Niagara Falls Hotel Lights Up the Sky with Hope

Niagara Heart of Hope on the Skyline

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its hold on the world, hotels in Niagara Falls are trying to shine a light of hope and love.

While all industries have felt the impact of the Coronavirus, hospitality has been particularly hard hit. With orders to avoid non-essential travel, and the guidance of medical officials to self-isolate in order to flatten the curve, restaurants and hotels have been impacted.

This month marks March Break and Spring Break for many students and would typically be a banner time of year for the hospitality industry in Niagara Falls. Instead, rooms sit vacant, restaurants are closed to dine-in, and many attractions have been closed.

To offer some brightness in the dark, staff at the Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa thoughtfully staggered lighting in rooms on Friday night resulting in a massive, multi-storey heart to show their love and solidarity with all those impacted by the virus.

The hotel hoped that this shining beacon would inspire other hotels, office towers and businesses to join in.

Update: On Saturday several Niagara Falls Hotels including Sheraton on the Falls, Fallsview Casino Resort, Marriott on the Falls, Embassy Suites and the Oakes Hotel also participated. The efforts were also covered by several media outlets including CNN, BlogTO, Narcity, and CHCH News.


Why Does Water Keep Flowing Over Niagara Falls?

When you see Niagara Falls, it’s a seemingly never-ending rush of water that drops off the brink over and over again. In truth, the Falls have stopped twice in history; once of natural causes, and the other for maintenance work on the rocky shoal.  Aside from those two examples, the waterfalls never stop flowing, roaring through the area and soaking visitors down below on the iconic Niagara Falls boat tours. More than 6 million cubic feet or 168,000 cubic metres of water go over the Horseshoe Falls alone every minute, water speeds reaching up to 109 km/h or 68 mph.

But where does all this water come from? Learn fun facts about Niagara Falls, including how they keep flowing, here.

How Does Niagara Falls Work?Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is made up of three separate waterfalls: the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshoe Falls, which is the largest waterfall. The waterfalls have been pumping out water for the past 12,000 years, even as they’ve receded about 7 miles back.

The water rushing over the Niagara Falls waterfalls comes from the Great Lakes, which is the world’s largest surface freshwater system in the world. It contains about 18% of the world’s freshwater supply, with water flowing into the Great Lakes from streams and rivers that empty into it.

The rivers and streams empty into Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, Lake Superior, Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair, all in North America connecting the U.S. and Canadian borders. Precipitation and groundwater replenish the Great Lakes. Less than 1% of water in the Great Lakes is renewable, while the rest comes from the last ice age. It’s also known as “fossil” water.

As water empties into the Great Lakes, it travels from Lake Superior through Niagara along the Niagara River. Once the water reaches the Niagara River, it passes over the waterfalls. After reaching the waterfalls, it flows north into the final Great Lake, Lake Ontario.

From there, the water goes into the St. Lawrence River and then the Atlantic Ocean. From Lake Michigan to the Atlantic Ocean, the water flow journey takes at least 15 hours.

During high- or low-precipitation years, the Great Lakes water flow can be greatly affected. The International Joint Commission, made up of the U.S. and Canada, has regulated water flow levels since 1910. In 1950, a treaty between the U.S. and Canada was created to determine the diversion of water from the Niagara Falls for power generation. Other water is used for navigation, Niagara Falls flow and domestic and sanitary purposes.

Niagara Falls Winter WonderlandWhat Gives the Water Odd Colours?

You might notice brown foam below Niagara Falls or a greenish tint to the Niagara River. The water is still fresh water and is perfectly safe. The colours come from natural elements the rushing waters pick up along their journey.

The brown foam below the Niagara Falls waterfalls is that colour because of clay. Clay contains decayed vegetative matter, which is absorbed as the water travels. It mostly comes from Lake Erie’s shallow eastern basin.

As for the river, you’ll notice it’s a vibrant green colour. That brilliant hue comes from minerals. There are an estimated 60 tons of dissolved minerals that flow over Niagara Falls every minute. The minerals consist of “rock flour,” which is finely ground rock, as well as dissolved salts. The rock flour primarily comes from the limestone bed, as well as sandstones and shales from under the Niagara Falls limestone cap.

What Is the Future of Niagara Falls?

Since Niagara Falls has already moved back, you may be wondering if the waters will keep running forever. Not to worry: Niagara Falls still has at least around 20,000 years to be in production. Wind and rain do contribute to Niagara Falls erosion, which is why it’s expected to disappear into Lake Erie some time in the very distant future.

