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Celebrating Family Day in Niagara Falls is a breeze if you do it at Clifton Hill! Where all are you going to find activities that the entire family will enjoy and meal options to satisfy every belly? You can buy Fun Passes online here or on the hill when you arrive. With your Fun Passes, you and the family will get to explore 6 of Niagara’s most well-known attractions and one another’s company. So pack the car and drive on over! We’ve created a step-by-step, hour-by-hour guide that takes you through the fun at Clifton Hill on Family Day so that you can spend less time planning and more time enjoying.

Family Is Everything

Family is everything!Make some memories this Family Day weekend on Clifton Hill. Plenty of attractions, shopping, dining, love and laughter to go around:https://niagarafallscliftonhill.com/blog/family-day-niagara-falls-fun/#FallsFunFantastic #RealFamiliesRealMemories #CliftonHill #NiagaraFalls

Posted by Clifton Hill – Niagara Falls Fun on Thursday, February 15, 2018

10:00 a.m.
The earlier you arrive at the Clifton Hill parking lot, the better your chances are to snag your dream sport? But don’t worry, our lot has over 700 spaces for you to choose from. Conveniently located, the parking lot is just steps away from the attractions and restaurants. No need to fret if someone leaves a very important stuffed toy in the car by mistake, the location makes any forgotten item easy to retrieve.

11:00 a.m.
Once everyone has settled in and has got their Fun Passes in hand, it’s time to fuel up with some lunch. Walk over to Kelsey’s, one of our family friendly restaurants with a menu that’s truly got something for everyone. The interactive kid’s menu features plain pasta dishes, mac and cheese, burgers, pizza, and more plus fun sides to choose from. The regular menu has options for meat lovers vegetarians and everything in between. Why not opt for a couple of starters to share while playing some table games like I Spy?

1:00 p.m.
After lunch has been had and the family is satisfied, the time for some serious fun has come. Head over to The Great Canadian Midway, a giant arcade game center with nostalgia written all over it. You’ll find re-imagined and modernized versions of all of your favorite games as a kid, like Pac-Man and Mario Kart and new games, just waiting for you and the kids to discover. With your Fun Pass, you’ll receive 5 bonus midway tokens to use towards the games to rake in the golden tickets that can be redeemed for tons of prizes. Your kids might be savvy with an iPad, but how will they do up against the classic machines that made up your childhood? We’re feeling some kids against parents competition brewing!

2:00 p.m.
After the Midway, walk around the hill with the prizes you’ve won like a badge of honor. If you’re looking to get on your kid’s good side, winning them the blue elephant they were admiring wide-eyed is a good place to start. Your next stop is Wizard’s Golf, a glow-in-the-dark mini golf experience set in the fantastical land of wizards and trolls. This neon and dreamlike attraction is one of the many things you’ll get to enjoy when you get a Fun Pass.

3:00 p.m.
After Golf it’s time for another snack… a sweet one to be specific. At the fudge-factory, you’ll find many drool worthy goodies dipped in chocolate to satisfy any and all of your afternoon cravings. The kids will love watching our expert fudge chefs cooking up our 20 unique flavors of fudge and looking at the different colors and shapes of candy through the sparkling glass windows. There are hundreds of assorted candies, candy apples, and an ice-cream bar to please any sweet tooth. After the Fudge Factory, you’ll want to check out the Fun Factory just a few doors down. Here you’ll find tons of not-so-basic souvenirs like a wax mold of your hands!

4:00 p.m.
Next on the list is Movieland, so make sure that the cameras are charged and ready! Undeniably one of the most notable features about entertainment at the falls are the wax figure museums where you and the family can get up close and personal with all of your favorite stars and celebrities. Challenge the fam to a mannequin challenge where everyone hides among the figures in a frozen pose while someone seeks!

5:00 p.m.
For the ultimate 6D sensory experience you’ll want to walk over to Zombie Attack, another featured attraction on your fun pass. The game features laser guns to shoot at zombies trying to take over the world, making your objective to keep that from happening.

6:00 p.m
By now, the kiddos are likely to be hungry again but hesitant to stop the fun and games. Thankfully, we thought this through. At Strike Rock Bowling you can be served your dinner from Boston Pizza right to your bowling alley! Trying to feed the kids has never been easier! Our 14-alley 10-pin bowling arena can play games with without bumpers to give even the youngest one’s a chance to feel like a winner. Why not order a drink with your inner and choose from an extensive list of beers, wines, and cocktails. Family Day isn’t just about the kids having fun!

