The massive size, thundering waters, and elegant majesty of Niagara Falls have drawn honeymoon couples and other romantics for generations. If you're planning a visit, don't miss the main attractions and best activities in and around the Falls for couples in love. Note: American citizens need a Passport Card or Passport Book to enter Canada.
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Couples can't get much closer to the Falls than on the Maid of the Mist. You'll get a complimentary poncho when you board, and you'll need it: The boat cruises downstream from the Falls, bringing you so close that you will feel the mist on your face. (If you don't want to get wet, you can duck inside.)
Depending on weather conditions, the tour starts up in April or May and typically ends for the season in October.
02 of 06If sailing close to the thundering falls on the gentler Maid of the Mist isn't thrilling enough, picture yourselves doing it in a speedboat. The trip, which takes about an hour, speeds toward the turbulent waters as you feel yourselves getting wetter and wetter (ponchos provided). This affordable trip is one of the most popular activities in Niagara Falls.
03 of 06An experience to remember forever, this helicopter flight is designed just for two. Departing daily between 10 am and 4 pm, the flight soars over The Falls and Niagara wine country and points out historic landmarks and other points of interest. The best time to go is on the last flight of the day, close to sunset. That's when you'll get the best photos and most romantic views. A complimentary bottle of Niagara champagne is included in this package.
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While The Falls absolutely are worth seeing (and experiencing on water, land, and in the air), the town of Niagara Falls itself is a tourist trap with an abundance of tacky family attractions.
If you prefer something more sophisticated after viewing the natural wonder, the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake is just 20 minutes away by car. A small-group tour acquaints you with the town and region and also takes you to vineyards to have a wine and cheese tasting at a selection of wineries. This area is famed for producing sweet and delicious ice wine, a perfect dessert complement. Some tours include a meal.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Like to gamble when you travel? Or want to learn how? The glitzy Fallsview Casino Resort is one of the top places to stay in Niagara Falls and no place for families traveling with children. It's the largest gaming resort in Canada, with 3,000 slot machines and 130 table games. In addition to its casino and live entertainment, it contains many rooms with outstanding views, a spa, shopping galleria, several restaurants, and even a wedding chapel.
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Don't leave Niagara Falls without making a stop at its extensive dutyfree store. If you've developed a taste for ice wine, this is the place to pick up a few bottles before you head home (rather than shlepping them around on your trip). Many other brands of liquor are also sold here at lower prices than you may find at home.
It's also the place to pick up Canadian specialities such as genuine maple syrup and Nestle's scrumptious Coffee Crisp candy bars, which put Hershey's to shame.
New items (such as flavored spirits and liqueurs) and limited-edition products will tempt you to spend your last Canadian dollars (American currency is also accepted and the cashiers will compute the conversion for you).
The shop also has an extensive cosmetics department that carries Clinique, Christian Dior, Elizabeth Arden, Estée Lauder,Lancome, Shiseido, and Biotherm cosmetics. The dutyfree store, which is located across from the Falls on the Canadian side, has a large overlook beyond its parking lot with a gorgeous view. Keep in mind:
- Dutyfree no longer reimburses visitors for purchases made in Canada that include the VAT tax.
- Don't attempt to bring Cuban cigars back into the US, where they are illegal. If you smoke stogies, buy and light them up on the Canadian side.