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There are fireworks and then there are Fireworks at Niagara Falls            (photo courtesy of Winter Festival of Lights)

There are fireworks and then there are Fireworks at Niagara Falls            (photo courtesy of Winter Festival of Lights)

Visiting Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Every year millions of people come to the area not only to witness the beauty of the Falls, but also to enjoy the other sights and attractions this bountiful area has to offer. There’s something for every kind of visitor, ranging from adventurers, romantics, bachelor/bachelorette partiers, the wine lovers, family fanatics and everyone in between.
You’ve got hundreds of options and could spend an entire year in Niagara Falls without running out of things to see and do. This veritable smorgasbord of activities makes visiting Niagara Falls irresistible – it can also make it seem a little overwhelming. We’re here to assure you it’s not. With a little research and a little help, you’ll be off exploring this historically and culturally rich region in no time. 
Let’s get started. 

Doc’s Guide to Visiting Niagara Falls

First, you are going to what to determine the length of your stay. Are you planning a daytrip, an overnight stay, a weekend or longer?

If you are planning on visiting Niagara Falls for a daytrip, you probably won’t need to secure accommodations. (An exception could be if you are travelling with elderly or very young people and may need a spot to relax for a few hours.)

However, if you are planning to stay a night or more, you are going to want to make sure you have a place to stay. If you have friends or family in the region who are willing to put you up (or who you are willing to put up with), you’re good to go. If you don’t, you’re going to want to look into making a reservation somewhere. There are literarily hundreds of hotels, motels and B&B’s in the Niagara area, which could make choosing a spot difficult – but it doesn’t have to be.

Here are a couple simple rules to keep in mind:

1)      If you’re planning to do and see a lot, stay central. Sure, there are a lot of amazing attractions outside the city itself, but if you’re visiting Niagara Falls and planning on seeing the main attractions in the core as well as the one’s outside the city, make a reservation somewhere central. This will save time and money on traveling since there are many attractions grouped together.  

2)      ASK for what you want. Don’t be afraid to shop around, find the best price and then ask a hotel to match it. Any hotel worth its salt will rise to the challenge. Niagara Falls has a lot of hotels, and competition can be pretty tough. The establishments that have been around the longest owe their longevity to happy guests, so don’t be afraid to ask for the best price as well as any extra considerations you require.


TD Rink at the Brink, part of the Winter Festival of Lights                            (photo courtesy of Winter Festival of Lights)

TD Rink at the Brink, part of the Winter Festival of Lights                            (photo courtesy of Winter Festival of Lights)

Next, decide when you’re going to be visiting Niagara Falls.
 Niagara Falls has got a bevy of great attractions in any season, but it’s still a good idea to know what’s going on during your visit on so you can be prepared.
Late spring, summer and early autumn are the busiest times. It’s warm, the falls are flowing freely, the Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Conservatory are blooming and buzzing, the wineries are uncorking new vintages, the seasonal attractions are all open, and you can get a behind the scenes view of the falls on a water cruise. 
However, visiting Niagara Falls in the winter has its own unique charms: You can enjoy The Festival of Lights, ice wine samplings at many of the region’s fine wineries, thrilling Christmas and New Year’s Eve events as well as TD’s Rink on the Brink, just to name a few. 

QUICK TIP: If you are planning on visiting Niagara Falls in the cooler months, we highly recommend booking a hotel with lots of great amenities – especially if you have children. Indoor pools, playgrounds, arcades and in house dining never go amiss.
Looking for a comprehensive rundown of attractions in the area? Check out our Top 10 List of Things to Do in Niagara Falls. 

Get to know the area.
As we’ve already mentioned, there are countless attractions in the Niagara region – and not all of them are in the city’s centre. Many attractions are located just outside the city itself, and it’s important to get geographically acquainted with the area so you can make the most of your trip. 

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