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Celebrate American Thanksgiving in Niagara Falls

Whether you’re an American visiting Ontario or a Canadian joining in on the holiday festivities, there are a number of great ways to celebrate American Thanksgiving this November 23rd in Niagara Falls.

Fallsview Dining

Indulge in a spectacular locally-inspired dinner in Niagara Falls this American Thanksgiving at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra or Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar. Both of these beautiful Fallsview restaurants feature seasonal menus that showcase some of Niagara’s finest and freshest ingredients, extensive wine lists, along with sweeping views of the magnificent Niagara Falls.

Winter Festival of Lights

Canada Welcomes You!

Canada Welcomes You Winter Festival of Lights display.

The Winter Festival of Lights is a beloved Niagara Falls tradition that transforms the city into a sparkling winter wonderland. Travel along the 8km festival route and take in the sight of incredible illumination displays set up in various Niagara Parks areas, Dufferin Islands, and the surrounding tourist district.

Casino Niagara & Fallsview Casino Resort

Have some fun this American Thanksgiving and discover some of Niagara’s best gaming at Fallsview Casino Resort and the newly-renovated Casino Niagara. Fallsview Casino Resort features over 3,000 slot machines, 130 table games, and fantastic shopping and dining spots, while Casino Niagara has two action-packed floors of slot machines and tables, along with a newly-renovated LEV2L restaurant and sports bar where you can catch every game on large HDTVs.

Winery Tour

Plan a visit to picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake and experience some of Niagara’s finest food and wine at one of the region’s many amazing wineries. You can even book a Niagara Wine Tour and spend the afternoon visiting the Niagara wine region with an expert guide without having to worry about transportation.

Niagara Brewing Company

Stop by Niagara’s newest craft brewery on Clifton Hill for some unique and delicious brews and appetizing food. Niagara Brewing Company currently has great beers on their rotating taps like the Hennepin Stout and Pumpkin Spiced Ale, as well as four signature brews – Niagara Premium Lager, Honeymoon Peach Radler, Beerdevil IPA, and Amerber Eh? Ale. 

Annual Sleep Cheap on Now in Niagara

Sleep Cheap Niagara Falls Charity Event

Niagara Falls Sleep Cheap Annual Event

Niagara’s annual Sleep Cheap Charities Reap event is back is back for its 14th year, offering Niagara Region residents discounted hotels stays with proceeds going to local charities. This year, twenty-three Niagara Falls hotels are participating in the event, including Skyline Hotel & Waterpark, Sheraton on the Falls, Marriott on the Falls, and Marriott Fallsview & Spa.

Sleep Cheap is a wonderful opportunity for Niagara residents to experience a relaxing hotel stay in the city, and a great way to give back to the local community. Donations for hotel rooms are $35 a night for a standard room, $45 for a Fallsview room, $65 for a whirlpool room, and $85 for a room with access to a waterpark. Rooms can be booked directly through the hotels.

Over the last thirteen years Sleep Cheap has raised over $1,700,00 and continues to be an amazing event that connects people with the beauty of Niagara Falls in autumn. For more information on the event, visit www.sleepcheapcharitiesreap.com, and to book a stay with us at Skyline Hotel & Waterpark, visit www.niagarafallssleepcheap.ca.

Niagara’s Best Ice Cream Spots

Summer is the perfect time to sit back and cool off with a delicious ice cream, and the Niagara region offers a number of great ice cream spots where you can try amazing flavours and one of a kind creations that everyone will enjoy.

Sweet Jesus

Sweet Jesus Ice Cream

If you’re looking for amazing soft serve creations made with high-quality ingredients, look no further than the Sweet Jesus Ice Cream shop located at the bottom of Clifton Hill and Falls Avenue. Choose from innovative and delicious varieties like the Birthday Cake served with cream cheese icing and birthday cake bits, Bounty Killah featuring coconut soft serve, shredded toasted coconut, and dark chocolate sauce, and Krusty the Cone, which is vanilla soft serve with cotton candy pieces, and rainbow sprinkles. Sweet Jesus is Niagara’s newest ice cream spot and they’re doing soft serve in cool and exciting ways, so don’t miss out.

