The Great Outdoors: Best Spots for Spring and Summer Adventures in Niagara

The warm weather has finally arrived in Niagara  – a region that’s home to a number of amazing outdoor destinations you’ll want to experience this spring and summer. So when you’re booking your upcoming Niagara Falls getaway, make sure to fit some of these beautiful outdoor destinations into your itinerary!

Niagara Glen

Hiking in Niagara.

If you’re looking for a great place to hike while visiting Niagara Falls, check out the beautiful Niagara Glen. Located deep in the Niagara Gorge, the Niagara Glen consists of 4km of paths that wind through a pristine pocket of Carolinian Forest. The area has an abundance of wild flora and fauna, prehistoric geological formations, and spots from which to view the rapid waters of the mighty Niagara River and Niagara River Whirlpool.

You can also embark on a guided hiking tour of the Niagara Glen with experienced Niagara Parks Naturalists who will teach you all about the geology, plant and animal life that can be found in the area. The tours run from May through August and leave at 11am and 2pm.

And if an exciting bouldering experience is what you’re after, then make sure to register for a Bouldering Permit to discover the amazing Niagara Glen Bouldering Trail.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Officially opening for the season on May 5th, Hornblower Niagara Cruises offers thrilling boat rides to the base of the American Falls and into the basin of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Hornblower will take you as close as possible to these amazing natural waterfalls so that you can experience their thundering roar and awe-inspiring power.

Choose between any of these amazing Hornblower Niagara Cruises boat rides:

  • Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour
  • Voyage to the Falls Evening Boat Tour
  • Falls Illumination Cruise
  • Falls Fireworks Cruise

Experience one of Niagara’s most iconic attractions on a Hornblower Niagara Cruises boat ride!

Queen Victoria Park

Located just steps away from the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls – Fallsview hotel, Queen Victoria Park is a must-visit outdoor destination in Niagara. The park is situated right across the street from the breathtaking Canadian Horseshoe Falls and features a valuable collection of unique native and international plants and beautiful gardens. A visit to Queen Victoria Park, will also connect you with:

  • Rock garden, hanging baskets, hybrid tea rose garden, and carpet bedding displays
  • Park benches and well-groomed lawns
  • In spring, over 500,000 daffodils in bloom
  • Magnolia trees, tulips, and other beautiful blooms

Queen Victoria Park is the perfect place to visit if you want to sit and relax near Niagara Falls, go for a beautiful stroll, enjoy a picnic, or just soak up the sunshine in nature.


Wine experiences in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The Niagara Region is Canada’s largest wine growing region, home to an abundance of amazing wineries that offer premium VQA wines and incredible tour and tasting experiences. The wine region of Niagara-on-the-Lake is also a picturesque area that offers beautiful sights and outdoor areas that are definitely worth exploring.

From small boutiques to medium-sized operations and large estates, Niagara has so many amazing wineries just waiting to be experienced. And because the region possesses a unique micro-climate that makes for one-of-a-kind growing conditions, Niagara wines are unlike anything you’ve ever had before.

Some great Niagara wineries to visit include:

  • Jackson Triggs Niagara Estate
  • Inniskillin
  • Wayne Gretzky Estates
  • Peller Estates
  • Ravine Vineyard
  • Trius Winery
  • Konzelmann Estate Winery

Incredible outdoor experiences await visitors of all ages in Niagara Falls!

Niagara Wine Events to Experience this Spring

The Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

The long days of winter are over and spring is officially here, which means it’s the perfect time to plan a getaway to Niagara’s world-famous wine country and discover the extraordinary events happening all throughout the season.

Sip & Sizzle

Sip & Sizzle is a unique spring event where more than 20 wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake offer grilled food creations paired with premium VQA wines. The event runs every weekend in May and includes participating wineries like:

  • Chateau des Charmes
  • Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery
  • Wayne Gretzky Estates
  • Coyote’s Run Winery
  • Strewn Winery

And if you want to enjoy the event but don’t want to worry about transportation, you can embark on a Magnificent Tours Sip & Sizzle Wine Tour, which will take you to six (possibly seven, if time allows) wineries and includes full transportation by coach bus. Come and see what’s on the grill this spring and get your Sip & Sizzle passes today!

