Niagara Zipline Falls is an easy weekend trip from the East Coast of the USA and the West Coast. Unfortunately, there aren’t many nonstop flights to Buffalo. But if you’re from California, you can head to Detroit or Chicago and be ready for fun in Buffalo or Toronto in the morning!
I recommend staying on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls because there is so much more to do. It’s a 40-minute drive from Buffalo Airport to the border. We arrived at the border around 11 a.m. and only had to wait about 10 minutes to meet an agent.
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Niagara zipline Things To Do
I had an aggressive 5-page itinerary for my 48-hour girls’ trip to the falls! While most of it is just a prank to excite my friends, there are many things to do. I think 48 hours is enough to enjoy Niagara Falls. You can fit all of the following in before returning to work on Monday morning.
- Zipling: Yes, you can zipline over the Falls! Okay, so it looks more like the edge of the Waterfall. But either way, it’s an enjoyable and relaxed activity. If you’re afraid of ziplining, don’t worry! Compared to other ziplines I’ve done, this was the least scary. They sit you in a small chair, open the door, and off you go.
- Moreover, this view will make you forget your fears instantly! My friends and I bought a Groupon, which got $10 off the original price of $49.99 per person. But remember that you’ll have to pay a few dollars in tax when you arrive.
- Cruise to the Waterfalls: I’m sure you’ve heard of the Maid of the Mist boat cruise. It is the same thing but separated from the Canadian side of the Falls. This activity will not remain missed if you want to get up close and personal with the waterfalls. You will get a cape before getting on the boat, but be careful; you will get wet! It was 100% worth it and one of the most fun times we had all weekend! Prices are CAD 25.95 for adults and CAD 15.95 for children. Children under 5 are free.
- Journey Behind the Falls: If Niagara Trips isn’t close enough to the Falls for you, consider Journey Behind the Falls, where you can go behind Niagara Falls. You will descend approximately 50 meters below the bedrock to explore 130-year-old tunnels and feel the power and thunderous roar of the Falls! It is the closest place you can get to this beautiful natural wonder. Ticket prices are $17.30 for adults and $11.25 for children.
- Fallsview Casino: With over 3,000 slot types of machinery and 130 gambling tables, Fallsview Casino is Canada’s most significant. Inside you’ll find tables for blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, baccarat and more. There’s also video roulette and any slot machine you could want. There are a few bars inside the casino, but be aware that it is nothing like Vegas! You can’t get free drinks while gambling.
- Wineries: Just 30 minutes north of Niagara Falls, you’ll find over 20 wineries in Niagara-On-The-Lake. The region is famous for its ice wines, made from grapes frozen on the vine and picked at the right temperature. It is a sweet dessert wine in many different forms throughout the region, including iced martinis! If wine isn’t your thing, the town also has cute boutiques and shops along the shores of Lake Ontario. It is a great spot to check out if you want to get away from the Niagara Falls crowds for an afternoon.
- Shopping: Just a 15-minute drive from the tourist area of Niagara Falls, you’ll find the Outlet Collection at Niagara. You’ll find everything from Adidas to Saks Off Fifth. See the complete list of stores here.
Where to Go?
I’m not going to lie; I was hoping for better nightlife in Niagara Falls for a girl’s weekend getaway. Maybe it was a weekend off. I’m not sure to be honest. But there are fun places to dance and have a drink.
Jack’s: Cheap cocktails with more of a dance club feel. It comes alive later in the evening.
Spicy Olive: We remained told this was a “cougar bar” in Niagara Falls. However, we didn’t see any cougar activity taking place! But there was live music, a large round bar, and a good drink selection.
Where were we
We stayed at the Embassy Suites because their prices are slightly cheaper than most higher-end options. It is also the closest hotel to the Waterfalls!
For our group of 6, we chose a suite with two queen beds with a sofa bed. There was enough room for all of us. There was a small mini bar area and a giant jacuzzi tub!
Our city-view room was not ready when we arrived at the hotel before check-in. But of course, the hotel had Fallsview rooms available for a fee! For just $80 more per night, we could upgrade to Fallsview and check in immediately.
Let me tell you, the Fallsview Room is 100% worth it. When I saw this view, I didn’t even mind that they tricked us into paying more. If you’re only in Niagara Falls for a night or two, spend the extra money and enjoy the spectacular views. I mean, the photos of the view speak for themselves! All six of us stood in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows in awe.
Hotels in Niagara Falls are very similar to Vegas, where you don’t have to go out for entertainment. Embassy Suites has three on-site restaurants, including TGI Fridays, Starbucks, The Keg Steakhouse, and a Bar overlooking the Falls. There are a few more within walking distance and hotel bars, too.
Unfortunately, there is no self-parking or valet at the hotel. The hotel will park your car for you (for a fee!), but when you’re ready to pick up your vehicle, you have to take the shuttle to a location 3 minutes down the road.
A semi-annoying thing about most hotels in Niagara Falls is that getting a view of the Falls requires some walking. There is a cable car to the Waterfall, but you must pay for it. The easiest way to get to the view and the main tourist area is to exit your hotel’s front door and walk along the street.
Niagara Zipline Other Hotels:
With more than 55 hotels in the Niagara Falls area, every budget has an option. Here are a few:
Four Points from Sheraton Fallsview – Gamblers unite! The hotel remains connected to Fallsview Casino via a covered walkway.
Sterling Inn & Spa – For those seeking relaxation
Travelodge at the Falls – Good for those on smaller budgets
Summer is an excellent time to visit Niagara Falls for guaranteed warm weather, but I recommend fall. It is beautiful to see the leaves changing around the Waterfall. However, be sure to get there early as many activities close when winter arrives. For example, the Journey to the Falls cruises ends on November 30. And honestly, who wants to get wet in The Maid of the Mist in the middle of January anyway?
I can plan 48 hours of nonstop fun at Niagara Falls! Even if Niagara Falls is in your backyard, don’t overlook this spectacular, action-packed place.
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