Thanks to its vibrantly colored landscape, autumn harvests and abundance of outdoor adventures, Niagara Falls in the fall is the perfect getaway. And your timing couldn’t be better — with lower prices, fewer crowds and comfortable temperatures, Niagara Falls in the fall is nothing short of spectacular. Here, we offer some of our favorite autumn activities to add to your itinerary this season.
Soak Up the Last of Summer
Don’t let the season end without taking a ride on the iconic Maid of the Mist or getting up close with the thundering Bridal Veil Falls on Cave of the Winds. You’ll be able to enjoy the attractions with fewer folks around!
Be a Leaf-Peeper
Chart your own course and hike the many trails in the Niagara Gorge or stroll the Erie Canal Towpath this autumn and witness the colorful fall foliage. For a bird’s-eye view of the Falls and the foliage, enjoy a scenic helicopter tour with Rainbow Air, Inc. Or for a more passive — but still equally scenic! — experience, try cruising along in the car care of one of these fall drives.
The Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride along the Erie Canal can be, erm, eerie even when it’s not the Halloween season — so imagine what it’s like when it’s a “haunted,” lantern-lit tour of the historic water tunnel? This is a limited engagement event, so be sure to reserve tickets in advance.
Get Lost in a Corn Maze
… or just while away the day wandering the 340 acres of fun at Becker Farms & Vizcarra Vineyards. Expect a petting zoo, kiddo games, hay bale fun and more — as well as wine tasting and apple picking — every weekend in September and October. You’ll need to book tickets in advance — and while you’re at it, reserve a picnic, so you can really enjoy those autumn views. If you still want more maze action, consider a visit to the nearby Coulter Farms in Lockport. Along with the corn maze, there are hayrides, dog agility demonstrations and a pumpkin market throughout September and October.
Get a True Taste of the Region
There’s no better time than autumn to explore the Niagara wineries, which is home to almost two dozen wineries. Chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet franc, sauvignon blanc and riesling all thrive in the region’s cool climate — a climate that also helps create a wine region specialty: ice wine. Unsure where to begin? Check out our list of wine tasting tips.
Sip Hard Cider
Apple harvest season brings with it another delicious autumnal treat: hard cider! To taste the wares of the area’s first craft cidery, grab a pint at BlackBird Cider Works on the shores of Lake Ontario. Choose from a variety of premier craft hard ciders from dry to sweet — including seasonal releases like Lakeside Loganberry and Christmas Cider.
Begin Your Holiday Shopping
Whether you want to believe it or not, the holiday season will be here before you know it! Find a gift for everyone at one of the area’s unique boutique shops. Score vintage finds at Shawnee Country Barns Antique Co-Op, or shop brand name stores at outlet pricing at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA.
Pick Fresh Fruits and Pumpkins
With over 800 farms in Niagara County, you’ll find plenty of hot spots to pick your own apples and pumpkins this fall. One option? Blackman Homestead Farm, a sixth-generation working family farm. Pick from more than 15 varieties of apples, enjoy fresh-pressed cider or take home other locally produced agricultural products from natural fruit juices to fruit butters, sauces and fillings.
Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy the Ride!
Park your car and experience Niagara’s rich history and the thriving culture and communities along the scenic Niagara River and Erie Canal with the ease and convenience of the hop on/hop off Discover Niagara Shuttle. Find shuttle stops and hours of operation here.
Scream for One More Scoop of Ice Cream
Let’s be honest, it won’t really be your last scoop of ice cream! Grab a cone or a dish at these delicious ice cream stands in Niagara Falls USA; call before you go — many locations are seasonal!