7:00 p.m
If everyone has still got it in them there’s another multi-sensory game that’s not to be missed. Ghostblasters is an interactive black-light adventure game that’s part target game part coaster ride. You and your partner will be up against the ghosts of the haunted house, who’ll win?!

8:30 p.m
The sun has officially set at this point and the night sky is lit up with all of the sparkling light and neon signs of Clifton Hill. There’s no better way to enjoy the scenery than from up in the Skywheel. Seated inside of a private and heated gondola you’ll get to show the kids all of the landmarks like the falls, the Niagara River, and other surrounding beauties. With your Fun Pass, you’ll get an extra spin for a trip back to the clouds.

10:00 p.m
To finish off the night and celebrate and successful and memorable Family Day there’s an illumination show at the Falls!

Stunning Niagara Falls Winter Illumination - YouTube

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Why You Should Spend Family Day at Clifton Hill!

Family Day: February 18th, 2019

With Family Day just around the corner, parents are busy planning an adventure that the entire family will enjoy. It’s not too late to make this year special and do more than your typical long weekend, family dinner at home situation. Packing up the kids in the car and making the trip down to Clifton Hill is sure to put you in your kid’s “good book” and give you all a chance to relax and spend some quality time together.

360 ° of Indoor Fun

No matter what the temperature is outside, it’s always 360 ° of fun inside here at Clifton Hill! It’s not always easy coming up with ways to spend time with the family with the Canadian winters being so cold, but thankfully, our indoor attraction site is up for the challenge. We’re home to Niagara’s most famous world-class attractions that you and the kids can explore using the Fun Pass. Play a game of Wizard’s Golf, a fantastical glow-in-the-dark mini golf game game set in a magical land filled with wizards and trolls. Then hop on our 6D adventure games like Zombie Attack, Ghost Blasters, and the Wild West Coaster that stimulates the senses and transports you to another place. The Fun Pass also get you into Movieland, a wax figure museum where you can spot all of your favorite stars and celebrities- the ultimate selfie opportunity! Buying your pass online also gets you an extra spin of the infamous Skywheel and 5 bonus tokens to be used at the Canadian Midway!

Beautiful Scenery and Central Location

You’ll get to take two spins in the breathtaking Skywheel, a climate controlled private gondola that takes you up into the clouds. From way up here, you’ll be able to show the kids the three falls that make up the Niagara Falls, Niagara River, Queen Victoria Park, and other remarkable landmarks. To access the Skywheel and other attraction on the Hill is rather nice too. You’ll be able to park in one of our 750 parking spaces in a lot that just steps away from the fun. Restaurants, shopping, game, and rides are all walking distance away from each other and your car for maximum  convenience.

Please Picky Eaters

Oh picky eaters, a parents dream. Cooking for a family of so many different preferences and rules can be tiring, especially if one little one flat out refused to eat. To make your family day weekend just as enjoyable for you as it is for the kids, let us do the cooking and cleaning. Two family-friendly restaurants Kelsey’s and Boston Pizza are located the top of the Hill. With menu items like plain pasta to chicken fingers for the kids and hundreds of fun options for you, you’re sure to find something to satisfy every tummy.

If your hungry for savings, take advantage of our restaurant offers. Use the Boston Pizza Discount (available online only for the Clifton Hill location) towards a large pizza of your choice, and use the KELSEYS Clifton Hill Original Roadhouse coupon for FREE Fried Pickles when you purchase an entrée.


Healthy Competition

Nothing says family bonding like a few friendly but fiery competitive games! What’ll it be? Kids vs. parents? Boys against girls? However you decide to divide the family into teams, the adventures are soon to come. Play classics like bowling and mini golf at our 14-alley bowling area and glow-in-the-dark mini golf. Then head over to the The Great Canadian Midway for an arcade game extravaganza! When you purchase a Fun Pass, you’ll get 5-tokens to use at the Midway on arcade games like Pac-Man, Mario Kart, Air Hockey and more. Watch your kids enjoy all of the same things you did when you were a kid, and let the games begin!

Photos for the Albums

Clifton Hill is nothing short of photogenic. Use the landscape of Niagara Falls for a selfie with the family from up inside the Skywheel. Go on a hunt through the Clifton Hill to find the best photo spots and take a few for social media and to put into a photo album! Pssst, look for the giant ice cream cone and our prehistoric friends, the dinosaurs. The kids are sure to get a kick of all of this photo worthy features in the winter since slick icicles have been clinging on to everything. The winter has turned our dino’s teeth into foot long, transparent daggers of death!

