Originally Posted by mark0224
Stayed on the American side at Nys park Four Mile Creek. about 15 miles from the falls and a mile to Fort Niagara. Has a laundry room and a small store. You can get to the Canadian side by 2 bridges ,Rainbow and Lewiston. Go over the Rainbow at least once and definitely visit Goat Island on the American side. Downtown,on both sides, is kind of narrow and if your not comfortable with a lot of traffic avoid driving there. You want to go to the Canadian side most of the things to see are on Canadian side. Friday night you really want to be on the Canadian side, above the Falls, they shoot fireworks off every Friday and best view is above the Falls. Plus any night the Canadian side shines the colored lights on the Falls and again best view from Canada. American side hasn't got that much to do really.
Agree with all of that except the last sentence.
4 mile creek NY state park is very nice and in-expensive and an easy car
drive to Canadian side.
I'll add -- IF you are hikers and don't mind getting your feet dirty- there
are trails RIGHT ALONG THE RAGING RIVER on the US side.
We hiked right past the rapids and literally sat on a rock looking at
standing waves that appeared to be as high as our heads. We were looking
directly across the river at the boardwalk on the Canadian side where folks
had paid serious money to use an elevator to get down there.
We hiked to as good or better vantage point for free on the US side.
Also agree that many of the best views and must see/do are on the
Canadian side. Park your car in the big lot right next to the Canadian falls
and buy an all day tram pass and spend the entire day there!
If you're totally not into any hiking on your own Four Mile creek SP is still
a good choice.
My 2¢ Below- sunset and view of Toronto from Four Mile Creek SP and short video of the rapids up close from the US side. You can just barely see the boardwalk on the Canadian side behind the huge waves.