Goat Island is located on the American side of Niagara Falls. This is the piece of land that divides Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls Without permanent residents in it, Goat Island is visited by a huge number of tourists because from its edge there is an incredibly close view of the waterfalls. Some famous events and attractions are located there, for example, Cave of the Winds.
Goat Island is a part of Niagara Falls State Park since 1885. The visit is absolutely free, but the attractions have their own prices, as well as parking on the island.
There are two bridges that connect the island to the American mainland – the Pedestrian Bridge and the American Rapids Bridge which is opened only for cars. The connection to Luna Island is also a pedestrian bridge.
The famous monument of Nikola Tesla which was a present to the United States by Yugoslavia is located on the island.
Since 1980, geologists have been trying to protect the shores of Goat Island from water erosion. Fortifications were built around Terrapin Point Some of the shores still remain crumbly and rocky, especially affected is the west coast.
The choice of name for the island comes from a herd of goats raised on the island by John Stedman in the 1780s. Although the animals did not survive, they gave the name of the island by which it is known to this day.
In the 19th century, Augustus Porter was the first to notice and appreciate the possibility for the island to be used as a tourist destination, and the need for its nature to be preserved and protected from constructions.
Goat Island is a favorite place for tourists, as it provides an opportunity for a pleasant walk in nature combined with visiting exciting attractions and watching the wonder of Niagara Falls.