What is There for Couples to Do in Niagara Falls?

Activities and attractions in Niagara Falls.

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 boast 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.) On this eight-hour luxury tour, couples also get to experience both the Canadian and American sides. Depending on the weather, you'll be able to stand under the Horseshoe Falls Mist on a "Journey Behind the Falls." This tour includes a buffet lunch at the Fallsview Restaurant, which has a romantic view of the Falls from on high. You'll also get to visit several other local points of interest including Goat Island, the Skylon Tower, and the Floral Clock. This tour operates between May and October.
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    Open Jet Boat Tour of The Falls

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    If 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.
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    Niagara Falls Grand Helicopter Tour

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    An 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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    Niagara-on-the-Lake Wine-Tasting Tour including Lunch or Dinner

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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. This 5.5-hour small-group tour acquaints you with the town and region and also takes you to vineyards to have a wine tasting. (This area is known for producing sweet and delicious ice wine.) The tour includes hotel pick up and drop off plus a three-course lunch or dinner, depending upon the time of day you select.

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    Niagara Casino Exterior
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    Like to gamble when you travel? The glitzy Fallsview Casino Resort is one of the top places to stay in Niagara Falls. It's also the largest gaming resort in Canada. 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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    My favorite place to shop in Niagara Falls is the 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 to pick up Canadian specialities such as genuine maple syrup. New items (such as Baileys Biscotti Flavor liqueur) and limited-edition products will tempt you to spend your last Canadian dollars (American currency is also accepted.

    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...MORE 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.