Skylon Tower#11 in Best Things To Do in Niagara Falls
Once you've seen the falls from below and behind, consider seeing them from above at the Skylon Tower. Dominating the Ontario skyline, this 775-foot high tower offers particularly breathtaking views of the Horseshoe Falls. You can enjoy the view from either the indoor or the outdoor observation deck and – if you don't mind shelling out a small fortune – you can also revel in the landscape from the tower's revolving restaurant. To reach the top, you'll board a glass-enclosed elevator that takes just 52 seconds to reach the top of the tower. Many recent visitors recommend going at night to catch a bird's-eye glimpse when the falls are illuminated. Many of the region's top guided tours also make stops at the Skylon Tower.
Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, the Skylon Tower observation decks are open year-round and hours vary by season. In the summer, the tower is open from 8 a.m. to midnight and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the winter. If tickets are purchased on-site, a ride to the top costs CA$15.02 (about $12) for adults and CA$9.22 (about $7.50) for kids 6 to 12. You can save a few dollars by purchasing your tickets in advance online. Some recent visitors say that the climb is not worth the money, although it is significantly cheaper than a helicopter tour – you can be the judge. Also, be prepared to bump elbows with dozens of other visitors also hoping to enjoy the scenery from above. For more information or to make online reservations, visit the Skylon Tower 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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