No matter when you visit, there are always plenty of things to do in Niagara Falls. Enjoy the beautiful Niagara Falls and have an experience that will last a lifetime. Niagara USA is not only home to the Falls but it is a place rich in history, culture, outdoor life, shopping, adventure and agriculture. There are hundreds of attractions and things to do in Niagara Falls year-round.
Summertime in Niagara USA is packed with free outdoor concerts, festivals and events to keep you entertained. There are also many events and festivals in the fall and winter months that feature wine, food, and music. Enjoy the Niagara Falls State Park at anytime of the year and experience over 400 acres of protected wildlife and lush landscape. The whole family will love the Niagara USA experience that offers historical and exciting adventures and tours.
The beauty of Niagara Falls is difficult to replicate, but it’s the diverse region that makes Niagara USA so unique. With so many affordable things to do for visitors, especially families, it’s no wonder Niagara Falls attracts more than eight million visitors each year.
Niagara falls fun facts
Niagara Falls is comprised of three waterfalls: American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls.
• The American and Bridal Veil Falls were turned off in 1969 by the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers to study the effects of erosion.
• The water that flows over the Falls is at 25-50% capacity at any given time.
• The first person to go over the Falls in a barrel was 63-year-old school teacher Annie Edson Taylor.
• The Cave of the Winds attraction at the Falls is torn down and re-built every year.
• Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest State Park in the United States.
• At one time, P.T. Barnum wanted to turn Goat Island (inside Niagara Falls State Park) into a circus ground.
• The birth of Niagara Falls can be traced back more than 12,000 years to the end of the last glacial period.
• Despite myths to the contrary, Niagara Falls does not freeze in the winter. However, the flow of water was reduced to a mere trickle for a few hours on March 29, 1848 because of an ice jam upstream in the Niagara River.
• During periods of peak flow in the summer and fall, more than 700,000 gallons of water per second pour over Niagara Falls.
• 20 percent of fresh drinking water in the United States goes over the Falls.
• Energy from the Niagara River has been harnessed for hydroelec¬tric power generation as far back as the mid-eighteenth century.
• Power generation facilities along the Niagara River supply more than one-quarter of all power used in New York State and Ontario.
• 50 to 75 percent of the water flowing along the Niagara River is diverted from going over the Falls to hydroelectric power generating stations.
• One of the oldest surviving United States flags is permanently displayed at Fort Niagara. It was captured by the British during the War of 1812.
• Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University features a world-class collection of contemporary art and“Freedom Crossing: The Underground Railroad in Greater Niagara” gallery.
• The historic village of Lewiston was the site of the first battle of the War of 1812 and the last stop for slaves escaping to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
• The original Flight of Five locks that were built in 1840 still exist along the Erie Canal in Lockport.
• Surrounded by water, Niagara USA is a fishing mecca that offers exciting opportunities in and on Lake Ontario, the Niagara River and the Erie Canal.