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The Most Romantic Places in Niagara Falls

FARblog5.jpegFor over 200 years, couples have flocked to Niagara Falls to bask in one another’s charms before the backdrop of one of North America’s most breathtaking natural wonders. Whether you’re here for your wedding, honeymoon, second honeymoon or just a romantic weekend away, Niagara Falls and its quaint surrounding villages will be sure to charm both you and your special someone.

Of course, no one visits Niagara Falls without spending some time at the falls themselves. Book a hotel room with a view of the falls — if you do a little digging, you can even find a room with a balcony Jacuzzi overlooking the falls. But don’t miss some of the town’s other attractions, including a haunted house attraction that will give you the perfect excuse to cling to your sweetheart.

Maid of the Mist

If you’re like most visitors, the first thing you and your honey are going to want to do in Niagara Falls is see the falls themselves. There’s no better way to do that than from the Maid of the Mist boat. Since the 1840s, coal-powered steam boats have been taking visitors right up to the base of the falls. You’ll get close enough to feel the mist on your face. Don’t worry — complimentary rain gear is provided.

Helicopter Ride Above the Falls

What could be more romantic than a helicopter ride for two over Niagara Falls? Take your journey on the last flight of the day, right before the sun sets — that’s when you’ll get the best views. You can even get married aboard a helicopter hovering above the falls.

Nightmares Fear Factory

Nightmares Fear Factory bills itself as the scariest haunted house in Niagara Falls, and for most visitors, it doesn’t disappoint. If you’re an adrenaline junkie or a horror film buff, don’t miss this hair-raising attraction. But if you, or your partner, are claustrophobic or don’t like being touched, it might be best to skip it.

Journey Behind the Falls

FARblog6.jpegIf you were impressed with your view of Niagara Falls from the front, just wait until you see them from behind. At Journey Behind the Falls, you can stand safely behind the curtain of falling water that makes up the falls. The tour will take you through the caverns about 150 feet behind the falls. Informational placards and audio guides will give you an education on the history of the falls. Arrive early to beat the crowds.

Cave of the Winds

On the American side of the border, you’ll find the spectacular Cave of the Winds tour. Follow wooden walkways to just a few feet from Bridal Veil Falls. It’s the closest you can get to the falls on any tour, and you can count on being blasted with wind and water spray. In the early spring, a special seasonal tour allows you to see the decks being constructed for the summer season — the boardwalks and decks are removed each fall and reconstructed each spring, due to the harsh winter weather conditions that plague the Niagara Gorge.

There’s no better place for romance than Niagara Falls — a fact to which generations of lovers can attest. Experience the majesty of the falls with your sweetheart, and don’t forget to take in some of the town’s other attractions. You’ll find love blooming on both sides of the border.

The 4 Most Beautiful Wedding Venues in Canadian Niagara

FARblog20.jpegNiagara Falls has been a destination for honeymooners since the early 20th century, but countless couples have also found Niagara a beautiful place to host their nuptials before they vacation in wedded bliss. Something about the misty air and stunning scenery makes Niagara one of the most sought-after areas for destination weddings. Affianced couples looking for a location are wise to scope out their options in Niagara Falls; venues here are not only budget-friendly but beautiful to boot.

Falls Avenue Resort

Our own resort boasts dozens of fantastic areas for both wedding ceremonies and receptions. Because our hotel is directly across from the falls, our conference rooms feature unparalleled views of the rushing water, either glittering with sunlight during the day or colored by fireworks at night. Plus, you can capture wedding pictures to remember the event in the lush, green forests surrounding the hotel.

Our services can be scaled whether you’re planning an intimate affair for 10 or a 1,000-guest bash. If you’d prefer a venue that deals with all the minutia so you can enjoy your day, planning your wedding with a resort is the best option for you.