Spring Fling Menu

Vineland Estates Winery is offering their annual Spring Fling restaurant menu from April 11th to May 13th featuring delicious seasonally-inspired lunch and dinner dishes inside their lovely farmhouse restaurant. And while you eat you can take in picturesque views of the winery’s vineyards, the Niagara Escarpment, Toronto, and Lake Ontario.

Get Fresh in the Valley

Vineyards in Niagara’s wine country.

From April 21st-22nd and 28th-29th more than 20 wineries in Niagara’s Twenty Valley wine region will be participating in the Get Fresh in the Valley winery event. This self-guided tour allows you to visit a number of Twenty Valley wineries to enjoy unique food and VQA wine pairings  and meet with the winemakers.

And with your Get Fresh in the Valley passport you’ll have the opportunity to assemble your very own Get Fresh Cookbook by collecting spring recipe cards featuring the amazing food and wine pairings you taste along the tour.

Savour the Sights

Jackson-Triggs Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake is hosting a Savour the Sights dinner event on May 12th, 2018 featuring five courses of delicious regional cuisine paired with a number of their award-winning wines. This event is a spring-themed epicurean experience that takes place in stunning locations throughout the winery and is an adventure in dining that you won’t want to miss.

Don’t miss out on any of these incredible winery events and start planning your next Niagara Falls adventure today!

The Best Ways to Celebrate Easter in Niagara Falls

The Floral Showhouse’s annual Spring Show.

Celebrate the first days of spring and the upcoming Easter long weekend in beautiful Niagara Falls where there are a number of amazing destinations and events to check out for an unforgettable getaway.

Floral Showhouse Spring Display

The Floral Showhouse, located just a short walk away from the Horseshoe Falls, is a lush greenhouse attraction that displays tropical plants and beautiful flowers in eight unique shows throughout the year. The incredible Spring Show is on now and is a perfect Easter weekend activity that will get you into the spirit of spring. The show features beautiful tropical plants, orchids, succulents, primula, calceolaria, and cyclamen, and is open daily from 9:30am-5pm.

Skylon Tower Easter Illumination

The Skylon Tower is an iconic Niagara Falls landmark that stands high above the Horseshoe Falls and features both indoor and outdo

or observation decks, a revolving dining room, and an indoor amusement area.  On Easter Sunday, the Skylon Tower will be illuminated in beautiful yellow lights in honour of Easter and spring, adding a little bit of Easter cheer to the Niagara Falls skyline. Take a walk down by the Falls at night to take in the sight of this special illumination and also enjoy the illumination of the Canadian Horseshoe and American Falls from 8pm-1am.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

On March 30th Firemen’s Park in Niagara Falls will be hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt at 11am. This family-friendly activity is a great way to get outside and spend the first few days of spring hunting for chocolate and celebrating the Easter holiday.

Fallsview Dining at The Rainbow Room

Enjoy fantastic Italian cuisine in direct view of Niagara Falls at The Rainbow Room restaurant inside the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview hotel. With dishes like Sweet Potato Cannelloni, AAA Beef Tenderloin, and Maple Mustard Crusted Ontario Lamb Rack, you’re sure to have an unforgettable Easter meal in view of one of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders.

Easter in Niagara Falls is always a spectacular affair, so get ready to celebrate!

New Nightly Fireworks Shows in Niagara Falls this Summer

Fireworks over Niagara Falls.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Falls Fireworks Series and to celebrate, Niagara Parks has expanded their summer fireworks schedule to include nightly shows all throughout the season!

The new fireworks schedule includes 111 shows taking place:

  • May 18-June 17- Weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and holiday Mondays
  • June 18-September 2- Daily
  • September 7-October 8- Weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and holiday Mondays

Each fireworks show will take place at 10pm and can be best enjoyed from spots like the brink of the Horseshoe Falls, Table Rock Welcome Centre, Queen Victoria Park, the Niagara Parkway, Fallsview restaurants, and Fallsview hotel rooms.

Celebrate Canada’s longest-running fireworks series and take in the spectacular sight of fireworks over the Horseshoe Falls by planning an unforgettable getaway to Niagara Falls this summer.

Best Ways to Spend Family Day in Niagara Falls

The 3-acre Fallsview Indoor Waterpark on Falls Avenue Resort.

