You may think you know Niagara Falls, but until you actually go visit, learn, and see for yourself, we guarantee you-you don't!
Get more acquainted with the gorgeous falls before your visit and read what our friends at Niagara Falls USA have to say as a quick wrap up of Niagara Falls fun facts!!
- Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in America, established in 1885 at the Niagara Reservation.
- Niagara Falls is comprised of three waterfalls, from largest to smallest, the Horseshoe Falls (also known as the Canadian Falls), American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls; the vertical height is over 176 feet in some sections.
- The first person to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel was 63-year-old school teacher Annie Edson Taylor. She is buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Niagara Falls in an area called Stunters Rest, along with other Niagara Falls daredevils.
- Cave of the Winds, located at Niagara Falls State Park is torn down and re-built every year.
- The birth of Niagara Falls can be traced back more than 12,000 years to the end of the last glacial period.
- Despite myths to the contrary, Niagara Falls does not freeze in the winter. However, the flow of water was reduced to a mere trickle for a few hours on March 29, 1848, because of an ice jam upstream in the Niagara River.
- Four of the five Great Lakes drain into the Niagara River, (Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie) before emptying into Lake Ontario. These five Great Lakes make up almost one-fifth of the world's fresh water supply.
- Fish travel over Niagara Falls and most survive because of their ability to flow with the water.
- Energy from the Niagara River has been harnessed for hydroelectric power generation as far back as the mid-eighteenth century.
- Power generation facilities along the Niagara River supply more than one-quarter of all power used in New York State and Ontario.
BONUS NIAGARA FALLS AREA FACTS:
- One of the oldest surviving United States flags is permanently displayed at Old Fort Niagara. It was captured by the British during the War of 1812.
- The historic Village of Lewiston was the site of the first battle of the War of 1812 and the last stop for slaves escaping to freedom on the Underground Railroad.