Niagara Falls State Park
Niagara Reservation State Park, which surrounds mighty Niagara Falls, is the oldest state park in the United States. The park is made up of numerous islands, as well as the famous Prospect Point area. The magnificent Great Lakes Garden greets visitors entering the park. The visitor center offers information and exhibits about the park's history, geology and technology. The Niagara Scenic Trolley provides three-mile guided tours, stopping at the park's most scenic vistas and at such facilities as the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, which tells the story of the creation of the falls with exhibits and a multiscreen theater presentation. The Observation Tower has elevators that take visitors 180 feet down to the base of the tower for a close-up view of the American Falls. While in the park ride the world famous Maid of the Mist Boat and get wet while at the Cave of the Winds attraction. Visitors can also hike, bike and fish. Open year round.
Illumination times: January 1 to January 31 5:00 p.m. Midnight February 1 to February 29 6:30 p.m. 10:00 p.m. March 1 to March 10 7:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. March 11 to March 31 8:30 p.m. 10:00 p.m. April 1 to April 30 8:30 p.m. 11:00 p.m. May 1 to August 16 9:00 p.m. Midnight August 17 to September 30 8:30 p.m. Midnight October 1 to November 2 7:00 p.m. Midnight November 3 to December 30 5:00 p.m. Midnight December 31 5:00 p.m. 1:00 a.m