What to do in Niagara Falls

What to do in Niagara Falls?

(Said no one ever)! If you are a first timer to Niagara Falls this might be the one and only time you will be asking the question “What to do in Niagara Falls? Niagara Falls is so much more than a huge waterfall (well let’s clear one thing up…there are actually three waterfalls to be exact), The Canadian Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. Now let’s get to the good stuff. The fun stuff…the making memories with your family kind of stuff.

Even as a local Niagarian, there are so many places to explore with your family.

Here are a few favourites for the first timers and second timers because you can’t do everything in one day. Niagara is a whole region, not just one city…so get ready to make room for a little fun with the fam.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Young and old, this is an adventure for all ages. Hold on tight and be sure to grab a red poncho because you are going to get wet.  These catamarans hold up to 700 people and take approximately 8000 trips #IntoTheMist. Cast your vote and coin Hornblower Niagara Cruises as the Top Ontario Attraction – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TBKFKHN

Journey Behind the Falls

Wardrobe change time, this time to a yellow poncho. Get ready to literally take a journey behind the Falls (the name tells it like it is). Here you’re going to experience the mighty Falls crashing from 13 storeys above. During the summertime, there is over 2,800 cubic meters of water thundering over the brink of the Falls every second, travelling 65 kilometers per hour (and you get to experience that from behind the scenes). Yes, you get a back stage pass…

Wildplay’s MistRider Zipline to the Falls

This is the newest and most talked about attraction. It officially launches to the public on July 20th. Get ready to fly as you soar through the sky on four parallel ziplines, travelling at 670 metres (2,200 feet) through the wide river gorge. And the best part is that you get front row seats to the American and Horseshoe Falls. The minimum age to fly starts at 7 years old (or 65 pounds).

There’s also the Whirlpool Adventure Course to explore. Choose your own adventure (Classic, Extreme or Kids Course).

Kids Course

Picture fun obstacles suspended up to 5 metres (16 feet high), including a dozen cool games and Bumble ziplines. The minimum age to join in the fun is 5 years old.

Classic Course

The Classic Course is just that, an obstacle course that includes ladders, nets, ropes, logs, bridges and a few surprises. The minimum age to join in is 7 years old.

Extreme Course

Take the classic course and add more challenging everything. The minimum age to participate is 12 years old and they must be accompanied by a chaperone.

Hiking in the Niagara Gorge Trail

The Niagara Glen is one of those hidden gems loved by the locals and those adventurous visitors who discover it have an equal fondness and appreciation for this nature beauty. The Niagara Gorge Trail has been a designated Nature Reserve since 1992. Don’t let the metal stairways intimidate you. These stairs lead to 4 km (2.5 mi) of paths that wind through a pristine pocket of Carolinian Forest, past boulders left behind as the Falls eroded through the area thousands of years ago. It’s a history lesson in beauty by your tour guide, Mother Nature.

There are many different paths to take: red, white, blue. Whatever path you choose, all lead to the thundering and wondrous Niagara River. During your journey, you’ll also discover interesting wildlife (such as salamanders, snakes or if you are lucky you might be able to spot the peregrine falcons nesting in the Niagara Gorge).

Safari Niagara

Safari Niagara is one of those attractions that you might explore during your second visit to Niagara Falls. It’s a bit of a hike (a 20 minute drive) to the quaint town of Stevensville, but so worth it! It’s so much more than a zoo. It’s the coolest classroom setting you can imagine. It’s a lesson in Zoology. A chance for the kids to learn about all different species (1000 to be exact). It’s a cooling zone where kids can cool off after a hot day of exploration. It’s a physical education lesson where kids can burn off tons of energy in the sand park or jump on the pillowy trampoline. It’s a place of inspiration where kids can become a zookeeper for the day. A zookeeper? How cool is that? In honour of National Zookeeper Week, July 17 – 23, Safari Niagara is giving the opportunity for one lucky child to become a Jr. Zookeeper for the day on August 9th. Check out the details on Facebook. It’s also a music lesson for parents, where they can recite the lyrics to ACDC on July 23rd or Pink Floyd on August 13th.

