Jazz & Blues Concert Series Niagara Falls

Every Thursday, those who work down town will be hearing some jazz and blues when they get off from work. The city of Niagara Falls is throwing a Jazz & Blues Concert Series outside of City Hall on Queen Street from 4-7pm every Thursday until September 20th to help draw traffic to the downtown area and allow those who work downtown a place to unwind after a long day at work. Admission is free, wine and beer provided by TAPS and of course the option to enjoy some local cuisine instead of rushing home to make dinner.  After a good start to the Thursday night at the Jazz & Blues concert series, why not make your way to The Croft Lounge for their 80’s Throwback nights with Ed FM DJs airing live right from the bar!

Thursdays are looking like they could be the night that everyone lets loose in Niagara and maybe moves a little slower Friday mornings!

Santa Claus at The Niagara Square

I remember getting dressed up in my matching dress and bow, putting on my best shoes and heading off to The Niagara Square with my mom and brother to get our pictures done with Santa Claus! This could be the perfect souvenir from your trip or the perfect thing to do in Niagara Falls or as a local, a perfect souvenir from a wonderful holiday season.

If you are lucky, there won’t be a line, if there is a line, you can spend your time watching as little children cry when they are put on Santa’s knee or try to steal the whole basket of candy canes (like my brother did when he was three).  But all joking aside, I was always very excited to go see Santa and tell him what I wanted. It was always either the newest Barbie or a Cabbage Patch Kid, while my brother always asked for a new Lego set or Ninja Turtles.

We continue to set out our Santa pictures every year on the windowsill and reminiscing about the good ol’ days is something that my family and I enjoy every holiday season.  If you haven’t already gotten your picture done, or taken your kids to get their picture taken, I think you should. Having memories captured in a single moment of happiness in that picture frame, will never go out of style.

Bird Kingdom

A trip to the Bird Kingdom was something fun and different. There was a reptile viewing room, complete with live iguana chillin’ on the floor; a small bird sanctuary left Amber ducking her head for the rest of the day as they sore in front of you, above you and around you; the creepy nocturnal area complete with bats, owls and the biggest spiders ever; and the main aviary with birds that look like they could be from a story book!

It was cool to see all the different types of exotic birds and hilarious to watch as little children were less freaked out by birds following them than Amber and I. You can make the tour last as long as you want it to. Amber and I were in there for just under an hour and were able to see everything! You can take your time and read every detail about every creature and I’m sure it would take much longer.

The Bird Kingdom is a unique tourist attraction in the Falls and something that I think would be really good to check!