Budget Travel Ideas in Niagara falls

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Niagara Falls budget travel makes it possible for every traveler to enjoy the breathtaking natural wonder of the roaring waterfalls. Luckily, seeing the falls themselves from a distance is virtually free, but you can still enjoy an in-depth experience at a low price. Just remember that if you're hoping to visit the falls from the Canadian side as a US citizen, you'll need a passport.

Maid of the Mist

It's not often that you can count a cruise among the highlights of budget travel, but this isn't a luxury cruiser. The Maid of the Mist is one of the most popular tour boats of the falls and it brings travelers the closest possible to the falls: a mere 170 feet away. You can take the cruise from both the Canadian and the American sides of the falls, so even if you don't want to get a passport, you can still see the falls up close. And they're not kidding when they say you'll be "up close"; expect to be positively drenched. Luckily, admission comes with a disposable poncho at no extra cost.

This is a Niagara Falls experience you can't miss, even if you don't like getting wet. The Maid of the Mist is open daily from April though October, so plan accordingly. There's disability access so the whole family can come along. Best of all, it's affordable. Kids 5 and under are free with an adult and tickets cost CAN$14.50/U.S.$13.50 per adult and CAN$8.90/U.S.$7.45 per child ages 6 to 12. If you book with a tour operator or travel agent, you may be eligible for a slight discount on group tickets.

Journey Behind the Falls

Luckily for the budget traveler, so many of the must-do attractions at Niagara Falls are quite affordable. The Journey Behind the Falls brings you behind the actual waterfall through an access tunnel that reaches 150 feet into the bedrock. There's elevator and platform access to the upper deck and you can walk to lower decks if you want to see more. Children under 5 are free, adults cost CAN$12.75 and children ages 5 to 12 cost CAN$8.35.

Journey Behind the Falls is open year-round. In fact, some say the iced-over winter and fall view is just as stunning, if not more so, than the roaring spring and summer months! Expect to get wet in the spring and summer, but you'll be given a free disposable poncho with admission. (You'll surely have quite a few as souvenirs after your visit!)

February 02, 2010 change by schitti

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