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5 Reasons to Spend the Holidays in Niagara

November 27th, 2015

For some people, trying to decide where to spend the holidays is easy, whether it’s because Mom’s stuffing is too fantastic to miss or because you married into a family that’s amazing at marking Hanukkah. For many, however, the holidays often present one more dilemma of decision-making that can create more headaches than happy memories. If you’re unsure about where to spend the holidays this December, consider giving yourself a vacation you’ll always remember. Here are five reasons to head to the Niagara region for the holidays.

1. The Falls

image001Ironically, the waterfalls at Niagara Falls are sometimes taken for granted, by locals and visitors alike. After all, they’re always here, and because they’re the primary reason the place is known as a destination at all, they can get lumped in with the ordinary — until you see them in person that is. When you first lay eyes in real time anspace on these stunning displays of nature’s power and majesty, you’ll realize they aren’t just photo opportunities. They’re proof of the world’s wildness, and they can serve as a means to reconnect with wonder — something many of us are looking for in our holiday experiences.

2. The Winter Festival of Lights

If you love holiday light displays, the Winter Festival of Lights is its own reason to spend the holidays in Niagara. Millions of lights and illuminated holiday displays span an almost three-mile route that includes the Dufferin Islands, the tourist districts, and parts of the Niagara Parks. More than 1 million visitors head to Niagara for this light display from November 21 until January 31, and you can easily be one of them.

3. The Wine

The wine in Niagara is a reason to visit every day of the year, but for anyone who loves to eat their holiday meals with the fruit of the vine, it can be hard to improve on the offerings available throughout the Niagara Peninsula. While many of our area wineries distribute their goods beyond the region, there are still plenty of vintages that can only be gotten locally. If you consider yourself a oenophile, or if you’re aspiring to become one, the holidays are a perfect time to hunker down with some excellent Niagara wine and get to know the region’s terroir and offerings a little better.

4. The Food

image003Niagara is known as a gastronomical wonderland, and during the holidays, the many excellent farm-to-table restaurants provide menus that reflect the season and the season’s bounty. If you’re worried that you’ll miss out on your favorite holiday food, let Niagara’s talented chefs and fertile farms counter that concern. From Windows by Jamie Kennedy and the Rainbow Room to Treadwell and Ravine Winery Restaurant, you can satisfy every taste bud on your tongue multiple times throughout a holiday stay in the area.

5. Fewer People

Finally, celebrate the holidays with a trip to Niagara, because Niagara itself takes on a mystique unique to the season. While the summer affords an energy that can only be granted by massive crowds and non-stop action, the winter’s slower pace and less populated spaces make it an ideal time to be alone or with a loved one. For a holiday that’s intimate, Niagara in December is perfect.

So head to Niagara for the holidays, from the falls to the food, it’s a perfect time for celebration.

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Stay Fit on Vacation: 4 Easy Ways to Get Physical This December in Niagara

November 18th, 2015

image001While it isn’t the first thing listed on most Niagara Falls itineraries, for many vacationers, staying in shape while traveling is still a goal they work hard to reach. After all, vacation is often a time of hearty eating and drinking, which means exercise — while a little tougher to convince yourself to do — is even more welcome than normal. If you’re planning a trip to Niagara this December, and you’re worried about being able to stay on top of your fitness goals, don’t be. The place is teeming with unique opportunities that will make moving your body more fun than ever.

1. First Fridays Swing Fever

On Friday, December 4 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., join other lovers of culture, history, music, and dancing for a night of fun that will barely register in your mind as exercise. Every first Friday of the month at the Niagara Falls History Museum, you can dance the night away to a live band, while enjoying hors d’oeurves and drinks. Tickets are just $10, and, if you’re serious about it, you can get a great workout while having a great time. Of, course, if you aren’t serious about it, you can still have a fantastic evening that just happens to include dancing. How you look at it is up to you.

2. Hiking

image003There are so many opportunities to get outside in the cooling late autumn and early winter air in the Niagara region that it’s impossible to list all of them. From the Niagara Glen to the many conservation areas filled with trails that dot the Niagara Peninsula, how much or little you want to get outdoors, enjoy the scenery, and get your blood pumping is entirely up to you. Rest assured, however, that you will not want for beautiful places to hike in the Niagara region during the month of December.

