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Questions About Visiting Niagara Falls

How many people visit the Falls each year?

It is estimated that roughly 13 million people visit Niagara Falls each year. Peak season is June through August.

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When do they light up the falls?

Illuminated Niagara Falls2013 Falls Illumination Schedule

January 1 – January 31: 5 PM – Midnight
February 1 – February 28: 6:30 PM – 10 PM
March 1 – March 9: Mon – Thurs 7 PM – 10 PM
March 10 – March 31: Mon – Thurs 8:30 PM – 10 PM
April 1 – April 30: Mon – Thurs 8:30 PM – 11 PM
* Fridays and Saturdays in March and April “off time” is midnight
May 1 – August 15: 9 PM – Midnight
August 16 – September 30: 8:30 PM – Midnight
October 1 – November 1: 7 PM – Midnight
November 2 – December 30: 5 PM – Midnight
December 31: 5 PM – 1 AM

The illumination display takes 21 xenon lights rated at 4,000 watts each. 11 of those are directed towards the Horseshoe Falls, 9 on the American Falls and one centered on the Bridal Veil Falls. The bulbs last about 4 months and cost $1100 each to replace.

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When are the fireworks?

Winter Fireworks shows are every Friday night at 9 p.m. from November 9, 2012 to January 25, 2013.

FireworksThe rest of the year:
Every Friday, Sunday & Holiday
Mid-May through the first weekend of September
10:00 p.m.

Holiday Fireworks:
Victoria Day, May 21
Memorial Day, May 28
Canada Day, July 1
Independence Day, July 4
Civic Holiday, August 6

All dates and times subject to change and dependent upon weather and wind conditions.

Queen Victoria Park in Canada, one of the best places to view the falls, will be featuring a free concert preceding the fireworks at 8pm on Fridays and Sundays.

The fireworks show can be seen from either side, although some portions of Queen Victoria Park will be roped off for safety reasons during the display. By far the best place to view the show is from the observation deck of the Skylon Tower.

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What Casinos are near Niagara Falls?

In recent decades, large Casino resorts have moved into both sides of the Niagara Falls border. The opening of such casinos has ushered in a new age of tourism for Niagara Falls. Once thought to be a tourist trap of cheesy, family oriented side-shows, both cities now draw in visitors with lavish gaming halls and resort accommodations. There are currently three casinos in the Niagara Falls vicinity: one on the US side and two in Canada.

On the US side

Seneca Niagara CasinoThe Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel

A massive casino and the only one on the American side, Seneca-Niagara offers plenty of slots and table games as well as shops, restaurants and world-class shows. The resort features unrivaled luxury accommodations and a first-class spa. The casino floor has an area of 112,590 square feet with an impressive 4,222 slot machines. Distance from the Falls: 3,000 ft. 

On the Canadian side:

Fallsview CasinoFallsview Casino Resort

The single largest provincial investment ever made in the Niagara region and is currently the largest commercial development in Canada. The 2.5 million square foot complex includes more than 3,000 slot machines and 150 gaming tables, a 368-room five-star hotel, fine-dining restaurants, a health spa, shopping mall, a 1,500-seat theatre and more. Distance from the Falls: 2,000 ft.

Casino NiagaraCasino Niagara

The first casino constructed near Niagara Falls. Featuring 1,700 slot and video poker machines, 70 tables of gaming excitement, three restaurants, three bars and live music performances. The Market Buffet serves an all-you-can-eat menu inspired by cuisine from around the world. The Sports Section offers multi-sport wagering with plush seating and walls of HD screens. Distance from the Falls: 3,000 ft.

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What tours of Niagara Falls are available?

Various tours are available from numerous businesses on either side of the border.

Name

Phone

Description

AAA approved?

