Fun Things to Do in Niagara Falls for Families

Fun Things to Do in Niagara Falls for Families

January is just flying by and before you know it, it will be time for our mini break with our families. Whether it’s just for a few days or a week away, the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is the place to be this Family Day and/or March Break. It’s the little things in life that make us happy and having fun with our family is one of the greatest things.

Here are our favourite fun things to do in Niagara Falls with our families:

 Bird Kingdom – great Family Specials

Spend a day with your little munchkins and thousands of free flying munchkins (a.k.a birds) and reptiles. The Bird Kingdom is offering $2.00 off each regular admission on a daily basis. However check out this great deal: during March Break (March 14 – 20), receive 50% off your child’s admission. This promises to be a fun-filled day.

March Break at Niagara Falls Museums – March 18th – 10am – 5pm

This FREE event has fun written all over it. Explore the prehistoric world of dinosaurs with Club Rex @ 11am & 1pm! Get hands-on with their collection of dinosaur skulls, claws, teeth and real fossils! After the show, join museum staff to make a craft and search the museum for clues about our past! Finish the day off with a movie @ 3pm.

March Break Fun at Heartland Forest 

Get one with nature during March Break at Heartland Forest. While there are no scheduled events or activities, bundle your kids up (weather permitting) and explore the trails, see what’s lurking in the pond and let your kids get dirty in the playground area. After all that’s what childhood is all about – exploring and learning.

Butterfly Conservatory

The learning never ends at the Butterfly Conservatory. Explore this lush, tropical setting with over 2000 colourful  butterflies fluttering about freely (you might even be lucky enough to have one land on you). Plus check out the Emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare for their very first flight!! You also can’t miss the “We are the Insects” Exhibit – it’s a perfect family day adventure. The renowned Montreal Insectarium will be occupying the Butterfly Conservatory’s main atrium until March 31st. There will be educational displays along with live specimens including varieties of Praying Mantis, Flower Beetles, Cockroaches and Scorpions. Click here for additional information and workshop schedules.

Niagara Parks Wonder Pass

Explore the most wondrous Niagara Falls attractions including Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury and the Butterfly Conservatory. Save 55% when you book the Niagara Wonder Pass. Adults $21.95 plus tax | Kids 6 – 12 $16.95 plus tax.

White Meadows Farms Sugar Bush Adventure 

The Sugar Bush adventure is a real treat for the whole family. Get one with nature and learn how the magic of Maple Syrup is created…right in the heart of the Sugar Bush. This is what your adventure will look like…Visit interactive stations along your route where the Natives retell the tales of maple syrup’s discovery and modern sugarmakers measure the girth of their trees. Jig with the pioneers to their favourite fiddle tunes while maple syrup boils over an open fire, or clasp the handles of a lumberjack’s saw to cut your own sugar bush bling. Whether you go to zigzag through the boggling sap line maze, swagger across the old rickety bridge, or test your wingspan back-to-back with a mighty bird, fun times await in the sugar bush for the whole family. Let our period-dressed re-enactors answer your maple questions while they transport you across the awe-inspiring world of 100% Pure Maple Syrup.  And don’t miss the legendary, stick-to-your-lips delicious, sugaring-season tradition — Taffy-on-Snow!

Clifton Hill – “the street of oh so much fun”

A trip to Niagara Falls wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Clifton Hill. From the spooky haunted houses to bowling and the Canadian midway, there’s lots of fun to be had on Clifton Hill.

Stay at one of the most family friendly Niagara Falls Hotels, the Courtyard by Marriott. We’re minutes away from all of these Niagara Falls family activities. Plus we have tons of on-site amenities (like our indoor pool and games room) and our Kids Love Niagara Package to keep your family entertained all day long. This package includes it all: accommodations, one dinner voucher for The Keg ($40 value) or T.G.I. Friday’s ($35 value), movie and popcorn night in your guest room, 4 Ultimate Fun Passes (Niagara SkyWheel, Movieland Wax Museum, Galaxy Glow in the Dark mini putt, Ghostblasters Haunted House Ride and XD Theatre – 6D Motion Ride Experience), plus fifteen tokens at the Canadian Midway on Clifton Hill.

