The Niagara Wine Route – Visit the Best Wineries in the Niagara Region

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The Niagara Region is not only home to a natural wonder, but also a rich agricultural area. The Niagara Escarpment is a 725 km (450 mile) long shelf/transition zone running through southern and central Ontario. In this area, the climate is moderated by Lakes Ontario and Lake Erie, with mineral-rich soils left over from the glacial era.

This unique combination of lakes and extremely fertile soil make the area a grape grower’s paradise, and home to some of the world’s most renown wineries. Because the cooler lake air flows across the region in early spring, the buds are inhibited from blooming before the last frost. The Escarpment climate is similar to that of other great wine regions in the world, such as Burgundy, the Loire Valley and New Zealand. The Niagara Region, as it is known, is home to the great vinifera grapes, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Riesling.

These vineyards are spread over 16,000 acres and are a site to behold in late spring and early summer. Over 100 wineries make the Niagara Region their home and many tasting tours and special accommodations are available for the wine connoisseurs and everyday folks to enjoy their stay.

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Dinosaur Adventure Mini Putt

Clifton Hill Dino Mini PuttEnjoy the excitement on top of Clifton HiIl, Niagara Falls,  surrounded by gigantic pre-historic dinosaurs and lush vegetation with your family or friends, playing miniature golf at Dinosaur Adventure Golf ! The uniquely contoured course with multi coloured greens is fun for both the novice and the experienced and the entire course can be played in about 45 minutes.

The magnificent putting greens are full of undulations, water hazards, and real sand traps. For the non golfer, the prehistoric background of dinosaurs offers view about history what it was all like in days gone by.

The Course is fun for the entire family. During or after your putting, be sure to stop by our concession stand to enjoy our great selection of drinks and ice creams too.

Dinosaur Adventure Golf is located behind the Niagara SkyWheel, with the entrance to the immediate right of the SkyWheel. Call 905-358-3676 for hours of operation, ticket prices and other helpful information.

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Minolta Tower

The Konica Minolta Tower was built in 1961 and has become a prominent structure in the Niagara Skyline. Standing nearly 325 feet, it provides one of the best views of the Falls, without getting wet.

Once on the top the Observation deck, a magnificent panoramic view of the Niagara Falls and surrounding landscape is obtained. The windows in the Observation have been designed in such a way so they prevent the glare of the sun and allow for excellent photography.

Around the entire deck are mounted photographs of the Niagara town and its monuments, including the Falls. Also located on the Observation deck are telescopes to get a close up view of the Falls. On a bright sunny day, one can see multiple rainbows and the foggy mist for miles around.

Also located on the observation deck is the Pinnacle Restaurant which caters to all types of food. Because of the splendid view obtained, the Tower has frequently been used for wedding couples and private parties. In the basement of the Tower are located various gift, souvenir and fast food restaurants. Recently, a five star hotel has been built in the surround area.

The best time to go up the tower is either early morning or late evening. For the romantics, the most gorgeous view is at night when the Falls is illuminated.

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Bird Kingdom

Bird Kingdom

Bird Kingdom
A world class tropical adventure, located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, is the largest free-flying indoor aviary in the world. More than 400 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.

The building that houses this attraction was the original Spirella Corset Factory, built in 1907. It was one of the first poured concrete buildings ever made in Canada. The building then became home to the famed Niagara Falls Museum in 1958, with its world-renowned collection of Egyptian artefacts. Amazingly, it was discovered the museum had been home to the actual mummy of King Ramesses I! Unfortunately for the museum, that fact wasn’t discovered until after the museum closed and the mummy was safely returned back to Egypt.

World’s Largest Free Flying Indoor Aviary !

The birds living in their natural habitat is not the only exhibit. There are also a collection of saltwater fish, spiders, bats, snakes, skinks, and reptiles too, all of which make their home in the same tropical environment the birds flourish in.

Bird Kingdom also features a Small Aviary, where smaller birds make their home; the Javanese House, a 125-year-old nobleman’s house from the island of Java; Nocturnal, an exhibit which stays light at night and dark during the day so night-living animals will be active during the museum’s hours; and the Macaw Market, featuring bird-related collectibles and gift items.

Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Destination Choice Award for 2011

There are many hidden secrets to discover in our Nocturnal Jungle as well. Children can search for treasures from the past in our Kids Archaeology Dig and win a free prize! Be amazed to learn about Niagara in our Historic Niagara room.

