The fact that the stairs and decks are taken down for the winter and re-built in time for the summer tourist rush is absolutely amazing. This extraordinary effort made us feel that much safer, though, that's for sure! The wood stairs have rubber treading on them, which helps with traction and, again, safety.
The sheer force and power of the falls surrounds you as you walk up the wooden stairs towards the final deck, where you literally let the falling water pour over you. Our family took turns standing under the rushing water. Yes, people will get in your way, trying to take pictures...getting that perfect shot. Yes,they will take way too long doing this, but if you're patient enough it's worth it. We went at the end of July and the cool water felt great!
You are given a poncho and special sandals with your ticket purchase. If you're worried about getting your hair wet or - ladies, makeup messed up, then this isn't for you. You can keep your poncho and sandals, or recycle the poncho in bins provided.
Only thing I could have done without is the cheesy photograph that you're obligated to smile for while going through the line. Photograph is available for purchase, obviously.
Other than that completely worth it and I highly recommend. Probably better suited for those who are sure-footed.
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