Niagara Falls has long been known as a romantic destination, with millions of newly-wed and other loved-up couples flocking to the Canadian-American hot spot over the years. If you’re keen to explore this part of North America with your favorite person, read on for some tips you can follow for a romantic vacation.
Witness the Splendor of the Falls
Obviously, one of the main things couples do when they have a honeymoon or other romantic vacation in Niagara Falls is see the natural wonder that gives the city its name. The waterfalls will provide you with a wonderful backdrop for your trip photographs, and can be explored in a number of ways. For example, you don’t want to miss booking at ticket on the famous Maid of the Mist boat.
Located on the American side of the Falls (in Canada there is the similar Hornblower Niagara Cruises), the Maid of the Mist tour runs for around 20 to 30 minutes, and takes you close to the American and Horseshoe Falls – you’ll even feel spray from the Falls on your face!
Enjoy Good Food and Wine
The Niagara region is also a place where you can find excellent food and wine options. There are many great restaurants in the vicinity of the Falls, including located in some of the top hotels along the main thoroughfare. However, it pays to head out of town too, to some of the 25-plus wineries which are located just a 15 to 20-minute drive from Niagara Falls.
In particular, make your way to Niagara-on-the-Lake. This Canadian suburb is quaint and pretty and well worth spending a day or at least a morning or afternoon in. You will find multiple wineries open to the public here, many of which have their own on-site restaurants. There’s something very romantic about enjoying a fine meal paired with wine that’s made locally, and explained to you by knowledgeable staff. One of the top vineyards to visit in Niagara-on-the-Lake is Inniskillin Winery. Here they make a special dessert wine known as Icewine, that’s famous the world over for its intense, sweet flavor.
Enjoy the Niagara SkyWheel
Another attraction well worth booking a ticket for is the Niagara SkyWheel. This romantic Ferris wheel is located in the funky suburb of Clifton Hills (a good spot to explore for many other reasons, too), on the Canadian side of the Falls. It’s one of the area’s most popular sites, and happens to boast a record as the biggest observation wheel in the country.
You can snuggle up in a gondola all to yourselves as you enjoy the experience that lasts for about 15 minutes. You’ll get some great photographic opportunities while on the SkyWheel too, since it towers 175 feet in the air, and therefore gives panoramic views of the whole region. To really increase the romance factor, book your SkyWheel ticket for a ride that’s after dusk. This way, you’ll be able to watch the impressive Falls Illumination show light up the night sky and the waterfalls themselves in the colors of the rainbow from a prime position.
Have a Picnic in the Botanical Gardens
Most couples really enjoy having a picnic on a lovely day. While you’re in Niagara Falls, you should pack a basket full of your favorite foods and drink and make your way to the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. First developed in the 1930s, they’re situated approximately ten minutes’ drive from the center of town, and cover a whopping 40 hectares.
Another fun way to be romantic after you’ve enjoyed your picnic is to take a horse and carriage tour of the park. This way, you’ll be able to see all the gardens have to offer, without wearing yourself out too much. You should also pay a visit to the rose garden, where you can enjoy the fragrant smell of over 2,400 different rose bushes; and explore the Butterfly Conservatory, which is also found within the Botanical Gardens. Here you have the chance to spot 2,000-plus insects, which come from at least 45 different butterfly species.
Enjoy a Spa Retreat
Lastly, no romantic vacation is complete without some truly blissful R&R time in a spa retreat. For the ultimate Niagara Falls romantic getaway, book in for an ultimate couples’ experience where you can indulge in things like a massage, wrap, facial, Jacuzzi, and nibbles and champagne. You’ll find spas in many of Niagara’s top hotels, as well as various beauty salons located on both sides of the Falls.