Who says that visiting Niagara Falls has to be super expensive? This girl certainly doesn’t! Niagara Falls, NY, is one of my favorite destinations to tour and for good reason: there are plenty of free things to do. In partnership with Hotels.com, I’m happy to share my must-dos. From scenic walks to gorgeous places to picnic, here are the best fun & free things to do in Niagara Falls USA!
Each night, Niagara Falls is lit up with colored lights, showcasing the beauty of the rushing water. And, depending on the season, the colors change to reflect. We’ve visited during Valentine’s Day and the falls were pink and red; during Christmas they tend to look more festive. The Niagara Falls Illumination Schedule offers different on and off times depending on the month, so please check it to make sure you have the scoop.
Walk the State Park
If you want THE spot in Niagara Falls USA for photos, Niagara Falls State Park is the place to go. The Maid of the Mist has beautiful views of the Falls from inside the gorge, but the views above are just as stunning. Take your camera and, on misty days, there are rainbows to be found if you keep an eye open. Additionally, make sure to look for the Rainbow Bridge: a fitting title, yes?
Discover all the History of Niagara Falls
The Niagara Gorge Discovery Center is a hidden gem. If you want a quick lesson in the geography and beauty of the area, make a pit stop into the center to get your fill.
If you don’t know about the Stella Niagara Preserve, make sure to check it out. With just under 30 acres of beautiful land, it’s the largest underdeveloped tract of land along the Niagara River. You’ll find it at Lower River road in Lewiston.
Another beautiful spot (there are plenty), is Devil’s Hole State Park. It offers pretty views, overlooks that will make your mouth gape open, and places to enjoy a quiet picnic.
A Whirlpool of Beauty
Whirlpool State Park might be quaint, but its beauty packs a punch. It’s here where you can actually enjoy a walk along the river and see rushing water and rapids. Make sure to check out the gorgeous color of the water!
Ask for More Recommendations
Whenever I visit Niagara Falls, I make a beeline for the Niagara Falls USA Visitors Center. The folks there are a wealth of knowledge and can provide you with tips and recommendations on dining and even where to stay while you’re in town.
Discover Niagara for Free
A cool benefit of visiting is the Discover Niagara Shuttle. With 19 stops, it’s a great way to budget and save gas.
Where to Stay in Niagara Falls USA
When it comes to finding a hotel in Niagara Falls USA, your best bet is around Niagara Falls State Park. It’s not only easy to walk to the falls area, it’s well traveled so the safety factor amps up. During off season and through the week is when you’ll find your best deals, so if you have flexibility, that’s the time to save some serious cash.
As travel today remains uncertain, please keep your safety and the safety of others in mind at all times when traveling. If you are comfortable with traveling, please travel responsibly and within regulation as any travel is at your own risk.
If you do decide to travel at this time, here are my recommendations for safety:
- Wear a face mask and, if it’s cloth, wash and dry daily.
- Bring hand sanitizer and wash your hands on a regular basis.
- Check official websites before your trip for the latest updates on policies, closures and status of local businesses. Additionally, check with your state’s policies to determine if you’ll need to quarantine when you return home.
- Book a hotel with free cancellation in case you need to change your plans at the last minute.