Niagara Falls is one of the most family-friendly destinations in North America. There are ample opportunities for kids to explore nature, learn history, and have good, clean fun. However, while the kids are away, Niagara Falls transforms into an adult’s playground, perfect for unwinding and letting go. No matter how you get rid of your kids for the weekend, here’s how you can enjoy Niagara Falls in the most grown-up ways possible.
Many Americans likely do not realize that gambling is legal in most of Canada, unlike most of the United States. Thus, when you visit Niagara Falls, you have the opportunity to play all the casino games you so rarely get the chance to experience. There are a handful of casinos around the Niagara region of Ontario, but the biggest and best in Niagara Falls proper is the Fallsview Casino Resort. With 3,000 slot machines, 130 game tables, and a special poker room, this casino is so full of entertainment that you’ll never want to leave.
Though Niagara Falls may be known for the thundering waters of Horseshoe, American, and Bridal Falls, the region offers plenty more in terms of exciting beverages. The excellent wine and ale trails of the Niagara region are certainly adults-only adventures.
Despite being part of the Great White North, Niagara has a mild climate compared to other (colder) areas of Canada. The warm temperatures and the fertile soil combine to make Niagara one of the best places in the world to grow wine grapes. There are dozens of fantastic vineyards around the Niagara Wine Country, and most of them are easily within driving distance of Niagara Falls proper; just a small number of suggestions include:
• Inniskillin Winery
• Peller Estates Winery
• Chateau des Charmes
• Rockway Vineyards
• Laily Vineyards
Nearly every winery offers samples of their best wines, and plenty boast winning restaurants that present delicious food pairings, as well. If you don’t want to assign a designated driver, you can find guided tours of the best wineries replete with transportation to and from your Niagara Falls hotel.
While craft beer is newer to Niagara Falls than wine, the region is developing quite an impressive ale trail which is attracting the notice of beer aficionados. In the beating heart of Niagara’s tourist district sits a brand new microbrewery called Niagara Brewing Company, which is producing charming beers with local flair. Farther from Niagara Falls’ hustle and bustle, there are a number of other breweries and bars well worth a visit, including:
• Oast House Brewers
• Silversmith Brewing Company
• Syndicate Restaurant and Brewery
• Merchant Ale House Restaurant Brewpub
• Taps on Queen Brewhouse and Grill
Most adults want to stay up long past kids’ bed times — and on an adults-only trip to Niagara Falls, there is plenty of nightlife to enjoy. Exhilarating music, crowded dancefloors, and endless drinks make the clubs around Niagara Falls popular for locals and tourists alike. Here are our favorites for late nights out:
• Dragonfly. Flashing lights, wide open dancefloor, and bumping beats all night long.
• Yuk Yuk’s. Hilarious acts, engaging emcee, and intimate stage.
• Club Se7en. Fun music, lavish decoration, and convenient location.
• Club Mardi Gras. Exciting atmosphere, comfortable setting, and vast karaoke selection.
Niagara Falls has access to some of the best local produce in the country, which means most of the eateries of the region offer fresh, delicious dishes. However, due to kids’ notoriously picky palates, many visitors don’t get to experience the delicacy of Niagara Falls’ more extravagant restaurants. If you want something more complicated than a hamburger and chicken tenders, you should look into reserving a table at one of these fine dining establishments around the region:
• Tide and Vine Oyster House
• Queen Charlotte Tea Room
• Casa Mia Ristorante
The point of a vacation is to slow down. After you enjoy all the sights, sounds, and tastes of Niagara Falls, you can’t forget to indulge yourself with some rest and relaxation at the Christienne Fallsview Spa. After a few rejuvenating therapies, like the beaute neuve facial (which brightens skin with natural fruit acids) or the honey lavender parfait body treatment (which exfoliates and softens skin with organic rice bran and essential oils), you can come home after your thrilling, mature vacation with beautiful skin and a healthy attitude.