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Free activities in Washington DC to enjoy with your family

12 Free activities in Washington DC to enjoy with your family

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The high volume of visitors that the city of Washington DC has every year has made the offer of free activities to enjoy with the family ever greater. If you travel with small children we assure you that fun is guaranteed and, best of all, without spending a penny.

When you go on a Washington D.C. one day tour from New York, you realize that this is a perfect destination for a family vacation at any time of the year, since the attractions that the city offers are adjusted to each member of the family, and to each of their tastes or preferences.

This time we have put together a list with the Best Free Things to do in Washington DC, so… Read on to start dreaming about your trip to this fantastic place!

 

1. Visit the monuments of the National Mall

Free Things To Do In Washington D.C.

The National Mall has two sections, so to speak; on one side a few museums are grouped and it goes from the National Capitol to the Washington Monument, and on the other side are the main national monuments that go from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Monument.

Not all the important monuments of the city nor all the museums are grouped in this area, however this is a good starting and reference point. On the sides of the National Mall you will find a wide variety of commemorative works that are free to access. Among them is:

  • The United States Capitol
  • The White House
  • The Vietnam War Veterans Memorial
  • The monument to Iwo Jima, and others.

In these places, in addition to learning about the history of the country, you can create great memories with your family or friends.

2. Visit Rock Creek Park

With 125 years of existence, Rock Creek Park is one of the oldest parks in the country and one of the most visited in Washington, especially by locals and tourists who search for adventure and outdoor activities. Rock Creek Park has over 32 miles of trails, cycling trails, free evening astronomy programs and, one of the park’s biggest attractions, the Old Stone House, where the history and culture of the first residents of the city is exhibited.

And, as if that were not enough, take advantage of your visit to Washington and visit the National Zoo, which houses more than 2000 animals and is free for all visitors to the park.

3. Climb aboard a Postal Carriage, such as those formerly used to deliver US postal mail.

This method first appeared in the country around 1820 and remained in use until the early 1900s, before the railway system was established. You can discover the full story at the National Post Museum, where children can also order packages, design their own stamps, write a postcard, and board the historic Railway Service Car.

 

4. Tour the President Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial

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The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (commonly known as the “FDR Memorial”) honors the 32nd President of the United States and consists of four “halls” representing each of his four terms as commander-in-chief. Also featured are bronze sculptures of the President, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and her faithful canine Fala (who was a very photogenic pet).

5. See paintings and sculptures of all American presidents at the National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery is a must-see for fans of pop culture, history buffs, and art lovers. The museum displays paintings, photographs and sculptures of the people who have come to define America as we know it today, from activists and actors to presidents and poets.

The gallery is located at 8th and FNW streets, within the Donald W. Reynolds Center. Admission is free and the museum is open from 11:30 am to 7 pm every day of the year (with some exceptions such as December 25). The building also features the beautiful Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, a quiet place to work or relax, it has free Wi-Fi and a cafe offering sandwiches, salads, coffee or beer.

 

6. Hear amazing stories at public libraries in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Free Things to Do in family in Washington

Almost every day of the week, you can stop at local libraries to listen to stories, songs and games led by librarians, this is an activity that the little ones love and, without a doubt, you will not be bothered. Some of the local bookstores and museums also offer free story times. Do not miss them!

7. Visit museums

A must-see plan after a tour of Washington from NYC is to visit its, mostly free-entry, museums. Washington has been characterized by housing, in several of its buildings, years of culture, history and technology that is within reach of the community, so you should not miss the opportunity to visit the Smithsonian museum complex, especially the Air and Space Museum, the American History Museum and the Natural Sciences Museum. This is an attraction that adults and children love as it is one of the few opportunities where they can see, very close up, some species and elements that were only seen on television or in books.

8. Get to know the National Archives

This is a must for lovers of American history; strolling through the national archives you will find documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, the Charter of American Rights and the Magna Carta. Just be aware that photographs are not allowed from the moment you enter the building.

9. Stroll through the botanical garden

Botanical Garden Washington

This is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the country and, undoubtedly, one of the most striking places in the city to have proximity to nature, as there are several types of flora native to the United States, like desert plants or Hawaiian plants.

Besides, see the famous Capitol Columns, walk through the Bonsai Museum, and explore the Garden of Youth at the National Arboretum. The Arboretum grounds are open every day of the year, except December 25, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, except federal holidays – November to February -. This option is interesting to awaken in the little ones a lifelong love of nature and instill a passion for science.

10. Visit the Kennedy Center

Attend a free presentation at the Kennedy Center, no tickets required. Take a seat in one of the most beautiful theaters in the world to watch a variety of artists that perform every night at 6pm on the Millennium Stage. Shows range from bands and poetry readings to children’s choirs and dance companies.

11. Walk through the Smithsonian National Zoo

Dare to spend the day at the Smithsonian National Zoo, where there is a wide variety of animal species including giant pandas, elephants and the Amazon exhibit, where guests can walk through a jungle atmosphere.

12. Play at the Clemyjontri Park

Play at Clemyjontri Park, a huge playground for children with all the attractions to play, climb, swing, slide and explore together. The rainbow theme park is located in McLean, Virginia, it contains a carousel and a picnic pavilion with many learning games, maps, a globe, and a clock with moving hands.

Now, if you are in the Big Apple and you want to take the opportunity to visit the nation’s capital at low cost, you can take a fully guided Day trip to DC from NYC. It is a very complete plan that allows you to save a lot of money and avoids you having to look for transportation or hotels at the last minute, because we pick you up at the door of your hotel in NYC, we take you to visit the most important destinations in Washington and we drop you back at your hotel. An excellent plan, isn’t it?

 


 

Without a doubt, these are excellent options if you are traveling with your family, let us know which of these plans you have made and, if you think there is something else that we should include, you can suggest activities to feed this list.

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Best Romantic Getaways in Niagara Falls

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If you’re looking for plans in Niagara Falls to celebrate with the love of your life, you’ve come to the right place. Well, we have set ourselves the task of selecting a list of perfect plans to make a romantic getaway in one of the most amazing places in the world.

An Niagara Falls day trip from New York is a great plan to connect with nature, but if you add a touch of romance, it will certainly be a dream experience. For some reason it has been called “the world capital of the honeymoon”, as it is a destination that offers plans for all tastes and allows you to get closer to nature or hold on to the city; just ask and Niagara grants you.

Taking advantage of the arrival of Valentine’s Day, many couples travel to the falls to celebrate their anniversary, get married, ask for a hand or simply to enjoy a romantic getaway. Therefore, on this occasion we propose 14 plans that you can enjoy with your partner, or with friends, in this wonderful place.

 

1. Take a day trip to Niagara Falls from New York

If you still don’t know what to do for a romantic getaway, a Niagara Falls one day tour from New York will be a great option. If you are traveling in the United States, this one-day plan will be perfect to relax with your loved one and dedicate yourself to enjoy and get to know the place. In fact, you won’t have to worry about anything, the tour starts at the Manhattan Hotel in Times Square, around 11:30 pm, where it leaves to the north of the United States to start an incredible adventure towards the imposing Niagara Falls.

During the trip there are two stops where you can rest, stretch and buy something to eat; Niagara is reached at 7:00 am, and the tour has hours of rest to take breakfast or lunch, which are not included in the plan.

Once in the final destination, you will have the support of an expert guide, who will be in charge of telling the history of the place and its curiosities, also it will take you to the most emblematic locations and to do some of the available activities so that the experience is full.

What will you find on the Niagara Falls tour?

First of all, this landscape is one of the most famous in the world, so thousands of people travel to meet and enjoy its attractions every year. Being located on the border between Canada and the United States you will not enjoy 1 but 3 waterfalls; American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls that are on the American side and the Horseshoe Falls located on the Canadian side, each with its specific appeal and its respective magic that will make you remember this journey forever.

This, without a doubt, is a very good romantic getaway since, in a few hours, you can visit one of the wonders of the world, without worries and by the hand of the love of your life. Now tell us, is the Niagara Falls tour a good option for a romantic getaway? I wouldn’t think twice.

2. Helicopter tour in Niagara Falls

If you’re not afraid of heights, a helicopter ride will be an unforgettable experience. Together with Rainbow Air Inc or Niagara Helicopter you can fly over and around the falls to see their majesty from a perspective you can’t get any other way, ignoring what you can see with a drone, for example. Enter the Horseshoe Falls and fly over the 3 waterfalls, be amazed by the immensity of the waterfall, its noise and the breeze it produces.

In addition, if you want to surprise your partner even more, encourage yourself to acquire an “aerial wedding plan”, where they will help you organize everything so that you make the big question in a unique and unforgettable way.

Tours are available every day of the week, between 9 am and 7 pm. However, schedules may vary according to weather.

3. Rest in hotels with spectacular views

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This is an expensive plan, but if the budget is not limited, book a room with a view of the falls, preferably on the higher floors, so you can see the immensity of nature at any time of the day from the privacy of your room. Although it does not seem to the naked eye, every hour of the day makes the light reflect on the water differently, creating beautiful and particular landscapes.

