Water, water, and more water. If you like water, then there are plenty of things to do in Niagara Falls NY to satiate that appetite. Best of all, you can experience the Falls in several ways: from a far, up close and personal, or right in the gorge.
Niagara Falls From "A Far". On my second night in Niagara Falls for the TMS Family Travel Conference, I enjoyed appetizers and dining with other attendees at The Top of the Falls Restaurant on Goat Island in Niagara State Park. Both outdoor balconies at the restaurant overlook the park and provide picturesque views of the top of Bridal Veil Falls. Looking out at the Falls, across to the Canadian skyline, there's a constant mist that floats upward, peaking a first-timer's curiosity as to what lurks below. Observing the Falls from either the park or the restaurant is a nice way to appreciate the beauty of the area from a far.
You can view the Falls from several areas, depending on how wet you like to get. If you've traveled all this way, you might as well head up to the Hurricane deck. You will see, hear, and feel the force of the water. It is intense but oddly euphoric. (Apparently, it's believed that the mist from the Falls creates negative ions that increase serotonin levels which help to alleviate depression and stress and boost daytime energy.) In other words, you feel good.
Maid of the Mist is a boat attraction that transports eager visitors into the mist of Horseshoe Falls. Getting to Maid of the Mist was an adventure all in itself. You walk up a super crowded platform dense with bodies and cameras, enter an even more crowded building where you can find the gift shop and the restrooms (and probably some other stuff but there was so much going on, my brain was in overdrive and I had to block things out). Go to the bottom of the stairs to catch an elevator that you will pack with other visitors to get to a short path that will lead you to the platform where you will board the Maid of the Mist.