Chic Hotel Minutes from Niagara Falls
Even as casinos, water parks, and ferris wheels have cropped up around Niagara Falls, the most popular activity is still to witness the sheer power of nature. In the cooler months, the ever-present mist starts to crystallize, and ice formations abound. Beginning in April, the Hornblower ferries raincoat-clad passengers around the base of the falls, depending on the river's ice conditions. Located just minutes from Horseshoe Falls, Ramada Plaza Niagara Falls makes a convenient home base for taking in the landmark, no matter the time of year.
Large picture windows in the hotel’s newly renovated guest rooms showcase views of the landscape. When hunger strikes, you can head downstairs to Don Cherry’s Sports Grill for gourmet pub food. The eatery is owned by the former NHL coach and current broadcaster who shares its name; fittingly, hockey sticks and other sports memorabilia line the walls.
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.
The iconic Maid of the Mist has ferried raincoat-clad passengers around the base of the falls since 1846. The tours run 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.
A 10-minute drive from the falls, you’ll see the neon glow of the Clifton Hill neighborhood. Its Fallsview Boulevard has plenty of Vegas-style kitsch, including glitzy casinos, indoor water parks, restaurants, and soggy Elvis impersonators.