Also, take advantage because these rooms are usually the most comfortable, with huge beds and sometimes they even include a Jacuzzi. So surely you dare to wake up early to watch the sunrise, take breakfast in bed, and then return in the afternoon to see how the sun begins to hide on the horizon while artificial lights, along with the moon, take over the falls. It sounds exquisite, doesn’t it?

4. A walk on the cruise

This is a plan suitable for family and friends, not just for couples, yet riding aboard one of the Hornblower Niagara boats is an excellent extra for your Niagara Falls day trip from New York, It will help you get close to the falls enough to get completely wet.

The tours last only 20 minutes, it includes the poncho and the schedules vary according to the season, but, you can choose between 3 options:

  • Daytime cruise with full or light fog
  • Night cruise with lighting
  • Night cruise with fireworks

 

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5. A journey behind the falls

By doing the “Journey Behind the Falls” in Horseshoe Falls you will have a unique view but, to get to this point, you must descend 45 meters in an elevator to then travel through a 50 meters tunnel that takes you to 2 observation platforms that are located at the bottom of the waterfall, a strategic point to feel, at first hand, the force with which about 3,000 cubic meters of water fall per second.

For this tour it is essential that you wear your plastic poncho to protect yourself from the fog, protect the items you wear and enjoy the closeness with nature.

This attraction is available every day of the week, from 9 am to 7 pm. We recommend checking, in advance, whether you should make a reservation or not.

6. Spa for couples

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After one or more days of excursion through the Niagara Falls you will feel that tiredness takes hold of your body… Good news! The solution is at your fingertips when attending one of the spas in the region and hotels near the falls.

Attend with your partner and indulge in a relaxing massage at one of the tourists’ favorite spas, the Christienne Fallsview Spa at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel. This spa has stolen all the attention because it is the only one that has a direct view of the falls and projects the sound of the waterfall inside the enclosure so the experience is naturally relaxing.

 7. First class shows

After a NYC to Niagara Falls tour it will be great to enjoy theater shows or Niagara casinos, these offer special plans to celebrate Valentine’s Day and are a good way to finish the day.

8. Wine and romantic dinner in a vineyard

If you are spending your vacation on the Canadian side, book an afternoon of wine tasting and romantic dinner in one of the vineyards of Niagara-on-the-Falls, the city located at the north of the great waterfall and which has gained recognition for hosting some of the best vineyards and wine cellars in the country. In each of them they will offer you first class tasting and pairing tours.

Among the favorites are:

  • Konzelmann Estate Winery
  • Peller Estates Winery & Restaurant
  • Trius Winery & Restaurant

 

9. A kiss in Niagara SkyWheel

Sharing a moment with the person you love at the top of the Niagara Wheel is a super romantic plan, especially if you intend to declare your love 53 meters high with an excellent view of the falls. Fortunately, the wheel is open all year round, thanks to its air-conditioned cabins, so there is no excuse to take this opportunity in any season.

The tour lasts about 10 minutes, but from there you can appreciate the best of the American Falls, Horseshoe Falls and the river. And if you want to make the experience even more captivating, we recommend you to climb the Ferris wheel at dusk, so you can see how the sun is hidden and how artificial lights illuminate the water. In addition, since the glass cabins are not reflective you can take wonderful photos from there.

10. A carriage ride pulled by horses

A ride in a classic horse-drawn car is a very romantic plan, especially when it gives you a sense of time travel, but also classy. Well, thanks to the Sentinel Carriages, there are walks around the Botanical Gardens or the Floral Showhouse that turn out to be full of love thanks to the beautiful view and the spring smell of the environment.

The tours take place between May and October, when the weather is warmer, and cost approximately $85 Canadian dollars for a 30-minute trip.

11. Enjoy the view at Skylon Tower

skylon tower romantic getaway

The Skylon Tower is a “must do” during a visit to Niagara Falls as it is the highest point of the city, from where you can appreciate the majesty of the falls. In addition, it has a couple of excellent restaurants where you can celebrate a romantic dinner while appreciating the horizon with a 360° view. In fact, the tower has a revolving restaurant that turns out to be one of the most popular locations where couples often declare eternal love, as the view is breathtaking and the lights of the falls or sunset create a perfect background for the occasion. That’s where we leave the idea, you get in charge of the rest.

12. Visit the natural parks

Visit the Niagara Falls State Park, where you will find protected wildlife and kilometers of nature that will make your tour the most welcoming and special moment of your trip, imagine walking all this nature holding hands with your partner, take pictures and capture these landscapes in your hearts. As a curious fact we tell you that this park was designed by the landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, who was in charge of the Central Park design.

On the other hand, you can also enjoy The Cave of the Winds that is located behind theBridal Veil Falls; if your adventurous spirit does not know the phrase “fear of heights” this corner of Niagara is waiting for you.

13. Fall in love aboard the Maid of the Mist

Perhaps, this is the most desired attraction by tourists, in addition to being the one that wakes most of your senses. If you book a day trip to Niagara Falls, it’s already included so you’ll have no excuse to enjoy Niagara from within.

When you start the tour they will give you a raincoat because what you are going to enjoy, in approximately 15 minutes, is the soft breeze of the falls touching every corner of your skin, by the way, you must take into account which digital devices you are going to take to your tour.

14. Enjoy love in any season

Summer is a time when you can enjoy the falls without problem as everything is suitable for you to make the most of it. Ask us about the best times to take a trip to Niagara Falls and not to miss any attractions since each season has its pros and cons.

In autumn the landscapes are beautiful, the temperature varies a little, the prices of the rooms decrease and, likewise, the number of tourists; forests, trees and crops acquire beautiful colors, reddish and orange hues, colors that, joined with the landscape of the sky and the fall of the leaves, make this a romantic moment.

Winter in Niagara is low season, as temperatures are not the most suitable for a tour, in fact, many tours such as the Maid of the Mist, and shops, close their doors. But, if you want to admire the landscape full of ice, you can do it because these waterfalls become glaciers that give a wonderful view. The fog freezes and covers the fall of the water almost as if it were a dance show on ice.

Spring tends to be somewhat hybrid since you can go from heat to cold in moments; in that season, gradually, everything returns to normal, tourist attractions reopen, but you can also enjoy many outdoor events such as the scenic walks on the US side or the butterfly conservatory.

Definitely, these are spaces and moments that will make your relationship be full of magic and spectacular memories, you can enjoy and forget the whole world to admire the beauty of nature next to your partner.

 


 

So that you don’t miss a single detail of all the magic that Niagara has, we invite you to consult the Trip to Niagara Falls from NYC. ¡ The magic of your moments as a couple are just a click away!

We assure you that, with these 14 plans we are sure that you can have fun and amaze your partner in a romantic getaway. And, if you visit the falls just for February 14th, you’ll find special offers for couples at restaurants, hotels, casinos, shows, vineyards and, in addition, you’ll fall in love with the themed lighting they do over the falls and towards the Skylon Tower. Are you going to miss it?

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Some of the best plans for each season in New York

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The capital of the world will always be that corner of the map that we point out as a holiday, business, culture, art, knowledge and, of course, the ideal rest destination; therefore, going on tour in New York will always be that photo album that you can’t miss on any social media profile, photo gallery or library at home, but, have you ever imagined everything you can do in this city during any time of the year, even if we talk about winter?

Well, let’s start to know some plans that New York has for each season of the year and let’s get ready to meet all the beautiful things and places that we can see and enjoy during a tour around Dyker heights, a Brooklyn neighborhood that dresses in bright lights and that, night by night, from December 1 to January 6, delights us with all the fantasy and charm of Christmas.

Let’s start with summer in New York

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The summer season is known as the season with the greatest influx of tourists, plans are increased, as well as costs, and opportunities to enjoy outdoor spaces are greater since you can enjoy parks, beaches or events. Definitely, during the summer there are a huge amount of plans to make and that you may not miss.

As for parks, Central Park makes you feel immersed in a number of movies and stories that take over every corner of this place; then you can enjoy parks like the High Line Park, located on an abandoned road, or Little Island, New York’s newest that floats over the Hudson River. Or, if you prefer, you can visit the Brooklyn Bridge Park or the Four Freedoms to hang out and enjoy an afternoon picnic with family and friends.

Here we could stay talking for hours about the large number of parks that New York has, but we know that when you travel you want to know a little about everything, so why not talking about something that, with no doubt, all of us keep waiting for, at the vacation and summer time, the beaches, another attraction that for this season turns out to be so desired.

New York’s urban beaches are so unique and spectacular that it’s seriously worth going, so cheer up and get to know Coney Island, I guarantee you won’t regret it. In fact, if you have some time left, take advantage and visit Rockaway Beach in Queens, as well.

But this does not end here, the outdoor events are fabulous, theater, philharmonic concerts or even being in the week of the gay parade is something that is definitely worth witnessing.

How’s the city during the spring?

best plans for each season in New York

Nothing to envy the summer, at this time parades, flea markets, concerts, exhibitions and some commemorative festivities are activated. The flea markets are located in Brooklyn, on weekends, where you can enjoy delicious cuisine and, on some occasions, garage sales where you will fall in love with everything.