We also hold children’s birthday parties and even a 2 week summer camp yearly! Bird Kingdom is open 365 days a year! Visit us at www.birdkingdom.ca to see all the upcoming events happening weekly.

Hours or operation are September – June 9:30 AM – 5 PM
July – August 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM

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Adventure Theatre

The latest in Niagara entertainment is the recently upgraded Adventure Cinema. The best of Canadian Technology has allowed the creation of the screen, which provides an excellent history of the Niagara Falls. The large 5 story (45 foot) screen and the latest in sound technology present a real life-like view of the Falls and its evolution over time.

The movie is about 45 minutes long and details the landscape and geological nature of the land, the first settlers in the area and how the area was developed into a tourist attraction. Also presented is a picturesque view of the individuals who either have gone over the Falls in barrels or tried to walk across on a high wire.

The state-of-the-art film technology creates an image of unsurpassed clarity and realism. The images produced are so real like that one is quickly absorbed into the story. With the floor shaking digital surround sound, you will feel like you yourself are tumbling over the falls.

The show lasts 45 minutes and can be seen on the hour all day. The theater is located at the bottom of the Niagara Falls State Park Visitor Center.

For the non English speaking tourist, Headsets are available which translate in numerous languages including French, Japanese, and Spanish etc.

The theater does have access for the handicapped patrons. Entrance to the theater is $10 for adults and $6 for children under 12.

Observation Tower

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From the Prospect Point Observation Tower in Niagara Falls NY, one can view most of the Canadian and US side of Niagara Falls area from a 360-degree panorama. On sunny days, a splendid view of Mist arising from the Falls inter mixing with a colorful rainbow is a sight to see. This steel and glass tower has become a favorite for those who want to view the Falls without getting wet or tired.

After viewing the outside from the top of the deck, one can ride the glass elevators to the bottom and arrive directly to the boarding docks for the Maid of the Mist.

The indoor deck does offer a snack bar and a gift shop, and the deck does have high-powered lenses for closer viewing. The Prospect Point Observation Tower is open all year around but the hours are much shorter in the Winter. To avoid long crowds, it is best to arrive early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

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Hydro-Electric Dam

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The single greatest source of hydroelectric power in the world, the Niagara River is home to several power plants. The 2 most famous plants on the Canadian side are the Sir Adam Beck I and II, named after the first head of the Hydro-Electric Power Commission. Combined, the Beck power stations produce over 2 million kW of power.

During the East Coast Blackout in the summer of 2003, Niagara Falls and area retained power. 14m (45 ft) diameter tunnels run under the city of Niagara Falls to divert 68 Million litres /minute to the power stations. Niagara Falls used to erode at a rate of 1m (3ft) every 10 years. The diversion not only creates power, but has slowed the rate of erosion to 30 cm (1ft.) every 10 years.

Discovery Center

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There is a lot more to discover in Niagara than the Water Falls itself. Located along Robert Moses Parkway is the Discovery Center.

The Center was created to educate and divulge the history of the area all the way to the present day. The history of the entire landscape and its people are revealed in minute detail.

The Center has audiovisual presentation of the complete history of the Niagara Falls, the waterways nearby and when the Falls evolved and how it has changed today. A giant screen show dramatically portrays how the geological era has changed and evolvement of the Falls to its present day features. Interactive displays and computer graphics are available to learn about the rocks, sediments and the minerals of the Niagara region.

Located just a few minutes away from the Discovery Center is the Niagara Gorge Trailhead Building- which leads directly to the Niagara Gorge Trails. The entrance to the museum is $ 5 for adults and $ 3 for children under 12.

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Maid of the Mist

The Maid of the Mist is a historic journey on a modified Double Decker boat that takes you so close to the Falls; so close to the Falls that one can literally touch the raging waters. Even since the Falls became a tourist attraction, the Maid of the Mist has become a traditional boat ride. One should not leave Niagara falls without taking this incredible boat ride. Even though it appears scary, the ride reveals the might of the massive water falls, the roar of the water tumbling over the edge and the deafening sound.

The boat gets so close to the bottom of the Falls that one can feel the thunder of the noise all around. The force of the water falls and the tumultuous amount of water raging around is an incredible feeling. Despite the rushing water and large waves, the boat is very stable and most individuals have no complaints of motion sickness.

