Niagara Falls is a wine and beer lover’s dream vacation destination. There are tons of great breweries (try Niagara Brewing Company for great beers and a patio view of Niagara Falls), wineries galore and the famed Niagara ice wine made of grapes still frozen on the vine. Whether you’re a local or are in town visiting, you can try some of Niagara Falls homegrown alcoholic beverages in a spectacular setting on the Hornblower Niagara Cruises VIP Brews & Cruise.
This summer and early fall, you can head out on the VIP Brews & Cruise for Niagara Falls beer and wine, live entertainment and a Niagara Falls fireworks show while you’re on the water. It’s an experience like no other in Niagara Falls. Mark it on your calendar if you’re in town.
Hornblower VIP Brews & Cruise Details
When: The Hornblower VIP Brews & Cruise dates are: June 14-30, July 1-September 2, September 6-8, September 13-15, September 20-22, September 27-29, October 4-6 and October 11-14. The pre-party is from 7:30-9:30 p.m., and the cruise departs at 9:30 p.m. It returns around 10:15 p.m.
Where: 5920 Niagara Parkway
Restrictions: This event is only for those ages 19 and older. Smoking and vaping are strictly prohibited.
What Can You Expect from the Hornblower VIP Brews & Cruise Event?
The Hornblower VIP Brews & Cruise Event lasts around 3 hours and is a great way to get out on the water and experience some fun things to do in Niagara Falls. Here are some highlights of what’s included in the ticket price.
VIP Brews & Cruise Pre-Party Entertainment
Have some fun before you head out to sail at the VIP Brews & Cruise pre-party. Hang out on the dock as Liquid Entertainment live DJs play music. If you’ve booked for a Friday night ticket, you can also check out a guest appearance from morning show radio host Nicholas Picholas from Kiss 98.5.
Get food and drinks, including local Niagara Falls beer and wine, and board the Niagara Falls Fireworks Cruise early with VIP entrance. The VIP pre-party includes a VIP event tent with a private bar, two free alcoholic drink tickets, party appetizers and more beer, local wine and pre-mixed cocktails available for purchase.
Transport on the Hornblower Niagara Funicular
Your VIP ticket also gets you free entrance onto the Hornblower Niagara Funicular. This incline railway gives visitors unique views of Niagara Falls and the Great Gorge, all from a comfortable seat that rises up 185 feet. The cars are enclosed by glass and are temperature-controlled. Riders get audio commentary to learn about the Great Gorge, which dates back to 18,000 years old.
The Hornblower Niagara Furnicular opens at 8 a.m. and closes between 8:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. depending on the day. You can use your VIP ticket to board it before your cruise or at another time.
Niagara Falls Fireworks Cruise
After the pre-party, board Hornblower Niagara Cruises for a 40-minute rain-or-shine sail. At around 10 p.m., Niagara Falls fireworks light up the sky. Seeing the lights reflected on the water, while you’re on the water, is truly a unique experience. And the cruise gets you close to Niagara Falls, so you get a stellar Niagara Falls fireworks vantage point.
Don’t worry about getting your clothes wet. Every guest gets a complimentary recyclable mist poncho, so you can stay dry in any condition.
Digital Keepsake Photo by Digital Attractions
Take home a Niagara Falls souvenir of you and your friends who go on the VIP Brews & Cruise with a keepsake photo taken by professional photographers. You’ll look great and will have a memory to cherish, upload to Instagram or whatever else you’d like.
Plan Your Niagara Falls Trip
There are so many fun things to do in Niagara Falls summer, from the Hornblower VIP Brews & Cruise Event, to winery tours, to getting up-close to the rushing waters of the falls on some outdoor excursions. Hornblower Niagara Cruises offers other cruise trips, like the Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour during the day, and the Falls Fireworks Cruise, if you’re not interested in the VIP access.
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Summer is a great time to visit Niagara Falls if you’re not a local, and it’s an amazing time to explore new things if you’ve always lived in Niagara Falls. If you’re visiting from out of town, find deals on Niagara Falls hotels and book your stay.