The Pearl of North America: Niagara Falls

Back in December 1678, French explorer Louis Hennepin discovered the waterfalls known now as “Honeymoon Capital of the World”. The Niagara Falls is comprised of three waterfalls, namely the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls. Thousands of tourists continue to flock to the destination every year making it one of the most popular destinations in Ontario, Canada. It can be both synonymous to romance and adventure due to the various activities you can do in the region. This North American pearl is also a natural border between United States and Canada, but the Ontario part is the most visited having the best views and the most attractions. Here is a quick guide to make your stay at Niagara Falls as enjoyable and pleasant as possible.

Spend more than a day 

For families and couples, spending more than a day in Niagara is recommended to enjoy the place. There are various hotels and inns you can choose from, depending on your group and budget. One of the luxurious places is the Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel Fallsview and Spa. It sits just 100 yards from the falls making it the closest hotel and the one with the best view. Guestrooms are designed with oversized windows to offer a unique panoramic view of the falls. They also have 2-room family suites that can accommodate up to 6 people. Another place to check out is the Sterling Inn and Spa, situated in the old Borden’s Dairy building. This boutique hotel combines old-time charm and modern style. After enjoying the outdoors, you can avail their Deep Awakening massage or take a couple’s yoga class at the in-house OneSpaRetreat.

Take a bite with a view

Perhaps the best part of eating in Niagara is the view of the falls as you feast on seafood and steak. Take a pick from the different restaurants around the area that will reward you with a feast for both eyes and stomach. Take a glass elevator to the 77 feet high top of the Skylon Tower Observation Deck to enjoy a menu of salad, entrée and dessert as you marvel at the ever-changing view of Niagara Falls. Splurge on a late dinner so you can watch the falls be illuminated with rainbow colors in glowing vision of light and flowing water. Another good restaurant to check out is the Elements on the Falls with its open kitchen and open-fire grill. Diners are served with dishes made from local ingredients, such as the Niagara peach or Canadian bison sirloin steak. Even the wine is made from nearby vineyards! For dessert, you can go to Paris Crepes Bistro on Queen Street to enjoy a variety of crepe paired with hot chocolate or Kir Royale.

Get up close and don’t be afraid to get wet 

The most famous way to enjoy Niagara Falls is through the Maid of the Mist. Considered as the oldest tourist attraction in North America, a boat ride will bring you close to the mesmerizing scenery of both Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian border and the American Falls. Each ride lasts for approximately 30 minutes, and do expect to get wet as you aboard the historic Maid of the Mist. Do not worry since there is a complimentary rain poncho. Choose a spot on the upper deck to see the great views partnered with a spray of water as the boat comes near the thundering roar of 600,000 gallons of falling water. You cannot say you’ve been to Niagara Falls without taking a ride on this historical boat. Take note that they only operate from late April to October 24th every year. Children below the age of 5 are free of charge. Once you’ve experienced the falls on water, go up to get a different perspective from above. You can take a ride on antique cable cars for a view of the Niagara Whirlpool. The ride is only 10 minutes but you get to see the swirling torrent of water formed at the end of the rapids. Being high above the rapids is truly breathtaking.

See more and do more

Aside from the famous Niagara Falls, you can also see thousands of fluttering butterflies in the Butterfly Conservatory at the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture. Your kids will definitely marvel at the colorful wings of tropical butterflies. The conservatory has a rainforest setting complete with a pond, mini-waterfall and exotic flora and fauna. Wear bright clothes to attract the butterflies as you go around. Adults or couples can then enjoy the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort or Casino Niagara at night. Grab a beer and take a chance on the slot machines and gaming tables. Casino Niagara is the oldest and the smallest Niagara Falls Casino. If you’re not a gambling guy, enjoy live rock music at Yank’s Old Niagara Bar and Grill or dance all night at Club Rialto. The Pearl of North America definitely has a lot to offer to its thousands of visitors. They even come back time and time again.