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Tips for your Next Niagara Falls Trip

Known for decades as a honeymooners retreat, Niagara Falls is a glittery wonderland full of casinos, attractions, and lights. That's before you even notice the natural wonder of the falls, making it an ideal weekend getaway! Here is your guide to 24 hours on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

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Stick to the Canadian side for the best views of all three towering water shows including the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls. On this side, you’ll also find a huge selection of top restaurants, amusement parks, museums and hotels perfect for any Niagara Falls trip. Many of which boast magnificent views over the edge of the jaw-dropping sight of the Niagara Falls. To find out the best places to stay within walking distance to the falls themselves, check out our list of the best Niagara Falls hotels in Canada.

Whether you have just a day or a whole week to spend in Niagara Falls, here is how to spend the first 24 hours of your Niagara Falls trip. 

Horseshoe Falls Canadian side of the Niagara Falls
Tips for your Next Niagara Falls Trip

Arrive and enjoy excellent fresh food

Head to Magdalen Street not far from the Niagara Falls, where you’ll find the farm to table concept perfected at AG Inspired Cuisine. They plant and grow their own ingredients to make signature dishes. Try their sweet kale salad or the local meats on their lip-smacking charcuterie plates which make great sharing platters for a crowd.

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Indulge with some cocktails

Start the weekend in style by grabbing pre-dinner cocktails at Spyce Lounge. Located inside the Hilton Hotel and adjacent to Fallsview Casino. Order a Spyce Bellini which features Peach Schnapps and Champagne, as you enjoy the live music and plan out your weekend activities. If you are craving some tequila, go a little off the tourist route to Chile and Agave Mexican Restaurant, especially on Mondays to enjoy their 1/2 price tequila tastings.

Try your luck at a casino 

No stay in Niagara would be complete without trying your luck on a little flutter at the many casinos. These resort-like entertainment centres offer more than just tables and slots. You’ll also be treated to fine dining, live music, and Broadway-style shows. Fallsview Casino is one of the best casinos in town. Remember, casinos should always be fun, so play within your limits, take regular breaks and keep an eye on the clock.

Stay in style and comfort in Niagara

For a change of pace from all the high-rise hotels on the Clifton Hill strip drive just thirty minutes to Niagara-on-the-Lake. This charming town features antique shops, a butterfly museum, and tea shops and vineyards galore. There you can reserve a room at the peaceful Harbour House. Relax in your in-room whirlpool bath or cosy up to the fireplace while enjoying a glass of Niagara region wine. Sweet dreams.

Visit these top attractions near the falls

The next morning, after breakfast, head back to Clifton Hill and join the crowds to walk the strip. Make sure you stop by some of the world-class attractions including the Niagara Skywheel, Dinosaur Adventure Golf, the Ripley’s Museum, the Midway and many more. Niagara Falls is like a whole city of miniature theme parks. Pace yourself – there’s a lot to see and do and something for the entire family on any Niagara Falls trip!

Marvel at the majestic Niagara Falls

Although Niagara Falls has plenty to offer visitors away from the thundering falls, they are the main attraction for tourists here. A trip would simply be incomplete without an up-close visit.

You can get a sense of the power and beauty just by experiencing the loud roar and feeling the mist on your face but for a little more adventure try getting even closer. Onboard a Hornblower Cruise prepare to get very wet as you pass by the American and Bridal Falls, through the gorge, and into the Horseshoe Falls.

Don’t forget to take lots of photographs of you in front of the falls, after all, Niagara Falls remains one of the most visited sights in all of Canada!

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Where to eat

Marvelling at the wonder of nature sure does make you hungry, I bet you’re ready to eat again! Choose from a huge range of chain family restaurants on the strip or drive for just twenty minutes to Iggy’s Pub in Fonthill. Here you can enjoy elevated pub grub including a hot favourite, their “Fanciest Schmanciest Burger. ” It comes with mushrooms, gruyere, prosciutto, and a red wine reduction all served on sourdough bread.

Scare yourself silly

Complete the perfect day of your Niagara Falls trip by visiting the Nightmares Fear Factory haunted house. See if you are among the 60,000 visitors who chicken out of completing the tour. This former coffin factory gets very busy at weekends but the adrenaline rush you get from all the scares is worth the line up alone. If you are too afraid to give it a go, simply stand outside and watch the faces of those leaving the attraction it might make you glad you didn’t go inside!

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