Urban Slide

If you happen to be visiting Niagara Falls on August 13th, you have to check out the urban slide. It’s 1000 feet of slip and slide fun. There are also custom designed surfboards, tubes and towels to enhance your experience (yes please)!

If you’re more into tradition, don’t forget all the popular things to do in Niagara Falls. From the Butterfly Conservatory to the Bird Kingdom and you can’t forget the place that screams fun, “Clifton Hill.”

Stay in the “centre of it all,” the Courtyard Marriott is one of the most family friendly Niagara Falls Hotels loved by those big and small. We’ll help solve the “what to do in Niagara Falls” mystery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Top Five Niagara Falls Canada Attractions

The Top Five Niagara Falls Canada Attractions

Niagara Falls continues to amaze us with ever-evolving new and exciting attractions.

Here are our top five Niagara Falls Canada Attractions that you MUST experience:

#1 Hornblower Niagara Cruises

If you haven’t yet experienced the wonderment of this watercraft attraction, well you simply must. You can experience it day or night, as there are many cruise options to choose from:

Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour

This is a 20 minute exhilarating boat cruise that provides spectacular views of the American, Bridal Veil and gets right into the mist of our personal favourite, the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Hold on tight because this is a thrilling boat tour that will leave you speechless.

Falls Illumination Cruise

Experience 40 minutes of getting to know our natural wonder, Niagara Falls at night. This is a sensory experience that your eyes and ears will love. You won’t believe how close you get to both the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls and to see both Falls illuminated in all colours of the rainbow and the spectacular skyline of the city – ummm breathtaking.

Fireworks Cruise

This cruise is similar to the Falls Illumination Cruise, but also includes an extraordinary display of the fireworks over the Falls (your kids might even use the word “epic” to describe this experience).

Check out the Day Cruise for yourself:

#2 Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

This one is equally as exhilarating as #1 and will definitely get your heart racing. This 45 minute to 1 hour journey will be one history and geology lesson you will be talking about for years. You’ll learn important facts about the majestic Niagara River and experience class 5 whitewater rapids first hand. Be sure to hold on to your seats for a ride of a lifetime.

 

 

#3 Journey Behind the Falls

With this Niagara Falls attraction, you’ll take a journey deep below (45 metres (150 ft.) through bedrock to tunnels) leading to the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls and YES you WILL get WET! The mighty Niagara Falls mist will tumble from 13 storeys above.

Now here are some cool facts (again more history lessons – it’s a win-win situation for you and your kids):

  • over 2,800 cubic metres of water thunders over the brink every second, traveling 65 kilometres per hour
  • you’ll experience the awesome spectacle of one-fifth of the world’s fresh water crashing down to the basin below

 

#4 Whirlpool Aero Car

On this spectacular attraction you will soar the Great Gorge above the Niagara River in an antique cable car (your kids might be thinking “archaic”, but by the end (trust us) they will be thinking “awesome”). During this ride you’ll see the thunderous rapids of the Niagara Whirlpool right below you (this is the point where “archaic” turns to “awesome”).

The whirlpool aero car travels safely between two different points of the Canadian shore of the Niagara River over the spectacular Whirlpool. A round trip is about one kilometre (3,600 feet) and can carry up to 35 standing passengers. Be sure to explore the White Water Walk and experience the raging rapids that twist and turn right before your very eyes.

#5 a) Ziplining Niagara Falls

This unbelievable attraction is set to launch on July 15th and is one of the most talked about Niagara Falls Canada Attractions.

The MistRider Zipline will soar high and fast towards the breathtaking Niagara Falls.

This is how it’s set to work:

  • there will be four parallel ziplines travelling at 670 metres (2,200 feet) through the wild river gorge, where you will experience picture perfect views of the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls
  • Pricing is currently expected to be $49.99 per person
  • Minimum age is 7 years old (rider must weigh between 65 and 300lbs)
  • Youth under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult

 

Pre-book your adventure today!

b) Whirlpool Adventure Course

This is a thrilling and adventurous new experience that is sure to bring out your inner child. This course involves suspended obstacles and ziplines high above the Whirlpool and Great Gorge. There will be three self-paced courses which involve climbing, ziplining, jumping, and swinging aerial games.