For now, flow control and hydro-power generation diversion help to slow down erosion. With flow control, erosion may be able to be reduced to just 1 foot every 10 years. The limestone cap rock is another natural factor slowing down Niagara Falls erosion, since the material is resistant to erosion.

Another possible outcome to the future of Niagara Falls is evaporation. Scientists speculate that around 2,000 years from now, the American Falls waterfalls could dry up. If that happens, it would take on the same appearance as the Niagara Glen.

See Niagara Falls in Full Force Now

If you want to see Niagara Falls in its full glory, the best time is now. The water rushes over with tremendous force, and you can get soaked yourself with a visit to the waterfalls on the Hornblower Niagara Cruises. Book your Niagara Falls trip today. 


Celebrate Spring Break With A $300 Free Family Passport

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

Warmer days are on the horizon and as spring approaches, it is the perfect time to book a fun family getaway to Niagara Falls. There is no better way to spend your Spring Break than at the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark! For a seamless experience, reserve a Spring Break Getaway Package that connects you and your family to $300 in free attractions, dining and entertainment for an action-packed Spring Break in Niagara Falls!

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is located on the interconnected 20-acre Falls Avenue Resort that is home to first-rate hotels, exciting attractions and numerous restaurants – all under one roof and directly across from the Falls!

Splash the Day Away

The Spring Break Passport includes four two-day Fallsview Indoor Waterpark passes, which will connect you to 16 thrilling waterslides, a 1,000 gallon tipping bucket, full sized wave pool, private cabanas and more! Take advantage of Early Access; guests staying with this package can access the Waterpark 2hrs before it opens on select days!

Comfortable Accommodations

Reserve your Spring Break Getaway Package for arrival from March 13 – April 19, 2020 to enjoy the incredible Spring Break Passport valued at up to $300! The passport features hotel accommodations at any of our 3 interconnected hotels; Sheraton on the Falls, Crowne Plaza and Skyline Hotel & Waterpark or at the Clifton Victoria Inn which is directly across from the Resort. This allows you and your family to enjoy the comfort and convenience of being just steps away from the spectacular Niagara Falls and tourist district.

Satisfying Dining

For amazing dining experiences, this passport includes Kids Eat Free Lunch & Dinner at two incredible restaurants! Kids can enjoy free lunch and dinner at Perkins Family Restaurant for a wide selection of family favourite appetizers, entrees, and desserts or Kids Eat Free Dinner at the Fallsview Buffet, which features live cooking stations and sweeping views of Niagara Falls.

Attractions & Entertainment

Enjoy some of the best entertainment experiences in the city with the Spring Break Passport. The Passport includes 4 passes to Wild Safari Mini Put, Adventure Heroes Laser Ride and Traffic Slam Bumper Cars as well as free child admission to a show at our 4D Motion Theatre. As an added bonus, world renowned magician Mike D’Urzo will be here presenting Mind Kontrol from March 15th – 21st!

Experience the thrill of Niagara Falls when splashing at the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. This limited-time deal has everything you need to make your Spring Break in Niagara an unforgettable one-of-a-kind getaway!

Have no fear; your perfect vacation is here! Join us for your family Spring Break!


Things to Do in Niagara Falls in Spring

Spring brings warmer temperatures, spring break for kids, the blooming of flowers and lots of fun, affordable activities in Niagara Falls. If you’re thinking about planning a trip to Niagara Falls in spring, check out these things to do.

Book a Spring Break Getaway PackageFallsview Indoor Waterpark - Spring Break

If you’re coming to Niagara Falls with family or group, you can save big with package discounts. From March 13 to April 19, Niagara Falls Hotels is hosting a package packed full of exciting entertainment for you and your family or group this spring. The Spring Break Passport Package includes:

o   Tickets to the Mega Magic Presents Mike D’Urzo Mind Kontrol show – shows are March 15-21

o   Kids eat free dinner at Fallsview Buffet

o   Kids eat free lunch and dinner at Perkins Family Restaurant & Bakery

o   Free gift at Rainforest Café with a purchase of $25 or more

o   Four passes to Traffic Slam Bumper Cars

o   Four passes to Super Heroes Laser Ride

o   Four passes to Glow in the Dark Safari Mini Golf

o   Free gift at Hershey’s Chocolate World with a purchase of $25 or more

o   Buy 1, get 1 50% off on selected items at Great Canadian Gifts

The package provides up to $300 in savings in Niagara Falls attractions, entertainment and dining. The Fallsview Indoor Waterpark connects to the Niagara Falls Crowne Plaza Fallsview, Skyline Hotel & Waterpark Niagara Falls and Sheraton on the Falls indoors, so you don’t even have to go outside to get your family to the waterpark.

