10 Attractions In Niagara Falls

Here are some of the best attractions in Niagara Falls Canada

Looking to travel to one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations this year? There’s no shortage of things to do and see in Niagara Falls, but we’re making it easy to check out all the best attractions!

10 Attractions In Niagara Falls Canada

When you stay with us at the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel on Lundy’s Lane, there is a myriad of places to check out, within a few minutes of our lobby. We’ve hand-picked a few of those just for you. Whether you’re traveling alone, with a partner or with the entire family, be sure to check out these awesome attractions.

Clifton Hill

Bringing young ones down to the Niagara Falls? Or just looking to let your inner-kid out to play? Be sure to check out Clifton Hill, filled with tons of awesome attractions for folks of all ages. From mini-golf and wax museums to arcades and 4D theatres, there’s definitely something for everyone on the city’s most popular street.

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If you’re looking for a friendly atmosphere and a little taste of Ireland, check out Doc Magilligans Irish Pub. Opened in 2013, Doc’s – as the locals call it – has a full fledged Irish menu featuring authentic dishes, beers and liquers. Their entire bar, along with the majority of the decor, was imported straight from Ireland. You can’t get much more authentic than that! The best part? You won’t have to go far from your room at the Cairn Croft, since they’re right next door!

Niagara Cycling Tour

Nothing says summer in Niagara like a relaxing bike ride alongside vineyards and wineries. The Niagara Cycling Tourism Centre has all the information you need to plan a perfect day of cruising and visiting wineries between Queenston and Grimsby! Biking the Waterfront Trail along Lake Ontario will take you through beautiful Niagara On The Lake, which is home to ancient forts, historic sites, the Shaw Festival Theatre and lots more. Check out their site, and find out how you can experience the landscape Niagara has to offer.

Flying Saucer Restaurant

We all love a good greasy spoon. If you want to experience a not-so-hidden gem during your stay, be sure to check out the Flying Saucer Restaurant. It boasts Niagara Falls’ best breakfast, a spectacular turkey sub, and is just a couple minutes away from Cairn Croft on Lundy’s Lane. Ever wanted to eat bacon and eggs in a UFO? Niagara Falls has you covered.

Canada One Factory Outlet

Sometimes you just need a little retail therapy. Located just a short drive down the street from our front door is the Canada One Factory Outlet, where you’ll find some of your favourite brand names. Levi’s, Coach, Nike and over 30 others are at your fingertips during your visit!

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show

Whether you’re Canadian or traveling here from somewhere else in the world, the Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show is the perfect little taste of culture north of the US border. Since opening in 1994, the show has entertained over half a million guests and is the country’s longest running dinner musical! Their 236 seat log cabin is open from April to October each year, and is only a few minutes away at 8585 Lundy’s Lane.

Waves Indoor Waterpark at the Americana Resort in Niagara Falls Waves Indoor Water Park

If you’re visiting Niagara in the cooler months of the year, you don’t have to miss out on the outdoor fun you expect from your vacation! Located a short drive down Lundy’s Lane is the 25,000 square foot Waves Indoor Waterpark. At a balmy 84 degrees all year round, the park features a three-story tube slide, a kiddie pool, 16-person hot spa, arcade and more. Bring the kids and relax by the pool while they enjoy all the fun and excitement they can handle.

Wineries In Niagara

There can be a lot of hustle and bustle in the heart of Niagara Falls. Why not escape to the peaceful retreat of our beautiful wine region? There are dozens of wineries that will spice up your visit, including many that offer free facility and vineyard tours, complimentary tastings, and more. Whether you consider yourself a connoisseur, or a beginner when it comes to wine, don’t leave Niagara without visiting a couple of these wineries!

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

It wouldn’t be a trip to Niagara without experiencing the Falls up close. Hornblower Niagara Cruises offer an intimate tour that gets you as close as possible to the breathtaking flow of water, power and mist Be prepared to get wet, even in the provided poncho. Take one of these cruises along the Niagara River, past the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and world-famous Horseshoe Falls! Make sure to bring a waterproof camera!

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Golf enthusiasts won’t be left looking for things to do while visiting Niagara Falls. The city boasts several courses, including Legends on the Niagara, which features two 18-hole championship courses, a 9-hole short course and a 360 degree driving range. Just 5 minutes from our front door, Legends is one of several beautiful courses you can play while taking in all the other sights. Cairn Croft’s on-staff Golf Specialist can even build a custom golf package for you, including your room, tee times and more.