‘What’s to Fear Jump’

This is a loose line leap from 40-feet (yes you heard us correctly – 40 feet)! The heart-pounding plummet to terra firma (here’s your chance to polish up your latin skills) is a mental and physical adrenaline-rush for people age seven to adult. The ‘What’s to Fear Jump’ can be done as a stand-alone activity, or to enhance WildPlay’s Whirlpool Adventure Course experience.

Prices range from $19.99 to $39.99

We don’t have any cool pictures or videos to share at this point, but when we do you’ll be the first to see them or feel free to send us some shots of your great adventures.

Are you ready for some awe-inspiring new adventures this summer? Be sure to check out all of these incredible Niagara Falls Canada Attractions very soon! And get ready to add some good old memories to that memory bank of yours.

 

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Are you looking for that perfect gift for that special lady in your life? Come and enjoy the beauty of Niagara Falls with your beauty.

Here are some of our favourite fun-filled things to do with your Mom:

Sip & Sizzle – Weekends in May

We can think of so many ways to thank your mom and this one is at the top of the list (along with a dozen others). Spend the afternoon sipping fine VQA wine from 25 Niagara Wineries and taste some great sizzling BBQ goodness.

Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts

Experience a “Symphony of the Senses” – world class music, wine, visual culinary arts combined with Niagara’s natural beauty and historic riches at Stratus Vineyards.

May 6th – Peter Bence & Laila Biali @ 8pm

May 7th – Tony Yike Yang @ 1pm

May 7th – Emily Bear @ 5pm

Handmade Market – May 6th – 7th

Sip, savour and stroll the annual Handmade Market with your mom. With over 100 talented artisans, handmade food and local wine, this event is sure to make mom happy.

Food Truck Eats – May 21st – 23rd

Celebrate Mother’s Day for the whole month of May. This event is one you cannot miss. Three days of food truck bliss, award-winning wine and and local entertainment with the beautiful Peller Estates’ Vineyard as your backdrop. Book soon because these tickets sell out fast.

Inniskillin Cooking Club – May 8th 

It’s 2.5 hours of fun with Executive Chef Tim Mackiddie. Experience the magic of Niagara’s freshest ingredients paired with Inniskillin Wine. And the best part… is you don’t have to do the dishes.

Niagara Wineries

Speaking of wineries, there are over 70 to choose from in this glorious place we call home. So pick your favourites and explore by foot or bike.

Get to Know the City

Niagara Falls has so much to offer. From hopping on board Hornblower Niagara Cruises to exploring the natural beauty of the Botanical Gardens.

Shopping at the Outlet Collection at Niagara 

We can’t forget that magical place that all women love. The Outlet Collection at Niagara is a must stop during your time with mom. With over 100 stores, boutiques, restaurants and the new Saks Fifth Avenue OFF Fifth, you’ll have mom smiling ear to ear.

Niagara Falls Casinos

Test your luck at one of the two Niagara Falls Casinos, Fallsview Casino or Casino Niagara.

Dining at the Keg Steakhouse + Bar

Who doesn’t love the Keg? Mouth-watering steaks and seafood. Check out the new menu – from the California Greens to start to the sweet minis to finish, you’re sure to find something mom will love.

Stay for a night or spend the weekend. The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is the perfect place because of the location “in the centre of it all,” footsteps away from both Casinos, favourite attractions and the world famous Falls.  With so many Niagara Falls hotel packages to choose from, there’s one with mom’s name on it.

 

Niagara Falls Easter Weekend

Niagara Falls Easter Weekend – Hop on Over

Peter Cottontail is going to be hopping on over to Niagara Falls really soon to prepare for all of the great Easter traditions happening in our neck of the woods.

Here are a few of our favourite Easter traditions:

Bird Kingdom – March 25th – 27th

Enjoy an Eggstra special Easter weekend. Kids (4-15) are just $7.00 with a regular adult admission. Enjoy hundreds of free-flying birds in a 50,000 square foot tropical rainforest setting, as well as an Easter egg hunt all day with prizes.