Experience Nature

Warmer temperatures and thawing plants and flowers make it a great time to head outdoors in Niagara Falls. Butterfly ConservatoryThe Bruce Trail that runs through Niagara Falls is Canada’s longest and oldest marked hiking trail. It begins in Queenston and winds along the Niagara Escarpment.

You can also visit the Botanical Garden Niagara Parks to see more than 40 hectares (99 acres) of gardens full of roses, shrubs and ornamental trees. While you’re there, stop in the Butterfly Conservatory next door to see see than 2,000 free-flying butterflies flying all around you.

By April, the Floral Clock, located just north of the Botanical Garden Niagara Parks, should be in full bloom. The Centennial Lilac Garden is right by the Floral Clock and is in full bloom in May, with more than 1,200 plants with over 200 different varieties.

The Niagara Glen is another beautiful nature spot to check out, with 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) of rugged paths that go through the Carolinian Forest. See wild fauna and flora, prehistoric geological formations and the rushing waters of the Niagara River and Niagara River Whirlpool.

See the Niagara Falls Waterfalls from a Different Angle

You can see the Niagara Falls waterfalls walking along the Niagara Parkway, or you can hop aboard a vehicle for a totally new vantage point. Beginning in early April, the Whirlpool Aero Car Niagara Falls resumes operations. Hornblower Niagara CruisesIt transports up to 35 standing passengers between two different points of the Canadian shore of the Niagara River, high above the Niagara Whirlpool.

You can also hop on a Hornblower Niagara Cruises in spring to get up close to the Niagara Falls waterfalls. Put on a poncho, because you’re going to get sprayed as you hear and see the rushing waters right in front of you.

To make the most of your time in Niagara Falls, book a guided tour. Magnificent Tours is Niagara’s largest tour company and offers a variety of tours that range from half to full day and even some evening adventures. Each tour includes transportation, VIP access to Niagara’s top attractions, and depending on the tour you select attractions could include an iconic Hornblower Cruise, tours and tastings at award winning wineries, and beautiful scenery along the way.  Tours are fully narrated by expert guides so you are sure to leave the tour with stories to share.

Check Out Some Entertainment

Niagara Falls will welcome the new Fallsview Casino Entertainment Centre at the start of April, with an exciting lineup of artists set to hit the stage this spring.  The new state of the art, 5,000 seat venue features seats no Casino Entertainment Centremore than 150 feet from the stage, delivering remarkable views of your favourite performers. Some of the acts that have been announced include Brad Paisley,Larry the Cable Guy, Kesha, ZZ Top, Jason Derulo, Of Monsters & Men, Paul Anka, Dierks Bentley and many others.   

Spring is the kick-off season for the Shaw Festival, a theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake with live theatre performances. There are four theatres within the theatre, housing productions for top Niagara Falls talent.

You can also plan to attend the annual Niagara Falls Elvis Festival, which features Elvis headliner shows, a 2-day Elvis tribute artist competition and food.

Tour Niagara Falls Wineries

Niagara Falls is home to dozens of wineries with delicious locally crafted wines, including the famed ice wine made from grapes still frozen on the vine.

Check out several Niagara Falls wineries in a day, without having to worry about transportation, with a Niagara Falls wine tour. Magnificent Tours wine tours start in May and visit five destinations.

Book a Spring Niagara Falls Trip Now

Spring is a great time to visit Niagara Falls, with lots of sunshine and warmer temps that get flowers blooming and get people enjoying the outdoors. There’s plenty of indoor entertainment, too. Whatever you’re into, there are enjoyable things to do in Niagara Falls this spring. Book your Niagara Falls trip now.


48 Hours in Niagara Falls? Niagara Falls Attractions to Check Out

A couple days in Niagara Falls may not seem like a lot, but there’s plenty you can cover in a short trip to this beautiful Canadian region. With some planning, you can get a feel for the magnificent nature and exciting things to do in Niagara Falls. Use this itinerary guide to inspire you on your next Niagara Falls trip.

