With a spectacular natural setting, Niagara Falls has been attracting visitors for hundreds of years, from explorers and fur trappers to modern day thrill seekers in the newly finished Casino Niagara. Long billed as the honeymoon capital of the North America, the wonders of Mother Nature are enhanced by well kept public grounds, parks and features like the charming Butterfly Conservatory, making it an attractive destination rich in history, fine cuisine and entertainment choices from high brow to family friendly, that's truly like no other.
The Niagara Region is said to be home to the most ghosts per capita of any other area in North America, and with a history of human habitation stretching back almost 12,000 years, it may just be true.
Here, though, history lives in the Upper Canada storefronts of nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake and the barracks of Fort George - with a ghost story of its own - and the sites of some of the major battles of the War of 1812. It's a history that has always had its wackier side too, attracting daredevils to try their luck over the Falls in a barrel, along with colorful characters and daring rescues from the edge.
While barreling over the Falls is strictly illegal in modern times, Niagara Falls offers a wide array of family friendly thrills like the Movieland Wax Museum and Marineland animal park. The surrounding area is home to many of Canada's most awarding winning wineries. The rich agricultural lands support farming of other fruits and vegetables, and has resulted in a flowering of cuisine, and a wide variety of dining choices from family friendly chain restaurants to fine dining, much of it based on local ingredients. The new Casino has brought renewed interest to this fascinating area, with hotel accommodation ranging from budget priced family style motels to four star hotel suites, (with more heart shaped jacuzzis per hotel than any other place in the world!) and shopping from funky to designer duds.
However, it's the Falls themselves that remain the most popular area attraction, with a splendid view available from the sidewalk - but watch out for the mist that, depending on the winds, can soak through clothes! Coveted falls view rooms are available in many hotels, and you can dine overlooking the rushing water, (careful for vertigo!) at the revolving Skylon Tower. There are many options for getting a more up close and personal experience of the Falls - like the famous Maid of the Mist, a boat that takes intrepid tourists in full rain gear out to the whirlpool area of the river, at the bottom of the Falls where the water comes down and churns the Niagara River before heading back to calmer waters down stream - or a helicopter ride can give you the bird's eye view.
Mother Nature is the star in this fun filled region, where adults and families alike will find plenty of choice is the rule when it comes to places to go, see, have fun, or eat.