It’s not uncommon for people from all over the world to get an itch to visit Niagara Falls. For over 100 years now, it’s been one of the world’s most popular destinations. While most visitors make their way to the falls and surrounding area during the balmy summer months, autumn has an appeal that’s hard to deny. From the thinned out crowds to the fantastic foliage, here are four reasons October is the perfect month to take your Niagara Falls vacation.
1. Hornblower Niagara Cruises Still Operates
One reason people are often more inclined to visit the area during the height of the tourist season is due to the fact that all the fun rides and attractions are going full-tilt. While October does see some reduction in hours and entertainment, for the most part, the fun is still accessible. In particular, Hornblower Niagara Cruises is still in operation during the month of October. There is simply no better way to get up close and personal with Niagara Falls than through this remarkable boat ride. If you want to experience the power and splendor of the falls while getting doused with spray and deafened with what sounds like thunder, you can do it just as easily in October as you can in July.
2. The Crowds Are Gone
Some people genuinely enjoy the thrill of a crowd, but if you aren’t one of them, planning an October trip is a perfect way to see the Falls without triggering your agoraphobia. Reservations at the area’s finest restaurants are easier to get. Tickets to shows are more readily had. Just strolling around town or gazing at the Falls is more easily accomplished when the happy glut of visitors has mostly gone home. It’s true that the summertime crowds can feel electric thanks to the energy and cosmopolitan nature of the thousands upon thousands who show up to experience the place. If you don’t need that sort of electricity, however, October’s slower and less-peopled pace is ideal.
3. The Weather Is Amazing
It’s not as if it ever gets really hot in Niagara Falls. The weather’s remarkable mildness is one of the reasons the grapes produced along the Niagara Peninsula produce such excellent wines. That being said, the autumn weather is often perfect. The sweet chill in the air can often be taken care of with little more than an extra windbreaker or sweatshirt during the mornings or evenings. It can rain a bit, so you’ll want to bring an umbrella and galoshes, but overall, fall in Niagara Falls usually includes plenty of sun.
4. The Fall Foliage
The Niagara region is a very fertile place, and the autumn highlights the ways the changing seasons affect it remarkably. Whether you love to hike or you love driving around the countryside, taking Niagara in during the month of October is often a feast of autumn color that can rival New England. You’ll definitely want to bring your camera.
So, plan your vacation for the Niagara region during the month of October. As these four reasons more than show, it’s the perfect time to visit.