Niagara Falls is buzzing. Literally.
More than 750,000 gallons of water spill over the falls every second, producing 4 million kilowatts of electricity for the U.S. and Canada, which share the natural wonder. That’s enough energy to power 3.8 million homes.
What else makes Niagara Falls awesome? You can enjoy the area no matter your budget.
Best Western has affordable accommodations on both sides, but you’ll be a bit closer to the action in Ontario. The Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel is about a 10-minute ride from Queen Victoria Park, a popular viewing area. The Best Western Fallsview is within walking distance.
See the falls. Public viewing areas include New York’s Niagara Falls State Park and Queen Victoria Park, across the river in Ontario. Don’t limit your visits to daytime hours, either. The falls shimmer in a rainbow of hues every night at dusk during the Illumination of the Falls.
Western New York has a solid reputation for chicken wings. See if it holds up by visiting Duff’s Famous Wings. The city of Niagara Falls also offers El Cubilete for Mexican food, Fortuna’s for Italian and the Griffon Gastropub for apps, sandwiches and burgers.
Even humongous waterfalls face an uphill battle holding a young child’s attention. Families should consider staying at the Great Wolf Lodge in Ontario, where indoor pools, water slides and aquatic play areas are included in your stay. You can also bowl, play mini-golf or visit the spa.
Standing at the foot of Horseshoe Falls is a good way to experience its power. Journey Behind the Falls brings visitors there. The Maid of the Mist ferries riders in front of the falls, and the Whirlpool Aero Car, a suspended cable car, is another option for viewing the falls.
The Skylon Tower’s two dining areas offer views from 775 feet above the falls. Its revolving dining room rotates 360 degrees every hour and offers a traditional menu of international fare. The Summit Suite offers a casual buffet. All diners receive free access to the tower’s observation deck.
The Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino is the only AAA Four Diamond property on the U.S. side of the falls. Across the river, guests can choose from several locations, including spots with scenic suites like Sheraton on the Falls and Hilton Hotel & Suites Niagara Falls/Fallsview.
Remember to bring your camera while soaring over the falls on a helicopter tour. Afterward, head to the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens or Queen Victoria Park for a horse and carriage ride. Finish your day with a spa treatment; there are plenty of options on both sides of the falls.
The Canadian side has several AAA Four Diamond Rated restaurants. AAA inspectors praised Ponte Vecchio and AG Inspired Cuisine for their chic, contemporary settings. Ponte Vecchio serves Italian fare, while AG features homegrown ingredients.
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