Key Takeaways and Tips
a. If you can stay on the Canadian side, hotels are much cheaper.
b. If you have never been to the falls before, definitely budget more time than you think you might need. Staring at the power of the falls is an amazing experience. However, I think 24 hours is enough to visit Niagara Falls if you cannot go to the Canadian side.
c. Do not miss the Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds trip and a chance to see the lighting at Niagara by night is possible. There is a spot at Maid of the Mist docks where you can get close to the American Falls and feel its fury, similar to Cave of the Winds.
d. Parking at Cave of the Winds is $10 but free in the evenings and on Sunday. You can probably save that by parking on the street.
e. Niagara Pass Discovery Pass can be a good buy if you value your time. You definitely overpay compared to simply buying tickets for the Cave of the Winds, Maid of the Mist and Trolley ride. However, it saves you the hassle of buying tickets at every attraction.
f. Best view of the Horseshoe falls from the American side is from the viewing platform above Maid of the Mist. Continue reading