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Falling for Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, and the surrounding Niagara Region, has evolved and grown into one of the world’s foremost travel destinations. And like many top tourist destinations, Niagara Falls is visited by millions of people each year.

The moderate climate and proximity to Toronto are reasons to consider Niagara Falls for a rewarding getaway that soon will not be forgotten and there is plenty to see and do whether spring, summer, winter or fall.

You can capture the magic of Niagara in luxurious hotels, charming inns and quaint B&B’s. Niagara is also becoming famous as a gourmet dining destination. Many restaurants feature regional cuisine, which marries locally grown food products with local wines.

The best way to see the Falls is to reserve a Fallsview room, especially if you are celebrating a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary. Or your trip may coincide with Valentine’s Day … for that something extra, you can enjoy the spectacle of nightly illumination and watch the falls light up in a rainbow of colours without ever leaving your room.

And aside from the spectacle of millions of litres / gallons of water overflowing with energy, there’s a lot to do in Niagara Falls that, quite simply, you can’t do elsewhere.

You don’t have to gamble big to be entertained in either of the very popular casinos in Niagara Falls. It’s fun just to wander the casino floors and watch, and be quite dazzled by the noise, lights and facial expressions of the players. Try your hand at your favourite game, or learn a new one by taking a lesson from the experts. When it comes to entertainment in Niagara Falls, you can always gamble on a good time in one of the casinos, which are open pretty much 24/7.

Many folks that have been to the casinos say that it is “very Las Vegas”. Indeed if you close your eyes you may even think you’re in Vegas. And just like Las Vegas, marquee entertainment is second to none at the Niagara casinos.

In between gaming and attending the shows, there’s lots of time for pampering at numerous spas. Treating yourself to a bit of decadence in an oasis of tranquility makes for a nice contrast to the thundering roar of the falls. From revitalizing Spirulina and Moor Mud wraps to and hot stone massages and caviar facials, several full-service spas offer various treatments that will leave you relaxed, refreshed and ready to re-enter the ‘real’ world.

Clifton Hill is where you’ll find a myriad of attractions, all within walking distance. Plan to spend some time at the Rossi Glass factory, Canada’s only manufacturer of Cranberry Collectible Glass. Visit your favourite music and film stars at the Rock Legends Wax Museum and the Movieland Wax Museum of Stars, then discover all things weird and wacky from around the world at Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum.

For something a little more sedate, the Niagara Falls Aviary is one of the nicer attractions in town. It’s a remarkable jungle oasis and home to over 300 tropical birds, mainly from Australia, South America and Africa.

The Butterfly Conservatory on the Niagara River Parkway is another magical environment, where you can interact with exquisite butterflies in a tropical rainforest setting.

Niagara Falls’ dining offers so much more than the hot dog and snow cone fare from years gone by. Uber chef Wolfgang Puck opened his Grand Café in Niagara Falls, featuring creative soups, salads, fish and the world-famous Puck Pizza. Puck’s gastronomic empire has found a fitting outpost, situated on Fallsview Boulevard.

For whatever reason you may be visiting, it’s certain you will love Niagara Falls.

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