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From up in the SkyWheel, you’ll see the most breathtaking view of Niagara. Soaring 175 feet up in the clouds in a private, climate-controlled gondola, it’s sure to be the most comfortable sightseeing experience you’ve had. The Niagara SkyWheel at Clifton Hill looks over some of Niagara’s most prominent landmarks and features. You’ll get a dose of Canadian history and get to play the most epic game of I Spy ever! Make sure that the camera and cell phones are all fully charged because you’ll want to take photos of each remarkable landmark you see, and maybe use the view as the ultimate selfie backdrop.

The Falls

From up here, you’ll get to experience the falls in all of its glory. What looks like one waterfall is actually three separate waterfalls that come together to create this natural beauty. The biggest of the three is known as the Horseshoe Falls (named after it’s horseshoe shape), which flows into the American Falls. From here, the river is split from a small island called the Luna Island which creates the third and smallest waterfall called the Bridal Veil Falls.

The Niagara SkyWheel gets you a closer look of the winter falls without freezing #brrr — Products shown: Niagara SkyWheel Admission.

Posted by Clifton Hill – Niagara Falls Fun on Friday, January 25, 2019

Queen Victoria Park

The Queen Victoria Park is covered in a beautiful collection of native and international plants and flowers and is considered to be the heart of Niagara Falls. From the Skywheel, you’ll see the perfectly maintained shapes and large spots of flourishing green and trees. Inside the park, you’ll find a rock garden and a tea-rose garden, just a few of the many beautiful spaces to enjoy nature and relax

Queen Victoria Park

Niagara River

The Niagara River flows from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario and creates the border between Canada and the United States. From up in the skywheel the river may seem small, but it actually reaches over 58 km! There are 4 different lakes that flow into this river: Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, and Lake Erie.

Niagara River

Oakes Garden Theatre

Located at the entrance of the Queen Victoria Park at the bottom of Clifton Hill is the beautiful Oakes Garden Theatre. The space was created in 1937 and stands today as a spectacularly curved amphitheater surrounded by gardens, shrubbery, trees, and plants.

Oakes Garden Theatre

Table Rock

A view of a famous viewpoint? You can have it from the SkyWheel! Table Rock is an observation area that overlooks the Niagara Falls. From here, you get to enjoy a full view of the thundering Falls and the flowing rivers.

Table Rock

1st Major Winter Storm of Niagara Falls on-board Niagara SkyWheel - YouTube

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Niagara Falls and the local area offers many romantic options for Valentine’s Day this year! To help narrow it down, check below for a few of our “hand picked” suggestions:

Treat Your Loved One to a Spa Day

You are in luck! Since Niagara Falls is considered one of the most romantic destinations in the world for travel, it caters to couples. There are hundreds of spas to choose from, both here in the city and in beautiful, historic Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Wondering which one to choose? These 8 Niagara Falls Hotels have spa amenities to make your booking your Valentine’s Day that much better!

Flora’s in Full Bloom

The Nature Garden Floral Showhouse is an indoor oasis of lush greens and blossoming florals. Why not enjoy the beauty of nature with those that you love most this Valentine’s Day? Treat your senses to a spectacular display of spring despite the cold snow right outside the doors. Together, you and your partner will immerse yourselves into the sounds of flowing waterfalls
and singing creatures, and the unforgettable smells of sweet nature. The showroom is open from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm daily,  $7/Adult

Come to Clifton Hill for a Romantic Evening

Clifton Hill is more than just family fun attractions, it’s also one of the most popular locations for romance! We have had countless proposals both aboard the Niagara SkyWheel and within the picturesque Oakes Garden Theatre. Both settings are prime locations for romance. Follow it up by dinner at our KELSEY’S restaurant and a romantic stroll down to Queen Victoria Park to view the nightly Niagara Falls illuminations. If you are a competitive couple, be sure to try out our new Zombie Attack 6D Multi-Sensory attraction or Ghost Blasters Dark Ride — and don’t forget the Great Canadian Midway; all part of the Clifton Hill Fun Pass. Clifton Hill is both fun and romance in one central, convenient location next to the Niagara Falls themselves.

KELSEYS Clifton Hill  will be offering a 2 for $50 Valentine’s menu running from Now til February 16th:

*1 Four Cheese Spinach Dip per couple

*Choice of 1 entrée per person: Chicken Fried Chicken, Alfredo Chicken Pasta, Chicken, Beet & Goat Cheese Salad with a Garlic Twist or Chicken Parmesan

OR for an additional $2.50 per entrée, you can choose: Classic Sirloin, Lemon Pepper Salmon

*1 White Chocolate Cheesecake per couple

Fudge Factory

No stop to Clifton Hill is complete without heading in to the Fudge Factory for your Valentine’s chocolate and treat indulgences! With so much to choose from, you’re bound to find something sweet for your significant other to enjoy. Watch this video as Fudge Cook Kris makes fresh candy apples with creations made specific to Valentine’s Day:

Fun Factory

After your stop at the Fudge Factory, head inside the Fun Factory and experience a one-of-a-kind gift idea by getting two hands molded into one –We’re talking about getting your hands waxed at the Wax Hand Emporium! It’s a creative, inexpensive and unique souvenir to always remember your Valentine’s Day in Niagara Falls, and it’s offered right here on Clifton Hill. Choose your colours, message, single-hand or two! It’s up to you.

