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Niagara, NY, USA

Guide to Niagara

There is no question about Niagara Falls being one of the top wonders of the world. With a188-foot waterfall and speeds up to 68 mph, these falls are a force of nature. They are also a marvelous sight to behold, whether during the day or at night. The Falls also highlight the special relationship that the US and Canada share.

Top Attractions in the City:

 

Maid of the Mist

Naturally the main sight of Niagara Falls is the natural wonder itself. And the best way to really get a spectacular view is to immerse yourself quite literally within the falls. Since 1840, the boats have been taking visitors right to the base of the falls. While you will get soaked-they provide ponchos- the views and the experience will stay with you forever.

Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens & Butterfly Conservatory

For a quieter time in the city, head to these beautiful gardens and butterfly conservatory. Home to thousands of butterflies, this park is best enjoyed in the spring and summertime. With over 100 acres, you’ll find yourself getting lost in hundreds of well-maintained gardens. Visit at the height of spring, and you’ll see a sea of blooming flowers. Admission to the gardens is free and they are open from sunrise to sunset.

Old Fort Niagara

If you want to take a break from natural marvels, then Old Fort Niagara is for you and history buffs alike. This 17th century fort has borne witness to epic battles from the Revolutionary War and the French and Indian war. This fort, also the longest operational fort in America, has been in British, French, and finally American hands.

 

Other Sights to See:

  • Journey Behind the Falls

  • Niagara Glen Nature Reserve

  • Cave of the Winds

  • White Water Walk

 

Places to Stay:

 

  • Prince of Wales: This Victorian style hotel was built in 1864. It is located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, a small village within a half hour drive from Niagara Falls. Enjoy traditional Victorian styled decorations, including four poster beds and lovely fireplaces, in this cozy hotel. Afternoon tea is also a highlight!

  • Oban Inn Spa Restaurant: Enjoy beautiful views of Lake Ontario and play golf on the oldest golf course in North America in this beautiful inn located around half an hour from the falls. This inn is also ideal for those who wish to explore the natural beauty of the area, including beautiful and scenic walks. And as the name suggests, spend an afternoon relaxing in the spa!

  • Harbour House Hotel: For those who wish a more cozy and affordable stay in the heart of the Falls’ nearest village, this bed and breakfast is top choice. Each room also features fireplaces as well as whirlpool tubs.

 

Transportation:

 

The best way to get around Niagara Falls is by foot, especially during the spring and summer. In fact, getting from one side to the other of the Rainbow Bridge, the bridge that connects the US and Canada, takes only around 20 minutes.

Generally, all the attractions, such as the Maid of the Mist and the viewpoints of the Falls, are walking distance from one another. Another free way of getting around the area is to take the Discover Niagara Shuttle. This free bus service takes you around the area, including around the major attractions.

 

Nightlife:

 

Niagara Falls are a destination for many groups of people. Whether you’re on your honeymoon, family vacation, or are taking a friend’s trip, there is something for everyone.

  • Farm to table:  The farm to table style of restaurant has become a popular type of restaurant amongst food enthusiasts. Niagara Falls, with its proximity to lush farms and vineyards, has become a haven for such restaurants. Enjoy a meal at Tide & Vine while exploring the delicious intricacies of their wine pairings.

  • Fish and chips: A trip to the Canadian border would be remiss without having a delicious meal of fish and chips. Enjoy a side of mushy peas, and you’re all set on having a classic English experience. Piccadilly Restaurant is the perfect place for this meal!

  • Red Coach Inn: Keeping with the British influence, enjoy a delicious roast dinner and stay for drinks. This place is perfect for an intimate dinner and for drinking into the wee hours of the night.

 

Shopping:

 

Niagara Falls is home to three spacious outlet malls. Enjoy a bit of shopping while taking in the natural and wonderful sights the area has to offer. All three outlet malls offer a variety of high-end retail stores. Each outlet also offers amazing deals, so your choices are unlimited!

  • Canada One Factory Outlets

  • Outlet Collection at Niagara

  • Fashion Outlets of Niagara (USA)

 

Taking a Bus trip to Niagara Falls

 

Taking a bus trip to Niagara Falls has been found to be more beneficial, flexible, cheap, comfortable and safe than any other option. Ourbus is one of the Niagara’s favorite bus services. There are so many benefits that come along with it too:

  • Bus tracking service

  • Free bottled water

  • Free rescheduling

  • Personal power outlets

  • Free internet (Wi-Fi)

 

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