No matter how kids see Niagara Falls -- in New York
, from behind, below, above or beside -- they'll be taken aback by the dramatic view (and noise!) of the thundering falls that are 13 stories high. By foot, you can get closest to the falls on the American side, but from the Observation Tower in Canada, you'll take in the grander view of the combined Horseshoe, Bridal Veil and American Falls. However, with a passport in hand, you can easily walk over Rainbow Bridge, from one side to the other, enjoying the best of both.
To fully experience the falls, take the Cave of the Winds tour, where you'll ride an elevator down 175 feet to the Hurricane Deck and get within 20 feet of the Bridal Falls, or take a ride on the double-decker ferry boat, the Maid of the Mist, for a wild excursion deep into the waters right below the falls. On either tour, you'll don cloaks for protection from the spraying waters, but still expect to get soaked!
For an even more memorable experience, take an evening tour when the falls are spectacularly illuminated by colorful neon lights. After taking in the falls through all of your senses, head for more family fun at the kitschy museums in Clifton Hill, visit the nearby Buffalo Zoo, and get wet again at the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark.
Recommended Hotel: Country Inn & Suites Niagara Falls