There are a lot of things to do and places to visit for those planning a weekend stay in Niagara Falls, New York. From museums and concerts to great restaurants, Niagara Falls, NY has attractions for every kind of visitor. Some of the must-do things to do in Niagara Falls, New York, are:
Explore Niagara Falls State Park:
The Niagara Falls is located in this state park, which is open 24 hours a day all year round. The park is sometimes closed during the winter months due to icy conditions. Entry into the park itself is free, though some of the attractions inside the park are ticketed.
All the main attractions are accessible from within the park. Some of the places/things to experience in the park are:
- Goat Island
- View American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls
- Cave of the Winds
- Terrapin Point
- Luna Island
- Prospect Point and Prospect Point Observation Tower
- Maid of the Mist
- Crow’s Nest
- Niagara Scenic Trolley
- Niagara Adventure Theater
- Aquarium of Niagara
Visit a winery:
The Niagara region is famous for its wines, ciders, and icewines. Enjoy the beautiful countryside and the picturesque vineyards as you spend some time travelling from one winery to the next tasting wines at each of the wineries you visit.
Be dazzled by a fireworks display:
Every year, between May and October, there is a fireworks show on the weekends at 10:00 p.m. (Friday-Sunday and on holiday Mondays). The fireworks are set off from the base of the Niagara Gorge on the Canadian side of the border. You can view the short fireworks display from Niagara Falls State Park.
Every evening beginning at dusk and ending at midnight, Niagara Falls is illuminated in beautiful colors by LED lights located on the Canadian side. You can take a late night stroll in Niagara Falls State Park in the summer and enjoy the light show, which continues till 2:00 a.m. in the summer months.
Events and festivals:
There are always music, art, wine and food festivals taking place in Niagara Falls, USA. Take a look at the events calendar for annual events taking place while you are in Niagara Falls, USA. There are many events to choose from. Old Falls Street always has free family games, music and outdoor movies that you can check out. For more events, please click here.
Jet Boat Tour:
If you have time, you should definitely try out the jet boat rides on the Niagara River. Travel through the Niagara Gorge and over the whitewater rapids at Devil’s Hole and into the Niagara Whirlpool. You will be completely drenched by the open jet boat ride and will need a change of clothes. There is also a closed dome jet boat ride in which passengers remain dry.
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino:
You can stay at the Seneca Niagara Resort while in Niagara Falls, USA. The casino has many games; you can try the slot machines or the table games. The resort also has many restaurants and cuisine options. It is a great place to spend a weekend.
Shop at Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA:
A premier outlet shopping destination with 200+ designer brand name stores, unique retailers and a wide range of merchandise. There are exciting discounts on offer throughout the year.
Helicopter tour of Niagara Falls:
This 15-minute helicopter ride over the Niagara Falls will be the highlight of your Niagara Falls stay. The vistas of the Niagara wine region, Niagara River and Niagara Gorge are a beautiful sight. Passengers are flown over the Niagara Falls and the view does not disappoint.
If you are interested in history and monuments from the early 19th century, you should definitely visit the lovely Oakwood Cemetery in Niagara Falls, NY. Some of the daredevils who attempted going over the Niagara Falls are buried here. It is a lovely cemetery with beautiful gardens, trees and endearing monuments to the deceased.
Old Fort Niagara:
This restored 18th century fort near Youngstown is one of the most scenic places. Located at the mouth of the Niagara River on Lake Ontario, it was originally built by the French. There are hourly musket demonstrations every day and you can learn about garrison life in the 18th and 19th centuries. There are also battle reenactments, military music, artillery and Native American demonstrations on some days.
Some of the other places that you could visit in Niagara Falls, New York, are Hyde Park, Niagara Aerospace Museum, Whirlpool State Park, Devil’s Hole State Park, and Artpark.