Niagara Falls USA Day Trip Itinerary

While Niagara Falls, New York, USA is considered to be far behind the Canadian side for attractions and things to do, it is still worth visiting for a quick day trip while visiting the area. Here are some of the best locations to visit during a day trip to Niagara Falls, New York, USA, when visiting from our hotel, the Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa, located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

Niagara Falls USA Attraction Itinerary

Niagara Falls State Park

Built in 1885, the Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in the USA. It is home to the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls and a part of the Horseshoe Falls. Try out attractions such as the Maid of the Mist boat ride which takes you past the American and Bridal Veil Falls and goes right up to the basin of the mighty Horseshoe Falls.

Experience the Cave of the Winds tour that gives you the closest encounter with the falls. You can view the front of the Bridal Veil Falls by taking an elevator to the Niagara Gorge. Walk through wooden walkways to the Hurricane Deck situated just 20 feet from the cascading waters. It’s so close that you can feel the strong winds and the water spraying down on you.

Other attractions in the state park include the Niagara Falls Observation Tower which stands at a height of over 200 feet. The deck extends out over the gorge dramatically with views of stunning landscapes. From here, you can see all three falls – American, Bridal Veil and Horseshoe Falls–together. Besides this, head to the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center to explore natural and local history as well as rock climbing, hiking and biking trails. The Aquarium of Niagara is another attraction with over 1500 aquatic animals including sea lions, penguins, seals, sharks, sturgeons, seahorses and more.

These types of attractions can be replicated on the Canadian Side of the border, with Hornblower Niagara Cruises, Journey Behind the Falls and the Skylon Tower Observation Deck. For more inforamtion on these attractions visit Magnificent Tours of Niagara’s Scenic Tour

Goat Island

This wonderful island attraction is accessible from the Niagara Falls State Park. Goat Island is an uninhabited island located between the Horseshoe and the Bridal Veil Falls. Filled with natural beauty and greenery, Goat Island can be accessed only from the American side of the falls. Terrapin Point is a major attraction here as the observation area is situated very close to the Horseshoe Falls. You can head for the Cave of the Winds tour from Goat Island. Access to Three Sisters Islands and Luna Island that separates the Bridal Veil Falls from the American Falls is also available through Goat Island.

Seneca Niagara Casino

The award-winning 147,000 square foot casino is a gamer’s delight with slots, table games, poker, keno and much more. A 26-storey luxury hotel is also a part of this establishment. The casino is managed by the Seneca Niagara Falls Gaming Corporation owned by the Seneca Nation of Indians. More than 3,000 reel and video slots ranging from penny spin machines to the $5 to $100 limit machines in the High-Limit Slot area await the gamer. Play about 100 table games including classic favourites like Blackjack, Roulette, Three Card Poker, and more. Poker and keno lovers can head to the superb Poker Room with 16 tables or go to the Keno lounge. You can also catch the action at The Mezz which is an 18+ gaming area.

The Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa, located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, is TripAdvisor’s #1 Rated Fallsview Hotel, with a breath taking view of the Horseshoe Falls. The hotel is located within a one minute incline railway trip to The Brink of Niagara Falls, as well as a five minute drive from the US/Canadian Border. For more information about our hotel, as well as our preferred guest hotel packages, visit: Niagara Falls Hotel Packages