iloveny-stack.jpgAlbany, N.Y. - On June 15, Nik Wallenda will attempt to do something that no one has done since 1896 - walk across Niagara Falls on a wire almost 180 feet above nothing but swirling mist and churning water. Thousands upon thousands of spectators will marvel at this amazing feat of courage, watching with baited breath as one man strolls into the history books. Before and after Nik Wallenda walks over the Falls, those thousands of viewers will have dozens of other reasons - from wacky to wonderful - to join the fun - without risking their own lives - in Niagara Falls State Park, ranked by the Today Show in the "Top 10 Most Beautiful Spots in America," and the Greater Niagara region. Wallenda, great-grandson of the founder of the famous "Flying Wallendas," will walk 1,800 feet across the Horseshoe Falls, the largest of the three that comprise Niagara Falls. The feat is the centerpiece of an impressive collaboration between the United States and Canada that even required New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to sign an act of legislation allowing it to happen. The Niagara Falls Conference & Events Center, Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation (NTCC), the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, USA Niagara Development Corporation, Global Spectrum and I LOVE NEW YORK are working in partnership to ensure the event is one to remember. While tickets to watch Wallenda at the site of the walk are sold out, you can still view the feat on jumbo screens and take part in a host of fun and exciting events in Niagara Falls that day. Festivities on the day of the walk will include a day-long party around Niagara Falls' Old Falls Street, USA with live music, circus acts such as aerial acrobatics and fire breathers, a magician, dance troupes, stilt walkers and family activities, including a petting zoo. Last, but not least, there will be live coverage of Wallenda's walk on two jumbo screens. Old Falls Street, USA is a versatile three-block thoroughfare that connects with the entrance of Niagara Falls State Park.  It traditionally serves as a "Welcome Center" for residents and visitors alike. Earlier in the day, some of the spectators will see the wire on which Wallenda will walk from their Maid of the Mist boat tour, the famous Niagara boat tour which has been taking visitors into the mist of Horseshoe Falls for more than 150 years. Additional boat excursions in the region you may wish to check out include Miss Buffalo Harbor Cruises, which offers history and water views of Buffalo's distinctive architecture, and Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, which whisks passengers along the lower Niagara River at speeds of more than 55 miles per hour. There's also the Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride in Lockport, just 20 minutes from the Falls. For up-to-the-minute information on activities surrounding Wallenda's walk, visit Family activities at the Falls include the popular Cave of the Winds Tour at Niagara Falls State Park which features a series of wooden walkways to the famous Hurricane Deck, 20 feet from the rushing waters of Bridal Veil Falls. The Niagara USA Discovery Pass provides admission to all the attractions in the park, including the Niagara Adventure Theater, the Gorge Discovery Center, Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, and even all day transportation aboard the Niagara Scenic Trolley. Even more daredevils - performing sea lions, playful penguins, sharks, harbor seals and much more - can be found at Aquarium of Niagara . While you're in the region you'll want to check out some other great family attractions, including Darien Lake Resort in Darien Center, New York's largest theme park with its Splashdown Waterpark, Martin's Fantasy Island on Grand Island, another theme park and water park even closer to downtown Niagara Falls. On the wackier side, there's always the Kazoo Factory, Museum & Gift Shop of Eden and the Jell-O Gallery Museum in Le Roy. The Greater Niagara region is rich in American and New York State heritage. History buffs will enjoy Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, a strategic site during the French & Indian War, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor which encompasses New York's unique historic canal system, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Darwin Martin House Complex, one of Buffalo's best-known landmarks and a masterpiece of America's most famous architect. Other historical attractions in Buffalo include the Allentown National Preservation District, the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site and the Buffalo/Erie County Naval and Military Park, home to the retired USS The Sullivans, USS Croaker and other warships. Train enthusiasts should consider a visit to the Medina Railroad Museum in Medina (about 40 miles from both Buffalo and Niagara Falls), which also offers scenic tours by train along the Erie Canal. Finally, what could be more enjoyable than combining Nik Wallenda's daring walk and the accompanying festivities with a glass of wine or roll of the dice? Niagara Falls is in close proximity to the Niagara Wine Trail, home to the region's world famous vineyards and wineries. The best way to enjoy tasting along the Trail is with the VINO VISA Passport which offers extra value on purchases at member wineries. And, to wind up the busy day, the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel is only blocks from the Falls and offers not only gaming but a full-service spa and several restaurants. About New York State New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York's attractions span from landmarks such as Niagara Falls, to the wine trails of Hudson Valley and treasures like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Whether it's wide-ranging outdoor activities for the whole family like fishing, hiking and boating, culinary wonders and farm-to-table fresh foods, or the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies, New York State offers diverse activities for all travelers. For more information, visit Media can find press releases and more at   CONTACTS:   Melanie Klausner                           M. SILVER ASSOCIATES                           (212)-754-6500, ext. 243