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April 16, 2010

Tent Camping and RV Camping Around Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls
Photo by: jnystrom (Stock Exchange)

Welcome back to AllCampgrounds. In today’s adventure, we’ll be seeking out the finest camp grounds for getting a glimpse of one of North America’s most storied natural wonders: Niagara Falls, which you can visit from New York or Ontario. These massive waterfalls account for thousands of feet of water movement per second, and offer some of the most striking natural vistas anywhere on the continent. Though I wouldn’t recommend going over them in a barrel, you’ll definitely want to go camping close by!

The Best Camp Grounds on the Falls

Everyone has heard of Niagara Falls, so let’s focus on the local camp grounds …

Niagara Falls Campground and Lodging: At only six miles from the Falls, you can’t ask for a better site. There are plenty of LARGE, full hookup RV spaces offering 50, 30, and 20 amp service, as well as some tent sites. With taxi and plenty of rental cars available, you can make the short hop to Niagara any time.

Niagara County Camping Resort: Comes with pull-through RV and tent camping on 64 acres of prime rustic land. There’s also a beach, two ponds offering fishing and swimming, and even a free petting zoo. The resort is 22 miles from Niagara, and very affordable. Plenty of activities available for both kids and adults.

Niagara Falls KOA: For convenient access to the Falls, you can’t go wrong with KOA camp grounds. Situated a scant ten minutes from Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls KOA offers the usual full complement of great features for the whole family: indoor swimming, laundry and restroom facilities, games, and more. You can also book tours of the area conveniently from your KOA space.

Seeing the Falls Up Close: Local Attractions

Usually, we don’t talk much about “attractions” per se, because the land is the attraction. But in this case, the Falls themselves being a major tourist phenomenon, it’s important to know a few things about getting eye to eye with them. Many of the best opportunities around the Falls require a ticket and some planning, even if you’re camping out.

Maid of the Mist: Offering a one-of-a-kind boat tour of Niagara Falls, the Maid of the Mist takes passengers around American Falls and Bridal Veil, concluding with a close-up view of Horseshoe Falls. You can take the tour starting on either the Canadian or U.S. side of the Falls and return to your point of departure at the end.

Cave of the Winds: The one and only way to reach out and touch the Falls from right within, this tour brings you down into Niagara Gorge and through to the famous “Hurricane Deck” where visitors are only 20 feet from the waters of Bridal Veil Falls. The decks are equipped for adults, children, and the handicapped.

Top of the Falls at Niagara State Park: After that kind of adventure, you might want to sit down for a simple bite to eat. Niagara delivers with the Top of the Falls Restaurant, located on Goat Island and offering a breathtaking view of Horseshoe Falls from one of its many decks.

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