Feel the Mist of the FallsHornblower Niagara Cruises

You can see the Niagara Falls waterfalls as you walk along the main Niagara Parkway on the Canadian side, but if you really want to experience them, you’ll want to get a little wet. Hop on a Hornblower Niagara Cruises Niagara Falls boat tour to get drenched by the falls. You’ll get a poncho to wear, but you’ll still be able to feel the up-close sensations of being in the midst of Niagara Falls. Seeing the falls from a distance just can’t compare with being immersed in them.

Take a Mini-Wine Tour

With dozens of wineries in the Niagara Falls region, it’s easy to tour several within a few hours and get a taste for local wines. Hire a driver to tour you around, or join one of the many Niagara Falls wine tours such as Magnificent Tours Wine Tour where you’ll get transportation and hour-long stops at several wineries along the way. Tours typically last around 6 hours, so if you want to speed up your wine experience, you can create your own self-paced tour.

Explore Clifton Hill

Whether you’re traveling to Niagara Falls with kids or not, Clifton Hill is a high-energy destination to check out. Clifton Hill has some of the most family-friendly activities to enjoy in Niagara Falls, including the Niagara Falls Skywheel, the Fudge Factory, Ripley’s Museum, Movieland Wax Museum and Dinosaur Adventure Golf. The world-famous Upside-Down House is also nearby, which is worth seeing from the outside even if you don’t take a tour inside. Besides the rambunctious Niagara Falls attractions at Clifton Hill, it’s also a cool place to check out because there are local vendors selling handmade items, which are great souvenirs to take home.

See Niagara Falls Nature

If you love traveling because you get to see new nature and wildlife, the Butterfly Conservatory is a must-see destination on a 48-hour trip. The conservatory has more than 2,000 free-flying butterflies and is a really neat experience if you’ve never been in one before. After you head out, you can walk through the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens for free. In the gardens, you’ll see gorgeous flowers and local plants. It’s a nice quick stop for when you want to relax in-between more active things to do near Niagara Falls.

LEV2L Sports Bar & EntertainmentPartake in Niagara Falls Nightlife

When the sun goes down, head indoors for nightlife in Niagara Falls. You have plenty of options within walking distance or a quick trip of each other when you stay at one of these Niagara Falls hotels.

While you could take a ride on the Niagara Skywheel during the day, the experience is dramatic at night and is a different way to see Niagara Falls. You might even be able to catch a Niagara Falls fireworks show from your seat.

Plan a Niagara Falls Trip for as Long as You’d Like

There you have it: some of the top Niagara Falls attractions to check out on a quick trip to Niagara Falls. There are hundreds of more things to do in Niagara Falls. Stay a weekend, or stay a summer. You’ll never run out of things to do near Niagara Falls.

Book a Niagara Falls hotel for your next vacation now.


Casino Entertainment Centre To Open In April

Casino Entertainment Centre

Niagara Falls’ new live entertainment venue will open its door this spring!  The highly anticipated Fallsview Casino Entertainment Centre will open in early April and will feature some of the biggest stars in music and entertainment.

The 5,000 seat, state of the art theatre, is ideally located. The entertainment space is directly across from the Fallsview Casino Resort and in the heart of the Fallsview Tourist District, which puts guests steps from first class hotels, restaurants and attractions.

The list of performers who will first grace the stage has just been announced, and there is a show for everyone. Artists from country royalty to comedy, classic rock and pop will find a home at the new venue. The theatre will celebrate its opening night April 2 with country music superstar Brad Paisley!

Brad Paisley

Here are the artists announced so far for the Casino Entertainment Centre:

April 2 – Brad Paisley

April 3 – Larry the Cable Guy

April 9 – Jason Derulo

April 26 – Zucchero

May 1 – Alison Kraus

May 7 – Of Monsters & Men

May 15 – ZZ Top with Special Guest Cheap Trick

May 31 –Joey Yung

June 4 – Kesha

June 5 –REO Speedwagon

June 10/11 –Dierks Bentley

June 20 – Paul Anka

July 31 – Iliza Shlesinger

Tickets for these shows can be purchased at the Casino Box office and through Ticketmaster.

The new Casino Entertainment Centre will operate alongside the existing Avalon Theatre, to provide Niagara Falls with more than 320 live entertainment shows a year.

Check out some of the great live entertainment available in Niagara Falls during your next getaway with a Casino Entertainment Package.


