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The New York State side of the “Honeymoon Capital of the World” may look worse for the wear but worry not. Beneath the dingy back-streets Niagara Falls, United States version, has a lot of charm. The very grit and dodgy nature of the city of 50,000 people in the shadow of Buffalo calls to mind the Henry Hathaway film noir that made Marilyn Monroe a star. Alas however, Niagara Falls was rather different when Niagara was made over half a century ago.

Still, Niagara Falls, New York works best as a counterpoint to the antiseptic, theme restaurant and casino allure of Niagara Falls, Ontario, on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. While the U.S. side has none of the neon flash, it has a lot more urban authenticity. A good, non-ironic dive bar scene, under the radar public and state parks and a few solid relics of turn of the last century architecture fill the itinerary beyond the obvious star of the show. Spend a night or two, tops, and shun fantastical visions of storybook romance in order to appreciate and enjoy Niagara Falls for what it is.

Niagara Falls’s Top 10

10. Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls fulfill all those shop ‘til you drop desires.

5. Fort Niagara State Park has snowshoe and cross-country ski trails in winter and abundant summer recreation too.

9. United Office Building is a foremost expression of skyscraper Art Deco mastery.

4. Prospect Point Observation Tower offers the best bird’s eye view in Niagara Falls.

8. Whirlpool State Park Picnic over the Niagara Whirlpool and Gorge.

3. Cave of the Winds allows visitors to get up close and personal with Bridal Veil Falls.

7. Seneca Niagara Casino Hotel is the largest hotel in New York State outside of Manhattan.

2. Hyde Park is second only to Central Park in the state of New York.

6. Aquarium of Niagara has some notable marine life, from sea lions to giant sturgeon, penguins to sharks.

1. Niagara Falls State Park encompasses what everyone who comes to Niagara Falls wants to see.

Niagara Falls History

  • Old Fort Niagara – A popular Niagara Falls attraction, this fort has been sitting on the Niagara River since the 18th century.
  • Martin House Complex –This historical landmark was built by Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • St Mary of the Cataract Church – Containing more than 1,000 relics, this church has been beautifully restored.
  • Nikola Tesla Memorial – This popular memorial is dedicated to the life and work of one of the world’s greatest inventors.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historical Site – Visit the site where one of America’s presidents was sworn into office.

Niagara Falls Art & Culture

  • Niagara Art and Culture Center – This popular spot is host to many art shows and cultural events.
  • Castellani Art Museum at the Falls – A popular Niagara Falls gallery features falls-related art.
  • Daredevil Museum – See some of the memorabilia of past Niagara Falls daredevils, including the barrels people used to go over the falls.
  • Das House German Heritage Museum – This museum was built in the late 19th century and tells the story of German immigrants.
  • Niagara Gorge Discovery Center – This centre has interactive displays that explain the evolution of Niagara Fall

Niagara Falls Shopping

  • Fashion Outlets of Niagara – Boasting over 150 stores, this is a popular shopping spot in the area.
  • Honeymoon Capital Souvenirs – Buy friends and family a souvenir at this shop.
  • Little Italy – This area of Niagara Falls illustrates the rich history of the area and is a great place to dine.
  • Niagara Falls City Market – Visit the fruit and vegetable market three days a week.
  • Three Sisters Trading Post – This unique store is located just a short walk from Niagara Falls.

Gay & Lesbian Niagara Falls

  • Q – This bar is near Niagara Falls and offers a cosy atmosphere and friendly staff.
  • Roxy’s – One of the most popular lesbian bars in the area, it is famous for its karaoke.
  • Marcella Show Club and Lounge – Located just a few miles from Niagara Falls, this is the largest gay bar in the area.
  • Cathode Ray – This bar caters to the gay and lesbian community of Niagara Falls.
  • Underground – Providing the best of relaxation and dancing.

Niagara Falls Outdoor

  • Cave of the Winds – You can stand just a few feet away from the powerful Niagara Falls and get soaked on the Hurricane Deck.
  • Deveaux Woods State Park – With playgrounds and hiking trails, this park is a great place to spend a day.
  • Hyde Park – Everything from ice skating to fishing can be done at this popular park.
  • LaSalle Waterfront Park – A great place to walk a trail near Niagara Falls or see the panoramic views.
  • Maid of the Mist Boat Tour – Waterproof clothing is necessary for this tour, which is one of the most popular.

Niagara Falls Sport

  • Play volleyball or basketball at the Oppenheim County Park.
  • Ride a bike along the Niagara Gorge Ridge trail for great exercise and views of Niagara Falls.
  • Go skiing or snowshoeing at the Joseph Davis State Park in Niagara Falls.
  • Race your family and friends at Ransomville Speedway in Niagara Falls.
  • Jump aboard a high-powered jet-ski near Niagara Falls and race through the Niagara River Gorge.

Niagara Falls Events

The Maid of the Mist boat tour has been in operation, in one form or another, since 1846.