Butterfly Conservatory

If you’d rather keep the resort as headquarters while you celebrate at a different location, Niagara’s Butterfly Conservatory offers you a tropical wedding ceremony in the middle of temperate and beautiful Niagara Falls. The strikingly vibrant blossoms necessary to sustain the butterfly populations provide a unique backdrop to your vows, and the 2,000 different species of vibrant butterflies create an unforgettable atmosphere to your most important of days. While the Butterfly Conservatory isn’t perfect for huge celebrations, you can easily house an intimate ceremony and go all out for your reception back at the resort.

The Maid of the Mist

Ever since Jim and Pam’s historic semi-elopement aboard the vessel in the popular U.S. version of “The Office,” couples all over have been clamoring to be wed right beneath the glorious falls. There are several tour groups that take visitors up to the base of the falls to feel the exhilaration that comes with the power of the rushing water, but the most famous and historic is the Maid of the Mist.

With this venue, you’ll need to do much of the organization yourself, including procuring a license and finding an officiant, but if you want your wedding to take place at one of the more adventurous and romantic areas of the falls, it might be worth it.

Niagara-on-the-Lake

FARblog21.jpegNiagara-on-the-Lake is one of the more quaint towns in the surrounding Niagara region. This little area has maintained the feel of a small town while providing all the culture and amenities you’d find in a big city. The subtle beauty of Niagara-on-the-Lake is precisely what many betrothed couples look for in a destination wedding venue. The gazebo at the center of the town frames the vow ceremony with charm, and the park around it will suit both large and small parties perfectly.

The 3 Best Ways to Avoid Crowds in Niagara Falls

FARblog3.jpegThere are all sorts of amazing things to do and see in Niagara Falls — but most visitors would not put navigating though large crowds of other tourists high on their list of vacation highlights. In fact, the prospect of long lines, endless waits for food and restrooms and photographs peppered with strangers’ faces are enough to cause some would-be travelers to say “thanks, but no thanks” to a trip to Niagara Falls.

We’re not going to lie: During high season, Niagara Falls can be a crowded place. But that doesn’t mean you need to stay home or see less than you hoped to. You can still enjoy the area along with thousands of other visitors if you plan well and make a few adjustments to your typical daily routine.

Crowd Avoidance Tip #1: Come At the Right Time

The absolute best way to avoid crowds in Niagara Falls is to visit during the winter months. Even though the Falls themselves are beautiful in a different way (Think ice. Lots of ice.) there is still plenty to do here. We understand, though, that you may prefer to visit in the summer so you can cruise on the Maid of the Mist and see the falls in their full glory. However, you don’t have to visit on the weekends, or during major holidays, such as Victoria Day (July 1), July 4, and Labor Day weekend (for American visitors.) By avoiding those times when thousands of other visitors will also be descending on the area, you can enjoy less crowded attractions.

Crowd Avoidance Tip #2: Start Early

When you’re on vacation, it’s tempting to sleep in and take your time in the morning. But consider this: While you are sleeping in, so is a large majority of the other travelers visiting Niagara Falls. So why not get a jump on them and head out early? Plan to be up and ready to start exploring by breakfast; not only will you be able to see a number of attractions before the crowds build, you’ll also have a better chance of getting some photos of the falls without other people in them. Reserve a hotel as close to the falls as possible to save on drive time and get out there early.

Crowd Avoidance Tip #3: Plan Ahead

FARblog4.jpegOne of the biggest time wasters on any trip is waiting in line to buy tickets to major attractions — and it’s no different in Niagara Falls. You could spend hours waiting in line to buy tickets for attractions like the Hornblower Cruises to the base of the falls… or you could buy your tickets in advance. Do your research before you leave home and decide which attractions are “must see,” and then buy tickets in advance. The aforementioned Hornblower Cruises even allow you to choose a time for your tickets, meaning you can buy in advance and just show up a few minutes before your scheduled cruise. Instead of spending time standing in line, you can spend that time experiencing more of what Niagara Falls has to offer.

The fact is, you’ll almost never feel like you have Niagara Falls to yourself. But with some smart planning and a little legwork, you can feel like a VIP and avoid the crowds.

