However you view Niagara Falls, it’s an unforgettable sight. That being said, on the Canadian side, you’ll get a panoramic view of both the American Falls and the magnificent Horseshoe Falls, as well as more chances to get up close and experience the falls. Families traveling to Niagara Falls find more activities to engage children on the Canadian side.
Begin by seeing the falls from Table Rock, where you’ll find the Visitors Center and a viewing platform. This is a good place to explain to children how the falls formed by water pouring from melting glaciers and plunging over the escarpment of solid rock. Over the 12,000 years since, the force of water eroded the rock further, tearing away great segments and continually changing the shape of the falls.
Feel the power of the falls — and get a little wet — on a Niagara Hornblower Cruise that goes right to the base of Niagara Falls on a 20-minute catamaran ride. This is as close as you can get to the mighty waterfalls.
To view the falls from another angle, ride Wildplay Zipline to try flying alongside Horseshoe Falls at 40 mph, more than 200 feet in the air. The 1.5-hour thrill ride is suitable for children aged 7 and older.
Families preferring to remain earthbound can go Behind the Falls, riding an elevator underground to a tunnel leading outside to a platform behind Horseshoe Falls as it roars past in a wall of water. Like the boat ride, this adventure comes with a disposable poncho to keep clothes dry in the mist.
Two more experiences will make sure your kids never forget their adventures here. The Whirlpool Aerocar takes you over the rapids and whirlpool of Niagara Gorge in an open-air cable car and the Niagara Skywheel is a giant Ferris wheel that rises to a viewpoint overlooking both the Canadian and American falls.
As the new year quickly approaches, family travelers are busy making lots of plans for a year of great travel and a healthier 2024. And what better way to combine the two than with a beautiful hike through nature at one of California’s most beloved state parks?
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
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As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.