Maid of the Mist Opening May 10 – Moms Ride Free on Mother’s Day!

 

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The world-famous Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls is about to kick off their 129th consecutive season! On May 10, the wet-and-wild boat ride on the American side of the falls opens for 2014. To celebrate, Maid of the Mist is offering FREE rides for mom on Mother’s Day, May 11! After the long, cold winter the Northeast saw this year, the familiar spray of the Falls in the country’s oldest state park is sure to be welcome!

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The Maid of the Mist Closes Up Shop for the Winter

Niagara Falls tours from New York


The fall season is in full swing, and while that may mean the start of pumpkins, pies, and costumes, it also means the end of some of our favorite seasonal attractions. Canadian winters aren’t particularly suited to water rides, so even though Niagara Falls will continue to operate during the winter season, on October 24, 2013, the Maid of the Mist will be making its final journey of the year.

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Are There Really a Thousand Islands?

Thousand Islands sounds like it must be an exaggeration– there couldn’t really be one thousand islands in the area. And, in fact, there aren’t a thousand. There are actually 1,864.

The area known as the Thousand Islands Region stretches about 50 miles from Kingston, Ontario down the St. Lawrence River toward New York State. The islands run across the border between the United States and Canada, and contain 30 state or national parks as well as a national historic site.

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The 2013 Niagara Fireworks Series starts May 17th!

Everyone loves the amazing spectacle of a big fireworks display. Fiery bursts of color in the night sky are met with crowds oohing and aahing in unison. Now imagine the same fireworks display over one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions, Niagara Falls. The stunning reflection of light almost creates too much beauty to be taken in all at once!

The Niagara Parks group has been hosting a regular fireworks display over Niagara Falls for years. Thousands find spots among the gardens at Queen Victoria Park to watch the fireworks every week. This Friday, May 17th, the crowds will return as Niagara Parks kicks off another season of fireworks displays.

This FREE event is hosted every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holiday at 10pm.

 

Tightrope walk over the Grand Canyon!

Nik Wallenda has no fear…. and he really likes American sightseeing.

Nik “King of the High Wire” Wallenda will be attempting another nationally broadcast stunt this year at another one of America’s most famous attractions. After conquering Niagara Falls with a never before attempted tightrope walk, the daredevil with attempt the same feat over the Grand Canyon.

“The stakes don’t get much higher than this,” said Wallenda. “The only thing that stands between me and the bottom of the canyon is a two-inch thick wire. I’m looking forward to showing the audience a view of the canyon they’ve never seen before.”

Wallenda’s Niagara Falls walk was the first of it’s kind. The treacherous falls surging 200 feet beneath him did not deter him as he walked delicately to safety with only . The Grand Canyon is a very different place, and could provide very different challenges. This time, suspended over 1,500 feet about the Colorado River. To make things even more challenging and risky (if it wasn’t risky enough for you), Mr. Wallenda will be crossing the Grand Canyon without the aid of a safety harness! Wallenda had planned on not using a harness for his Niagara Falls walk, but was forced into wearing one at the last moment. You can catch Nik’s death-defying stunt on June 23rd.