As the boat nears the base of the Falls, there is an incredible feeling of awe and just sheer might of the water. The splashing of the water produces a misty breeze which completely soaks everything in sight and can even obscure the view at times.

The modified boats have been making these daily trips for decades and have powerful engines that can ride against the powerful Niagara river current. Before the boat ride, everyone is given souvenir yellow rain ponchos. These are a must because one is sure to get soaked otherwise.

The Boat ride is available from both the Canadian and American side of the Falls. From the Canadian side, the directions to the boat ride are found along side Clifton Hill. After the boat trip, there is a gift shop and fast food outlet for some hot coffee.

The Maid of the Mist runs from Easter to end of Summer. The rides start at 7.30 am and continue until late evening.

Tickets to the Maid of the Mist are available at the docking site at the foot of Clifton Hill. The ticket price for adult is $14 and $9 for children. The pathway leading to the Dock and the Boat allow for wheel chair and strollers.

Because of the difficulty with parking, it is best to leave the car at the designated car park area and take the People Mover (rapid transit) which operates every 5-10 minutes and transports individuals along the entire length of the Falls.

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Greg Frewin Theater

One of the best shows outside Las Vegas is in Niagara Falls. The Greg Frewin theater is a fabulous magical show and a must for the entire family.

The spectacular illusions, lighting and theatrical acts are second to none. The show features pretty showgirls and almost every type of big cat. The mystifying illusions are a sight to see. Levitations, missing boxes, disappearing doves and death defying escapes are all part of this great show.

Greg Frewin has created a show which is comparable to anything which is available anywhere in the country. The art of illusion and magic created by this artist is one of the best in North America. The spacious theater offers comfortable seating and an excellent view of the podium.

For inquires call 1 866 779 8778. The cost of show is variable depending if dinner is combined. The Greg Frewin Theater is located at 5781 Ellen Ave Niagara Falls.

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Skylon Tower

The Skylon Tower is the tallest structure in Niagara Falls, Canada. It is also the most famous landmark in Niagara as it overlooks both the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls. The tower is located in the heart of the hotel, dining, and entertainment district just steps away from the Falls and across the Fallsview Casino. They offer a Ride-to-the-Top attraction aboard any of the three exterior glass-enclosed “Yellow Bug Elevators” in just 52 seconds where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Niagara Falls, the Great Gorge, the Niagara wine district and the city skylines of Buffalo, New York and Toronto, Canada. It is also considered as the highest vantage point in Niagara where you can see 8000 square miles of Canada and the United States.

At the top of the Skylon Tower are two restaurants, the first is the lower Revolving Dining Room and the other is the upper Summit Suite Buffet Dining Room. The Revolving Dining Room can seat up to 276 people and silently revolves once every hour. There are also indoor and outdoor observation decks at the tower’s summit and the base of the tower features some gift shops, fast food restaurants and an amusement arcade.

Showing only in the Skylon Tower’s new 60 sit motion theater, t he Skylon Tower also features the all new 3D / 4D Falls Movie – “Legends of Niagara Falls” where you can experience the power of the Falls up close in amazing 3D/ 4D effects . It is also home to the Skylon Family Fun Center which is the largest indoor entertainment center in Niagara Falls. It features high-tech interactive games and rides for all ages. Most attractions that are found in the Skylon Tower are open daily all year round.

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Marineland Niagara

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Located just south of the Niagara Falls, Canada, Marineland is a unique adventurous theme park for both adults and children. In the last 2 decades, the park has grown from just a water-based theme park to one which offers numerous other attractions including rides, roller coasters and even a deer petting zoo.

The theme park offers a wide variety of marine animals which includes sharks, killer whales, dolphins and the beluga whales. The numerous variety of sea animals allows one to appreciate the ocean’s most intriguing creatures. Exciting water shows performed by the dolphins and the whale shark are held at regular intervals at the King Waldorf Stadium Show and the Aquarium Dome.

For those wanting a first hand and a close up view, early arrival is recommended. The Sea Animals perform spectacular shows which usually end with a gigantic tidal wave of water drenching the unsuspecting audience sitting in the front rows. Besides the exciting water shows, one also gets a very closer look at walruses, penguins, manatees, schools of sea and fresh water fish and other wildlife.

The newly designed Friendship Cove holds the largest whale habitat in the world. The Cove is walkways surrounding it for above water viewing ans underwater performances of these remarkable marine mammals.

