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Niagara Falls State Park
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A huge expanse of natural beauty, this oldest state park in the U.S. offers biking, fishing and cross-country skiing, and contains plenty of hiking and walking trails, including the Niagara Gorge Trail System, which affords great views of both the falls and the gorge.
East Greenville
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“Nice attraction”
Reviewed 9 December 2013

We enjoyed a leasure walk through the park, taking many pictures of the area. There were many different places and angles to see the falls and the Canadian side from the park. There were places to grab a bite, shop and restrooms along the way. Overall a very nice park.

Visited August 2013
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Dunkirk, New York, United States
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“Great hiking/picnic area”
Reviewed 5 December 2013

This park Is great for light hiking along the niagara river and a romantic lunch with a scenic view. The area is much more laid back and private compared to the Canadian side of the falls. Lots of dining within walking distance.

Visited September 2013
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Atlanta, GA
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“Essential Falls experience”
Reviewed 5 December 2013

Whether you're staying on the Canadian side or the NY side, Niagara Falls State Park is a must-see. I've been hearing for years from fellow Americans that the Canadian side of the falls is "better" -- now that I've experienced both, I feel the need to clarify. The Canadian side has hotels and restaurants. But the American side has this fantastic state park that allows you to experience the wild, rugged beauty of the falls, the rapids, and Goat Island. There are hiking trails, a big pedestrian bridge over a particularly violent section of rapids, observation decks, and an inexpensive trolley system to ferry you around the park. Cave of the Winds is part of this park. From Goat Island, you can get up close to both the American and Canadian falls, which is really cool.

I stayed on the Canadian side, but walked across the Rainbow Bridge (bring your passport!) to the American side and the park. It was an easy, pretty walk, and getting there was part of the fun. If you walk in, admission to the park is free. If you drive, it costs $8 to park, but that's a pretty good deal even if you only have one person in the car, considering what a cool experience this park provides.

Visited November 2013
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Niagara Falls, New York
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“Niagara Falls State Park: Perfect Place to See the Falls”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Niagara Falls State Park is a under used gem. You can get up close and personal to the falls and even get soaked by it.
The park is home to an observation tower (extra cost) Cave of the Winds attraction (extra cost), Maid of the Mist (extra cost) restaurants, theater and more. The Cave of the Winds is not actually windy, but you are given palstic ponchos and souvenier sandals to wear when you visit the attraction. This takes you down an elvater to the water level, where you take a short path along the river below the falls. You can take a walk up right next to the falls and get sprayed on slightly, or visit the Hurricane deck where the water pours over you! Great on a hot summer day. The ponchos won't keep you dry!
The Maid of the Mist has been running forever it seems, and now is found only on the US side. Another company has taken the contarct on teh Canadian side starting in 2014. You get ponchos on this one trip and take boats as close to the falls as you can get . It's a great ride and the spray of the mist is fun for all.
There is also a Trolley that runs through the park, into the city and to the Aquariuam of Naiagara Falls. This is a convenient way to get around but, alas, it to is an extra cost.
BUT! Savvy travelers will check out Groupon or Living Social early in the season (April/May) for Discovery passes that basically is buy one get one free to visit the cave of the Winds, Maid of the Mist, Discovery Theater, the Aquarium and the Trolley for one low price. Other deals may be out there.
Our family's favorite palce by far is the far end of Goat Island. The parking is usually easy there, ($8.00) and there's picnic areas around. The Trolley also stops right there, so youcvan pick it up and go where ever you want in the park, all day. It's also not too far from the 3 Sisters Islands, This area was just redone in spring 2013 and while access to some of the wild areas of these islands is no longer available, it is totally handicapped accessible and takes you over 3 islands right smack dab in the Niagara River. You can't get any closer than this . It's a beautiful spot across from a picnic area.
Back up by Cave of the Winds there are snack bars and Luna Island. This is right between the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls and provides a great view. This was also just redone in spring 2013 and they did a great job.

Parking can be found in the city near by the park or in the park. There's a lot of touristy type places in the city but the park is pretty uncluttered by that.
There so much to see here. Look online for walking tours too. There's a couple of guys that were tour operators that now are ont their own and provide fascinating walks/talks. Fun for locals and out of towners.

Visited August 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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“Majestic and amazing”
Reviewed 23 November 2013

I really enjoyed my visit to the majestic Niagara Falls. My visit was on the second week of November and was windy, cold but still enjoyable. Bring good walking shoe as you will do quite a bit of walking around the park to take advantage of the falls and the park. This is a must see for anyone visiting Buffalo, Rochester or New York state in general. I will definitely return to see it during summer time this time both from the US and Canada side.

Visited November 2013
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