The vineyards of Niagara's wineries offer guests an inside look at their wine-crafting practices, including grape selection and cultivation. The full-day tour reveals all of the necessary steps each winery takes in preparing its signature libations, with each tour culminating in a wine tasting, sure to please the palate and nurture appreciation for the sacrifices of selfless grapes throughout history. To redeem this deal, simply visit the wineries of your choice and present today's Groupon to frolic in the vinous depths of oenophilic education.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Zapata Flyboard
Parking: Free street parking
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: 60-minute flight, plus instruction
Recommended Age Group: All ages
Pro Tip: Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to watch [an] instructional video.
Ever since the jetpack was first introduced to the public in 1920s science fiction, people have wanted to fly like a superhero. FlyBoard Niagara's jetpack-esque flyboards allow patrons to do just that, albeit only over water. In addition to soaring up to 40 feet above the azure waters of Niagara Falls, Ontario, flyboarders can propel themselves down into the waves and back up again, moving as effortlessly as a dolphin trained in classical ballet.
FlyBoard Niagara's instructors say that operating a flyboard is very intuitive and compare it to riding a bike or waterskiing?really any activity that requires some balance. They can teach people how to operate the Zapata Flyboards in as little as five minutes. They also offer a video package so clients can relive their flights whenever they want or show the fifth-grade neighborhood tough kids how cool adults can be.
The rolling terrain at Willodell Golf Club of Niagara's 18-hole course may lull golfers into a false sense of security, but allowing the landscape to do so would undermine the course's chief threat: water hazards. The 6,481-yard, par 72 layout, voted "Best Golf Course in Niagara" in the Niagra Falls Review's 2012 Reader's Choice Awards, features several sneaky waterways that come into play on 10 holes, showcasing ponds of all sizes and the watery guise of Lyon's and Tee Creeks. Some water features are difficult to spot, obscured by brambly depressions and trees walking to the shores for a drink. A 484-yard par 5, the first hole eases golfers into the round, and a 300-yard, grass-tee driving range lets golfers warm up their swings.
Off the course, made-from-scratch soups, stocks, and sauces add a flavourful punch to dishes at Willodell Golf Club's dining room, which offers 10-ounce burgers alongside savoury entrees such as sweet-chili salmon and vegetable stir-fry. Along with a dining room and lounge, the restaurant offers patio seating for guests who prefer to dine in the company of their solar-powered caddies.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,481 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 72.3 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 127 from the farthest tees
Five tee options
Though it looks like a simple bicycle affixed to a canopy-covered and cushioned seat, Niagara Pedicab's bright blue conveyance has the power to ferry visitors along the roads intersecting the natural wonders surrounding Niagara Falls. Local guides—many of whom are also historians—pedal their passengers to see all three waterfalls from Goat Island, Luna Island, Terrapin Point, and Three Sisters Island, revealing area history through narration along the way. On each tour, drivers can photograph their passengers standing in front of their favorite vistas and pause to let them disembark and explore on their own, allowing guests to experience scenery off the path without having to be kidnapped by a passing tree. Drivers also transport passengers to a range of local attractions including the Niagara Aquarium and Cave of the Winds, and usher them to and from events such as weddings and river tours. When not leading area tours, guides may also recommend local restaurants and spots to view the Falls' nighttime illuminations.
For all its might, Niagara Falls remains one of the world's youngest geological formations, carved by the melting of glaciers a mere 12,300 years ago. Its thunder power has fascinated humanity for the extent of documented North American history, from the Native Americans who lived in the region to the French priest Louis Hennepin, the first European to behold the cascade. That power also drew early captains of industry, who sought to harness the ferocious rush of liquid with water wheels, an idea so common it threatened to ruin the area's natural beauty. In 1885, some of the earliest ecological crusaders changed history—successfully pressuring the state government into designating the Falls and its surrounding lands as one of the United State's oldest State Parks.
Today, the Park serves as a popular destination for tourists in search of natural wonder, wedding parties and honeymooners seeking an unforgettable backdrop, and coopers seeking to market their barrels as recreational vehicles.
A total of six golf facilities falls under the KaneffGolf umbrella, and each one occupies a chunk of land in the Golden Horseshoe between Brampton and Niagara. Lionhead in Brampton has earned the title as the company's flagship facility. Here, players discover a pair of award-winning courses?The Legends and The Masters?that incorporate 520 acres of surrounding meadows, wetlands, and forests. The newly re-designed Streetsville Glen, meanwhile, was built in 1967, making it the group's most established site and the wise mentor for younger courses.