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Niagara Falls Area Spare Time

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Niagara Falls Area Spare Time

I may have a spare day in the niagara area around the 11th december. We will spend 1 day at the falls, but are not sure what else there is to do there for a second day and also given that it is winter,and a lot of the activities don't run. We are not really into casinos or anything like that, is there any other suggestions for interesting things to see do there? I looked at Niagara on the Lake, but it seems like its all wineries, which again are good to visit a couple, but given we cannot buy any and transport it home, I would prefer to do something better if there is any other suggestions.

We will be driving to Niagara from Pittsburgh, and heading to Toronto/Montreal afterwards. We are interested in history, nature, architecture. Budget not really an issue.

Thanks so much for your help

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Hi, I just got back from Niagara Falls last Thursday after spending 5 days there. A lot of the attractions like Maid of the mist etc had closed that week aswell as a number of Hotels & Restaurants for the season. I'm not entirley sure what else there is to do there apart from viewing the Falls. A lot of the Hotels are located on top of a hill so if you're not too good on your feet it could be challenging walking back up if the weather turns bad, also I noticed some signs that said some of the footpaths along the Falls are not maintained in the icey weather. For history etc Toronto has plenty of that and is around 1.5 hours drive from Niagara, but note that traffic on the way in & out of Toronto can be very congested during rush hours. Enjoy the Falls, they're lovely.

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This is a bit tricky to answer without knowing what you like to do with your spare time. There is a nice (small) butterfly conservatory


Oct 31 - Dec 23

Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm

Sat & Sun 10am - 5pm

Keep an eye out for coupons in your hotel's ad rack, as it's fairly pricey.

The Bird Kingdom is an interesting free-flying aviary.


Both places are warm to hot (nice change from Dec weather in Niagara.) Given you are from Australia (?) you may not find the butterflies and birds as exotic as those of us from Ontario, though.

Most people visiting Niagara in the winter are going to one of the 2 big waterparks for the day.



The "rink at the brink" will be open in December but unless it's a Monday, you do have to pay to skate.

Hope this helps a bit.

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Still worth considering NOTL. It's a lovely quaint village and the surrounding roads and area are good too. They have a Pandora shop there too!

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4. Re: Niagara Falls Area Spare Time

Just a couple of corrections to a previous post:

<< There is a nice (small) butterfly conservatory >>

The Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory is the largest in North America and the largest glassed enclosed one in the world.

<< Most people visiting Niagara in the winter are going to one of the 2 big waterparks for the day. >>

Although the waterparks are very popular, MOST of the few million people that visit during the winter come for the Falls, the lights, the attractions, the fireworks, the casinos, etc.

Only Fallsview Waterpark has day passes, Great Wolf is only for patrons staying there.

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The marriott is a good location if you need a hotel. There is a fun brazialian steakhouse nearby. Helicopter ride would be great. Maid of the midst would be cold but you can dress warm.

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>>"Maid of the midst would be cold but you can dress warm."<<

The Maid of the Mist is now closed for the season, and will not re-open until the spring of 2012.

Best Regards

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