Check out our current One Night Family Fun Package which starts at $189.99 per night and includes: accommodations, breakfast, one dinner voucher for The Keg Steakhouse + Bar or T.G.I. Friday’s, four SkyWheel Passes and a movie and popcorn night in your guest room.

Niagara Falls in Winter

Niagara Falls in Winter

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. In a few weeks it will be time to say good-bye to the 33rd annual Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights and the 3 Million twinkling lights and over 125 animated displays. Be sure to get your last viewing before January 31, 2016. Many of the associates have had a chance to see the Festival of Lights this year and the feedback has been outstanding. One of the favourites are the trees wrapped in lights along the Parkway and in Dufferin Islands.

DUFFERIN ISLANDS

Speaking of Dufferin Islands, this year has been one to remember. From the incredible Canadian Wildlife displays to the dozens of individually wrapped trees and inukshuks, this year’s Winter Festival of Lights is truly wondrous.

FREE LASER LIGHT SHOWS

Don’t miss the free laser light shows in the Fallsview Boulevard District nightly at 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm until January 24th. There is also an interactive laser booth where you can write messages and see them immediately on a near-by building with laser-light. How cool is that?

FIREWORKS AND FALLS ILLUMINATION SCHEDULE

There are also the spectacular fireworks over the Falls every Friday night at 9pm until January 29th. Plus nightly Niagara Falls illuminations. Check out the 2016 Niagara Falls Illumination and Fireworks Schedule.

NIAGARA FALLS IN WINTER EVENTS:

– Niagara Icewine Festival which runs until January 31st

– Skate Niagara Ice Show – Meridian Centre – February 26th

– Snowshoeing in the Vineyard –  Thirty Bench – weekends in January, February and March

Niagara Casinos – Shows and Events – Both Sides of the Border  (Taylor Dayne, Michael Bolton, Little Big Town, Whoopi Goldberg, Tracy Morgan and more)

Plus many of our Niagara Falls Attractions are open year round: Journey Behind the Falls, Bird Kingdom, Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara SkyWheel and many more.

Looking for a Niagara Falls hotel for your Winter Getaway? The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is one of the closest Niagara Falls Hotels to these spectacular and traditional Winter Events. Check out our current special offer, a One Night Package starting at $109 per night. And check back on Monday for our next special offer.

Make Niagara Falls in Winter an annual tradition!

Niagara Falls Christmas Events 2015

Niagara Falls Christmas Events 2015

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year. Niagara Falls is the place to be this Christmas Season.

Here is what is happening in Niagara this Holiday Season:

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Over 3 Million lights over a 5km route – how spectacular is that? Don’t miss the 32nd annual Winter Festival of Lights happening just minutes away from our hotel. The magic happens every evening until January 31st. This is one holiday event, you won’t want to miss.

Laser Light Shows

NEW to the Winter Festival of Lights this year are the laser light shows. One is happening right in our neighbourhood at the top of Clifton Hill. From December 19th – 30th, each evening there will be two lights shows, one at 6pm and the other at 9pm. There’s also a fun interactive laser booth where the whole family can write messages or draw pictures with laser light. Plus this Saturday, December 19th visit Santa Claus himself from 5 – 6pm or 7 – 8pm. The next event is happening from January 14th – 24th in the Fallsview District.

Fireworks over the Falls

During the Winter Festival of Lights enjoy Fireworks over the Falls every Friday night at dusk. Plus during the holiday season, December 21st – 26th, celebrate the holidays with fireworks every evening.

Hoot for the Holidays – Butterfly Conservatory – until January 2nd (each Saturday)

You’ll give the gift of nature this holiday season when you visit the Butterfly Conservatory’s special exhibit, Hoot for the Holidays. Featuring a variety of owls and other birds of prey along with its own stunning Owl Butterflies. The exhibit will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., each Saturday until January 2. Join local conservationists David and Kim Gibson as they introduce these beautiful Sky-Hunters or birds of prey and educate us all about their habits, unique abilities and the importance of habitat conservation. Visitors will then have an opportunity to experience and learn more about the Owl Butterflies that call the Conservatory their home and learn how they got their special name.

Floral Showhouse Holiday Display

The Floral Showhouse Holiday Display is a beautiful and exotic annual floral favourite for 65 years! It’s a great way to celebrate the beauty of the holiday season.

