The original “Honeymoon Capital of the World,” Niagara Falls USA has an unmistakable romantic allure. Take in the majestic beauty of the Falls, get some adventure, unwind with a soothing spa date, savor a glass of locally produced wine — what could be better?
Experience the Falls
Start your romantic getaway on a high. Once in Niagara Falls State Park — America’s oldest! — head to the Observation Tower for a panoramic view over the Niagara Gorge and all three Falls. Then, get a closer look care of a classic boat ride; the Maid of the Mist, operating since 1846, sails lovebirds right up to the base of American Falls and Horseshoe Falls. Grab a picnic and enjoy the park’s scenic 400 acres, or work up a sweat on one of the many hiking trails — from easy to challenging — that lead you to scenic vistas. Later, enjoy dinner at Parkway Prime Steakhouse & Lounge, where you’ll be in strolling distance to witness the nightly Falls illumination — the perfect way to cap off your first night.
What better way to bond than by getting your adrenaline pumping? Niagara Falls USA is overflowing with adventures, like a Rainbow Air helicopter tour over the Falls. If speed’s more your thing, there’s no better thrill than a jet boat tour, which skims over the Class V rapids of the lower Niagara River. Unwind afterwards with a soothing spa treatment, and then hit the floor at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino to continue your day of excitement.
Wine and Dine
Start your day with a scenic bike ride — rent a bike through Reddy Bikeshare and pedal around Goat Island. Situated between the Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls, the island has several vantage points to take in the beauty of the Falls, and plenty of walking and bike trails. (Looking for more of a tour? Trails extend beyond Niagara Falls to Lewiston and more.) After a lazy lunch, head out to experience the beauty (and the deliciousness!) of the Niagara wineries, and end the day in charming Lockport with a meal at local-favorite Shamus Restaurant.
Get Some Culture
Brunch beckons on your final day — fuel up and then head out for a day of culture. Your first “to do”? Hold your honey’s hand and take a stroll through Niagara Falls’ “Champions of Change” murals near the Underground Railroad Museum. Then it’s off to Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, which houses an impressive collection ranging from the romance of the impressionists to the thought-provoking contemporary pieces of artists such as Basquiat. Your last stop is cute-as-can-be Lewiston, where you can end the journey on a sweet note with a stop at (seasonal) Hibbard’s Original Frozen Custard.
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