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Niagara Falls State Park


Niagara Falls, NY
Official Niagara Falls State Park Website

(716) 278-1796


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Congestion : Frequent Encounters
Water Availability : Bring your own H20
Wildlife Alert : Occasional Critters
Walking / Hiking Surface : Paved Trail

We stopped at Niagara Falls on a rainy, cold day in early May.  Busy season had not started and the rains helped thin the crowds more.  Still there were plenty of people enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime stop at Niagara Falls; especially on Goat Island.  If you visit between Memorial Day and Labor Day expect the park to be crowded with tourists.

 

See my 'official' Niagara Falls photo in my Iconic Landmarks Album.

 

There are hiking trails within the state park. We had hoped to explore these trails but the downpours kept us from exploring off the beaten path.  The walking paths in the heavily visited areas is paved and mostly flat; exceptions being gentle slopes down from the Orin Lehman Visitor Center and steps to Luna Island, Cave of the Winds, Maid of the Mist boarding, and parts of Terrapin Point.

 

Only if you are a dog completely comfortable and calm with crowds would we recommend Niagara Falls as a dog stop.  During the busy season, we imagine encounters with others would be near constant. We met many friendly dog-loving humans here; but we also noticed several humans that were uncomfortable at the sight of a dog (mostly non-US citizens).  During more crowded times this human fear might create tense situations for dogs.

 

But if you're a dog that is okay with crowds, you will find plenty of walking paths with free access to most of the park's highlights and attractions.  The Observation Tower and Cave of the Winds require tickets and are also off-limits to dogs (except service dogs).

 

If you visit Niagara Falls don't be like The Chauffeur.  When we started on our trip to Rochester, New York he didn't realize that we would be THAT close to Niagara Falls.  So he did not pack his Passport.  The way the falls are situated, the falls are best viewed from the Canadian side.  Use this link as a starting point to research human and pet requirements for entry into / from Canada.

 

Click here for a map of Niagara Falls State Park on the official New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation website.

Prospect's SignatureVisited May 3, 2011

Niagara Falls State Park


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Niagara Falls State Park


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Orin Lehman Visitor Center


Located near Parking Lot #1, here a dog's humans can purchase tickets to the Observation Tower and the Maid of the Mist riverboat.

Prospect's Point


You gotta love a place named Prospect!  Behind the Orin Lehman Visitor Center is Prospect's Point; I felt right at home looking out across American Falls.

Pedestrian Bridge


Pedestrian Bridge from Prospect Point to Goat Island. Dogs and humans should be careful; the bridge surface is very slippery when wet.

Luna Island


Located on the other side of American Falls from Prospect Point, Luna Island is accessible from Goat Island. Between Luna Island and Goat Island is Bridal Veil Falls.

Gift Shop, etc.


Near Parking Lot #2, dogs and humans will find a Gift Shop, tickets to the Cave of the Winds, restrooms, and the Nikolai Tesla Memorial.

Terrapin Point


From Terrapin Point you can see Horsehoe Falls. When we visited the park was under construction and the path closest to Horseshoe Falls was closed. The Top of the Falls Restaurant is at Terrapin Point.

Niagara Falls State Park


loboluvr said on: May 08, 2011 - 8:36pm

Glad you had a good time despite the rain. Like you pics thanks for sharing.

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