Skyline Hotel & Waterpark Niagara Falls

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Outdoor Adventure for All Ages This Summer

The Skyline Hotel is ideally located just two minutes from Niagara Falls and Clifton Hill, and a short distance to exciting outdoor adventures including hiking and cycling trails.  Whether your travels include the entire family or a couple’s getaway, these fresh air escapes are a great fun and exercise for all ages this Summer.

Cycling in NiagaraFamily Cycling in Niagara

There are scores of opportunities to experience Niagara on two wheels, whether you’re looking for a unique way to sightsee, looking for a genuine challenge or a casual family outing. For the tourist who wants a vacation unlike any other, here are the reasons why you should bring your bicycle with you.

If you have children with you and are up for the task (example a 10-mile jaunt), head out on the Friendship Trail. Part of the Trans Canada Trail, this wide, paved path runs between Port Colborne and Fort Erie along a former Canadian rail trail. There are plenty of stops and detours along the way to lakeshore beaches, restaurants, and the like, too, so you can easily make a day of it. If your children are younger, consider biking just part of the way along the Niagara River Recreational Trail which is minutes from the hotel.

One of the best parts about exploring a region by bicycle is that doing so invites a pace that allows for a totally different experience than what can be had when you travel by bus or car. Instead of racing through the countryside, passed ditches of wildflowers, and acres of ripening vineyards, you’ll actually notice the colors and textures within the scenery. You’ll spy birds in nests, and see and hear farmers at work in their fields. Instead of treating specific parts of the region as worthy of being destinations, you’ll experience it all as worthy of attention due to the slower and simpler pace that traveling by bicycle affords.

Hiking NiagaraA Couple Hiking

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 enjoy a hiking trail. Here are some of our favourites to explore.

Niagara 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

Niagara River Recreational Trail is an eight-foot wide, paved trail popular for biking, running, walking, hiking, rollerblading, or getting around in a wheelchair. Open all year-round and able to 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

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 off the beaten path, this is it.

Plan to Explore Niagara this Summer – Book your Getaway Today!

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Reserve a Stay to Splash & Swim!

Add some waterfun to your weekend!  Reserve a stay at the Skyline Hotel and enjoy two free hours of splash & swim.  To ensure this remains a safe and relaxed experience, Splash & Swim at Fallsview Indoor Waterparkguests will be required to book a two-hour timeslot before arrival. Each timeslot has a capacity limit of 50 guests to allow for physical distancing and safe enjoyment.

Splash & Swim amenities are at the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, which is connected to the Skyline Hotel via indoor climate controlled walkway for maximum comfort and convenience.

The following attractions are available in the Waterpark:

  • Tidal Wave Swimming Pool (no waves)
  • Splash Pad

Waterslides, Tipping Bucket, Beach House Play Fortress are closed due to government restrictions.  Day Admission Passes are not available.

Splash & Swim is available only to guests of the Skyline Hotel, Don’t be disappointed, rooms are selling fastBook Now!

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What Family Traditions are Made Of-Niagara’s Winter Festival of Lights

Niagara’s annual Winter Festival of Lights is about to begin!  Start a family tradition with a visit to Niagara Falls to see the illuminated displays during the Festival’s run from November 16th, 2019 -January 12, 2020.  The most enchanting of Niagara’s attractions has become a Holiday tradition Winter Festival of Lightsfor over one million visitors from around the globe. Admire spectacular light displays, the Fallsview Sound and Light Show and over 3 million lights displayed along the Niagara Parkway, Dufferin Islands and Niagara Falls.

Take a walk through Queen Victoria Park which is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland, situated right across the street from the thundering Niagara Falls and next to the bustling Clifton Hill. Explore further on a scenic drive along the 8km route that makes for a spectacular journey through the City’s landscape before heading through Dufferin Islands, home to three dimensional Winter Festival of Lights Fireworks DisplayCanadian wildlife light displays and over fifty trees wrapped in glittering lights.  As you travel towards the Falls from Dufferin Islands, stop at the historic Toronto Power Generating Station to take in a spectacular sound and light show that features dancing colours and patterns moving in time with holiday music by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  It is an incredible experience that surrounds you with blissful holiday spirit.

Experience the festivities and beauty of the Holidays during this year’s Winter Festival of Lights. Create family memories at the Skyline Hotel and Waterpark, book your Niagara Falls winter getaway now!

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Friday Night Laser Tag Returning for November

Guests at the Skyline Hotel & Waterpark will once again be able to join in for a free game of Laser Tag Laser Tagon Friday Nights in November.  Courtyard 4 will be transformed into a massive laser tag obstacle course with inflatable bunkers and obstacles, Laser Tag guns and game operators.  This series is free and is exclusive for hotel guests.  Players are invited to create a teams or go it alone – you versus the field.

