America is filled with beauty from coast to coast. There’s no denying that. However, there are a few landmarks that are usually at the top of travel bucket lists such as; Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park and New York City. One of those landmarks is also Niagara Falls and the feature of our post today. Read on to learn just a few of the perks at Niagara Falls State Park.

Located in beautiful Niagara Falls, New York, this natural wonder is the oldest state park in the United States having been founded in 1885. Aside from the extraordinary view of the falls, some of the highlights include; easy parking (only $10), an informative Visitors Center, which is a place you will stop for any questions you may have, purchasing passes, a gift shop and refreshments. You can’t miss it once you park and it’s a must-go as soon as you get there.

Just across from the Visitor’s Center, be sure to walk on over to Luna Island. You can take the scenic route which is by a footbridge over the Niagara River. It’s sure to be the prettiest walk you’ll ever go on! Luna Island is right in between Bridal Veil Falls and the American Falls. When making your way over to Luna Island, you’ll have a front row seat to both. You’ll have the opportunity to look straight down on the Falls and you’ll get a great view of Cave of the Winds and the Hurricane Deck.

There’s nothing that can compare to walking amongst so much beauty. However, not everyone can walk far distances comfortably, nor will you get to see as much in a day as opposed to if you took a trolley tour. For those who would prefer to ride, be sure to hop on the Niagara Scenic Trolley. You’ll get a fill 30-minute park tour that includes stops at many different locations where you are welcome to get on and off. Niagara Falls State Park is open year-round, but attractions are open seasonally as well. Be sure to check with the Visitor’s Center for extended hours and closings on the park website.

So now it’s your turn to chime in! Have you been to Niagara Falls? Are you planning a trip there? We would love to know. Feel free to send us your travel photos and tell us all about your experience at the oldest state park in the nation!

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