Post # 1
So our honeymoon, if we have one, will either be cheap or non-existant. Originally, we decided buying a house was more important than a vacation but I think we’re really going to need a few days to unwind after the wedding, even if it’s just a long weekend.
I’m always getting groupons and living social deals for beautiful looking hotels and resorts in Niagra Falls. Is it all it’s cracked up to be? How much is there really to do there? Any suggestions of places to go right over the border in Canada?
FI and I love road trips, and it is driveable for us so I’m thinking this could be an interesting alternative to a beach honeymoon. Would love some suggestions!! Thanks!!
Post # 3
@BurlapnLace: I went to school in Buffalo, NY and we would venture to Niagara Fall, ONT for fun on the weekends. They have a couple of casinos but I must say, the view of the falls is worth it. Definitely worth spending the day there. SE ONT also has vineyards. I never visited them but maybe someone else can chime in. I went to Marine World once when I was in 8th grade or so and that was fun too.
I’d recommend an overnight in NF, ONT. NF, USA is a hole and you miss the great views. The Canadian falls view is where it’s at.
Post # 4
Yes, go Canadian. We ended up driving and then going to Niagara on the Lake too, for a winery tour and tasting. We got a Groupon deal for the hotel since it was the off season too
Post # 5
@BurlapnLace: We also live a drive away from Niagara Falls and go a few times a year mostly so we can cross the border and go shopping. Our favourite hotel to stay in is the Hilton on the Canadain side. The beds are soooo comfortable and we usually get a room with a falld view. We will probably gofor our one year anniversary because our yearly trip to Cuba is just not feesible for us to do this year
Post # 6
Haha my hands must have gone to jell-o, I spelled Niagara all screwy. Isn’t there a way to edit your topics??
Post # 7
I went there once (Canadian side). I was only there for a day and I wish that we had spent longer there! They have some cool wax museum type things, and the Maid of the Mist is always a good thing to try. It’s just a cool vibe there in general… lots of good photo ops.
Post # 8
Niagara Falls is quite lovely. There are also a TON of wineries a short drive away in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Some Groupons include winery tours or tastings too, which is nice. The view of the Canadian falls is incredible and something that should be seen at least once. 🙂
I’m from Ontario and live about an hour and a half away from NF, so I’ve been there a bajillion times but still really enjoy the area. In fact, my fiance and I went for a couple days over Christmas this past year and really enjoyed it. I second stay on the Canadian side but shop on the American side. 🙂
Post # 9
The Canadian side is the side with views. I wouldn’t say that it’s a honeymoon destination though – as much as the US side is a hole, the Canadian side is kind of grimey and too touristy (the only thing I can really liken it to is Blackpool in the UK). You won’t be getting much privacy.
That might just be me though… I’m not into tourist excursions, and Niagara Falls is the epitomy of “herd people in with the cheese factor”.
Post # 10
I live in NY so going to Niagara Falls is something I’ve done a lot. I wouldn’t go to the American side, it’s not as nice and there isn’t anything to do.
On the Canadian side you should get a room with stunning views of the falls, it’s worth it. There are casinos, Clifton Hill that has bars, restaurants, fun stuff to do, and I’ve heard but never been to the local vineyards!
Post # 11
@Bazinga: How much time can one reasonably spend there?
Post # 12
I’d say like 2-3 nights? That is for me at least. When I go it’s usually to see family and gamble, we spend 1 night hanging around Clifton Hill.
Where are you located and how far are you willing to drive?
Post # 13
@BurlapnLace: I love Niagara Falls and live fairly close, so we go often. I’ve been to both sides, and honestly the Canadian side is the best, because you get to view both falls clearly and there is more to do. The NY side is just… boring. And the view is terrible.
3-4 days is definitely reasonable and gives you time to do a lot of things. It’s nice to get a hotel room with a view of the falls, but those tend to be more expensive. Most hotels are only a short walk away from the falls anyways. There are a lot of tourist attractions along Clifton Hill, and of course along the river and around the falls. Lots of casinos, fun stores, and great restaurants.
If you like wine, definitely do a tour of a Niagara winery. There are several, and sometimes you can get a package tour (like you can tour 2 or 3 for a discount).
Post # 14
I live somewhat close to Niagara Falls and went back a couple years ago, after not having been since I was a child. Its rough.. very run down and dirty.
The Canadian side is better, but I can’t imagine spending any longer than a day there. I’d stay at the Sheraton since there aren’t many nice options, and they at least have the sleep easy beds. You can see the falls.. and then go elsewhere.
You’d likely have a much more romantic time in Niagara on the Lake/ visiting the wineries located around Niagara. There are actual good restaurants in NOTL and its cleaner, more picturesque, and not as touristy.
Post # 15
@BurlapnLace: Come to Canada. The falls are gorgeous. I wouldn’t reasonably plan to spend more than 2 days actually in Niagara Falls – it’s a tourist trap. You can do everything that’s worth doing (all the tours, walk the stip) comfortably in 2 days – 1 day if you pack it in.
Totally recommend the Maid of the Mist, wish we’d done the Falls Walk but we didn’t. Wine country has some great tours, depending on the time of year I know people who’ve done it on bicycles (if you’re in to that sort of thing).
If you’re looking for a couple day honeymoon, somewhere pretty, with some cute shops geared at tourists (packed with knicknaks and souveniers) that’s easily walkable and has lots of restautants – it’s pretty perfect.
Post # 16
@MsGinkgo: They don’t have Maid of the Mist anymore on the Canadian side. It was bought out by an American company and now it’s just on the NY side with a port at the Rainbow bridge. My mom went on it in October and said it pales in comparison, that it’s not like it used to be because they only hang out around the American falls 🙁