Niagara Falls isn't officially a Wonder of the Worldbut it might as well be. The splendour of the natural landscape and the excitement of the surrounding city makes it well worth a day trip!

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There are a couple of things every person needs to do at least once on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Here's a guide for first-timers who are looking to get a full Niagara Falls experience:


Friday

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5 PM - Clifton Hill

Start of your Niagara Falls adventure with Clifton Hill, the world-famous street of attractions just five minutes away the Falls. It's the top destination for attractions, restaurants and entertainment, and people of all ages can participate in the fun! From exciting arcades and playhouses to quirky museums and 4D theatres, there's never a dull moment on the Hill.

Recommended attractions to try:

  • SkyWheel
  • The Niagara Speedway
  • Nightmares Fear Factory
  • Hershey Store
  • Great Canadian Midway
  • Ripley's Moving Theatre
  • Guinness World Records Museum

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9 PM - Skylon Tower

Exploring Clifton Hill can work up quite the appetite, and the iconic Skylon Tower's restaurant is the perfect place to grab a fancy meal afterwards! Nothing beats the view of the Falls from the Skylon Tower's revolving dining room, which completes a full 360-degree turn every hour. Reservations can sell out quick, so make sure to book early!

Other restaurants to try:

  • Antica Pizzeria & Ristorante
  • Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse
  • Syndicate Restaurant & Brewery
  • Taki Japanese
  • Tide and Vine Oyser House
  • Weinkeller

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11 PM - Spyce Lounge

After a satisfying dinner, the party continues with drinks at the Spyce Lounge. This cozy spot within the Fallsview Hilton Hotel has a great selection of drinks to choose from, including both classics and house specials. Accompanying your wind down is a live band that adds to the overall laid-back atmosphere.

Other bars/lounges to try:

  • Doc Magilligan's
  • Mohito House Bar
  • Taps On Queen
  • The Irish Harp Pub
  • Old Crow Bar & Bistro
  • Yank's

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12 AM - Fallsview Casino

Of course, the night isn't over until you've tested your vices at the Fallsview Casino! It features over 200,000 square feet of games, including 3000 slots, 130 tables and the largest poker room in all of Canada. If gambling isn't your thing, you could also catch a show at their live theatre, which has guested several big names before including John Legend, Harry Connick Jr. Jennifer Hudson, Keith Urban and Tony Bennett.

Other casinos to try:

  • Casino Niagara
  • Seneca Niagara (New York, for the die-hard gamblers)

Saturday

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11 AM - Paris Crêpes Cafe

The fun ensues the morning after with a delicious brunch at Paris Crêpes Cafe. This cute spot serves traditional French-inspired cuisine that will make you feel like you've been transported to a cobblestone bistro in Paris. Their dedicated brunch menu, which includes tasty salads and to-die-for omelettes, will surely please you.

Other brunch spots to try:

  • Abby's Breakfast & Lunch
  • Betty's Restaurant
  • Blue Line Diner
  • Joe & Laurie's Restaurant
  • Scoops & More Restaurant
  • Watermark Restaurant

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1 PM - The Hornblower

Obviously, you can't go to Niagara Falls without seeing the Falls, and what better way to do that than by actually riding into them? TheH Hornblower is a boat ride that takes you on a wet journey beneath the rushing waters of the Falls. Tickets are around $26 per person and the boat makes rounds every 15 minutes.


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2 PM - Whirlpool Aero Car

Another staple Niagara activity is a ride on the Whirlpool Aero car, which has been running since 1916. The cable car takes you across the Niagara gorge, travelling the full 3,600 feet from the Canadian side to the American side and then back again. Take in the Falls with a unique view that you simply can't get by looking over the railings.


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3 PM - Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory

After spending some time at the Falls, make your way to the Butterfly Conservatory, which consists of over 2,000 colourful butterflies fluttering around in a giant tropical green space. Self-guided tours of the 180-metre pathway will fuel your imagination and let you take some beautiful photos with the winged creatures.

Other conservatories to try:

  • Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens
  • Bird Kingdom
  • Reptile Kingdom
  • Safari Niagara

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4 PM - Chateau des Charmes

Finally, finish off your trip with a short trip away from the Falls towards the Chateau des Charmes winery. No trip to the Niagara region is complete without making a stop to at least one winery, and this one is a great choice for that. This state-of-the-art winery is decorated with charming rose gardens that are filled with statues and waterfalls. Wine tastings are also just $10 a person, making it perfect for those looking to stay on budget!

Other wineries to try:

  • 13th Street Winery
  • Creekside Estate
  • Inniskillin Wines
  • Jackson-Triggs Estate
  • Fielding Estate
  • Konzelmann Estate

 

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