Family Day in Niagara Falls is always full of excitement, and this February 19th you can check out any of these great spots throughout the city for some amazing entertainment and dining that the whole family will love.

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

Splash the day away this Family Day at Fallsview Indoor Waterpark where the temperature is always warm and there is no shortage of fun and thrills. People of all ages will love the waterpark’s 16 thrilling waterslides, full-size wave pool, 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, adult-only Jacuzzis, year-round outdoor activity pool and sundeck, and much more.

And the waterpark makes planning a Family Day getaway easy with Hotel Waterpark Packages that include hotel accommodations at one of four Falls Avenue Resort hotels, four two-day Fallsview Indoor Waterpark packages, and one hour early access to the waterpark. Book one today and get ready to experience one of Niagara’s most fun and popular family attractions.

Christienne Fallsview Spa Treatment

Christienne Fallsivew Spa’s Hydrotherapy Infinity Tub.

Treat yourself to a relaxing Family Day at the Christienne Fallsview Spa inside the Sheraton on the Falls hotel. The spa offers amazing seasonal treatments and services that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, and an unparalleled view of the magnificent Niagara Falls. Current treatments include:

  • Avocado Lime & Honey Manicure
  • Spiced Cider Pumpkin Pedicure
  • Cucumber Avocado Refresher Facial
  • Rescue Me Toning and Firming Cactus Body Treatment
  • Lavender Raspberry Romanoff Body Treatment

Fallsview Dining at The Rainbow Room

Located inside the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview hotel, The Rainbow Room is a top Niagara Falls dining destination offering delicious seasonal Italian cuisine and sweeping views of Niagara Falls from floor-to-ceiling windows. The restaurant’s current menu features dishes like Sweet Potato Cannelloni, AAA Beef Tenderloin, and Maple Mustard Crusted Ontario Lamb Rack, along with decadent desserts like Salted Caramel Crème Brulee, Chocolate Peanut Butter Towers, and Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake.

Family Day at The Museum

Visit the Niagara Falls History Museum this Family Day for their Family Day at The Museum event, which will feature Earth Rangers shows throughout the day, up-close encounters with animal ambassadors, scavenger hunts, crafts, free family portraits, and more. The museum is located on Ferry Street, just a short drive away from the Falls, and is definitely worth a visit this Family Day for an educational and fun experience.

Skating at Fort George National Historic Site

For a fun winter activity this Family Day, stop by the Vintage Parks Canada Ice Rink at Fort George National Historic Site in Niagara-on-the-Lake for free outdoor ice skating. The whole family will love skating on the beautiful outdoor rink, and skate rentals and concessions are available during operating hours.

Spend a Romantic Valentine’s Day in Niagara Falls

The Ultimate Couples Experience Package offers a romantic Valentine’s Day in Niagara Falls.

It’s never too early to start planning your romantic Valentine’s Day getaway to Niagara Falls featuring a luxurious hotel stay, one-of-a-kind dining, and unforgettable wine and spa experiences. The Ultimate Couples Experience Package at the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview bundles together the city’s best accommodations, dining, amenities, and entertainment and makes planning your Valentine’s Day in Niagara Falls effortless and fun. The package includes:

  • One night hotel accommodation at the Crowne Plaza Fallsview
  • Three Fallsview dining gift cards for Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, Windows by Jamie Kennedy, and Fallsview Buffet
  • Two winery tasting passes for Trius Winery, Inniskillin, and Jackson-Triggs
  • Spa credit for the Christienne Fallsview Spa
  • Two cocktails at the Hard Rock Cafe or Niagara Vines

Winery Experiences

The package’s winery tasting passes to Trius Winery, Inniskillin, and Jackson Triggs offer the chance to visit Niagara’s picturesque wine region and sip and savour premium VQA wines. You can also indulge in a locally inspired menu at Trius’ acclaimed restaurant, sample award-winning Niagara Icewine at Inniskillin Estate Winery, and attend a signature Savour the Sights dinner event at Jackson Triggs Winery to enjoy a progressive epicurean experience.

Fallsview Dining

Falls Avenue Resort offers some of the best Fallsview dining in Niagara Falls at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar, and Fallsview Buffet. Each restaurant offers sweeping views of the Horseshoe and American Falls from floor-to-ceiling windows and features dynamic menus and extensive wine lists that will make for romantic and unforgettable dining experiences.

