Latest Posts February 13, 2017 3:45 pm
Family Day is on February 20th and there’s no better way to spend the holiday than on a family trip to Niagara Falls. So we’ve compiled a list of some of the best activities to do while on a weekend getaway to the city:
Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls
Step through a 4-storey high Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar into a one-of-a-kind retail experience at the Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls store. You can commemorate this Family Day with the Hershey’s Wrap Happiness experience which lets you personalize a chocolate bar with your very own photo. Afterwards, don’t forget to try the Bake Shoppe’s delicious freshly baked treats and shop around for your great Hershey’s candies and merchandise.
Niagara Brewing Company
Unwind with some great beer, food, and live entertainment at Niagara Brewing Company, Niagara’s newest craft brewery located right on Clifton Hill. The brewery’s rotating taps feature innovative and delicious beers like a limited-edition Icewine Beer, a pumpkin pie spiced ale, and the Flapjack Maple Wheat beer. Happy hour is everyday from 3-4pm and 7-8pm so don’t miss out.
Fallsview Indoor Waterpark
If you’re looking for an attraction that parents and kids can enjoy together, make sure to check out the 3-acre Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. There’s something for everyone with 16 thrilling waterslides, a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, full-sized wave pool, year-round outdoor activity pool, and adult-only Jacuzzis. Right now, you can even book a hotel & waterpark getaway at a discounted price as part of the waterpark’s amazing and limited-time Family Week Sale.
Journey Behind the Falls
Experience the thundering Horseshoe Falls from below and behind at Journey Behind the Falls. This exciting attractions allows you to walk through tunnels that are located behind the rushing waters and takes you to an upper observation deck where you can marvel at the power and beauty of this incredible force of nature.
The Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory is a beautiful attraction that allows guests to walk along the winding paths of a tropical greenhouse where over 2,000 colourful butterflies freely float and fly. It’s a place that’s sure to please both young and old and gives guests the perfect opportunity to connect without nature away from the winter’s cold. January 31, 2017 3:32 pm
Niagara Falls is a romantic and beautiful destination that boasts the title of “Honeymoon Capital of the World”, making it the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day with that special someone. So, here are a few of the best ways to make the most of a romantic visit to Niagara Falls this Valentine’s Day:
Have a Romantic Fallsview Dinner
For a spectacular Fallsview dining experience, make a reservation at the 4-Diamond Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar, which offers fresh and seasonal farm-to-table dishes, the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra restaurant, which offers modern and innovative Italian cuisine, or the Fallsview Buffet Restaurant which is a wonderful buffet experience with live-action cooking stations. Each restaurant features fantastic views of Niagara Falls from floor-to-ceiling windows and will offer a romantic and intimate setting in which to enjoy a special Valentine’s Day dinner.
Visit a Winery for Tour and Tasting
Spend a day in the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, just a short drive from Niagara Falls, and visit one of the area’s many award-winning wineries for a tour and tasting. There are a wide variety of great wineries to choose from such as Peller Estates, Inniskillin, and Trius and the picturesque vineyards are the perfect backdrop for a day of romance.
Relax and Rejuvenate at the Spa
Relax and rejuvenate with your partner at the Christienne Fallsview Spa inside the Sheraton on the Falls hotel, which offers a number of amazing couples experiences packages. These packages feature services and treatments such as side-by-side massages, signature facials, essential pedicures, and time in the Infinity Hydrotherapy Tub which overlooks the Falls.
Experience the City’s Nightlife
After your romantic Fallsview dinner, hit the town and experience the very best of Niagara’s nightlife. Stop by Casino Niagara of Fallsview Casino Resort to play your favourite slots and table games, or take a stroll along Clifton Hill, which is known as Niagara’s “Street of Fun”.
