My family and I decided to take a weekend trip to Niagara Falls. We stayed at the Double Tree Fallsview which was farther away from all the hustle and bustle although it was still fairly close to everything. Since we only had 2 full days, we didn’t get to do much so here’s some of the top things I’d recommend doing for a shorter trip.
1. See the Falls
- The most obvious attraction, however there are many different ways to see the Falls. I would definitely recommend doing the Niagara Falls Fireworks Tour. Fireworks run from Monday through Friday at 10pm but every night of the week they illuminate the Falls with beautiful lights. Maid of the Mist doesn’t offer night tours so Hornblower is definitely one to look into if you want to get up close to the illuminated Falls.
- Maid of the Mist would definitely be the way to go for a day time tour. We booked a tour through the company Over The Falls on Viator. The tour lasted around 5 hours total but it included sights of both the New York side and Canadian side. First stop on the tour is the Maid of the Mist, then we headed over to Goat Island and Luna Island where we had time to take in the beautiful sights. From there we headed back to the Canadian side. Our first stop on the Canadian side was Souvenir City to get some food and do some shopping. We also stopped at the Whirlpool and other little stops along the way. The tour ended at the Skylon Tower. We had such an awesome tour guide which definitely made the tour so much more enjoyable. He knew a lot about the history of each place we went and always had a smile on his face. If you book one of these tours definitely ask for Tim Lipps and I promise you won’t be disappointed !!!
Whirlpool and cable car ride. You can also take a speedboat through the whirlpool.
According to our tour guide, this was named Luna Island because of the way the moon reflected off the water.
A video from the Maid of the Mist boat tour.
2. Skylon Tower out of all ways to see the Falls this was by far the best, and the cheapest. Although it was included in our tour, the usual price is around $10 per person. It’s just a quick elevator ride to the observation deck then you can take as much time as you want to take in the view. On the inside of the observation deck there was the direction of different points of interest such as Toronto which including the distance from the tower. A piece of advice from our tour guide, on the way down, be sure to take the #3 elevator for another spectacular view. On top of the observation deck, there’s also a revolving restaurant to check out !
Bridal Veil Falls
3. Greg Ferwin Magic Show is definitely worth getting tickets for, especially for families with kids or those who just love magic and illusions. Some of his tricks made your jaw drop as you wonder how exactly he did it. He incorporates some animals such as tigers and birds in his acts as well. Greg Ferwin is really good at what he does and I really like how he engages the audience during his tricks.
- Canada is known for their ice wine. Ice wine is made of frozen grapes that were picked during the winter which makes the taste really sweet.
- If you drive down Niagara Stone Rd there is a bunch of different local wineries. Pillitteri Estates Winery was recommended to us by one of the locals at the hotel so we decided to check it out. The tour itself was free with a complimentary tasting of 2 wines. The ice wine tasting was $2 extra but totally worth it. I loved this winery because it was very family oriented, the couple that owns it lives on the property and still manages the winery every day.
- This area is full of casinos. For my first time gambling we decided to try out the Hilton Fallsview Casino. If you’re going to go gambling in Canada just know you’re going to spend a lot of money because the machines only take dollars and the smallest dollar bill is the $5.
6. Explore places to eat and drink
- Since we stayed at the Double Tree there was a restaurant on the 2nd floor called Buchanan’s. Best dinner I’ve had in a while. They don’t have a very wide variety but what they do have was delicious.
Garlic penne with steak, spinach and mushrooms.
- There are locally brewed beers on Clifton Hill which are definitely worth a try. If you like light beers, the peach radler was my personal fav. You can also buy them in the store to take back with you (which of course I did).
- If you’re looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, check out Beaver Tails. There’s a lot of different options to choose from but they all looked so good.
Oreo with vanilla icing and chocolate fudge.
There are some other things I didn’t get to do this time that came recommended to me.
- Ziplining across the gorge
- Journey behind the Falls
- Sky Wheel
- Louis Tussaud’s Wax Museum
- Hard Rock Cafe
- Bird Kingdom
- Botanical Gardens
- Butterfly Conservatory
Here’s the link to all the tours on Viator
And another website to check out all the attractions
If you’ve done any of these things please drop a comment and let me know how it was 🙂