The city of Niagara Falls buzzes day and night, whether you’re snapping pics of its mighty waterfall from a boat or dining in the revolving Skylon Tower restaurant. Stroll just a block from the falls to reach the popular Clifton Hill promenade, which offers an amusement-park-like experience with a wax museum, a haunted house, and a neon-lit bowling alley. A huge choice of eateries ranges from casual steakhouses and trendy bistros to pizza parlors and ice-cream palaces. After dinner, take a walk down Victoria Avenue to shop for souvenirs, clothing, and Cuban cigars.
If you’re wondering what else there is to do near Niagara Falls, don’t miss a visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Located on the shore of Lake Ontario, half an hour’s drive from the falls, the town charms visitors with 19th-century architecture along tree-lined streets, historic Fort George, and a host of wineries.
Reasons to go:
- Cave of the Winds: From May to October, you can board an elevator to descend 175 feet into the Niagara Gorge. Don a protective poncho and nonslip sandals before you head out onto the aptly named “Hurricane Deck.” You’ll need both as raging waters douse you from just 20 feet away and winds buffet you at up to 68 miles per hour.
- Lofty views: After plummeting 175 feet down into a gorge, why not go the same distance up into the air? Climb aboard a gondola on the Niagara SkyWheel and rotate upward for glorious views above the falls, the city, and the Niagara River.
- Niagara wine: Tucked between Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment, the local wine region has a unique microclimate that’s excellent for growing grapes. Producers specialize in Rieslings, Chardonnays, and Pinot Noirs. The region is also known for its fruit wine, honey wine, and ice wine, all of which typically pair well with dessert. Along the wine trail, you’ll also come across farmers markets, quaint towns, and antiques shops.
- Niagara history: Yes, folks really have gone over the falls in barrels. Lots of them. And plenty tumbled over in crazy contraptions other than barrels. Some people survived, while others weren’t so lucky. You can see (and touch) the various vessels that have taken the plunge at the Niagara Daredevil Exhibit, as well as catch an IMAX movie chronicling the exploits of these brazen risk-takers.
- Taste of tradition: For more than 50 years, the Niagara Falls Farmers Market has offered fresh local produce and meat each Saturday morning at its location near the Niagara Falls History Museum. Stop in for a sampling or join one of the indoor market’s culinary workshops. During the warmer months, vendors also sell regional delicacies at outdoor stalls.
When to visit Niagara Falls
Niagara celebrates ice wine every winter, most merrily at January’s Icewine Festival, held at wineries across the region. When spring colors are in bloom, check out the butterfly conservatory and nearly 100 acres of immaculate greenery at Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. Visiting in autumn? Join thousands of leaf-peepers as Carolinian forest leaves turn from green to burnt orange, golden yellow, and deep brown, notably along the trekking trails of the Niagara Glen nature reserve.
Let the WEGO visitor transportation system take you to the city’s top attractions, with multiple bus lines serving the downtown district, Niagara’s parks, and the Niagara-on-the-Lake area.
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