Bucket List: Niagara Falls

Last weekend, I visited Niagara Falls for the very first time. To some, this may not sound very spectacular; however, Niagara Falls has been on my bucket list for years! As a hiking enthusiast and waterfall lover, you can understand my anticipation to see this natural wonder.

To make the trip even better, I was accompanied by a few of my favorites! My family, my boyfriend, and my dog all came along for this trip of a lifetime.

I could write all about this trip, but since a picture is worth a thousand words I’m going to make this post a photo blog. Enjoy!

Goat Island, NY

American Falls & Bridal Falls

Horseshoe Falls

Maid of the Mist

Exploring the Gorge

Ontario, Canada

Lake Eerie

Added Bonus: Jackson Photos


The first tip I want to share is that if you plan on going, do not purchase the first tickets you find online. I looked online for Maid of the Mist tickets and found that they were $100. However, upon arrival I visited a ticket booth and discovered that you could purchase the tickets on-site for $20.

Do not underestimate the value of Goat Island. This location is absolutely beautiful, as you’ve seen above! Also, there is an excellent view of the falls.

If you plan on venturing into Canada, which I recommend, know that you do not have to purchase a passport if you have your original birth certificate. Also, when going across the border be prepared to answer many questions about where you are going, where you are from, how long you will be in Canada, etc. Border patrol monitors conversations through a microphone so make sure that you speak up (we did not know this and were alerted to this information by a very sassy border patrol officer).

Pets are allowed and you can find pet-friendly hotels near the falls! We stayed in the Quality Inn at the Falls, which is located only ten minutes away from the falls. Also, the pet fee was only $30. This was not per night, which was amazing!

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you ever have the opportunity to visit Niagara Falls, you definitely should. If you visit in the winter, come prepared for the cold! It even snowed on us a bit in the middle of October.

If you have been to Niagara Falls before, contact me with your stories about this wonderful site! I’d love to hear all about your trip as well.

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