Niagara Falls New Years Eve 2015

Don’t miss the Niagara Falls New Years Eve 2015 concert in Queen Victoria Park starting at 8pm. This year’s line up includes: Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx, Down with Webster and Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies.

Niagara Wineries

Raise a glass to the holidays and celebrate at one of the 70 Niagara Wineries throughout Niagara Wine Country. Choose your favourites in Niagara-on-the-Lake or Twenty Valley. Plus hop on over to one of the Microbreweries – Niagara Oast or Silversmith.

After all of this holiday celebrating you are going to need a place to rest your head. Check out one of the best Niagara Falls Hotel Deals at the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls. Our One Night Package has it it: accommodations, breakfast, dinner voucher, beer, wine, cheese and fudge tasting and a lavender culinary experience starting at $109 per night.

Happy Holidays!

Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls Hotels Blog – Niagara Falls March Break

Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls Hotels Blog – Niagara Falls March Break

It’s only the beginning of January, but we are all secretly counting down the days for a mini break with our families. Whether it be a few days away or a week getaway, the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is the place to be this Family Day and/or March Break. Take a break from your daily routine and get ready for some fun-filled Niagara Falls Family Activities.  Here are a few of our favourites:

Family Day Adventures

 Bird Kingdom – $2.00 off each regular admission 

Spend a day with your little munchkins and thousands of free flying munchkins (a.k.a birds) and reptiles. The Bird Kingdom is offering $2.00 off each regular admission. This promises to be a fun-filled day.

Family Day at Niagara Falls Museums – Feb 15th – 11am – 3pm

This FREE event has fun written all over it. Participate in a reptile show, get creative and crafty with crafts and put your thinking cap on for an exciting scavenger hunt adventure.

Winterfest at Heartland Forest – February 15th – 11am – 3pm

Don’t miss Winterfest at Heartland Forest. This FREE event features fun and exciting hands-on activities both indoors and out. Stay tuned for March break details.

Butterfly Conservatory

The learning never ends at the Butterfly Conservatory. Explore this lush, tropical setting with over 2000 colourful  butterflies fluttering about freely (you might even be lucky enough to have one land on you). Plus check out the Emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare for their very first flight!!

Niagara Parks Wonder Pass

Explore the most wondrous Niagara Falls attractions including Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury and the Butterfly Conservatory. Save 55% when you book the Niagara Wonder Pass. Adults $21.95 plus tax | Kids 6 – 12 $16.95 plus tax.

White Meadows Farms Sugar Bush Adventure 

The Sugar Bush adventure is a real treat for the whole family. Experience self-guided tours, re-enactors dressed in period costumes, native stories, maple syrup taffy treats, hot dog roasting, tree tapping, face painting, life like a lumberjack and learn about the rich history of Canada’s first maple syrup harvest of the year. The list of possibilities are endless. Plus enjoy their delicious homemade pancakes and fresh from the tree, homemade maple syrup.

Stay at one of the most family friendly Niagara Falls Hotels, the Courtyard by Marriott. We’re minutes away from all of these Niagara Falls family activities. Plus we have tons of on-site amenities (like our indoor pool and games room) and our Kids Love Niagara Package to keep your family entertained all day long. This package includes it all: accommodations, one dinner voucher for The Keg ($40 value) or T.G.I. Friday’s ($35 value), movie and popcorn night in your guest room, 4 Ultimate Fun Passes (Niagara SkyWheel, Movieland Wax Museum, Galaxy Glow in the Dark mini putt, Ghostblasters Haunted House Ride and XD Theatre – 6D Motion Ride Experience), plus fifteen tokens at the Canadian Midway on Clifton Hill.

Check out our current One Night Family Fun Package which starts at $189.99 per night and includes: accommodations, breakfast, one dinner voucher for The Keg Steakhouse + Bar or T.G.I. Friday’s, four SkyWheel Passes and a movie and popcorn night in your guest room.

Make room for a little fun with your family!!

Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights 2015

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Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights 2015 is one of the most wonderful events of the year in Niagara Falls starting on November 21st and running until January 31st, 2016 (sing with us).