Entertainment & Tours

For other amazing entertainment and wine experiences that you and your significant other are sure to love check out Boys II Men at Fallsview Casino Resort on February 14th and 15th, or embark on a days of Wine and Chocolate Tour to taste over 20 VQA wines matched with decadent chocolate-infused dishes.

Book your Ultimate Couples Experience package today and get ready to experience an unforgettable getaway with your significant other this Valentine’s Day in Niagara Falls.

Partially Frozen Niagara Falls is a Stunning Winter Sight

Snow mound below the partially frozen Niagara Falls.

In the past few weeks, Niagara Falls has experienced record-breaking winter weather with the cold temperatures and snow transforming the area into a breathtaking icy wonderland. The Canadian Horseshoe, American, and Bridal Veil Falls have partially frozen as a result, and now is the time to visit Niagara Falls to take in sight of their frosty beauty.

You can bundle up and take a walk along the Niagara Parkway to the brink of the Horseshoe Falls and see snow covered landscapes, icy water flowing over the edge, and the frozen water and snow mounds that have formed underneath.

If you’re looking for an indoor viewing experience, a Fallsview room at the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview hotel and Fallsview dining at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra restaurants are warm and wonderful options. Both the guestrooms and restaurant dining room offer stunning views of the Falls from floor-to-ceiling windows and you won’t have to brave the cold temperatures to take in the spectacular sight.

And for one of the most unique vantage points from which to view the partially frozen Falls, make sure to check out the iconic Journey Behind the Falls. This one-of-a-kind attraction lets you explore the 130-year-old tunnel system running directly behind the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and connects you with the beauty of the frozen water from behind.

Spending New Year’s Eve Weekend in Niagara Falls

New Year’s Eve fireworks show over Niagara Falls.

New Year’s Eve is only a few days away, and this weekend there are plenty of amazing events and attractions to check out in Niagara Falls that will make for a memorable start to 2018.

Free Concert in Queen Victoria Park

Niagara Falls’ annual free New Year’s Eve celebration is happening on December 31st starting at 8pm in Queen Victoria Park, featuring live entertainment from Marianas Trench, Simple Plan, Jess Moskaluke, and James Barker Band. The outdoor celebration will also feature great food and drink options, an outdoor licensed area, and a spectacular fireworks show at midnight to ring in 2018.

Icestravaganza at Fort George National Historic Site

On Saturday December 30th, Fort George National Historic Site in Niagara-on-the-Lake is hosting a special Icetravaganza event, which is the fort’s Canada 150 wrap up party.

Visitors can check out the Vintage Hotels & Parks Canada skating rink located outside the fort all day to enjoy free ice skating, face painting, interactive games, train and carriage rides into the fort, ice maple taffy, photo cut outs and more. And inside the fort, visitors can experience a soldier dress up and photo area, period games, heritage hot chocolate, musket firing demonstrations, period music, a virtual reality experience, Indigenous games and exhibit, the Franklin Expedition Traveling Exhibit, and more. There will also be candle light tours, a Great Canadian Lumberjack Show, Canadian Raptor Conservatory Birds of Prey show, marshmallow roasting, and a Canada 150 Film Series.

The 3-acre Fallsview Indoor Waterpark.

Journey Behind the Falls

A great attraction to check out this weekend is Journey Behind the Falls, which is a family friendly destination where you can explore the 130-year-old tunnel system that runs directly behind the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. More than 168,000 cubic meters of water flow over the brink of the Horseshoe Falls every minute and this one-of-a-kind attraction puts you behind the falling water and up close to one of the most beautiful natural waterfalls in the world.

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

The 3-acre Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is the perfect destination to visit if you’re looking for a way to escape the cold and have some indoor family fun in Niagara Falls. With 16 thrilling waterslides, a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, full size wave pool, year-round outdoor activity pool and sundeck, plunge bowl, adult-only Jacuzzis, and children’s play area, there is something for everyone to enjoy and plenty of thrills just waiting to be had.

You can also make your New Year’s Eve weekend in Niagara Falls into a spectacular winter getaway with a Crowne Plaza getaway package, which will connect you to some of the city’s best dining, accommodations, and entertainment.

