Top Niagara Attractions Reopening in Spring

Niagara Falls comes alive in spring and with the snow melting and sun shining, there are a number of top attractions that re-open their doors to tourists during the warmer seasons. Here are some of the best attractions that you can expect to experience this spring in Niagara:

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Visitors can experience Niagara’s iconic boat tour beginning on April 1st when Hornblower Niagara Cruises begins its 2017 season. This thrilling boat ride takes you right up close to the thundering Horseshoe Falls where you will feel the mist and experience the true power of the waterfall’s rushing waters.

Safari Niagara

Safari Niagara opens its doors to the public again on May 13th and visitors can go to experience thousands of birds and animals in a 150-acre nature park. With free walking tours, interactive demonstrations, a petting zoo, picnic areas, and more it is the perfect outdoor destination for visitors young and old.

Whirlpool Aero Car

Opening for the season on April 14th, Niagara’s Whirpool Aero Car takes guests over top of the incredible Niagara Whirlpool, which is a very powerful natural whirlpool located in the beautiful Niagara Gorge. Visitors will experience unparalleled views of the gorge and whirlpool from the aero car, which is itself an impressive and one-of-a-kind engineering feat.

Journey Behind the Falls Lower Observation Deck

Journey Behind the Falls’ Lower Observation is closed during the winter due to a buildup of ice and snow, but as soon as it is all melted and the deck is once again accessible, guests can visit the Lower Observation Deck to experience remarkable views of the Horseshoe Falls from below.

A stay at the Crowne Plaza Fallsview hotel will put you very close to the magnificent Niagara Falls as well to a number of these exciting attractions. Niagara Falls has countless entertainment, dining, and hotel destinations to experience and because many of them will soon be opening their doors again for a brand new season, this spring is the perfect time to plan your next visit to wonderful Niagara Falls.

Must-See Concerts and Shows Coming to Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is a world-class destination that hosts many popular musicians, comics, and entertainers from all around the globe, offering one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences in a truly spectacular setting. And if you’re planning a visit to Niagara Falls in the upcoming month, here are some of the great concerts and shows that you can check out and enjoy:

Voca People

Voca People is a totally unique eight-person group that entertains audiences with a clever mix of acappella singing and beat-boxing. This brilliant fusion of musical styles makes this show a must-see for anyone looking to get their fill of music, comedy, and theatre all in one place. They will be performing at Fallsview Casino Resort from January 25th-29th and tickets are available online and at the casino’s Box Office.

Man in the Mirror

This show will take you on an incredible musical journey through the career of Michael Jackson, one of the greatest entertainers of all time. You can enjoy the King of Pop’s music at this one-of-a-kind show from February 14th-19th at Fallsview Casino Resort.

Chantal Kreviazuk Dinner & Concert

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s award-winning Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery is hosting a very special evening on February 19th that will feature amazing wine, delicious food, and live entertainment from Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk. Only 120 tickets are available for this intimate evening, so make sure to book your tickets now to ensure you are a part of this spectacular event.

Chris Rock

Multi-Grammy and Emmy award-winning comedian Chris Rock will be hosting three live shows at Fallsview Casino Resort from February 21st-23rd. Don’t miss this Saturday Night Live alum’s hilarious stand-up show, which will have audiences laughing and show them what makes Chris Rock one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time.

Art Garfunkel: In Close-Up

Legendary folk-pop musician Art Garfunkel is putting on a show for one night only on February 25th at Fallsview Casino Resort. One half of iconic duo Simon & Garfunkel, Art Garfunkel’s concert is sure to delight fans and make for an incredibly special and entertaining evening in Niagara Falls.

Where to Experience World-Famous Icewine While Visiting Niagara Falls

Winter is in full swing in Niagara Falls and one of the highlights of the snowy season is definitely the production and availability of the region’s world-famous icewine. Niagara icewine is a sweet and delicious dessert wine that everyone should experience at least once in their lives, which is why we have compiled a list of some of the best places to find it while visiting Niagara Falls:

Niagara Icewine Festival

From January 27th-29th, the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls will be transformed into a winter wonderland where you can experience wines from over 20 Niagara wineries, delicious culinary creations from some of the region’s top chefs, and amazing live entertainment. It’s a great way to sample a variety of icewines all in one place and try one-of-a-kind icewine-inspired creations like Peller Estates delicious icewine marshmallows.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Village