Niagara Falls Illumination

The Niagara Falls will be bathed in pink and red lights at the top of each hour for 15 minutes throughout the evening on Valentine’s Day beginning at 7:00 pm to Midnight. This will set the mood for couples celebrating this day!

Romantic Entertainment

One of the world’s most well-known jazz vocalists Kurt Elling is performing an undeniably romantic concert at the Niagara Fallsview Casino on Valentine’s Day. Ticket prices start as low as $50 but won’t last for much longer, there are only a few dozens left! The famous Grammy-winning jazz singer combines a robust swing with his poetic insight for a most seductive musical experience that’s simply perfect for the occasion.

Greg Frewin Theatre

The Greg Frewin Theatre will be heating up the romance on Valentine’s Day with a unique and inspirational night of magical illusion and romance!

Get a VALENTINE’S PACKAGE for two at $129.74 per couple (plus HST and Booking Fee)

Enhance the magic of the year’s most romantic night.  Join the Greg Frewin Theatre on Valentine’s Day-February 14th for a unique and inspirational night of magical illusion and romance.  This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

which includes:

  • Level 2 Seating
  • A Valentine’s Day rose
  • Bottle of Private Labeled Reif Estates Winery – Wild Magic Wine
  • Dinner for Two

Visit www.gregfrewintheatre.com or call 905-356-0777 for tickets and information.

Wine and Chocolate Tours

Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like wine and chocolate do. Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake is offering a special romantic event called Days of Wine and Chocolate for you and that special someone or you and your friends to indulge in. You’ll get to explore the decadent tastes and flavours of 20 infamous Niagara wines expertly paired with a selection of mouthwatering chocolate sweets. Touring passes for this experience are $55 per person and are valid for any of the available dates. Tours are running each weekend in February from 11 am to 5 pm, and tickets can be purchased here.

Horse and Carriage Rides

Would you prefer a Horse and Carriage ride in Niagara-on-the-Lake? Experience the history, and view the majestic homes and peaceful scenery of Sentineal Carriages. These Old Town Tours are available from The Prince Of Wales Hotel at the crossroads of King and Queen Street. This is a guided tour that includes the main street, along the water front and through the picturesque streets of the Old Town.

30 minutes: $85 (HST included)

45 minutes: $120 (HST included)

1 hour: $150 (HST included)

During the Winter, these rides are weather permitting and by reservation only. Carriages run Saturdays -11:00 am to 10:30 pm; Sundays – 11:00 am to 8:00pm; Monday through Friday – By reservation only. With Valentine’s Day especially, you should call and make a reservation ASAP. Please call: 905-468-4943.

Visit the Wineries 

If you are still struggling with finding things to do in Niagara Falls for Valentine’s Day than you must visit one of our world-famous wineries! Niagara is “wine country” and the beautiful countryside no matter the season is a “must see”. The Niagara Region alone has over 50 wineries, with 25 vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

There are a number of wineries serving up Valentine’s Dinners, here’s a short list:

Casablanca Winery Inn www.casablancawineryinn.com

1-877-446-5746

From Friday, February 9th to Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, the Casablanca Winery Inn will host a romantic Valentine’s package.

The package starts at $209 + HST and includes:

  • 1 Night’s Accommodations
  • $60 Dinner Voucher for Panorama Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • Wine Country Breakfast for Two or Sunday Brunch for Two
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Truffles
  • Late Check Out (Subject to availability)

Two Sisters Vineyards www.twosistersvineyards.com

905-468-0592 ext. 22

On Wednesday, February 14th, enjoy a delicious specially-curated, Italian-inspired 4 course dinner, romantic live music and an intimate, candle-lit dining experience at Kitchen76.

Price: $115 plus taxes and gratuity

Reservations are limited and booked only by emailing kitchen76@twosistersvineyards.com

Read: “Ways to Heat Up The Romance This Winter” for more ideas! 