Rental vs Hotel: Choose a Hotel for a Hassle Free Vacation

When you go on vacation, where you stay plays a big role in your overall experience. You want a clean room to Family Checking in at a Hotelcome “home” to, a comfortable bed to sleep in so you can rest, and guaranteed safety for your family and your belongings.

Maybe you’re considering a hotel or a rental and are wondering where the best place to stay is in Niagara Falls.  A visit to Niagara Falls Ontario should be memorable, but not because of bad accommodations. Don’t let a poor experience spoil the enjoyment you’ll have at Niagara Falls attractions, here are five reasons why you should choose a Niagara Falls hotel over a rental or Airbnb property. 

1. Your Belongings & Safety Are Protected

When you rent a home or a space, the landlord has the same access to the space that you do. Not to mention, anyone they might have been given a copy of their key to in the past can also invade your space without warning. That’s a scary thought!

While it’s true that hotel staff also have master keys for rooms, that’s to protect your safety and to clean your room. Hotel staff undergo thorough background checks and training to avoid any guest safety issues.

Rentals, on the other hand, are full of scary stories. One Airbnb renter reports when she and her sister arrived at their rental in Toronto, the renter demanded they forfeit their passports. After they refused, they were reluctantly shown the space, which did not match the booking. The pair left freely but expressed their fears of the situation.

Hotel rooms also have safe places for your most precious belongings, like safes where you get to choose your own lock code. Rentals aren’t guaranteed to have the same safeguards.

2. Your Accommodations Will Be Clean

With rentals, the only way to determine whether or not a place will be clean is to read all the reviews and make a judgment yourself.  In hotels, housekeeping staff are trained on best practices in cleaning and disinfecting spaces. You can rest assured that your room has been professionally cleaned every day, which cannot be said of all rentals.

3. You’ll Have Access to Concierge & Room Services

One major perk to booking a hotel is that you can always call downstairs and get help with whatever you need. Want to order a snack? No problem, it’ll be delivered to your room. Need help booking a car? You’re covered. Want a local’s advice on the best sights to check out in Niagara Falls? A concierge will plan a custom itinerary for you and your family and take care of all the bookings.

With a rental, you may never meet your host face-to-face (in many cases, that’s actually a good thing.) You won’t have the luxury of calling 24/7 to get help. If you’re new to Niagara Falls, having a professional who’s there to serve you can make your trip a whole lot better.

4. You Get What You Book

With NiagaraFallsHotels.com, you can click on a hotel and see what it’s like room by room. When you enter the Fallsview Guestroom at Marriott on the Fallsroom you’ve booked, it will look like the photography on the site. It will feature all the amenities listed. You can judge for yourself what you need and the price you’re willing to pay before you book.

With rentals, there’s always the issue of paying more for what you don’t need. The bigger risk is that you won’t get the accommodations you thought you were booking.

Another renter in the U.S. found that the master bedroom had been blocked off by a pool table. When the couple moved the pool table to get to their room, the renter later charged them $500 for “balancing services” to correct the pool table. Luckily, the renter’s credit card company finally deemed the charge as fraud, even though Airbnb had sided with the renter and charged the couple.

With a hotel, you won’t have to worry about spaces not appearing as they do in the photos, or encountering hassle-filled situations like a giant pool table blocking your room.

5. Your Space Is Private

Another frightening situation that might happen when you book a rental? You might be filmed. Forget a guarantee of privacy. There are stories about rental hosts setting up hard-to-detect web cameras throughout their space. While their intentions could be to protect their property, it is obviously intrusive, and you should be aware that your intimate activities could be broadcast online or used to blackmail you.

Plus, when you’re at a rental, there might be other people who pop in without notice. Anyone who has a key that the host forgot to tell your rental about may come in. Even the host could show up unannounced.

With a hotel, you’ll always hear a knock and a verbal announcement before someone, like a housekeeping staff member, attempts to enter the room. Also, you can use a deadbolt or a “do not disturb” sign to prevent unwanted staff from coming into your room. That’s usually not an option with a rental.

Don’t Risk Bad Accommodations – Book a Niagara Falls Hotel You Can Trust

There are thousands of stories when it comes to rentals. Airbnb’s Better Business Bureau listing alone has thousands of complaints. Even with the best reviews, a rental’s quality is never guaranteed when no one is holding them accountable. And you don’t know if the reviews are legitimate, or if they were provided by friends the renter let book with them to scheme to get better reviews.