From January 21st-22nd, Queen Street in the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake will be transformed into a spectacular Icewine Village in celebration of the region’s famous liquid gold. Guests can sample icewines from world-class Niagara wineries, taste amazing icewine-inspired dishes from top chefs, and have a truly unique winter experience in charming Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Niagara Brewing Company

While this craft brewery by the Falls isn’t serving up icewine in the traditional sense, it is offering a specially-brewed limited-edition Icewine Beer that brings you the best of both worlds all in one bottle. This 9.7% brew brings the complex tastes of wine to a malty cereal grain beer that also features a lingering tropical fruit sweetness. It’s a one-of-a-kind beer that is available only for a limited-time, so make sure to stop by the brewery before it’s gone.

There is no shortage of icewine-inspired events happening throughout Niagara, so when planning your winter getaway to the city make sure to set aside some time for an unforgettable “liquid gold” experience.

Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls: An 87 Year Legacy of Elegance and Charm

cp_340x345It’s been 87 years since the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview opened its doors to the public, welcoming guests from all over the world to stay in the hotel then known as the General Brock Hotel. Named after the general who valiantly defended Upper Canada during the War of 1812, the General Brock Hotel became an historical institution steeped in a rich history that is still worth revisiting and celebrating today.

The Crowne Plaza was considered to be Niagara’s first luxury hotel at the time of its opening and has hosted a number of notable guests over the years since then. Among them are Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret, Shirley Temple, Walt Disney, and perhaps most famously, Marilyn Monroe, who stayed at the hotel during the filming of the 1953 film “Niagara”.

Today, the Crowne Plaza continues to uphold its legacy of elegance and charm by offering remarkable accommodation and dining experiences to every guest who comes to stay. Celebrated Chef Massimo Capra has brought his culinary prowess to the hotel’s incredible Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra restaurant and has crafted a menu that showcases the rich bounty of Niagara in innovative and modern Italian dishes.

Chef Massimo Capra has specially designed the Milli-Stratto Lasagna dish currently on the Rainbow Room’s menu in celebration of the Crowne Plaza’s 87th anniversary. It combines 87 layers of hand-rolled pasta, Massimo’s signature bolognese, bechamel, and grana padano to make an incredibly unique and delicious dish.

The Crowne Plaza is a celebrated institution that offers guests incredible 4-star Fallsview accommodation just steps from the thundering waterfalls. So when visiting Niagara Falls, be sure to immerse yourself in the hotel’s rich history and book a stay at the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview to experience all of the luxury and charm for yourself.

A Disabled Person’s Guide to Niagara Falls

cpblog7Traveling can be challenging and stressful for many people, but for those with a disability those challenges are compounded exponentially. A vacation for a disabled person requires much more thought, planning, and research than it might for someone without a disability.

Luckily, Niagara and Canada as a whole strive to make every public space accessible to the disabled, which means that a vacation to Niagara Falls can be simpler to plan and execute than other destinations. If you or someone you’re traveling with has a disability this is a list of hotels, restaurants, attractions, and more that can make your visit to Niagara Falls one to remember.

Hotels and Lodging

As any disabled traveler knows, planning ahead is the key to a successful vacation and this planning usually starts with the choice of lodging. Hotels are required to have fully accessible bathrooms in public spaces and a certain number of accessible rooms available. In some cases these rooms are limited so booking ahead is key.

Calling the hotel directly is often the best way to explain your needs and ensure that you book a room that suits you. All hotels also welcome service animals.

Attractions

cpblog8Of course, the main attraction in Niagara are the majestic falls themselves, and all viewing areas are fully accessible to those in a wheelchair, although your view might be slightly cut off by the railing. A great, unobstructed view can be had at Horseshoe Landing Patio Grill at the Table Rock Welcome Centre.

Stick around the Table Rock Welcome Centre for their almost fully accessible Journey Behind the Falls tour. You’ll ride an elevator down and take a wheelchair-friendly path to see the view of the falls from behind, which is always a thrilling experience.

Hornblower Cruises is also fully accessible for visitors with disabilities. The staff is trained and ready to help you board and get into position as you cruise right to the base of the falls. Rain ponchos are provided but consider bringing a plastic bag to cover your electric wheelchair control panel.