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From up in the SkyWheel, you’ll see the most breathtaking view of Niagara. Soaring 175 feet up in the clouds in a private, climate-controlled gondola, it’s sure to be the most comfortable sightseeing experience you’ve had. The Niagara SkyWheel at Clifton Hill looks over some of Niagara’s most prominent landmarks and features. You’ll get a dose of Canadian history and get to play the most epic game of I Spy ever! Make sure that the camera and cell phones are all fully charged because you’ll want to take photos of each remarkable landmark you see, and maybe use the view as the ultimate selfie backdrop.

1st Major Winter Storm of Niagara Falls on-board Niagara SkyWheel - YouTube

The Falls

From up here, you’ll get to experience the falls in all of its glory. What looks like one waterfall is actually three separate waterfalls that come together to create this natural beauty. The biggest of the three is known as the Horseshoe Falls (named after it’s horseshoe shape), which flows into the American Falls. From here, the river is split from a small island called the Luna Island which creates the third and smallest waterfall called the Bridal Veil Falls.

The Falls

Queen Victoria Park

The Queen Victoria Park is covered in a beautiful collection of native and international plants and flowers and is considered to be the heart of Niagara Falls. From the Skywheel, you’ll see the perfectly maintained shapes and large spots of flourishing green and trees. Inside the park, you’ll find a rock garden and a tea-rose garden, just a few of the many beautiful spaces to enjoy nature and relax

Queen Victoria Park

Niagara River

The Niagara River flows from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario and creates the border between Canada and the United States. From up in the skywheel the river may seem small, but it actually reaches over 58 km! There are 4 different lakes that flow into this river: Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, and Lake Erie.

Niagara River

Oakes Garden Theatre

Located at the entrance of the Queen Victoria Park at the bottom of Clifton Hill is the beautiful Oakes Garden Theatre. The space was created in 1937 and stands today as a spectacularly curved amphitheater surrounded by gardens, shrubbery, trees, and plants.

Oakes Garden Theatre

Table Rock

A view of a famous viewpoint? You can have it from the SkyWheel! Table Rock is an observation area that overlooks the Niagara Falls. From here, you get to enjoy a full view of the thundering Falls and the flowing rivers.

Table Rock

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Taking the family out for dinner is a treat, but if the kids are picky eaters it can become challenging. As parents, you want your kids to say more than “I’m not hungry”, and enjoy a meal the same way you know that you’re about to. Thankfully, there are family-friendly restaurants that know your kids and their picky eating habits and have designed a menu that works for them. The kid’s menu is jam-packed with colouring pages and games and brought to your little one with a pack of crayons. This way, you’ll be able to keep them entertained while you negotiate on a meal that satisfies their tummies and settles your mind. Keep reading to see our top picky eater’s meal recommendations while dining at Clifton Hill!

Boston Pizza Clifton Hill

The kid’s menu from Boston Pizza is stealthily a part of the activity and coloring pack which makes the meals and eating look more exciting. Set for kids under the age of 10, each dish comes in at $7.99 and comes with a side, a main, a drink, and a sundae for dessert.

Chicken Fingers

These chicken fingers have a delicious crispy outside from baking (never fried) and have no added spices or flavors that might make a kid hesitant to take a bite. For the more adventurous eaters, there’s plum sauce for dipping the tenders into. It’s served with cucumber slices and carrot sticks with a side of creamy ranch dressing that makes veggies seem that much more appetizing.

Super Spaghetti

When “I just want butter spaghetti” is your little one’s idea of a balanced meal, this menu has got you covered. These perfectly slurpable noodles are served plain with nothing on them but butter and oil with your choice of meat sauce or tomato sauce on the side. You’ll get to pour whatever amount of sauce your kid accepts and nothing else.

Pint-Sized Pizza

This mini-sized pizza is made to fit perfectly inside of little kid hands. There’s always the option to play it safe and have it cooked with nothing but cheese on it. But the little one will also have the choice to add on up to one topping like pepperoni, mushrooms, or peppers!

Kelsey’s Clifton Hill

At Kelsey’s, the kid’s menu is for anyone 12 and under, with meals that are all under $8.99. Menu items are printed on a colourable menu with extras like a maze game and Tic-Tac-Toe. And of course, there are dishes made for the simplest tastebuds!

Hamburger

For a lot of kids, the idea of a burger between two buns seems like a fine idea, but adding in veggies like onions and lettuce can change that story super quickly. This kid’s burger is served bare, with the option of adding extras like cheese if they so desire!

Mac & Cheese

Mac & Cheese is a staple in a lot of young one’s diets, and so Kelsey’s was sure to add one to their menu. The white pasta pieces are covered in a delctable and gooey parmasean cheese, and can have bacon bits sprinkled on top too.

