Established in 1885, Niagara Falls is considered America’s oldest state park. Tourism in Niagara Falls began in the 18th century but the beauty of the falls was almost lost in the early 19th century during the Industrial Revolution as hardworking industrialist built factories and mills along the river. Around 1860 a small group of pioneering environmentalist worked tirelessly to preserve the falls. They founded a group called the Free Niagara Movement and in 1885 they won their battle when the state set up the Niagara Reservation.
There are many things to do in Niagara Falls including the popular Maid of the Mist boat tour and Cave of the Winds tour which is a wooden path that takes you right up close to the thick mist of Bridal Veil Falls. We actually did the Maid of the Mist tour 3 years ago when we were here and highly recommend it. Our plan on this visit was to do the Cave of the Winds. Unfortunately, Thing 2 and 3 were recovering from being sick the week prior and we decided it wasn’t in their best interest to get wet that day. Nevertheless, we had a great time exploring the area by foot.