CAA Four Diamond Hotel with Abundant Niagara Falls Views
Niagara Falls crashes down with a mighty force onto craggy rocks across the river from the Sheraton on the Falls hotel, the latest in a series of hotels that has sat on this one-of-a-kind riverside property. Niagara Falls' earliest tourists could have stayed in the 19th-century Clifton House, a luxury hotel that once housed Confederate soldiers stationed in Canada during the Civil War. The Clifton went up in flames in two separate incidents, before Sheraton claimed the land and opened its own hotel in 1966. A renovation in 2000 updated and expanded the 22-story Sheraton on the Falls, yet the hotel's allure still lies in the unparalleled waterfall views that visitors have enjoyed for nearly two centuries.
A CAA Four Diamond award-winning hotel, Sheraton on the Falls proffers city-view two-queen rooms for guests with views of downtown Niagara Falls that unfurl beyond the windows. At the aptly named Fallsview Restaurant, visitors can admire unobstructed waterfall views from the 14th floor of the hotel as they roller skate along the 80-foot buffet.
Directly connected to the hotel is the 3-acre Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, which touts 16 slides, a giant wave pool, adults-only jacuzzis, a tiny-tots splash park, and a beach-house play area with a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket. The on-site Adventure City entertains with bumper cars, Wild Safari mini golf, arcade games, and rides.
Niagara Falls, Ontario: Magnificent Views in Historical River Town
The Canadian side of the Niagara River is the ideal place to admire the American, Bridal Veil, and Horseshoe Falls. Although the iconic Maid of the Mist boat tours run only April–October, the Journey Behind the Falls attraction stays open year-round, where elevators descend through bedrock, leading to tunnels and observation decks just steps away from Horseshoe Falls' cascading water. A recent addition, Niagara's Fury, takes guests on a 4-D multisensory ride that details the creation of the falls, with special effects that enhance the interactive, 360-degree experience.
For a scenic drive, the 35-mile (56 km) Niagara Parkway wends its way alongside the Niagara River, from historic Fort Erie through Niagara Falls to the quaint Niagara-on-the-Lake. Along a 5-mile stretch of the Niagara Parkway in the town of Niagara Falls, more than 3 million twinkling lights illuminate the aquatic landscape during the Winter Festival of Lights and its Niagara Park Winter Wonderland through January 31, 2012. There, more than 125 animated lighting displays will speckle the park, including Disney scenes, a Canadian-American flag, and Bizzaro Santa of the Antarctica.