All that majesty, power and water didn't stop Oscar Wilde from quipping about Niagara Falls being the second disappointment in the married life of many American brides who spend their honeymoon there. Test your knowledge of the famous natural site.
How many waterfalls is Niagara Falls made up of?
When did Niagara Falls begin to form?
at the end of the Jurassic Period, during the Mesozoic Era
at the end of the Carboniferous Period, during the Paleozoic Era
at the end of the last ice age, during the Cenozoic Era
What direction does the Niagara River flow?
What countries share the falls?
U.S. and Canada
U.S. and Mexico
U.S. and Russia
How many of the Great Lakes drain into the Niagara River?
one of five
four of five
Why is the water in the Niagara River so green?
How far does the brink of the falls move every year?
1 foot (30 centimeters)
The word "Niagara" comes from the word "onguiaahra," which means what?
a thundering noise
the pleasant river between the hills
Has Niagara Falls ever stopped flowing?
What is the name of the island between Horseshoe Falls and Bridal Veil Falls?
Who was the first European to witness the falls?
Father Louis Hennepin
Samuel de Champlain
Rene Brehan de Galinee
Who was the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel?
Annie Edson Taylor
How many people took the plunge over Horseshoe Falls between 1901 and 1995?
How deep is the river below?
71 feet deep (22 meters)
710 feet deep
170 feet deep
In addition to a barrel, people have gone over the falls using what other device?
all of these
How fast are the rapids above the falls?
25 miles per hour (40 kilometers per hour)
52 miles per hour
68 miles per hour
Has Niagara Falls ever frozen?
True or false: Seven-year-old Roger Woodward fell over the falls and survived.
What's the best angle to enter the water if you fall?
on your side
Who said, "I'm very glad I saw it, because from now on if I am asked whether I have ever seen Niagara Falls, I can say 'yes' and be telling the truth for once."
Who starred in the 1953 film "Niagara" about a young honeymooner with a roving eye?
What is the name of the boat that ferries sightseeing visitors near Horseshoe Falls?
Maid of the Mist
Spirit of Niagara
Which American landscape painter is known for his work "Niagara"?
Frederic Edwin Church
True or false: The Niagara Reservation State Park was the first official state park in the U.S.
What was Jean Francois Gravelet, the first tightrope walker to cross the Niagara Gorge, professionally known as?
the American Blondin
the Great Blondin
What is the 90 degree turn in the Niagara River known as?
True or false: Niagara Falls was the site of the world's first large-scale hydroelectric generating station.
Who was the inventor and engineer who proved his new alternating current (AC) induction motor could send power from Niagara Falls to Buffalo, New York?
True or false: Electricity from power plants in Niagara Falls was the first ever hydroelectric power to be sold as a commodity.