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As the current temperatures in Niagara Falls reach extreme cold, it was during similar conditions, 80 years ago,  when the great Niagara Falls Bridge Collapse occurred. Known as the Honeymoon Bridge (or Falls View Bridge), this structure started to encounter some major trouble when huge chunks of ice began to accumulate underneath the bridge on January 23rd, 1938. This was due to a powerful wind storm that blew ice from Lake Erie down the Niagara River and over both the Horseshoe and the American Falls. Much like what we have experienced in recent years with the “Polar Vortex” cold temperatures a couple of years ago, the Niagara Falls during mid to late January of that year was so cold that the ice bridges were stacking up — and this definitely didn’t help matters. The ice began to mount higher and higher and it was then that it was realized that the bridge would most definitely collapse.

The Honeymoon Bridge was built in 1898 by the Pencoyd Bridge Company of Philadelphia, under the direction of Engineer R.S. Buck. The bridge was a two hinged arch with a latticed rib and its span was 840 feet long with trusses connecting the main span to the top of each shoreline. The abutments for this bridge extended to the base of the gorge and were situated next to the river’s edge.

During this fateful week in 1938, the Niagara river bed rose to 9 feet high, thus engulfing the Maid of the Mist docks and everything else around it. Suddenly the abutments of the Honeymoon Bridge were encased with ice. Knowing that the bridge would collapse on any given day, all vehicle traffic was ceased to a halt the day prior to the Niagara Falls Bridge Collapse on January 26th. No fatalities occurred due to this — except for the fate on the bridge!

At 4:20 pm on January 27th, 1938 the Honeymoon Bridge fell into the Niagara Gorge.

The Niagara Falls Bridge Collapse was a lesson learned — the current Rainbow Bridge sits slightly north (500 feet) from where the Honeymoon Bridge once stood and was constructed to better withstand the high winds and fierce weather conditions!

Pictured Above: The Current Rainbow Bridge

The previous Honeymoon Bridge was known to blow about pedestrians and vehicles crossing, and the bridge decking was wooden, thus making it extremely dangerous when wet. On one occasion in 1930, an American motorist crossing the bridge into Canada applied the brakes of his automobile and skidded off the bridge and into the gorge, falling to his death.

For more information on the Niagara Falls Ice Bridge click here.

Niagara Falls Bridge Collapses Under Pressure of Ice - 1938 - YouTube

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Feature Image by Christine Hess

Are you thinking of planning a Niagara Falls getaway, but you are unsure what activities are worth doing during the Winter in Niagara Falls? Here is a guide just for you — Starting from A-Z!

A is for “Adventure City” On Clifton Hill!

Lots of Fun for the kids! – “My son always has a blast at Adventure City when we visit Niagara Falls, and so do I! Lots of different arcade games for all ages; mini golf, lazer blast, bumper cars, and 4d movie rides never disappoint!” -Cher F., Barrie, Ontario.

5875 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls

Call 1 (800) 263-7135

B is for “Butterfly Conservatory

The Butterfly Conservatory  is home to over 2000 free-flying tropical butterflies in a rain forest setting — and on these bitter cold Winter days it’s one of the most enjoyable things to do for families in Niagara Falls, as the temperatures inside are high to mimic a typical rain forest — vital for the survival of these creatures. Coat check anyone?

2565 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls

Call 905-356-8119

C is for “Clifton Hill

It doesn’t get any better for kids of all ages than to visit all our attractions on Clifton Hill! From our 70,000 square foot, 2-level Great Canadian Midway arcade, to the 175-foot wheel in the sky, the Niagara SkyWheel, we have everything from young to old to enjoy from the top of the street to the bottom!

Purchase the Clifton Hill Fun Pass for additional savings. One thing is for sure, you will never get bored here, that’s why it is called: The Street of Fun by the Falls!

Looking for a hotel on Clifton Hill or close to Clifton Hill? Click here for a full list.

D is for “Dufferin Islands” 

To capture amazing photos at any time of the year, head to nearby Dufferin Islands.

This popular area is 10 acres of paradise – a quiet, secluded park containing several small islands connected by small bridges and footpaths. This area is home to the “Winter Festival of Lights“, which runs until January 31st. 2019.

E is for “Events


*Pictured Above: “We Will Rock You” from March 7th to 17th, 2019 at the Fallsview Casino.*

It doesn’t matter when you plan a Niagara Falls family getaway because the area is jam-packed with year round events running every single season. From live concerts, conventions, to Niagara Ice Wine Festival and the Winter Festival of Lights, click here for a list of upcoming events.