3. Community Yoga

A join venture of Shine On Yoga and the Niagara Falls History Museum, you can also take part in free community yoga classes — even if you’ve never done yoga before. On Thursday, December 3 and Thursday, December 17 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., join other yogis of all skill levels at the museum for a free class that will stretch you, relax you, and, in general, create a context of improved health. The class is limited to 20 people, so get there early to make sure you get a spot. Of course, there are also plenty of yoga studios throughout the Niagara region if you’d like to fit in more yoga during your stay.

4. The Hotel’s Fitness Center

The Sheraton on the Falls is an ideal hotel for staying on top of your fitness goals while on vacation. With a fitness center outfitted with everything from stationary bikes and treadmills to elliptical machines and free weights, you’re more than equipped to get in your daily workout. There’s also an indoor pool where you can swim, and we offer a series of workout programs you can download if you’d like a little guidance.

Don’t set aside your health and exercise goals just because you’re on vacation. When you’re visiting Niagara, staying in shape can be part of the fun.

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Where to Get Hot Cocoa in Niagara

November 12th, 2015

image001While in many ways it can seem utterly gratuitous, grabbing a cup of hot cocoa when you are far from home is one of the most satisfying ways to spend an afternoon or evening—especially when it’s cold outside. For the chocolate lover and hot beverage connoisseur, finding the perfect cup is especially essential and rewarding. Whether you’re headed to Niagara for business or pleasure, alone or with your six kids in tow, here is a look at the wealth of opportunities to grab hot chocolate from the quick, casual cup to the downright decadent one.

Hershey’s Chocolate World

It makes sense that you should be able to grab a decent cup of hot cocoa at Hershey’s Chocolate World, but what makes sense isn’t always a reality. Thankfully, hot cocoa can be had at Hershey’s, and it’s delicious. In fact, you can wander around the store with your hot cocoa and marvel at all the ways in which you could get a chocolate fix amidst their four stories of chocolates, fudge, candies, memorabilia, milkshakes, and more. It’s a hot cocoa stop that’s likely to involve a lot more than just a single, steaming cup.

Tim Hortons

While it isn’t quite true that there’s a Tom Horton’s on every corner in the Niagara region, there are enough of them to make it seem true. For the hot cocoa drinker that needs a quick, pick-me-up in the car before heading out for an afternoon hike, drive, or winery tour, a cup of hot chocolate from Tim Hortons is perfect. Chocolatey, velvety, and fast, the hot cocoa at any Tim Hortons is superb, and you can always make the experience a little more unique by getting them to add a dash of peppermint or coffee to it. Oh, and while you’re there, don’t forget the donuts.

Paris Crepes Café

image003For authentic and affordable French fare, Paris Crepes Café is a must-stop. For the lover of rich, deep hot cocoa, it’s even more essential. A casual but classy place, you can sit and savor your hot chocolate quietly, and, if you’re out for the evening or feeling a bit saucy at brunch, you can get the waitress to add a little whiskey or Irish Crème to your drink, as well. For a hot cocoa experience that can’t be rushed and feels authentically French, Paris Crepes Café is ideal.


While there is seemingly nothing unique or luxurious about ordering a Starbucks hot cocoa, when you need it now and fast and you want it to taste good, the coffee shop can be counted upon to hand you a hot cocoa that meets your exact specifications. Order it non-fat, low-fat, or thick with cream. Add caramel, espresso, or a dose of vanilla. However you take it, Starbucks’ hot cocoa is always delicious and reliable.

Hot cocoa in Niagara is just one more reason to love the place when the days turn darker and the weather turns cooler. Whether you need a cup on the go, or you’re looking for a place to hunker down for a while, the hot chocolate in Niagara fits the bill.

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2 Christmas Cultural Events That Can Only Be Had in Niagara

November 6th, 2015

image001Niagara Falls is known for many things. There are the eponymous and ever-impressive waterfalls, wine country and its award-winning offerings, world-class entertainment that exists throughout the year that’s as wide ranging as any you’d find in a major urban center, and there’s the wide array of stellar restaurants serving up everything from farm-to-table Canadian fare to the best in international cuisine.

That list, however, is just the tip of the iceberg, as every year seems to find Niagara offering more than ever before. For lovers of culture and history, November and December are particularly good times to visit as these two Christmas cultural events that can only be had in Niagara show.

Christmas in Queenston

Held at the Laura Secord Historic Home, which will be lavishly decorated for the holidays, guests at this event can not only learn the details of Laura Ingersoll Secord’s life, but they can do so amidst her stunning homestead that has been lovingly refurbished to reflect the period of time right around the War of 1812.

