Niagara Falls Travel Guide

  • Niagara Falls
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  • The Mighty Niagra
    The Mighty Niagra
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  • MAID OF THE MIST
    MAID OF THE MIST
    by Rich62

Niagara Falls Things to Do

  • Maid of the Mist

    It was a pleasant surprise the short lines to enter the boat "Maid of the Mist" that approaches the fall. In our way I understood why: there are at least 3 boats with the same name, switching positions in the short trip, making it almost continuous. It really allows us to feel the power of the waters, but it's a big and safe boat, without the...

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  • Falls at Night

    When the night comes, hundreds of people line the border of the river, waiting for the light show. As you can imagine, powerful focus of changing colors hit the falls, revealing them in a succession of colors. It doesn't add much to the day show, and if you want to photograph you must be well equipped, or you will end like me, only catching the...

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  • Behind the Falls

    4 out of 5 stars

    The power of the falls is not to be believed. Took the trip behind the falls on our last trip and the ability to get close and hear and feel that power was great. It was an easy walk with opportunity to proceed at your own pace. If you have to choose between the boat and the walk I'd take the boat but you owe it to yourself to get a chance to...

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Niagara Falls Hotels

Niagara Falls Restaurants

  • Skylon Tower Dining Room

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    The views made the Skylon so special. We took many elevators and were above the Falls. The floor or the restaurant rotated a full 360 degrees. Service was attentive & our meals were good. Salads and prime rib with all the trimmings were very good. However, this was our priciest meal in Niagara Falls.

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  • Rainforest Cafe

    4 out of 5 stars

    We found this a great place to take children - comfortable getaway from walking the sites with activities and visual treats to make it a fun experience. Food actually pretty good although certainly at tourist prices. I wouldn't put it on the list without having kids with you.

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  • Flying Saucer Drive-In, The

    4 out of 5 stars

    The decor was fun and campy and the food good with large portions. They have a few tables that could seat as many as 8-10 people. It can get pretty busy but always have found staff friendly and the place welcoming to all ages.

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Niagara Falls Nightlife

  • Light Show

    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…

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  • Cache means "Hidden Gem"

    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...

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  • Canadian currency burning a hole in your...

    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...

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Niagara Falls Transportation

  • Helicopter

    Though you may have good views from the top one of the towers facing the falls, I strongly recommend a flight over the falls. There are helicopters continuously up and down, with trips that take about 10 minutes, showing a small extension of the river, but including the falls from several angles, and the whirlpool.Not cheap ($118 for an adult, in...

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  • WEGO Bus Transportation

    This bus service is nice when you have a lot of time. But, we were trying to do as many activities in one day as we could. We only used this bus one time to get over to the white water walk and back. It took forever for the bus to pick us up. This is the way to get around Niagara Falls without walking everywhere. You can drive yourself but there is...

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  • Coach bus

    This is one of the cheapest way to get into Niagara falls coming from Toronto located at Bay street. I paid 37 dollars total for the round trip ticket. It's just 1 and half ride and went there in the morning and left around 5 PM. If you want to stay late be sure to ask the schedule of buses going back to Toronto. The bus is comfortable no...

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Niagara Falls Shopping

  • LUNDYS LANE SHOPPING PRECINCT

    The Coach Outlet store in the Canada One shopping outlet centre is fabulous. If you are looking for a stylish handbag or wallet at greatly reduced prices then this is the place to shop.You can also browse up to 40 other name brand stores in the outlet centre. Coach brand handbags and wallets. $10.00CAN - $300.00CAN

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  • Don't forget your passport!

    You can find many outlet's not only on the Canadian side (following the signs off the highway), but also across the border. Since our Canadian dollar went up I ventured to Prime Outlets on Military road. A great place to do some clothing shopping. 7% tax and American dollars.

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  • Chocolate fun

    only Hershey Store of its kind... 650 meters of chocolate fun!The Hershey Store is a chocolate-lover's paradise. Enter through the 4-story high Hershey Bar, under the giant Hershey's Kiss perched on the corner of the building. Once inside shop for freshly made chocolate sweets and confections at the fresh food counter.The heavenly aromas of...

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Niagara Falls Local Customs

  • US vs. Canadian

    A question came up recently from someone who was considering just staying on the US side because they didn't have passports. While the US side is nicer with regard to lack of the "cheese" factor, the Canadian side wins out for overall beauty and view of the Falls which is naturally the highlight of Niagara Falls. The US side is a State Park so you...

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  • Honeymoon Capital of the World

    With so many places to go in the world, I don't know why anyone would choose Niagara Falls as their honeymoon destination but apparently thousands of people are lured in by the promise of heart shaped beds and jacuzzis. Call me silly but there's nothing about a giant Frankenstein monster eating a whopper or a wax statue of Indiana Jones that...

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  • Sales Tax in Niagara Falls!

    SALES TAXES: Sales tax vary somewhat around the region wherein Ontario has a 8% Provincial Sales Tax + 7% GST (both of which international/US visitors can get rebated on purchases of goods) and in Niagara Falls, NY Side the local sales tax is 8.25%.Stores stay open until 6:00 p.m. in most parts of Niagara. Many city and suburban stores are open...

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Niagara Falls Warnings and Dangers

  • Photography Tips

    When taking a ride on the Maid of the Mist you will most definately get soaked. I saw some folks with some pretty wet digital cameras. Not the best idea if you ask me. We had brought along a little waterproof disposable camera. Another idea would be to get an underwater housing for your digital point and shoot.