Stay in a Fallsview Room
Experience the very best in Fallsview accommodation by booking a room at the Sheraton on the Falls or Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview hotels. You can take in the breathtaking beauty of Niagara Falls from your room’s floor-to-ceiling windows, and with certain Deluxe Fallsview Rooms you can also enjoy amenities like a relaxing whirlpool bathtub. January 24, 2017 8:16 am
If you’re in need of some retail therapy, Niagara Falls is the place to be. This world-class destination offers amazing shopping centres, specialty boutiques, and gifts shops where you’re sure to find everything you want and more. Here is a list of some of the top places to shop in and around Niagara Falls:
Outlet Collection at Niagara
Niagara’s newest shopping centre, Outlet Collection at Niagara offers more than 100 brand name outlet stores like Bass Pro Shop, Adidas, J.Crew, and Kate Spade, all in a wonderful open-air mall setting. The mall also offers a great food court, free wifi, and is dog-friendly, making your shopping experience both fun and convenient.
Always Refreshing Soda Shop
This one-of-a-kind shop is located right on Falls Avenue and is inspired by classic 1950s-style diners. The Always Refreshing Soda Shop offers delicious floats, milkshakes, soda, and ice cream to sit and enjoy, as well as amazing Coca Cola collectors merchandise and souvenirs to shop around for afterwards.
Fallsview Casino Resort Shopping Galleria
Niagara’s Fallsview Casino Resort is an impressive complex that features a casino floor, concert theatre, nightclub, restaurants, hotel rooms, and a shopping galleria with dozens of boutiques. Here you’ll find shops filled with the latest fashions, accessories, gifts, specialty foods, toys, and much more.
Canada One Brand Name Outlets
Located on Lundy’s Lane in Niagara Falls, Canada One Brand Name Outlets offers a number of outlet stores for popular brands like Nike, Roots, Coach, Adidas. It’s conveniently located just a short drive away from the city’s bustling tourist district and is always offering great deals on clothing, accessories, and more.
Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls
The Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls store is one of the sweetest retail experiences in the city. You can enter the store through a 4-storey high Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar and find amazing experiences inside like Hershey’s Wrap Happiness where you can personalize your Hershey’s bar wrapper. You’ll also find freshly-made baked goods, all of your favourite Hershey’s candies and treats, and unique merchandise from Hershey’s brands like Reese’s, Jolly Ranchers, and Twizzlers. November 30, 2016 9:22 am
It’s almost time once again to say goodbye to another year and celebrate the start of a new one. And there’s no better way to ring in 2017 than at the annual Niagara Falls New Year’s Eve celebration in Queen Victoria Park.
Join in on one of Canada’s longest-running New Year’s Eve celebrations and take in a live show featuring musical performances from Sam Roberts Band, Serena Ryder, and High Valley. This year’s celebration features an all-Canadian lineup with local band James Blonde kicking things off at 8pm. The show is free for everyone and will offer a variety of food and beverage options in the park and access to a licensed outdoor area.
The whole celebration takes place just steps away from the thundering Niagara Falls and the fireworks show at midnight is a truly remarkable sight you won’t ever forget.
Make this New Year’s Eve into a romantic getaway or one-of-a-kind family celebration and book a room in the centre of the action at the Sheraton on the Falls, Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview, Skyline Hotel & Waterpark, or Clifton Victoria Inn. Ring in 2017 in style at the annual celebration in Queen Victoria Park and make 2017 your most spectacular New Year’s Eve yet. November 23, 2016 11:38 am
Niagara Falls’ annual Winter Festival of Lights is a winter tradition enjoyed by Niagara locals and visitors from all over the world who come to see Niagara Falls and the surrounding parklands lit up in spectacular light displays and fireworks. This year’s Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights runs from November 19th to January 31st and here are three of the best ways to take it all in:
Take a walk through Queen Victoria Park – Queen Victoria Park is home to many of the Winter Festival of Light’s main illumination displays, including the shimmering Zimmerman Fountain. The park is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland, situated right across the street from the thundering Niagara Falls and next to the bustling Clifton Hill.
Drive along the festival route – This year’s Winter Festival of Lights includes a newly expanded 8 kilometre illumination route that makes for a truly spectacular drive. The route takes you past beautiful Niagara Parks landscapes, through Dufferin Islands with its three-dimensional Canadian wildlife light displays and over fifty sparkling wrapped trees, and around the city’s tourist district.