Price

Bedore Tours 800-538-8433 Bus tour departing from various US and Canadian hotels as well as NYC. Charters also available. Covers major attractions. yes $$
Gray Line of Niagara Falls 716-695-1603 A wide variety of tour packages for the Canadian side, as well as the American side and Buffalo tours. yes $$$
Magic Mist Limousine 716-284-7040 Limousine service serving Buffalo and Niagara Falls, NY. Various tours offered. no $$$$
Magnificent Tours Niagara Falls 888-614-8687 A wide variety of tour packages including a Niagara-on-the-Lake wine tour and winter Festival of Lights tour. no $$
National Helicopter Tours 905-641-2222 Several helicopter tours. Sights you will never be able to see by land. no $$$$
Mob Tours 716-578-4939 Learn about the Magaddino crime boss family. no $$
Niagara Majestic Tours 877-285-2113 A wide variety of tour packages including one that covers both sides of the border. Custom tours and airport pickup available. Tours start from either side. no $$
Over the Falls Tours 877-783-8900 Various tours in full or half day packages, including customized tours. Offers an American side package. yes $$
Rainbow Air Helicopter Tours 716.284.2800 Several helicopter tours. Sights you will never be able to see by land. no $$$$
Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours 1-888-438-4444 Travel up the Niagara River to the Whirlpool rapids in this 1500hp speedboat. Prepare to get wet. Departs from US and Canadian shores. no $$

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Where can one play Golf at Niagara Falls?

Golf is big business in the Niagara region. Several public courses are open on either side of the river, with several more in the making. Most courses close to the falls lie on the Canadian side, while in the United States, more courses can be found further south towards Tonawanda and Buffalo. Unfortunately, no course will give you a view of the Falls, but the Whirlpool Golf Club is positioned along the Niagara Gorge just above the Whirlpool Rapids.

Golf courses in the Niagara region have lush rolling hills and plenty of ponds. Most courses provide driving ranges and putting greens for warming up and clubhouses and accommodation packages for extended stays. We highly recommend you call ahead to confirm fees and tee times. We compiled a list of the most popular public courses near Niagara Falls:

On the American side:

Name

Distance
from Falls

Par

Holes

Yardage

Driving range

Green fees

Map

Beaver Island State Golf Course 14 mi (23 km) 72 18 6652 yes $$ map
Brighton Park Golf Course 17 mi (27 km) 72 18 6530 no $$ map
Deerwood Golf Course 16 mi (26 km) 72 27 6948 yes $ map
Delaware Park Golf Course 21 mi (34 km) 68 18 5359 no $ map
Hyde Park Golf Course 5 mi (8 km) 70 36 6255 yes $$ map
Niagara Falls Country Club 7.2 mi (12 km) 70 18 6621 yes Private map
River Oaks Golf Course 13 mi (21 km) 71 18 6483 yes $$ map
Sheridan Park Golf Course 14 mi (23 km) 71 18 6534 yes $$ map

On the Canadian side:

Name

Distance
from Falls

Par

Holes

Yardage

Driving range

Green fees

Map

Beechwood Golf & Country Club 7 mi (12 km) 72 18 6550 no $$ map
Eagle Valley Golf Club 4 mi (7 km) 63 18 3253 yes $ map
Grand Niagara Resort 5 mi (8 km) 72 18 7560 no $$$$ map
Legends on the Niagara 5 mi (8 km) 72 45 7019 yes $$$ map
Loch Ness Links 16 mi (25 km) 72 18 6884 yes $$$ map
Links of Niagara at Willodell 7 mi (12 km) 71 18 6407 yes $$ map
Niagara Falls Golf Club 4 mi (7 km) 72 18 6135 yes $$ map
Niagara-On-The-Lake Golf Club 15 mi (24 km) 72 9 5875 no $$ map
Oaklands Golf Club 3 mi (5 km) 72 18 6288 yes $$ map
Peach Trees Golf 14 mi (22 km) 28 9 1375 no $ map
Queenston Golf Club 8 mi (12 km) 35 9 2857 no $ map
Rolling Meadows Golf & Country Club 9 mi (14 km) 70 18 6500 no $$ map
Royal Niagara Golf Club 9 mi (14 km) 70 27 6500 no $ map
Thundering Waters Golf Club 1.3 mi (2 km) 72 18 7000+ no $$$$ map
Whirlpool Golf Club 5 mi (8 km) 72 18 7019 no $$$ map

 

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