A celebrated hero of the War of 1812, the story of Laura Secord is an unusual one. Ordered to house American soldiers during the war, Laura and her husband James overheard of an American plot to attack the British. As James had been injured at the Battle of Queenston Heights the year before, he was unable to make the journey to warn the British troops. Laura went in his stead, and for 18 hours, she struggled to travel the more than 20 miles of difficult and treacherous country in hostile territory. She made it, however, and delivered her message in time to allow the British to surprise the Americans and defeat them at the Battle of Beaverdams. A Person of National Historic Significance, her historic homestead is a treat for anyone who desires to see what life around the turn of the 18th century was like.

Guests of the Christmas in Queenston event will not only hear of her historic journey amidst the festive, period decorations in the home, but they will also learn of her ties to chocolate and her rarely-talked-about American roots. For a Christmas cultural event with plenty of intrigue, visit the Laura Secord Home on November 28 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A McFarland Christmas

image003The McFarland House is the Niagara Parks’ oldest property and one of its most prized. For well over 200 years, this stunning home has granted visitors a picturesque look into the ways in which life was conducted and shared in charming Niagara-on-the-Lake — at least for those of means. One of the few buildings in the area that predates the War of 1812, a McFarland Christmas not only offers visitors a chance to experience a piece of remarkable history, but they can do so amid period holiday decorations for a taste of what a Victorian Christmas would have been like. The grounds also include a garden typical of a mid-19th century Door Yard Garden and costumed interpreters with vast knowledge about the region, the house, and the daily lives of the people who once lived in it. This event takes place December 4 through the 6 and is a joint effort of the Garden Club of Niagara and the Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary Club.

For anyone who wants to experience Christmas amidst the nostalgia of time gone by, these two opportunities are without equal, and they can only be had in Niagara.

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The Day Helix Came to Niagara — a Primer in Essential Canadian Rock and Roll

October 28th, 2015

image001Many aspects of Canadian culture are in keeping with the culture of the United States. Sports, for instance, are incredibly important in both countries. There are just some differences in what sports are the most popular. Thanksgiving is celebrated both north and south of the border — just in different months, and rock and roll is always and everywhere a dominant and popular force to be reckoned with. It’s just that some of the names, songs, and stories aren’t as well known from one country to the next.

One such rock and roll force from the Canadian side of things is a hard rock band named Helix. Since their formation in 1974 through today, they have been one of Canada’s most influential and popular bands. If you’re a lover of rock and roll, but you’ve never heard of Helix, it’s almost certain you hail from the United States. Currently on tour, the band is slated to take the stage at the Seneca-Queen Theatre on November 7. Plan your vacation to Niagara to coincide with this fantastic night of music, and in the meantime, here is a little about what you should know about Helix.

A Little History

image003The band’s early years were marked by a solid rock and roll sound, more lineup changes than anyone but the most die-hard fan could keep up with, and two independent records that brought them a little regional notoriety but little else. Essentially a bar band, it wasn’t until 1983, when they signed to Capitol Records, that the band developed a more well-crafted heavy metal-based image and sound that fit in well with the hair and heavy metal music explosion that was taking place all across North America. The ‘80s were a good time for the band, and they enjoyed some commercial success, a couple of extensive tours throughout the world, including an extensive tour in Sweden, where their album, “Long Way to Heaven,” had reached number one on the charts.

30th Anniversary

In 2004, the remaining members of the band saw an opportunity to aim for the limelight once again. They released a studio album of new songs, two compilation discs, booked and played a special 30th anniversary show, which they then released as a DVD. A documentary on the band was also released in 2004, titled: “30 Years of Helix: No Rest for the Wicked.”

And Now…

It was the boost they needed. Since 2004, Helix hasn’t slowed down. They’ve continued to go through lineup changes, make albums — including 2014’s “Bastard of the Blues” — and tour. Since those early days, they’ve put together an impressive resume, sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in rock, including KISS, Rush, Heart, Quiet Riot, and more. They are, to put it mildly, a Canadian rock and roll institution.

For anyone fascinated by rock and roll as a cultural phenomenon and experience, catching Helix in Niagara Falls on November 7 is a must.