If these attractions are of interest to you, make sure to book your stay with us at the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel on Lundy’s Lane. Many of these things to do are within walking distant from our front steps!

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls 2015!

New Years Eve Fun in Niagara Falls

The Most Fun You Can Have For New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls

It’s that time of year again, when everyone scrambles to make last minute New Year’s Eve plans that will be memorable for years to come. This can be a very stressful evening to plan, from arranging accommodations, transportation, and dinner, to coordinating your group of friends.

In the spirit of the holidays, we thought we would help take the stress out of the holidays and help you plan for a great New Year’s Eve night out in Niagara Falls!

A Relaxing Night Out in Niagara Falls

If you’re interested in a more laid back evening to ring in the New Year, than our neighbours at Doc Magilligan’s Restaurant & Irish Pub is the place to be!

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On New Year’s Eve, Doc Magilligan’s will be hosting Live at Doc’s with band, HEADS UP LINCOLN going on at 10pm. Doc Magilligan’s offers a wide selection of Irish Brews & Pints, as well as regular draft beer, and mixed drinks.

They will also be open for dinner if you want to beat the busy bar crowd, but also be serving our late night fare for those needing a little pick me up while the night is still young.

Niagara Falls Free Concert by The Falls

If you prefer to dance the night away this New Year’s Eve, then the Niagara Falls FREE New Year’s Eve concert is the best place to be!

ET Canada will host this free concert, which is one of Canada’s largest free New Year’s Eve events, in Queen Victoria Park, right beside the beautiful Horseshoe Falls.

The concert will be hosted, and broadcasted live by ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey, Rick Campanelli, and Sangita Patel.

The line up this year includes a range of different performers including: Shawn Mendes, Nick Jonas, Canadian favourite, Lights, and headliner, Keith Urban. Opening for these bands will be two local acts from the Niagara area: XPRIME and Beth Moore.

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The show will begin at 7:30pm, and the live broadcast by ET Canada will be televised at 10pm.

This New Year’s Eve bash is the perfect place to ring in the New Year with family, friends and some of the best musical acts of the year!

Firework Displays Above Niagara Falls

If that wasn’t enough great reasons to visit Niagara Falls for New Year’s Eve, here’s another!

 

On New Year’s Eve, there will be two free fireworks displays over Niagara Falls. The first will begin at 8:45pm, and the second will occur when the clock strikes 12am.

If you’re looking for more fun holiday activities while staying in Niagara Falls, click here!

New Year’s Day Breakfast

With all that fun, live music and fireworks you’ve probably forgotten the most important thing… the morning after brunch!

Good thing Doc Magilligan’s Restaurant & Irish Pub will be serving a regular breakfast menu, as well as a FULL IRISH BREAKFAST all day long! Taps and Caesars will start flowing at 11AM and lunch will begin at 12PM. Doc Magilligan’s will be open from 9am – 2pm on New Years Day.

Stay the Night in Your Own Tropical Paradise

Best Western Plus Cairn Croft is conveniently located in the heart of Niagara Falls, on Lundys Lane.

If you’re looking to book a room in Niagara Falls for New Year’s Eve, Cairn Croft is a great option, with our very own tropical courtyard for you to enjoy—and cure the winter blues!

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Doc Magilligan’s Restaurant & Irish Pub is also located right next door to us. It’s the perfect place to spend a relaxing New Year’s Eve listening to local Niagara music, or the best place to recover with a delicious Irish brunch on New Year’s Day.

If you’re looking to spend your New Year’s Eve at ET Canada’s free concert by the falls, we are accessibly located right out front a WEGO bus stop for your transportation down to the big event!

 

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The Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights 2014

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Fun Things To Do In Niagara Falls This Winter 2014

Niagara Falls Canada is a spectacular place to vacation all year round. You already know that there are many exciting Niagara Falls attractions in the Clifton Hill tourist district, and I’m sure you’ve heard about the fabulous shopping that Niagara has to offer with 2 huge discount shopping outlets here and here.

