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Winter visitors from December through March may be treated to snowy landscapes and ice formations. Whether or not there is snow on the ground, ice formations build up below Niagara Falls after steady streaks of cold temperatures. The American and Bridal Veil Falls on the New York side of The Falls in particular are a great place to look at Mother Nature’s ice sculptures.
Constant mist from The Falls and cold winter temperatures create a glazing of ice above The Falls too. Lamp posts, railings and park benches are often encased in ice creating a glistening landscape on sunny days. The white landscape makes a bold contrast to the rainbows often seen over Niagara Falls.
A pair of winter boots with good tread is recommended when you walk near the Falls. Sidewalks are well maintained. But paths can still be slippery.
There is plenty to see in Winter, despite some outdoor attractions like the Maid of the Mist or Jet Boats going into hibernation for winter months, The quieter season means visitors may find less wait times at attractions and an easier time getting reservations at the top restaurants and accommodations of your choice.
Here are a just a few local picks for winter entertainment.
The Aquarium of Niagara Falls is a great place to learn about aquatic life from the ocean and local waters. Watch one of the daily shows to be entertained by sea lions, harbor seals or penguins.
Niagara Power Vista Visitor Center is just five minutes away from Niagara Falls. This educational center is a virtual reality and interactive experience for the whole family.
The Niagara Adventure Theater will entertain and educate you in a 30-minute film about the history of Niagara Falls.
Skating – check for a weekend open skate session at the Hyde Park Ice Pavilion. Skate rentals plus ice time is a real value at just $8 per person.
Seneca Niagara Casino is a great spot for a group of friends or a date night to enjoying gaming and entertainment.
Take a step back in history at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown.
Holiday Fireworks displays return to Niagara Falls for many nights in November, December and January.
Shows are promptly at 9 PM, weather permitting* unless otherwise noted.
Friday nights Nov 22, Dec. 6, Dec. 13
Saturday, Nov. 30th Old Falls Street USA as part of Jingle Falls USA. This show only is at 6 PM.
Every Night from Friday, Dec. 20 until Sunday, January 5.
New Year’s Eve, December 31st there are two fireworks displays, 9PM and Midnight.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday January 10-12.
*Fireworks displays over the Falls continue rain or shine but may be affected by prevailing winds. If you question whether there is a schedule change, you can call 1-877-642-7275 for information.
You might also be interested in reading about holiday lighting and tree displays.
Nov 24th, the New York Beer Project in Lockport already held their holiday tree lighting and the lights are on for the holiday season.
Saturday, Nov. 30th, Niagara Falls Tree Lighting, part of the Jingle Falls USA Festival. A 5PM Candlelight Stroll accompanied by Niagara Falls High School marching band, culminating with the Tree Lighting Ceremony and Fireworks at Old Falls Street at 6PM. For more Jingle Falls Events visit the event page.
Wednesday, December 4th, Seneca Niagara Casino & Event Center lights their tree for the season at 5:30 PM.
Friday, December 6th, Village of Lewiston Tree Lighting. 7 PM at Hennepin Park.
The Festival of Lights is already underway at our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston. Drive through the outdoor display of lights any night from 5-9 PM now through the first week of January.
The Festival of Trees at the New York Power Authority begins lighting trees on Sunday, December 1st. The trees will be on display every day from 8am until 5 PM until December 31st.
See beautifully decorated homes and trees in the Holiday Tour of Homes in Lewiston, December 7 & 8.
Niagara Falls Illumination happens year round after dusk.
The schedule for lights over the American, Bridal Veil and Horseshoe Falls for the rest of 2019 is as follows:
The colors of the lights on many occasions are selected to recognize special causes. If you would like to know why Niagara Falls is lit up with a particular color on any given night, you can check the calendar or special causes.
Looking to Cool off on a Hot Summer Day in Upstate New York?
Taking a day trip to Niagara Falls is one of our favorite ways to beat the summer heat.
Do you ever use a mist-spraying system on a hot day in July or August? Think of The American and Canadian Falls as the world’s biggest spray mister.
The water coming off the American, Bridal Veil and Horseshoe Falls can be seen from dozens of miles away if you have a clear line of sight.