Food and Wine Pairing – 13th Street Winery – March 26th – 28th

Sample homemade Chorizo puffs paired with the perfect glass of wine.

Easter Weekend at the Good Earth – March 26th – 28th

It’s a weekend of Good Earth treats paired with Good Earth grapes (compliments of Mother Nature).

Easter at Heartland Forest – March 26th – 11am – 2pm

It’s a day of family fun in the forest: campfire and marshmallows, scavenger hunt, train rides, mini putt and more.

Floral Showhouse Annual Spring and Easter Show – until Easter weekend

Don’t miss this annual tradition! For over 60 years visitors have come to Discover Paradise at this lush oasis, just a short walk from the Niagara Falls. Collections of orchids, succulents and other tropical plant species are on display throughout the year, along with floral shows that reflect the changing seasons. Flying throughout the greenery are colourful tropical birds that may sing for your entertainment!

The Outlet Collection at Niagara is open all Weekend

With over 100 retail stores, you can shop ’til you drop all Easter weekend long.

Friday, March 25th and Monday, March 28th – 10 am – 6pm

Easter Egg Hunt at Fireman’s Park – Good Friday at 11am

This is an annual event that kids adore, as Fireman’s Park is filled with over 450 pounds of hidden goodies. Admission is $3 per child and the funds raised go towards Project Share and the Park maintenance.

You can also create your own Easter experience with dozens of Niagara Wineries & Microbreweries and Niagara Falls Attractions to choose from and you can’t forget a special visit to see Mother Nature.

Check out our Packages! From family fun to a romantic getaway, we’ve got a package with your name on it.

 

Fun Things to Do in Niagara Falls for Families

Fun Things to Do in Niagara Falls for Families

January is just flying by and before you know it, it will be time for our mini break with our families. Whether it’s just for a few days or a week away, the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is the place to be this Family Day and/or March Break. It’s the little things in life that make us happy and having fun with our family is one of the greatest things.

Here are our favourite fun things to do in Niagara Falls with our families:

 Bird Kingdom – great Family Specials

Spend a day with your little munchkins and thousands of free flying munchkins (a.k.a birds) and reptiles. The Bird Kingdom is offering $2.00 off each regular admission on a daily basis. However check out this great deal: during March Break (March 14 – 20), receive 50% off your child’s admission. This promises to be a fun-filled day.

March Break at Niagara Falls Museums – March 18th – 10am – 5pm

This FREE event has fun written all over it. Explore the prehistoric world of dinosaurs with Club Rex @ 11am & 1pm! Get hands-on with their collection of dinosaur skulls, claws, teeth and real fossils! After the show, join museum staff to make a craft and search the museum for clues about our past! Finish the day off with a movie @ 3pm.

March Break Fun at Heartland Forest 

Get one with nature during March Break at Heartland Forest. While there are no scheduled events or activities, bundle your kids up (weather permitting) and explore the trails, see what’s lurking in the pond and let your kids get dirty in the playground area. After all that’s what childhood is all about – exploring and learning.

Butterfly Conservatory

The learning never ends at the Butterfly Conservatory. Explore this lush, tropical setting with over 2000 colourful  butterflies fluttering about freely (you might even be lucky enough to have one land on you). Plus check out the Emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare for their very first flight!! You also can’t miss the “We are the Insects” Exhibit – it’s a perfect family day adventure. The renowned Montreal Insectarium will be occupying the Butterfly Conservatory’s main atrium until March 31st. There will be educational displays along with live specimens including varieties of Praying Mantis, Flower Beetles, Cockroaches and Scorpions. Click here for additional information and workshop schedules.

Niagara Parks Wonder Pass

Explore the most wondrous Niagara Falls attractions including Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury and the Butterfly Conservatory. Save 55% when you book the Niagara Wonder Pass. Adults $21.95 plus tax | Kids 6 – 12 $16.95 plus tax.

