The beauty of the falls never gets old. (Mary Friona-Celani/Special to The News)

Niagara Falls has been around for hundreds of years - right in our own backyard. Yet, we only go there when we have relatives visiting.

It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, Niagara Falls is always beautiful. In winter, the falls are unbelievable all white and ice covered. It's pretty in the fall with the changing leaves. Spring is nice with the blooming flowers and new life.

But, in my opinion the falls are most gorgeous in the summer with a constant breeze, plenty of shady trees and the sunlight shining perfectly on the water.

The beauty can be appreciated by anyone. (Mary Friona-Celani/Special to The News)

I brought my girls for a walk on a gorgeous summer day and we had the best time. We went to Goat Island which sits in the middle between Horseshoe Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.

Here are five reasons to check out the falls as soon as possible.

  • It is simply breathtaking. The water, the trees, the flowers. Nature and all its glory.
  • You’re likely to hit your fit-bit goal – yep, get your steps in by walking around the park.
  • Your kids will love it. The sights and sounds aren’t overwhelming, they’re actually quite calming. The fresh air is always good for the soul.
  • It’s free. You can find a parking place downtown – or pay the $10 to park, but no charge for the stunning views.
  • There are plenty of Pokemon to be found and captured.

Wear comfy shoes, bring some water, pack a picnic and soak in the beauty. There are plenty of picnic tables throughout the park. We spent a few hours there and can’t wait to go again.

Three Sisters Island is a nice, quiet place to hike around. Mary Friona-Celani/Special to The News

I loved the people-watching, my little ones loved looking at the water, and my 20-year-old had a great time (and great success) Pokemon hunting. So, there’s something for everyone.

Parking is $10 on Goat Island, but you can find metered parking off the Island and walk over the bridge.

While we opted for a low-key day of strolling around, you can do much more. There are miles of hiking trails, and plenty of interactive displays to take advantage of.

You can buy a Niagara Discovery Pass and have quite an adventure. For $45 for adults, $34 for ages 6-12 (5 and younger are free) you can visit all five attractions.

  • Niagara Adventure Theater
  • Aquarium of Niagara
  • Cave of the Winds Trip
  • Niagara Gorge Discovery Center
  • Maid of the Mist

Access to Niagara Falls State Park is free and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

There's a world of beauty waiting for you. And, keep this in mind - at the current rate of erosion, scientists believe that the Niagara Falls will be gone in around 50,000 years - so don't lollygag.


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