Where: Courtyard 4 at Skyline Hotel & Waterpark

When: Friday nights in November (8, 15, 22, 29)

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

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Skyline Hotel & Waterpark Introduces Laser Tag Fridays

Laser Tag Fridays in MayCome play Laser Tag in our indoor Courtyard!

Join us at the Skyline Hotel & Waterpark every Friday in May for a game of Laser Tag.  The activity is exclusive to hotel guests, and is free of charge. Guests will be able to play from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Courtyard 4 at the Hotel will be transformed with inflatable bunkers and obstacles, Laser Tag guns and game operators.  Guests can create a team to play against or go it alone – you versus the field.   We will have equipment for up to 18 players to play simultaneously and participants will cycle out at 5 minute intervals so all guests will have a chance to partake.

For an exciting getaway, book one of our Hotel Waterpark Packages arriving or staying over on a Friday and add Laser Tag to your schedule!


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Everything You Need to Know About the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Niagara Falls fireworks

Niagara Falls fireworks

Niagara’s annual Winter Festival of Lights has officially begun, which means from now until January 31st, Niagara Falls is transformed into a magical winter wonderland and lit up in spectacular lights and illumination displays. This year’s festival also features a number of exciting winter events for people of all ages to enjoy and incredible fireworks shows over Niagara Falls.

Here are the highlights of this year’s Winter Festival of Lights:


This year’s Winter Festival of Lights will feature a total of 22 fireworks shows over Niagara Falls. During the festival, fireworks will be launched every Friday night at 9pm with bonus shows scheduled every night from December 22nd – 31st in celebration of the holidays.

For the full Niagara Falls fireworks schedule, click here.

Illumination Displays

The Winter Festival of Lights features an 8km illumination route and a number of light installations and exhibits located throughout the city’s tourist districts.

  • Dufferin Islands – 3D Canadian Wildlife and Inukshuk displays
  • Clifton Hill – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle displays located along Victoria Avenue
  • Fallsview Boulevard District – The Passage experiential light tunnel at old Stone Inn, Skylon Tower illumination, Prismatica exhibit at Scotiabank Convention Centre, and the Fallsview Sound and Light Show at Oakes Hotel
  • Lundy’s Lane – Nut Cracker Soldier and the Loop illuminated musical installation

Deck the Falls

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Winter Festival of Lights

Deck the Falls Holiday Walking Tours are back for another season! These self-guided tours give visitors the chance to explore beautifully decorated venues throughout the city and experience gourmet food sampling, holiday beverages, live musical entertainment, photo-ops, pop up carolers, craft workshops, and more.

  • Date and Time– Deck the Falls is taking place during the first three weekends in December, on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5pm – 10pm.
  • Tickets – Tickets cost $46.99 per person + taxes. Ticket holders receiver a Deck the Falls Tour Pass with vouchers to be redeemed at participating venues along the tour route, a 48-hour WEGO bus pass, and an Incline Railway Pass. Tickets are valid for all six nights and can be used in one night or spread out over two weekends.
  • Venues – Some of this year’s participating venues include the Scotiabank Convention Centre, Sheraton Fallsview, Crowne Plaza Fallsview, Marriott on the Falls, Marriott Fallsview, Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse, Casino Niagara, and more. Download the Deck the Falls tour map to see all of this year’s participating venues.

New Year’s Eve

The musical lineup for this year’s Niagara Falls New Year’s Eve celebration and outdoor concert in Queen Victoria Park has been announced and features Canadian musicians Burton Cummings, The Sheepdogs, Walk Off the Earth, and Avenue Inn.

In addition to an exciting outdoor concert, this totally free event will feature two fireworks shows, an outdoor licensed area, and food and beverage vendors.

Experience the beauty and excitement of this year’s Winter Festival of Lights, and start planning your Niagara Falls winter getaway today!

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Niagara Falls Halloween Events the Whole Family Will Love

Niagara Falls Halloween events

Halloween in Niagara Falls

Halloween in Canada isn’t all just candy and costumes. Throughout the month of October there are plenty of spooky, fun, and family-friendly events happening in Niagara featuring traditional Halloween activities and unique autumn entertainment.

Pumpkin Patch

All autumn, Warner Ranch

Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm in Niagara Falls offers a bunch of fun and autumn-centric activities that people of all ages will love. This includes:

  • Pumpkin picking
  • Petting zoo
  • Corn maze
  • Belgian horse-drawn wagon ride
  • Inflatable bounce house

And for those a little braver, Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm also offers a Haunted Hay Ride for the last three weekends in October. The ride is not recommended for children and involves a ride through 50-acres of forest with spooky displays and live actors.

