There are a lot of great reasons why Western New York is an awesome place to live.

Among other things, we get the joy of being able to experience all four seasons, we have the Bills & Sabres, and our food is amazing. Especially the food, its so amazing that the best food festival in the entire country happens right here in downtown Buffalo.

But perhaps the best reason to live in Western New York is we have the benefit and pleasure of having Niagara Falls right in out backyard.

What is Niagara Falls

Otherwise known as the Honeymoon Capital of the World, Niagara Falls is actually 3 separate waterfalls that are sit on the southern end of the Niagara Gorge in the Niagara River, which connects Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, and also serves as the water border between the New York and Ontario.

The Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls sit 187 feet above the gorge where more than 6 million cubic feet of water cascading over the falls every minute.

While millions of people travel to the 716 to view on of the wonders of the world, us having daily access to it allows us to check out its beauty every single day.

Fun Things To Do In Niagara Falls

If you have some time, you should make sure you add these activities to your to do list:

Watch The Fireworks Over The Falls

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Every night the falls are illuminated with very powerful lights that are situated on the Canadian side in Queen Victoria Park. Those lights give the falls a different look. In addition to the falls being lit up, every night at 10 pm there is a 5 minute fireworks display that is sure to put a smile on your face. Stop up one night and check it out.

Snap a Selfie at Prospect Point


Down inside of Niagara Falls State Park you can get right up close to all the edge of the Horseshoe falls inside Prospect Point. This section is a great selfie spot.

Take A Ride On The Maid of the Mist

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Photo by Chris McIntosh on Unsplash

There is no better way to experience Niagara Falls than being on a boat that drives right into the gorge where more than 600,000 gallons of water per second is crashing down around you.

Head down to the Hurricane Deck

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If you didn't get wet enough on the Maid Of The Mist, then heading out into the gorge on foot is the way to go then. The Hurricane Deck is a wooden walkway that is built against the gorge walls near the Bridal Veil Falls and puts you within feet of the water.

Check out the Cave of the Winds

Before getting to the Hurricane Deck, you have to traverse into the Cave Of The Winds. In its original form, it was a natural rock cave that went behind the Bridal Veil Falls and was 130 feet high, 100 feet wide, and 30 feet deep. A terrible rockfall happened in the 1950s and destroyed the original cave. Since then it was been rebuilt using wooden decking to give people the same experience.

What are some activities that you can't wait to check out in Niagara Falls?

Maid Of The Mist in Niagara Falls

The Maid of the Mist with boats in the waters of the Lower Niagara River, near the brink of Niagara Falls

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