For those interested in more excitement, there are a variety of rides and roller coasters on the park. Sky Screamer – the world’s tallest triple tower ride not only provides a spectacular view of the surrounding area, but will drop you 450 feet in a matter of seconds- rivaling any bungee jump in terms of fear and excitement.

The park has numerous dining facilities offering everything from fast take away to a leisure lunch of Sea food Creole and Chicken Dijon. Of course, this is not included in the park entrance fee.
Many surrounding hotels also offer Tour Packages which include 2 nights accommodation, buffet breakfast, complimentary tokens for rides and passes to the Marine Land them park.

Marineland is located just a mile South of Niagara Falls. It is closed during the winter months but open during the entire summer. Adequate parking is available at the Park.

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The Sky Wheel

The Sky Wheel is Niagara Falls own version of the Millennium Wheel. At 53 meters tall each ride on the Sky Wheel lasts 10 exciting minutes. The 42 gondolas slowly rise to the top and the view provided on a clear day is absolutely magnificent. The view of the Falls on a clear day is breathtaking from the top of the Wheel. A camera is a must to bring on the ride. At the very top, both the Horseshoe and American Falls are seen in their majestic splendor.

On a clear day, one can see the Niagara parks and surrounding landmarks for miles. The ride is best taken in the evening to capture the glitter of the Niagara Skyline and the illumination of the Falls. The wheel turns surprisingly slowly- it takes about 10 minutes to go round, so one has plenty of time take photos to scenic landmarks.

All Gondolas are fully equipped to provide either heat or air conditioning. The Sky Wheel does offer access for the handicapped. The Sky Wheel is located on Clifton Hill. the entrance is $ 9.99 for adults and $ 5.99 for children.

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Scenic Trolley

Like all cities, Niagara Falls has already established a mobile guide for the tourists in a Trolley. This comfortable scenic ride takes lets one explore the various areas of the City and the surrounding areas in a relaxed and comfortable fashion.

All trolleys have a guide which interacts and relates the importance of the surrounding land. The entire Trolley trip takes about 3 hours and travels the entire length of the Falls. It does stop at all the important landmark sites, like the Falls, Prospect park and Caves of the Wind.

The Trolley does make frequent stops, but one is allowed to get on and off at different spots at leisure. These state of the art Trolleys are heated in the Winter and have air conditioning in the Summer.

The Trolley allows room and access for handicapped and wheelchair bound individuals. Because of the constant crowd overflow and traffic congestion, the Trolley offers all the convenience of mobility without being harassed by the traffic.

The Trolley service is available all year around and the tickets are available at all the stops. Adults can ride for $2 and children under 12 can ride for $1.

Clifton Hill

Clifton Hill is one of the major tourist destinations in Niagara Falls, Canada. It is a street located just one block to the Niagara Falls containing lots of gift shops, wax museums, haunted houses, restaurants, hotels and other themed attractions. It is a major amusement area and centre of night life. That is why it is also called The Entertainment and Dining District.

Niagara SkyWheel

The SkyWheel is a 53-meter tall Ferris wheel towering over the Niagara Falls horizon. It offers a magnificent view of the surrounding area like the Niagara River, parks and other attractions. An evening ride on the Skywheel will let you see the lights of Clifton Hill and the surrounding Niagara skyline. All 42 gondolas are fully closed with heating or air conditioning that can seat up to six people. Admission rates are $9.99 plus tax for Adults and $5.99 plus tax for Children.

Movieland Wax Museum

It is said that a walk through Movieland is like a walk through entertainment history as the museum features all of your favorite movie, television and recording stars set in their most memorable scenes and also some newly created scenes. Admission rates are $9.99 plus tax for Adults and $5.99 plus tax for Children. Kids under three years old are free of admission.

Dinosaur Park Miniature Golf

This mini putt golf course lets you step back to prehistoric times when you play their 18-hole miniature golf course. The course has a par of 40 and takes around 30-45 minutes to play. The Dinosaur Park is located near the top of Clifton Hill just behind Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Admission rates are $9.99 plus tax for Adults and $5.99 plus tax for Children.

Ghost Blasters Dark Ride

The Ghost Blasters Dark Ride is a fun and interactive ride where you can take a ride through a haunted house and shoot ghosts with lasers. Each car on this ride can seat 2 people and the entire ride takes around 5 minutes. This attraction is located in the Great Canadian Midway. Admission rates for both Adults and Children are $4.99 plus tax.

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