NIAGARA FALLS – If you’re looking for scenic beauty and peerless panoramas, there are two newly burnished spots you might want to check out this summer.
And one of them even comes with a workout.
Visitors to Niagara Falls State Park are now able to go to Terrapin Point and look out at the Falls.
On Saturday, crowds were strolling about at the point, marveling at the onrush of water and 360-degree views.
And, within a short drive to the area of Whirlpool State Park, a set of vintage stairs that carries tourists and hikers back in history – as well as lower into the Niagara Gorge – is also now usable again, in a repaired and revitalized fashion.
Rusty Deacon, 67, a Wheatfield resident, on Saturday was using the steep stone stairs – which date to the early 20th century – for a fishing outing.
“It’s wonderful,” said Deacon, who was carrying two fishing rods.
“They must have put a lot of manpower into this,” he said.
Deacon said he made just a small catch on a dazzlingly sunny weekend day.
Others may have had more luck at Terrapin Point, where the views didn’t have to be caught – they were inescapable.
The Goat Island viewing spot offered gardens of flowers and grasses, the mist thrown by the water, and views of sparkling greenish waves and surrounding skyline.
Emily Vucich, 47, of Baltimore, was visiting with her husband and two kids.
“I came up here when I was in my teens,” Vucich said of Niagara Falls.
She said she couldn’t recall being as close to the water as she was on Saturday.
“ ... You can get the whole feeling,” said Vucich, a special education teacher. “It’s like 4-D.”
Mike Kseniak, an Indianapolis resident visiting with his wife, caught the view from Terrapin Point for the first time.
“It’s one of the Seven Wonders of the World, right?” Kseniak said.
He added: “It’s on the bucket list.”
Kseniak said he had traveled extensively and the cataracts measure up.
“I’ve traveled throughout the world and this is up there,” he said.
According to previous stories published in The Buffalo News, the repair and construction work at the stone stairs cost nearly $400,000 to complete.
Last October, The News reported about the stairs being in a state of disrepair, and about warning signs posted at the site to let people know about their condition.
This weekend, the stairs – with a vista of water below – made for beautiful views and challenging hikes for some going up and down them.
Sam Accardo, visiting from Los Angeles, was among those walking the stairs, along with Kristina Strain.
Deacon, the fisherman from Wheatfield, described the stairs as “a wonderful workout” and the scenery as “really nice.”