What to do in Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls HotelsWhile most people think of the roaring cascade of waterfalls when they picture Niagara Falls, the city itself is a neon-lit, family friendly paradise, with high rise hotels, observation towers, casinos, and various attractions vying for your attention. This gives the city a buzzing, theme park atmosphere, overloading the senses with the smell of carnival food and noise from dozens of arcade machines. Known as the honeymoon capital of the world, the green scenery and eclectic small Canadian towns are just a short drive away from busy tourist areas. Things to seeYou’ll no doubt hear the rumble of the Horseshoe Falls before you see them. Join the crowds of tourists jostling to get the perfect photo, or hop on one of the many observation decks to get a better view. If you’d prefer to see them up close, the Maid of the Mist offers a wild, daring boat ride to the foot of the falls, allowing you to enjoy the spray from under the safety of your waterproof poncho. Once you’ve enjoyed the rugged beauty of nature, a more sedate experience awaits at the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, where you can enjoy the potent scent of the rose gardens, or just relax and appreciate the perfectly manicured landscaping. If the Canadian weather gets a little chilly, find sanctuary in the climate controlled Fallsview Indoor Waterpark where both kids and adults alike can enjoy the thrilling, winding flumes, or stay dry at the Canada One Factory Outlets, a sprawling strip mall with plenty of big brand names at discount prices. Hotels in
Niagara FallsThe most popular Niagara Falls hotels are often high rise and branded by the major chains, meaning you get clean, functional accommodation with comfortable beds, flat-screen televisions, and WiFi, all for a reasonable price. There are often facilities that attract families such as indoor swimming pools and babysitting services available in the higher end properties. However, there are also more boutique options for those who prefer their hotels to have a little more character. Stay a short drive away from the Horseshoe Falls and you’ll find smaller inns and spa resorts with cozy, luxurious rooms and lots of little extras such as room service to help you feel at home. If you plan to be out sightseeing most of the time, there are many charmingly retro motels that offer pleasant accommodation with a continental breakfast to fuel your day ahead. Where to stayJust across the border from the USA lies the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, a popular spot for wine tasting, quirky local festivals, and antique stores stuffed with curiosities. Only a half-hour drive to the heart of Niagara Falls, it’s popular with tourists who crave plenty of local color and like their hotels cozy and homely. Those who prefer to be in the neon-lit heart of Niagara Falls choose the Clifton Hill area, giving them plenty of family friendly hotel options, and allowing them to be a short walk from the restaurants, gift shops, and arcades that keep kids entertained. If you’re itching to spend your vacation money, then the Lundy's Lane area is an essential place to visit. Whether you’re into unique boutiques or busy plazas, the district is a paradise for shoppers, and there are plenty of comforting, welcoming hotels where you can relax after a shopping spree. How to get to Niagara FallsVisitors from within the USA often arrive at Niagara Falls Station on the Amtrak Maple Leaf train. The journey takes around nine and a half hours from New York, and allows you to relax in a large, reclining seat while you take in the view. Stay on for another stop and you’ll find yourself at St. Catharines Station, allowing for easy access to Niagara-on-the-Lake and other sedate areas. If you’re coming from further afield, then Niagara Falls, NY (IAG-Niagara Falls Intl.) airport offers easy domestic connections to the major USA hubs, and is conveniently located for the USA/Canada border.