These are the horseshoe falls at night, the best viewing can be caught on the Canadian side. This is a great night time thing to do and rather romantic too! So grab your partner and your camera and head over the bridge to the Canada side and enjoy the show! The time is from dark to about midnight and the lights change about every 15 minutes or so. It gets very cowded and some times you may get wet from the mist depending on how strong the wind is and what direction it is blowing. Bring extra batteries!
You must go see the falls at night, they light them up and change the colors every 15 minutes. This is a very cool thing to do at night if your not into the party thing or gambling. It usaully last about 3 hours or so. They shine some very bridge lights on the falls from the Canadian side on both sets of falls. Depending on the time of year will depend on what time and for how long. Bring your camera and a tripod if you have one so you don't have camera shake and you will get some very nice shots.
Every evening at 10:00 p.m. there is a fireworks display over the Falls. Grab a seat at the Red Coach Inn's outdoor patio, have a drink or coffee, and watch the splendor. It's an excellent view.
We stayed at the Holiday Inn. The bartender there used to work for the Red Coach and, coincidentally, an elderly gentleman sitting at the bar was once the head chef. They had wonderful stories - I could have sat and listened all night, but my intention was to get a nightcap for hubby and me and return to the room.
According to the these gentleman, the Red Coach has the freshest seafood, flown in daily from Boston. Had our stay been longer than one day, I would have liked to sample it.
Dress Code: Anything goes - dress according to the weather.
Like the umbiquious Starbucks, this chain of restaurants is in every big city in America it seems. Average food, decent prices, the real draw is all the goodies that you'll find hung from the walls (& sticking out of them too!)
Dress Code: Dress code is casual, just don't go in naked!
LIGHTS AT NIGHT
One of the most wonderful sights of the Falls can be seen at night, on the days they illuminate them, or do some fireworks (National Feasts...).
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If you're a sports fan the Niagara University men's basketball team is worth the $7 ticket price. The Purple Eagles are competitive in the NCAA and are looking to make the March Madness tournament this year for the first time in 30 years. The level of play is exciting and the campus is beautiful. The hockey team is also nationally recognized and play on campus as well.
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Niagara Falls has long been the destination of honeymooners, and now it has another special place in the hearts of rock 'n' roll lovers! Well People Get Ready, 'cause Niagara Falls, USA has a view of something more than the raging waters- this amazing Hard Rock Cafe! Boasting a grand old American-style collection of memorabilia from rock legends, we've got it all here in one great place. From instruments to gold albums to the shirts off your favorite artists' backs, look no further than your resident experts in rocking hard. Work up a little hunger or thirst while cruising and perusing the walls of memorabilia, and we've got you covered. Our classic menu can't be beat, and every kind of liquid treat you desire is yours for the asking.
There are three casinos in the area. One on the American side and two on the Canadian side. Any one should entertain you for an evening. They usually have some form of entertainment at night as well. Bill Cosby just performed at the casino on the American side.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
The Nightlife is more interesting on the Canadian side. There's the Casino, different Bars and NightClubs.
If you stay on the US Side it's easy to walk or drive to the Canadian side. Just take the Bridge...
Maybe it's hard to believe it but really, there is no nightlife in Niagara Falls. There are few pubs, usually closing after midnight and it looks like there were no people out at night. If you wanna party you have to go to Canadian Niagara Falls (that's what taxi driver told me). Unfortunatelly I didn't have Canadian visa.
I don't have a particular favorite, but there is the casino right across from the falls, and the immediate area surrounding it was quite busy on a Saturday night.
If you want to give money away and don't have anything else to do, then going to some of the falls-area shops and casino is alright.
Dress Code: You can dress very casual, though the casino might have a dress code, so you may want to check before you go in there.
There are many things to do at night. I reccomend the Canadian side. There are Museums, A Casino, Lots of shopping, Strip Joints, Everything is shown in Canada.
Mints and Sundowner are the two best strip Joints in the Falls area. I know Mints has both entertainment for guys and gals.
Dress Code: Dress code is casual.
in Ontario, right across the US - Canadian border, there are great opportunities for going out. Since in NY, you are not allowed to drink alcohol beneath the age of 21, Canada is not far away ... it is a favorite place in the weekends for the students in Buffalo :-)
In night The Town of Niagara lives up and turns into a fair. The Casinos are making big money and you can visit Ripley's believe it or not museum if that's your fancy. Several Haunted houses compete for the audience, but they all looked kinda 'not-so-haunted' so I skipped those. When the sun goes down the falls goes on. It's pretty cool to see the falls lighten up in lots of different colours.
I recommend that you see the lighting of both sides of Niagara Falls from the Ont. side. Check the time schedule.
In Aug. was lit from 9am-midnight.
The remainder of the things to do at night amount to eating, blaring lights, tacky museums(wax house of Torture), & the money/time wasting of the casino, etc.
In NY: you can go up in a hot air balloon that is teathered to the ground. It is lit up like a giant white moon.