View Niagara's Horseshoe Falls From The Top At Terrapin Point
Photo Credit: TN

Photo Credit: TN

View Niagara's Horseshoe Falls From The Top At Terrapin Point

New York , Travel News
Dr. Diana Rangaves
Dr. Diana Rangaves Aug 7, 2023

Niagara Falls is famously known for the height from which the water drops and the volume of the water. It is one of the most Instagrammed places in the world. Capturing, recording, and taking photos with the falls in the background is all that people do as they marvel at this wonder. Most people think the best place to view the falls is from the Canadian side, but did you know that Terrapin Point gives a closer view of the horseshoe falls?

Terrapin Point Overview

The Terrapin Point is on Goat Island in New York, offering a clear view of the horseshoe falls. If you are wondering why it is called the horseshoe falls, the falls loop around in half circles just like the horseshoe, hence the name. It is one of the most popular destinations for tourists and travelers. You can choose to drive or take a bus to the location. For people who would love to walk, you can tour Goat Island via the trails, so make sure to bring comfortable shoes and clothes. You can also take the scenic trolley, which you can board at any point of interest. The Goat Island trails can lead you to Three Sisters Island, The Niagara Gorge, and you can explore the Cave of the Winds beyond Luna Island. For those who love exploring, these are fun places to visit at Terrapin Falls.

What To Expect At The Terrapin Point

Will water spray Niagara Falls enthusiasts at Terrapin Point? Some people will always ask this question to determine the type of clothes for the trip. At Terrapin Point, you can see the mist coming off Niagara Falls. However, you can feel light water sprays in the parking lot even before getting to the falls. It is not enough to make your clothes wet. To get an up-close view of the mist, go to Luna Island. For those who want water spray on the American side of Niagara, you can go down the Cave of the Winds. There you will need a case for your phone if it is not waterproof. Remember, although the visit to Terrapin Point is free, you must buy tickets to the Cave of the Winds, which takes you behind the falls.

Where To Start

Most people will go straight to Terrapin Point on their first visit. However, you should ensure to pass by the observation deck. Terrapin Point will give you a close-up view of the Horseshoes Falls, but the observation deck leaves your mouth in disbelief. It is set up to give you a zoomed-out big view of Niagara Falls. You can easily spot the Maid of the Mist from the observation deck as it takes people closer to the falls. You can also see the water height drop, the surrounding scenery, and the sunset effect on the falls. Remember to walk to Terrapin Point for a much closer view which will take 10 to 15 minutes, or choose to drive, which is faster.

 For souvenir lovers, as you leave the observation deck, you will walk right through the Niagara gift shop. Take advantage, get your family and friends gifts, or get a few for yourself for memories of the trip.

Special Events And Meals

Carry snacks with you, as the visit may take up to three hours, depending on the time spent at each point. If you do not, you can enjoy a meal at the only restaurant that overlooks the horseshoe falls. The operation hours change, and confirming their hours before planning a visit to the restaurant is helpful. Marvel at the breathtaking view as you enjoy a meal at the top of Niagara Hotel.

There is more to the park than just the water from the Niagara Falls. The park is rich in history and ecology. People often go on hikes to explore the uniqueness of the park. The Niagara Falls illumination is a site to behold. The LED lights, which come to life at night. They deliver breathtaking views of the park in the dark; you can hang around and experience this beauty. Before planning the visit, check the illumination days and times to capture these beautiful memories.

Plan For The Terrapin Point Trip

Did you know Terrapin Point will give you an experience of a lifetime of Niagara Falls? This is because you get to see where the water is flowing from and flowing to at very close proximity. If you are lucky during the trip, you can catch a rainbow. A Terrapin Point visit costs you nothing besides your transport to the site. For people who love hiking, this Terrapin Point has guided hiking trails to ensure safety. Take the chance to visit this wonder and remember to pass by the observation deck.

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