Watch a fireworks show – The sky over Niagara Falls is illuminated with spectacular fireworks on Fridays throughout December and January, with additional shows during the holidays from December 23rd to 30th. It’s a one-of-a-kind show that can be enjoyed from right in front of the Falls, in Queen Victoria Park, or from floor-to-ceiling windows in a Fallsview guestroom.
The Winter Festival of Lights is an amazing Niagara Falls tradition that is not to be missed. So start planning your Niagara Falls winter getaway today to experience the dazzling lights of the city in winter. September 30, 2016 11:29 am
Sometimes it seems like there are way too many choices when it comes to food. Seafood, chicken, pasta, tacos, and so much more are readily available and as chefs focus on pleasing discerning diners the quality of food is exponentially better than it’s ever been.
However, one of the most popular and sought-after foods in many parts of the world is the burger. A perfectly cooked and dressed burger is a thing of beauty and restaurants everywhere compete to create the most mouthwatering thing between two buns in existence.
Niagara Falls is no stranger to a great burger and virtually every restaurant has one on the menu, but which is the best burger in Niagara and where do you find it? We did the research so you don’t have to and these are the burgers that made the top of the list.
The Works Gourmet Burgers
Hailed by locals and visitors alike as the best burger in town, The Works Gourmet Burgers goes above and beyond the standard cheeseburger. Working with 100 percent Canadian beef, chicken, turkey, mushroom, and even ground elf, these burgers are designed to have you coming back for more.
The topping choices are inventive and fun and include a wide variety of cheeses, bacon, vegetables, and more. The combinations they’ve created for the menu are seemingly endless and if there isn’t a burger on the menu that doesn’t pique your interest we’d be very surprised. But there’s always their wide selection of salads and to-die-for poutine if you really can’t decide.
The Syndicate Restaurant and Brewery
Not a burger restaurant per say, The Syndicate Restaurant and Brewery does offer burgers on its extensive menu and according to our scientific research they’re amongst the best in town. Your choices come down to two: a beef burger and a lamb burger.
The Syndicate burger features a beef patty with Pine River aged cheddar, caramelized onion, bacon, and what they refer to as “fancy sauce,” which is a reference to a funny movie called “Stepbrothers.” The lamb burger is topped with creamy goat cheese, pickled hot peppers, and a homemade caper and sundried tomato jam. You can’t go wrong with either of these, so why not just go ahead and order both.
When it comes to a great burger sometimes simple is the best approach, and Flip Burger does that very well. They start with freshly ground beef and you can then choose from single patty burgers with no cheese to double patty burgers oozing with cheese. You then choose from a variety of toppings and sauces including the usual lettuce and tomato to the unusual Sriracha sauce.
They also offer veggie burgers, perfect hot dogs, and gooey grilled cheese sandwiches. Nothing fancy but oh so good, Flip Burger is easily one of the best in town.
When you visit Niagara Falls you have to eat and at some point someone will want a burger. Try one of these restaurants to satisfy that burger craving and see what the fuss all about. September 27, 2016 12:22 pm
Exceptional dining and Niagara Falls are synonymous with each other and this is perhaps no more apparent than at The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra. His inventive yet traditional Italian menu has propelled The Rainbow Room straight to the top, accumulating multiple awards along the way.
Chef Capra was born in Italy, but made Canada his home in the 1980s and found success along the way. Most Canadians know him as the host of the television show “Restaurant Makeover” and for his appearances on “Chopped Canada.” In addition to The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra at the Sheraton on the Falls hotel in Niagara, he owns several other restaurants throughout the Ontario region and internationally.
Chef John Casciato has been Chef Massimo’s right hand man in Niagara for some time, overseeing the operations there. Together they have become an unbeatable team and are responsible for providing locals and visitors alike with authentic and delicious Italian cuisine for many years. However, the duo also teams up for special events throughout the year and one of these is coming up shortly.
A Culinary Tour of Veneto
Held this year on November 18 is the private dining event, A Culinary Tour of Veneto. Celebrating this special region of Italy and all it has contributed to Italian cuisine, Chefs Massimo and John will personally guide their guests along this culinary trail with surprises around every corner.