The only accommodations you can truly trust are well-reviewed hotels in Niagara Falls. With professionally trained staff and regulated, legal operations, you always know you have a safe place to stay with Niagara Falls hotels. Book your hotel stay today. 


When Is the Best Time for a Niagara Falls Trip?

Niagara Falls is a fantastic vacation destination, offering year-round activities perfect for a solo adventure, family trip, romantic getaway or outing with friends. On top of the landmark falls that draw more than 8 million tourists each year from all over the world, the region is also known for its numerous vineyards, parks, casinos, tours and a never-ending series of local events.

But now comes the tricky part: when should you plan your Niagara Falls trip? What season offers the least hustle and bustle from fellow visitors? When are the best events and things to do in Niagara Falls? What’s the weather like?

The good news is that there is never really a bad time to visit Niagara, depending on what you want to get out of your trip. To help potential vacationers plan their trip, following is a rundown of what each season offers. Use Niagara Falls Hotels when you’re looking for the best place to stay in Niagara Falls.

WinterNiagara Falls in the Winter

The Niagara region gets chilly in the winter, though not as cold as most of Canada. That means that a blanket of snow is not uncommon, nor are sheets of ice forming on the 750,000 gallons of water that flow over the falls every second of every day. If you’re looking to enjoy a winter wonderland for the holidays, Niagara is a solid destination.

The snow-kissed trees and icy waters make for amazing photographs and give the falls a unique look visitors during other seasons miss out on. Through the holidays, the surrounding area sparkles with lights and decorations, as well as weekend fireworks displays. Winter festivals are common including the annual Winter Festival of Lights which runs from mid-November-January,  as well as celebrations that focus on the region’s unique icewine. Icewine grapes are harvested in freezing temperatures, which produces a sweeter taste that has become distinct for Niagara wineries. If you’re interested in the Niagara Icewine Festival, it has become a staple for the winter months.

If you happen to be in the area the weekend of February 14-17, you’ll even be able to take part in Family Day, an annual holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February designed as a day to enjoy quality family time. Many families mark this long weekend with a getaway and Niagara Falls has become a popular choice with special activities geared toward visitors of all ages.

A winter visit to Niagara is going to be cold, so it’s probably not ideal timing for people who don’t like bundling up. That chilly weather comes with some benefits, though, including the region’s lowest tourist rate and discounted travel and hotel prices.

Spring

Niagara Falls in the SpringAs you might have guessed, spring is one of the best seasons if you’re looking for things to do in Niagara Falls. The temperatures have started warming, but the region has not yet returned to peak vacation status. Snow can continue into April, but temperatures frequently reach 60 degrees Fahrenheit by the time May rolls around.

If you’re looking to take in plenty of nature, spring is a time when the region returns to full bloom. Niagara is home to plenty of botanical gardens, as well as a Centennial Lilac Garden and landmark Floral Clock. The region explodes with new life each spring, including more active waterfalls now that the ice has melted away.

Spring is a busy time for the Niagara community, with local plays taking centre stage thanks to the annual Shaw Festival hosted out of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Spring is also home to the Sip & Sizzle festival, which takes place throughout weekends of May and boasts special activities hosted by many of the region’s wineries.

If you’re visiting between March 16-20 this year, you’ll be just in time for Niagara Falls’ annual March Break . Kids are out of school this week, which means even more family-friendly activities and promotions are available.

SummerNiagara Falls fireworks

If you want to experience perfect weather at Niagara Falls, then summer is your time to shine. Temperatures inch higher throughout June, usually reaching their peak of around 80 degrees Fahrenheit come July. The falls are rushing, wildlife is out exploring and the whole region becomes a perfect vacation destination.

Most consider this the best time to visit the falls, with tours in full swing alongside countless community events. Of course, that also means you’ll have the highest concentration of tourists to compete with, which also means travel and hotel stays are typically at their highest during the busy summer months.

If you’re comfortable with bigger crowds, you’ll be rewarded with everything from longer business hours to more festivals, events and activities at the falls than you can possibly cram into one trip.

The Niagara Integrated Film Festival is scheduled each summer, as well as the Niagara New Vintage Festival , a perfect destination for those who enjoy wine. Fireworks displays are a big draw in the evenings and can be seen every night at the peak of the tourist season. To make a stay extra magical reserve a Fallsview guestroom or suite and watch the display from your room!   Summer is also when you can enjoy activities like the Niagara-on-the-Lake Peach Festival.

