Upon crossing the United States border you will enter into the Niagara Falls State Park. Niagara Falls State Park, the oldest American State Park, is home to over 400 acres of lush landscape and wildlife, the beautiful Falls themselves, and many famous attractions. Just like the Canadian side, the State Park is open 365 days a year, 24-hours a day, allowing you to walk through for free any day of the year.
The State Park itself is largely the result of lobbying by the ‘Free Niagara Crusaders’ led by Frederick Law Olmsted. During the Industrial Revolution in the early 19th Century, the group sought to protect the land surrounding the Falls from commercial interests and ensure it remained free to the public. In 1885, the group succeeded with the Niagara Appropriations Bill that created the Niagara Reservation.