The Niagara Falls International Rainbow Bridge, commonly known as the Rainbow Bridge, is a nice attraction for visitors to Niagara Falls. This arch bridge spans the Niagara River gorge and connects the cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, and Niagara Falls, New York, United States. Construction of the Rainbow Bridge began in May 1940, following the collapse of the previous Honeymoon Bridge in 1938 due to an ice jam in the river. The bridge was officially opened on November 1, 1941, and was dedicated by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth during their visit to Niagara Falls as part of the 1939 royal tour of Canada.

The Rainbow Bridge is a beautiful piece of architecture, with a design by architect Richard (Su Min) Lee, which was also used for the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge, approximately 10 kilometers (6 miles) downriver. The bridge’s Rainbow Tower and Canadian Plaza were designed by Canadian architect William Lyon Somerville. The origin of the bridge’s name is unknown, but it may have been named after the biblical reference to rainbows, which is engraved on the Canadian side of the bridge.

The Rainbow Bridge is designated as NY 955A by the New York State Department of Transportation and as part of Highway 420 by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. It is separated from the rest of the route by a regional road, and several state and national routes in the United States terminate at a set of intersections in front of the bridge. The Rainbow Tower on the Canadian side houses a large carillon, which plays several times daily.

While the Rainbow Bridge does not permit commercial trucks, personal automobiles, pedestrians, and bicycles are welcome to cross the bridge. For personal automobiles, the toll is only collected when leaving the United States and entering Canada, with a fee of $5.00 USD or $6.50 CAD as of August 2022. Pedestrians may cross for $1.00 US or Canadian funds, which is collected when leaving Canada. Bicycles are permitted but must take the roadway and not the sidewalk.

Visitors to the Rainbow Bridge can expect to spend an average of 10-30 minutes at the attraction, which is open every day of the year 24/7. Restrooms are not available on the bridge, and parking is not available nearby. However, the WeGo Shuttle in Canada and the Niagara Scenic Trolley in the USA stop near the Rainbow Bridge, making it easily accessible for visitors.

The Rainbow Bridge is a great location for viewing Niagara Falls and the Niagara River. Visitors often ask if they can walk out onto the bridge to view the falls, and the short answer is “yes” as long as you have your passport. The deck of the bridge is 202 feet (61.5m) above the water and 950 feet (289.5m) in length. The water current under the bridge averages 26-30 miles per hour, and the water depth is in excess of 175 feet (53m). In one minute, it is estimated that six billion (6,000,000,000) pounds of water cross under the Rainbow Bridge.

Rainbow Bridge is a beautiful and historic attraction that is definitely worth a visit when in Niagara Falls. The bridge offers amazing views of the falls and the river, and visitors can cross on foot, by bicycle, or in a personal automobile. While restrooms and parking are not available on the bridge, visitors can easily access the attraction using the WeGo Shuttle in Canada and the Niagara Scenic Trolley in the USA.