Fall

Red leaves in front of Niagara FallsFall is basically the reverse of spring for Niagara. Temperatures start to cool heading into winter but, much like the spring, you can expect a comfortable 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit heading through September and October. Rain becomes more common through the fall months, leading into the early snows of November.

Whereas tourism increases the deeper you head into spring, visitors are on a decline throughout the fall months, making it another ideal timeframe to visit Niagara if you don’t mind chillier temperatures in exchange for fewer people. Now that the summer crowd has departed, room rates and travel fare start to inch down, though not as low as you’ll find during the winter.

Each fall, Niagara is home to numerous community activities including the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival in September. Niagara Falls celebrates its Oktoberfest in October, with November kicking off the Winter Festival of Lights.

The big difference from spring is that nature moves the opposite direction in fall, which offers its own brand of beauty as the rains settle in and the colours shift to bright oranges, yellows and reds.

Book a Trip

Depending on what kind of vacation you’re looking to experience, Niagara Falls offers something unique throughout all four seasons. The only thing left to do is read up on more seasonal activities, events and promotions and find the best place to stay in Niagara Falls. To put the final touches on your vacation plans, visit Niagara Falls Hotels.


Romantic Restaurants for Valentines in Niagara Falls

Some of the most romantic restaurants in the world can be found in Niagara Falls.  The combination of stunning views of Niagara Falls, delicious cuisine, and renowned wine lists create a warm and affectionate setting.

Here is our list of the top restaurants in Niagara Falls to share with someone special, and what they have planned to mark Valentines Day.

Prime Steakhouse Niagara Falls

Prime Steakhouse Niagara FallsThis contemporary steakhouse features fallsview flair. Rated the #1 Restaurant and Steakhouse in Niagara Falls on TripAdvisor, Prime Steakhouse offers premium steaks grilled to perfection, decadent wine pairings and showcases some of the most breathtaking views of Niagara Falls in the City.  Each of these attributes result in Prime being recognized by diners on OpenTable as a Diners Choice Award Winner as the most scenic, most romantic and among the Best Restaurants for Dates. Located on the 10th floor of the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview, Prime has created a special 3-course Prix Fixe Valentines Menu for $65.00 per person, that is available on February 14 & 15, 2020.

View the Valentines Menu or Reserve a Table

Massimo’s Italian Fallsview Restaurant

Massimo's Italian Fallsview RestaurantLook no further for authentic Italian cuisine with a modern twist than Massimo’s Italian Fallsview Restaurant! This Fallsview Restaurant located at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel is home to great food, great wine and spectacular views.  Featuring a menu inspired by Chef Massimo Capra’s bond with his native Italy and Niagara, the restaurant’s recipes combine new with old, prepared using the finest ingredients.  To enhance the dining experience, an extensive menu of wines from around the globe create playful pairings, and views of one of the world’s greatest natural wonders sets a romantic scene.   Enjoy a 3-course dinner for Valentine’s, This curated menu is offered February 14 & 15.

View the Menu Here

Milestones on the FallsMilestones on the Falls Fallsviews

Make a weekend of it! Located at the Marriott on the Falls Hotel, Milestones on the Falls brings globally inspired, often time house-made flavours to Niagara Falls.  Situated in one of the closest hotels to Niagara Falls, this restaurant’s unobstructed views put you at the brink of the mighty Falls, while the decadent menu teases your palate. Milestones’ 3-course Valentine Menu is available for $45.00 per person and is available from February 14-17, 2020.

View the 3-Course Menu

Morton’s Grille Niagara Falls

Morton's Grille located in Marriott FallsveiwThe casual elegance, and a relaxed but refined menu at Morton’s Grille Niagara Falls, satisfies the desire for romance in February.  Canada’s first Morton’s Grille, the Fallsview Restaurant provides exemplary service and a superb menu overlooking Niagara Falls. Situated at the Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa, the restaurant’s special “Romancing the Falls” menu is $100 per couple, and is available for the entire month of February!

Explore the Menu

Make this your moment with a special Valentines Dinner in Niagara Falls.

Enhance your Valentines with a romantic escape, reserve a Fallsview Room or Suite at one of our first rate Niagara Falls Hotels!


Niagara Falls at Night: Casino Getaway

While it’s easy to fill your days with sightseeing around Niagara Falls, photography excursions and tours, the fun can continue all night long as local casinos stay buzzing with entertainment even when the sun goes down.

