From NYC to Niagara: An Adventurous Day Trip

A Niagara Falls day trip is one of the best ways to spend your free time in New York if you have a day to spare. Niagara Falls is split between Ontario, Canada, and the state of New York and offers lots to do for the adventure seeker. The great news is that you don’t need a whole week or even a weekend to make the most out of your trip to the area. Instead, you can make a quick day trip to Niagara Falls. Here’s how:

Review Your Niagara Falls Day Trip Itinerary

If you’re planning a Niagara Falls day trip, then you have to get organized. So, it’s key to follow an itinerary to have an idea of what to do while you’re on your trip. Think about where you want to go and how much time you need. Make sure your flight and travel arrangements are included on your itinerary, too. Pack your passport and hop on a flight but make sure to book the closet flight to save time. It’s a short flight between the Niagara Falls International Airport and New York City’s major airports, including LaGuardia and JFK. Also, add in time for travel and leave a little “wiggle” room for an impromptu shopping excursion or delays.

Get a Discount Pass

No Niagara Falls Day trip is complete without a discount, and you can get to take advantage of visiting multiple places with the help of a USA Discovery Pass. With this pass, you get to take advantage of built-in savings that can discount Niagara Falls attractions up to 35 percent. Visit places, such as the Cave of the Winds, Niagara Adventure Theater, Maid of the Mist and Niagara Falls State Park, where you can see the Falls for free from a distance or get an up close look with the pass.

Niagara Falls tour

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Try a Jet Boat Tour

No adventure trip is complete without a ticket to experience the white waters of Niagara Falls. You can save time and take a one hour-tour of the falls when you go on a jet boat tour from places, such as Niagara Jet Adventures or Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours.

Niagara Falls boat tours attraction

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Go on a Wildlife Safari Tour

Niagara Falls isn’t just about watching waterfront views or getting wet. You can catch a glimpse of wildlife in the area, too. Take a tour on the wild side when you go on a 55-minute guided tour at the Hidden Valley Animal Adventure Wild Game Safari Park.

Enjoy the Food

There’s nothing like getting to know the culture and vibe of a place than by tasting its local cuisine. With all of the restaurants, dives and diners in Niagara Falls, you have plenty of options to plan your day trip around making a quick stop for a bite to eat. Some great places to try include:

  • The Hard Rock Cafe
  • Donatello’s Restaurant
  • Savor
  • Michael’s Restaurant

Cross the Rainbow Bridge

You can take a walk or bike ride across the infamous Rainbow Bridge where you can capture great views of the Niagara Falls and the Friday night fireworks. It only takes a few minutes but don’t forget to carry a few quarters to pay the toll.

Rainbow Bridge

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Check Out a Concert

Squeeze in a concert to end your adventurous Niagara Falls day trip. The Avalon Ballroom at Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort is one of the best places to find musical concerts and performances from groups and stars, such as Boyz II Men, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and Bruno Mars. Just block out enough time for travel and arrive early.

Fall in Love With Niagara Falls

If you’re looking for one of the best things to do in New York next month, then Niagara Falls is a great place to explore. You can enjoy your time there even if you only have 24 hours.

Happy Visitors on Niagara Falls

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