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours offer a more daredevilish way to enjoy the power of the falls.

Whirlpool Golf Course tees it up from April to October.

Niagara Falls Blues Festival features an impressive bill of talent every September.

Niagara Wine Festival takes place on the other side of the falls in the Niagara Peninsula viticulture area in the province of Ontario, Canada.

Winter Festival of Lights illuminates the falls on the Ontario side of the border in November and December.

When To Go

Niagara Falls has a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons. One of them, summer, predictably draws the vast majority of annual visitors.

Temperatures in June, July and August - the bread and butter tourist season - range from 56°F (13°C) to 79°F (26°C). On the other end of the spectrum, conditions in winter waver between 16°F (-9°C) to 32°F (0°C).

Niagara Falls receives 2 in (51 mm) of rain a month, minimum, with significant snowfall throughout the winter season.

Getting Around

The most popular way to arrive in Niagara Falls, New York is by car. Many come via the likes Toronto (1 hour, 45 minutes), Buffalo (25 minutes), Rochester (1 hour, 30 minutes), Cleveland (3 hours, 40 minutes) and New York City (7 hours).

The Niagara Falls Amtrak station is at 27th Street and Lockport Road. A number of operators provide coach bus service to the city as well.

Within the city proper, a car is the only viable way to get around. One can, however, cover a lot of ground on foot.

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From US$117

1 Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino

4 stars
4.8 / 5 4 reviews

310 Fourth Street Map

Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino invites the guests for a comfortable stay by offering excellent amenities and quality services. This property has a casino, spa, sauna, fitness centre and indoor... More

great trip with wife and son
The hotel was great. The staff were the nicest people I ever stayed at. Can't wait to go back. Could walk to the falls and everything is at your finger tips.
22 Jul 2015
From US$97

2 Wingate by Wyndham Niagara Falls

3 stars
3.6 / 5

333 Rainbow Blvd Map

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Boasting an incredible location just two blocks from a World Wonder, welcome to the newly built Wingate by Wyndham Niagara Falls hotel. Find many delights within walking distance of this downtown... More

From US$176

3 Sheraton At The Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls, NY

3 stars
2.8 / 5 4 reviews

300 3rd Street Map

Save 25% on your stay

With contemporary accommodations and convenient downtown location, Sheraton at The Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls, NY makes for an ideal base for travellers in the New York - Ontario border. This... More

very disappointed
I have to say that i was truly disappointed due to the fact that when my mother and i got to the hotel to check in onyl THEN did the hotel informed us that they had a clerical error and had no...
11 Nov 2013
From US$156

4 Holiday Inn NIAGARA FALLS

3 stars
4.3 / 5 4 reviews

114 Buffalo Avenue Map

Offering comfortable accommodation and convenient facilities, the Holiday Inn Niagara Falls provides you with all of the quality amenities to make your stay a memorable one. General If you are... More

Good Value Hotel
We couldn't really fault the hotel, room was large, bed even bigger!! Bed linen/towels all spotless. Location was only short walk to Goat island and the Falls. Free car parking included. Only...
23 Sep 2013
From US$109

5 Holiday Inn Express & Suites NIAGARA FALLS

3 stars
4.0 / 5

10111 Niagara Falls Boulevard Map

Featuring an elegant decor and a warm hospitality, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Niagara Falls welcomes you for an unforgettable vacation. GeneralGuests travelling on business purpose can... More

6 Red Coach Inn

3 stars
4.6 / 5

2 Buffalo Ave Map

Featuring well-equipped accommodations with scenic Niagara Falls views housed in a 1923 property, Red Coach Inn makes for an ideal base for holidaymakers in a getaway in this side of New York.... More

From US$96

7 Quality Hotel & Suites At The Falls

2 stars
4.3 / 5 4 reviews

240 First Street Map

Offering outstanding personal service and comfortable accommodation, the Quality Hotel and Suites At The Falls is an ideal place for both business and leisure travellers. GeneralThe Quality Hotel... More

From US$100

8 Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls

3 stars
3.8 / 5

7001 Buffalo Avenue Map

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Positioned on the riverside in Niagara Falls, Four Points By Sheraton Niagara Falls Hotel offers a relaxing sanctuary for business and leisure travellers visiting this part of Canada. From the... More

From US$99

9 Rodeway Inn Niagara Falls

1 star
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

492 Main Street Map

Whether you are on business, conference, vacation or simply have chosen to take a well-deserved break from everyday life, the Rodeway Inn Niagara Falls provides facilities that make your stay... More

From US$69

10 Travelers Budget Inn Niagara Falls

2 stars
2.3 / 5

9001 Niagara Falls Blvd Map

Presenting standard facilities and luxurious comfort, the Travelers Budget Inn Niagara Falls offers intimate hospitality and friendly services for an unparalleled retreat. Guests can take the... More

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