If you’re in the mood to roll some dice, take in a show, enjoy drinks with friends or grab dinner with that special someone, Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara are perfect destinations. Head to a Niagara Falls casino if you’re looking to spice up your Niagara Falls nightlife.

Whether you’re in the mood for food and fun or music, somewhere to cheer on your team or an evening of drinks and laughter, here’s a rundown to help plan that perfect casino getaway and have fun in Niagara Falls at night (and during the day).

Gaming

If you’re planning a trip to a Niagara Falls casino, you might want to make a few trips to the gaming floor. Both Young couples at the CasinoFallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara offer full suites of gaming options, no matter what type of entertainment you’re in the mood for.

At Fallsview Casino Resort, the casino offers more than 3,000 slot machines and 130 tables, including everything from craps and blackjack to roulette and baccarat. Salon Privé is the ideal destination for those looking for high-limit gaming, while the Sapphire Room boasts slots ranging from $5 to $100.

Over at Casino Niagara, you can expect two floors filled with 1,300 slots, ranging from penny slots on up to $5 machines. The floor is also home to 40 table games, including everything from blackjack to Mississippi Stud. Regularly scheduled slots and poker tournaments are also a big draw, whether you’re a seasoned professional or are just looking to try your luck and have a little fun.

Entertainment

If you’re looking for more unique things to do in Niagara Falls, live entertainment is right around the corner. Casino Niagara offers live music every Friday and Saturday evening at LEV2L Sports Bar & Entertainment, while Fallsview Casino Resort provides a never-ending roster of bands, comedians and more.  Whether you’re into the musical styling of 98 Degrees and Scotty McCreery, or you prefer the comedic antics of Chris Tucker and Nick Offerman, the on-site theatre at Fallsview Casino Resort hosts more than 250 shows per year.  To get the most out of your time, three Niagara Falls Hotels now offer exciting Casino Entertainment Packages that include hotel accommodations, show tickets, a Casino voucher and a Fallsview Dining Gift Card to turn a night out into a getaway!

Dining

Young men at dinnerIf you’re in the mood for a quick bite, a round of drinks and appetizers or a more intimate meal, there are plenty of options while exploring Niagara Falls casinos at night.

The R5 Patio & Bar located in Fallsview Casino Resort boasts a thoughtfully curated tapas and cocktails menu alongside a phenomenal view of the legendary falls. The drinks menu includes sangria, craft beers and plenty of local wines, while those looking to nibble can enjoy an artisan charcuterie, calamari, fondues and a variety of flatbreads. If you’re looking to settle in, a patio full of Malibu fire tables is the perfect setting for conversation, while a live DJ keeps everyone dancing every Friday and Saturday night.

Those looking for an all-you-can-eat extravaganza should check out the Market Buffet in Casino Niagara. Or, if you want to make sure to catch the big game, LEV2L Sports Bar & Entertainment is the perfect spot to meet up with friends or make new ones. LEV2L offers more than 50 screens to catch all of the sports action, alongside a menu that boasts sports bar mainstays like handmade pizzas, juicy wings and delectable salads.

Transportation

Rather than having to choose between Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara, Niagara Casinos and Falls Avenue Resort offer a convenient shuttle service between the two locations, making it easy to check out everything casino life in Niagara Falls has to offer.

The shuttle runs daily, Sunday through Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. To accommodate those later nights during the weekend, Friday and Saturday shuttles run between the two casinos from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Pickups take place every 30 minutes. Show your partnering hotel key card or Players Advantage Member Card to ride for free. Partner hotels include Skyline Hotel & Waterpark, Sheraton on the Falls, Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls – Fallsview and the Clifton Victoria Inn at the Falls.

Plan Your Casino Vacation

Niagara Falls is a great vacation destination, but it doesn’t have to be all about the waterworks. Anyone looking to spend some time soaking in that casino lifestyle can do so in view of the falls, with both Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino Resort providing everything you need to enjoy a week away or an exciting night out with friends.

If you’re looking to plan a casino adventure, be sure to check out the Niagara Falls Casino Hotel Package, which blends everything these two venues have to offer into one cost-savings bundle. It includes a one-night stay at a selection of hotels, a $50 casino voucher for play at either Casino Niagara or Fallsview Casino Resort, gift cards to various restaurants, a credit at the Christienne Fallsview Spa, Niagara Falls winery tastings and more. Book your Niagara Falls casino getaway now.