus Legends of Niagara Falls, a way-cool 3-D/4-D movie. Waive the elevation fee by eating at the Revolving Dining Room that rotates 360 degrees every hour.

Don your (supplied) souvenir raingear and dodge the spray as the 80-foot-long Maid of the Mist boats you into the basin of the Falls. Operating since 1846, it’s North America’s oldest tourist attraction.

Scope out the deluge with Journey Behind the Falls.

Scope out the deluge with Journey Behind the Falls.

Descend past 150 feet of bedrock to a tunnel walkway in Journey Behind the Falls, where open-air observation decks at the foot of the cascade afford the chance to witness thunderous water plummeting towards you.

In White Water Walk, stroll a 1,000-foot-long river’s-edge boardwalk to see breathtaking whirlpool rapids. Marvel at the relentless power of nature as you read tales of daredevils from years past who tried to conquer the waters—like Blondin, a tightrope walker who crossed the Falls 21 times.

Travel over the Falls via the Whirlpool Aero Car.

Travel over the rapids via the Whirlpool Aero Car.

Travel in the Whirlpool Aero Car, an antique cable car on a 10-minute round-trip circuit over a torrential phenomenon in the Niagara River called the Niagara Whirlpool. The experience is always mesmerizing, sometimes frightening and definitely unforgettable!

Kids love learning about the creation of the Falls from animated characters like beaver Chip Flattail and Beth the Owl in Niagara’s Fury, a 4-D experience that has participants standing on a massive platform as the floor tilts and trembles beneath. Snow! Spray! Water! Really.

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