White Meadows Farms Sugar Bush Adventure 

The Sugar Bush adventure is a real treat for the whole family. Get one with nature and learn how the magic of Maple Syrup is created…right in the heart of the Sugar Bush. This is what your adventure will look like…Visit interactive stations along your route where the Natives retell the tales of maple syrup’s discovery and modern sugarmakers measure the girth of their trees. Jig with the pioneers to their favourite fiddle tunes while maple syrup boils over an open fire, or clasp the handles of a lumberjack’s saw to cut your own sugar bush bling. Whether you go to zigzag through the boggling sap line maze, swagger across the old rickety bridge, or test your wingspan back-to-back with a mighty bird, fun times await in the sugar bush for the whole family. Let our period-dressed re-enactors answer your maple questions while they transport you across the awe-inspiring world of 100% Pure Maple Syrup.  And don’t miss the legendary, stick-to-your-lips delicious, sugaring-season tradition — Taffy-on-Snow!

Clifton Hill – “the street of oh so much fun”

A trip to Niagara Falls wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Clifton Hill. From the spooky haunted houses to bowling and the Canadian midway, there’s lots of fun to be had on Clifton Hill.

Stay at one of the most family friendly Niagara Falls Hotels, the Courtyard by Marriott. We’re minutes away from all of these Niagara Falls family activities. Plus we have tons of on-site amenities (like our indoor pool and games room) and our Kids Love Niagara Package to keep your family entertained all day long. This package includes it all: accommodations, one dinner voucher for The Keg ($40 value) or T.G.I. Friday’s ($35 value), movie and popcorn night in your guest room, 4 Ultimate Fun Passes (Niagara SkyWheel, Movieland Wax Museum, Galaxy Glow in the Dark mini putt, Ghostblasters Haunted House Ride and XD Theatre – 6D Motion Ride Experience), plus fifteen tokens at the Canadian Midway on Clifton Hill.

Check out our current One Night Family Fun Package which starts at $189.99 per night and includes: accommodations, breakfast, one dinner voucher for The Keg Steakhouse + Bar or T.G.I. Friday’s, four SkyWheel Passes and a movie and popcorn night in your guest room.

Niagara Falls in Winter

Niagara Falls in Winter

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. In a few weeks it will be time to say good-bye to the 33rd annual Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights and the 3 Million twinkling lights and over 125 animated displays. Be sure to get your last viewing before January 31, 2016. Many of the associates have had a chance to see the Festival of Lights this year and the feedback has been outstanding. One of the favourites are the trees wrapped in lights along the Parkway and in Dufferin Islands.

DUFFERIN ISLANDS

Speaking of Dufferin Islands, this year has been one to remember. From the incredible Canadian Wildlife displays to the dozens of individually wrapped trees and inukshuks, this year’s Winter Festival of Lights is truly wondrous.

FREE LASER LIGHT SHOWS

Don’t miss the free laser light shows in the Fallsview Boulevard District nightly at 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm until January 24th. There is also an interactive laser booth where you can write messages and see them immediately on a near-by building with laser-light. How cool is that?

FIREWORKS AND FALLS ILLUMINATION SCHEDULE

There are also the spectacular fireworks over the Falls every Friday night at 9pm until January 29th. Plus nightly Niagara Falls illuminations. Check out the 2016 Niagara Falls Illumination and Fireworks Schedule.

NIAGARA FALLS IN WINTER EVENTS:

– Niagara Icewine Festival which runs until January 31st

– Skate Niagara Ice Show – Meridian Centre – February 26th

– Snowshoeing in the Vineyard –  Thirty Bench – weekends in January, February and March

Niagara Casinos – Shows and Events – Both Sides of the Border  (Taylor Dayne, Michael Bolton, Little Big Town, Whoopi Goldberg, Tracy Morgan and more)

Plus many of our Niagara Falls Attractions are open year round: Journey Behind the Falls, Bird Kingdom, Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara SkyWheel and many more.

Looking for a Niagara Falls hotel for your Winter Getaway? The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is one of the closest Niagara Falls Hotels to these spectacular and traditional Winter Events. Check out our current special offer, a One Night Package starting at $109 per night. And check back on Monday for our next special offer.

Make Niagara Falls in Winter an annual tradition!

