o i r a t n O Lake Lake Ontario is seated on the border between New York and Canada. While it isn’t technically in the Midwest, it is still part of the Great Lakes cluster, and near and dear to our hearts, if for no other reason than the fact that it is linked to Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls is a must-see, no matter what age you are or where you’re from. The majesty of the falls, such as Bridal Veil and Horseshoe Falls, is not to be missed. With a 165-foot drop, Horseshoe Falls provide a devilish drop into the Niagara River. The Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in the United States, so head to Niagara County, New York, to begin your journey. The park itself is over 400 acres in area, 96 | Summer 2017 | Travel Midwest and just over a quarter of that area is under water. More than 3,000 tons of water flow over the falls every single second. The park is open 24 hours a day, all year long. To get up close and personal with the falls, it is recom- mended that you take a tour via the Maid of the Mist. The original Maid of the Mist boat was built and used as tradi- tional transport to and from New York and Canada, both for people and for goods and services. Today, the boat tours are strictly for tourism purposes, but the history behind the tour, and the fact that you’ll get soaked – ponchos are pro- vided – while on the water, are the two main reasons for going.