But, I’m sure you’ve wondered what are the best things to do in Niagara Falls in the cold Ontario winter? How about this for starters…

Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights 2014

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Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights 2014

Canada’s foremost illumination festival is an annual event in Niagara Falls Canada. This is the best way to ignite the holiday season with your friends, family, and loved ones.

What better way to capture the magic of the holiday season than to book a winter getaway and experience over 3 Million sparkling, colourful, and themed lights with your BFF, your kids, your with that someone special.

This Winter Festival of Lights 2014 in Niagara Falls is recognized as an Ontario Festival of Distinction by Festivals & Events Ontario and listed as a Top 100 Internationally Known Events in North America by the American Bus Association.

This year it has been included in Canada’s 10 Most Festive Christmas Cities by Readers Digest Canada, the Condé Nast Traveler’s international list of Most Extravagant Christmas Light Displays and Sympatico.ca’s The Loop list of Canada’s Best Winter Festivals.

Fun Things To See in Niagara Falls in Winter

Niagara Falls Festival of Lights Details

You can experience the 2014 Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls, Ontario from November 15th, 2014 to January 12th, 2015.  Join the millions who’ve already made it their winter tradition.

The winter lights festival kicks of on November 15 with the opening ceremonies in Queen Victoria Park, consisting of two shows, one at 6pm and the other at 7pm.

The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights website says:

The Festival “will officially launch outdoors with two spectacular shows, the evening will include greetings from local dignitaries, spectacular on-stage cirque performances and will also feature our official Lighting Ceremony.

New this year Opening Ceremonies will take place on a circular stage set up in the centre of Queen Victoria Park. The on-stage show will feature cirque performers including an aerial hoop artist suspended above the ground showcasing feats of exacting high-flying precision & aerial contortion, completing the transformation of a modest suspended hoop into a bewitching instrument of acrobatic prowess. 

Following the cirque performance we will have our official Flip of the Switch ceremony will illuminate millions of lights and spark off a fantastic fireworks display over the Falls.”

Sound like good times for all? Here are even more good times. Discounts on Niagara Falls hotel packages at the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel!

We have super discount packages for family getaways, world class golfing, or a weekend with the girls’ wine touring & tasting.

Best yet, many of our discount winter getaway packages include a dinner voucher and delicious breakfast each morning, AND we offer a resort-like, temperature controlled indoor tropical courtyard.

Take advantage of our discount fall packages from $49/person!

You will always save the most when you BOOK DIRECT with us.

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Niagara Falls Dining in the Winter

Here’s an insider tip from a long time Niagara Falls resident. Before, or after you visit the Winter Festival of Lights, you must check out the favourite place for locals to hang out in Niagara Falls.

Doc Magilligan’s Restaurant & Irish Pub is Niagara Falls only authentic Irish Pub and also our super cool neighbour, right next door to the Best Western Cairn Croft Hotel, on Lundy’s Lane.

This trendy Niagara Falls nightspot serves up local craft beer as well as popular international brews. They also feature awesome live entertainment and international sports all in authentic Irish ambience.

So are you ready to plan your Niagara Falls getaway?

Book Direct and Save Now!

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Halloween in Niagara Falls

Top 5 Things to Do For Halloween in Niagara Falls

For some, Halloween is the greatest day of the year! What could be better than dressing up as anything you want, going out, getting free candy, and having a great time with friends and family? Everyone loves Halloween, and there is no better spot than Niagara Falls for fun or fright at any age! Here we are, counting down the
5 best things to do in Niagara Falls for Halloween:

5. Nightmares Fear Factory

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While open all year round, there is no better time to visit this attraction than around this spooky time of year. Have you seen those hilarious photos of scared people freaking out in a Niagara Falls haunted house? That’s Nightmares Fear Factory! Located on Victoria Avenue, in the heart of the tourist district, and only seconds away from Clifton Hill, this attraction offers one of the scariest experiences you can have – 130,000 have chickened out…will you?

 

4. Rocky Horror Picture Show at Oh Canada, Eh?

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Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show comes to life with a Canadian twist during the month of October at the Oh Canada, Eh? Dinner Show, located in the heart of Niagara Falls on Lundy’s Lane, only 10 minutes away from the brink of the Falls, and just 5 minutes away from the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel! Get your fill of chills, thrills & lingerie at this fun event, and have a delicious meal at the same time! This event is also raising funds for AIDS research.