The 33rd annual Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights (a.k.a. Winter Festival of Lights to us local folk) is finally here! It’s definitely an exciting annual event that we all look forward to every year. It’s the largest Illumination Festival in Canada and the city of Niagara Falls is alive with over 3 Million twinkling lights and over 125 animated displays.

Laser Light Shows

Don’t miss the ALL NEW Laser Light Shows happening throughout various Niagara Falls neighbourhoods. There will be two x 15 minute spectacular shows:

Victoria Avenue District – December 19th – 30th at 6:30pm and 8:30pm

Fallsview Boulevard – January 14th – 24th at 6:30pm and 8:30pm

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Afterwards, be sure to check out the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights’ 5km illumination route to see the beautiful light displays throughout the Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland, Dufferin Islands and in surrounding tourist districts.

Spirit of Niagara Sound & Light Show

There’s so much entertainment happening in Niagara Falls this Winter. Catch the thrilling thematic journey of Niagara experienced through music, spectacular lighting and image projections. Through impressive state-of-the-art digital technology, the show depicts Niagara’s arts, culture and entertainment!  The city-facing side of the Oakes Hotel will serve as the canvas for the Festival’s newest lighting technology. Acting as a storytelling aid, Heno, the Thunderbeing, who lived in a huge grotto behind the Great Falls, and his arch nemesis; the Great Serpent of the Falls, will steer you through the “Spirit of Niagara” Light and Sound Show which features Niagara’s rich history. The “Spirit of Niagara” Sound & Light Show is Presented by Fallsview Casino Resort and Tourism Partnership of Niagara.

Dufferin Islands

Year after year, visitors love the tradition of Dufferin Islands. This will be the second year that Dufferin Islands will feature the Canadian Wildlife displays including: a moose and bison, howling wolves, charging rams, bears, beavers, geese and deer. This winter wonderland also includes the Sylma, a 20′ x 35′  magnificent tower of cascading lights enhanced by projection illuminations on over 70 trees and a 30′ water feature which will be choreographed to music.

Also, if you tune into 100.5 FM during your drive through Dufferin Islands you will enjoy Christmas music to get you in the festive mood.

Fireworks and Falls Illumination Schedule

At 9pm every Friday night between November 21st and January 29th, the sky over the Horseshoe and American Falls will be lit up with a stunning fireworks performance. You will see as many as 20 fireworks shows this season.

2015-16 Niagara Falls Winter Fireworks over the Falls Performance Schedule!

Friday, December 4th, 11th, 18th,

Nightly Fireworks Shows: December 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th

Friday, January 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

Check out the opening ceremonies’ fireworks from last year.

All performances take place at 9:00pm unless otherwise noted. The fireworks schedule is subject to change; each show is approximately five minutes in length.  As always, fireworks performances are weather permitting and may be cancelled due to poor conditions like high winds or rain.

Check out the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Light’s illuminate route. 

And with the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights comes many other exciting Niagara Falls Events such as New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls. Details will be announced soon.

Looking for a Niagara Falls Festival of Lights hotel? The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is one of the closest Niagara Falls Hotels to this spectacular and traditional Winter Event.

Only 3 more Fridays until Santa comes to town (okay so we obviously love the holidays).

Niagara Falls Casinos – Fall for Great Entertainment

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Niagara Falls Casinos

This Fall is filled with top notch entertainment at the Niagara Falls Casinos (on both sides of the border).

The Fallsview Casino

Featuring over 3000 slots and over 100 table games. Plus the list of performers will keep you coming back all season long.

Fallsview Casino Concerts

Le Grand Cirque – until October 5th

Discover the magic and imagination in a spellbinding performance of impossible feats of strength and agility with Le Grand Cirque – Adrenaline. Over 40 international daredevil stuntmen, trapeze artists and contemporary dancers soar through audiences and leap on stage at the Fallsview Casino.

Jennifer Hudson – October 7th and 8th

For two nights only, experience academy and grammy award-winning artist Jennifer Hudson. Singing famous hits “Spotlight”, “One Night Only” and of course “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” and be one of the first to hear Jennifer perform songs from her brand new album, which features songs produced by Pharrell, Timbaland and more.