The Veneto region of Italy lies in the northeast portion of the country and therefore has the best of both land and sea as components of its cuisine. In addition to the standard seafood you’ll see in Italian dishes such as shrimp and clams you’ll also find that eel plays an important role in many dishes.
The forests of Veneto are revered for their many varieties of mushrooms and wild game such as rabbit, boar, and birds like the guinea and pigeon also feature heavily in the cuisine from the region. Italian staples like risotto and polenta are also very popular in the region, but with a distinctive local flair.
Knowing the region as well as he does, this Culinary Tour of Veneto event hosted by the chefs themselves is definitely going to a night to remember. The chefs will walk each guest through the menu items and provide wine pairings along the way. Not only is this a chance to meet some of Canada’s most influential chefs but also to sample some of the dishes they do best as fine dining is such an important part of a trip to Niagara Falls.
Previous events hosted by the chefs have sold out quickly so be sure to book early. The Crowne Plaza is offering a package that includes a one-night stay and dinner for an exceptional price so visit their website for more information. This is one of the best reasons to visit Niagara and experience its culinary scene in such an intimate way. September 7, 2016 12:15 pm
Restaurants and the concept of food in general have changed greatly over the last few years. As people become more aware of their relationships with food and how we’ve become more aware of the process our food goes through as it makes its way from its source to our plates. Additionally, with the advent and popularity of cooking shows, we’ve learned more about inventive recipes and ingredients that we weren’t familiar with before.
Our palates have also changed and again we have cooking shows and celebrity chefs to thank for that. But perhaps one of the most important changes in our world’s current culinary scene is the farm-to-table movement. Simply put, chefs focus on locally grown and raised produce, fish, and meat and adjust their menus to feature items that are currently in season, ensuring that the diner receives only the freshest, highest quality ingredients.
Canada’s pioneer in the farm-to-table movement is Chef Jamie Kennedy. Chef Kennedy has spent thirty years redefining Canada’s food scene and has received numerous accolades during this time. His restaurant, Windows by Jamie Kennedy, is located in the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel and features stunning views of the falls from its elegant dining space.
If you choose one fine dining restaurant during your vacation to Niagara Falls, this is the one and here are a few delicious reasons why.
As Chef Kennedy only uses ingredients that are local and in-season the menu changes throughout the year but the consistent high level of quality remains. The appetizer menu reads like a foodie’s delight and includes dishes such as fresh mussels from Prince Edward Island and heirloom Niagara beets. As one would expect in Canada there is a poutine dish on the appetizer menu but it’s elevated with local oka cheese which was originally developed by Trappist monks in Quebec and a red wine veal reduction.
All eyes are drawn to the entree section of any menu but one glance at Chef Kennedy’s entrees is enough to entice even the pickiest eater. Simple yet refined, the entree choices are immediately defined as local as the farm where the meat was raised is listed, such as the Cumbrae Farms dry aged striploin. Halibut, Muscovy duck, sirloin of lamb, and Cornish hen also grace this menu and each dish is accompanied by vegetable sides that are always fresh and always seasonal, providing the diner a true taste of Canada’s bounty.
No great meal is complete without dessert, and Chef Kennedy and his team have built a dessert menu that is nothing short of perfection. From the richness of the lemon olive oil poundcake to the trio of house-made ice creams, the dessert recipes are carefully created and executed to ensure the perfect end to a perfect meal. Also offered are a wide selection of coffees, dessert wines, scotches, and brandies to finish your meal on another delicious note.
Diners and foodies across the globe have become accustomed to perfection and ingenuity when dining out and Chef Kennedy delivers each and every time. Make your reservation at Windows by Jamie Kennedy and be prepared to savor every bite; this restaurant truly is the best of Niagara. August 30, 2016 1:19 pm
Unless you’ve been completely disconnected over the last few weeks then you’re undoubtedly familiar with the worldwide phenomenon known as Pokemon Go. This mobile game has had people all over the world using their smartphones to scour cities, towns, parks, and rural areas to find elusive Pokemon characters and rack up points.
The Niagara area has not been spared the activity related to this game and visitors and locals alike are hitting the streets and parks in the area to find Pokemon. While some have criticized the game as just another reason to be glued to one’s phone, it’s actually a great way to get outside, get some exercise, and explore the area around you, which is what you’d do on vacation in Niagara Falls anyway.