Remember to pass by the Botanical Garden of New York, there they organize a show of orchids loaded with colors and a unique visual experience; obviously you can not forget the Saint Patrick’s parade, if you already enjoy it in your hometown why would you miss the opportunity to live it in this main city that celebrates turning everything green and with a great parade.

The musicals on Broadway, the Greek Independence Day parade, the National Beer Day or visiting the International Motor Show are other activities that will ultimately lead you to plan a tour of New York that will be tattooed on your memory.

What can you find in New York during autumn?

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During this season, the pace of life drops a little as it is that time of year where you have to take the time to appreciate the wonders of nature, with those particular images of autumn, where the trees and the sunset become the protagonists of New York afternoons. But it’s also the perfect excuse to take a tour of New York’s shopping malls and go shopping to renovate the closet and make way for winter.

In September you will find several celebrations such as Labor day, which takes place on the first Monday in the month and symbolizes the end of summer and the entrance to autumn. Next to this celebration you will find cafes full of pumpkin spice-flavored cakes, symbolizing the beginning of Halloween.

But, you can also participate in more heartfelt celebrations such as the 11-S or, if you prefer to go on the art side, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the film festival or the Little Italy festival.

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Why are we talking so much about winter in New York?

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Because it is the most fulfilling season, but it is also full of joy in family and love, so at this moment you can enjoy special and fantastic events, full of experiences that only Christmas and winter can offer you.

Do you remember that earlier we talked about Central Park and all its beauty during summer? Well, now imagine it covered in snow. In winter, snow becomes the protagonist of the best postcards in the world and of some of the best photos you can take anywhere.

How about a trip to the museum or the cinema and ending the night with an authentic New York hot chocolate? This can be the final touch you need after enjoying your night out.

But, winter is also the perfect opportunity to enjoy ice skating at the Rockefeller Center, to enjoy a show on Broadway or, take advantage and make the favorite plan of Christmas lovers, a tour of Dyker Heights that is one of the most beautiful of the year. Enjoy the lights, the Christmas arrangements, food and much more that you can find in the south of Brooklyn, in December and January.

By the way, if you need any help planning your tour to Dyker Heights christmas lights tour, let us know, we are more than ready to advise you and give you a complete guide of one of the most visited neighborhoods of New York during Christmas.

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12 Famous Movies Filmed in Washington D.C.

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If you are in love with the most emblematic city in the United States and you are also a movie lover, you are going to love this article!

Washington DC has served as a set of fascinating films. The Capitol, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, among others, are places that everyone may visit in a Day Trip to Washington DC from New York, since those places have been part of the intrigues and conspiracies of the seventh art.

Keep reading this post with us and meet 12 famous movies that were filmed in Washington streets. And after that, create your own list of the favorite places to visit in your next Washington DC One Day Tour from New York.

1. Forrest Gump, 1994

movies filmed in WashingtonThe story describes the life of Forrest Gump, a boy with a slight mental and motor disability who, despite everything, became a heroic character during the Vietnam War. One of the most memorable scenes in the film is when Tom Hanks, the lead actor in this film, is running in the reflecting pool of the Lincoln Memorial right in the Washington Obelisk direction. This sequence, which was engraved in the memory of moviegoers, is one of the places to visit in Washington that, for sure, you cannot miss.

2. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 1939

blockbuster movies filmed in Washington D.CIt is a dramatic comedy film, directed by Frank Capra and starring Jean Arthur, James Stewart and Claude Rains. It deals with the politics of the United States which led it to be nominated for 11 categories of the Academy Awards, winning as the best adapted screenplay. In 1989, the film was considered culturally, historically and aesthetically significant, for being recorded in one of the most visited places in Washington DC, the United States Library of Congress.

3. The Silence of the Lambs, 1991

Films set in Washington StateReleased in 1991 and directed by Jonathan DemmeIt, The Silence of the Lambs is a horror thriller film based on the story of Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a serial killer and cannibal. Although the film was mostly filmed in Florence, it was also partly filmed in the historic city of the United States. Another reason why the Library of Congress has become one of the places to visit in Washington, and one of the places that may be in your itinerary.

4. All the President’s Men, 1976

Films shot in WashingtonAll the President’s Men tells us about the famous “Watergate” scandal investigation, which caused Richard Nixon to resign as President of the United States. Two reporters from the Washington Post investigated a political issue that apparently has little importance, but at the end they uncover a dirty issue that involves the White House and the president of the nation himself. In this film, several scenes were shot in the Library of Congress and the White House, both located in the nation’s capital.

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5. The Exorcist, 1973

movies in WashingtonThis horror film tells the story of a 12-year-old girl who has strange behaviors by going through a demonic possession. Her worried mother seeks the help of a local priest who requests to perform an exorcism.

One of the most terrifying scenes of the movie was shot on a staircase in Georgetown, it was also the movie poster and, since the film, it turned out to be a new “icon of the district”. From this well-deserved recognition the staircase will long remain as a favorite destination for residents and tourists.

6. JFK, 1991

Glorious Movies Filmed in WashingtonThe film features the investigation into President John F. Kennedy assassination , led by Jim Garrison, a New Orleans District Attorney. After the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin, Garrison reopened the investigation and found evidence of an extensive conspiracy following president Kennedy’s death. As soon as you come to the United States you will notice that DC is full of history ready to be told.

7. Captain America: the Winter Soldier, 2014

famous movies that were filmed in WashingtonSuperheroes have also fought major battles in the American capital,battles where the world has been prevented from being destroyed. Fortunately, it has always been possible to keep these iconic places to visit in Washington standing, such as the White House and the Capitol. Locations that you may see on your next Day trip to DC from NYC.

8. Independence Day, 1996

movies filmed in Washington D.C.It is a science fiction film, released in 1996, that tells the story of an alien invasion over the Earth just 2 days before the American independence day. This film was the winner of an Oscar in the category of best visual effects, as well as a Saturn Award for the best science fiction film of 1996. This wonderful film shows us one of the tourist places of Washington that you definitely cannot miss, The Pentagon.

9. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, 2009

movies filmed WashingtonIt is a comedy that shows a huge adventure experienced by a former guard of the American Museum of Natural History, in Manhattan. The characters in this film, with the exception of Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), the guard, are part of the museum’s exhibition who come to life every night.

Due to changes in the Natural History Museum, part of the exhibition will be transferred to the Smithsonian – a renowned institute, museum and research center based in Washington DC – that will host all of these objects but it will also be influenced by the magic that the new visitors carry from New York.

In Night in Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian we could see how great pieces of art and some other magnificent exponents of history come to life, such as Amelia Earhart, Napoleon Bonaparte, Al Capone, Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln himself, this immense representation of the former president that is located in the renowned Lincoln Memorial.

10. National Treasure, 2004

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This adventure film follows the amateur cryptologist Ben Franklin Gates, who stole the Declaration of Independence to find a coded hidden treasure map that will lead him to a treasure hidden by American freemasons during the American Revolutionary War.  He will find, in the National Archives Museum, the Declaration of Independence that will help him to find this “National Treasure”.

This film shows you the magnificent architecture of the National Archives Museum and gives you the invitation to visit this historical monument to see important documents of US history, such as the Bill of Rights, The Constitution of the United States and, of course, the Declaration of Independence.

11. State of Play, 2009

Films made in Washington StateThis political thriller, based on “State of Play” by Paul Abbot, talks about the Carl McAffrey’s journalistic investigation about the strange death of a congressman’s assistant, who, apparently, commited suicide.

This film will take us to different and notorious locations in D.C., like the Ben’s Chili Bowl. Where, while you take a Washington DC one day tour from NYC, you will be able to eat the famous chili dogs and half-smokes like many celebrities have, such as Shaquille O’Neal, Denzel Washington, Chris Tucker and Barack Obama.

12. In The Line Of Fire, 1993

blockbuster movies filmed in Washington DCThis political action thriller tells the story of a disillusioned and obsessed former CIA agent, McCrawley, who attempts to assassinate the president of the United States; and Frank Horrigan, a Secret Service agent, who tracks him. While the plot of this thriller goes forward, it will take you on a tour through different spots from D.C. like the US Treasury Building, the Old Ebbitt Grill, perfect to chill out, and to the Lincoln Memorial where you can go for an ice cream while you look at the great monument.

 


 

We are sure that there are hundreds of films that have taken this beautiful city as their stage. However, today we have taken the time to show you this extraordinary selection so that you can get to know the capital of the United States from the perspective of the seventh art, where, regardless of the film genre you choose, you will be able to appreciate everything the city has to offer.

Dare to discover these unforgettable places to visit in a Day trip to DC from NYC that will make you feel part of the film industry.

 

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14 Curiosities and Fun Facts About Washington DC

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In every city in the world there are hidden wonders. Wherever you go there are always places full of curiosities that have been known thanks to documentary makers, historians, photographers or people who have seen the passage of history with their own eyes, or some others who have invented a few stories.

Today we have taken the time to collect 14 curiosities and fun facts that surely you do not know about Washington DC.