Avondale Dairy Bar

Avondale Dairy Bar is a beloved Niagara establishment that has been in operation since 1955, serving up incredible ice cream that’s made right on the premises. You can choose from a wide variety of awesome flavours and then enjoy the ice cream on a picnic table outside surrounded by beautiful Niagara farmland. It’s the perfect destination for a unique and old-fashioned ice cream experience that’s great for the whole family.

Dairy Queen

With multiple locations throughout the city including on Ferry Street and Portage Road, Dairy Queen is a classic soft serve ice cream destination where you’ll find a wide variety of treats like the popular Blizzard in flavours like Oreo and Reese’s, ice cream sundaes, dipped cones, ice cream cakes, and more. Dairy Queen is a local favourite in Niagara Falls and with a number of convenient locations throughout the city, it’s a great place to stop for a quick and tasty treat this summer.

Italian Ice Cream

Just steps from the bustling Clifton Hill, Italian Ice Cream is a charming family-owned ice cream shop where you’ll find wonderful gelato, coffee, panini, and desserts. And if you have a celebration or party to attend then also make sure to pick up one of their delicious gelato cakes in flavours like chocolate & hazelnut, chocolate brownie caramel, and strawberry & banana.

Celebrating Canada’s 150th in Niagara Falls

Canada 150th sign at the brink of Niagara Falls

This July 1st is the 150th anniversary of confederation in Canada and there’s no better place to celebrate than in Niagara Falls, home to one of the country’s most beautiful natural wonders. Canada 150th celebrations are happening in the city and all around the country throughout the year, but on Canada Day you can expect to experience a number of special events, shows, and activities for the country’s official birthday. Check out any of these Canada Day events in Niagara Falls to get into the patriotic spirit and celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial in style.

Fireworks Show and Illumination

This summer, you can experience a spectacular fireworks show over the American, Bridal Veil, and Horseshoe Falls every weeknight at 10pm, with special shows on the July 1st and 2nd weekend in honour of Canada Day. The Falls are also brightly illuminated in coloured lights every night at 9pm-12am from now until August 13th. The fireworks and illumination make for a spectacular nighttime experience in Niagara Falls and are a must-see for visitors staying in the city on Canada Day.

Parade and Downtown Activities

Niagara Falls’ annual Canada Day celebration draws thousands of visitors to the region every year and features an exciting parade and family-friendly activities in the heart of the city. This year’s Canada Day parade will be bigger and better than ever with marching bands, giant inflatables, floats, jugglers, dancers, and more. And afterwards, you can enjoy an awesome street part along Queen Street where you’ll find free birthday cake at City Hall, food vendors, buskers, free children’s entertainment, car show, art show, children’s inflatables, and live music from local musicians all afternoon.

Coca Cola Concert Series

Kicking off on July 1st and 2nd, the city’s annual Coca Cola Concert Series in Queen Victoria Park runs Monday through Friday until August 31st and brings a number of local musicians to the stage for free concerts all summer. These great shows will be followed by a fireworks show over the Falls and are a great place to find lively entertainment for people of all ages.

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show

The Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show in Niagara Falls is an exciting all-Canadian performance featuring singing Mounties, Anne of Green Gables, lumberjacks, hockey players, and a tribute to famous Canadian recording artists like Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Paul Anka, the Barenaked Ladies and more. And during the show, you’ll enjoy a delicious a family style meal featuring dishes like BBQ ribs, PEI potatoes, and maple chocolate cake for dessert.

And make sure to check out other exciting Canada 150 events happening throughout the year like the free Matthew Good concert on August 16th at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. This is a special year for Canada and there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate the occasion.