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3. Haunt Manor – Hayrides & Haunted Houses

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Check out a piece of “Haunted Niagara”. Legend and paranormal experts agree – this house, once owned by the Pew family is officially haunted! Remnants of bullets from the battle at Lundy’s Lane still line the walls, and some say you can see Mother Pew and her son gazing out the attic window. Children’s Day, Haunted Horror Campout and a “flashlight only” night are just some of the events that await you!

2 – Warner Ranch & Pumpkin Farm

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Looking for something for the whole family? You can never go wrong visiting a Niagara pumpkin farm – and Warner Ranch has it all!  With over 200 acres of family fun, this is one of the biggest pumpkin farms in all of the Niagara Region! Pony rides, haunted corn mazes, pumpkins & so much more, make sure Warner Ranch is on your list of things to do for a fantastic family friendly experience.

1. Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant Halloween Bash

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Come dressed up and ready to party at Niagara’s only truly authentic Irish Pub & Restaurant. 351 Cleveland will get things pumped up starting at 10PM, so make sure you grab your friends and make your way to the biggest Halloween Party at the Falls, located on Lundy’s Lane, just minutes from the Falls.  Doc Magilligan’s is located adjacent to the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel, so you can party the night away and walk back to your room when it’s all over – the perfect night!

 

Best Niagara Falls Discount Halloween Package

If you’re looking for the best hotel package value for Halloween in Niagara Falls, check out The Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel Hotel Deals!

BOOK DORECT TODAY AND NOT ONLY SAVE, BUT RECEIVE:

  • One Night’s Accommodation (October 27 – November 5, 2014)
  • Breakfast at Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub for 2
  • $20 Food & Beverage credit at Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub
  • Free Parking!
  • Only $49/per person + tax (Sunday – Thursday), or $69/person+tax (Friday – Saturday) based on double occupancy! 

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Doc Magilligan’s Restaurant & Irish Pub- Opening December 2013

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Locals and visitors looking for a friendly exchange and great entertainment in Niagara Falls, ON have always headed to the Croft Lounge at the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel. A much-patronized fixture since 1965, over the years the Lounge has seen its share of changes. None, however, as extensive or exciting as its upcoming transformation, set to be unveiled in December 2013, as Doc Magilligan’s Restaurant & Irish Pub. Having so many great and loyal customers, we know that you will love this fresh change!

Doc Magilligan’s will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, evening entertainment, sports, nightlife- a new friendly and local spot for everyone to enjoy together.

Like Doc Magilligan’s Restaurant & Irish Pub- Opening December 2013 on Facebook for all of the updates as we move forward in this exciting time!

So who’s Doc Magilligan?

Doc Magilligan, the Pub’s namesake, was great, great grandfather to Maureen Magilligan Cade- Managing Owner. Now, as the story goes, our good Doctor didn’t want for a share of the ole’ legendary Irish charm. Admired for his nurturing care when he made his rounds, and just as popular when buying yet another round for the lads. Thoroughly professional but still the life of the party, the beloved Doc was nothing if not the real deal!

Perfect then, that Doc Magilligan’s Restaurant & Irish Pub will totally be the genuine article. Completely built in Ireland and then shipped to Niagara Falls, come Decemeber, this magnificent establishment will be dishing up delicious, comfort-inspired fare, as well as craft and International brews, in authentic “Irish-as-it-gets” surroundings. Doc would be right at home, greeting his mates while resting his elbow on the grand Victorian bar. Do make it a point to swing by and be part of the next chapter of the Doc Magilligan story.

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FAQ about Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel

545636_10151166634357856_1874535739_nThere are those questions that a lot of our guests ask when they arrive at the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel. To save you from asking and to help you plan your trip before you even arrive, we’ve created a FAQ post.

If there are more questions that you’d like answered, leave a comment!

Is there a shuttle service to the falls?
Yes the WEGO runs daily starting in the morning to late evening. Passes are sold at the front desk. Passes are available for a 24 or 48 hour period.

 

Does the Adventure Pass from the Niagara Parks have to be used in one day?
No, it can be spread out over the time you are in Niagara Falls.

