Adventure Activities in Niagara Falls
The thunderous roar of the mighty Niagara has been an irresistible invitation for dare-devils throughout history. Conjure up some of the adventurous spirit of Annie Edson Taylor (the first person to go over the falls in a barrel), and Lagara (the first cat to go over in a barrel), and check out the options below. Here are five adventure activities we dare you to try in Niagara Falls.
1. Helicopter Ride over the Falls
Only Superman can get a better aerial view than the one you'll have in this spectacular adventure activity in Niagara Falls. Okay, so you probably won't get to dip down and rescue a child in distress, but you will get to see the stunning gorge that the great Niagara has cut and eroded over many thousands of years.
Rainbow Air Helicopter offers a 12-minute tour above the massive Falls, among other travel adventures. While flying high above Niagara's turbulent water isn't for the faint-hearted, neither is the price for the ride. An adult fare is $90.00 and two adults are allowed per flight. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, though, and surely a sight that won't be soon forgotten.
Rainbow Air Helicopter, 454 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY, (716) 284-2800
No, not over the Falls! Get married! Many couples have celebrated their engagement, tied the knot, or spent their honeymoon among the daily display of rainbows through Niagara Falls' enchanting mist.
If you are thinking of getting hitched, Niagara Falls has many different wedding chapels, like Bridal Chapel of Niagara Falls, The Falls Wedding Chapel, or Weddings By The Falls. If you want to double up on your dares, exchange vows in a helicopter or hot air balloon ride over the Falls.
Bridal Chapel of Niagara Fall, 140 Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls, NY 14303, (716) 205-8052
The Falls Wedding Chapel, 240 First Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303, (716) 285-5570
Weddings By The Falls, 1261 Wyoming Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY 14305, (716) 622-9517
By the way all you adventurous romantics: whether you are looking to tie the knot or you are just looking for a cozy getaway, you can't beat the Red Coach Inn for dinner or an extended stay. Overlooking the Upper Rapids of the Niagara, the superb view matches the superb service. We dare you to try the ostrich!
Red Coach Inn, 2 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY, (716) 282-1459
Have you ever wondered what it's like to stand in tropical storm-force winds? If so, this is a must for your Niagara Falls adventure vacation! The Cave of the Winds is one of New York's exceptional state parks. An elevator takes you down 175 feet to the base of the Falls, where you will be pelted and drenched (you will get very wet, even with the free poncho they provide!) by the abundance of water rushing over your head. This is probably the closest one could get to the water, and it is one of the best Niagara Falls outdoor activities you can do on a hot day!
The historic stone entrance is located on Goat Island, and admission is $11.00 for an adult and $8.00 for a child. The hours vary by season, so check the website to plan your trip. You will be given a rain poncho and official Cave of the Winds sandals to wear on your tour and keep as souvenirs.
Cave of the Winds, Goat Island, Niagara Falls, NY, (716) 278-1730
4. Ride the Rapids
In case the Cave of the Winds wasn't wet enough, we dare you to ride the Whirlpool Jet Boat. Down in the Niagara Gorge there are Class 6 rapids, which are considered to be completely unsafe for anyone to navigate. A Jet Boat ride out of Lewiston takes its riders right to the edge of the impassable rapids. The churning green-colored water of the Whirlpool, coupled with the eeriness of Devil's Hole, adds to the sense of adventure as the high-powered boats plunge in and out of the water.
A word to the wise - bring a change of clothes, and be prepared to look like a wet cat. You can buy tickets online in advance to secure your spot. The dock for the Jet Boat on the American side is located at The Water Street Landing Restaurant. The food at The Water Street Landing is delicious, by the way, and they hardly notice if you are still a little wet from your Jet Boat excursion.
Whirlpool Jet Boat, 115 South Water Street, Lewiston, NY 14092, (905) 468-4800
5. Devil's Hole
Off of the Robert Moses Parkway, up near Lewiston, is Devil's Hole State Park. There are many stories, both fact and folklore, that date back to times long before Europeans ever laid eyes on the Niagara Gorge. The Native Americans believed that something evil held domain over this spot, living in the cave that today is called Devil's Hole. The water looks like it is almost boiling, as it churns around in swirling dances, meeting white-capped waves. There was a very bloody massacre in 1763 when Native Americans attacked a supply caravan. Many died in the violent ambush. Stories of accidents and suicides abound in this treacherous area.
It is a very beautiful area, regardless of the history, and a popular fishing spot. The walk down into the gorge is long and difficult. There are stairs, but they quickly become uneven, making the descent tricky.
If the stories of Devil's Hole don't scare you, the climb back out of the gorge will. The walk down will seem like a piece of cake compared to the climb out. Take your time and take plenty of breaks. Also, be very careful if you take this dare and head into the gorge. The undertow is extremely strong, and if you fall in, you will most likely not come out alive. You said you were after adventurous outdoor activities in Niagara Falls, didn't you?
Devil's Hole State Park, Niagara Falls, NY 14303, (716) 284-5778