Three Excellent Educational Experiences in Niagara Falls

Along with the stunning sights and world-class entertainment, Niagara Falls has a lot to offer in the way of educational experiences. Here are three upcoming events in Niagara Falls that are sure to be both fascinating and informative, making them perfect for people of all ages to enjoy:

 

Wild Ontario Exhibit at the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory

From April 29-11, you can stop by the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory to experience the brand new Wild Ontario Exhibit, which will showcase Ontario’s incredible biodiversity and diverse range of species. Learn about the:

  • animals
  • mammals
  • birds
  • reptiles
  • amphibians
  • fish 
  • barn owl
  • skunk
  • wood turtle
  • common toad
  • yellow spotted salamander
  • garter snake
  • black widow

and more. Along with live animal exhibits, you can explore fascinating panel displays that focus on our province’s major ecosystems and species – both common and endangered.

 

Sidney Barnett’s Exploration of Egypt at the Niagara Falls History Museum

Niagara Falls Museum

Niagara Falls Museum

It was in November of 1862 that adventurer Sidney Barnett wrote a fascinating lecture about a journey he took to Egypt collecting artefacts for the Niagara Falls History Museum. And now, Barnett’s hand-written notes have been added to the museum’s collection and will be performed as a lecture by local performer David Mackenzie on May 25.

 

Free Historical Walking Tour of Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is rich with history and on June 4th, you can experience it first-hand on a free historical walking tour of the city. Join the city’s official historian, Sherman Zavitz, for a mesmerizing walk through the past on an informative tour that starts at the corner of River Road and Bridge Street.

Top Tours to Take Around Niagara

There are so many sites to see and things to experience throughout the Niagara region, from award-winning wineries to historic battlefields and of course, thundering waterfalls. And if you want to experience the very best of what Niagara has to offer in a fun, convenient, and easy to plan way, you can choose to embark on one of the region’s many unique specialty tours offered by a variety of different tour companies. Here are some of the best tours to consider when planning a getaway to Niagara Falls this summer or spring:

Winery Tour

Niagara is a world famous wine-growing region and home to countless award-winning wineries. Embarking on a winery tour is the perfect way to experience some of the best wineries without having to worry about transportation or planning, and Falls Avenue Resort’s Niagara Winery Experience package takes care of it all. The package includes accommodations at the Sheraton on the Falls or Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview, two wine tour and tasting passes at four wineries with a guided tour by Magnificent Tours, three Fallsview dining gift cards for The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar, and the Fallsview Buffet Restaurant, and spa credit for the Christienne Fallsview Spa.

Fort George Ghost Tour

Local legend suggests that Niagara-on-the-Lake is a haunted town, with many reports of paranormal activity happening at the Fort George National Historic Site – the site of several deadly battles during the War of 1812. You can find out about the hauntings first-hand by touring the fort by candlelight at night, with guided ghost tours being offered on Sundays at 8:30pm from May to June. The fort also offers special Halloween ghost tours in October and additional tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July to August.

Bike Tour

A great way to get active while exploring some of Niagara’s best wineries is by embarking on a winery bike tour. Available through a number of different tour companies, cycling around Niagara-on-the-Lake and stopping for wine and food at award-winning wineries has become a popular and quintessential Niagara experience. Some popular winery bike tours include “the ultimate wine, beer & foodie bicycle tour” offered by Grape Escape Wine Tours, the “afternoon wine tour” from Zoom Leisure, and numerous Sip n Cycle tours offered by Niagara Wine Tours International.

Double Decker Bus Tour

Double Deck Tours Ltd. operates a number of red double decker tour buses that take you around Niagara Falls to see and experience a number of the city’s top destinations and landmarks such as the Horseshoe and American Falls, the Niagara Glen, Floral Clock, Dufferin Islands, Hydro Power Plants, and much more. And when you book a Niagara Falls Deluxe Tour you will also receive admission to Journey Behind the Falls, Whirlpool Aerocar, and Hornblower Niagara Cruises for a well-rounded Niagara Falls experience.