5 Spectacular Niagara Icewine Events to Attend this Winter

If you’re visiting Niagara Falls this January, there are a number of amazing events and festivals that will give you a taste of world famous Niagara Icewine and connect you with spectacular winter experiences you won’t soon forget.

Icewine Festival

Niagara Icewine Beer from Niagara Brewing Company.

From January 26th-27th, 2018 you can stop by the wonderful Niagara Icewine Festival at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls to taste premium VQA red, white, and ice wine from over 20 of Niagara’s best wineries paired with savoury dishes prepared by some of Niagara’s top chefs. The festival will also feature live entertainment and an outdoor Icewine Winter Wonderland where you can take in the sight of beautiful ice sculptures and twinkling lights.

Icewine Beer

Niagara Brewing Company in Niagara Falls has recently released their limited-edition Niagara Icewine Beer, combining the sweet and complex flavours of icewine with the bubbly goodness of beer. You can stop by the brewery on Clifton Hill to try it on tap or pick it up in 375ml or 750ml bottles for some great beer drinking during the holidays.

Intense Icewine Experience & Lunch

Peller Estates Winery & Restaurant in Niagara-on-the-Lake is hosting an Intense Icewine Experience & Lunch on January 20th, 2018, offering a premium tour and behind-the-scenes look at Niagara Icewine production and a reception at the Peller Estates 10Below Icewine Lounge where you’ll enjoy a 3 course lunch complemented by Peller’s award-winning VQA wines.

Icewine Village

On January 20th and 21st you can visit the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake to walk around their Icewine Village and sample Icewine from amazing Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries paired with Icewine inspired culinary creations from renowned Signature Kitchen Chefs. The Icewine Village is a celebration of all things liquid gold and is a wonderful winter destination you won’t want to miss.

Icewine & Ice Cream

Chateau des Charmes winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake is hosting an Icewine & Ice Cream event on January 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th, 22nd, 27th& 28th, featuring tours and tastings of two Chateau des Charmes Icewines paired with delicious hand-made local ice cream.

Romantic Getaways to Niagara Falls with Couples Experience Package

Take your significant other on a romantic getaway to Niagara Falls with an Ultimate Couples Experience Package at the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview. With amazing accommodations, delicious dining options, and unique Niagara Falls experiences, it takes the stress out of planning a trip and offers an unforgettable stay in a world-class destination.

Luxurious Fallsview accommodations at the Crowne Plaza Fallsview hotel.

Fallsview Accommodations

The Ultimate Couples Experience Package includes one night hotel accommodations at the historic Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview hotel, where each guestroom features a luxurious Deep Sleeper Bed, renovated marble and tile bathrooms, and wireless internet access. Located right across the street from the magnificent Horseshoe and American Falls, the Crowne’s Fallsview guestrooms pair sweeping views of the Falls with unparalleled comfort and class.

Fallsview Dining

Experience some of the best Fallsview dining that Niagara Falls has to offer with dining gift cards to the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar, and the Fallsview Buffet. You and your loved one can indulge in delicious seasonal dishes in direct view of Niagara Falls at each of these beautiful Fallsview restaurants, and have a memorable Niagara culinary experience that you won’t soon forget.

Picturesque vineyards in Niagara on the Lake.

Winery Tasting

The Niagara Peninsula is a world famous wine region and the Ultimate Couples Experience Package connects you to tastings at some of the area’s top wineries. The package includes two winery tasting passes to Trius, Inniskillin and Jackson Triggs where you can sip and savour amazing red, white, and dessert wines in picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Spa Experience

The Christienne Fallsview Spa inside the Sheraton on the Falls hotel is a stunning retreat from the cold and with a $20 spa credit you can enjoy its serene setting and rejuvenating treatments. Current winter treatments include an Avocado Lime & Honey Manicure, Spiced Cider Pumpkin Pedicure, hot stone massages, couples relaxation massages, and more.


Sit back with your loved one over a cocktail at the Hard Rock Café Niagara Falls or Niagara Vines bar inside the Sheraton on the Falls lobby for a romantic start to your evening in Niagara Falls.

For more information and to book your Ultimate Couples Experience Package today, click here.