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Niagara Falls
Travel Guide

Niagara Falls

A world-famous national park and top tourist destination, home to perhaps North America’s most impressive waterfalls.

While many people across the world know it as a single waterfall, what we call ‘Niagara Falls’ is made up of three different waterfalls: Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. These dramatic falls line the border between New York State and the province of Ontario in Canada. As you explore the Niagara Gorge you’ll be rewarded with incredible views from the observation points which open to visitors all day, every day of the year. Come after sunset and see the brightly illuminated cascades – and every Friday, Saturday and holiday during the summer, come to enjoy the truly mesmerising fireworks show.

Start out at the Niagara Falls State Park on the United States side of the region. From here, you can explore the area and stop off at the various vantage points, including the Observation Tower, Prospect Point and Terrapin Point. Enjoy lunch al fresco at one of the picnic areas along the way or enjoy a bite to eat in one of the nearby restaurants. Check out the visitor centre and head off along the hiking trails which begin nearby.

Here you’ll also be able to explore the wonderful Aquarium of Niagara complete with exhibits that take you through the seas of the world, from the Great Lakes to Amazonia. Watch the sea lion shows and the sharks being fed. Further downstream, cross the Niagara River over the Rainbow Bridge, and continue to the border with Canada – don’t forget to bring your passport and travel documents.

When you arrive in Canada, head for the 158-metre-tall Skylon Tower for more incredible views of the surroundings and the chance to stop off at its shops, restaurants and food court. You can even be carried over 50 metres above the falls in a capsule with a ride on the Niagara SkyWheel. Visit the entertainment complex of Clifton Hill where you’ll find the glow-in-the-dark 18-hole mini golf course Galaxy Golf, as well as the Movieland Wax Museum. With all these diversions, you may as well pick up a pass to enter multiple attractions.

Take the half-hour journey around the bottom of the falls on the Maid of the Mist, or join a guided tour to Bridal Veils Falls on the US side or Horseshoe Falls in the Canadian sector. If you’re a thrill seeker, try out a jet boat. To see the falls up close go to the Cave of the Winds too.

If all this time on the water takes it out of you, you should head back to dry land and pay a visit to the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake in Southern Ontario, where you can explore the wineries as well as the legendary Shaw Festival Theatre for a rather different yet just as compelling experience.

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Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls
Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls
4 out of 5
6755 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON
The price is NZ$143 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Fallsview, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fallsview Casino and Queen Victoria Park. Horseshoe Falls and Casino Niagara are also ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,610 reviews)
"Likes the location, the room was great. We felt it was priced a little high considering all the perks the hotel has to offer were unavailable. The restaurant had a poor menu."

Reviewed on 10 May 2021

Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls
Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites
Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites
4 out of 5
6361 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON
The price is NZ$135 per night from 13 May to 13 May
Located in Fallsview, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fallsview Casino and Skylon Tower. Clifton Hill and Horseshoe Falls are also within ...
3.7/5Good! (9,464 reviews)
"My favourite hotel to stay in especially the two room suite with a waterfall view and jacuzzi tub just what I needed to relax."

Reviewed on 10 May 2021

Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites
Sheraton On The Falls Hotel
Sheraton On The Falls Hotel
4 out of 5
5875 Falls Ave, Niagara Falls, ON
The price is NZ$151 per night from 13 May to 13 May
This family-friendly Niagara Falls hotel is located on the riverfront, within a 5-minute walk of Oakes Garden Theatre and Casino Niagara. Fallsview Indoor Waterpark ...
4/5Very Good! (4,556 reviews)
"Hotel and staff were amazing. Recently renovated rooms are beautiful. Most things are closed due to the lockdown but still plenty of options to grab food and bring it back to your room to enjoy. We will definitely return!!"

Reviewed on 10 May 2021

Sheraton On The Falls Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Trailer With a View on Lyons Creek
Trailer With a View on Lyons Creek
9710 Lyons Creek Road, Niagara Falls, ON
Situated on the waterfront, this holiday home is within 9 miles (15 km) of Niagara Square Shopping Centre, Lundy's Lane and Scotiabank Convention Centre. Seaway ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
A little piece of paradise
"Martina and Robert were excellent hosts. The trailer was exactly as advertised, clean easy to use and everything we needed. The property was fantastic and easy to find. All in all it was a very enjoyable weekend and we look forward to our return."

Reviewed on 28 Apr. 2021

Trailer With a View on Lyons Creek
Sherkston Shores RV Resort
Sherkston Shores RV Resort
2.5 out of 5
490 Empire Road, Port Colborne, ON
This family-friendly Port Colborne cottage is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Erie and Pleasant Beach. Humberstone Centennial Park Beach and ...
Sherkston Shores RV Resort
Stonehaven Niagara Five
Stonehaven Niagara Five
4 out of 5
Dorchester Rd and Cropp St, Niagara Falls, ON
Situated in Niagara Falls, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Lundy's Lane, Clifton Hill and Fallsview Casino. Fallsview Indoor Waterpark and Skylon ...
4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)
"The house had more than enough space for 11 adults. Good location, close to Clifton hill."

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2020

Stonehaven Niagara Five
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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KLG

15 Jan. 2020

Love Niagara, have been in the summer and the winter was just as good. Rainforest Cafe must not be missed!!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Dec. 2019

While the Falls are incredible and beautiful in December - unfortunately most facilities are closed for the winter.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

13 Nov. 2019

Overall an amazing experience for our 30th Wedding Anniversary!!! ❤️

5/5 - Excellent

Louisa

8 Nov. 2019

Awesome and surrounding areas were beautiful.

5/5 - Excellent

Vivienne

4 Nov. 2019

Outstanding must do!

4/5 - Good

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29 Oct. 2019

Niagara Falls is a must see and the falls themselves are amazing. The area is very tourist orientated and next trip we would probably stay at Niagara on the lake.

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