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Splash & Save on Summer Fun for the Whole Family

TubeTowerSummertime is here and now is the perfect time to plan and save on a fun-filled family getaway to Niagara Falls with the Splash & Save Summer Sale at Falls Avenue Resort. The Splash & Save Waterpark Packages will connect you and your family with non-stop water fun and first-rate accommodations just steps away from the remarkable Niagara Falls.

Packages start from $179 and include hotel accommodations at one of four Falls Avenue Resort hotels including the Skyline Hotel & Waterpark, Clifton Victoria Inn, Sheraton on the Falls, and the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls- Fallsview. You’ll also receive four two-day Fallsview Indoor Waterpark passes and one-hour early access to the waterpark on early admittance dates.

The Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is an amazing 3-acre experience that features 16 thrilling water slides, a massive 1,000 gallon tipping bucket, full-sized wave pool, outdoor activity pool, sun deck, adult-only Jacuzzis, children’s play area, and much more. It’s the perfect family-friendly destination that’s directly connected to the Skyline Hotel & Waterpark via indoor walkway, and located just a 2-minute walk away from the thundering Niagara Falls.

 

Spend an Unforgettable New Year’s Eve in Niagara

Niagara Falls at night in rainbow colors with fireworks

Niagara Falls at night in rainbow colors with fireworks

Ring in 2016 with amazing live entertainment in a spectacular setting at the annual Niagara Falls New Year’s Eve concert in Queen Victoria Park! Located just steps away from the magnificent Niagara Falls, this concert is a one-of-kind event that’s sure to make your New Year’s Eve unforgettable.

This year’s musical lineup includes Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, Dennis Deyoung and the music of Styx, Down With Webster, and Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies! The free concert starts at 8:00pm and will also feature a live countdown and amazing fireworks over Niagara Falls. And to make sure you’re staying close to the excitement and in the heart of the city’s tourist district you can book a stay at the family-favourite Skyline Hotel & Waterpark. There is so much to see and do in Niagara Falls on New Year’s Eve, so plan your getaway now and become a part of the exciting celebration!

Tis the Season for Savings on Niagara Falls Getaways!

Holiday Magic At Skyline Hotel & WaterparkExperience a special Niagara Falls getaway this holiday season with Falls Avenue Resort’s Holiday Magic package, which will connect you and your family with some of the city’s best accommodations, dining, and entertainment, starting from only $189.

Choose a stay at one of four Falls Avenue Resort hotels – including Skyline Hotel & Waterpark – for incredible accommodations just steps away from Niagara Falls, and also receive four two-day passes to the 3-acre Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. The waterpark can be accessed directly from the hotel via indoor walkway and features 16 thrilling water slides, a giant wave pool, 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, adult-only Jacuzzis, and much more.

But the fun doesn’t end there! The Holiday Magic package also connects you with non-stop thrills and entertainment with four passes to Adventure Heroes Laser Ride, Wild Safari Mini Golf, Combat Bumper Cars, and an incredible Magic Show on select dates. And to complete the experience, you will receive a Kids Eat Free meal at Fallsview Buffet Restaurant or the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra and a Kids Eat Free lunch or dinner at Planet Hollywood.

Book your Holiday Magic package now for a stay any time between December 18th and January 3rd and give your family an amazing holiday gift they won’t soon forget!

sky-profilepicSkyline Hotel & Waterpark – New Name, Same Great Service

The Skyline Inn at Falls Avenue Resort team is pleased to announce that moving forward, the hotel will be operating under the new name Skyline Hotel & Waterpark. For eight years, Skyline Hotel & Waterpark has been committed to connecting families with both unforgettable hotel stays and Fallsview Indoor Waterpark experiences, which is a partnership that will now proudly be represented in the hotel’s name.

The 3-acre Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is directly connected to the Skyline Hotel & Waterpark via indoor walkway and features 16 water slides, a giant wave pool, 1,000- gallon tipping bucket, and much more. Families staying at the hotel can easily access the waterpark, their guest rooms, and all Falls Avenue Resort entertainment and dining destinations, making each fun-filled family getaway both convenient and unforgettable.

Visit skylinehotelniagarafalls.com and book your stay today!

Where to Find Winter Fun in Niagara Falls

0701niagaraIf you’re planning a getaway to Niagara Falls this winter, make sure to check out these three unique and amazing spots:

Winter Festival of Lights

Niagara’s annual Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights illuminates the city from November 21st to January 31st with millions of sparkling lights along a 5 km festival route. The festival also features breathtaking fireworks and beautiful holiday displays set-up throughout Niagara Falls, making it a must-do for winter visitors of all ages.

