How to Have a Romantic Getaway in Niagara Falls

Long known as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World,” Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada is a wonderful vacation destination. Cozy accommodations, intimate dining and gorgeous scenery create a perfect romantic getaway. Spring, summer and fall are best for exploring the area’s attractions and activities, but winter offers a range of romantic escapes as well.

Visit the Falls. To get to know the Falls and the region better, stop by one of the city's visitor centers for information on tours and historic sites, helpful maps and answers to any questions about staying in and getting around the city.

Take a Niagara Wine Tour. It’s a leisurely drive through an impressive array of vineyards nestled between the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario. While in the area visit Artpark, in Lewiston, a quaint village just north of Niagara Falls. The park features a full range of arts from visual to performing. Plan to spend some time in charming Niagara-on-the-Lake, and stay the night at one of the cozy, romantic bed and breakfasts, like Addison's located in "Old Town" Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Enjoy dining possibilities here in several romantic restaurants with great views, like the Niagara Falls Skylon. It stands at 775 feet and the Revolving Dining Room at the top of the tower in the Dome will delight you. The restaurant turns at one rotation per hour, the food is wonderful and the views are breathtaking. Then stroll outside to the Observation Deck. On a clear day, you can see most of southern Ontario and Buffalo, New York as well as Toronto's skyline, which is about 90 minutes away.

Head for the Falls and watch the spectacular nighttime view when the waterfall is illuminated. Every evening beginning at dusk you’ll see the colors of the rainbow. An awesome fireworks display also lights up the night through early September. Visit in winter and see the Festival of Lights. It’s breathtaking. A variety of free concerts are held in Victoria Park, right across the street from the Falls during Christmas and New Years. Another romantic time to visit is Valentine’s Day. Bundle up and snuggle your significant other as you go for a horse-drawn carriage ride along the scenic Niagara Parkway.

At day's end, try some gambling. You don't have to be a gambler to enjoy dropping some change into the slot machines. Try your luck at one of the 1,700 slot machines and more than 60 gaming tables at Casino Niagara, located in the heart of downtown. Or, head to Fallsview Casino and Resort, an incredible hi-rise overlooking the falls.

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  • Fly to Buffalo International Airport. It's the closest to Niagara Falls. Shuttle buses are available from the airport directly to Niagara Falls, Ontario. Call 800-551-9369 for more information.
  • Consider renting a car at the airport. This will give you the freedom to explore the area. From Buffalo, the best approach to the falls is to cross the Peace Bridge into Ontario.
  • You must have official proof of citizenship plus photo I.D. to visit Canada.


About the Author

Kathryn Radeff began writing professionally in 1982. A versatile writer, she has contributed to numerous publications, including "Woman's World," "The Buffalo News," "Buffalo Spree," "Reader's Digest" and "USA Today." Radeff studied theater and dance at the University of New York at Buffalo for two years. Following a 20-year career as a fitness instructor and dance educator, she now specializes in writing about health issues.

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