(Closed) Niagara Falls honeymoon

posted 4 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I vacationed there for a couple days, what do you want to know? I was on the Canada side. It is surprisingly small from what I expected. The main tourist area has the attractions expected, similar to Hollywood Blvd. I had a fantastic dinner at a brewery pop-up, one of the best I have had but it was temporary and I forget the name. Did the Maiden of the Mist, while it is so expected it is something to be crossed off a bucket list. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

American side is very limited, and not the best view of the falls. Canadian side has a great view. 

Tourist attraction-wise, besides the falls, there’s a lot of the typical things like Hard Rock Cafe, Wax Museum, casino, etc., plus all of the Falls related stuff (Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, the jet boat ride thing). 

However, if you travel some ways away from Niagara into Canada, there’s Niagara on the Lake (huge wine trail!) and Botanical Gardens, and a few other things (can’t think of right off the top of my head!). Toronto is a few hours (2ish I think?) which is worth it if you don’t mind driving!

I live in upstate NY and visit often (FI is a reservist at the Air Force base there). 

It all depends on what you want to do, but there is quite a few options!

Post # 4
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Busy bee

You should visit Niagara-on-the-lake. It’s super quaint with tons of great, romantic hotels. There’s a nice little downtown and a bunch of cycling trials along the water/escarpment. You can rent bicycles in town easily. It’s also wine country so there are tons of vineyards and most have great reataurants. Try Peller Estates. It’s my favourite! Niagara-on-the-lake is only about 20 minutes from Niagara Falls so you can easily visit both. Another spot I really love out there is Inn on the Twenty. Same general area but it’s in Jordan. Great restaurant, amazing hotel, nice spa, cute little town and also a vineyard to tour.

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g154999-Niagara_on_the_Lake_Ontario-Vacations.html

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I went there on a business trip. Great memory. The Falls is spectacular on both sides, but even more amazing on the Canadian side. There was a casino that interested a lot of people, but not me, so I spent time walking around the village/shops. This was only a three day trip, most of it spent on business meetings, so I am sure there is even more than I got to see.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I wouldn’t honeymoon there– it wouldn’t be a “once in a lifetime” experience I think most people hope their honeymoon will be.  Many of the attractions are very “tourist trap”, and I found the food to be expensive and sub-par, especially in the Clifton Hill area.

Agree with a PP that the wine trails might be more romantic and novel.  If I REALLY was set on honeymooning in Canada (I live here so I wouldn’t, but you might!) I would hit up lake Louise (which is out west) and/or Whistler, or grab a cabin up North and rent a boat, or perhaps Quebec City if you have a basic understanding of French.  There are just areas I feel aren’t only there to “take your money” and actually have a lot of thrill/history/culture to offer!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

We are going to do a mini-moon there for a few days after our wedding (and doing a full honeymoon to Hawaii about 6 months later). Fiance has never been to Niagara, and we’re getting marrie in upstate NY, so it seemed like an easy, fun option to take a few days to just decompress on a mini vacation before heading back to work (: 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Sassafraz in Toronto, Ontario

I live in Toronto and Niagara falls is my favorite super affordable weekend getaway. I went in December and will go again in April. 

That said, there isn’t a lot to do there, unless you like casinos. Contrary to what most people have said so far, I found the american side to have much nicer parks. The view might be nicer from our side, but it is very lacking in terms of nature walks, etc. Clifton Hill is super tacky, but that’s part of the fun. The tourist area is very small an walkable. Food is alright and over priced if you don’t shop around a bit, as others have said. 

Niagara parkway is a lovely drive/bike ride and there are a lot of wineries, as others have mentioned. 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

ilovesophia:  highly recommend Niagara on the Lake.  We stayed at the Queens Landing a a week ago and it was wonderful with great service and amazing food. That being said, you probably wouldn’t want to stay longer than two nights before moving on, as the town is small and pricey. 

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