It isn’t hard to see why Niagara Falls is one of the most popular family vacation destinations in North America. With its abundance of kid-centric attractions and group activities, the area’s reputation as a first-rate family spot is certainly well-earned. However, this isn’t to say that families are the only ones who can get the most out of Niagara. Unbeknownst to many travelers, Niagara Falls is home to an incredible assortment of adult attractions and couples activities. So if you and your special someone will soon be embarking on an intimate getaway, consider the perks of choosing Niagara.
Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens
You’d be hard-pressed to find a better romantic backdrop than the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. Open year-round, the Botanical Gardens present guests with 99 acres of beautifully picturesque plant life. Featuring gorgeous flowers, a meticulously maintained herb plantings and a world-famous rose garden, the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens are a can’t-miss destination for any couple. The Botanical Gardens are also home to the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, a facility that provides specialized training to horticulture students. Furthermore, couples visiting during the summer months won’t want to miss out on the cozy horse-and-carriage tours offered throughout the warm weather season.
The Niagara Skywheel
One of the world’s most famous Ferris wheels, the Niagara Skywheel provides visitors with a one-of-a-kind view of the iconic falls. Standing at an impressive 175 feet and open year-round, the Skywheel is the perfect couple’s attraction for any season. In addition, the climate-controlled gondolas are a boon to wintertime visitors looking for relief from bitter cold and summertime visitors looking to escape extreme heat. While there’s never a bad time to take a spin on the Skywheel, moonlit nighttime rides can be particularly romantic. Getting a glimpse of the falls from the very top of the Niagara Skywheel is an experience that’s likely to stay with you forever.
Nightmares Fear Factory
Couples who appreciate a good scare can’t go home without a visit to Nightmares Fear Factory. The oldest operational haunted house in North America, Nightmares Fear Factory serves up world-class frights to thousands of visitors each year. The entire experience takes place almost entirely in the dark and lasts roughly 10 minutes, during which time guests are set upon by trained actors and exposed to a litany of frightening FX. In other words, you and your sweetie will have plenty of opportunities to glomp on to one another. Additionally, if the experience becomes too intense, you’re welcome to throw in the towel and leave through the designated “chicken exit.” To date, over 162,000 guests have failed to make it to the end, so couples who endure the entire tour will have something to brag about to their friends back home.
Wine Tasting Tours
Unbeknownst to many wine connoisseurs, Niagara Falls is home to quite a few vineyards and wineries. Adding to their appeal is the fact that many of them offer guided tours – complete with samples. So if you and your partner would never say no to a good glass of wine, don’t hesitate to book a couple of spots on one of Niagara’s many wine tasting tours. Not only will this provide you with ample opportunities to sample fine wine, it will enable you to enjoy each other’s company in a refreshing outdoor setting. Couples who are fans of beer are urged to check out some of Niagara’s world-class microbreweries, too.
Fallsview Indoor Water Park
Although Fallsview Indoor Water Park is a popular family spot, it has quite a bit to offer fun-loving couples as well. Connected to several different Fallsview hotel options, this indoor facility features 16 exciting slides that are likely to please even the most discerning water park enthusiast. Couples who aren’t big on waterslides are sure to enjoy the park’s soothing hot springs, relaxing sundeck and private cabanas.
There’s little wonder as to why countless families flock to Niagara Falls each year. However, with so many family-oriented attractions, it’s easy to forget that Niagara isn’t exclusively a family destination. The area is also home to a growing array of activities for couples of all ages. So the next time you and your partner are bitten by the travel bug, simply chart a course for Niagara Falls.
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