Post # 1
Hello bees, DH and I are planning a honeymoon to Niagara Falls in Canada. I was hoping I could get some insight on what else there is to do there besides watching the falls or gambling. I would like to go prepared with some sort of itinerary of things to do so that we can make the most of our time there. Also, are there any romantic restaurants or other romantic activities you can suggest?
Neither of us have been so any suggestions would be wonderful!
Post # 3
@jsrt2012: i would suggest a few days in niagara on the lake, not far from the falls. very cute and romantic. you can stay in a b&b or other small hotel there.
Post # 4
Depends on what time of year you’re going, but I’d say the best attraction in the area is Niagara-on-the-Lake, which is a short drive from Niagara Falls along the Niagara River. It’s such a romantic, quaint little historic town, full of cool shops and small restaurants, and lovely hotels, B+Bs and spas. If you could spare a night away from the Falls proper, I’d look into the Pillar and Post, they have an amazing spa and indoor pool. Also, lots and lots of wineries in the area if you like that sort of thing. The Shaw festival also runs in the area and puts on a number of plays every summer.
As for Niagara Falls proper….well. There are lots of tourist type attractions like the Falls, Maid of the Mist, Clifton Hill and the huge ferris wheel (London Eye style). The 2 big casinos, of course, and the Fallsview has shows or concerts quite frequently. The large hotels usually have nice spas….I’ve been to the Aveda Spa and it was nice enough.
As for romantic restaurants, I’d say the Keg overlooking the Falls is a good option for a scenic view, as are the window tables at the Canyon Creek in the Fallsview Hotel/Casino complex. I’d argue that the best views are at the Table Rock, right at the Horseshoe (Canadian) Falls.
Post # 5
Commenting to follow! I’m trying to plan a long weekend vacation there at some point with DH!
Post # 6
@mypinkshoes: Thank you for the help! I would have never thought of looking into Niagara on the lake.
We will be going within the next month or so. We love wine so the wineries will be great! It all sounds so great. Thank you so much for all the help and suggestions! I will definitely look into it all.
Post # 7
My bf and I actually just visited Niagara Falls this past weekend. We stayed at the Hilton at the falls which was gorgeous! We had a view of the falls from our room as well as a jacuzzi. There is an awesome restaurant in the hotel with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the falls. It’s very romantic and obviously has a great view. Besides gambling, the falls, and other touristy things, we did not find much else to do. However, as other people have pointed out, Niagara on the lake is a really cool town. I know others have mentioned b&bs and spas, but there’s also a lot of wineries. We had a great time wine tasting so I would definitely recommend that if you are planning to go during the summer, spring, or fall.
Post # 8
It’s been many years since I’ve been to that area, but I would suggest planning for a daytime trip to the country just north of there to visit the wineries. I remember having some excellent wine up there.
Post # 9
We’re having our mini-moon in Niagara-on-the-Lake (third year visiting, but we love it!). We absolutely love NOTL and we’ve stayed in the same awesome little B & B every year, B & B Beside the Winery. The Butterfly conservatory is really beautiful, but there’s a lot more to do in NOTL because of all the wineries! Strewn Winery has a fantastic restaurant attached. We also loved the restaurant at Ravine Winery, but the wine is very expensive. If you’re willing to drive about 20 minutes, you can also go to Jordan (Beamsville Bench), where they have several other top-notch wineries and restaurants. Vineland Estates is probably the best winery/restaurant in the area, although Cave Spring/Inn on the Twenty Restaurant is fantastic, too. If you like theatre, there is the Shaw Festival, but I don’t know when you’re going, so it might not be running. Now I’m all excited for my mini-moon!!!
Post # 10
I haven’t been to the Niagara region since I was a kid, but thought I’d suggest Marine Land anyways. Not romantic, but it was a lot of fun!
Also, the following website is a good resource for more info on wineries in Ontario.
Post # 11
I am getting so excited to get away with my DH! Thanks so much bees, all of this help is very much appreciated.
It all sounds fabulous, I cannot wait to visit.
Post # 12
i would plan to venture away from the actual city of Niagara Falls – once you’ve done all the falls related things you’re in a serious tourist trap full of overpriced restaurants and Ripley’s attractions – it is a super gorgeous place don’t get me wrong but I can’t imagine spending more than a day or two there. There are a lot of vineyards nearby and Niagara on the Lake is really gorgeous
Post # 13
If you have never been…I would definitely do the touristy things also. There are wax museums and Ripleys Believe it or Not. I love the Maid of the Mist and going behind the falls. Also, if you have time to go to the New York side they have a walkway where you can go down and get closer to the falls (prepare to get wet if you do that though)…it is a lot of fun. Also, seeing the falls lit up at night is gorgeous.
Post # 14
@jsrt2012: definitely head over to Niagara on the Lake. It is just so gorgeous. You can also go on tours of wineries. When you are in Niagara Falls, definitely go along the “strip” and go into the Ripley’s museum, glow in the dark golf, etc. Also be sure to check out the Hersey Chocolate store for some sweet treats!
Post # 15
Not sure about the Canadian side, but DH is from Buffalo! He says to go on a wine tour (Niagara wine is SO AMAZING–try Catawba, or Crackling Catawba!)
And if you dance, you have to go dancing downtown!
Post # 16
@jsrt2012: I got all excited opening this post to tell you how beautiful Niagra on the Lake is but 27 people beat me to it 😉 It’s really beautiful though, good restaurants, very cute, nice hotels. I love the falls, you’ll have a blast 🙂