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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is the tourist epicentre of the Niagara Region. Home to the iconic Horseshoe Falls group of waterfalls, groups travel from across the globe to take in the breathtaking views. There are a number of Fallsview restaurants where visitors to the city can take in a delicious meal while enjoying the sights. For visitors looking for exciting and unique attractions, there is no wrong time to visit the city. Niagara Falls is a four-season destination with no shortage of things to do.

View the iconic Horseshoe Falls at a birds eye view with the Wildplay MistRider Zipline. Riders of the zip line sit 220 ft in the air and travel on four parallel zip lines for 2,200 KM, facing the Horseshoe Falls at 70+ KM/h. For those who prefer to get close to the Falls with their feet planted firmly on the ground, the Hornblower Niagara Cruises offer a chance to get as close to the waterfalls as possible in a 20-minute long up-close and personal experience.

For a more tropical getaway option, visitors to Niagara Falls step into one of the city’s indoor attractions, like the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory. The Butterfly Conservatory is home to over 2,000 tropical butterflies that are kept in a hot and humid environment to give you that tropical feeling, even in the middle of Niagara’s winter. For stunning views, visitors to the city can take a walk through the Niagara Parks Floral Showcase, and view the collection of orchids, succulents, and a number of tropical flowers and plants. For a more lively display, Niagara Falls is home to the world’s largest free-flying indoor aviary, the Bird Kingdom, which features a number of tropical birds and exotic animals.

After a day of sightseeing, Niagara Falls is also home to a number of incredible restaurants to end your day with a delicious meal. For those who prefer to take in a more home cooked, local flavour, the city also has fresh local markets for you to purchase locally grown food which can be prepared in a vacation rental home in Niagara. Click here to view our Niagara Falls listings.

Niagara-on-the-Lake

The historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake is a picturesque and quaint town that has tons of fun activities that are perfect for every visitor. Whether you’re travelling with a group of friends, as a couple, or with the whole family, the Old Town is the perfect setting for a memorable Niagara vacation.

Niagara-on-the-Lake sits in the heart of Niagara’s wine country. This makes for picturesque scenery and exciting events during the spring and summer. Niagara is home to a number of wine festivals throughout the year, starting in the spring and even going into the winter season with the Niagara Icewine Festival. There are a number of ways to travel around Niagara’s wine country. There are many tours that run through wine country, offering you an inside look at a select number of wineries with a tour and a tasting. Visitors to the Region can also rent bikes, and Niagara’s Wineries also offer a Passport program which gets you a wine tasting and food pairing at select Niagara wineries.

There is also no shortage of family-friendly activities that are exciting for parents and children. One of the best ways to take in Niagara-on-the-Lake is by taking a stroll along one of the many trails throughout the town and throughout the Niagara region as a whole. The trails in Niagara range in difficulty, with something for everyone.

In downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake, there is a wide variety of stores and gift shops for your family to explore, including the kid-approved Old Tyme Candy Shoppe. The Shoppe features candy from all over the globe, as well as nostalgic, hard to find candy that parents go nuts for. Downtown is also home to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, with delicious homemade chocolates and treats.

Of course, with the right vacation rental, you may find yourself reluctant to leave. Click here to view our selection of Niagara-on-the-Lake vacation rentals, including waterfront views and Premium features.

Crystal Beach

Just a short 30 minutes away from the thundering water of Niagara Falls, Crystal Beach offers miles of Lake Erie shoreline and gorgeous beaches. Crystal Beach is a community within Fort Erie and gets its name from the stunningly crystal clear waters and the island-like sand of the beaches. With beautiful beaches and close proximity to a number of Niagara attractions, Crystal Beach is the perfect spot for an unforgettable summer vacation in Niagara. Many cottages are available near and on the waterfront in Crystal Beach and the town has become an increasingly popular cottage destination.