Niagara Falls Christmas Events 2015

Niagara Falls Christmas Events 2015

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year. Niagara Falls is the place to be this Christmas Season.

Here is what is happening in Niagara this Holiday Season:

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Over 3 Million lights over a 5km route – how spectacular is that? Don’t miss the 32nd annual Winter Festival of Lights happening just minutes away from our hotel. The magic happens every evening until January 31st. This is one holiday event, you won’t want to miss.

Laser Light Shows

NEW to the Winter Festival of Lights this year are the laser light shows. One is happening right in our neighbourhood at the top of Clifton Hill. From December 19th – 30th, each evening there will be two lights shows, one at 6pm and the other at 9pm. There’s also a fun interactive laser booth where the whole family can write messages or draw pictures with laser light. Plus this Saturday, December 19th visit Santa Claus himself from 5 – 6pm or 7 – 8pm. The next event is happening from January 14th – 24th in the Fallsview District.

Fireworks over the Falls

During the Winter Festival of Lights enjoy Fireworks over the Falls every Friday night at dusk. Plus during the holiday season, December 21st – 26th, celebrate the holidays with fireworks every evening.

Hoot for the Holidays – Butterfly Conservatory – until January 2nd (each Saturday)

You’ll give the gift of nature this holiday season when you visit the Butterfly Conservatory’s special exhibit, Hoot for the Holidays. Featuring a variety of owls and other birds of prey along with its own stunning Owl Butterflies. The exhibit will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., each Saturday until January 2. Join local conservationists David and Kim Gibson as they introduce these beautiful Sky-Hunters or birds of prey and educate us all about their habits, unique abilities and the importance of habitat conservation. Visitors will then have an opportunity to experience and learn more about the Owl Butterflies that call the Conservatory their home and learn how they got their special name.

Floral Showhouse Holiday Display

The Floral Showhouse Holiday Display is a beautiful and exotic annual floral favourite for 65 years! It’s a great way to celebrate the beauty of the holiday season.

Niagara Falls New Years Eve 2015

Don’t miss the Niagara Falls New Years Eve 2015 concert in Queen Victoria Park starting at 8pm. This year’s line up includes: Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx, Down with Webster and Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies.

Niagara Wineries

Raise a glass to the holidays and celebrate at one of the 70 Niagara Wineries throughout Niagara Wine Country. Choose your favourites in Niagara-on-the-Lake or Twenty Valley. Plus hop on over to one of the Microbreweries – Niagara Oast or Silversmith.

After all of this holiday celebrating you are going to need a place to rest your head. Check out one of the best Niagara Falls Hotel Deals at the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls. Our One Night Package has it it: accommodations, breakfast, dinner voucher, beer, wine, cheese and fudge tasting and a lavender culinary experience starting at $109 per night.

Happy Holidays!

Niagara Falls Canada Day | Niagara Falls Fourth of July

Here are some of our favourite ways to celebrate Niagara Falls Canada Day and Niagara Falls Fourth of July.

Fireworks over the Falls

We love to celebrate with a big bang every Friday and Sunday throughout the summer. So of course we are going to do something special for our Country’s Birthday and the Birthday of our Great Neighbour (or should be say Neighbor?). Come and join us on July 1st and 4th for some spectacular eye candy in the sky. Plus don’t miss the Coca Cola Concert Series on the Queen Victoria Stage right across from Niagara Falls which happens every evening right before the Fireworks.

Canada Day Parade

Nothing says patriotism like a Canada Day Parade. The festivities start at 11am along Victoria Avenue to Queen Street ending on St. Clair Avenue. Following the parade, get ready for some musical entertainment at City Hall starting at 12:30pm until 9pm. And you can’t have a birthday celebration without birthday cake, plus free face painting and more.

Friendship Festival

Can you believe that we’ve been celebrating the Friendship Festival for 29 years? The Friendship Festival is all about the good relations between Canada and the United States since the end of the War of 1812. Come and celebrate from June 26th – 28th with fabulous food, fun and musical entertainment (live country music – Josh Gracin, Jamie O’Neal, Chadley Chase and Arms of America – U2 Tribute Band) And you can’t miss the “2015 Festivals Got Talent.”

