Take a Tour of Niagara Falls: What to Know Before You Go
Inhale the beauty of North America's most iconic landmark, from any angle. Here's an overview of some Niagara tour options.
Do you want to be at the foot of the largest waterfall in North America? Get up close and personal with a tour from SeeSight Tours! With a package from them, you can receive an assortment of different experiences from being in the water to seeing everything from the sky. They were the highest rated sightseeing tour company in Niagara Falls Tours on TripAdvisor (2015)! That's because if you get a tour from them, you can see the falls from all angles!
Night On Niagara Tour
The third most popular tour offered by SeeSight Tours, this one can be for those who need romance or those who just want to see this elegant natural masterpiece light up. The duration is four hours in total, but not a second will be wasted. The tour includes a romantic dinner at the Elements on the Falls restaurant, steps from the edge of Horseshoe Falls, control of the colors of lights, and a cruise right on the brink of the torrent.
No one gets you closer to the thundering waters, literally.
Whether you go to eat with the illuminated water as your backdrop or relax with a few drinks in the lounge, this is the closest you can get to these thundering waters. Elements on the Falls' staff also pride themselves on serving the freshest ingredients straight from local farms and their selection of VQA wines from the vineyards of Niagara. The rest of their ingredients, including their bread, cheese, and meat, come from small businesses in Ontario, Canada. Hours of operation vary depending on the specific date you wish to go.
The Night on the Falls tour also offers an exclusive visit to the Falls Illumination Tower. Every night beginning at dusk, the colors of the rainbow illuminate the falls. The water is often lit a certain color in support of a specific charity or non-profit organization. They even take special requests of illumination, so if you want to ask an important question to a special someone, you can do that, too! Purchasing this tour gives you the ability to change the colors of the falls in real-time. In addition, you will receive a free "I lit up Niagara Falls" certificate. You can come and witness the Niagara Falls in its most beautiful form at nightfall from the Falls Illumination Tower with the Night on Niagara Tour.
Enjoy Canada's #1 visitor experience: the Hornblower Falls Illumination Cruise! Yes, on top of everything else, the tour also includes a cruise. Board with a rain poncho if you have one and get the best view of these illuminated waterfalls possible. You'll be in the mist just yards away from this water-avalanche. This 40-minute long boat ride journeys past the American, Bridal Veil, and Canadian Horseshoe Falls. When getting the Night on Niagara Tour, you can get picked up or dropped off absolutely anywhere in Niagara Falls, Ontario, for free! This boat features an on-board bar, snacks, and music, and begins its first route at 8:30pm. Adding to the captivating view, fireworks are launched on Fridays & Sundays for an even better experience.
Niagara Helicopter Tour
The Niagara Air Tour will allow you to view all of Niagara Falls, Ontario, at once! This 5-hour long tour glides over the massive Falls and includes an amazing cruise to the brink of the waterfall, an awe-inspiring helicopter ride, an exclusive Journey Behind the Falls, and admission to the top of the Skylon Tower. This tour also includes a free pick up/drop off anywhere in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and begins at 9:00am daily.
During the helicopter ride, you will experience the best scenic views in Canada and you will be provided with earmuffs so you can hear the narration clearly. The tour guide will tell you where to get the best views and will recommend side activities. Tours are available in twelve different languages for the guests to have the best experience. The chopper will glide over the Whirlpool Rapids and Rainbow Bridge for a full scope of Niagara. Since 1998, this attraction has amazed over 76,000 guests with its twelve minutes of beauty.
Once you step out of the helicopter, the fun will continue with the Journey Behind the Falls. Curious minds will always want to see what it is like to be behind this gushing water. You will be guided to the side of the wall of water and then behind, allowing you to see a whole other side of this natural phenomenon, pun intended. This experience is held at the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. You'll be able to walk on the upper and lower observation decks with the mist of the falls on your face. If you don't want to feel it on your body, you can get a free souvenir biodegradable poncho!
