Let’s take a virtual field trip to one of the natural wonders of North America – Niagara Falls! It’s a short virtual tour, less than a half hour, but it will introduce you to the geography and majesty of the most powerful waterfall in North America. It might even inspire an actual visit there, one day. Whether your interest is natural science or romance, Niagara Falls is bound to make an impression. Get the family together, turn on the computer, and before anyone can ask “are we there yet?” you’ll be barreling towards Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls is located at the Niagara River, on the border of New York state and Ontario, Canada. It is divided into three separate waterfalls, known as The Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls. They were all formed by glaciers which moved through the area 10,000 years ago. Niagara Falls:
- Is 167 feet, at the Horseshoe Falls
- Attracts 12 million tourists each year
- Can produce over 4 million kilowatts of electricity
- The Niagara River flows at about 35 miles an hour
- 3,160 tons of water pour over the falls each second
- The water gushes over the falls at a rate of 32 feet per second
Online Photos of Niagara Falls
You can find spectacular photographs of Niagara Falls on the Internet. One website that I would particularly recommend is appropriately called Niagara Falls. It is the official site of the city of Niagara Falls in Canada. In addition to a photo gallery, it also contains a local events calendar, maps, and information about area parks and businesses. The photo gallery has over 150 pictures of regional sights, highlighting (of course) the Falls. Pictures include:
- Horseshoe Falls
- Horseshoe Close Up
- The American Falls
- Niagara Falls Complete View
- The Falls Edge
- View From Below
- View From Above
- From a Distance
- Sunrise Over The Falls
Virtual Tour of Niagara Falls
For a striking 360 degree panoramic view, visit Niagara Falls at Sunset. You’ll see a dramatic image from the edge of the Falls. Move your mouse in the direction that you want see. Use the zoom button to get a close up view. Enlarge the entire image by clicking on the ‘full screen’ button. It is an incredible look at one of America’s most famous natural wonders.
Niagara Falls on the Internet
We’re almost done with our virtual field trip to Niagara Falls but before we log off, let’s visit a few more sites of interest. If you’d like to plan an actual trip to Niagara Falls, visit Niagara Falls is a Barrel of Fun. This is an informative article that tells all about the various tourist attractions, activities, theme parks and water parks to be found at the famous falls. Top 10 Niagara Falls Attractions offers a list of the most popular things to see and do in the area, including the Maid of the Mist boat tour, the Butterfly Conservatory, Marineland, and the Skylon Towers. Finally, Niagara Falls Travel Guide gives great pointers on festivals, hotels, shopping, and dining at the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.
More Virtual Field Trips
If you enjoyed this online visit to Niagara Falls, there are many other fantastic destinations that are as close as your keyboard. Virtual Field Trip to the White House is an online tour of America’s most famous house. Virtual Field Trip to Buckingham Palace features outstanding images of the ornate rooms of the Royal Palace. Virtual Field Trip to the Louvre will let you explore the treasures of Europe’s most popular art museum.