Visiting the Niagara Falls: Where to Eat, What to see, and how to do it all in one weekend!
Flying in to Buffalo Niagara International Airport...
The flight into Buffalo, NY from Baltimore, MD was only about 1 hour and 15 minutes, which wasn't bad at all! When we arrived we knew we were going to want to rent a car, so we stopped over to Budget car Rentals. Budget offers great low rates, which is what we were looking for on this short trip to Niagara!
You can book your next rental car here: www.budget.com/en/home
Arriving at the Buffalo / Ontario Border...
Once you cross the Rainbow Bridge, you will come to the Canadian Border control. Here you will just have to show them your passport, answer their questions and be on your way! It's that simple. We probably waited in traffic there for maybe only 5 minutes!
Exploring the Falls...
As soon as we got over the bridge and passed border control, we went straight to the Falls! It was a beautiful day out and perfect for getting a great view! Finding parking wasn't too difficult, but unfortunately most of the parking near the falls is "pay by the hour". It is still very inexpensive, and a couple of bucks goes a long way!
We decided to go for a quick bite to eat at the Table Rock House Restaurant. We ordered the Mushroom dip and a few drinks. We were able to look out the window and view the falls right from our table!
You can check out their full menu here:
Journey Behind the Falls...
When we left the restaurant we noticed there was an option to take a self guided tour behind the falls. We figured we probably wouldn't be back here for a while so it was something worth doing!
Tickets for this tour cost $15 per adult & $10 per child. And believe me it was SO worth it!
The thunderous falls echoed down the walkway as we made our decent, and as soon as we came down, there was mist everywhere! You are able to go directly behind them!
Pro tip: They offer ponchos - take one! Or else you will be soaking wet!
The Journey Behind the falls tour was definitely worth it!
We came back up and decide to get a few more shots of the falls before we headed to our Airbnb!
Where to stay...
Before we arrived in Ontario, I wanted to look for an Airbnb that was close to everything but also allowed for privacy and free parking. I booked our one night stay At the Niagara Inn Bed and Breakfast through Airbnb. Our host Li was very informative and offered pamphlets, maps, and even hot coffee and tea upon arrival! Use my airbnb link to save $40 on your first stay!
Airbnb link: abnb.me/e/7yS8IYFUd3
We dropped off our bags, and decided to go out and explore the town!
The town of Niagara sort of reminded me a little of an amusement park. There were tons of games and rides at every corner. Definitely a great place to keep the kids happy if you're traveling with family.
Looking for Dinner?
As we were walking we decided to stop at the Niagara Distillery & "World Famous Billy Bones BBQ" and oh my god were we not disappointed! Their BBQ was amazing! They had great sauce options and their brisket was heavenly! They also offer whiskey flights! You can choose what you want to try from their selection of house made spirits.
You can see all of their delicious BBQ and Spirit options here: niagaradistillery.com
Not into Whiskey ? Try some local Beer!
Im personally not a huge fan of whiskey myself, so we also made a stop over at the Niagara Brewing Company where we tried a few of their award winning craft beers. They also offer Growlers in case you want to take some back to the states with you!
View the full Beer list here: niagarabrewingcompany.com/beer/
See Niagara at night...
Leaving the bar, we were walking back to our car and were shocked to see the Falls lit up like a rainbow! I had no idea they did this, but it was definitely worth stopping by and checking out !
Drive down to Niagara-on-the-lake
Our second and final day here was mostly about exploring around Niagara. To our surprise, we woke up to a dusting of beautiful snow! So pretty to see since back at home it would be a couple months till we saw any.
The little town within Niagara-on-the-lake was something out of a movie! Such a cute and quiet town with children rehearsing theatre, bakeries, butcheries, and coffee shops! We were craving something warm so we stopped into Shaw Cafe and Wine bar for a hot spiked apple cider.
Try some Ice Wine...
As we continued driving down through the winding roads of Niagara-on-the-lake, we kept seeing signs for Vinyards and their "Ice Wine". We had never heard of it before so we stopped into the Ice House Winery to try it for ourselves!
If you don't know what Ice Wine is, the best way to describe it is a super sweet juice- like wine. They can make them into slushies or you can drink it straight from the bottle. We decided to try their Slushies (perfect for a cold day, eh?)
Walk through Queenston Heights Park...
While driving back to town, we noticed a tall monument sticking up through the trees, so we thought we would go find out what it was! Turns out it was a memorial for Major- General Sir Isaac Brock and we were able to gain a little bit of knowledge about him and Canada's History!
Dine at the Skylon Tower...
Have you ever wanted to dine in the sky? The Skylon tower offers an amazing view of Niagara Falls along with delicious food!
Although a bit on the pricey end, the view and experience you get while dining at the Skylon is one that is hard to beat! When we went, we decided to try their escargot, calamari, and smoked salmon. Their food was absolutely delicious! I would recommend making reservations ahead of time if you plan on going during busy season.
Here is their full menu with pricing: www.skylon.com/niagara-falls-dining/revolving-dining-room/
Niagara Falls was absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to come back to Canada to see more of this beautiful country!