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Sharon Osbourne

– October 10th and 11th

Who doesn’t love Sharon Osbourne? She’s charming, funny and always entertaining. She’s become a household name in reality television starring on The Talk, America‘s Got Talent, The Celebrity Apprentice and The Osbournes. Experience the bold, funny and fearless Sharon Osbourne in an up close and personal interview at Fallsview Casino Resort.

The Ron James New Year’s Eve CBC Comedy Special – October 14th and 15th

For two nights only, the Fallsview Casino hosts the exclusive filming of The Ron James New Year’s Eve CBC Comedy Special! This award-winning comedian, whose live tours have received critical acclaim from coast to coast (“Cleverly, hysterically funny!” – The Toronto Star) (“The funniest man in Canada” – Victoria Times Colonist), has written and starred in five one-hour comedy specials as well as five seasons of his television series, The Ron James Show.

Kool and the Gang –October 16th

Kool & The Gang’s signature Grammy Award winning jazz, soul and funk style has sold over 70 million albums worldwide. Their top hits “Celebration”, “Cherish”, “Jungle Boogie”, “Summer Madness”, “Open Sesame” and countless more, continue to influence the music of multiple generations.

Gypsy Kings – October 17th

Blending pop with Latin rhythms, Grammy Award winning Gipsy Kings introduced the irresistible sounds of rumba flamenco to the world with international hits including “Bamboleo”, “Djobi Djoba”, “Un Amor”, “Baila Me”, “El Camino”, “Samba Samba” and “Volare”.

Rock and Soul – October 23rd – 30th

Memphis, Detroit and Philadelphia music scenes come together in an exclusive artist roster of eight feature performers that celebrate the unmistakable soulful sounds of The Temptations, Bob Seger, The Supremes, Mitch Ryder, Tower of Power, Hall & Oates, Marvin Gaye, Lou Rawls and more with Rock & Soul live at Fallsview Casino Resort.

Seneca Niagara – Niagara Falls, NY

This Niagara Falls Casino is just a five minute drive from the Rainbow Bridge. Featuring 4000 reel and video slot machines and more than 100 table games: Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat, Caribbean Stud Poker, Let it Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker and Spanish 21.

The list of entertainers are outstanding.

Sheena Easton – September 27th

Ralphie May Comedy Series– October 2nd

Macy Gray – October 3rd

Alanis Morissette – October 4th

Robert Kelly Comedy Series – October 9th

Santana – October 11th

Nikki Glaser Comedy Series – October 16th

David Spade – October 25th

Tickets are still on sale, so don’t miss out on these exciting Niagara Falls Events. Looking for accommodations close to these Niagara Falls Casinos? The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is just minutes away. Check out our ongoing Niagara Falls Packages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what a Niagara Falls Halloween Looks Like

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This is what a Niagara Falls Halloween Looks Like

October is such a fun month in Niagara. There are so many exciting events to look forward to each year. Here are some of our favourites (from spook-tacular, wine country glass raisers and cozy connections with celebrities)

Spook-tacular

It’s a Howling Good Time at Howell’s Pumpkin Farm

You have to make the trip, to experience all of the fun. From the pumpkin donuts, to the hot apple cider to the haunted spook barn, wagon ride, corn maze, cow train and getting to pick your perfect pumpkin when you leave.

Haunt Manor

It all started with the spooky legend of the Pew Family. They resided on this Lundy’s Lane property when the Battle of Lundy’s Lane took place over 200 years ago. The house has remnants of bullets lining the walls of this house – bullets from the historical Battle of 1812. Paranormal experts have confirmed that this place is indeed full of paranormal activity. So prepare for your mind to wander as you take a tour of haunted houses and a haunted hayride on the grounds of this historical site.

Niagara Ghost Walks

Take a stroll through Niagara’s most haunted corridors. From the Village of Elgin to Niagara’s most haunted Bed and Breakfast (Blythewood Manor) to the exact location where mob lieutenant, Freddy Tedesco, smoked his last cigar.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Ghost Walks

Take a ghost walk through Canada’s most haunted town, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Experience one of the most angry ghosts, who resides in the Angel Inn as well as scary stops outside the Niagara-on-the-Lake Courthouse, Prince of Wales Hotel, Apothecary, and Royal George Theatre.

Fort George Ghost Tours

Niagara is known to be haunted (based on all of these spooky tours) and Fort George is one of the longest running ghost walks in Niagara. This 2 hour tour involves one of the scariest history lessons and a secret opening to a building (the Officers’ Quarters) that is usually off limits during the summer ghost tours.