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Love to Run? 3 Reasons to Vacation in Niagara

October 22nd, 2015

image001For runners, choosing a vacation destination is serious business, because every vacation — regardless of who you’re taking it with — must also double as a running vacation. Because of this reality, it isn’t enough to find a spot that has plenty to do. Nor is it enough to choose a place known for its natural beauty. No, the right vacation spot has to have all the essential ingredients a runner wants and needs on a day-to-day basis, too: reliably decent weather, safe roads or trails, good air quality, a landscape that’s pleasing to the eye, and, if possible, a community to join for a run or two.

Well, if you’ve always wanted to take in Niagara Falls, you’re in luck. The Niagara region has everything the vacationing runner needs. From community to natural beauty, here are three reasons to take your next vacation in Niagara.

1. The Community

Running clubs aren’t for everyone, but if you enjoy the company of other runners for a run now and again, the running community at the St. Catharines Roadrunners and Walkers Club is second to none. With over 100 active members, the group meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Niagara Ball Hockey Club in Niagara for a 5k or 10k run or walk along local roads and trails. And, if you’d like to go further, you can probably find a group of runners who will be happy to join you. Open to visitors, this running club is a great place to get a group running experience, while also learning about secret spots and favorite runs in the region. If Wednesday doesn’t suit your vacation schedule, or if you’d like to join up twice, there are also runners who meet on Sunday morning.

2. The Weather

image003Even though it’s in Canada, the Niagara region enjoys some of the mildest weather in all of North America. Summers never get too hot. Winters are never too terribly cold, icy, or wet. Spring can be wet, but so long as you stick to the roads it shouldn’t slow you down, and autumn is ideal with its crisp and cool days and nights. While you should definitely pack layers to wear — temperatures can get into the 30s at night — you won’t have to bundle up like you would in a place like Boston. Bring a light raincoat to be on the safe side, but the chances are good that most of the time you’ll be visiting, you’ll be able to head outdoors for a run.

3. It’s Beautiful

Almost everyone already knows about the area’s massive waterfalls. After all, they’re responsible for the region’s worldwide reputation as a place of beauty, but throughout the Niagara Peninsula, loveliness abounds. From trail running to road running, the landscape — dotted as it is with vineyards, orchards, waterways, and farms — is varied, lush, and always worth marveling over. For the runner who wants an inspirational reason to clock in the miles, the countryside and small townships of Niagara are ideal all year around. That being said, the fall foliage makes autumn a particularly memorable time to run.

So, head to Niagara for the vacation of a lifetime. Especially if you’re a runner, the place offers unforgettable experiences around every turn.

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Journey Behind the Falls: An Autumn Treat Like No Other

October 14th, 2015

image001If you’re someone who appreciates the appeal of hitting a top tourist destination when the rest of the tourists have already left town, autumn in Niagara Falls should be especially appealing. The crowds have left the locals and the landscape in peace. The pace of life has returned to its more common and gentler gait. The fall foliage has transformed the area’s trees, and everywhere you go, the natural beauty of the region looks and feels every bit as magical as it did during the heady heights of summer.

While it’s true that some of the attractions and events have closed up shop for the season when people make their way to Niagara in the fall, in many ways, the majority of the best offerings are still in full force. The waterfalls are never closed, and the world-class dining is always available. One other top-rated attraction, Journey Behind the Falls, is also still open, and though the crowds have waned, the days are shortening, and the weather is cooling, it’s still a fantastic experience for whoever takes the time to brave it.

If you’re looking for an autumn treat for you and your family, set aside some time to venture out to Niagara Falls, and consider all that water in a fresh new way with a visit to Journey Behind the Falls.

image003How It Works

Journey Behind the Falls is exactly what it sounds like: a close-up peek behind the thunderous and watery curtain of one of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders. With just an elevator ride down 150 feet, you and your party will travel through the bedrock over which the water tumbles. You’ll head to the Cataract Portal and the Great Falls Portal, and you’ll walk behind one of the most powerful phenomenon known to humankind: the rushing and tumbling sheet of water that makes up the Horseshoe Falls.

What You’ll Find

Over 6 million cubic feet of water rushes over Niagara Falls every minute when the Falls are at their fastest, which translates to trillions of drops of water traveling at speeds that exceed 40 miles per hour. The cooling autumn months see a small drop-off in that mind-blowing amount and speed, but you certainly can’t tell by the look and sound of it. You won’t be able to avoid being hit by the mist that rises off the water as even your body seems completely filled with the ever-present and never-ceasing roar of all that water. As you ponder the daredevils who plunged over and down in wooden barrels, rubber balls, steel barrels, and on jet skis, you’ll be amazed anyone has ever lived to tell about it.