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  • Personal Safety

    i live in niagara falls but actually in a good neighborhood. 1/5 nieghboorhoods are good in the falls. but i know all about highland and hyde park and downtown and lasalle its not as bad during the day but i dont recomend being those parts around after 12 and your a tourist, bad stuff might happen.

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  • Safety Around the Falls

    Over the years many many people have challenged Mother Nature, going over the Falls in barrels, kayaks, boats, walking over the Falls on a tightrope, accidentally getting too close and going over without a boat. Some of these people survived to tell the tale, many of them did not. I'm actually more surprised that more people don't try to do this

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Niagara Falls Tourist Traps

  • Clifton Hill

    If you hop on the Skywheel expecting great views and great pictures, think again. We tried it one night, and our view of the falls was not only inferior to what we could see by walking along the river, it was generally poor altogether. The only good views we had were of the Clifton Hill lights and dinosaur mini-golf -- which is OK if your vacation...

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  • Casino Niagara

    Don't think you are going to win here or any casino for that matter. I like to think of the money I spend here as entertainment money. We all have a budget for entertainment and this is money I budget for as such. Plan on spending only what you can afford. You can always walk outside around the falls fo free.

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  • Poor view from the Skywheel

    If you hop on the Skywheel expecting great views and great pictures, think again.We tried it one night, and our view of the falls was not only inferior to what we could see by walking along the river, it was generally poor altogether. The only good views we had were of the Clifton Hill lights and dinosaur mini-golf -- which is OK if your vacation...

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Niagara Falls What to Pack

  • Bring sandwitches, water and sun screen

    No bags. Leave all heavy bags in your trunk. You walk so much, it makes you tired, quick. In the summer time, dress very light and comfy. Protect your head. Floss Camera NIL Bring money for souvenirs and postcards.

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  • Hands Free Vacation

    Be sure to bring a backpack with you. You will probably want to take many photos, and some of the attractions involve water, so you don't want to be holding things that will get wet. Running shoes are a must! I wore sandals one year, my feet were hurting so bad!

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  • TRIPOD and TELELENS

    If you want to get great shots, you need a tripod, so you won't be so silly as me who was too lazy to one on my walk to Falls and took all pictures leaning on hand-rails. Unfortunately, tele lens was not in my photo kit yet :-(((

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Niagara Falls Off The Beaten Path

  • Niagara-on-the-Lake

    Arriving to Niagara-on-the-Lake, the guide pointed to our right and said: "There is Fort George". Nothing else, and, when we left the bus to visit the city, I went there to have a look. I didn't get too convinced, and moved back after a short glimpse. Maybe I did wrong. Reading about it, afterwards, I got the idea that it should deserve a few...

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  • Wineries and Vineyards

    Wine tasting and touring vineyards is a popular pastime in Southern Ontario. The largest viticultural area in Canada, where there is about 75% of Canada’s grape growing volume, is the Niagara Peninsula. Discover some of the most incredible wines stroll through grape vineyards. The wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake range from small family owned...

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  • Niagara Glen Nature Area

    I am a local and spend a couple of times each year at the "Glen". Just ask how to get there. Wear your running shoes, take water. It is not an amble, but a hike. Keep your hands free of carrying things as you "need" them at times for the odd precarious step. Nature at its best. Boulders as big as your house, the river roaring by, nooks to sit and...

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Niagara Falls Sports & Outdoors

  • Want to fish...Have we got a guy for you

    We just got back and we hired Cast Adventures for a half day trip. Couldn't have been happier. Paul is a great guy and a great fisherman.We went for smallmouth and the 3 of us (1 experienced, 1 intermediate and 1 novice) all caught fish. 22 in the boat! My husband went back out again the next morning and did just as well.Paul made sure you didn't...

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  • Free Sport Broadcast Live (from Pay TV)

    Pay to view Broadcasts of all live events For Free. You can see alsomost any sport broadcast at the casino next to the racing section. This inlcudes cricket, boxing, football, etc. Its on the Pay to View broadcast but you can see it free in the Racing Lounge

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  • Bicycle Touring Niagara Falls

    Round-trip self guided bicycle tour between Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake.With over 150 kilometers (93 miles) of paved bicycle paths and numerous mountain bike trails, Niagara is probably the most popular bicycling destination in Canada.Best time for bicycling is Spring (everything’s in-bloom) and Autumn (leaves are changing colours)....

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Niagara Falls Favorites

  • General Falls Tips

    We just returned from Niagara Falls Canada, had a wonderful time and learned a few things. It isn’t necessary to exchange your USA dollars for Canadian dollars as we didn’t find a single business that wouldn’t take USA dollars for par (1$ to 1$), but be warned you only receive your change in Canadian currency. This is not a problem except on the...

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  • Great Gorge Adventure

    If it is your first visit to Niagara Falls, you may want to purchase the Great Gorge Adventure Pass. This ticket which they give to you in kind of a passport holder grants you admission to four of Niagara Falls best attractions: The Maid of the Mist,The Journey Behind the Falls, The White Water Walk and The Butterfly Conservatory. The cost is...

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  • Horseshoe Falls

    Canadian Falls or those that attouched to Canadian territory and look like a horseshow (or a moon for me) fall 52 metres (170 feet) into the Maid of the Mist Pool (compare to 21-34 metres (70 to 110 feet) of American Falls. About 12,000 years ago, Niagara Falls was 11 kilometres (7 miles) downstream from its present position. Until the early...

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