One of the natural wonders of the world, the most powerful waterfall in North America is best viewed from the Canadian border town of Niagara Falls. Here are some things to do in Niagara Falls next time you’re in town.
Try your luck on the slots at the world-class Fallsview Casino resort, take a tour of the more than 100 award-winning wineries in nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake, or get your heart pumping on the largest elevated go-cart track in North America. When the craving for peace and quiet hits, get away from the crowds at the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve, which offers daily guided hikes and excellent rock-climbing. It’s also worth paying a visit to the lesser-known Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre, a monastery that dates back to 1894.
The Main Attraction
It’s no secret that most people come to Niagara to see one of the Natural Wonders of the World. There are several ways to do so – on a boat cruise that takes you right to the foot of the Horseshoe Falls, on an open boat in class-five rapids, or with a cocktail in your hand from the top of the Skylon Tower, a 520-foot-high observation tower that also boasts a 360-degree revolving dining room. For a more off-the-beaten-path experience, take a ride in a 1916 antique cable car, which takes up to 35 standing passengers above the Niagara Gorge Whirlpool and across the US-Canada border four times. If you think the falls look good during the day, stick around until dusk when they are illuminated with beautiful multi-coloured lights. If you’re in luck, you’ll be able to catch the amazing nightly fireworks display. Check out the Niagara Falls Fireworks schedule here.
Wine Lovers’ Paradise
If you’re a wine lover, Niagara is one of the few places that has wineries open every season of the year. Ice wine is well-known to be a classic Niagara staple, so there’s really no better place to get your hands on it. Made from frozen grapes, you can find ice wine all over Niagara; not only to taste its many varieties, but also to buy some for the folks back home. Near the falls is the small historic town of . This town is famous for its many wineries and breweries. With countless tours and over 40 wineries to choose from, Niagara truly is a wine lover’s paradise. And for those that aren’t a fan of wine, check out our guide for Non-Wine Drinkers in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Eats and Treats
Niagara Falls offers endless choices in cuisine, from local diners to upscale romantic candlelit dinners. You can also find a wide variety of international options, as well as a ton of restaurants that might be reminiscent of those across the border. The many souvenir shops will be stocked with Canadian classics, trinkets, and maple-flavoured everything. If you want some local small-town charm, head over to Niagara-on-the-Lake for a cozy atmosphere and welcoming warm service that can’t be beat. And if you’ve never tried Canada’s famous BeaverTails, here’s your chance. It’s likely that there will be a long line out front, but it’s worth the wait!
Casinos, festivals, nightlife, fireworks, and more. If Canada had its own version of Las Vegas, this would be it. When it comes to having a good time, there is an endless list of things to do in Niagara Falls. If you’re strolling around the falls, you won’t be able to miss the iconic Fallsview Casino. Even if you’re not a big gambler, it’s worth checking out for the architecture, décor and atmosphere alone. Walking through the main strip of Cliffton Hill, your eyes might be overwhelmed by the amount of lights, people and unique attractions. This street is an event in itself. If you’re in the mood for some classic entertainment, catch a dinner and a show, a magic act, or any type of live entertainment you can think of. If you have kids, there are a ton of shops, shows, events, amusement rides, and arcades to ensure they have the time of their lives.