How to Plan a Girls’ Getaway in Niagara Falls

FARblog1.jpegWhether you’re planning a “last hurrah” bachelorette party or an “escape the kids” moms’ weekend, Niagara Falls is the perfect destination. You might think of Niagara Falls as a honeymoon spot, and have visions of being surrounded by happy couples in the early days of wedded bliss, but the area is actually a prime destination for all types of travelers — even a group of girlfriends who need a few days of R & R.

If you want to plan the perfect getaway for you and your gal pals, follow this easy guide.

Step 1: Choose the Right Place to Stay

The perfect girls’ getaway requires a hotel with plenty of space for everyone to relax, comfortable beds to actually get a good night’s sleep and a wide variety of amenities, from a full-service spa to a place to just hang out and chat with a cocktail or glass of wine. Falls Avenue Resort is the ideal spot: With more than 1,000 rooms in three interconnected hotels, plus several restaurants, a casino, spas and additional entertainment options, it offers everything that you and our friends could ever need for your getaway.

Step 2: Book Special Experiences

FARblog2.jpegWhat’s a girls’ getaway without some pampering? Niagara Falls is home to a number of spas, any of which are great for letting your cares melt away on a massage table — or erasing the effect of time with anti-aging and rejuvenation treatments.

While spas are always a good choice, Niagara Falls offers a number of other options too. Take a wine tour of the Niagara region, visiting some of the many wineries for tastings, or visit Niagara-on-the-Lake, a quaint town that feels like it was frozen in time. Or stick closer to the falls themselves; Hornblower Cruises now offers a Sunset Cocktail Cruise to the base of the falls, or you could just hang out on the rooftop of one of the area hotels to enjoy a few drinks and the nighttime light show on the falls.

Step 3: Eat Your Heart Out

What’s a girls’ getaway without throwing caution to the wind and forgetting about how many calories you’re eating? It’s easy to blow your diet in Niagara Falls, with so many excellent restaurants to choose from. Of course, you’ll find the standard chain favorites, but why not splurge on something fantastic, like dinner at Skylon Tower, the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, Elements on the Falls or the Horseshoe Landing Patio, all of which combine incredible views of the falls with top-notch cuisine. Of course, you can’t forget to stop at Hershey’s Chocolate World for a delectable snack — or stop by Chocolate F/X in Niagara-on-the-Lake for a tour of the factory that will dip almost anything in chocolate.

Whether you’re planning a trip for just you and your best friend or a group of ten or twenty, there’s plenty to see and do in Niagara Falls to please even the fussiest member of your circle of friends.

Five Summer Restaurant Options At Falls Avenue Resort

RR_FacebookHeaderIf you’re looking for dining options during your visit to Niagara Falls look no further than the Falls Avenue Resort! The restaurants are all a close distance to your hotel stay and offer a wide range of meals that are suitable for the entire family. If you’re looking for something fun that’s close to all of the fun on Clifton Hill with a view of the falls, The Falls Avenue Resort has you covered!

The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra

The Rainbow Room offers a fascinating view of the Falls with an intimate setting and hand-crafted menu. Massimo Capra uses local ingredients to create a menu that changes whenever the seasons do ensuring that the choices are fresh and delicious. The restaurant has fed royalty and Hollywood stars since the fine dining establishment opened and with its extensive wine list ranging from international and local favourites your food and wine pairings will be remarkable.

Fallsview Buffet

The options are endless at the Fallsview Buffet with its breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet options. The beautiful view of the Falls and the live action stations are ideal for a satisfying meal. The buffet is perfect for any picky eaters as it offers many options!

Rainforest Cafe 

Eat in this rainforest sitting with animatronic animals, an indoor thunderstorm, lightning and a wall of rain. This restaurant is a great option for those looking for some entertainment and live action during their meal. The menu offers sandwiches, wraps, salads and delicious desserts that are great options for lunch or dinner.

Hard Rock Cafe 

Music enthusiasts rejoice at the Hard Rock Cafe complete with music memorabilia from top to bottom. Close to many of the attractions at the Falls Avenue Resort, this restaurant is an excellent option for when you’ve had a full day touring the city and want to grab a bite close by. The menu is tex-mex so if you’re looking for some delicious Mexican this is the place to be!

