Journey Behind the Falls#5 in Best Things To Do in Niagara Falls
On the Journey Behind the Falls, you'll be able to stand directly behind the roaring sheet of water and get a literal behind-the-scenes peek at this magnificent natural attraction. The tour begins with an elevator ride to an observation deck where you can take in the view of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and the Niagara River. From there, follow the caverns and enjoy the roaring curtain of the falls from a different perspective. However, be prepared for crowds – Journey Behind the Falls is one of the most popular ways to see the falls, so you may find that the tunnels are rather cramped.
Recent visitors highly recommended the Journey Behind the Falls, even if you've already gone on a Maid of the Mist tour, as this attraction offers yet another interesting perspective of the falls. To avoid crowds and enjoy the view in peace, reviewers suggest getting to the attraction when it opens at 9 a.m. Visiting the attraction with a guided tour group is another way to avoid the constant congestion.
The Journey Behind the Falls tour begins on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, and the caverns are open daily. Hours vary by season, but generally the attraction begins welcoming visitors at 9 a.m. Tickets cost CA$14 (around $10.65) for adults and CA$9 (about $6.80) for kids between 6 and 12. Beginning Jan. 1 2020, tickets for adults will cost CA$15 (around $11.45) and CA$10 (about $7.60) for children. Summer prices increase to CA$23 (around $17.50) for adults and CA$15 (approximately $11.45) for children. For more information, check out the Journey Behind the Falls website.
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#1 Maid of the Mist
The main reason to visit Niagara Falls is to see the falls and one of the most memorable ways to do just that is to sport a poncho and hop on a Maid of the Mist boat. These boats have been shuttling visitors to and from the base of the falls since the 1840s. Be prepared to get wet: the Maid of the Mist practically dunks you under the falls, but rain gear is provided and many say that this is one of the best ways to experience the splendor of Niagara Falls. In fact, it's one of the region's best guided tours.
Recent visitors said you can't leave Niagara Falls without taking a ride on the Maid of the Mist. Aside from the incredible views, reviewers were also pleased with the tour length (20 minutes) and the modest ticket price. Though you are provided with a poncho, you should plan to wear waterproof shoes and gear, according to travelers. To beat the crowds, some visitors suggest getting to the attraction first thing in the morning (trips begin at 9 a.m.).
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