1. The Washington National Cathedral has an image of Darth Vader hidden on one side.

Things You Didn't Know About Washington

The Washington National Cathedral is one of those mandatory stops when you are visiting the capital of the United States, whether you are taking a vacation in the city or you are passing through a Day Trip to Washington DC from New York, you must take some time to appreciate this majesty.

No matter how much you know about modern architecture, the Cathedral architecture and the gargoyles that surround it are pieces that catch the eye of anyone, but once you are there, take some time and look closely at these gargoyles, if you do it with patience you will notice that one of them is nothing more than the face of one of the highest villains in Hollywood, Darth Vader, the character belonging to George Lucas’s Star Wars franchise, whose face has been sculpted there for more than 30 years. I did not believe it until I saw it.

 

2. Originally, Washington DC was not going to be the capital of the USA

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Since 1790, Washington has been the main city of the United States, but before that it was Philadelphia the one that owned that privilege. What happened?

As a result of certain circumstances and the commitment to be made to such a position, the decision  to change the capital district was made, because there was not enough confidence in Pennsylvania since the soldiers mutinied there in 1783. On the other hand, The founders, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, had conflicting opinions about the ideal location for the US capital, as Hamilton believed that it should be in the north of the country while Jefferson defended the south, so as political compensation they decided to choose a middle point, which was Washington DC.

Having the title of “capital of the nation” was a commitment that no one wanted to submit to, however, the choice was more than perfect.

 

3. The White House has its own movie theater

Fun True Facts About Washington DCAt first the White House had a shelter to overcome the winter seasons, and it is certain that it must have been very useful at the time, but later they decided to change it for a movie theater whose size and exact location are unknown. In this place, former President Jimmy Carter saw 480 films and it is believed that there have been many more than most of the presidents who have lived there.

 

4. White was not always the color of The White House

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Did you know that the White House could have been called “the Gray House”? It is true, originally this palace was built with gray Virginia sandstone, but as a result of the fire caused by the British in the 19th century, the exterior of the White House had to be painted to cover the fire traces. At that time, white was the color chosen for the facade, and the rest is history.

 

5. The only president who did not inhabit the White House was George Washington

curiosities of Washington DCDespite the fact that former President George Washington was the one who laid the first cornerstone in the construction of the White House, in 1792, he never managed to inhabit it since he died before the construction was completed. So the first president to call this palace “home” was John Adams who made it his residence on November 1st, 1800.

6. Washington has a Technicolor Church

curiosities and Fun Facts About WashingtonHow about walking around and seeing a building full of colors on its facade? Surely you will think that it is a gigantic piece of art, and yes, the artist Alex “Hense” Brewer was the person in charge of making the SW neighborhood an art district, as he was recommended to illuminate the blank canvas of the Friendship Baptist Church facade. Its function was to make this building a huge technicolor mural that would also become a community arts center.

On your Washington DC One Day Tour From New York you should take the opportunity to visit and take a photo of this particular place.

7. The Washington Monument has two different colors.

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In 1848, during the construction of the marble obelisk located on the west side of the National Mall (the Washington Monument), the Washington National Monument Society ran out of funds, putting the project on hold for a reasonable period of time. 25 years later, the United States Government was in charge of resuming and ending the construction, achieving a successful work that was considered the tallest structure in the world, until the construction of the Eiffel Tower.

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Over time and as a result of the effect produced by the weather, rain and erosion, the new marble began to react in a different way than the one that was first used, producing a change in its original color, since it was brought from a different quarry. It has made the lower part of the obelisk look different from the upper half, but it is a detail that you will notice if you look at it very closely.

8. The White House hosted 3 alligators

Once the White House became a wild place as there lived 3 alligators, one of them owned by John Quincy Adams and the other two were by Allan, the son of Hebert Hoover.

9. There’s a statue made of cannons

The statue of Andrew Jackson, at Lafayette Square, is made, in part, of British cast guns left over from the Anglo-American War of 1812.

10. The MLK Memorial was made in China

Fun Facts About Washington DCThe great image of Martin Luther King, commemorating this civil rights leader, was manufactured in China by Lei Yixin, the sculpture is made in 59 pieces that arrived in the United States in 2011.

11. The Library of Congress is the largest in the world

With more than 160 million artifacts in its collection and more than 35 million books in the reading room, the Library of Congress has taken credit as the world’s largest library since it was founded in 1800.

The library has 3 buildings, whose names pay tribute to Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Madisom. There you can find books of high historical value and other really curious ones like the FBI’s secret interrogation manual. It’s fascinating!

12. Washington D.C. is an international city

The city hosts more than 170 embassies and international cultural centers, in fact it hosts international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization of American States (OAS), the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

In addition, about 15 percent of residents are foreigners.

13. In Washington D.C. all roads lead to the Capitol

Washington State FactsIf you’ve heard that all roads lead to Rome, on a day tour to Washington you’ll notice that here all roads lead to the Capitol. Well, this city, being built to house the political axis of the nation, was designed by a French architect who was responsible for giving it a very particular appearance where the central axis is this important governmental entity.

14. The Capitol has some eccentricities

It is to be expected that some of the emblematic buildings of the Capital City of the United States have inside them some eccentricities that surprise and that lead us to think “It will not be much?”. Well, the first is that the White House has 35 bathrooms, 132 rooms, 28 fireplaces, 8 stairs and 3 elevators; but, if this does not surprise you, the second is that in the basement of the Capitol there are marble bathtubs, hand-carved by Italian artists, which used to be used by senators who took a bath after long hours of work.

 


 

There are some curiosities and Fun Facts About Washington DC that have astonished more than one since it is a city full of surprises. Surprises that you cannot miss, because they will surely seem incredible to you. Now, if you are visiting the United States make sure you take some time to take a Day trip to DC from NYC, you will not regret it.

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21 Most Interesting facts about Niagara Falls

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Year after year there are many travelers that want to meet an awesome new destination, but it may be one that leaves them amazed. Well, if you are one of those passionate travelers, right at the border between Canada and the United States, there is an inexhaustible source of water that achieves this amazing purpose, the Niagara Falls.

For you to get to this place, it is possible to travel even from Canada or the United States, but make sure that you plan a good tour so that you have all your permits up to date, specially in case that you want to cross the border.

From the United States it is very common to make a Niagara Falls day trip from New York, by bus, this way you can reach this majestic place without thinking about accommodation or additional transportation since when you purchase the excursion you have a complete round trip transportation package to the Big Apple.

We are convinced that you won’t regret making Niagara Falls one of the next destinations to visit.

Every year, the Niagara Falls are visited by millions of people, from around the world, so, today, we want to help you awaken the curiosity of visiting this tourist destination, one that you must see at least once in your life. But before, here is a list of some amazing facts that you may know about. But first, let’s check a list of some amazing facts that you may know about the Niagara Falls.

1. Origin of Niagara Falls

More than 12,000 years ago, the Niagara Falls were created as a result of the emission of a gigantic Canadian glacier that, in its journey through the eastern area, formed new glaciers over the Niagara River and the Great Lakes of North America. This natural effect increased the water flow eroding the adjacent rocks, naturally creating a 54 meters high and about 1,000 meters wide waterfall.

2. Where are Niagara Falls located?

Niagara Falls are located on the border between Canada and the United States, however these do not belong to either country. They are born from the union of 3 waterfalls: American Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Bridal Veil Falls, which extend for 36 miles, from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.

But the political map of America has drawn a boundary where the waterfalls are divided between the two countries, where Horseshoe Falls belongs to Canada while the American and Bridal Falls are on the American side.

3. What is the length and height of the falls?

The American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are about 1,060 feet long and 176 feet tall. The volume of water falling from each fall is 150,000 gallons, which is more than 560,000 liters per second.

The Horseshoe Falls are nearly 2,600 feet long and 167 feet tall. The volume of water falling is 600,000 gallons and 2,271,247 liters per second.

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4. The amount of water flowing through the falls varies according to the season

The amount of water that falls from the falls varies constantly as two hydroelectric plants are in charge of extracting water affecting the volume that finally flows.

To this is added the time of year and the time of day, because it has been shown that, during the summer, thanks to the number of tourists, the flow of water is greater during the day than in the night. In the daytime the volume is maintained at 100,000 cubic feet while at night it goes down to 50,000 cubic feet per second, as they take the opportunity to put the hydroelectric plants to work.

5. The Niagara Falls have a world record for the highest volume of water fall

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Niagara Falls are not the widest or highest waterfall in the world, however, because they are a “funnel” of 3 different waterfalls, they have won the largest volume of waterfall world record. We are talking about 110,000 m3 per minute, it is practically 3,000 tons of water per second.

6. Where does the Niagara Falls name come from?

The term “Niagara” comes from the terminology used by the Iroquois Indians, a native community of the region. This population lived near Lake Erie and believed that the falls, due to their immensity, were the home of Hinu (God of Thunder), therefore they called the place as “Niagara” or thunder of water .

7. It has been a stage for movies and TV series

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Since the Waterfalls or hydroelectric plants are an excellent stage for the Hollywood plot, many film and television producers have chosen the Niagara´s surroundings to record films such as Superman II, Pirates of the Caribbean, Bride of Chucky, Niagara and episodes of the Ninja Turtles series. It is, definitely, a fortune to appreciate the magic of nature.

