Top attraction each night is the light show in the falls.
Nothing really original, nothing really astonishing, only a few hundred people watching the falling water changing its colour, according to the schema of the coloured projectors pointed to it.
Anyway, if you are there, since you have to “buy” the falls in all of their variants…
On our trip to the falls we checked out what downtown St. Catharines had to offer in the summer. This would have been a terrible idea hadn't we run into a nice looking group of people coming out of a place called CACHE. They were actually talking about what a great meal they had and we had been looking in a bunch of restaurants (all not busy, but looked rather nice, James st has a charm to it), and we said what the heck. The front room was very modern, and kinda empty, but we say the patio through a big door, and were blown away! Totally out of the context of the rest of the area, we felt like we were in a "hidden" spot. They had a great live two piece band, and a really cool PRIX FIX menu that i guess they do on the weekends outside on a grill. The service was good, friendly, and the chef came over and talked to us as well. Food was incredible, never had a Salmon like that before, desert was perfect, great wine pairing as well. So we staying into the night and left as the dj began. We're not really into dancing and such so the waitress recommended we come back SUNDAY for a Funk/Soul band they had, apparently they are famous, so we did!! What a show, we stayed all night, tried all different kinds of beer and wine, and honestly it made our trip. Felt totally unlike something you would find in the Niagara Region. Please check it out.
Dress Code: Seemed upscale in the evening.
Since, December 1996, Casino Niagara currently generates more than $2.5 billion in canadian currency, and employs approximately 3,800 people. What is not know by the average tourist is that Casino Niagara plies a considerable amount of money to donations, sponsorships, and fund raisers.
A few months after they opened their doors they created a program called Casino Niagara Cares. Their mission is to improve the lives of as many of Niagara’s citizens as possible through donations to health care, the environment, education, the arts, culture, heritage and other charitable causes.
Very noble...now on to the good stuff...
There are 2,800 slot machines, 135 table games (my favorite is black jack), four restaurants and eight bars spread throughout several floors. Elevators and escalators can get you to each floor quickly and efficiently. The enormous room that houses the majority of the table games has an extremely high vaulted ceiling. ornately decorated and very chic.
Canadian currency is what is used and there are several currency exchange services throught the casino. (of course!)
19 and up can enter with a valid ID.
Near Casino Niagara, you will find a convenient parking garage along with additional parking at off-site lots. Valet service is also available.
Another casino is currently being built by the same company. It will be larger, have the addition of a hotel and meeting space, more entertainment and retail venues and it will overlook Horseshoe Falls. (sort of las vegas meets nature thing.)
Dress Code: Casual wear is acceptable, however it is very posh looking.
When gambling was first introduced to the Niagara region back in the 1990's it was the general consensus that casinos would be our salvation in tough economic times.
Local manufacturing jobs were disappearing because of "globalization" and the Niagara Falls tourism industry, which never did produce much more that minimum wage jobs, was stagnant. We had to do something to stimulate our local economy and the answer was casinos!
Casinos will bring in a whole new type of tourist. People with money! They will come to gamble but when they arrive they will be so overcome by the incredible beauty of the local parkland and the awe-inspiring site of "the Falls" they will be motivated to: do some sightseeing; eat in the local restaurants; and patronize our shops!
Did it work? Yes and no!
Gamblers are here and spending money. Unfortunately, not much of their money is being spread around. They arrive at the casino/hotel, check-in, hit the slots or the craps table, eat in one of the casino restaurants, check out the view of "the Falls" from the restaurant window, shop in the casino boutiques, drink in one of the many casino bars, go back to their hotel room to relax/recover/sleep then leave the next morning.
YES, casinos are contributing to our local economy because many local businesses contract services to the casino operators and thousands of new jobs have been created. NO, because gamblers never seem to wander too far away from the casinos, the existence of the casinos isn't doing much to help local restaurants, motels, souvenir shops or any local tourist businesses other than the casinos and the hotels that surround them.