Planet Hollywood 

Dine with Hollywood’s stars at this restaurant option found in the heart of downtown Niagara Falls. Hollywood memorabilia covers the walls and inspires the large menu. Find some unique sandwiches, salads, wraps, burgers and desserts on this fun menu. If you want to try something new make your way to Planet Hollywood for a glamorous and inspired meal.

All of these options offer a delicious menu and with its short distance from most hotels you won’t have to go far for a great time!

4 Wine Makers, 8 Chardonnays and 32,000 KMs

wine pouring 2 glassesCelebrate Chardonnay in Niagara Falls during the 2014 International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration. Peller Estates will host a guided tasting and dining experience at its vineyard.  The day starts off with a reception at the Barrel Cellar with tastings.

After the reception enjoy a four-course lunch prepared by Jason Parsons that will be accompanied with a striking view of the vineyard. Each of the courses will be paired perfectly with one of the four chardonnays from Canadian and International Winemakers that will showcase their wine at the reception.

The event is held during the day, which means you’ll get the entire evening to enjoy in Niagara Falls and have a night out on the town. Pair it with our Ultimate Couples Experience Package and you’ve got yourself a weekend well spent in the city.

Ultimate Couples Experience Package

  • One Night Hotel Accommodations at the Sheraton on the Falls or Crowne Plaza Fallsview
  • Three Fallsview Dining Gift Cards:
    • $40.00 at Windows by Jamie Kennedy
    • $40.00 at Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra
    • $20.00 at Fallsview Buffet
  • Two Winery Tasting Passes at Trius Winery at Hillebrand and Peller Estates
  • $40 Credit at the Fallsview Christienne Spa
  • Two Cocktails at the Hard Rock Cafe
  • Special Hershey Gift

Five Things To Do This Canada Day In Niagara Falls

NFHorseshoeMC3Canada Day is an exciting holiday for us Canadians and there is no better place to celebrate than Niagara Falls. The city will be lively throughout the day with tons of events and of course fireworks for everyone to enjoy at night. Here are our top five events to check out this upcoming Canada Day!

Niagara Falls Canada Day Fireworks: A yearly tradition put on by the community of Niagara Falls, the fireworks are fired from the bottom of the Niagara Gorge. Overlooking the falls, this beautiful view lights up the sky and falls as you watch from below. Get there early to get a good spot!

Niagara Falls Canada Day Celebrations: This yearly celebration is jam packed with events for the entire family to enjoy. Start the morning with a Canada Day Parade in downtown Niagara Falls that will lead you to the main stage at City Hall. At the main stage you can find Greg Frewin performing his magical illusions, live music, an awards ceremony and cake! With activities for the kids including rock climbing, an inflatable area and entertainment, the whole family will be enjoying themselves in no time.

Canada Day at Fort George: Take a trip through time and check out this free event at historic Fort George. The day will be filled with music, food, fireworks, cannon firings and heritage displays. The day portion will include music, muskets and artillery demonstrations and the evening brings a BBQ dinner, music, cake and fireworks.

Canada Day at Inniskillin: The winery will be hosting its fifth annual Canada Day celebrations at its vineyard during the upcoming holiday. The Piazza will feature a casual picnic, Market Grill food, a BBQ and of course live music. Enjoy a glass of Inniskillin’s favourite wines with your meal as you relax into the evening where fireworks will occur over the vineyard.

Friendship Festival: Celebrate Canada Day this year by embracing the friendships that surround us. This event in its 27th year will not disappoint with live shows, vendors, food and all sorts of entertainment. Grab a blanket and sit down and enjoy the fireworks after your day at the festival.

Celebrate Canada Day with your family at one of these many events offered in Niagara. Most options are budget friendly, which means you can enjoy the holiday without breaking the bank!

Visiting Canada and Crossing The Border

niagara-falls-fireworks-largeIf you plan on visiting Niagara Falls from the United States it’s always important to be prepared and have everything you will need to make your trip a smooth one. Make sure that before you travel everything is prepared and you don’t forget anything last minute!