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

Splash the day away this winter at the 3-acre Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. It’s just a two-minute walk from Niagara Falls and features 16 thrilling waterslides, a massive indoor wavepool, 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, adult-only Jacuzzis, and much more. It’s the perfect place to go to escape the cold and have some
fun with friends and family!

Niagara Brewing Company

Experience Niagara’s exciting craft beer scene at Niagara Brewing Company – the city’s newest craft beer experience. Located just steps away from Niagara Falls, Niagara Brewing Company offers visitors innovative and exclusive brews, rotating taps, daily live entertainment, and weekly drink specials that are sure to warm you up this winter.

Unforgettable Halloween Fun in Niagara Falls

pumpkinsIf you’re looking for some unique fun in Niagara Falls this Halloween, try stopping by any of these four exciting destinations:

Fort George

Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake offers special candle-lit Halloween Ghost Tours that will take you on a 2-hour walking journey around the Fort George National Historic Site. Many tales of haunting and paranormal activity have been told about Fort George, making it the perfect Halloween destination for people looking to get spooked.

Nightmares Fear Factory

With over 100,000 people having chickened out of their visit, Nightmares Fear Factory has the distinction of being one of the scariest places in Niagara Falls. Stop by with family or friends to experience a haunted house like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

Niagara Brewing Company

Stop by the new Niagara Brewing Company craft brewery on Clifton Hill to experience a wide selection of great beer, live entertainment, and a delicious appetizers menu. You can also get into the spirit of Halloween by trying their new and delicious pumpkin ale, which is now available on their rotating taps for a limited time.

Haunt Manor

Haunt Manor Hayrides and Haunted House is located on a 220 year-old farm on Lundy’s Lane, just west of the historic Battle of Lundy’s Lane graveyard from the War of 1812. When you visit the farm you can embark on a theatrical hayride, venture into the corn maze, and enter seven separately themed haunted houses. It’s a one-of-a-kind Halloween experience you won’t want to miss!

How to Beat the Heat This Summer in Niagara

image001While Niagara Falls enjoys much more temperate summers than our neighbors to the south tend to, that doesn’t mean the heat can’t sometimes still be stifling. Temperatures often reach over 80 degrees Fahrenheit at the height of summer, and every now and then, they can hit 90, which means figuring out how to manage the heat — or avoid it — just might be a necessary part of enjoying Niagara Falls. For anyone looking to enjoy a summer trip to Niagara, here are three easy and fun ways to beat the heat.

Fallsview Indoor Water Park

For an option that will beat the heat and keep you in high spirits if it happens to rain, there are few opportunities as perfect as Fallsview Indoor Water Park. With 125,000 square feet of water-based fun, the water park is one of the best places to indulge in watery thrills in all of North America. There’s a gigantic 1,000 gallon tipping bucket, a full-sized wave pool, eight different waterslides — some of which get as high as six stories and can be accessed by rope ladders, two adults-only Jacuzzis for weary parents who need a break, an outdoor play pool that has basketball goals, a year-round sunning deck, and a children’s play area called the Tiny Tots Splash Park. When it’s too hot to brave the day dry, get wet at Fallsview Indoor Water Park.

The Maid of the Mist

image003One of the most iconic attractions in the Niagara area, the captains of the Maid of the Mist have been taking visitors to the base of the Falls for well over 100 years — even Marilyn Monroe took a ride when she was in town shooting the film “Niagara.” A perfect way to experience the power of Niagara Falls, the Maid of the Mist will get you up close and personal, so you can hear the thundering roar and feel the deliciously cooling spray of the water it crashes before you. You’re guaranteed to get wet on this ride, which, on a hot day, is absolutely perfect.

Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks

When the heat has to be escaped, but you aren’t in the mood to get wet, make your way to Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks. This incredibly fun, odd attraction has over 100 wax figures spread throughout 16 themed galleries, and because those wax figures need to be kept cool, you’ll never break a sweat in Louis Tussaud’s. See the cast of “Harry Potter,” and take your photo with your favorite comic book heroes and villains. From Oprah and Arnold Schwarzenegger to John Lennon and former president, Bill Clinton, the wax museum has movie stars, music legends, celebrities, and historical figures that are so life-like you’ll be able to pass your photos off as authentic, and you can do it all safe from any sweltering heat that’s waiting outside.

So, take a summer vacation to Niagara Falls. Even in the event of unseasonably warm weather, the area has more than its share of fun attractions to help ensure you and everyone with you easily beat the heat.

Summer Exhibits You Won’t Want to Miss

image001When most people think of Niagara Falls, it’s the sights and sounds of its waterfalls that come most readily to mind, but to anyone who’s been on vacation to the region knows, Niagara has a lot more to offer than just one of the world’s most beautiful sights.