Restaurants

Dining options abound in Niagara and most eateries are equipped with ramps and accessible restrooms. A great fine dining option featuring the best of Niagara’s farm to table movement is Windows by Jamie Kennedy at the Sheraton on the Falls. Not only will you be fully accommodated but you’ll have one of the best meals of your life. Another fully accessible fine dining choice is the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Specializing in Italian cuisine this is one of the most popular fine dining choices in Niagara.

For a more casual option you might consider a wonderful craft beer and pub fare at the Niagara Brewing Company or a rock and roll style dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe, both of which are fully prepared to accommodate guests with disabilities.

Niagara is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world and the entire hospitality community has worked hard to ensure that visitors with disabilities can enjoy their experience to the fullest. Be sure to call ahead with any questions you might have and book early, then get ready to enjoy a wonderful vacation in Niagara Falls.

Best Places to Catch Live Music in Niagara Falls

CPblog5Sometimes there’s nothing better than finding local venues that feature live music when you’re traveling, and Niagara Falls is no exception. The local casinos always have a great music calendar featuring well-known singers and bands, but nothing really compares to a local band playing to a local crowd and all the fun that results.

While Niagara is by no means a large city, it definitely offers its fair share of small, live-music venues for its size. Whether you’re into country, rock, hip-hop, or something else, Niagara has you covered.

On your next visit to Niagara Falls pop into one of these restaurants or bars and boogie the night away, Niagara style.

Sandstone Grillhouse

Not only does Sandstone Grillhouse serve up some of the best steaks in Niagara, but they often feature live music as well, particularly on the weekends. The bands vary from time to time but mostly offer classic rock and contemporary hits played by a fun and talented cover band.

Open daily from 4 p.m. and with the last seating at 9 p.m. this is a fine-dining restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere that’s perfect for couples and families.

Kelsey’s

Located near Clifton Hill in the heart of Niagara’s action is Kelsey’s restaurant, a no-frills kind of place serving up classic American bar style food with a funky twist, like the Doritos-crusted chicken fingers. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Kelsey’s offers a full bar and live music every night during the high season. If you’re visiting during other times of the year give them a call to see what they have on the lineup.

While things can get a bit loud when the band is in full swing, Kelsey’s is still a great place to bring your kids, especially if they’re old enough to enjoy the vibe of the fun crowd of locals who keep Kelsey’s hopping until the wee hours.

Yanks Old Niagara Bar and Grill

Another favorite of locals and tourists who are live-music fans is Yanks Old Niagara Bar and Grill. Open daily from noon until 2 a.m., this friendly and unassuming local hangout features live bands. However, there is no real set schedule, so it’s best to check with them to see if a band will play on the night you’d like to visit.

Another perk of Yank’s is its reputation for one of Canada’s most famous dishes, poutine. Reviews flood in from all over the internet raving about their version of the classic dish, so even if you don’t catch a live band, definitely stop in for what’s often called the best poutine in town.

Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub

CPblog6Arguably the best Niagara location for live music is Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub. Doc’s features a rotating calendar of local bands that perform every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights and you can check their calendar here.

Doc’s also receives rave reviews for their food which, as expected, offers some of the most traditional Irish food you’ll find outside of Dublin. Everything from fish and chips to shepherd’s pie to burgers and other sandwiches are on the menu. If you visit one spot for great food and great music, Doc Magilligan’s is definitely the one that will make your day, or night.

Spending a night out drinking, dining, and dancing is one of the best parts of any vacation. Be sure to visit one or more of these locales on your next visit to Niagara.

Niagara Falls Is the New 8th Wonder of the World

CPblog3We all know the world is a pretty amazing place with some spectacular sites, ancient and modern, manmade and natural. Our planet is a glorious place and everyone has their favorite world wonder but as we move toward a more modern era things are changing just a bit.

We all learned about the ancient wonders of the world, which included the Lighthouse at Alexandria, Egypt and the Colossus of Rhodes. The only one on that list still visible today are the Pyramids at Giza and all of these were manmade.

Then we have the seven natural wonders of the world. These include the Grand Canyon in the United States and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. However, people have broken these lists down further to include the wonders of specific countries, and Niagara Falls certainly tops Canada’s version of that list.

But what if we added an 8th natural wonder of the world? How would that work and what stunning, natural site would win? Well, the internet took on this challenge and the winner by popular vote is (you guessed it) Niagara Falls!