These tips will help you make sure you get here without any qualms for an enjoyable trip in the region.

  1. When visiting Canada make sure you have your passport ready – entry into the country is prohibited without a valid passport.
  2. If you’re driving in from the US, check the wait times for the Rainbow Bridge by visiting www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/bwt-taf/menu-eng.html. That way you can plan accordingly depending on how long you may have to wait.
  3. When planning your trip it’s a good idea to see what days the Canadian holidays fall on as there could be changes in operating hours during special holidays. That being said, Niagara Falls is typically at its busiest during holidays so make sure you arrive early!
  4. If you’re traveling with children always make sure you have proper identification for them and yourself when crossing the border. Children under the age of 18 will need permission from their parents/guardian if you are not the parent.
  5. Have your currency exchanged prior to crossing the border to make purchasing easier.
  6. Make sure to turn off your phone to avoid roaming charges!

Don’t forget to do your research before and decide ahead of time what you want to see and do, it will save you valuable time when in Niagara Falls! The city offers many attractions and dining options that are unique to the city so be ready and fill your itinerary with fun all day long.

Celebrate Your Next Birthday in Niagara At Falls Avenue Resort

casinoAre you looking for something wild and spontaneous to do on your next birthday? Celebrate in style at the Falls Avenue Resort with our Ultimate Casino Experience Package.

Food, wine, friends and the thrill of the casino make this the best idea for a birthday party in years!

Our ultimate package includes a $50 voucher at Casino Niagara, located in the Falls Avenue Resort, as well as dining gift cards so you don’t have to break the bank in order to have fun on your birthday.

Ultimate Casino Experience Package

After the casino make sure you visit one of the many nightclubs found in the heart of the tourist district:

  • Beer Garden Karaoke Patio: Become a star in Niagara Falls by hitting this outdoor karaoke patio and showcase your talents!
  • Club Mardi Gras Bar & Patio Niagara: Celebrate occasions at this lively and entertaining bar that is filled with all things Mardi Gras, beads included!
  • Club Seven Nightclub: This 10,000 sqft nightclub offers great service, good music and of course an unforgettable evening.
  • Hard Rock Night Club: Enjoy all things music with the velvet lounge, colourful drinks and massive dance floor.
  • R5: This lounge offers a more relaxing vibe with private booths and a colourful cocktail menu.
  • Rumours Night Club: Dance the night away to techno beats and of course the laser show that lights up the large dance floor.

Celebrate your birthday in style this year by visiting Niagara Falls.

Celebrate Father’s Day In Niagara Falls At Falls Avenue Resort

NFHorseshoeMCThis Father’s Day forget about buying your dad a tie and head down to Niagara Falls where you can treat him to a day tailor-made for pops!

One of the favourite events taking place in the Niagara region on June 15th is the Niagara Falls Ribfest at Niagara Square. The Ribfest features live music from The Brass Monkeys and lots of – you guessed it – ribs, as well as other BBQ delights sure to please the big guy in your life.

Another dad favourite is the Safari Niagara Car Show. Fathers can enter Safari Niagara free on Sunday and check out the cool collection of vintage and performance cars, as well as the regular exhibitions of animals and activities – it the perfect event for the dad who loves his vintage cars! Finish off the evening with fireworks at 10 PM on what they predict will be a warm and balmy evening.

If you want a classic way to celebrate Father’s Day, make your way to The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra for a special Father’s Day meal. Show your appreciation for your father at one of the best Italian restaurants in the city as you indulge in the breathtaking views of the Horseshoe Falls.

Looking for something else to do with your father on Sunday? With the beautiful weather and gorgeous golf courses, take your dad out for a round of golf. Niagara Falls is home to Legends on the Niagara, Whirlpool and Oak Hall Estate there are great world class courses to choose from in Niagara Falls. There is no better way to show your dad how much you appreciate everything that he’s done than by spending the day with him.

Niagara Falls offers tons of attractions and events that are perfect for any interests that your dad might have so plan your trip today!

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