Fabulous shows, excellent restaurants, stunning fireworks displays, and vineyards galore are just some of what you can find in one of North America’s most popular playgrounds, and even that more extensive list is just the tip of the iceberg. From art to history, here are some stellar summer exhibits that will more than round out a great vacation for anyone taking a trip to Niagara.

“Sharing an Icon”

Ever since Niagara Falls was “discovered,” it’s been something people wanted to share with others. The temporary exhibit, “Sharing an Icon,” has been installed at the Niagara Falls History Museum as a way to explore the history of documentation and images — from letters and rare and early photographs to today’s ubiquitous social media posts — people from all over the world have made and shared for hundreds of years. The exhibit is up now through September 6. Tickets are just $5.00 for adults and $4.00 for students.

“Art by the Lighthouse 2015”

The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is an organization within the Niagara region that works hard to promote art to visitors and locals, and one of the ways they accomplish this goal is through their annual show and sale of original art. Located on the beautiful grounds and in their one-of-a-kind building and arts space, the Art by the Lighthouse 2015 exhibit and sale features work by Niagara artists that ranges from sculpture and paintings to glasswork and jewelry. The exhibits and sale take place over the first weekend in August from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Getting in to the show is free, regardless of whether or not you buy anything. It’s a great opportunity to see some of the region’s artists’ best work.

“Impersonating 1812”

image003A real-life exhibit that involves fun audience participation, “Impersonating 1812” takes place on one, fun evening at the Niagara Falls History Museum, Thursday, August 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bring the family for a chance to interact with actors portraying characters from the year 1812. There will be a period fashion show, a chance to join the Mini Militia, and everyone will be taught a dance common to the time, as well.

“Bodies Revealed”

Located across from the Fallsview Casino, Bodies Revealed is a one-of-a-kind exhibition that showcases real, human bodies in an educational and intimate setting. Utilizing a unique preservation technique, this exhibit lets visitors experience the human body in a way that allows for deep insight into the skeletal, nervous, digestive, reproductive, muscular, and respiratory systems, as well as an in-depth look at various diseases and health issues. Over 200 bodies are tastefully and respectfully displayed for an awe-inspiring experience unlike any other.

Come to Niagara this summer, and be sure to check out these four exhibits that will expand your knowledge of Niagara and the world around and inside of you.

Animals You Didn’t Know You Could See in Niagara Falls

image001When people plan a trip to Niagara Falls, it’s easy for them to imagine what lies in store. After all, the Falls are among the most iconic and photographed natural wonders in the entire world, and the celebrated wine country is every bit as idyllic as any in France, Italy, or Napa.

That being said, there are plenty of sights in the Niagara region that could easily take a visitor by surprise — the Wheel of Fate, for instance — but some of the most satisfying surprises are the animals you can run across. Here are a couple of animals that you probably didn’t know you could see while vacationing with family in Niagara Falls.

Argentine Black and White Tegu

What in the world’s a tegu? A tegu is a lizard native to Central and South America that’s known for being really large and, when threatened, pretty predatory. Omnivorous and possessing unusually high intelligence, some have been known to seek out affection from humans the way dogs and cats do. They can also be taught tricks and house-trained. Adult tegus can get as long as four and a half feet and weigh up to 15 pounds. While you’re in Niagara, you can see an Argentine Black and White Tegu as well as hundreds of other species of birds and animals at Bird Kingdom, which also has the world’s largest indoor free-flying aviary.

The Giraffe

One of the most readily identified creatures in all the world, the giraffe is an African animal well-known for its remarkable height that comes primarily from its unusually long neck and long legs. Vegetarians, giraffes have to be on constant alert against predators like lions, leopards, and wild dogs. Fully mature giraffes can stand as high as 20 feet and weigh more than 4,200 pounds. They can run as fast as 37 miles per hour, and when they’re being chased, they can sustain a pace of over 30 miles per hour for a few miles. One of the oddest looking creatures on the planet, when you come to Niagara Falls you can see giraffes at Safari Niagara, a nature park and conservation area that boasts an impressive collection of exotic animals.

Come to Niagara Falls and see creatures from thousands of miles away. Hundreds of species of birds, reptiles, and mammals can be marveled over at Safari Niagara and Bird Kingdom.

4 Routes to Hike in Niagara

image001Hiking is one of many hidden pleasures for people living in and around Niagara, and more and more, it’s becoming a popular tourist activity as well, which makes sense. The same geographical qualities that make the area unique — the escarpment that makes the waterfalls possible, the amazing terroir responsible for the world-class wines, the Niagara River, the Niagara Gorge, and even Lake Erie — also make it a wonderful place to get out in nature and explore.

While you can gaze across Niagara Falls and never fail to appreciate the natural world, another way to add to your appreciation of the area is by getting out and going on a hike. Whether you routinely head into the wilderness, or you’re just now getting your hiking boots wet, here are four routes to suit the range of hiking abilities for those who vacation to Niagara.

