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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.
Reviewed 8 May 2010

Goat Island is a small uninhabited island in the Niagara River, located in the middle of Niagara Falls between the Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls. Goat Island is a popular destination for tourists visiting the falls on the U.S. side, offering some of the most spectacular views available there, in particular at Terrapin Point. It is connected to the U.S. mainland by two bridges carrying foot, car, and trackless train traffic. The island is largely wooded and is interlaced with foot trails and picnic tables. An elevator provides access down to the walk right up to the base of Niagara Falls during the Cave of the Winds tour, or let the water fall all around you during the Maid of the Mist boat ride.I recomment taking the Trolley car as it stops at all eight attractions including the Aquarium. Be sure to stop at the Three Sister Islands for a up close look at the rapids before the Falls. Allow at least a half day to see everything.
Visitors can witness the intensity of the falls from mere inches away at the Cave of the Winds tour, cruise the powerful churning waters at the base of the falls on a Maid of the Mist boat ride, learn more about the region's natural history at the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, meet the legends and marvel at the myths at the Niagara Adventure Theater, enjoy jaw-dropping views from the Observation Tower, and check out the antics of the sea lions and penguins at the Niagara Aquarium.

Observation Tower – This 230-foot overlook provides the only U.S. location to view both the American and Horseshoe Falls. High-speed elevators provide access to the Gorge and boarding area for the Maid of the Mist. It cost a $1 per person.
Parking Lot 1
Cars $10. No Bus Parking
Parking Lot 2 (best lot to park in & go threw toll booths)
5/1-5/22 $8
5/23-10/24 $10
10/25-11/19 $8
Parking Lot 3
Cars $8
Cave of the Winds Gorge Trip
$6 Adult
$4 Child
$11 Adult
$8 Child (6-12
Maid of the Mist Boat Tour - $13.50 Adult
$7.85 Children (6-12 years old)
5 and under Free
Niagara Scenic Trolley: $2 Adult
$1 Child

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Reviewed 19 April 2010

Goat Island was very nice. The sign said $8 per car, but nobody was collecting. We walked down to Terrapin Point to get a great view of the Canadian (Horseshoe) Falls. One of the most beautiful & powerful sights to behold.

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Reviewed 20 November 2009

Our family loved the American side--the Canadian side NOT SO MUCH! The US side is more like a state park. The trolley is the best way to see it all. I think it was $2 each and you could ride it all day. There were lots of places you could get off and explore and another trolley would be along shortly to take you to another place. The town of Niagara Falls was a bit dirty and run down by our standards but the park was clean and the employees we had contact with were friendly enough. We wish we would have had more time to spend on the USA side. Be aware parking fees of $10 are everywhere so park once and wear your walking shoes and ride the trolley.

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Reviewed 8 October 2009

We visited the Canadian side for the first day and then went to the American side the second day and loved it more than the Canada side. For views from the ground it is less commercial and more natuaral. Your only chance to go down and be in the water fall but not the horseshoe fall is on the American side. The wind tended to keep the mist on the Canada side and it was clearer on the American side. It will cost you to park on either side. We visited in June of 2009.

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Reviewed 8 October 2009

OK, the US side of Niagara Falls is not as fun, or as pretty as the Canadian side but it is still pretty amazing. Although the Falls are great to see all year round, I would recommend you go between May - October when most of the attractions are open.
A definite must is the "Maids of the Mist" - the boat trip that takes you right up to the falls. When you board the boat, (on the US side) go up the stairs and stand to the front or left-hand side as the boat will make a first stop to the smaller falls. I would recommend the US side for the maids of the mist as you also get 2 additional benefits: an overhang to see the Falls, and also you get to walk up to the side of the falls.
The cave of the winds, gives you the chance to walk and stand a few meters away from the falls. Sandals as well as the ponchos are given to keep you fairly dry but the fun part is getting wet from the spray.
The State park is the perfect place to view the falls. Although there is a trolley bus that takes you from Rainbow bridge to the state park, the walk is very pleasant and not at all too far. Its definitely worth spending a day to just explore this part of Niagara Falls. a tip, one of the lookout points is the best place to see the summer fireworks.
This is definitely a family-friendly holiday and even my kids aged 4 and 6 loved and were amazed by the waterfall.

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