Boo at the Zoo

October 6-8, 2018, Safari Niagara

Safari Niagara’s annual Boo at the Zoo event is the ultimate family-friendly Halloween celebration. This three-day event will feature a ton of exciting activities to check out including:

  • Costume Contests & Find the Golden Pumpkin Contest
  • Fun house & inflatables
  • Kids Bubble/Dance Party in Amphitheatre
  • Trick-or-treating around the zoo

Admission to this event is free for children aged 12 and under in costume and $17 for adults with donation of a non-perishable food item.

Halloween Owl Howl

October 26, Niagara Glen

Learn about the fascinating lives of owls and the different species found in the Niagara region at Niagara Parks’ Halloween Owl Howl event in the Niagara Glen. The Canadian Raptor Conservancy will be hosting a meet-and-greet with owls and teaching guests different types of owl calls.

And as an added bonus, admission to this event is totally free.

You can make your time in Niagara Falls into an unforgettable family getaway with great hotel packages that will connect you with the best dining, entertainment, and accommodations that the city has to offer. Book yours today!

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The Best of Fall in the Falls

A Niagara Falls getaway

Canadian Horseshoe Falls

Discover the very best of the fall season on a Niagara Falls getaway at any one of these amazing destinations.

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

Summer is drawing to a close, which means the air is cooling down as autumn takes it hold. But luckily, a visit to Fallsview Indoor Waterpark means you won’t have to say goodbye to warmer temperatures just yet. The 3-acre waterpark always has an air temperature of 30°C and water temperature of 29°C, making it feel like you’re on a tropical getaway no matter what time of year you visit.

And Fallsview Indoor Waterpark’s Waterpark Getaway Packages make it easy to plan a family-friendly getaway to Niagara Falls with:

  • Hotel accommodations at your choice of 4 Falls Avenue Resort hotels including Skyline Hotel & Waterpark, Clifton Victoria Inn, Sheraton Fallsview, and Crowne Plaza Fallsview.
  • 4 two-day Fallsview Indoor Waterpark passes

Niagara Brewing Company

A new season means new beers at Niagara Brewing Company! The craft brewery on Clifton Hill will be releasing their seasonal Pumpkin Spiced Ale for a limited-time this fall, alongside a number of other amazing brews that you won’t want to miss.

The Pumpkin Spiced Ale is a medium to full body brew with a spicy aroma, notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice and a rich pumpkin flavour. Stay tuned to find out when it hits the taps!

Niagara Fall Events

Make sure to check out these great fall events happening all throughout the season in Niagara:

Fall Handmade Market

September 14th & 15th at 13th Street Winery in St. Catharines

A market featuring 140 curated artisans from across Ontario, Quebec, and Canada’s East Coast offering hand-made jewellery, home décor, natural beauty products, art, candles, ceramics, and more.

Niagara Falls Oktoberfest

October 5th & 6th at the Scotiabank Convention Centre

A German-style celebration featuring great beer from breweries like Niagara Brewing Company and The Exchange Brewery, delicious German food, and live entertainment. Admission to this event is totally free.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Experience Niagara’s most iconic attraction before it closes for the season on December 1st. Hornblower Niagara Cruises offers a number of thrilling boat rides that will take you into the mist and as close as you can get to Niagara Falls, including:

  • Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour – 20 minutes
  • Voyage to the Falls Evening Boat Tour – 20 minutes
  • Falls Illumination Cruise – 40 minutes
  • Falls Fireworks Cruise – 40 minutes

Start planning your Niagara Falls getaway today and discover all of the amazing things that a new season has to offer!

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Niagara’s Top Spots for Family Fun this August

Science Sundays is a top Niagara Falls family vacation activity.

Experience Science Sundays at the Niagara Glen.

Have some fun while on a Niagara Falls family vacation this August by checking out these exciting events and activities that have been specially designed for both kids and adults!

Science Sundays

July 30 – August 26, 2018 @ Niagara Glen Nature Centre

Visit the Niagara Glen Nature Centre on Sundays in July and August for a variety of fun and fascinating science demonstrations on a number of different subjects. The Science Sundays demonstrations are approximately 10-15 minutes each and will be taking place at 11:30am and 2pm.

The Niagara Glen Nature Centre is a beautiful building that overlooks a pristine pocket of Carolinian forest and the Niagara River, and is a popular destination for hikers, conservationists, cyclists, and outdoor-enthusiasts looking to discover all that Niagara has to offer.

