"Most people miss this part of the falls" Niagara Falls Things to Do Tip by MikeySoft
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You may not have the time but I always liked the Whirlpool State Park when I lived in the area. You can hike down the gorge and see the lower rapids close up. There are 2 paths down, one by the Whirlpool, the second by Devel's hole. These rapids can be 12 feet high. Once down, you can walk along next to the river on a path that used to have a tourist railroad. I think the RR was during the 1800s but is long gone.
Most people miss Goat Island. Goat Island is the island between the NY Falls and the Horseshoe falls where you can get a close up view of the upper rapids around 3 sisters islands and a close up view of the bridal veil fall on the tiny island which makes that fall. You use to be able to park for free at the end of Goat Island away from the falls and walk to the sites I just said. I think you should still be able to.
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