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Experience the power of water at Niagara Falls

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Spending time near water can be relaxing. You can hear the small sounds of a babbling brook or hear the ocean waves crash on the beach. But these sounds do not compare to the sound you hear when you visit Niagara Falls from the New York or Canadian side.

A sound like thunder grows louder as you approach the falls. Its grandeur and sheer beauty are breathtaking.

Imagine hearing more than 700,000 gallons of water per second flowing over the falls.

It is worth the day’s drive from the Diocese of Arlington to visit Niagara Falls State Park, the oldest state park in the United States. It was established in 1885, though the falls are believed to have been formed more than 12,000 years ago near the end of the last glacial period.

By land, by air, though not quite by sea, there are many ways to experience Niagara Falls. There are three falls — Bridal Veil, American and Horseshoe Falls. Bring your passport in case you want to check out things on the Canadian side, which does provide different perspectives.

By land

If you want to get up close and personal to Bridal Veil Falls, take the Cave of the Winds tour. You get to stand 20 feet away from the falls. There won’t be a dry inch on you despite the standard rain jacket and non-slip shoes provided.

By water

Take the Maid of the Mist boat ride under the base of the American Falls and to the Horseshoe Falls basin. The 30-minute tour takes you to see rock formations up close. For those who “feel the need for speed,” take advantage of the jetboat tours.

By air

If you don’t have a fear of heights, float over the Niagara whirlpool on the Whirlpool Aero Car, designed by Spanish engineer Leonardo Torres Quevedo. Located on the Canadian side, there are breathtaking views and the chance to walk to the opposite side of the car as you’re dangling over the whirlpool. The Whirlpool Aero Car, suspended by six cables, has been running since 1916.

Another way to see the Falls is on the Niagara Skywheel. It is 175 feet high at the top, which gives you a fun view of the falls.

The Skylon Observation Tower is a great place to see the falls illuminated at night. The tower has an observation deck that is 775 feet above the falls. There is a revolving restaurant on one level and the elevators are partially glass so you can watch as you ascend to the observation level.

Niagara Falls is open year-round and is sure to give you magnificent views whatever season you decide to visit.  

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019

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