So what brought Facebook users out in droves to vote for Niagara Falls as the 8th natural wonder of the world? Let’s find out and give you even more reasons to visit Niagara Falls.

Unique Natural Features

The area around Niagara Falls called the Niagara Escarpment is one of the most unique geologic features on the planet. Formed thousands of years ago by advancing and retreating ice sheets, the Great Lakes were created by the melting ice and the mighty Niagara Falls were an additional result.

Of course, the science behind it is much more complex but to put it simply, the Great Lakes were formed and the Niagara River connected Lake Ontario with Lake Erie. Land shifted and created the series of waterfalls we know today. As far as geology goes Niagara is the clear winner when it comes to natural wonders.

It’s Also Just Plain Fun

CPblog4While not exactly related to the natural aspects of Niagara, one can’t deny the fact that Niagara is just simply a fun place to visit. Taking a boat ride under the falls, dancing the night away at the casino, or making memories with you family, it’s hard to deny the appeal of a visit to Niagara Falls.

Scenic hikes around the area, a day at the indoor waterpark, the superb dining, outstanding local wineries and so much more make Niagara one of the best places for a couple’s getaway, family vacation, or any reason at all. 30 million people per year visit Niagara Falls and with numbers like that you know there’s something special happening here.

They say it’s not official until it’s Facebook official so I guess this is it! Niagara Falls is the 8th wonder of the natural world and there’s no better time to book your vacation to Niagara than now!

5 Fall Concerts in Niagara You Won’t Want to Miss

CPblog1While Niagara is most famous for its namesake mighty waterfalls, there is a lot more to the area than some might think. For instance, Niagara’s music venues feature internationally famous bands and singers year-round which attract thousands of guests.

Summer is generally the most popular time to see one of these concerts but the fall calendar is also full of music fun and makes for a great excuse to plan a trip to Niagara Falls. If you’re a music lover or just want to add a fun evening to your Niagara itinerary, consider one of these upcoming shows.

Tim McGraw

One of the best and most talented stars of country music will grace the stage at Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort on November 5 and 6 this year. With a dedicated following and over 14 albums, 10 compilation albums, and 67 singles to his credit this is one show you won’t want to miss.

Because the show takes place at the casino the minimum age for entry is 19. Tickets can be purchased at the casino or through Ticketmaster and start at $150.

The Beach Boys

Everyone’s favorite good times’ rock band is coming to the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort for three nights, September 29 and 30 then rounding out the party with a final performance on October 1. Expect to hear all of your favorite hits from this group that has had sold out performances around the world for more than 40 years.

Again, the minimum age for entry is 19 and tickets can be found at Ticketmaster.

Rascal Flatts

This popular country band from the 2000s is back in the spotlight and you won’t want to miss their shows at the Fallsview Casino Resort on October 4 and 5. With over 20 million records sold these guys are amongst the most popular country music bands of all time and their live show is sure to have the audience dancing and singing along to some of their most famous hits.

Admission is for those 19 years of age or older and tickets are available on Ticketmaster or at the casino’s box office.

CPblog2The Doobie Brothers

If you grew up in the 1970s or are just a fan of great classic rock you won’t want to miss this two night performance by the Doobie Brothers. Still one of the most popular bands from their era, the Doobie Brothers are best known for such hits as “China Grove” and “Black Water.” Don’t miss out on your chance to see this band perform live!

Contact Fallsview Casino Resort for more information about ticket availability.

Foreigner

Perhaps the most exciting of the upcoming shows at Fallsview Casino Resort is a special two night acoustic-only event by the iconic band Foreigner. Best known for their heavy guitar driven hits you’ll be able to experience your favorite hits in a completely new way. Held the evenings of November 11 and 12, this is one Niagara concert you don’t want to miss.

Tickets are available to those 19 years of age or older at the box office or through Ticketmaster.

Reasons to Take a Day Trip to Buffalo, New York

cpblog7Niagara Falls and its immediate surroundings have enough activities and sights to keep you busy for days but many visitors combine their Niagara Falls vacation with day trips to some of the surrounding regions. While most choose the wine country and scenic byways north of Niagara toward Ontario there are many other areas to be explored.

