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Niagara Reservation State Park
Copyright: New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Niagara Reservation State Park
Description - As America's oldest state park, Niagara Reservation leads the vision of preserving a treasured natural attraction . The park is made up of numerous islands, as well as the famous Prospect Point area. A visitor center greets folks entering the park offering information and exhibits about the park's history, geology and technology. The Observation Tower has elevators that take visitors 80 feet above street level to view the falls and 180 feet down to the base of the tower for a close-up view of the American Falls. Visitors also enjoy the world famous Maid of the Mist Boat and the Cave of the Winds attraction.

Attractions - Niagara Reservation State Park, which surrounds the mighty Niagara Falls, is the oldest state park in the United States. It is made up of numerous islands, as well as the famous Prospect Point area. The magnificent Great Lakes Garden greets visitors entering the park. The visitor center offers information and exhibits about the park's history, geology and technology. The open-air Viewmobile provides three-mile guided tours, stopping at the park's most scenic vistas and at such facilities as the Schoellkopf Geological Museum, which tells the story of the creation of the falls with exhibits and a multiscreen theater presentation. The Observation Tower has elevators that take visitors 80 feet above street level to view the falls and 180 feet down to the base of the tower for a close-up view of the American Falls. While in the park ride the world famous Maid of the Mist Boat and get wet while at the Cave of the Winds attraction. Visitors can also hike, bike, fish and cross-country ski.

Recreation - Niagara Reservation State Park offers sights of one of America's most fabulous natural attractions. A wide range of activities include biking, fishing, hiking, picnic tables, recreation programs, a museum and gift shop and winter cross-country skiing.

Climate - The Niagara Reservation area experiences average January temperatures above 22 degrees Fahrenheit (above -6 degrees Celsius). It is important to note that this area receives some of the heaviest snowfalls in the nation. Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (around 22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from less than 36 inches to approximately 40 inches of rain and snowmelt.

Location - This park is located at the heart of the Great Niagara Falls tourist area along the Robert Moses Parkway.


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Filed By: Bob Albee (Amherst, ny)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I spend a lot of time here, especially Goat Island between the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls. Three smaller islands on the far side of Goat Island called the Three Sister's Islands are my preferred place. Took my 18 years old daugher in December right after a good, wet snowfall. The trees are coverd in fluffy snow, and what didn't have snow on it had thick ice from the mist of the falls. We took over 100 pictures and each one is beautiful. It was cold, but the sun was shinning and the trees and water just glistened. I have gone up there several times over the years to take pictures and I can never get enough of it. Winter is one of the most beautiful times to visit the falls. Less people makes better, natural pictures. On the third island there are some good sized bolders that you can climb on and if you are really stupid, you can put your feet in the river just about 100 feet from the brink of the falls. No fences or railings to keep you away from the water. Also, explore some of the trails that lead into the woods, off the beaten path. You cross over some beautiful stone arched foot bridges to get to each island. We saw about 15 cardinals plus many other birds. You have to see it in the winter to really appreciate what the falls has to offer.


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Contact Information:
Niagara Reservation State Park, P.O. Box 1132 , Niagara Falls, NY, 14303, Phone: 716-278-1796

Additional Information:
New York State Parks - The New York Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation offers 152 parks, 35 historic sites and 27 golf courses for all tastes, ages and abilities.
Niagara Travel Region - Known as the western gateway to New York, the Niagara Travel Region is probably best known for the wondrous Niagara Falls.

Links:
New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation - Official agency Website

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