Niagara Falls is certainly not the longest waterfall in the world, but it is probably the most famous one. Similar to the Iguassu Falls that border Brazil and Argentina, Niagara Falls also sits on the border of two countries, namely the United States and Canada.

Niagara Falls combines a collection of three waterfalls; the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls which are also on the American side. What side of the Falls that offer the best views is always a hotly debated topic, but most would agree that you need to see both sides to truly appreciate Niagara Falls in its entirety.

It goes without saying that for nature lovers, the sheer magnificence of the waterfall is a dream come true. If you do decide to explore the Canadian side of the Falls, staying at a Niagara Falls Canada hotel will massively enhance your experience both before and after the viewing. And if you decide to stick around the Falls for a more few days, there are many other nature-related activities in the surrounding areas to whet your appetite.

You can start with the following three to avoid being overwhelmed by choices:

1. Niagara Glen Nature Reserve
This nature reserve is located along the Canadian side of the Niagara Gorge and offers several hiking trails. If you're tired of paying for even the smallest tourist attraction in this area, finally here's something you can enjoy for free! The well-paved paths lend themselves to breathtaking scenery at every bend and best of all; you don't have to be an expert hiker to enjoy "the Glen." You just need a good pair of shoes and don’t forget to exercise vigilance.
2. Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory
Not a fan of insects? That's understandable, but you just might change your mind after a visit to the conservatory that's home to over 2,000 butterflies. Once you step inside the conservatory, you're instantly transported into a lush, beautiful tropical environment. You don't have to be a little kid to enjoy that! Some butterflies might land on you and if that happens, it's hard not to appreciate the bright colors and beauty of these wondrous insects.

3. Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens
Home to the aforementioned Butterfly Conservatory, the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens boast 99 acres of trees, flowers, and landscaping, not to forget the jaw-dropping rose garden featuring over 2,400 roses! Pick a weekday to get away from the crowd and ponder the true meaning of relaxation at the peaceful gardens. The admission is free (save for parking) and the gardens pair well with a visit to the Butterfly Conservatory.

These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to attractions and activities in the area, and they're the perfect place to start. It's always a good idea to give yourself more than a couple of days so you don't have to rush to see everything. After all, places like Niagara Falls and what surrounds it deserves more than merely crossing off an item on your bucket list.
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