Visiting Niagara Falls is always a feast for the senses. There is so much to do, see, eat, and drink that it can be difficult to plan for your stay. Of course, much of this depends on the time you have for your vacation. If you have two weeks to spare then you have the luxury of being much more flexible. However, most people tend to take an average of five days’ vacation so planning becomes crucial.
Niagara Falls in five days is an ideal way to see and do some of the best things the city and the surrounding area have to offer. And while you could scour the internet and make all the plans yourself why not let us help you?
Our experts have come up with a great way to experience Niagara’s highlights without feeling rushed. And this itinerary could easily be adapted for couples, families with children, or groups. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions about how we can make your Niagara Falls vacation the best it can be.
Day 1: Exploring Niagara
The first day of any vacation is always the most exciting day but make sure that you’re well rested and ready to start the day. Have breakfast at the famous Blue Line Diner. This truly local breakfast spot is a town favorite, and while it might be a little hard to find, it’s worth it for their amazing pancakes.
After breakfast grab a map and get yourselves oriented. Queen Victoria Park is a good place to get started and walk off those pancakes. From here you can get your first good look at the falls and Goat Island. You can also stroll the streets around Clifton Hill and the Fallsview Resort to see everything that they have on offer. You may want to take notes here; there are numerous dining, drinking, and playing spots in this area.
Have lunch in the area and then book your boat ride to the base of the falls. The afternoon sun gives you the best chance of seeing beautiful rainbows in the mist.
After what could prove to be a long day, maybe have dinner at one of the restaurants on Clifton Hill and relax at your hotel for the night.
Day 2: Ice Wine Festival
Some of the highlights of the Niagara region are its wineries. This area is one of the best climates in the world for many varieties of grapes, but Niagara’s claim to fame in the wine world is icewine. The grapes are left on the vine until after the first frost and the resulting wine is a sweet libation that many wine lovers really enjoy.
So today you’ll visit Niagara’s Icewine Festival which takes place from January 27th to 29th, 2017. You’ll be able to try wines from over 20 local vintners and local chefs will be on hand with savory treats to pair with the wines. There are several tasting sessions to choose from, so if day two of your visit doesn’t quite fit, you can choose another day. This event is reserved for adults over the age of 19.
Day 3: Spa Day
If you spent the previous day at the Icewine Festival, you may feel like taking it easy. Order room service for breakfast and then consider a spa treatment to rejuvenate. The Christienne Fallsview Spa in the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel offers a number of spa services guaranteed to make to you look and feel your best.
Consider a couple’s massage, a facial, body treatments, manicures, and more. The space is relaxing and the view of the falls can’t be beat.
Day 4: Snowshoeing Hike
Today is the day you should lace up your snowshoes and explore some of the hiking trails in the area. Niagara Parks has dedicated several of its hiking trails as snowshoe trails in the winter months and many of these trails take you right along the Niagara River and the falls themselves. If you’re new to snowshoeing you can easily hire a guide to make the trip more fun.
After a day of snowshoeing it’s time to change into something a bit more presentable and head out for a wonderful dinner. Windows by Jamie Kennedy is considered to be one of the best restaurants in Ontario or if you’re interested in Italian fare the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra can’t be beat.
Day 5: Fallsview Waterpark
Your last day in Niagara should be all about fun so why not visit the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark? Open all year round this indoor waterpark is fun for people of all ages. There is also an adult’s only hot tub as well as slides and other equipment that makes for a splashing good time.
You can round out your day by playing the games, taking a spin on the rides, and eating dinner at Clifton Hill. This combination arcade/amusement park is a lot of fun, whether you’re traveling with your children or not.
Start Planning Your Next Trip to Niagara Falls!
While we’ll certainly be sad to see you go, we really hope this fiv- day itinerary inspires you to book your vacation in Niagara Falls. As always, if you have any questions or need to make reservations don’t hesitate to reach out.