8. It is a source of natural resources

For the United States and Canada, Niagara Falls are a fundamental part of the energy and drinking water production. Each year it generates more than 4,000,000 kilowatts of electricity, for both countries, and a little more than 20% of the drinking water consumed by the closest to the falls USA cities.

9. The falls ran out of water

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On March 29th, 1848, around midnight, Niagara Falls were left without water for almost 40 hours in a row, just because during the night there were strong wind waves that made ice blocks to move towards the outcrops of Eire Lake. It caused the Niagara River channels to be blocked and the water did not flow towards the falls drying the great waterfall up.

10. Magic and acrobatics on the waters

In 1990 the magician David Copperfield performed one of his shows at the falls, it was called “The Challenge of Niagara Falls” and it consisted of falling from the top tied and locked into a sarcophagus, a few seconds after the fall he appeared in a helicopter flying over the area. How did he do it? A magician never reveals his secrets.

11. Jumps into the void

There are those who have jumped into Niagara´s void for fun and others who have done it to end their life. The most famous free falls have been the ones of Sam Patch (1829) and Annie Edson Taylor (1901), who wanted to experience an adrenaline sensation by jumping from the top. Sam jumped from a trampoline located in the Canadian area and survived the impact, for years many others wanted to follow him without the same fortune until Annie Edson threw herself locked in a barrel surviving the fall. This has been quite a show because the chances of surviving are very low.

The fortune of many others hasn’t been the best after falling through the falls. Either by accident or intentionally, each year there is an average of 25 people who died during the fall.

12. Niagara Falls has a state endorsement

The American side of Niagara Falls is protected by an environmental protection entity in charge of creating the Niagara Falls State Park, since 1885, becoming the first park of its kind in the USA. The architectural paths and spaces were designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, a famous american architect and landscaper commissioned to design New York’s City Central Park.

13. How many people visit Niagara Falls?

It is estimated that there are more than 30 million people who come each year to see this natural spectacle. There is no season in which the place is completely empty, because each weather season gives them a captivating touch. Those visits benefit the commerce of the surrounding regions, especially cities like Ontario in Canada and New York in the United States, in fact there are plans dedicated specifically to visit the falls such as the popular Niagara Falls day trip from New York by bus.

14. Ecological wealth

Once again we announce that this is a natural paradise, home of hundreds of flora and fauna species, many of them in danger of extinction. Some of the animal species found there are the Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) and the American Bald Eagle. In addition, there are some fish species that use free falls as a slide, but of the hundreds of fishes that fall per day it is believed that only 90% manage to survive, because the foam that forms in the water acts as a mattress. There have been cases in which tourists are hit by fish that fall into the void, those that fail to survive are hunted by birds that inhabit the area.

As for the flora, 14 endemic species of plants of the 600 existing species in the area are in danger of extinction.

15. The falls will cease to exist

For several years it has been said that the falls are “alive” because an 11 kilometers movement has been witnessed during its 12,000 years of existence. As a result of the water erosion and the movement of the rocks, the base of the cliff has been affected, making the movement permanent, also affecting the volume of water, the height of the falls and the rocky material. It cannot be specified how many more years we will be able to enjoy this spectacle but it is estimated that they will disappear in the next 30,000 years.

16. It is the largest waterfall in North America, but it is not the largest in the world

Although about 3,000 tons of water fall from Niagara Falls, and they are the widest and most voluminous in the United States, there are about 500 waterfalls that are higher than this. Anyway, these will surprise you enough when you take a trip to Niagara from NYC.

17. Geologically they are relatively young waterfalls

The falls were born 12,000 years ago, after glacial forces formed the great lakes, created the Niagara River and opened the topography, giving way to this magnitude. Niagara Falls is said to be still in its infancy as there are other formations that have been around for millions of years, such as the Appalachians, 500 million years old, or parts of Mammoth Cave, which are 10 million years old.

18. They are known as the World’s Honeymoon Capital

In 1801, Joseph and Theodosia Alston – New York landowners – traveled to Niagara Falls, with 9 horses and some servants, to celebrate their wedding. Thanks to this, several wealthy people, from both countries, copied the feat and began to visit the place for the same purpose.

But it was not until 1825, when the construction of the Erie Canal was completed, that Niagara Falls became the ideal destination for hundreds of couples who wanted to celebrate their honeymoon. In fact, Jerome, the brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, was one of the many people who chose Niagara Falls to celebrate their nuptials.

As the cost of travel decreased, the popularity of the place increased, especially for this purpose. However, today, more than 12 million people, including families, friends, couples and solo travelers, visit the falls during the summer.

The popularity of the falls as a honeymoon destination is such that if you wish, you can apply for a Honeymoon Certificate issued by the Mayor of Niagara Falls, this document is free and you can order it at the Ontario Tourist Information Center, it also includes a package with discounts to access the attractions.

19. The Maid of the Mist is an exclusive and bragging cruise around the world

The Maid of the Mist began, in 1846, as a ferry used to cross the border between Canada and the USA, carrying 100 passengers and operating on steam. From 1848 it became one of the most popular attractions of the place by bringing passengers up to the waterfall to see its majesty first hand. This attraction can be appreciated when you take an Trip to Niagara Falls from NYC.

20. You may be fined for doing stunts in Niagara Falls

There are many who have wanted to conquer the falls with acrobatics and shows that can be expensive. Both the Canadian and American sides impose fines ranging from $10,000 to a prohibition on entry to either country, or both, depending on the violation committed.

21. The fish fall from the sky

Dozens of fish fall down the waterfall and, some of them, end up falling on tourists who pass by the Cave of the Winds. However, 90% of these fish survive the fall as their bodies have been conditioned for such a feat and the foam serves as a “mattress” so that they do not collide with the rocks at the bottom of the water.

 


 

The continuous transformation of the place and how striking it is in each season of the year carries that thousands of people come to see this show with their own eyes. After seeing the Niagara Falls you can leave soaked, burned by the sun, frozen with cold, but it will not cease to be absolutely beautiful and impressive.

 

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If you dare to take the NYC to Niagara Falls Tour, or if you arrive directly from the Canadian side, we are sure that this visit will be part of one of the best trips of your life.

Don’t think about it anymore, get your suitcase ready and let’s go!

 

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all you need to know about the National Air and Space Museum

Guide to The National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC

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When visiting Washington DC there are a lot of places to visit, apart from the many historical monuments and political and military relics. Washington has museums that keep hundreds of documents and pieces that have been of great value for scientific and technological development worldwide.

Among all the artistic and cultural squares of the city, The National Air and Space Museum is one of the mandatory stops on your visit to the capital of the United States, it does not matter if you arrive for vacation, a work trip or if you are taking a Day Trip to Washington DC from New York. Moreover, as a result of the celebration of 50 years after the Apollo 11 moon landing, commemorated on July 20, a milestone in the history of mankind, the museum has been the meeting place for tourists and residents to see a bit of aerospace history.

A place dedicated to teaching everything about space to young and old.

What is the National Air and Space Museum?

National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum is part of one of the Smithsonian Institution’s research centers, which contains airplanes and spacecraft used around the world and at different times in history as part of its display. Most of the pieces used in the different collections are originals or at least they are reserve copies, so these have been key to studying aeronautical and aerospace science and technology, but they have also been very useful to analyze terrestrial geology and the geophysics.

Since 1976, the year of its foundation, the museum has received millions of visitors, as it has been considered one of the most fascinating museums in the city, not only for aviation lovers but for anyone who wants to know a little history. In fact, the annual numbers of visitors exceed those of other international museums such as the Louvre (Paris, France) or the Prado (Madrid, Spain).

History of the National Air and Space Museum

The first meeting between aviation and the Smithsonian began in 1861, when physicist Joseph Henry, director of the institution and enthusiast of balloons and sky, invited Thaddeus Sobieski Constantine Lowe to make a public demonstration of the inflation of his hot air balloon at the facilities of the research center. Such a demonstration led to American aerial reconnaissance during the Civil War.

From that moment on, Joseph Henry was in charge of collecting elements related to aviation that, in 1976, would be exhibited in what is now known as the National Museum of Air and Space, which today is the largest collection of space and aeronautical artifacts in the world. As a curious fact, the first objects that were part of this collection were a group of 20 comets of the Imperial Chinese Commission.

Initially the artifacts were located in the Art & Industries building, after World War I they were moved to “Tin Shed” a hut run by the War Department, where the entire collection was housed from 1920 to 1975.

In 1946, former President Harry Truman signed a bill establishing the Smithsonian National Air Museum as a key piece to commemorate the development of aviation, in order to collect, conserve and exhibit aeronautical artifacts that would later serve an educational purpose for the state and advancement of aviation.

With the passage of time and after the large volume of artifacts collected, the “Tin Shed” had to be replaced by a larger space, as there were artifacts scattered throughout the country that had to be added to the collection. For example, in Chicago there was a collection of warplanes, engines and missiles, while in Norfolk there was another similar collection guarded by the United States Navy.

