Whether you’re planning an elopement, honeymoon, or simply a special trip away with your loved one, a top spot to consider as your destination is the Niagara region.
This diverse location situated on the Canadian-American border is famous for its iconic waterfalls, but there are plenty of other things to do in the area with a partner. Here’s how to have a romantic trip to Niagara this year or next.
Witness the Splendor of the Falls Together
The first thing on your itinerary is sure to be checking out the Niagara Falls waterfalls. Not just one waterfall, but three in total, this natural wonder is world-renowned because of the sheer volume of water shooting through the area daily. One of the best ways to see Niagara Falls at any time of the day or night is to choose one of the excellent Niagara Falls hotel packages on offer that situate you in a luxurious room with brilliant views of the phenomenon.
Then, to get a more up-close view of the waterfalls, book a ticket on one of the boat cruises that run most days. On the Canadian side of the border, Hornblower Niagara Cruises operates, while on the U.S. side, it’s the Maid of the Mist. Both tour operators will ensure you get so close to the falls that you might get soaked if not wearing the allocated rain ponchos!
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Ride the Romantic Niagara SkyWheel
For another, more loved-up way to see the iconic waterfalls, this time from above, ride the Niagara SkyWheel. This Ferris wheel is the highest observation wheel in all of Canada and sits in the suburb of Clifton Hill (a popular destination in of itself).
Cuddle up with your partner inside the wheel’s gondolas and enjoy year-round comfort with air conditioning in summer and heating in winter. The SkyWheel is the perfect spot to snap memorable photos of the waterfalls and the surrounding Niagara region. If you can, time your trip on the tourist site for after dark. At night, the Falls Illumination light and laser show lights up the waterfalls in the colors of the rainbow and shouldn’t be missed.
Taste Local Food and Wine
No romantic vacation is complete without enjoying plenty of local food and wine. In the Niagara region, you’re spoiled for choice. For example, for a romantic lunch or dinner, book a table at the top of Skylon Tower, in the on-site Revolving Dining Room. The eatery rotates 360 degrees per hour and also gives you more great views of Niagara Falls. Dining at the restaurant comes with free access to Skylon Tower’s indoor/outdoor observation decks, too.
While you’re in the Niagara region, take the time to taste some of the area’s local wines. There are approximately 25 vineyards open to the public. Most of them are located only a 15- or 20-minute drive away from the center of Niagara Falls. The picturesque suburb of Niagara-on-the-Lake is particularly chock-a-block with destinations. Many have on-site restaurants, too.
Make sure you try Icewine while in this part of the world. Inniskillin Winery, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, is a key drawcard as it’s one of the biggest producers of this select, internationally-renowned type of dessert wine. Icewine comes from grapes picked after being frozen on the vines during winter.
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Enjoy a Relaxing Picnic
Another way to spend romantic time with your partner while in Niagara is to head to the historic Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. Pack yourselves a picnic (don’t forget the Icewine!) and enjoy your meal in the pretty gardens, surrounded by greenery and flowers. The rose garden should be at the top of the list– there are over 2,000 rose bush varieties here, which provide a lovely fragrance wafting by as you relax together.
The Botanical Gardens are situated about ten minutes’ drive from Niagara Falls proper, and cover around 40 hectares all told. If you get sore legs from trying to explore this venue, conserve your energy and pump up the romance factor by taking a horse and carriage ride around the gardens. Also, be sure to stop by the Butterfly Conservatory, so you can witness the 2,000-plus insects that live there.
It’s not hard to have a romantic trip to the Niagara region when it’s such a beautiful part of the world, filled with a stellar variety of attractions and many ways to spend quality time together as a couple.
Check out the above ideas as you plan your vacation, and you can be in a love bubble before you know it.