Why You Should Visit Niagara Falls in the Winter (PHOTOS)

  • 01 of 06

    Visiting Niagara Falls in the winter

    Frozen Niagara Falls
    Photo Credit: josullivan.59/Flickr

    While you may think of avoiding Niagara Falls during the winter months because of the frigid temperatures, I can promise that it's one of the best times to visit. You may also be concerned that some of the activities you'd like to check out will be closed, that's true, but there's so much to do that I can assure you that you won't be disappointed.

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  • 02 of 06

    Less crowded

    Niagara Falls tourists
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    If you've considered postponing your trip until the temperatures are a little warmer, you're not alone, which is exactly why you should head to Niagara Falls during the winter. Most tourists prefer to come during the warm summer months making winter much cheaper and a lot less crowded.

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  • 03 of 06

    A little cheaper

    Frozen Niagara Falls
    Niagara Falls; always the tourist attraction. Photo Credit: Craig Kanalley

    Since most people end up visiting the Falls during the warmer months, you can get an incredible deal on a hotel room. And lucky for you, there are a number of hotels that guarantee a view of the Falls from your room. While you may find a great deal when traveling during the fall or spring, you're much more likely to find the lowest price when temperatures are low.

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  • 04 of 06

    Stunning views

    Frozen Niagara Falls
    Photo Credit: Heather Rhodes/Flickr

    Let's be honest, the views of Niagara Falls are always stunning but during the winter months there's something ethereal about standing at the brink of something so massive and desolate. That's not something you'll get to experience during the summer months necessarily when you're surrounded by thousands of other tourists. Also, you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a frozen Niagara Falls that happens every so often.

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  • 05 of 06

    If you go in the winter, you can still go on another vacation in the summer

    Niagara Falls at winter
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    Many people like to the "one big trip a year" rule, but I've never understood why. I mean, I get it for financial reasons, but you can take a vacation for pretty cheap these days with all of the discount websites for airfare, rental cars, hotels, activities, etc. So the "big" trip doesn't have to mean the expensive trip. With that being said, you should visit the Falls during the winter so you can get a good deal, and still have time to check out another place during the summer months. So you may miss that Caribbean vacation this January if you head to Niagara Falls, but who's to say that you can't visit this July and get the best of both worlds?

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    Something different

    Frozen Niagara Falls
    Temperatures have averaged nearly 15 degrees below normal for February. Photo Credit: Lavanya Krishnan

    Most people head to the Caribbean during winter because they want to soak up the warm weather, and frankly, I don't blame them. But how about trying something different this year and checking out the Falls. The Caribbean will always be there so you can go next year. 

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