Get a taste of the small town life with a Crystal Beach cottage. Running from spring until fall, the Ridgeway Farmers Market offers fresh local produce, baked goods, maple syrup and VQA wines that you can purchase and bring back to your cottage rental to experience a true taste of Niagara. For craft beer fans, Brimstone Brewing Co. is a must-see stop where you can enjoy a pint of locally made Niagara craft beer in a picturesque re-imagined 20th-century church.

For families visiting the town, Safari Niagara is just a short 10-minute drive away. The nature park is 150-acres and houses hundreds of exotic animals. Make a day of the trip and visit the splash pad, ropes course, pedal-powered go-karts, paddle boats, themed events and shows, and even catch and release fishing.

The town’s ideal location is positioned with easy access to the Niagara Region’s main attractions, as well as conveniently close to the Canada-US border. The Coca-Cola Field is just a short 20 kilometres away from the town making it a perfect spot for sports fans.

This quaint town is the perfect spot for families and large groups looking for a cottage on Lake Erie. Smart Stays offers a number of cottage rentals that can accommodate groups of many sizes. Click here to view our Crystal Beach listings.

Fort Erie

Fort Erie is the southernmost town in Niagara. The town sits along Lake Erie and is home to popular tourist destination Crystal Beach. Another main attraction that brings visitors to Fort Erie is the historic Old Fort Erie and a number of historic landmark sites.

For anyone interested in history, Old Fort Erie is a stop you can’t miss. Roam around a historic fort situated on the Niagara River as costumed staff guide you through Old Fort Erie, both inside and out. Through the tour, guests will get a glimpse of what life was like during the period of history, and learn more about the battles that took place at the Fort. The tours offer a great learning experience for all ages, making it a perfect family outing.

For an even more immersive experience into Canada’s history, get a Heritage Trail Pass. The Heritage Trail Pass provides visitors with admission to not just Old Fort Erie, but also to The Laura Secord Homestead, Mcfarland House and the Mackenzie Printery, for the ultimate trip through time.

Visitors to Fort Erie can also take in the beautiful Niagara scenery by following the Niagara Parkway. The Niagara Parkway is a winding stretch of road that Winston Churchill called “the prettiest Sunday drive in the world.” The road takes you from Old Fort Erie for 55 km to Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Fort Erie offers great dining options to finish off an exciting day of sightseeing, including The Flying Squirrel, Green Acres, and Ming Teh Chinese.

In Fort Erie, there is something for everyone, and the location is perfect for a trip exploring everything that the Niagara Region has to offer. The town is removed enough to offer a relaxing and peaceful vacation while still keeping you close to the attractions Niagara is known for. To view our property listings in Fort Erie, click here.

Port Dalhousie

Located within the city of St. Catharines sits the small community of Port Dalhousie. Best known for the beautiful and picturesque Lakeside Park, Port Dalhousie is a well-loved staple to Niagara locals and has become an increasingly popular destination for tourists.

Lakeside Beach is one of Niagara’s most popular beaches. The Lake Ontario waterfront offers 1,500 feet of sandy beach to relax on, and clear water to swim in. Lakeside Park also features the beautifully restored Lakeside Carousel, an antique carousel originally carved between 1898 and 1905 in Brooklyn, New York. For just five cents visitors to the park can take a spin and enjoy the fully functional ride.

What makes Lakeside Park so well loved by Niagara locals is the community that surrounds it. During a day at the beach, take a stroll through downtown Port Dalhousie and explore the many gift shops, restaurants, speciality stores and ice cream parlours that are all just a few steps away from Lakeside Beach.

During the summer months, those who prefer to dine out rather than in can enjoy one of the weekly Supper Markets that are hosting at Lakeside Park. The Supper Markets feature cuisine from local food trucks, local wineries, craft breweries, and more. For those who prefer to dine in, there are a number of cottages and full home vacation rentals available a stone’s throw away from Port Dalhousie. Click here to view our listings.

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