Market at the Village – every Wednesday Night

Every Wednesday starting at 4:30pm until dusk, come to the Market at the Village in Niagara-on-the-Lake and be sure to bring your appetite and your dancing shoes. Featuring some fabulous local food vendors, wineries and microbreweries. This is the perfect place to paint the town red and white in honour of Canada.

 

Summer of Thrills – every Thursday – Monday starting July 2nd

The name says it all – featuring fabulous street performers and death-defying daredevils. New this year – The Sky Scraping Sway Pole.

Niagara Wineries

Speaking of great wineries and microbreweries, Niagara is definitely not short of some great places to raise a glass to patriotism. Visit Niagara Wine Country where you’ll find over 70 Niagara Wineries to choose from.

Niagara Microbreweries

If something “hoppy” is what you are looking for, check out Niagara Oast House Brewers (just look for the Big Red Barn past the Old Oak) or Silversmith in Niagara-on-the-Lake (just look for the church and old church from 1894 converted in a microbrewery). You will be pleasantly surprised with both.

Get Musical

There are also a few musical events to get you in the holiday spirit.

ArtPark

The Steve Miller Band with special guest Miller and the Sinners – June 30th at 6:30pm. The Steve Miller Band needs no introduction.

Marianas Trench – July 1st at 6:30pm – A Canadian Pop Band from British Columbia. The band has released three full length studio albums, the most recent titled, Ever After, which was nominated for a Juno Award.

Fallsview Casino – Battle of the Voices – July 1st – 8th.

A new epic vocal showdown like never before, hosted by 98 Degrees’ band member Drew Lachey, Battle Of The Voices is a knockout music event featuring artists from American Idol, The Voice and America’s Got Talent. Become part of the battle where you choose the champion!

And we know of the perfect place to stay during the festivities. Make room for A LOT of Fun at the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls. We’ve Got a Package with Your Name on it: One Night, Two Night, Romance, Family Fun and one for the Girls.

Happy Celebrating!

Great Gifts for Dads in Niagara Falls

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Great Gifts for Dads

Father’s Day is coming soon and we have some great gifts for dads right here in Niagara Falls.

Here are our Top Five Favourite Things to Do with Dad:

Golfing

Niagara has joined the ranks of the world’s premier golf destinations in terms of challenge, design aesthetics, course conditioning, facilities and service. The Top Five Recommended Courses: 1) Grand Niagara 2) Hunters Pointe, Legends on the Niagara, Whirlpool and Peninsula Lakes. These courses come highly recommended from some golf aficionados we know personally and take this sport very seriously.

Fishing

Many people don’t know this, but Niagara is well known for its fishing. The popular fishing grounds are the Niagara River and Lake Ontario, where you can fish year-round for a variety of fish:  Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) and Brown Trout.

Your captain Aldo Nava has appeared on the Canadian Sport Fishing Television Series (and does he know fish).

So what are you waiting for? Make your dad’s day with a sweet fishing trip.

Beer Tasting

Niagara is also known for their micro-breweries. Our favourites are Niagara Oast House Brewers and Silversmith.

Niagara Oast is easy to spot. It’s just down the road, past the old oak in the big red barn. They are famous for their Barn Raiser Brew, plus their live music every Friday night and their gourmet food from Gastronomo Vagabundo . You have to try their fish tacos.

Silversmith is another popular micro-brewery and what’s unique about them is that their location is inside an old church, built in 1894 (talk about character). What’s on tap? Black lager, Bavarian Breakfast Wheat, Hill 145 Golden Ale, Dam Buster British Pale Ale. And while you’re sipping one of these popular brews, you have to grab a bite to eat from Tide and Vine’s kitchen, serving pub food classics: oysters, po’ boys, wings and more. Your dad will love it!

Steak Dinner at The Keg Steakhouse + Bar

What dad doesn’t love a classic steak and potato meal? Name one, we dare you. The Keg Steakhouse + Bar is known for their mouth-watering steak and succulent seafood.

