Niagara Falls - 13 Stories of Thundering Water
Autumn is a good time to visit the Falls. Crowds have thinned, leaves are changing and the air is crisp and clear. As well, the main attractions
along the 56km / 35 mile Niagara Parkway beside the river are still open. The boat tours that take you into the spray of both
Horseshoe and American Falls continued until November 30 in 2014.
There was a time when the views were boarded and hoarded by enterprising individuals who charged for a peek, but in 1855 the
Niagara Parks Commission, a government agency, was created with the power to appropriate and eliminate all of that.
The public views from shore have been free ever since, although unique, entertaining “extras” maintained by the parks commission
have a fee for usage. The money is chanelled back into continuous parks beautification — and the entire Parkway is undeniably gorgeous.
Free attractions and entertainment: www.niagaraparks.com
* Niagara Parkway drives and recreation trails
* Floral displays, including the Floral Clock
* Nightly illumination of the Falls
* Summer fireworks and concerts
* Picnic tables, benches and boat launches along the Niagara River
* Over 100 historic plaques and markers
Paid attractions and entertainment:
A Niagara Parks Adventure Pass provides timed access to over, under and around the falls and river at a 30% discount compared to individual tickets. It’s the deal to get if you want to do it all. Compared to commercial theme parks, it’s cheap. The sad news? It's finished for this year. The good news: it'll be available again in May 2015 . Meanwhile, individual tickets are available.