Niagara Falls. Just some facts…
- Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in the U.S.A., established in 1885 as the Niagara Reservation, the first of several such reservations that eventually became the cornerstones to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
- Frederick Law Olmsted, landscape architect of Niagara Falls State Park, also designed Central Park in New York City.
- In 1969, an earthen dam was built across the head of the American Rapids, dewatering the American Falls. For six months, geologists and engineers studied the rock face and the effects of erosion. It was determined that it would be too costly to remove rock at the base of the American Falls, and that nature should take its course.
- 3,160 tons of water flows over Niagara Falls every second. This accounts for 75,750 gallons of water per second over the American and Bridal Veil Falls and 681,750 gallons per second over the Horseshoe Falls.
- The water falls at 32 feet per second over the falls, hitting the base of the falls with 280 tons of force at the American and Bridal Veil Falls and 2,509 tons of force at the Horseshoe Falls.
- Niagara Falls are capable of producing over 4 million kilowatts of electricity, which is shared by the United States and Canada.
- Four of the five Great Lakes drain into the Niagara River, (Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie) before emptying into Lake Ontario. These five Great Lakes make up almost one-fifth of the world’s fresh water supply.
I have been twice 3 times to Niagara falls. Twice on the New York side and once to the Canadian side. Once when I was very little to NY, once to meet up with some friends some Northern Ireland on the Canadian side (which my parents tagged along too because it happened to be my Dad’s birthday), and once with a group of Off The Wall friends in the winter time to NY again just a couple of years ago.
If you have never been, go. I prefer the Canadian side when the weather is warm. But, to see the falls in the winter time, is a must as well! To go behind the falls as well is amazing! It is so loud! There is so much power and force in the falls. It is so majestic as well. I could literally just stand and stare at them for hours.
The little towns nearby too are also adorable and fun to explore. On the NY side we found a cute little coffee shop (as most millennials do). Niagara is a great weekend trip! So if your from Ohio and need a weekend away, head to Niagara. NY or Canada! Both are only about 5-6 hours away!
Both trips are included in these photos. I couldn’t find more photos, my apologies! When I went with friends to the NY side, we also went to the aquarium which was awesome! Many photo creds go to Tyler Miller & Denton Troyer! Thanks guys! 🙂