Groups heading to Upstate New York and interested in exploring the historic area around the Niagara Falls will want to reserve a little chunk of their jam-packed agenda to visit the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center located just north of the Rainbow Bridge. The Center showcases the natural and local history of the legendary Falls and the stunning Niagara Gorge. Visitors may examine the fascinating geology of the area, learn the history of the Great Gorge Route trolley line, immerse themselves in the excitement of engaging interactive displays and enjoy a 180° multi-screen theater presentation detailing how the mighty Niagara River carved the massive gorge and magnificent falls over the course of more than 12,000 years – a process that continues today! The Discovery Center is also home to the Niagara Gorge Trailhead Center, the gateway to some of the best and most breathtaking hiking and biking trails in the region; test your climbing skills on the Rock wall or hit the trail on one of a variety of options for a truly customized experience! The Great Gorge Scenic Overlook Hike begins at the Trailhead Building and takes about an hour, while the two-hour Upper Great Gorge Hike begins at the Trailhead Building and follows the Great Gorge Railway Trail; both are easy hikes with no age requirements. The Devil’s Hole Rapids and Giant Rock hike starts at Devil’s Hole State Park and is a moderate level 2.5-hour trek. The more challenging Whirlpool Rapids Adventure starts off at Whirlpool State Park and is a difficult, three-hour hike; expect to do a little boulder hopping! Both require participants to be at least 8 years of age.