F is for “Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

Another place where everyday feels like the Summer is the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark located at 5685 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls.

Featuring 3 acres of family fun, with 125,000 square feet of action-packed water excitement. Look out for a mammoth play area, the massive 1,000 gallon tipping bucket, enormous 6 storey high water slides, the full-sized wave pool, year-round outdoor activity pool and sundeck, plunge bowl, two oversized adult only Jacuzzis and a children’s play area.

www.fallsviewwaterpark.com or call 905-374-4444

G is for “Gardens”

Niagara Falls is known for our beautifully manicured gardens; the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, the Oakes Garden Theatre, and Queen Victoria Park to name a few — but the Floral Showhouse is an indoor retreat.

Stay warm inside while its greenhouse temperatures relax you in this floral paradise located at 7145 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls.

Call 905-354-1721

H is for “Helicopters” 

So what if it’s Winter? The Niagara Falls Helicopters is open year-round (*weather dependent) located at 3731 Victoria Ave., Niagara Falls.

Feel the excitement of soaring above the turbulent rapids and cascading waterfalls with one of these unique tours. The entire family is welcome aboard!

www.niagarahelicopters.com or call 905-357-5672

I is for “Ice Skating

Whether you choose to take the family for recreational ice skating, or to catch a game with Niagara’s major junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League, the  Niagara IceDogs, we have both available for families to take advantage of in Niagara.

J is for “Journey Behind the Falls

Take a journey deep below and behind the heart of the Niagara Falls and stand where the falls tumble from 13 storeys above with the Journey Behind the Falls attraction at 6650 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls (in the Table Rock Centre). 

Winter rates are reduced when the attraction’s Lower Observation Deck must be closed due to ice conditions, but this is a year-round attraction that takes you 150 feet below by elevator, where a short tunnel gives you access to observation decks and two portals located directly behind the Falls.

During summer daylight hours, over 2,800 cubic meters of water thunders over the brink every second, travelling 65 kilometers per hour…pretty amazing!

Call 905-354-1551

 K is for “Kingdom

The Bird Kingdom is another tropical paradise located just a 5 minute walk from Clifton Hill and the view of the Niagara Falls at 5651 River Rd, Niagara Falls. 

This is the largest free-flying indoor aviary in the world. More than 300 birds make their home in this multi-level rainforest setting nestled in a building which has housed some of the area’s top attractions of the past. A 40-foot waterfall, tropical plants, and hundreds of birds from around the world put on a show for the public. Many of the 80 species of birds living at Bird Kingdom are endangered or threatened in the wild.

www.birdkingdom.ca or call 905-356-8888

L is for “Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks

Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks is located at 5709 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, and features a collection of instantly recognizable, true-to-life wax figures crafted by recognized wax artists from around the world. The stunning English Tudor style building houses over 100 true-to-life wax figures in 16 spectacularly themed galleries.

Call 905-374-6601

M is for “Magic

Witness for yourself the International Grand Champion of Magic himself, Greg Frewin, as he brings a little bit of Las Vegas to the Niagara Falls with his dazzling magic show at the Greg Frewin Theatre located at 5781 Ellen Ave, Niagara Falls.

Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner before being treated to a spectacular night of magical illusions and family friendly fun.

www.gregfrewintheatre.com or call 905-356-0777

N is for “Niagara Falls

This one is self-explanatory. If you are planning a Niagara Falls family getaway, you will undoubtedly visit the majestic Niagara Falls for some sightseeing and photography.

This natural wonder is one of our planet’s most famous waterfalls. With heights of 176 feet, and a colossal 150,000 gallons of water crashing down per second, the roar of the Falls and the gently cool mist impresses young and old alike.

You can view the Falls year round from observation points on both the American and Canadian sides of the Niagara River. For those of you that can’t make a trip here, you can still experience live views from our Niagara Falls webcam.

 O is for “Outlet Collection at Niagara

Outlet Collection At Niagara is an open-air outlet shopping mall located in Niagara On The Lake at Queen Elizabeth Way and Glendale Avenue at 300 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Located just minutes from Niagara Falls, this refreshing new outlet mall combines brand name fashion and lifestyle retailers—all at outlet prices you can’t resist. Featuring 100+ irresistible outlet brands including Mountain Warehouse, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Coach, J. Crew Factory, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger and much more.

