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Featuring three distinct falls – the Horseshow Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls – the Niagara River can be seen to drain unstoppably into Lake Ontario from Lake Erie in the south.
With such an awe-inspiringly large natural formation in their wake, it is no surprise that The Falls are home to two twin cities – Niagara Falls, Ontario to the north, and Niagara Falls, New York to the south. To enjoy the complete Niagara Falls experience, you simply must visit both. In this tale of two cities, it’s important to understand how the experience differs, although you can enjoy boat cruises from either side.
From the American side the best views of the Falls can be observed from the Prospect Point Park Observation Tower – an 86m tower of glass and steel which provides visitors the opportunity to enter the attraction at gorge level before ascending to the viewing platform. The viewing tower is also significant due to the fact it is the loading platform for the famous Maid of the Mist boat tour which takes guests on an initially serene tour past the American and Bridal Veil Falls before moving into the dense mist of the more violent Horseshoe Falls.
From Ontario, the Falls can best be viewed from the manicured gardens and platforms of Queen Victoria Park. From here, the American and Horseshoe Falls can be observed superbly, not least if you take the underground walkways that take you to observation rooms just inches from the falling water – a hugely popular spot for souvenir pictures.
At 160m high, the Skylon Tower offers perhaps the most spectacular view of them all, although the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara might provide even greater excitement for some.
As an added bonus, visitors on the Canadian side can look forward to spectacular illuminations of the Falls after dark fall – truly a magical way to enjoy one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions.
Connected by a glass-enclosed walkway to the Fallsview Casino, this Niagara Falls luxury resort hotel is 1 block from the Horseshoe Falls and less than a mile from Clifton Hill.
Closest hotel to Niagara Falls. Enjoy Fallsview dining and free cooked-to-order breakfast at this all-suite Fallsview Hotel, located next to Niagara Falls and Fallsview Casino.
Located in the heart of Welland, this bed & breakfast is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Welland Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Seaway Mall and Niagara College. Mud Lake Conservation Area and Showboat Festival Theatre are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Niagara Falls, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Whirlpool Bridge, American Falls, and Skylon Tower. Horseshoe Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview places guests less than a mile from the world-famous cascades. The hotel is connected to Fallsview Casino and is within a mile of IMAX® Theatre Niagara Falls and the Skylon Tower. Guests travel 2 miles (3.2 km) for Hornblower Niagara boat tours.
Situated in Niagara Falls, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Niagara SkyWheel and Skylon Tower. Horseshoe Falls and American Falls are also within 2 mi (3 km).
This hotel, with a skywalk to Fallsview Casino, is 100 m (109 yd) from the brink of Niagara Falls and 1 km (a half-mile) from Maid of the Mist boat tours, and the Clifton Hill entertainment district.
Located directly across from Niagara Falls on the 20 acre Falls Avenue Resort, Sheraton offers Indoor access to Fallsview Indoor Waterpark & Casino Niagara. Just steps to the Clifton Hill Entertainment District