Of course casino gambling itself presents another problem to the locals. Most out-of-town visitors come to the Niagara Falls casinos to have a little fun, try their luck at the slots or Black Jack tables and win or lose (most likely lose) head back home and don't think about gambling again until their next vacation. This isn't the case with many of the local residence. When a casino is "just down the street", the temptation is great! Far too many locals have become addicted to gambling and have lost, or are in the process of losing, everything. Savings are gone, families broken apart, jobs lost, lives lost! BE WARNED!
About the Niagara Casinos
There are three casinos in Niagara Falls. Two in Niagara Falls, Ontario and one in Niagara Falls, New York.
Casino Niagara: The oldest and most casual (not too glitzy) is Casino Niagara in Niagara Falls, Ontario. They offer all the usual gaming facilities, slots table games and poker room, as well as a sports book. The amenities include restaurants, an all-you-can-eat buffet (best bang for your buck in Niagara Falls), bars and comedy club. The casino is located in the Clifton Hill area and surrounded by hotels i.e. Sheraton on the Falls, Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview Hotel and the Skyline Inn. Please note that under Province of Ontario Law, smoking is prohibited in the casino as well as restaurants and bars, in fact, the only place you can smoke is outside. The pit bosses can offer players some freebies such as a restaurant voucher for the buffet but NO FREE LIQUOR. You have to pay for your drinks!
Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort: The largest and most "Vegas" like casino (lots of sparkle and glitz) is located in the Fallsview area of Niagara Falls, Ontario. They offer the usual slots and table games with huge poker room and a VIP room for high rollers as well as bars, restaurants, all-you-can-eat-buffet (not to pricey with excellent food choices), a theatre/ballroom featuring first class entertainers and stage shows, boutiques and a patio overlooking "the Falls". The casino is part of a hotel/spa complex and is surrounded by several major hotels on Fallsview Avenue including the Hilton, Oaks, Marriott and Embassy Suites. Please note that under Province of Ontario Law, smoking is prohibited in the casino as well as restaurants and bars, in fact, the only place you can smoke is outside. The pit bosses can offer players some freebies such as a restaurant voucher for the buffet but NO FREE LIQUOR. You have to pay for your drinks!
Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel: Located in Niagara Falls, New York. I have only been to this casino twice and can't say I know much about it other than it has all the amenities a casino should have i.e. table games and slots. From what I've heard from other people, the buffet is outstanding and the the fact that you can smoke in the casino and drinks (liquor) are free sure is appealing. The following has been extracted from their website ?If you?re looking to get the most out of every visit to the Casino, then you'll love Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel. From the very latest slot machines to your favorite table games to world-class dining and entertainment, Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel is the real deal for real players.?
If you're planning a trip to Niagara to do a little gambling, please take some time to "smell the roses". This is a beautiful area with magnificent scenery, first-class tourist facilities and countless sites of historical importance to both Canadians and Americans dating back to and before the War of 1812.
Dress Code: Casual
While tours of the scenic area are great to do during the day, a trip to Clifton Hill is a place of wonder to a child at night. The bright, garish lights and multiple entertainments catch your eye. What to do first???
The colorful Canadian Midway houses video games and a few rides. Our grandson was thrilled to use his souvenir money for this stop! Also, Cosmic mini golf was fun as we played the funky course in the dark. Next we toured the Movieland Wax Museum that featured characters fromThe Simpsons, Star Wars and other movies. Some of the figures actually did resemble movie stars.
Before calling it a night, we sampled ice cream from one of the many food places lining the sidewalks. This was a fun night for all of us.
Night life in Niagara Falls is busy, crowdy, noisy. Well, I like it. My friend and I quite forgot about such life after having own families and responsibilities, so we decided to shake ourselves a little with visiting a local night club.
There are many night clubs, bars and restaurants, which I believe are always busy. Long lines were at the entrances to many of them. Because we wanted to rush into night life without any waiting we walked into the first night club we found that didn't have a line. It was Mardi Gras. At this point I am afraid I will sound as a bluestocking, because although the club had everything the club has to have: good music, a lot of beer, outside patio with bar tables, quick service and strong LARGE security guys, I hated a lot of smoke on the dance floor that prevented from breathing, I was tired of the constant inappropriate touches from drunk guys around who barely reached their 20s and hardly stayed on their feet. Apparently, club's advertisement pronouncing "clubbing has never been so sexually extreme" carries the truth. I guess I am getting old.