The Best of March in Niagara Falls

The arrival of March means the arrival of spring and there is so much to experience in Niagara Falls during the new season. Here are some of the best events, activities, and deals in Niagara Falls that you should definitely look forward to this March:

Barenaked Ladies Concert

Iconic Canadian band Barenaked Ladies will be performing at Fallsview Casino Resort on March 1st and 2nd, bringing their big hits like “If I had a $1,000,000” and “One Week” to the stage for two nights only.

St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 at Doc Magilligan’s Restaurant & Irish Pub located on Lundy’s Lane where there will be a lively and fun party featuring authentic Irish fare, live music, Irish dancers, and more.

Movie Nights at Old Fort Erie

From now until April 27 you can visit Old Fort Erie for a one-of-a-kind movie night in a historic and storied setting. Some of the great movies that will be playing in March include Star Trek Beyond on March 2nd, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on March 9th, The Grand Budapest Hotel on March 23rd, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows on March 30th.

Falls Avenue Resort’s Family Waterpark Getaway Package

March Break offers the perfect opportunity to plan a family getaway to Niagara Falls and Falls Avenue Resort’s Family Waterpark Getaway Package connects you with the best in accommodation, dining, and entertainment throughout the city. The package offers accommodation at Skyline Hotel & Waterpark, Sheraton on the Falls, Crowne Plaza Fallsview, or Clifton Victoria Inn, passes to the thrilling Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, Kids Eat Free vouchers at excellent Fallsview restaurants, Magic Show tickets, and much more.

Northern Owls Exhibit at the Butterfly Conservatory

From now until April 17th you can visit Niagara’s amazing Butterfly Conservatory for the special Northern Owls Exhibit which will teach you all about the fascinating lives of owls and allow you to experience live demonstrations and bird displays. The exhibit features a wide range of different owl species including Eastern Screech Owls and Snowy Owls and will be an informative and unforgettable experience for people of all ages. 

Family-Friendly Nightlife in Niagara Falls

Eat Dinner at the Rainforest Cafe or Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls

For cool and casual dining that the whole family will love check out the Rainforest Cafe or Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls. The Rainforest Cafe offers a menu to suit every taste and captivating decor that includes animatronic animals, a bubbling volcano, and indoor thunderstorm. The Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls is a totally unique restaurant that has amazing rock & roll memorabilia and one-of-a-kind rooms dedicated solely to Elvis and the Beatles.

Play Games at Adventure City Arcade

With more than 125 arcade games, Adventure City Arcade is the place to find non-stop excitement right on Niagara’s “Street of Fun”. Win game tickets and redeem them for awesome prizes, try out Niagara’s only bumper cars, take a ride on the Tour Bus SWAT Team ride, and challenge friends and family to a round of mini putt at the arcade’s glow-in-the-dark Wild Safari Mini Putt.

Ride on the Niagara Skywheel

Take a nighttime ride on the Niagara Skywheel –  a 175-foot tall ferris wheel located right in the middle of Clifton Hill. With fully-enclosed heated passenger cars, it’s a warm and exciting way to see the American and Horseshoe Falls from above. The Skywheel is open until 1am, so it’s a great activity to experience at night.

Catch a Fireworks Show

If you’re in Niagara Falls on a Friday night make sure to catch the spectacular fireworks show that happens at 9pm above the Horseshoe Falls. You can also catch the nightly illumination of the Horseshoe and American Falls with $4 million worth of brand new LED lights, which is sure to dazzle and amaze.

Experience the Greg Frewin Magic Show

Watch Greg Frewin, the “International Grand Champion of Magic”, perform amazing illusions at his magic show that’s hosted at the Greg Frewin theatre. The show features beautiful exotic birds from around the world along with a real White Siberian tiger, and you can even choose a dinner option with your ticket which will give you access to a delicious buffet.

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!