Spending a Weekend at Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is one of the most spectacular sights on the planet, and features on most people’s bucket lists. While it attracts tourists from all over the world, its convenient location on the US and Canadian border between Upstate New York and Ontario means that it can also be easily slotted in into a broader tour of North America.

Of course, if you are lucky enough to be among the millions who live in Toronto, New York and the surrounding cities, it is also the perfect spot for a weekend getaway, whenever you wish.

And in my view, a weekend is the perfect amount of time to spend in this iconic location, as long as you use your time wisely. Here’s how.

A roof over your head

As you might imagine, there is no shortage of hotels, but if there is one area where it is worth going for the best, this is it – especially if you are only there for the weekend. The Marriot is the closest hotel to the Falls themselves, and has absolutely awesome views. Take a look at marriottonthefalls.com and you will rapidly get the idea.

Visiting the falls

Fairly obviously, you will want to get a good look at the Falls, and from your hotel base, you can be there in a few short minutes. There’s no time like the present, so why not head straight there after check in?

Take the Skywheel

Yes, it is a tourist trap, but it is popular for a reason. The Skywheel provides unprecedented views of the Falls. The best time to take a trip is early evening, just as the sun is setting, so you can catch the majesty of the Falls with the illuminations switched on. Be warned, you won’t be the only person to have this idea, but if you are going to do something, you might as well do it properly, and it’s worth the wait.

Have a flutter

Niagara Falls is almost as famous for its casinos as it is for the water, and no trip is complete without a little time spent on the slots or the roulette wheel. Just try not to overdo it – best plan is to take what you are prepared to lose and leave the plastic safely locked away in your hotel room!

Ride the Aero Car

There are plenty of ways to explore the Falls, but on a weekend trip, you can’t do them all. The Aero Car is one that you really shouldn’t miss. Built in 1913, it looks like something from the Wacky Races, but it actually has a 100 percent safety record, so is one of the safest forms of locomotion around.

Queen Victoria Park

After the drama of the Aero Car, a gentle walk is in order before you think about the journey home, and there’s no place better than Victoria Park. Keep a look out for the Tesla Monument, commemorating Nikolai Tesla’s first ever hydroelectric power plant, which stood at Niagara Falls and became operational in 1895.

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