Niagara Falls Destination Guide
Niagara Falls Vacations
One of the most spectacular natural attractions in North America, the roaring torrent that is Niagara Falls is actually made up of three separate waterfalls. Situated along the U.S. and Canadian border, these wide cascades have for centuries captured the imagination of tourists and curiosity seekers. Today this beautiful spot ranks high on the list of attractions to come and see, and while here, visitors soon discover that the spectacular views just keep on giving. When you’ve experienced the view from the U.S. side, continue on to the Canadian side for a whole new perspective.
Top Attractions »
The main attraction here, of course, is the falls, and what better way to see them than on a boat tour or up close on a strategically placed footpath and deck. On the New York side of the waterfalls, The Cave of the Winds walk ushers visitors through one of the stunning natural caves formed by the falls taking you right to the base where the water comes crashing down. For a great bird’s eye view from the New York side visit the Prospect Point Park observation tower. The Canadian side not only consists of great views, but also the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario features many other attractions from casino resorts to water parks and an activity-loaded downtown area.
Eat and Drink »
For a great meal and awesome view over the fall’s gorge, check out the 160-meter tall Skylon Tower which features a revolving restaurant at the top. The Konica Minolta Tower is another such structure with a refreshing menu. Niagara Falls, Canada has several casinos which feature great entertainment, restaurants and bars. While the Canada side can be a bit flashy, the New York side is quieter with pleasant, independently-owned restaurants and bars with a collection of chain restaurants and hotels. Little Italy offers a great selection of Italian restaurants, pizzerias and bakeries.
Where to Stay
Niagara Falls on the Canada side is blessed with a huge range of accommodation choices, more than any traveler could want. From beautifully situated camp sites and caravan parks to cozy B&B’s and the name brand chains ranging from the value oriented to high-end, there is no shortage of choice here. The New York side offers several name brand chains as well as independently-owned guest houses and B&B’s.
Who doesn’t love a bargain? One of the most popular shopping areas is the Fashion Outlet on the New York side. Filled with bargains from all the major brands, this is not only a big tourist draw but also attracts many locals too, from both sides of the boarder. Much of the shopping though is found in nearby Buffalo, New York where many Canadians also go to shop. There are several shopping centers in the Buffalo area which feature all the top retailers and department stores.
Niagara Falls Like a Local
While Niagara Falls is mostly geared towards the tourist experience, the locals on both sides of the boarder find their fun in and around the area’s beautiful natural settings. The Bruce Trail in Ontario offers hundreds of miles of excellent hiking trails. The many lakes in the region provide excellent fishing and swimming in the summer and even ice fishing and skating in the winter. Locals can even be found enjoying the Butterfly Zoo and Conservatory, especially in the winter months as it provides a lovely little tropical escape.