I think if you are your early 20s, you are the girl who doesn't mind to have a sexual extreme with unknown person, you drink a lot, can survive smoke and don't care at all where to go and what to do, Mardi Gras will be ok for you.
365 Club. It's a great place to relax and people watch. I bumped into The Commitments on saturday night. Joe Walsh got up and belted out "Mustang Sally." I got up and had a dance myself. Carpe Diem right! Good times.
THE ORANGEMAN music group! Such fun.
Dress Code: Casual. Even for the nightclub. Some people dress up, I do when I go. The 365 Club in the casino is a great time. They have regular bands and it comfortable there. 30+. No Cover. ID required.
This fun Asian inspired nightclub is new to The Falls. Opening May 2006, it's a mecca for the dance crowd. The first of it's kind in The Falls, ages range from 20-40. There is a huge VIP area where you can order bottle service. Be prepared to spend mucho dollars if visiting the VIP area. Ive had the pleasure of experiencing it once though a friend, and it was amazing. I belive to just book a table in the VIP room you can expect to pay $300+, and now don't forget the bottle sercive which runs $70 per bottle (for GreyGoose). There is another alternative to not spending to much money, just hang out in the regular area, where the huge dance floor is. There are guest DJ's every weekend, and they are closed most sundays, except if it's a holiday weekend. Tuesdays are dedicated to hospitality staff and cover charge is nothing if you remember to bring your pay stub. Other days cover ranges from $10-$25 depending on the entertainment.
This place is great! They get the likes of Tiesto and Oakenfold spinning! For Niagara Falls, that's awesome!
Dress Code: Casual Dressy
Each night of the year, the Falls are Illuminated with pastel lights ... on a clear night this is a truly awesome experience to view! Times throughout the year vary, so check the website for accurate time scheduling. Just shortly after sunset is a pretty good time to show up .. the closer to the falls is not necessarily the best view ... but at least get close enough to feel the mist! While this may not thrill everyone, and many are more interested in the nearby casinos, but allow yourself to be "wow'ed" by this beauty as seen in just another "light" (just a little humor there)
Dress Code: As you are ... nothing special unless you wear glasses, they I suggest bringing a cloth to wipe off any mist.
Rumours is a large nightclub on Clifton Hill. Ask anyone where Clifton Hill is and they will point you in the right direction. It's a large theme street. There are haunted mansions, play houses, video arcades, restaurants, nightclubs. Rumours has 3 bars, large tvs on the walls playing videos to the songs being played over the system. Young crowd, 19-25yrs. Fun place. $5.00 cover.
Dress Code: No ball caps.
Each Friday night and Sunday night, beginning at 10pm, the parks puts on a fireworks show lasting approximately 15 minutes. Fireworks shows are also displayed on special holidays also. Show runs between May and September.
Dress Code: Dress comfortably! We chose a rainy weekend, so our raincoat and umbrella came in handy.
Live music, no cover...laid back and chill..a big mansion, they use the main floor...feels like you might be in an big old hotel but the rooms are gutted and filled with pool tables, a stage (or part of ploor which is one)...quasi/impromptu dance floor, sitting area and bar, and outdoor back patio....heated for the smokers.
Dress Code: Jeans and a tshirt....very laid back place....could be spiffier (if going somewhere else) and still fit in...bar clothes basically.
This is a comfortable place with a propper Pub feel to it.
When we went a live band was playing who I thought were great. The Paul Antonio Band. Very good indeed.
Check out the website with a live webcam.
Dress Code: None I don't think
This is a shot of the American Falls at night during the light show. There are plenty of places to get a good view of either falls during the light show. It only takes about 15 minuted to walk from Rainbow Bridge to Horseshoe Falls, all along there are lots of places to stop and gaze. The Canadian side is much more crowded than the American side during this time.
Here is another shot of the falls at night and the diferent colors. This is a must see for anyone visiting Niagara Falls on the Canadian or USA sides. Make sure you bring lots of batteries for this night out. There are plenty of areas to get a good view even a few bars to sit at a grab a drink and enjoy the show.