The Details

For just $16.75 for anyone over 13, and $10.95 for kids between the ages of 6 and 12, Journey Behind the Falls is an unforgettable look behind Niagara Falls, no matter what time of year it is or what kind of weather sits just beyond them.

If you’re looking for a pre-holiday getaway for you and your family, autumn in Niagara is perfect — especially if you take in the Journey Behind the Falls.

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Four Spots for Meditation in Niagara

October 6th, 2015

image001Meditation has long been lauded as a way to achieve greater insight into one’s self, empathy into one’s neighbors, and inner peace about those aspects of life that can’t be controlled. If it’s something you regularly engage in, you also know it’s a vital part of how you achieve a balanced and meaningful life. Whether you practice Transcendental Meditation or just your own version of mindfulness training, going on vacation affords you the lucky opportunity to settle down into a new spot and learn to quiet your mind anew. If you’re planning a stay in the Niagara region this fall, here are four spots that are perfect for meditation — especially as the weather cools.

1. Queen Victoria Park

The main park in Niagara Falls, Queen Victoria Park has plenty of places where you can spread out a blanket or yoga mat, close your eyes and turn your attention inward. Especially in the morning, the park has few visitors, save for the birds and insects that will still be bustling about before winter hits. Choose the rock garden or hybrid tea rose garden, or simply settle down onto one of the beautifully maintained lawns. Even if all you do is sit quietly on one of the many park benches, Queen Victoria Park is a perfect place to experience tranquility.

2. The Botanical Gardens

image003A 40-hectare spot, the Niagara Parks’ Botanical Gardens is just a 10-minute drive along the Niagara Parkway to the north of Niagara Falls. The outdoor classroom for students of the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, it’s a beautiful and sensory space that’s big enough to allow you true privacy. Whether you want to be surrounded by herbs, vegetables, roses, or a host of perennials, the Botanical Gardens will afford you a wealth of choice when it comes to finding the best spot to meditate. Because of its size, any time of day will work since the crowds — especially in autumn — won’t be big enough to cramp your style in such a large place.

3. Dufferin Islands

At just 10 acres, this small, secluded park also includes several little islands that are all connected by small bridges and quaint footpaths. Ideal for a walking meditation, Dufferin Islands is just big enough to give your mind free rein but not so large as to create anxiety that you’ll lose your way. One of the locations of the Winter Festival of Lights, unless you want your walking meditation attended by others, you should avoid meditating there in the evening once November 21 — the opening day of the festival — rolls around.

4. Queen’s Royal Park

Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, just a couple blocks from its main shopping and business district, this beautiful park allows for quiet sitting and meditating along the banks of the Niagara River. Quaint and picturesque, you can actually see both Fort Niagara and Lake Ontario from the water’s edge. Especially if you’d like to spend the day shopping in NOTL or visiting one of its stellar wineries, starting your day in meditation at Queen’s Royal Park is ideal.

Niagara affords visitors so many opportunities to appreciate the natural world. If you enjoy meditation, combine the two at one of these four fabulous area green spaces.

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6 More Travel Hacks to Love

September 24th, 2015

image001We received so many positive responses from our last post about travel hacks that we just had to share more! A vacation in Niagara Falls is easy, but traveling to and from any destination can be a pain (in the head, neck, back, and feet). Here are more tips to see you happily and healthily through your next trip to Niagara (or anywhere else).

1. Copy Your IDs

Niagara Falls is — surprisingly to most visitors — in both America and Canada, and you certainly do need a passport to travel to the Canadian side (which boasts the bigger, better waterfalls and most of the famous attractions). Unfortunately, important documents have a habit of going missing in the shuffle. Having a digital or hard copy of your passport, ID card, and itinerary may help you recover faster if your stuff gets lost or stolen.

2. Cover Your Dirty Stuff

If you don’t want sweat or grime to get all over your fresh clothing, you should enclose your dirty stuff in plastic shopping bags to trap in the dirt and smell. You might want to wrap up your shoes before you depart, since they probably already have some debris trapped on them. In a fix, you can also use shower caps to segregate the dirty from the clean.

