We are all about the roadtrip. So when we were in our initial #ReasonerRoadtrip planning stages it started out small. We knew we wanted to go to Sheboygan Wisconsin to visit friends, but where to next? My husband has always wanted to go to Niagara Falls since he was a young boy. He had said numerous times that we should go, but I was like, “Eh…some falls? Some water?” Maybe. I put it off and put it off then I looked at a few articles online from some travelers I follow and everyone had said you just HAD to go at some point. So we loaded up in the Kia Sedona and added it to our itinerary. I’m always up for crossing things off my #bucketlist
- 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.
- 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.
- Four of the five Great Lakes drain into the Niagara River, (Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie) before emptying into Lake Ontario. These five Great Lakes make up almost one-fifth of the world’s fresh water supply.
- At one time, P.T. Barnum wanted to turn Goat Island (inside Niagara Falls State Park) into a circus ground.
- Energy from the Niagara River has been harnessed for hydro-electric 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.
This was just taken where you could view the falls. Incredible right? Don’t worry it gets even more intense. We had previously decided to go on the infamous Maid Of The Mists. By this time the entire family was getting excited and Brian was a wee bit nervous. I mean the falls were intense and his Daddy instincts were kicking on. Me on the other hand? Well….I was like LET’S GO! Come on! As we were walking over to Maid Of The Mists I caught this incredible shot of the boat from above:
I was impressed. The colors fading into one another due to the water churning was indescribable. Here’s a bit of info about Maid of The Mist:
1846: The Maiden Voyage.
Before this date, rowboats ferried passengers across the Niagara River below the Falls. By 1846, however, entrepreneurs decided a bigger craft could profit by transporting people, luggage, mail and cargo. So, the first Maid of the Mist steamboat, large enough to carry a stagecoach and horses, was christened. In 1848, construction of a suspension bridge curtailed business and the Maid of the Mist was re-branded as a sightseeing adventure that still operates to this day.
When you set sail on the Maid of the Mist, you’re not just getting amazing views. You’re also taking the ride of your lifetime. Journey into the heart of one of North America’s most powerful waterfalls. Hear the thundering roar of 600,000 gallons of water falling right before your eyes. Feel the mighty rush of the mist on your face aboard the Maid of the Mist. It’s the only way to experience one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders right here in the U.S.A.
The excitement built as we walked down the walkway and received our blue ponchos. I wondered exactly how wet we would get. I had previously made sure all phones were in appropriate cases and money was combined in wallets, etc. As the boat approached we saw various levels of windblown hair and some soaked ponchos. This was when MY nervousness kicked in. We were ushed on the boat and deiced to go up on the left side close to the front right up against the rail. Let me say you can truly not get a bad spot on the boat as it goes down a ways then turns so the other side gets the view. Enough of me talking let’s get to the photos.
As you can see it was everything that I had heard. Beauty. Power. Spiritual. All rolled into one. I encourage you to go and see this wonder. Take your kiddos and make memories. It’s worth it. Interested in a deal? Go check out Niagara-USA.com for special packages.
***Disclosure: I was provided with tickets to share my experience. All opinions are 100% mine. ***