Whether it’s your kids or a family affair, here are some Pokemon Go tips for the Niagara area so get out there and see what you can find!
Within the game itself are specific locales that tend to host more Pokemon characters than others. One of these game locations is a gym and Prospect Park falls into this category. Known for its stunning views of the falls Prospect Parks also offers hiking trails that meander along the river and several Pokemon characters are hanging out on these paths.
As with any hiking trail, heed posted signs and be aware of your surroundings. Not only will this keep you safe but you don’t want to miss the gorgeous scenery offered in this park and on the trails.
Niagara Falls State Park
A popular destination for visitors long before the Pokemon Go craze, Niagara Falls State Park and its visitor’s center is the perfect Niagara spot to play, and one of those reasons is that the park offers free Wi-Fi! Once you’re connected and start your hunt, be sure to explore the beautiful flower gardens that have made this one of the area’s most popular and beautiful places to explore.
Niagara Falls History Museum
Another designated gym spot in the game is the Niagara Falls History Museum. If you’re traveling with tweens or teens who are obsessed with the game this is a great way to entice them into a museum visit when they might not otherwise be too interested.
The museum offers a comprehensive geographical and cultural history of the region as well as rotating special exhibits. So while you’re hunting for monsters you can also get a great overview of the Niagara area and its uniqueness in the process.
On Sunday August 7 there will be a local Pokemon event held at the Secret Garden near Clifton Hill. While this is an unofficial event it’s a great opportunity to meet other visitors and locals and tackle the Pokemon challenge together. Visit this website for more information and special instructions.
Whether you’ve been playing Pokemon Go since its inception or you’re just starting out, combining this game with your vacation to Niagara Falls is a great way to get out and explore. Just be sure that you respect private property and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Other than that, enjoy! August 23, 2016 11:15 am
Not only is bicycling a great way to stay fit, it’s also a wonderful way to explore a new region while on vacation. The simple fact that you slow down a little and pay more attention to the scenery around you means that you’ll take more in than you would if you were in a car.
The Niagara area is perfect for bicycling. The region is mostly flat so that makes it easier for those who are not used to biking regularly and the views are lovely. How could it get any better?
Wine. That’s how it gets better.
Niagara’s wine country is always a big hit with visitors and winery tours are not to be missed. However, you can now take your winery tour by bicycle which makes the experience much more fun than simply taking a van from winery to winery.
If a bicycle tour of the wineries in Niagara sounds like something you’d enjoy on your next trip to Niagara, these are just a few of the tours that are offered.
Sip ‘n Cycle
The name says it all here and the people behind Sip n Cycle are all about fun. They offer a number of tours that focus on different aspects of Niagara’s wine country. Some tours include lunch or cheese platters and some do not, but they all include wine.
For instance, their Taste Niagara tour includes stops at three boutique wineries and a three course lunch. They also have a design your own tour option so you can see and do whatever you’d like. All tours are guided by locals who know their fair share about wine.
Grape Escape Wine Tours
Another of the region’s popular bicycle tour outfits has the adorable name of Grape Escape. They offer tours to suit all ability levels and their tours take place at various times of the day. The offer one for early risers, tours in the mid afternoon with a picnic lunch, and all of their tours include cheeses to go with your wine.
All of their tours come complete with helmets, water, knowledgeable guides, and a behind the scenes tour of at least one of the wineries you visit. But rest assured; you’ll get wine tastings at every stop.
Mac’s Bikes and Tours
Different from the other companies on this list, Mac’s Bikes and Tours rents a bike to you and gives you several options of self-guided tours. Riding along the Niagara Parkway is the most popular of these tours and you’ll find wineries along the way so don’t worry about that.
Mac’s bikes are all in great condition, helmets are provided, maps are given out, and sightseeing options are suggested. They even offer roadside assistance if needed. This is a great option for those who prefer to travel at their own pace and not feel encumbered by a group.
Cycling and wine are a wonderful combination, and Niagara is the perfect place to do it. Get in touch with one of these companies and sign up for your tour today!