Bird Kingdom

From October 26th – 31st, enjoy a spooktacular Halloween special for kids and grown-ups when you wear a costume. Admission is $6 for children and $10 for adults. During your Halloween adventure, there will be a scavenger hunt and candy.

Wine Glass Raisers

Masquerade Ball – Southbrook Winery – October 30th

Take a step back to the 15th Century for an enchanting evening filled with appetizers, drinks, wine releases, live entertainment and the can’t miss Halloween candy bar. Costumes are required.

Hernder Estates Halloween Bash – October 31st at 8:30pm

It’s Part 7 of the Hernder Halloween Bash (insert scary music here). It’s an evening of fun with fabulous food and wine for a great cause. This fundraiser is for the Hernder-Picasso Foundation with 100% of proceeds going to the Walker Family Cancer Centre. Plus great prizes for the best costumer ($500 for Best Costume and $500 for Best Group (three or more).

The ‘Red’ Sale at Reif Estate Winery – October 29th – November 1st

Get ready for a delicious hibernation. Stock up your wine cellars with rich and flavourful reds from Reif Estate Winery. Great pricing on limited edition and estate bottled red wines – perfect for entertaining and the holidays. This limited time pricing is only offered once a year. Feature wine tastings complimentary.

Niagara Falls Casino Concerts – Cozy Connections with Celebrities

Get cozy with comedy and classic concerts only at the Fallsview Casino or Seneca Niagara Casino in October.

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The Original Stars from American Bandstand – October 26th – 30th

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The Lovin’ Spoonful – October 30th

All of these Niagara Falls Halloween events are close to the Courtyard Marriott, where you can Eat. Sleep and repeat the fun the next day.

 

Niagara Falls Natural Attractions

Niagara Falls Attractions

Niagara Falls is well-known for our natural wonder, Niagara Falls, but many people are unaware of our other natural beauty, the great outdoors, compliments of Mother Nature.

So the next time you are visiting this great place of wonder, be sure to pack your hiking shoes, golf shoes, running shoes and binoculars and get ready to get outdoorsy in Niagara.

Golf

Niagara has joined the ranks of the world’s premier golf destinations in terms of challenge, design, aesthetics, course conditioning, facilities and service. The Top Five Recommended Courses (from our panel of Niagara Golfers):

Walk, Hike or Bike

Walking has been identified as one of the favourite physical activities of Canadians. The Niagara Region has many recreational trails that are perfect for walking, hiking or biking. Here are our top two “must-tackle” trails.

The Niagara Escarpment (a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve)

It is on the top of the list for hikers. It’s a world unto itself, encompassing farms, recreation areas, sweeping scenic views, 1675 foot cliffs, streams, wetlands, rolling hills, waterfalls, wildlife and so much history. The Niagara Escarpment’s hiking trail is most commonly known as the Bruce Trail, which starts at Queenston Heights and takes a diagonal path 773 km through Southern Ontario to the tip Tobermory on the Bruce Trail.

Bruce Trail Day is an annual event celebrating Canada’s oldest and longest footpath, hosted by the Bruce Trail Conservancy and each of its nine Bruce Trail Clubs. Bruce Trail Day is Sunday, October 5th, 2014. Save the Date. More details to be announced soon.

For downloadable maps and guided hikes, visit http://brucetrail.org/pages/trail

The Niagara River Recreation Trail

This 56 km scenic paved trail runs parallel to the Niagara River from historic Fort Erie in the South to Fort George in the North. At the halfway point, you can’t miss the natural wonder, Niagara Falls.This paved path was constructed in 1986 for non-motorized traffic. It is divided into four scenic sections, each with its own history and high adventure set amidst lovely countryside. It takes one to two hours to pedal leisurely each of these sections: (1) Niagara-on-the-Lake to Queenston; (2) Queenston to the Whirlpool Aero Car; (3) Chippawa to Black Creek; (4) Black Creek to Fort Erie.

For more information visit, http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails/view/niagara-river-recreation-trail

Looking for bike rentals? Visit Mac’s Bike Rentals, which is conveniently located just outside the hotel grounds. Explore Niagara at your own pace or ask about some of their recommended routes.