3. Protect Your Luggage

When you fly, you can tag your luggage as “fragile,” and at no extra cost, your checked bags will receive premium treatment. Instead of getting thrown around like the rest of the passengers’ luggage, your bags will be carried carefully by a loader to the plane, where it will be placed on top of the rest, preventing crushing. Additionally, because of its position in the cargo hold, your bag will be among the first released into the baggage claim area. Not bad for a free sticker.

4. Wear Your Heavy Stuff

image003Heavy clothing — like boots and winter coats — is usually bulky as well, and when suitcase space is at a premium, you might be hesitant to pack them. However, as we enter the second half of the year, Niagara Falls’ temperate weather is turning cool fast, and soon you will need those thick socks and long scarves to enjoy the scenery. You can bring along your heavy, bulky stuff by wearing it onto the plane. As a bonus, thick coats often make excellent pillows, so you can get a good nap while bringing along crucial gear.

5. Avoid the Currency Counter

Exchanging currencies is a hassle no matter where you go — luckily, most places in Niagara Falls accept both American and Canadian dollars. Still, if you must exchange your currency, you should stay far away from with airport converters. They charge additional fees and usually aren’t fair with their rates. Instead, you can exchange cash at banks or ATMs for a more reliable trade.

6. Look Like a Local

For the most rewarding travel experience, you should avoid common tourist tropes, like:

  • Keeping your nose in the guidebook
  • Seeing the destination through a camera lens
  • Eating at familiar restaurants
  • Using your native language
  • Dressing for comfort rather than custom

By avoiding what you are used to and trying to look like a local, you will likely have amazing new experiences you won’t soon forget. When you are in Niagara Falls, you can pick up some Canadian slang, eat a few Canadian treats, and generally enjoy life north of the border.

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4 Free Things to Do in Niagara Parks

September 17th, 2015

image001Niagara Falls is arguably the best vacation destination in the world — not just because it caters to all sorts of travelers, not just because it offers unparalleled natural beauty, and not just because it is nearby, but because it is entirely, 100 percent budget-friendly. If you don’t believe us, check out these four free activities you can do within our parks.

1. Sightsee

It is impossible to come to Niagara Falls and miss the natural feature that gives the city its name. Horseshoe Falls (and American and Bridal Veil Falls on the United States side) are some of the most magnificent waterfalls in the world, and they are the main reason this little nook of Ontario became such an important vacation destination. While a number of big structures have been constructed to provide better views of the Falls, we believe that the best glimpses of the Falls are caught from the various parks scattered around the city.

2. Learn

There are dozens of opportunities to learn about the history and ecology of Niagara Falls in and around Niagara parks. Niagara is an exceedingly fertile region, surrounded by nourishing rivers and lakes that lend nutrients and water to the soil. As a result, there are all sorts of fascinating plants and animals that call Niagara Falls home. You can learn about some of Niagara Falls’ natural ecosystem in the Niagara Falls History Museum, but you can discover even more for yourself (and for free!) by wandering around the parks yourself.

The Niagara Botanical Gardens offers a dazzling display of seasonal blooms as well as a chance to learn more about horticulture. Home to the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, the gardens are often teeming with students and teachers who are happy to explain the science of growing things to interested tourists.

3. Hike

image003Ontario, Canada boasts some of the most beautiful landscapes in a nation of beautiful landscapes, which makes the Niagara region an excellent place to explore nature on foot. There are hundreds of hiking trails around the area designed to cater to all sorts of hiking levels. Most of the trails in Niagara Falls proper are paved with concrete or asphalt to make it easier on novice hikers. For a longer, more intense hike, you can explore portions of Canada’s famous Bruce Trail or take the Niagara River Parkway Recreation Trail along the Niagara River.

The American side of the Falls also boasts some scenic trails. Beginners might want to explore the Great Gorge: Both the Great Gorge Scenic Overlook and the Upper Great Gorge hikes are gentle and easy one- to two-hour hikes. More advanced hikers looking for a challenge can check out the Whirlpool Rapids Adventure Hike, which takes three hours and requires quite a bit of scrambling and boulder-hopping to complete.

4. Rest

With so many things to do and see (and with so many of them absolutely free) you can easily get exhausted running from here to there. However, this trip to Niagara Falls should be a time to rest and relax — and the parks are the perfect place to do that. Find a shady spot to lie down in, close your eyes, and take a break. You can even spread out a blanket and enjoy a picnic meal. Then, you will be ready to conquer your next free adventure in Niagara Falls.

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