You can’t go wrong with a Top Sirloin, Filet Mignon or Prime Rib served with potatoes just the way you like them (baked, roasted garlic mashed, twice baked or good old french fries). We look forward to seeing you at the Courtyard Marriot Keg Steakhouse + Bar very soon.

Play Tourist for a Day

Our last favourite thing to do with dad is to play tourist for a day. Why not start with an overnight stay at the Courtyard Marriott? Check out our 1 and 2 Night Packages, which include it all (room, breakfast, dinner voucher at The Keg or TGI Friday’s, WEGO shuttle passes and so much more). What dad doesn’t love steak? The Keg Steakhouse + Bar is located right in the lobby of the hotel and has so many different types of cuts to choose from. After dinner head on down to the Falls where your dad can experience some of the most popular attractions which will leave him speechless (Hornblower Niagara Cruises and Journey Behind the Falls). These two attractions are also part of our Niagara Falls Tour Package. Check out Above the Falls Tours for more information.

So you’ll all set for Father’s Day! You can thank us later!

Make room for a little fun this Father’s Day.

Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls Hotels Blog – Niagara Falls March Break

Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls Hotels Blog – Niagara Falls March Break

It’s only the beginning of January, but we are all secretly counting down the days for a mini break with our families. Whether it be a few days away or a week getaway, the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is the place to be this Family Day and/or March Break. Take a break from your daily routine and get ready for some fun-filled Niagara Falls Family Activities.  Here are a few of our favourites:

Family Day Adventures

 Bird Kingdom – $2.00 off each regular admission 

Spend a day with your little munchkins and thousands of free flying munchkins (a.k.a birds) and reptiles. The Bird Kingdom is offering $2.00 off each regular admission. This promises to be a fun-filled day.

Family Day at Niagara Falls Museums – Feb 15th – 11am – 3pm

This FREE event has fun written all over it. Participate in a reptile show, get creative and crafty with crafts and put your thinking cap on for an exciting scavenger hunt adventure.

Winterfest at Heartland Forest – February 15th – 11am – 3pm

Don’t miss Winterfest at Heartland Forest. This FREE event features fun and exciting hands-on activities both indoors and out. Stay tuned for March break details.

Butterfly Conservatory

The learning never ends at the Butterfly Conservatory. Explore this lush, tropical setting with over 2000 colourful  butterflies fluttering about freely (you might even be lucky enough to have one land on you). Plus check out the Emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare for their very first flight!!

Niagara Parks Wonder Pass

Explore the most wondrous Niagara Falls attractions including Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury and the Butterfly Conservatory. Save 55% when you book the Niagara Wonder Pass. Adults $21.95 plus tax | Kids 6 – 12 $16.95 plus tax.

White Meadows Farms Sugar Bush Adventure 

The Sugar Bush adventure is a real treat for the whole family. Experience self-guided tours, re-enactors dressed in period costumes, native stories, maple syrup taffy treats, hot dog roasting, tree tapping, face painting, life like a lumberjack and learn about the rich history of Canada’s first maple syrup harvest of the year. The list of possibilities are endless. Plus enjoy their delicious homemade pancakes and fresh from the tree, homemade maple syrup.

Stay at one of the most family friendly Niagara Falls Hotels, the Courtyard by Marriott. We’re minutes away from all of these Niagara Falls family activities. Plus we have tons of on-site amenities (like our indoor pool and games room) and our Kids Love Niagara Package to keep your family entertained all day long. This package includes it all: accommodations, one dinner voucher for The Keg ($40 value) or T.G.I. Friday’s ($35 value), movie and popcorn night in your guest room, 4 Ultimate Fun Passes (Niagara SkyWheel, Movieland Wax Museum, Galaxy Glow in the Dark mini putt, Ghostblasters Haunted House Ride and XD Theatre – 6D Motion Ride Experience), plus fifteen tokens at the Canadian Midway on Clifton Hill.

Check out our current One Night Family Fun Package which starts at $189.99 per night and includes: accommodations, breakfast, one dinner voucher for The Keg Steakhouse + Bar or T.G.I. Friday’s, four SkyWheel Passes and a movie and popcorn night in your guest room.

Make room for a little fun with your family!!