In 1951, following the Korean War, the museum moved much of the exhibition to a site on Silver Hill in order to save the collection. This rapid action was taken by Paul Garber, the museum’s first curator, by whom the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration and Storage Facility was created in 1980.

Since 1916 the Smithsonian was financially supporting rocket and space flight research, so in 1966 former President Lyndon Johnson signed a new bill that changed the museum’s name to the National Air and Space Museum, as it is known today. By that time it was already necessary to commemorate the development of aviation, but also to highlight the development in space flights. From that time the collection expanded and began to include missiles and space rockets, some of them exhibited in “Rocket Row” or the Building of Arts and Industries.

In 1971 funding was approved for the construction of a new building that would be located in the National Mall, where it is today and that you can visit after a day trip through Washington. And that same year, the secretary of the Smithsonian gave Michael Collins, a former Apollo 11 astronaut, the position of director of the museum. Since then it would be Collins who would be in charge of guiding the construction, organizing the exhibits and launching the Planetary and Earth Studies Center, division responsible for analyzing spacecraft data and being the leading center for observation and photography of the Apollo-Soyuz project.

The building was inaugurated In 1972, but there began the arduous work of organizing the exhibitions, which included planes and spacecraft, so by July 1, 1976, the official public inauguration of the National Museum of Air and Space took place.

Its success exceeded expectations, just 6 months after the inauguration more than 5 million people had visited the museum, making it, at present, one of the most visited museums in the world.

In 2003, two days after celebrating the centenary of the Wright brothers’ flight (in 1903), the museum opened a new headquarters at the Washington Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia. It is much smaller, in size, but exhibits more than 150 aircraft plus rockets, missiles, satellites and other spacecraft, it also houses a collection processing unit, a conservation laboratory and a collection repository for small artifacts.

What can you see in the Air and Space Museum?

Guide to Visiting the Air and Space Museum in DCThe complete exhibition is full of airplanes and ships that have been an important part in the world history of aviation, among them are airplanes that fought during World War II, ships that were part of the moon landing, or some others that helped transform the world of aviation to what we know today. Among the exhibits you will find:

  • The Spirit of Saint Louis, the first ship to fly across the Atlantic Ocean piloted by Charles Lindberg in 1927.
  • The Wright Flyer, a vehicle that has been considered the first aircraft in history, manufactured by the Wright brothers in 1903.
  • The Bell X-1, used by Chuck Yeager to execute the first supersonic flight.
  • The previously mentioned Apollo 11, used to take the first crew to the Moon, including Neil Armstrong.
  • SpaceShipOne, the first vehicle piloted to reach space.
  • Rocks brought from Mars.
  • Moon rock samples.
  • The prototype of the Boeing B707.
  • SR-71 Blackbird, ship used for espionage.
  • Air France Concorde plane, famous supersonic plane used to transport passengers.
  • Discovery space shuttle.
  • Enola Gay, plane used to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945.

And even more pieces, ships and garments used by the most important figures in the industry. The second headquarters, located near Dulles International Airport, is home to more than 200 aircraft and more than 130 spacecraft. In addition, in each room the exhibitions are set in such a way that they provide a bit of realism, allowing viewers to recreate spatial scenes as if they were there.

What started with a small group of 20 Chinese comets now has more than 60,000 artifacts, of all sizes and times. Many of these objects are on display to the public, others are on display in other museums – on loan – and many others are in storage, undergoing restoration and remodeling.

However, the museum remains the largest institution in the United States dedicated to commemorating, preserving, collecting and studying aviation and space technology. In fact, it has also ventured into the field of planetary research, so much so that many of the members of the Study Center participated in all active missions to Mars, Mercury and the Moon.

 

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Exhibitions at The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

1. SPACE RACE

It reflects the spatial conflict between the USA and the Soviet Union that began shortly after World War II. When, following the confrontation for democracy against communism, each country competed to overcome the achievements of the other in a “space race”.

In this exhibition you will know the military origins, the race to the Moon, the satellites development, the work done on Earth to cover the acts of each country and the presence that each one had in space. Items in this collection include a German buzzer bomb, a V2 missile, spacecraft and spacesuits from both countries, a Skylab orbital workshop and a test version of the Hubble Space Telescope.

2. ACROBATIC FLIGHT

Learn everything about acrobatic flight and its history, starting with Wilbur Wright, pioneer in this field of public exhibitions aboard a Wright Flyer, in 1908, until reaching the current aerial acrobatics with military combat aircraft.

These stunts include altitude, racing, climbing, diving, and dramatic twists that ultimately helped the military improve combat tactics and aircraft technology. Today it is still used tactically but also for exhibitions, competitions and fun.

3. AMERICA BY AIR – REIMAGINED

Along with the renovation of the museum, in 2022 will come the exhibition “America by Air” that recreates the history of US air transport, explores how the government shaped the airline industry and shows how technological advances have evolved and improved the flying experience.

4. APPLICATION SATELLITES

From the beginnings of the space age, it was determined that satellites would bring unique benefits to the Earth by being able to see and communicate from vast distances. During the Cold War, satellite applications were focused to cover the needs of national security and to cover civilian interests, currently there are hundreds of satellites, civilian and military, that orbit the earth to provide communication services, photography, meteorological analysis, navigation and remote sensors, becoming an integral part of contemporary life.

5. BUSINESS AVIATION

Learn about the history of business aviation, which began after World War I and substantially grew after World War II. This exhibition shows the evolution of aircraft used for this purpose, which today range from small propeller-powered aircraft to “bizjets” that are fast and can fly internationally, without stopovers.

6. CLOUDS IN A BAG

The objects exhibited here are part of the rich collection of Evelyn Way Kendall and Henry Plimpton Kendall, a married couple who, from 1920 to 1960, dedicated themselves to collect more than 1000 pieces of art, paintings, manuscripts, objects and books that document the history of balloon flight.

Objects that, at the end of 18th century, surprised thousands of people who began to see balloons rising over the roofs of their homes, in several cities in Europe. At this time, the invention of the globe seemed like a miracle, as it was the first time that science and technology had taken human beings flying through the sky.

Each of the artifacts in this collection show the amazement and emotion experienced by those who witnessed the birth of the flight, by 1783.

7. COMMERCIAL AVIATION

Here are exhibited some of the aircraft that marked the history of commercial aviation, you can see a Junkers Ju 52/3m, a popular German aircraft of the 1930s; a Boeing 307 Stratoliner, the first commercial pressurized aircraft; the Boeing 367-80 Dash 80 , the prototype of the Boeing 707, the first US jet airliner; and an Air France Concorde, the first supersonic aircraft.

At the beginning of the 20th century flying was something bold and innovative, but at the end of the century, in the United States it was possible to travel between cities in a few hours. Undoubtedly, commercial aviation has revolutionized the world and, now, is an essential aspect of life.

8. EXPLORE THE UNIVERSE

As the tools used to study the universe have changed, so has the way of defining what the universe is like. In this exhibition you will learn about some of the astronomical instruments used to study the universe and its evolution, including the telescope, photography, spectroscopy and digital technology.

9. GENERAL AVIATION

By general aviation we refer to all unscheduled flights that are not piloted by military or military carriers, among these can be located personal (business) flights, medical flights and tourist tours, which account for three-fourths of flight operations in the US.

Learn about the evolution, functions and the most attractive of this type of aviation, as it is a viable and efficient alternative, even more than commercial aviation.

10. HOW THINGS FLY

Find the answer to the most common questions about air and space flight in a gallery that allows you to explore the basic principles that allow planes and spacecraft to fly.

This exhibition is interactive, so here you can play and discover the answers to questions such as: How does a plane hold in the air? How can a plane propel itself without anything holding it? The goal is for you to explore the relationship between gravity and air so that you understand how airplane wings work, understand supersonic flight or learn curiosities about flying in space.

11. HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT

Learn about everything that was involved in the design, development and execution of manned space flights, from the first space adventure, in 1961, to the flight of astronauts that have lasted months orbiting the Earth.

12. INTERWAR MILITARY AVIATION

Since World War I, the US recognized the potential of aircraft as a military weapon, which led the American military forces to work to materialize their different visions in which the aircraft functions as the main combat defense. The collection has military aircraft from the 1920s and 1930s, many of which are unique in their type and unique survivors of various armed combats.

 

Where is the Air and Space Museum located?

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

The National Mall houses the main headquarters of the National Air and Space Museum, located right between the National Museum of the American Indians and the Hirshhorn Museum, to be more specific it is on Independence Avenue and 6th Street. Currently this is the main headquarters, however since 2003, thanks to a private donation, the museum has a secondary headquarters at the F. Udvar-Hazy Center, in Chantilly.

Both museum venues are open from Sunday to Sunday, except for December 25th, admission is completely free and the hours are from 10 am to 5:30 pm.

In addition to the exhibits already mentioned, this place has a 3D IMAX movie theater and a Planetarium, the entrance to each of them costs about $ 10 dollars.

When taking a Day trip to DC from NYC this is one of the main stops, as it is not a historical monument per se but it does contain a lot of history inside.

