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For some, getting around Niagara Falls has been a challenge—countless daredevils have attempted to navigate the falls in just about every vessel you could imagine and have even tightrope walked across it—but that certainly doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of safe and dry ways to see all that the area has to offer.
In the spirit of the thrill seekers before, you too can experience the power and grandeur of Niagara firsthand. The Maid of the Mist company has been has been offering tours of the Falls by boat since 1946. The boat tour is relatively inexpensive (2011 prices - $13.50 adult/$7.85 child), easily accessible (they launch from docks right outside the falls’ observation tower) and, most would agree, the absolute best way for visitors to see Niagara in all its glory—short of going over in a barrel.
As for those land-bound, the area around the park is, thanks to preservation efforts which created the first state park in the nation, incredibly beautiful and great to see on foot or on bike. And once your feet have quit on you, the Niagara Scenic Trolley will take you around a three-mile route within Niagara Falls State Park, making stops along the way. For a bargain price ($2 adult/$1 child) you receive an all-day pass that allows you to re-board as many times as you wish.