Hotel at a Glance: Sheraton At The Falls Hotel
After happening upon Niagara Falls in 1678, Franciscan missionary Louis Hennepin wrote in his journal that “the Universe does not afford its parallel.” Millions of visitors—ranging from poncho-clad honeymooners to daredevils taking the 175-foot plunge inside wooden barrels—have expressed similar sentiments since. Sheraton At The Falls Hotel is conveniently located close to this natural wonder, as well as several other fun attractions in the area.
- Go swimming in the hotel’s indoor heated pool, which just received a comprehensive renovation of the pool. Christened “The Reef Beach Club,” it includes two 15-person hot tubs, a 3,500-gallon shark tank, a tropical fish viewing lagoon, new beach-style furniture, colorful pool decking, and a new pool liner.
- TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence: was awarded to Sheraton At The Falls Hotel in 2015, 2016, and 2017, and is ranked in the top 3 of Niagara Falls hotels based on customer reviews.
- $20 dining credit at the Rainforest Cafe or TGI Friday’s is included with this getaway (valid only for lunch or dinner), as well as one $10 voucher for breakfast for two at TGI Friday’s with a $30 purchase.
- Sip reds and whites using wine-tasting passes valid at 19 wineries on the New York State Wine Trail.
- Guests receive a $5 credit toward retail merchandise at Arrowhead Spring Vineyards with a $25 purchase.
- Try your luck at the 24-hour Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino where you can use your $50 slot voucher based on double occupancy with a $50 coin-in per person. The casino and hotel are connected via an underground walkway.
- Additional perks: two $10 game cards for At The Falls Arcade, two buy-one-get-one drink vouchers at Rainforest Cafe or TGI Fridays.
Niagara Falls, New York: Spectacular Waterfalls at United States–Canada Border
Every second, hundreds of thousands of gallons of water cascade down Niagara Falls. You can watch the water spill over jagged cliffs from pedestrian bridges and observation decks. The best view, though, might be from the Hurricane Deck, a wooden platform located 20 feet from Bridal Veil Falls. From spring to fall, you can access the platform by taking the Cave of the Winds tour, during which professional guides lead poncho-clad visitors to Bridal Veil Falls via wooden pathways. For an up-close encounter with the falls, you can book a ride aboard the Maid of the Mist; the tour boat shuttled sightseeing guests to the base of the thundering Horseshoe Falls for more than 100 years and continues to operate on the American side of the falls.
Millions of tourists have flocked to Niagara Falls since the early 1800s. Around that time, Napoleon Bonaparte’s younger brother honeymooned in the area with his American bride; scores of newlyweds followed in their footsteps, earning Niagara Falls the nickname of “Honeymoon Capital of the World.” Throughout the 19th century, massive crowds also came here to watch daredevils perform high-wire stunts above the rapids.
In the late 1800s, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted led a group that lobbied politicians to create a park that would protect the falls from further development. Today, the 400-acre Niagara Falls State Park, the first of its kind in the country, sits directly on the border between Canada and the United States. Miles of hiking trails wend through the scenic park; along the way, you can learn about the area’s history at the visitors’ center. There’s also plenty to do indoors around Niagara Falls. The area has remained a family-friendly destination, with indoor water parks, an aquarium, arcades, and casinos for the 21-and-older crowd.