If you have the opportunity to visit the capital of the United States, take some time to visit each of the rooms and detail each exhibition, even if you are not passionate about aviation, we are sure that this museum will capture your full attention. In fact, among the many films that have been filmed in Washington DC , “A night at the museum 2” has been the one that has given the museum the most attributions, even Amelia Earhart is one of the main characters of the film.

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Pack your bags and join us on an adventure through the most important city in the USA, and why not? get ready to take one of the many souvenirs they have there for you and your family, something different and unique.

 

Due to the health emergency caused by COVID-19 and by renovations in the building, the museum will be closed during the spring of 2022.

 

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Skylon Tower: The best view in Niagara Falls

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When making a Niagara Falls one day tour from New York you can contemplate one of the majesties of nature and get close to the enormous waterfall to enjoy the landscape and the strong winds. Besides, you can also enter the adventure and walk behind one of its waterfalls or take a boat ride until you reach the base of the waterfall. But, what if this time you dare to see the falls from above?

Actually, the best way to appreciate Niagara Falls is, ultimately, from above, as it is perfect for detailing its magnitude but also appreciating the beautiful landscapes that surround it.

One of our recommendations is to do it from the Skylon Tower, located on the Canadian side, a place where you will be in total comfort and out of risk, in case you are afraid of heights. In fact, Skylon Tower is more of a recreational and leisure space than an observatory, since there you will find a restaurant, recreational areas, stores and more, which will make you forget that you are more than 100 meters high.

Here are some facts about Skylon Tower so you don’t go blind:

  • The tower is 160 meters high.
  • It has 3 elevators that take you from the 1st floor to the viewpoint in 52 seconds.
  • On clear days, you can see up to a distance of almost 130 kilometers. The border in all its splendor.
  • The Skylon Tower was inaugurated on October 6, 1965, after a construction that took 17 months.
  • It is part of the World Federation of Great Towers, like the Eiffel Tower (Paris), the Burj Khalifa (Dubai), the Empire State Building (New York), among others.
  • It has a rotating dining room, which travels 360 ° in 1 hour.
  • From there you can see the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil.

SOME OF THE SKYLON TOWER HISTORY

Skylon Tower, Niagara Falls

Let’s begin talking about the history of the Skylon Tower for you to know more about this marvelous place. First of all, we want you to know that the Tower is a tourist attraction, an eatery, an observation tower and an iconic landmark on the Niagara Falls skyline.

Its construction began in May of 1964, costing almost $7 million dollars, and its opening was in Octobre of 1965. The inauguration was in charge of the New York governor Nelson Rockefeller and Ontario Premier John Robarts, and since that day it has played host to heads of state and celebrities.

 

FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY

As we mentioned a while ago, the Skylon Tower offers attractions for all ages. You can enjoy the view, have a delicious dinner and have a good time of leisure in the same place; surely it is something that goes beyond a NYC to Niagara Falls tour but as soon as you have the opportunity to visit it and go up to the viewpoint, you should definitely take advantage. Here’s what you can do:

 

OBSERVATORY

This is one of the main attractions of the place and is the one that most attracts the attention of locals and tourists. To access the viewpoint there are 3 elevators available, called Yellow Bug Elevator, due to its striking yellow color; each of these elevators has glass panels so you can enjoy the panoramic view during the short trip, because in just 52 seconds you go up more than 100 meters high.

From the lookout, in addition to Niagara Falls, you’ll be able to see the Great Gorge, Niagara Vineyards, and a bit of Buffalo, Toronto, and New York, if the weather allows.

If you dare to go up to the Skylon Tower viewpoint, we dare to ensure that you will take the best memories, as well as some great photos.

 

ATTRACTIONS

One of the main purposes of the Skylon Tower is to provide fun for adults and children, so they have arranged a large number of attractions, among which the following stand out:

  • Battle of Titans: Offers a paleontological exhibition, with remains and representations of various dinosaur species. Videos, documentaries, fossils, living dioramas and very realistic sounds are exhibited there. They even have “robot” dinosaurs, on a real scale, that walk, roar and fight with each other. The idea is to take you back to the prehistoric age and feel as if you lived with these giants.
  • Angelo Rossi Gallery and Studio: “The king of glass” and one of the greatest molders of it, allows you to enter his studio to see, first-hand, the manufacture of his blown glass works.
  • Family Fun Center: It is a leisure space located on the first floor of the tower, here you will find games for all tastes and a large food area with options such as Pizza Pizza, Starbucks, Dairy Queen, among others.
  • 3D/4D Falls Movie: With the movie “The Legends of Niagara Falls” you will experience the power of each of the waterfalls, in addition, you will have the opportunity to travel back in time and see the geological evolution of the lakes, the river and the formation of cataracts.
  • Shopping plan: Skylon Tower has earned a title as the best place to go shopping in Niagara Falls as it has a wide range of shops of all kinds: fashion, souvenirs, jewelry, handicrafts, boutiques, etc.

GASTRONOMY

At the top of the Skylon Tower there are 2 restaurants available to the public, one of them is a luxury option, world famous and continental cuisine, the other is a more affordable buffet option for all the public. Both have an excellent view.

The great advantage is that when you dine at any of the 2 options, you can access the viewpoint and the Ride-to-the-top attraction for FREE.

 

Revolving Dining Room in Skylon Tower

Skylon Tower in Niagara FallsThis restaurant is an upscale option, perfect for a romantic dinner or other special occasions. It is located at the top of the tower and rotates 360°, very quietly and cautiously, taking 1 hour to complete the turn, to always provide a new but great view for diners. It is only available for lunch and dinner, it requires a dress protocol and its prices exceed $30 dollars per plate.

It remains in operation throughout the year.

Schedule:

  • Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Early dinner: 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm
  • Dinner: from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Open for Sunday, lunch only, in the high season.

 

The Summit Suite Buffet Dining Room

It is a less expensive and informal option, where a familiar and cozy atmosphere is offered, and an extensive buffet-style menu. The restaurant is available for brunch (on Sundays), lunch and dinner, with a wide variety of dishes, including fresh seafood, meats, salads and desserts.

 


 

The Skylon Tower is open year-round, and thanks to its central location, in case you’re not doing a Niagara Falls day trip from New York but are taking your own car, you can make use of its parking lots – with reasonable fees – for easy access to the falls and Victoria Park.

Skylon Tower Hours

  • Summer from 08:00 to 00:00
  • Winter fr

Dare to visit one of the wonders of the world in an easy, comfortable and economical way, under the direction of a professional tour guide, 100% in Spanish. Take a Niagara Falls bus Tour from NYC and enjoy a day of fun and laughter for the best memories.

 

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Where to find the best graffiti in New York?

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In different corners of New York you can find murals and graffiti made by world-renowned artists or by someone who carries so much history in their paintings that they have been part of an entire social movement. Some of these pieces of art are haunted by fans and many of them have come to be valued in millions of dollars, which is why there are those who are looking to get something beyond a photo and want to take, literally, a piece of such art works.

If you are one of those who like to appreciate this type of street art, below we will introduce you to some of the neighborhoods with the most representative graffiti in the city. Although it is worth mentioning that some of them have been covered with new art and are now only a memory.

 

Bushwick, Brooklyn

best graffiti in New York

On the streets of Brooklyn, a destination that you must visit when you go to the Big Apple – you can also enjoy it during a NYC Christmas Lights Tour in Dyker Heights Brooklyn -, you will find what has been listed as the best in urban art.

Bushwick is a neighborhood that does not get a lot of attention due to its appearance, because at first glance it seems to be a neglected neighborhood as it is one of the most humble ones in the city, however it is a place with art everywhere since it has an art collective that have arranged an open-air gallery where different exponents are invited to fill the streets with color and life, thus the neighborhood leaves that old appearance to become a great museum where, year after year, the most amazing murals are painted.

We invite you to take a tour from Starr St. to Troutman St. through Irving Ave. To Cypress Ave, in this perimeter you will find a large network of graffiti that will leave you with your mouth open. Or, take a tour through New York to see all the contrasts that this city owns.

 

Little Italy

Where to see the best graffiti in New York

Today Little Italy is turning from a small neighborhood in to a city with the help of THE L.I.S.A PROJECT, an art collective supported by anonymous donors, which started a while ago on Mulberry St. with small pieces of art arranged to decorate the streets, today such value has been added to these artistic pieces that The LISA Project has expanded to the point of turning the place into the Mural District. You can meet this works and their exact location in thelisaproject.nyc

 

Lower East Side, Manhattan

Where to find the best graffiti in New York

In this neighborhood, close to 100 doors and commercial showcases have been intervened, with the support and approval of the owners of the commercial premises, the project is called 100 Gates Project and you can see them at 100gatesnyc.com, review them and take the time to visit one of the most ornate streets in the city. Besides, during the last month of the year, this street brightens and it turns out to be amazing to make it part of a New York Christmas Lights Tour in Dyker Heights.

 

The Bronx

Best Graffiti in NYC to See From Street

In this case we do not want to name a single neighborhood, as the Bronx in general is a district full of art and is recognized throughout the world for that same reason. Here is an artistic piece that is the most popular among all its offerings, it is the Wall of Fame which comprises much of the history of NYC’s street art and features works made by world-class artists.

