Getting away and seeing one of the most iconic tourist destinations on the planet does not have to mean spending 14 hours on a plane and weeks away from home. It is often said that we take for granted the things that are right on our doorstep and Niagara Falls is a perfect example.
It is one of the most spectacular attractions on the planet and attracts tourists from every corner of the globe. For Americans and Canadians, it is the perfect getaway for a long weekend, but be warned, you will need to use your time wisely. Here is how:
Stay on the Canadian side
There are tourist attractions and great hotels on both sides of Niagara Falls, but there is definitely a better and richer choice on the Canadian side. This is particularly the case if you have youngsters in tow, who are going to want more by way of entertainment than the natural beauty of the Falls.
Choose the most spectacular hotel
If you are only there for a couple of days, do not scrimp on the hotel. Pick one that is as close as possible — there are several with great views, but the Marriot on the Falls is closest and overlooks all three waterfalls: the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls. Choose a falls view room, so that you do not miss a moment of it. In fact, why not spoil yourself and book a suite?
Get up close and personal
There is so much to do around Niagara Falls you can sometimes be unsure which way to turn. First things first, though, be sure to get out on the water and experience the majesty of the Falls themselves. Most people choose to do so by way of the Maid of the Mist or Hornblower Niagara Cruises. These are tugboat ferries that look like toys as they get ever closer to the awesome power of the Horseshoe Falls.
Enjoy the best view from the Skywheel
The kids will love Clifton Hill for its choice of attractions and rides. For families, this is one of the biggest reasons to stay on the Canadian side. But one thing they have that will appeal to people of all ages is the Skywheel. Its fully enclosed, air conditioned gondolas soar 175 feet above the ground. The wheel keeps spinning day and night and offers the most dramatic view of The Falls you can get.
Catch a movie
There is plenty to do when it comes to evening entertainment, too. At Niagara Falls, a movie night is a night unlike any other. If it is family fun you are looking for, Ripley’s 4D Moving Theater is not to be missed. For something a little less mind-bending but equally spectacular, check out what is showing at the IMAX.
If you have managed a weekend away without the kids, there are plenty of ways to make the most of it. The Strip has a great choice of bars and nightclubs and if you feel like being the next James Bond, is are a choice of casinos where you can spin the slots or play all the usual table games.