Bird Watching

Niagara is also a popular destination for birds. In 1996, the entire Niagara River corridor – stretching 56 kilometers from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario – became the first site in North America to receive international recognition as a “Globally Significant Important Bird Area” by major conservation groups in both Canada and the United States. Starting in mid-November, the river comes alive with more than 100,000 gulls on migratory flights from as far north as Greenland and the Canadian Arctic to as far south as Florida.

The Niagara River is also home for numerous species of ducks, geese and swans in the Wintertime. Along the Canadian shore near Old Fort Erie, people gather with binoculars to watch American Widgeon, Redhead, Canvasback and numerous other species of ducks. The ducks can be seen diving and bobbing for fish downstream from a floating boom Canada and the United States installs across the head of the Niagara River each winter to hold back massive fields of lake ice. As the ducks feed, they let the current carry them downstream toward the Peace Bridge (crossing the Niagara River to Buffalo, New York) before beating their wings back to the boom to begin the cycle again.

The Niagara River received international attention in the spring and summer of 1998, when a pair of peregrine falcons successfully hatched and fledged three chicks on a narrow ledge of rock along the Niagara River Gorge, a mere 200 meters from the Horseshoe Falls. This was the first documented case of peregrine falcons choosing a natural area to nest in southern Ontario, and it was spectacular for countless visitors who caught a glimpse of these powerful birds of prey soaring through the mist near the Horseshoe Falls. (Source: Niagara Parks: 2014).

You are going to need a place to rest your feet after all of this activity with nature. Have we got the perfect Niagara Falls accommodations for you. The Courtyard by Marriott is one of the closest Niagara Falls hotels to these natural Niagara Falls attractions.

Niagara certainly is the place to be for nature lovers!

Niagara Falls is Kid-Centric Central

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Niagara Falls + Kids = Hours of Laughter and Fun

The city is alive with the sound of laughter (the contagious kid kind). That’s the best kind of laughter isn’t it? Now only if they could bottle up that laughter, it would sell like hot cakes.

Speaking of hot cakes, here are the hottest Niagara Falls attractions for those laughter loving kids during the summer heat:

Clifton Hill

It’s definitely a contrast to the majestic natural wonder Niagara Falls, but this street of fun receives 10 out of 10 scores on the fun factor. From the fun houses to the haunted houses to the Niagara SkyWheel, this street will have your kids entertained for hours. You’ll thank us when bedtime arrives, because they’ll sleep like babies.

A day on Clifton Hill can get expensive, so be sure to be on the look out for local coupon books and coupon kiosks like this one, which is located right in our hotel.

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You can still have lots of fun at a fraction of the price. What Clifton Hill attractions get some of the local kids stamp of approval? Dinosaur Park Miniature Golf, the Canadian Midway with over 70,000 square feet of fun and bowling and the haunted houses (for those brave enough) and mazes.

Journey Behind the Falls

This is a Niagara Falls attraction you cannot miss, whether you’re five or fifty-five. It’s one of the top must-experience attractions in Niagara Falls. They call it “Journey Behind the Falls” for a reason, because you will literally be taking a journey deep below and behind the heart of Niagara Falls. Get ready to stand in the mighty mist where the magnificent Horseshoe Falls tumbles from 13 storeys above! You’ll experience the awesome spectacle of one-fifth of the world’s fresh water crashing down to the basin below. Here are some fun facts: During summer daylight hours, over 2,800 cubic meters of water thunders over the brink every second, traveling 65 kilometers per hour!

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

If you only have time to experience one attraction, this is it! The Cruise starts out a bit deceiving. You’ll find the ride very calm, peaceful and picturesque as you pass the American Horseshoe Falls. There will be lots of time to take beautiful photos and selfies. But as soon as you get into the hub of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, get ready for your heart to start beating a bit faster and be prepared to not only get wet, but soaking wet. Taking a selfie in the hub of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls will be a challenge, as you’ll be too busy trying to stay dry. This takes the word “Cruise” to a whole new level!