1. The Bruce Trail

The Bruce Trail is Canada’s oldest and longest foot trail. It follows along the Niagara Escarpment, starting in Niagara-on-the-Lake at Queenston Heights Forest. It’s a wealth of wonders, from the animals and birds you can spy along it to the remarkable flora — some rare — that flanks the trail and changes over the miles. If you’re looking for a way to experience Niagara that’s a bit unusual and will also get your blood pumping, tackle part, or all, of the Bruce Trail.

2. Niagara River Recreation Trail

A paved trail that’s eight feet wide, this popular recreational trail makes biking, running, walking, hiking, rollerblading, or getting around in a wheelchair a breeze. The Niagara River Recreation Trail is open all year-round and can accommodate hikers of all skill levels, and it wanders through 35 miles of absolutely beautiful countryside. Running parallel to the Niagara River, it stretches from Historic Fort Erie all the way up to Historic Fort George.

3. Niagara Glen

image003Niagara Glen Nature Reserve is one of the best remaining preserves of Carolinian forests in all of Ontario, and it features an excellent trail that wanders right through luscious, thick trees. The two and a half miles of path undergo an elevation change of over 200 feet, and the terrain can become quite rugged and steep at times, so don good footwear. You’ll see massive boulders, fascinating wildlife, and stunning flora as the Niagara Glen is one of the most pristine preserved spaces in all of the Niagara Escarpment.

4. Adam Dopko Access Trail

A side trail that cuts off from the Bruce Trail, the Adam Dopko Access Trail allows for a unique experience of the Niagara Escarpment’s geology. Somewhat challenging and delightfully rugged, this trail goes through part of the Woolverton Conservation Area, a passive nature area of 46 acres. Besides seeing an abundant number of Sugar Maples, birds, and other animals while you’re walking, you’ll also see some of Ontario’s best examples of mantled plains, terraces, and escarpment slope. Be sure to take a Bruce Trail map with you to find your way, and wear good hiking shoes or boots.

Hiking Niagara isn’t just a great way to get outdoors and get some exercise while on vacation, it also provides a window into the region’s rich and unusual geographical history and thriving natural spaces.

Nowhere Else on Earth: a Wine Tour of Chateau des Charmes

image001For many visitors to the Niagara region, a tour of a winery or two is a regular and popular part of any self-respecting Niagara vacation itinerary. After all, Ontario wines, and Niagara Peninsula wines in particular, are recognized as some of the finest and most distinct in the world. However, not all wine tours are created equal.

Sometimes, a winery or winemaker goes the extra mile to see to it that guests learn about a place and process in a way that far exceeds what a standard tour offers. The Nowhere Else on Earth Wine Tour at Chateau des Charmes is underway right now, and it provides visitors with that kind of uncommon experience. Here is a little bit about Chateau des Charmes and the family that founded it to whet your appetite for the tour should you plan on visiting Niagara during the month of June.

Founded in 1978 by fifth generation winegrower and Frenchman, Paul Bosc, Chateau des Charmes is a Niagara-on-the-Lake winery that is a rare jewel among the many gems in Niagara’s wine country due to both the expertise in winemaking and farming that is practiced there and to its vitis vinifera — a species of grape vine native to the Mediterranean region, southwestern Asia, and central Europe that also happens to be the species used in the production of some of the finest European wines.

The winemaking undertaken at Chateau des Charmes follows an Estate Winery model, which holds that the best wine is made by winemakers who also grow their own grapes. To that end, Chateau des Charmes sits amidst 220 acres of vineyard, where over 30 vintages of grape are grown and cultivated, and over the years, the Bosc family has worked tirelessly to find which spots throughout their vineyard work best for which grapes, a process that has resulted in exceptional wines of remarkable character.

image003Committed since the very beginning to sustainable and land-centered growing practices, the Boscs are charter members of the organization, Sustainable Winegrowing Ontario, a consortium of wine growers who believe that large-scale, industrial farming and the use of pesticides and herbicides is not only harmful to the environment, but that it’s also harmful to the character of the grapes used to make wine, because it compromises the integrity of the unique soils and waters that nurtures them.

The “Nowhere Else on Earth Wine” Tour is an opportunity to experience Chateau des Charmes and the Bosc family in a more intimate way. A guided tour that lasts approximately one hour and 15 minutes, attendees will learn the history and practices of the family and the winery, while getting an exclusive look at the vineyard and the winery’s winemaking process. There will also be a tasting at the end of the tour of three of Chateau des Charmes’ finest wines. Running now throughout the month of June, the Nowhere Else on Earth Wine Tour takes place every day at 2 p.m. Get your tickets early, because spots on the tour do sell out.