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How to Spend 3 Days at Niagara Falls

How to Spend 3 Days at Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls are a popular destination, and the towns in Ontario and New York or the same name are great jumping-off points exploring the falls’ many facets. In three days, you can see the thundering water, explore the area’s parks, jump into outdoor adventures, and learn about local history. Here’s how to spend 72 hours at Niagara Falls.

Day 1: See the Falls

The term Niagara Falls actually refers to three separate falls that gush into the Niagara Gorge: the Bridal Veil Falls, the American Falls, and the enormous Horseshoe Falls. The Canada-US border cuts right through the middle of the river, and to truly experience Niagara Falls, you need to see it from both sides, ideally on foot. Start at the Horseshoe Falls in Canada, walk along the promenade, and then head over the Rainbow Bridge, which connects the two countries (be sure to have your passport in hand). Continue your walk through Niagara Falls State Park and over to Goat Island, where you can admire views towards Canada. If you want to get wet, take a ride on the Hornblower or the Maid of the Mist boats, which take you right up to the falls.

Day 2: Outdoor Adventures

Niagara Falls offers a variety of outdoor sports and adventures with something to suit every interest and fitness level. To see the famous falls from yet another vantage, take a scenic helicopter ride or a jet boat tour of the region. If heights don’t bother you, you can even zipline across part of the falls. For a less adrenaline-pumping adventure, rent a bike or join a cycling tour that takes you through the trails and paths along the Niagara Gorge, or ride on the 175-foot (53-meter) tall Niagara Skywheel, an ideal attraction for families with small children.

Day 3: Niagara-on-the-Lake

Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake,Canada, is a charming little town about a half-hour drive from Niagara Falls. For a dose of history, watch a reenactment at Fort George, a military fortification built in 1812, when the US and Canada were at war, then browse the town’s boutiques and faux-English fudge shops, and admire the many historic buildings. Wine lovers can also take a tour of the wineries around the town and learn about the region’s famous ice wines. 

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Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides

Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides

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Some Niagara Falls tours are American and some are Canadian. Not this one. Get the full experience from both sides of the border on this deluxe tour of everything Niagara Falls has to offer. Visit all the must-see Niagara Falls attractions, from the thrilling Maid of the Mist boat cruise to the exciting Cave of the Winds walk—even a trip to the top of the Skylon Tower and much more. All attraction and admission fees, plus hotel transfers and road tolls are included. Food and beverages are at your own expense.
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  • 7 hours
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Niagara Falls Grand Helicopter Adventure

Niagara Falls Grand Helicopter Adventure

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Experience Niagara Falls like never before, from an entirely new perspective, on this scenic helicopter journey. Enjoy the incredible sight of the American, Bridal Veil, and Canadian Horseshoe Falls from high above, along with a spectacular view of the many landmarks and renowned wine country of the Niagara region. The view is unforgettable, but bring a camera to capture the moment—and a friend—because a minimum of two people is required.
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  • 20 minutes
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Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride

Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride

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Get as close as possible to Niagara Falls on this escape to one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders. Feel the powerful rush of the falls from the Prospect Point Observation Tower, overlooking the American falls. Take a journey to the edge of the rushing water — by boat on the Maid of the Mist and by land on the Cave of the Winds walking adventure.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Niagara-on-the-Lake Wine Country Tasting Tour

Niagara-on-the-Lake Wine Country Tasting Tour

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Discover Niagara-on-the-Lake, the birthplace of Ontario's modern wine industry, on this guided, small-group wine-tasting tour. Sample the area's wide variety of world-class wines, including Ontario's famous ice wine, with a cheese pairing at one of the wineries on this morning or afternoon tour of the region’s best wineries. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included (on afternoon departure only).
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  • 4 hours
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Niagara Falls Canada Tour from Day to Night with Dinner - Private Safe Tour

Niagara Falls Canada Tour from Day to Night with Dinner - Private Safe Tour

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Experience the mesmerizing Niagara Falls by day and night on this all-inclusive full-day tour. Ascend the Skylon Tower, feel the falls’ mist aboard a Hornblower cruise, and visit Journey Behind the Falls. After the sun sets, settle in for a gourmet meal at a restaurant offering dramatic views of Horseshoe Falls lit up in vivid hues. Head to the tower where the spotlights are mounted, and change the color! Hotel transport included on this small-group tour limited to seven people.
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  • 7 hours
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Skylon Tower Observation Deck Admission

Skylon Tower Observation Deck Admission

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Prebook your admission ticket to the Skylon Tower and soak up stunning views of Niagara Falls. A glass-enclosed elevator—‘Ride to the Top’—speeds you up to the observation decks in seconds. From your vantage point located 775 feet (236 meters) above the falls, snap photos of Horseshoe and American Falls, the Great Gorge, and Niagara River. The Revolving Dining Room and the Summit Suite Buffet offer sumptuous meal options. Visit at night to see the illuminated falls or check out the seasonal fireworks displays.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Niagara-on-the-Lake Cycle and Wine-Tasting Tour with Optional Lunch

Niagara-on-the-Lake Cycle and Wine-Tasting Tour with Optional Lunch

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Enjoy the quiet country bicycle trails and vineyards of scenic Niagara-on-the-Lake, often described as the prettiest town in Ontario, on this guided biking and wine tasting tour. Choose from the 6.5-hour tour, complete with two-course lunch, or the 4.5-hour tour that features a specialty cheese pairing. Pedal over generally flat, simple biking routes to the region’s best wineries to taste unique Canadian wines, including Ontario's famous ice wine. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included (subject to availability).
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  • 6 hours
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Private Winery Tour of Niagara-on-the-Lake

Private Winery Tour of Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this 5-hour private tour of Niagara-on-the-Lake from Niagara Falls. Visit six wineries, including the Ice House Winery, Reif Estate Winery, Two Sisters Winery, Peller Estate Winery, Konzelmann Estates, and Jackson Triggs. Hotel pickup and drop-off available from select hotels.
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  • 1 day
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Niagara-on-the-Lake Culinary Walking Foodie Tour

Niagara-on-the-Lake Culinary Walking Foodie Tour

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Experience the cultural flavor of Ontario on a food-lover's 3-hour walking tour through Niagara-on-the-Lake! In a small-group, take a sensory journey to unique restaurants and meet the superstars behind the food scene. Sample tasty seasonal bites that may include spanakopita, artisanal prosciutto, fresh breads or homemade apple pie. Experience the multicultural flair of Niagara cuisine while you explore local foodie hotspots.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Niagara Falls Canada - Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Heritage Tour

Niagara Falls Canada - Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Heritage Tour

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Go back in time to discover the fascinating and important history of the Underground Railroad in the Niagara region on this guided, 3-hour, small-group tour. Hear the history and stories from guides in period outfits. See Harriet Tubman’s first freedom home and place of worship. Visit freedom crossing points like the suspension bridge over the Niagara River, which played a key role in shuttling tens of thousands of African-American people to freedom as they sought the best crossing points into Canada. Also included on the tour is hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 3 hours
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