Family-Friendly Resort with Indoor Water Park Minutes from Niagara Falls
Although retractable roofs are usually associated with sporting venues, the designers of Americana Resort and Waves Indoor Waterpark have managed to use the technology to perfect the water-park experience. At the resort's Waves Indoor Waterpark, a retractable roof soaks in the sun on warmer days and keeps the park at 84 degrees during Niagara's sometimes-cool weather. Even with the misty and spectacular Horseshoe Falls just a 10-minute drive away, the thrill of three-stories-tall tube and body water slides makes it awfully difficult to leave the resort. Visitors can make their way from gushing fountains to the heated whirlpools that are spread across the 25,000-square-foot park. And with their kids occupied, parents have the option of heading over to the resort's spa for a massage, facial, or thermal body-therapy treatment.
Americana Resort’s superior rooms feature two queen beds and an optional pullout sofa, large enough to accommodate a family of four or a quartet of All in the Family super fans. For room service, chefs at the onsite Jack Tanner's cook wild-salmon fillets and sugar-cane skewers of sirloin steak and shrimp. While the grilled steaks would be worthy of a ritzy restaurant, Jack Tanner’s maintains a casual dining presence with TVs attached to every booth and an outdoor patio lined with potted flowers.
Niagara Falls, Ontario: Awe-Inspiring Waterfalls Surrounded by Casinos
With its glitzy casinos, neon signs, and soggy Elvis impersonators, Niagara Falls has plenty of Vegas-style kitsch. But the waterfalls tend to steal the show, with more than 700,000 gallons of water pouring into the Niagara River per second. Niagara’s Canadian side draws tourists for its views of Horseshoe Falls and boat rides on the popular Maid of the Mist, which has sailed into the falls' tumultuous basin since 1876. Behind the falls, tunnels provide an up-close perspective. For an entirely different viewpoint, take an elevator up to the top of the 775-foot-tall Skylon Tower, from which you can see the Toronto skyline on a clear day.
Guests also receive a $50 USD credit to Seneca Niagara Casino, located on the other side of the border. Try your luck on its more than 4,200 slot machines, or hit the tables for blackjack, roulette, and poker variations. To play the casino’s Let It Ride poker, gamers combine cards with the dealer in hopes of getting a winning hand. Groupon customers must have a passport to go to the Seneca Niagara Casino.