One of these is Buffalo, New York. The city came of age during the early industrial revolution in the United States and while it still holds a great deal of that blue collar charm Buffalo has seen a resurgence in tourism and attention in recent years, mainly due to its lively arts scene and beautiful neoclassical and art deco buildings.

If you’d like to spend a day exploring this rugged yet interesting little city these are just a few of the activities available.

Buffalo Zoological Gardens

Buffalo is the proud home of third oldest zoo in the United States and one of the most well-respected in the animal welfare category. A wide array of animals call this zoo home, including endangered Siberian tigers, alligators, amphibians like the poison arrow frog, and birds such as the vulture. The zoo offers rotating special exhibits throughout the year so check their website for more information.

cpblog8Old Fort Niagara

The strategic location of upstate New York was not lost on early settlers in the United States and Fort Niagara has seen several conflicts, skirmishes, and wars and has been in operation since 1679. This sprawling site not only allows visitors to tour the existing structures but also participate in guided tours and historic reenactments.

The curators also house and display an impressive collection of tools, firearms, and other instruments that were vital to life at the fort throughout its tumultuous history. Special events take place throughout the high season so visit their website to see if any of these appeals to the history buff in your family.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Buffalo is also home to the Albright-Knox, a world class art gallery that draws upwards of one hundred thousand visitors per year. Specializing in modern and contemporary works the museum houses permanent and rotating collections that include works by Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and many more. 19th century artists such as Gauguin and Monet are also on display as well as pieces by Picasso, Matisse, and Miró.

A Tour of Downtown Buffalo

No visit to Buffalo would be complete without a tour of the historic downtown section of the city. Gorgeous art deco buildings await you on each corner. Guided tours of the city are available on various days throughout the month highlighting the impressive architecture but you can always hit the streets on your own go get a feel for this hidden gem of a city.

Exploring the surrounding area can be one of the best parts of any vacation and the Niagara region is no exception. Carve a little time out of your itinerary to visit the unexpectedly classy city of Buffalo and learn more about what makes it so special.

Best Places to See Fall Foliage in Niagara Falls

cpblog5Most of North America is still under siege by the heat of summer. Many regions have seen above-average summer temperatures and forecasts predict more of the same over the coming weeks. However, if you go by the calendar, fall really is just around the corner and it’s never too early to begin making your plans for a trip to Niagara Falls to see the spectacular fall foliage.

Like many areas in this region of Canada and the United States the transition between summer and fall and the unique makeup of tree species results in the brilliant fall colors that attract visitors from all over the globe. There’s nothing quite like a hike in the woods when you’re surrounded by vivid colors and can feel the crunch of fall leaves beneath your feet.

High season in Niagara begins to wind down at this time so now is the perfect window in which to make preparations for your visit in mid to late October when the colors are at their peak. These are just a few of the best places to see the famous fall foliage for yourself during your visit to Niagara Falls.

Goat Island

Located between Horseshoe Falls and Bridal Veil Falls, Goat Island is part of the Niagara Parks System and is easily accessed from your hotel. While Goat Island isn’t going to offer you extensive hiking options it still has trails to explore and abundant forests for its size. This means you’ll be able to see the fall colors and the falls from one convenient viewpoint. You can also visit the Cave of the Winds here and access the Maid of the Mist boat excursions from Goat Island.

Devil’s Hole State Park

Another of the best places to take a hike through the Niagara region’s most stunning fall colors is Devil’s Hole State Park. A little less crowded than Goat Island, Devil’s Hole offers more extensive trail networks that are dotted with picnic tables and other rest stops that can allow you to make an entire day of your adventure. Many trails follow the Niagara river and offer a great view of the whirlpools that make this park so popular.

cpblog6Queenston Heights Park

Located on the Canadian side of the river is Queenston Heights Park. While the park is better known for its flower gardens, playgrounds, and concerts it’s also the perfect place to pick up the Bruce Trail, which winds through several miles of the Niagara Escarpment, offering wonderful views of the fall colors along the way. The Bruce Trail also passes several of Niagara’s famous wineries so this hike can also double as an impromptu wine tour as well.

So as you watch the mercury continue its upward climb, rest assured that fall really is on its way and now is the best time to plan your visit to Niagara Falls. Not only does this offer you and your family a much needed break after the hectic back to school weeks, you can also cool off and take in the beauty that is Niagara Falls in the fall.

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