Coca Cola Concert Series

June 1 – September 3, 2018 @ Queen Victoria Park

Catch free musical performances from local Niagara musicians at the Niagara Parks Coca Cola Concert Series in Queen Victoria Park. The performances start at 8pm and are followed by spectacular fireworks every evening at 10pm.

Upcoming performances include:

  • Aug. 2 – By Design
  • Aug. 3 – Gypsy Ghosts
  • Aug. 5 – The Small Town Girls
  • Aug. 6 – Grand River Ramblers
  • Aug. 9 – Stereo Sunrise

Falls Fireworks Series

Every night in Niagara Falls

This year marks the 25th year of the Niagara Parks Falls Fireworks Series, which will be celebrated with a newly-expanded schedule featuring 111 shows. From June 18th to September 3rd, spectacular fireworks will light up the skies over the American and Horseshoe Falls every night at 10pm.

Take in this spectacular sight from along the Niagara Parkway, in Queen Victoria Park, or in a Fallsview guestroom at a beautiful Niagara Falls hotel.

Family Craft Night Tea Party

August 2, 2018 @ Niagara Falls History Museum

Stop by the Niagara Falls History Museum on Ferry Street to build and decorate your very own fancy paper teapot! This family-friendly activity will be taking place from 6-9pm and is fun for people of all ages.

Start planning your Niagara Falls family vacation today to discover these amazing events!

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Niagara’s Sweetest Summer Spots

A visit to Sweet Jesus ice cream shop is one of the top things to do in Niagara Falls.

Sweet Jesus’ Krusty the Kone.

There are so many exciting things to do in Niagara Falls this summer, including visiting these sweet and unique food and retail destinations.

Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls

One of the sweetest destinations in Niagara Falls is the Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls store located on Falls Avenue Resort. This chocolate paradise features a wide selection of decadent treats, Hershey’s merchandise from brands like Reese’s, Twizzlers, Jolly Rancher, and Kisses, and amazing specialty gifts like a 5lb. Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar and ½ lb. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

And at the in-store Hershey’s Bake Shoppe you can enjoy freshly made treats like Hershey’s Milk Chocolate covered strawberries, cookies, cupcakes, brownies, fudge, and thick milkshakes topped with whipped cream and a signature Hershey’s Kiss.

It’s the only store of its kind in Canada and is the ultimate destination for any chocolate lover visiting Niagara Falls.

Sweet Jesus Ice Cream

Ice cream is the quintessential summer treat and Sweet Jesus ice cream shop in Niagara Falls is doing it right with amazing soft serve creations that you’ll have to see (and taste) to believe.

At Sweet Jesus you can try innovative soft serve flavours like Krusty the Kone made with vanilla soft serve, cotton candy pieces, cotton candy sauce, and rainbow sprinkles; Hella Nutella featuring chocolate and vanilla twist soft serve, Nutella sauce, wafer cookies, Corn Flakes, and toasted pistachios; and Birthday Cake made with vanilla soft serve, cream cheese icing, birthday cake bits, and rainbow sprinkles.

Other Sweet Jesus signature flavours include:

  • Cookies, Cookies, Cookies & Cream
  • Bangin’ Brownie
  • Rocky Road Rage
  • Sweet Baby Jesus
  • Red Rapture
  • Bounty Killah

Or give one of Sweet Jesus’ limited-time seasonal cones a try, which in the past has included delicious flavours like Strawberry Shortcake, Pumpkin Pie, and Lotus Cookie Butter!

Always Refreshing Soda Shop

Located on Falls Avenue Resort just steps away from Niagara Falls is the 1950s-inspired Always Refreshing Soda Shop. Equal parts classic soda shop and Coca Cola collectors’ boutique, this unique destination is a must-visit this summer.

At the Always Refreshing Soda Shop you can enjoy a range of delicious treats like floats, milkshakes, ice cream, and soda, and shop for exclusive Coca Cola gifts and merchandise at the one-of-a-kind retail store.

Starbucks Niagara Falls

This summer, enjoy your favourite Starbucks coffee or a cold and refreshing drink at one of Niagara’s conveniently-located Starbucks Cafes. Located in in the lobbies of the Sheraton Fallsview, Marriott on the Falls, Marriott Fallsview, and lower lobby of the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls – Fallsview, Starbucks is a fantastic place to stop for an afternoon pick-me-up during a busy day of sightseeing in Niagara.

Enjoy a sweet coffee drink like the Iced Salted Caramel Mocha, Iced Caramel Macchiato, Cold Brew Coffee, Vanilla Frappuccino, or cool off with a tasty Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher or Cool Lime Refresher made with real fruit juice and fruit pieces.

So if you’re planning a visit to Niagara Falls this summer make sure to check out these sweet and spectacular spots for delicious treats and one-of-a-kind experiences.

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