Naturally, standing next to The Falls is an instant way to combat the discomfort of a really warm day.
The Maid of the Mist takes you up the lower Niagara River to as close as any boat can get to the bottom of The Falls.
The spray given off from The Falls is like a cool rain. You’ll forget about the heat as you travel up close to the Falls for a truly majestic view.
Descend to the bottom of the Bridal Veil Falls. Just traveling down the elevator will bring down the ambient temperature quite a few degrees.
Step out from the elevator onto the boardwalk. You’ll journey to the edge of Niagara Falls and walk right through the spray.
The Lower Niagara Gorge was carved out by Niagara Falls. When you hike down into the Gorge, you’ll be surrounded by trees, and rocks and most of the time you’ll be entirely shaded from the sun.
There are several points where you can enter the trail system. Try the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, Whirlpool State Park or Devil’s Hole State Park.
Bring plenty of water to keep hydrated. If you do park at the Whirlpool or Devil’s Hole entrances, keep in mind the stairs climbing back out of the Gorge will get your heart rate elevated at the end of the trip.
The Discovery Center offers a gentler, more gradual ascent.
These fast tour boats take you up the lower Niagara River for a ride you’ll never forget. From the safety of your boat, ride through the lower rapids. Tour boat operators know the best spots to ride the waves.
Expect not only to cool off, but to get wet. Very, very wet. Or you could opt for a covered boat, but getting soaked is half the fun. There are two tour companies for Jet Boats. One departs from Lewiston and the other from Youngstown.
Choose the comfort of air conditioning and spend a morning or an afternoon visiting with seals, penguins and fish at the Niagara Aquarium.
July 1 is Canada Day and July 4th Independence Day.
With Niagara Falls spanning the border of two countries with national holidays, this is one busy week.
July 1st and 4th the 10PM displays over The Falls are extended to longer shows marking the holidays.
Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino offers a big fireworks event on July 6.
Fantasy Island Theme Park will light up the skies with fireworks July 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th.
Hyde Park and the Town of Tonawanda have displays as well. Check out our Events calendar for more details.
See a French and Indian War Encampment and Battle Reinactment
Historic Old Fort Niagara will be the scene of one of the largest French and Indian War encampments in the world.
Events happen at the fort all day Saturday and Sunday, with battles at 2PM.
Old Falls Street is the site of a 3-day block party with food, drink, games, and plenty of live music.
The party runs from noon til 10:30 PM Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
If you’re hosting an upcoming event and would like to make sure it is added to our calendar, email us at: visit(at)NFNYLocal.com.
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There is so, so much to see and do in and around Niagara Falls this weekend. It was hard to choose our local picks.
Also we’ve just added a new Events Calendar feature to our website and are feverishly entering data for all the July happenings, so keep checking it for more!
We’ve got to make a few recommendations so here goes:
The Friday Night Block Party at Old Falls Street USA. This weeks’ headline act is Nerds Gone Wild
Its’ an old-fashioned block party in the street with live music and vendors.
Dance the night away to your favorite 80’s New Wave and Rock hits by Nerds Gone Wild until the fireworks begin at 10PM.
Saturday and Sunday find your favorite artisans and crafters and discover new as you stroll Main Street in Lockport.
Anyone can fish the Niagara River and Lake Ontario this weekend, or anywhere in New York without purchasing a license June 29-30.
Fishing regulations still apply.
Of course there’s live music and restaurants and pubs throughout Niagara Falls and Fireworks every night at 10PM.
It’s a beautiful weekend from Mother Nature to get out and enjoy all that Niagara Falls has to offer: The Maid of the Mist, the Cave of the Winds, Hiking the Niagara River Gorge, Jet Boat Rides in the lower Niagara River and more. Get outside and enjoy one of the wonders of the world and all the community has to offer around it.
Next Week: Is probably the biggest week of the year in Niagara Falls USA. We celebrate two major birthdays.
Canada Day for our neighbors to the north on July 1 and Independence Day for America on July 4. So we’ll get back to feverishly adding activities to that events calendar because there’s lots to share for you to explore!
There’s no shortage of events to entertain guests of all ages in Niagara Falls and surrounding areas this weekend.
Here’s a few of our top picks for what to do this weekend.