The awe continues when you step onto the Hornblower Cruises (formerly the Maid of the Mist) traveling through the Niagara Great Gorge. This is the only cruise that takes you this close to the American, Bridal Veil, and Canadian Horseshoe Falls.
Once you get the helicopter tour, you automatically get free passes to the Skylon Tower as well as free return passes, because those over at SightSee Tours know that you won't get enough of the view. Plus, you'll eat lunch at the top, in the Revolving Dining Room, for a gorgeous view while you eat. This way, the Night on Niagara Tour and the Niagara Helicopter Tour both offer a luxurious and delicious eating experience.
Apart from the actual falls, a popular tourist attraction in Niagara Falls, Ontario—which will be a narrated stop in the helicopter tour—is the Floral Clock. This unique and creative piece of art is photographed just as much as the great Niagara Falls because the design is changed from season to season and from year to year. It is estimated to be about 40 feet in diameter and the hands each weigh 500 pounds. Surrounding the clock is a water garden that is 10 feet wide and 85 feet in diameter. The rest of the grounds surrounding the clock feature bedding displays, and behind the clock is a tower which rings Westminster chimes every quarter hour.
USA/Canada Combo Tour
Get ready to explore both sides of the largest waterfall in North America with the USA/Canada Combo Tour. This 7 hour tour includes unique attractions unavailable in other tours such as a peek into the Cave of the Winds and the Green/Goat Islands. You also take a stroll through the USA (2 miles) and stop at the origin of the falls on the way out. Delve into the most beloved attraction that Canada has to offer with this long combo tour.
The tour begins with the infamous sixty-minute Hornblower boat ride on the American side, which will get you so close to the Horseshoe Falls that you will feel the mist of the torrential water cutting into the river beneath it. Up next is a journey up the Skylon Tower in Ontario for a full panorama of the artistry that is Niagara Falls. From there, you will take a trip behind the Canadian Horseshoe Falls during the Journey Behind the Falls tour also on the Canadian side. You'll also catch a glimpse of the Floral Clock, of course.
A unique highlight is the Cave of Winds on the American side. This unforgettable experience will begin with an elevator bringing you into the Niagara Great Gorge where you will be given a yellow poncho and footwear because—if you didn't already know—you will probably get wet. Tour guides will then usher you toward Hurricane Deck where you can stand twenty feet from the crashing waters of the Bridal Veil Falls. Many onlookers see rainbows often, and despite the name, there is no actual cave. A cave was discovered in 1834 and tours of it began soon after; however, a rockfall in 1920 made it impassable and it was demolished. The tour now allows visitors to come close but not behind the falls.
Another tour offered by SeeSight Tours is the Niagara Winter Festival of Lights Tour. This 3-hour tour includes admission into the Skylon Tower, the Forest of Lights, and Tim Hortons coffee shop. The Forest of Lights on the Dufferin Islands and Queen Victoria Park will be lit up with spectacular light shows. In addition to these will be the Enchantment of Disney displays. Tim Horton's coffee shop is Canada's favorite coffee shop, the tour will pause for a hot chocolate or coffee from here and the coach buses that you will cruise on are heated for a most comfortable experience.
This tour is offered for a limited one week only each December but is probably most looked forward to of all for that reason. Holiday music will be played on the bus and all decorations will be holiday themed. Last year's festival housed 120 displays throughout the city with over 3 million individual lights.
The Night on the Falls, Ultimate Niagara, and USA/Canada tours are just some of the packages that SeeSight Tours offer. They are the only ones who make sure you get a view of everything from the Falls to the islands to the restaurants. For extra fun you can get on the Whirlpool Aero Car, which glides across a cable, soaring over the Great Gorge right over the spectacular Whirlpool from two different points of the Canadian shore. These tours bring you closer to the Falls than any other tour and touch on every prominent attraction in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Their facility is open 8am - 8pm every day, so book a tour with them today for an unforgettable trip through North America's most beautiful landmark.
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