Niagara Falls is much more than a postcard

Fallsview Casino
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You could be forgiven for thinking that visiting Niagara Falls should take up no longer than half an hour. You drive to the falls, get out of the car or off the bus, take a photo and buy something from the gift shop, then leave. Well, if that’s been your experience of Niagara Falls, we’re here to tell you that you’re going to need to book another trip.

From the 12 million people who visit the falls each year, many don’t make the most of this magnificent area to fully experience of this iconic wonder.

With that in mind, here’s the top things you need to do when visiting the Niagara Falls.

Maid of the Mist

Maid of the Mist
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The reason people visit Niagara Falls is, well, the falls. The most famous waterfalls in the world have long been one of Canada’s most popular tourist attractions, and there is no better way of seeing them than up close and personal. The Maid of the Mist are coal-powered steamboats that have been shuttling visitors to and from the base of the falls for almost 180 years, taking you as close to the falls as its possible to get. Run from both the Canadian and U.S. sides of the falls, visitors don’t have to worry about bringing a passport, but they definitely will have to worry about bringing waterproof clothing with them, not to mention a change of socks.

Niagara Fallsview Casino

It isn’t with just waterfalls where Niagara Falls goes large; there is also the huge Niagara Fallsview Casino, boasting 150 table games and thousands of slot machines, as well as the Avalon Ballroom, which regularly hosts concerts. If you’re new to gambling, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to put in some practice before you go. You can now do this in a whole new way, with more and more news of Bitcoin gambling showing how it continues its upwards trajectory to grow online. When you know your roulette variants well, you can really enjoy yourself at this sizeable and packed casino, one which also comes complete with a spa, a golf course and 12 restaurants for when you need a break from the action.

Inniskillin Winery

The Niagara Falls region is also known for its wine, and the Inniskillin Winery is just a short drive north from the falls. Situated in Niagara-on-the-Lake, this picturesque winery is famous for its Icewine, created using grapes left to freeze on the vine throughout the winter months which are then allowed to thaw, resulting in a more intense flavour. A guided tour is available, which will not only teach you everything you need to know about the winery’s produce, but also end with a welcome tasting session. While you can walk away with your very own bottle of Icewine, you may have to sell your car or one of your children to be able to afford the small fortune it costs.

Skylon Tower

Skylon Tower
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If you’ve seen the falls from the base, you might also want to see it from above. This can be done in the stunning Skylon Tower, which dominates the Ontario skyline at 775 feet. Offering breathtaking views of the Horseshoe Falls, you can take in the view from either inside the tower or outside on the observation deck. And if you’re feeling a little peckish while you’re up there, you can also enjoy lunch or dinner at the tower’s revolving restaurant. Significantly cheaper than a helicopter ride over the falls, the Skylon Tower is a great alternative for those wanting to see the falls from high up.

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