Bird Kingdom

The Bird Kingdom is a world class tropical adventure. It is the largest free-flying indoor aviary in the world. Featuring more than 400 birds in a multi-level rainforest setting, a 40-foot waterfall, tropical plants, reptiles, a bird-feeding centre, and an Archaeology Dig. This is an attraction that will keep your kids entertained, educated (we all love a bit of education in the summer – right?) and engaged for hours. You’ll also be entertained by the $3 off coupons you can receive at our Tour Desk.

It’s excitement for the whole family and only a short walk from the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls hotel.

Safari Niagara

Safari Niagara is where nature meets squealing moments of giddy excitement. This 150-acre, privately-owned and operated nature park is home to more than 750 animals (native and exotic mammals, reptiles and birds). Your kids will become friends with bearded dragons, river bottom hippos, giraffes, apes, lions and tigers and bears (oh my)! Be prepared to spend a full day here because Safari Niagara is so much more than just a nature park – it’s an adventure park, water park and playground all rolled into one. So pack a picnic basket, swim suits and plenty of sunscreen, because you’ll be spending hours at this “so much more” than just a nature park attraction.

If you’re crunched for time and want to see the greatest Niagara Falls attractions in a short time, then we’ve got the perfect suggestion for you. Our Niagara Falls Tour (located right in the hotel lobby of the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel). It’s a four hour, fully narrated bus tour that makes stops at Hornblower Niagara Cruises, Journey Behind the Falls, the Butterfly Conservatory (one of Niagara’s most popular attractions featuring over 2000 tropical butterflies flying freely in a rainforest setting) and the Floral Clock. Plus you’ll receive passes to Niagara’s Fury and the White Water Walk which you can use anytime during your visit.

Niagara certainly is a kidcentric city full of adventure and the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is the kidcentric hotel full of kid-friendly Niagara Falls Packages, like our popular Kids Love Niagara Package. Let the fun begin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW Niagara by Night Tour

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After many months of planning we are very excited to share our Newest Niagara Tour, the Niagara by Night Tour, which is exclusive to the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls and our on-site Tour Company, Above the Falls Tours.This tour is where exhilaration meets moments of nailing biting behaviour (and let’s be truthful about it – your heart may just beat a little faster that night).

Battlefield and Beyond Cemetery Walk

The first part of the tour is called the Battlefield and Beyond Cemetery Walk and takes place in one of the oldest and most recognized cemeteries in North America, the Drummond Hill Cemetery. This tour gained its name, Battlefield and Beyond because it touches on some historical facts on the various battles that took place here, such as the “Battle of Lundy’s Lane,” as well as and one of the bloodiest battles between the British and Americans in 1814. But it also goes beyond the battlefield and gets into the deeper stories of some of the famous settlers buried at the cemetery, such as Laura Secord, a famous Daredevil, Burr Plato, one the first African American slaves to come to Canada via the Underground Railroad, members of the International Order of Odd Fellows (IOFF) and Freemasonry and more. We don’t want to give too much away, but a few of the Above the Falls Tours’ associates had the pleasure of experiencing this walk the other day and let’s just say that a few hairs will rise on the back of your neck by the end of it.

As you enter the tour, you will be greeted by these legendary iron gates.

Drummond-Hill-Cemetery.Gates

 

Now mind you the first tour starts at 7:30pm on June 28th, so you the cemetery will not be in complete darkness (like the above picture). However we’re not sure what is more frightening? Experiencing a cemetery in complete darkness or experiencing it as the sun is starting to set where you can visibly see all of names on the tombstones (are we starting to paint the picture for you?) Your guides will also be in character to give you the full experience of what happened on Drummond Hill 200 years ago.

Hornblower Niagara Falls Illumination Cruise

The second part of the tour is equally as exhilarating. The second stop takes you to the NEW Hornblower Niagara Falls Illumination Cruise. Here your adrenalin will continue as you hop aboard a 250 passenger catamaran ready to set sail past both the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Here you’ll have front row seats to the starry skies and panoramic views of the dazzling city lights and famous coloured illumination of both Natural Wonders. This cruise promises to astonish and amaze.

The Niagara by Night Tour will be launching on Saturday June 28th and will be available every Saturday throughout the summer. So come and experience an evening of fright and delight brought to you by Above the Falls Tours located in the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls hotel.

Reserve your spot today, as spaces are limited. Call 905-353-4002 or click here for more details.