Lewiston Garden Festival, Saturday and Sunday
Taste of Niagara Falls, Saturday, 11 AM – 8 PM, 2nd Street in The Falls
Safety Fair and Touch a Truck – Saturday 10-3, Niagara Power Vista
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10PM Sharp.
Chill 443 – Live Music Friday 6-9:30 PM
Hard Rock Café – Burgers and Beats on Friday 11 AM – 9 PM
Hard Rock Café – Rock Out With Pops on Sunday, 11 AM – 11 PM
Hyatt Place- Tom Bender, Saturday, 7-10
Parkway Prime – Saxman Slim 7-10
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino – Jon Secada, Saturday, 8 PM
Wine on Third, Vincent Bonelli on Friday, 7-10PM
If you’re a venue hosting live events, drop us an email at vist (at) nfnylocal.com. We’ll send you a reply how to submit your upcoming activities.
It’s quick and easy.
Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in America. It is the only place in the US or Canada where you can get up-close access to all 3 waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls: the American, Horseshoe and Bridal Veil Falls. Many of The Falls’ top attractions in the USA are within the park.
Here are 10 top things to do in the park, followed by 10 more ideas, making it an even 20!
The oldest State Park in America was established in 1885. It spans over 400 acres, 140 of them covered by water. For more information on the park, visit their website here.
Local’s Tips: Purchase a Discovery Ticket Package if you want to do all the major events. Then park your car and ride the Trolley for the day. You’re going to get wet on the Maid of the Mist and the Cave of the Winds, so take a good selfie in front of The Falls before you visit those attractions.
Every area has foods that are distinctly local. You know what we mean – the items you grew up with and may have taken for granted, but can’t seem to find anywhere else. Part of the fun of travel can be experiencing native foods when you explore new areas. If you’re visiting Niagara Falls, NY and want to try something truly Western New York, choose these favorites. You can look for these local foods in Niagara Falls Area Restaurants.
If you love chocolate, try sponge candy. The inside of this chocolate-coated treat is a caramel-like sugar whipped to an airy, yet brittle, crunchy consistency. The sugary patterns filled with light air pockets give the candy it’s spongy name. But the texture is crisp and light and practically melts in your mouth as you bite into it. The chocolate-covered confection is seasonal. It can only be made when the humidity is just right
Keeping with a sweet tooth, this local food or berry is most commonly served as a beverage. The drink is hard to describe if you haven’t tasted it. The closest we can describe it to would be ordering some sort of mixed-berry flavor. But there’s no mixture, just one tasty, tiny fruit here providing all the flavor. You’ll find this non-alcoholic drink served alongside popular beverages like Coke and Pepsi. But it’s not carbonated.
Dip thinly-sliced beef in hot au jus gravy, then pile it in deep layers on a fresh roll. Not just any bun will do. Freshly baked rolls topped with caraway seed and salt, known as “weck” rolls are the appropriate complement. If you like a bit of zing and want to clear your sinuses, act like a true local and spread horseradish inside the bun. Just don’t’ spread too much unless you’re sure you can handle it.
Chicken Wings are probably the local food most synonymous with Western New York. They were invented just 20 minutes away from Niagara Falls at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo. Most of the country calls them Buffalo Wings, but locals will only call them Wings, or Chicken Wings.
You can visit the Anchor Bar’s location right in Niagara Falls, or ask for a single or double order of wings at most local pubs and pizza restaurants.
Much of the country thinks of Friday Fish Fry as a Lenten or spring happening. But Western New York restaurants serve up haddock diners every Friday of the year. Beer-battered is the standard, but you can often choose healthier options like cajun, broiled or Italian baked. Reservations are helpful 52 weeks of the year on Friday nights at popular fish fry locations. You can also check local event listings, because community halls and organizations from fire departments to churches will host an occasional Friday Fish night.
Ask anyone who’s moved out of the area, there are certain brands they ask to have shipped for a taste of home. Weber’s Mustard, DiCamillo’s Baked Goods, Sahlen’s Hot Dogs, and Chiavetta’s Chicken are just a few. If you call Niagara, Erie or adjacent counties home and have your own area picks, send us your thoughts in the comment area below.