With a water trail that looks like a bride’s veil, the flowing waters of the Bridal Veil Falls in Niagara Falls, New York is a popular tourist attraction. The Niagara Falls consists of three falls–the mighty, crescent shaped Horseshoe Falls, the equally voluminous American Falls and the smallest of the lot, the Bridal Veil Falls. In the past, this waterfall has also been called Luna Falls and Iris Falls.
It is the only one among the three falls which visitors can get the closest to on land. The American and Bridal Veil Falls are located side by side with the Luna Island separating them, while Goat Island splits it from the Horseshoe Falls. The waterfall is around 55 feet wide and falls from a height of 181 feet, crashing into the Niagara River below. It is accessible from two places on the US side–Luna Island and the Cave of the Winds tour from Goat Island. An uninhabited place, Luna Island enables you to get close to the edge of the Bridal Veil Falls. Visitors can walk across the small island to a viewpoint that overlooks the falls.
The Cave of the Winds Tour is very exciting as you are literally showered with the water from the Bridal Veil Falls as you stand below. An elevator takes you 175 feet down to the base of the gorge, after which wooden walkways lead you to the Hurricane Deck. This is the place where you can be unbelievably close to the falls and touch and feel the waters as it falls down on you from far above. The Hurricane Deck is so called because of the storm-like conditions there with the heavy winds, the thundering sound of the waterfall and the spray pouring down upon you. You understand the power and beauty of nature as you experience this waterfall at such close quarters. For people with disabilities and families with very young children, another deck 150 feet away enables a great view without getting wet.
One more way to view the falls from a different angle is to take the thrilling Maid of the Mist boat ride. It takes you to all three falls and you can view the Bridal Veil Falls from the boat, cruising along the Niagara River. Bring along a waterproof camera to capture pictures from all these viewpoints as each one offers a different perspective. If you wish to have an aerial view of all three falls, head to the Prospect Point Observation Tower. You can see the Bridal Veil Falls from a height of 230 feet here, so it makes for a lovely panoramic view.
Good things come in small packages is a saying that holds true for the Bridal Veil Falls–small it may be but experiencing it gives you a big thrill.
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