Do you require a passport to come into Canada?
Yes, you do require a passport to enter into Canada. It is always good to check with the Canada Border Services prior to your scheduled trip.Rainbow_Bridge_Niagara_Falls_small

Can I pay cash for my reservation?
Yes, cash is an acceptable payment. If you are paying cash the room and tax must be paid at check in. You will also require a $150 incidental deposit per night. This deposit is completely refundable at check out, providing there are no damages to the room and there was no services charged to your account.

If I pay by credit card for my reservation how much does the hotel hold?
The hotel would hold the total amount for room and tax as well as an additional $75 per day. When checking out the total of your bill will be charged to the credit card and the remainder will be released. The release of any extra funds holding is released within 3-5 business days from the time of check-out.

imagesIs US Currency acceptable to use?
Us Currency is acceptable. The currency exchange does fluctuate. You are better to exchange your money at a financial institution and use Canadian currency.

 

 

What is the weather like in Niagara Falls?
The warmest months are June-September. Average 75⁰F-90⁰F
The coldest months are November-March. Average 21⁰F-39⁰F

How deep is your pool?Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel - Compressed
4 ½ feet deep at its deepest point.

Does your restaurant cater to dietary restrictions?
Yes, we do offer a selection of Gluten Free items. We are also very accommodating in all requests and try to ensure that all guest’ needs are met.

Let us know if you think we’ve missed anything, with a comment below. We will be happy to answer any and all questions you have!

Wine Sense Events

wine sense eventsWine Sense Events is a business that focuses on bringing to light the delicious variety of wine that can be found here in the Niagara region. They offer exclusive wine & food tasting events or you can partake in one of their open events! Of course, we had to see what it was all about so Lisa and Jen were sent to investigate… they’ve come back and given me the scoop! Continue reading

Going Green at The Cairn Croft

Worried about your carbon footprint? Are you taking steps to a greener life? Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel has been and is proud to tell you about it! Since the end of November, the hotel has been taking steps to make sure that their carbon footprint is smaller. Through the partnership with Planet Energy, the Cairn Croft is one of the first hotel’s to operate on 100% clean, green renewable power. Along with this power switch, investing in energy efficient and emission-reducing initiatives will help the hotel achieve their eco-friendly goals. Continue reading

Get the best of both at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Cairn Croft Hotel

Best Western Plus Cairn Croft HotelWhen it comes to the winter season there is just one thing I love….staying warm. But how do you stay warm in below zero temperatures? How about going for a swim? I know what you are thinking…”are you crazy?”

In the courtyard of the Cairn Croft Hotel, you can enjoy swimming in the pool or relaxing in one of the two hot tubs available even on the coldest of days! Of course, this is made even better when you are surrounded by friends and enjoying one of the delicious cocktails and appetizers from the poolside bar. The Best Western Plus Cairn Croft is the perfect hotel for a weekend getaway in the winter. Complete with a tropical courtyard, wonderful dining choices and a top-notch bar, The Croft Lounge… this hotel has all you need under one roof. No need to venture out into the winter cold, sit back and enjoy a little piece of tropical paradise.

Niagara Ice Dogs

When your from a country like Canada hockey is a word you most often. And honestly, it is one of the most exhilarating games to watch. Whether it be the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs playing the Pittsburgh Penguins (“Go Sydney”) or watching a Junior A team like the Niagara Ice Dogs the game and atmosphere stay the same!

Have you ever seen the Ice Dogs in action? It is spectacular! I had a great time, especially when they played the Belleville Bulls. Having gone to Loyalist college before enrolling at Brock University, I had the pleasure of watching some of my good buddies (who play for the Belleville Bulls) play this game and take home many wins. Therefore the Bulls have a special place in my heart. But this Sunday is not about Belleville, it is about the Niagara Ice Dogs and the Kingston Frontenacs fighting over the puck and hopefully making some award winning shots.

You have to see them, but if you can’t make it down to Kingston there is a game on Friday night in St.Catharines where the Ice Dogs take on the Mississauga St. Michaels Majors. Another great time with a amazing line-up. Even if your not that into hockey I guarantee you would still have fun, enjoying the food, the drinks and the sounds of the crowd.

But maybe your looking for the world juniors. Last year the Cairn Croft Hotel tranformed their Oak Room into “Canada House” featuring cocktails such as Motts Caesers with their featured appetizers for spectators. Rumor has it they will be implementing this again. You do not want to miss out!