Weekend Getaways to Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is one of those perfect places to plan a weekend getaway. The region is full of natural wonder and beauty, exciting tourist excursions, world class animal attractions, museums and art galleries and a place to get married if you want to turn your weekend getaway to Niagara Falls into a magnificent life changing event.

The first thing every visitor to Niagara Falls has to take in is the magnificent Niagara Falls themselves. There are a number of different ways to explore the falls and take in their beauty so choose one or more options to see them from every angle.  At Journey Behind the Falls you get a private tour behind the scenes if you will. The thunderous roar of the falls is even more thrilling from the other side of the curtain of water as you travel deep behind the Horseshoe Falls. Elevators take you 150 feet down through rock to the Cataract Portal and the Great Falls Portal which gives you a view from the upper and lower observation decks. As you’re watching, remember that you’re watching one fifth of the world’s fresh water crashing around you. In the winter months it’s a little chilly behind the falls but it’s something that isn’t to be missed as the mist around you freezes into ice formations that are as unique and incredible as snowflakes. In the summer months you can expect to get a little wet but you’ll receive a souvenir biodegradable rain poncho to provide some protection. The Maid of the Mist lets you view the falls from the water below on the Maid of the Mist. As one of the oldest tourist attractions in North America the Maid of the Mist has been in operation since 1846 and gives visitors an up close and personal view of the waterfalls as they crash into the water around you. The Niagara Skywheel gives you a remarkable view from the sky. The Niagara Skywheel is an amazing way to gaze and the magnificent falls from one of the tallest Ferris wheels in North America, standing a full 175 feet in the air. Not only do you get to take in the spectacular waterfalls, both the Horseshoe and American Falls, but you also get to see the surrounding Niagara River area. The Skylon Tower is another great way to glimpse the incredible Niagara Falls from the sky. With enclosed exterior elevators which take you to the top in a speedy 52 seconds, uncovering all of the sites are you are swept upward. At the top of the tower are two revolving restaurants so you can relax and take in the complete 360 degree view while having a fine dining experience.

Doris Butterfly Conservatory Niagara Parks Ontario-mrkathika600Creative Commons License Photo credit: mrkathika

Doris Butterfly Conservatory Niagara Parks Ontario

After the Falls the area has some incredible wildlife attractions which are fun and educational for every visitor, especially families. The Niagara Falls Aviary/Bird Kingdom is an historical landmark, housed in the old Spirella Corset Factory from 1907, it is one of the first poured concrete buildings ever made in Canada. The building went through a few transformations until 2000 when it grew an extension and became the Bird Kingdom. The huge collection of aviary friends is an awesome sight for guests of every age. For more winged fun, the Butterfly Conservatory will provide a stark contrast to the roaring falls with its soothing calm and gentle beauty. More than 2000 dazzling tropical butterflies flutter through the exotic greenery. Spend your time meandering through the paths in the rainforest setting which includes a pond and a waterfall. At Marineland you move from the air to deep beneath the sea. Marineland is an exciting adventure park for the entire family. Whether you’re looking to be entertained by trained creatures from the sea, seeking an educational experience or hoping for a wild ride, you’ll be satisfied by your experience at Marineland. Perhaps the most adorable animal on the entire planet is the beluga whale, at Marineland you get the rare opportunity to interact with a beluga whale at a feeding and touching experience, if you ask me, this is worth the trip alone. In addition to a beluga whale exhibit there is a killer whale area which includes regular splash and jump performances. In addition to many marine mammal and interactive animal exhibits there are a number of very exciting amusement park rides that you can ride over and over again.

For a touch of culture and to learn more about the area the Niagara Science Museum is new entrant into the local culture scene having opened formally in May 2009, but its already become a popular attraction for locals and tourists who want to learn more about the role of science in developing humanity. If it’s art you’re looking for then the Niagara Falls Art Gallery is the place to stop with its incredible display of William Kurelek Art Collection, personal papers, and his library. The permanent collection also features a collection of John Burtniak artwork which is a historical documentation of the falls from the 1700s to the 1950s. A totally different type of museum, the Daredevil Museum of Niagara Falls lets you discover the truth behind all of the legends of those crazy folks who attempted to ride over the falls in barrels and there are people who have done it and survived and there are those who have perished.

And finally, if your weekend getaway to Niagara Falls is a romantic one, you can turn this trip into the most romantic one of your lifetime with a little visit at The Falls Wedding Chapel. There are a number of wedding chapels in the area so you don’t have to opt for this specific one, but choose wisely because just like in Las Vegas, some of these chapels are nicer than others and some offer better package deals with even free hotel stays for couples.

But whether you decide to tie the knot or not in Niagara Falls, there is still a ton of things for individuals, couples, groups or families to do on a weekend getaway. Its are great escape like none other in the world.