Questions About Visiting Niagara Falls
It is estimated that roughly 13 million people visit Niagara Falls each year. Peak season is June through August.
2013 Falls Illumination Schedule
January 1 – January 31: 5 PM – Midnight
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.
Winter Fireworks shows are every Friday night at 9 p.m. from November 9, 2012 to January 25, 2013.
The rest of the year:
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
Various tours are available from numerous businesses on either side of the border.
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:
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