NIAGARA FALLS FALLS: DAY OR NIGHT?

Niagara Falls

Niagara FallsNIAGARA FALLS, CANADA – Although the falls are magical under a full moon, there’s not much to debate here: DAY WINS. To enjoy the falls in all their glory, you must ride the Maid of the Mist right up to the Canadian side, and that can only happen during the day.

Get there early because even the first departure will have a line. Climb into the shitty-but-free plastic-wrap of a poncho and be prepared to get WET. (P.S. Stand on the top level of the right — starboard — side of the boat. And bring your own hooded rain jacket and sunglasses if you want to stay dry.)

After the Maid of the Mist, take a walk all the way to the Canadian Falls. You can stand within spitting distance from the actual cliff where the water becomes the waterfall. THERE. Now you understand the true power of Niagara Falls. It didn’t seem so scary from far away, huh? Well, guess what? It’s way scary. FEAR the falls.

It’s worth mentioning that a romantic nighttime stroll along the falls is lovely if you happen to be spending the night. But don’t get a hotel just to see the twilight show. The brightly colored light display isn’t always impressive because the falls are so misty.

The town of Niagara is basically a replica of the Wisconsin Dells or the street in front of the Alamo: crappy wax museums, lame haunted houses, and overpriced chain restaurants. Moving on . . .

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