Hurry to visit this mural and the district in general because, as a result of the new urban projects, part of these works will be forgotten. They will only be captured in photographs and will give way to new works; the Wall of Fame is located on E173rd St. and West Farms Rd.

Another place that will not stop dazzling with color is the facade of the Tuff City Tattoos, as each of its exterior walls are canvas for invited graffiti artists; find it at 650 Fordham Rd. on Belmont Ave.

 


 

It does not matter which direction you are heading, the destination you have between plans or the means of transportation you decide to use, when you walk through the streets of New York you will come across art everywhere, because hundreds of artists, some recognized and others who are not, have taken the time to create art that engages and tells a story. Being part of an excursion of contrasts in New York will make it easier for you to see many of these works up close, but if you decide to visit each district by yourself, the 4 places mentioned in this article are some of those that you cannot leave out.

Fill your social networks with color and invite more people to join in to see this wave of street art that stopped being vandalism to become a complete and valuable art piece.

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Clifton Hill, guaranteed fun in Niagara Falls

Clifton Hill: Guaranteed fun for everyone in Niagara Falls

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For all those who want to enjoy something beyond Niagara Falls, there is Clifton Hill, an area located on the Canadian side that has been called “The Street of Fun”.

After taking a Niagara Falls one day tour from New York you will be able to cross the border and appreciate a little of what Clifton Hill has to offer as they ensure that it is an unforgettable experience, since it has excellent facilities, a variety of attractions, entertainment areas for children and adults, which also works throughout the year!

You’ll find museums, casinos, a water park, theaters, hotels, restaurants, haunted houses, games, and shops, so any member of the family has an excuse to be bored.

But, due to the current health situation there are many attractions that remain closed, even so we assure you that in Clifton Hill you will find fun for day and night, since when the sun begins to hide the lights of the stores turn on giving shine and color everywhere.

 

PLANS FOR EVERYONE IN CLIFTON HILL

People claim that Clifton Hill seeks to emulate the Las Vegas Strip, of course on a smaller scale but with a similar atmosphere, full of fun and lights, only in this case they also involve children among the entertainment offers.

If you dare to spend a day on this hill, below we share some of the plans that you can enjoy:

 

Niagara Skywheel

Niagara Skywheel

If you want to do something quiet from where you can appreciate the view, the Skywheel is the right attraction for you.

It carries comfortable air-conditioned cabins that rise to just over 50 meters high, it is the largest Ferris wheel in Canada and one of the most fun ways to see the natural wonders that link the United States to Canada.

From there you will be able to appreciate the majesty of the Niagara Falls in its maximum expression, you will get to see the American side, the Horseshoe Falls, the Niagara River and the parks; besides, you will be able to take the best pictures of the landscape in general.

The tour lasts 8 to 12 minutes, it is ideal during the winter and, personally, I suggest that you go up just as the sun begins to fall, as you will appreciate the panoramic view during the day, at sunset and at night.

 

Niagara Casino

It is a purely adult plan but it is worth mentioning.

The casino has 2 floors and 1,300 slot machines, some pennies and others for $ 5, in addition it has 30 tables of games (poker, Black Jack, Mississippi Stud and roulette). To top it off, it has 4 restaurants and on Friday and Saturday nights it offers live shows, where the party is 24/7.

 

Niagara Speedway

Clifton Hill: Fun For Everyone

The largest kart track in North America is spread over a 1.5 hectare field; an attraction that combines the adrenaline characteristic of go karts with the experience of a roller coaster on a concrete track in a 4-story helical spiral shape.

Sometimes you can feel that you leave the track and fly over a cliff, but we assure you that it has excellent security measures.

The use of a mask is essential to be able to use the attraction.

 

Fallsview Water Park

It is a covered park of just over one hectare of expansion, it has 16 slides (some of them 6 floors tall), wave pool, hot springs area, jacuzzi for adults, children’s area, beach and an open terrace with pool. The most wonderful thing about this place is that you can continue to have fun no matter if it is winter outside, so the game never ends, except on the terrace.

One of the favorite games for children and adults is the 1000-gallon dump bucket, where people pile up to receive a heavy fall of water on their heads.

 

Ripley Museum – Believe it or not

This museum is perfect for fans of the strange and incredible, hence its name. Ripley, who is the founder of this museum and an avid artist, took a trip around the world collecting unusual objects that carry a story behind them.

There are more than 12 themed rooms, with more than 500 really strange artifacts that steal all the attention, among them you will find real reduced human heads, photographs of daredevils who have defied death, screens that offer you unique experiences and many other pieces that will leave you with your mouth open.

Kids love it and you will never be disappointed.

 

Rock Legends wax museum

Attractions in Niagara Falls

Who does not love visiting a wax museum? Let’s be honest, it’s the easiest way to get up close and personal with your favorite artists, life-size, but in this case we focus only on famous musicians and rock pioneers.

In the museum you will find classical and modern artists who have managed to put their name high in the music industry, such as Taylor Swift. Do not miss the opportunity to “share” together with your idols.

 

Niagara Zipline

If you are a bit more fierce and love heights mixed with adrenaline, the Zipline is an excellent option. This attraction is divided into two parts, the first is the MistRider zip line that rises from the Grand View Marketplace to Niagara Falls, has 4 speed lines and descends at 670 meters.

The second option is Wildplay’s Whirlpool Adventure Course that has obstacles and ziplines suspended in the middle of nature. As you progress, the difficulty of the game increases.

To suit all audiences there are different “versions”, a special one for children, a classic version and an extreme version.

Children are accepted from the age of 7, but these (from 7 to 13) must be kept under the supervision of an adult.

 

Movieland wax museum

Take a photo with the most famous stars in music, film, television and politics. Well, it’s been said that a walk through Movieland is a walk through entertainment history.

Take a selfie with Johnny Deep, Terminator or Indiana Jones and be part of your favorite movies like Ironman or Jumanji.

As you leave the museum you will arrive at the Fun Factory gift shop where you can create a replica piece of your hands, in wax, as a unique souvenir at the Wax Hand Emporium. And, only if you dare, you can enter into the House of Horrors, which boasts “one of the most terrifying chambers of terror you have ever experienced.”

 

Nightmares Fear Factory

It doesn’t matter if it is not Halloween, you can always take a big scary scream in one of the favorite plans for many in Clifton Hill. Nightmares Fear Factory offers a terrifying experience that you can’t miss after a NYC to Niagara Falls tour.

This attraction has been scaring all types of public for 30 years, has left scars in more than one by the desire to flee and has provoked unique emotions since walking through the front door. Do you think you will be able to overcome this experience? Almost 150,000 people have already decided to leave without completing the journey.

 

Strike Rock n´ Bowl

Niagara Falls Activities

If you are looking for something a little calmer, go ahead and visit this bowling alley, with 14 lines, which at night becomes one of the most popular places. Why? Because if you get tired of knocking down pins, or if bowling is just not your thing, the complex has a high-tech game room and a food court that will allow you to continue with the fun.

 

Dinosaur Adventure Golf

If you travel with children, Dinosaur Adventure Golf is the last among entertainment preferences, since in the same place you play mini golf and share with huge dinosaurs in a prehistoric world full of vegetation.

In addition, it is the largest mini-golf attraction in Canada as it has two fields with 18-holes each, 3 decorative ponds and an active volcano from which steam rises at a height of 15 meters, which by the way is the last station of the journey.

In the complex there are more than 50 species of VERY realistic looking dinosaurs that measure almost 10 meters in height, ideal to make you feel that you are playing after having traveled a few hundred million years in time.

 

Greg Frewin Theater

To be able to participate in an event worthy of Las Vegas, you must attend the magic show of Greg Frewin, one of the most prestigious magicians in the world, winner of the most important magic competitions and participant in the best stages such as Caesar’s Palace, Tropicana and The Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas.

This show lasts 90 minutes and you can add lunch or dinner to complete the experience.

 

Zombie Attack

Clifton Hill

This is an opportunity to enjoy an interactive 36-seat XD theater in which you will experience apocalyptic emotions. There you can fight for your life in a zombie attack while you try to save the world by challenging your friends as well.

In this attraction you must destroy as many zombies as you can, but you must destroy more than your opponents, in this way there is a competitive game to obtain the highest score but without being defeated by the hungry undead.

“Hands down the best attraction in the area! Wow, I’m amazed at how much fun that was! Clearly a hidden gem amongst the lights and bustle of Clifton Hill. It is definitely worth a look and I will return to Niagara Falls for another immersive experience.” – Local RSH DVP guide.

 

 

In short, we assure you that in Clifton Hill you will have a mega fun day, with no options to get bored. In fact there you’ll find everything, in addition to the attractions already mentioned there are a variety of restaurants and hotels that will satisfy all your needs.

Keep in mind that as a result of COVID there are many attractions that are closed or you may use a mask to access. If you travel during the winter season, we recommend you to wear comfortable but warm clothing and check the opening and closing times of the different attractions.

 


 

Take a Trip to Niagara Falls from NYC and immerse yourself in a new adventure, full of water, nature and lots of fun guaranteed. If you require more information about this plan, contact us, we will gladly assist you.

 

 

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