“Bass Pro Shop” is located next to this outlet mall. It features fishing, camping, boating and hunting equipment, plus native wildlife murals and imagery additions.  One of the main features in the store is the 13,000-gallon freshwater aquarium, complete with a 3-D diorama of a waterfall with big horn sheep and mountain goats against a backdrop mural of British Columbia’s Mount Assiniboine.  The aquarium is stocked with 85 fish native to the area such as largemouth and smallmouth bass, yellow perch, brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, black crappie, channel catfish, and more.

www.outletcollectionatniagara.com or call 905-687-6777

P is for “Plays

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FIND HOTELS

Take a look around and you will find that in January you can get a hotel room mid-week near Clifton Hill from as low as $50 per night. This is a drastic difference from Summer rates and holiday weekend rates.

Clifton Hill area hotels are close to all the action and excitement of Clifton Hill and the Niagara Parks attractions, and also only steps away from view the splendor of the Niagara Falls.

#2 No Need To Travel Far, Everything is Within a Block to the Falls!

FIND TICKETS

When you face temperatures in January that dip well below the freezing mark, the last thing that you want to do is travel long distances. This is why the Clifton Hill Fun Pass is your ticket to fun and convenience in the Winter. All of our attractions are located on one spot — on Clifton Hill!

You will not need to travel via car or bus between these facilities, thus causing you to spend more money that you didn’t plan on spending. Everything is located in one central spot. Have fun and snap away as well — we also have WiFi to add to your experience at these attractions.

#3 You Are Just Steps Away from the “Frozen” Falls


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People are flocking from all over the world lately to catch a glimpse of the “Frozen” Falls. While not really frozen (the water still flows freely underneath the ice), it is quite the view to witness and makes for incredible Winter photographs. The miniature glaciers and long icicles that form are truly a photographers dream!  January is generally the coldest month in Niagara Falls, so it’s your best month to get these photographs (Check out these recent pictures!).

That said, the flow of water that tumbles over the American Falls is much less than the flow of water that cascades over the Horseshoe Falls, so your most “frozen” views would be taken from here. Conveniently, the American Falls and the adjoining Bridal Veil Falls, are located directly at the bottom of Clifton Hill — whereas the Horseshoe Falls are still approximately a 5-10 minute walk down the Niagara Parkway. Don’t miss the Niagara Falls illuminations in the evening, and if you are lucky enough, when it’s really cold you’ll have the best view of the ice bridge from this standpoint!

#4 No Crowds


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During the Summer, the Niagara Falls is full of crowds, The warm weather, frequent nightly fireworks shows, and the launch of the Hornblower Niagara Cruises boats draws thousands of tourists. The Winter however, is a quieter time, and with the exception of a few attractions, the majority of Niagara’s attractions are still open — and this includes our Clifton Hill attractions such as the Niagara SkyWheel (which is heated and enclosed)!

You will encounter very little wait times (if any at all) during the Winter time at our attractions and dining facilities.Along the Niagara Parkway there will also be far less crowds to contend with while taking your photo opportunities!

We have plenty of parking accessible in our Clifton Hill parking lot during the month of January.

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We all know Martin Luther King, Jr. as a hero in the fight for civil rights. He was a leader in the movement to end racial segregation in the United States. His most famous address was the “I Have A Dream” speech. He was an advocate of non-violent protest and became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The holiday is observed on the third Monday of January, which is the 21st this year. King was assassinated in 1968, but it wasn’t until 1983 during the Reagan administration that the holiday was established, and it wasn’t until 1986 that Martin Luther King Day became observed in the United States.

What else does Martin Luther King Day mean to the United States?
There are a number of reasons why this day is celebrated.

Martin Luther King Day celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. His words were inspiring, but they weren’t just words that he voiced. He actually lived a life fighting for freedom and justice. He withstood threats against his life as a result of standing up for his beliefs.

Martin Luther King Day honors the life of a fighter for racial justice and equality. It celebrates this equality in a society that he dreamed to become color-blind. He stood up to make a difference for every race. His words spoke for every nationality, to feel no segregation. This is not to be known as a “black holiday”; it is known as a “peoples’ holiday.”

Martin Luther King Day celebrates that he was a peaceful man. He spoke with his voice, not with violence. He knew that nonviolence meant that his voice was not drowned out. People were more apt to listen to non-aggression.

Martin Luther King Day honors one of the bravest men in America. He endured threats, beatings, and bombings. He went to jail 29 times to achieve freedom for others.

Martin Luther King Day teaches the next generation to learn about standing up for their rights through non-violent disputes.

Martin Luther King Day is a day of service. His followers choose this day to help out at shelters, hospitals, and even prisons. People volunteer to help feed the homeless, they mentor children that come from a life of struggle, and essentially help to make the community a better place.

“I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”– Letter from Birmingham Jail, 1963

“I Have A Dream” Speech

Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have A Dream Speech - YouTube

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