Classic Resort Across the Street from Waterfalls
When Marilyn Monroe wasn’t on set filming her 1953 movie Niagara, she might have been in her room at the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls. Located across the street from the iconic Niagara Falls, this hotel has hosted a number of notable guests during its 80-year history, including Walt Disney, Shirley Temple, Jimmy Stewart, and Queen Elizabeth II. From an upper falls-view room, you can look out on the same dramatic falls views they enjoyed—a vista showcasing the awesome spectacle of water barreling over the falls’ edge.
The hotel is part of the 20-acre Falls Avenue Resort featuring onsite entertainment and activities. Seven restaurants in nearby and adjacent properties provide diverse dining opportunities. The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra combines spectacular views with upscale, locally sourced contemporary Italian dishes and Niagara-on-the-Lake wine. You can sample some of the region’s varietals during included tastings at Trius Winery at Hillebrand and Peller Estates Winery.
Casino Niagara is directly connected to the hotel (a casino credit is included). The lively casino hums to the tune of 1,500 slot machines and the clack of dice. After trying your luck, head to Hershey’s Chocolate World, adjacent to the hotel, for decadent chocolate treats and your gift.
Niagara Falls, Ontario: Panoramic Views of the Falls near Vegas-Style Casinos and Water Parks
At Niagara Falls—considered by many to be one of the world’s seven natural wonders—water thunders downward from a height of nearly 200 feet, crashing onto craggy boulders below. The falls straddle the border between Canada and the United States, with segments located in both New York and Ontario, but the Canadian side of the Niagara River is universally hailed as the finest vantage point to take in all three of Niagara Falls’ photogenic brinks: American, Bridal Veil, and Horseshoe Falls.
Hornblower cruises ferry raincoat-clad passengers around the base of the falls from April through October, depending on the river’s ice conditions. Year-round, Journey Behind the Falls grants a glimpse behind the curtain of Horseshoe Falls—board an elevator that descends 150 feet into the bedrock, then stand at an observation deck steps away from the cascading water.