One Day in Niagara Falls Itinerary – Top things to do in Niagara Falls, Ontario

The volume of water held by 1 million bathtubs goes over Niagara Falls every second!  A natural wonder with one of the most enchanting sceneries on this planet was formed during the last ice age. The melted ice caused large downpours of water draining into the Niagara River. Native Americans were the first people to witness the tremendous power of Niagara Falls, but over the years, many prominent people passed through the region. Nikola Tesla developed the alternating current system right here! Horseshoe, American, and the Bridal Veil fall form the fascinating Niagara Falls. While the United States side is breathtaking, the  falls’ full beauty should also be experienced from the Canadian side. 

One day in Niagara Falls Itinerary

Best time to visit Niagara Falls

The best time to visit Niagara Falls is from May to October. Summer is the Niagara Falls peak season. You will face crowds and higher prices; however, you can explore all that the Falls offer, such as the Maid of The Mist Boat Tour. Spring and Fall have fewer crowds and lower prices, but the weather is unpredictable.

Niagara Falls, Ontario
Niagara Falls, Ontario

September and October are great to visit if you’re a wine lover as its harvest season at the local wineries. Winter in Niagara Falls is good if you’re looking for affordable hotel rates, but the harsh Canadian winter causes all attractions’ shutdown.

A few facts about Niagara Falls:

  • Niagara Falls will eventually disappear into Lake Erie. The falls wear back a foot every ten years. In about 10,000 years, they will no longer exist.
  • Two-thirds of North American freshwater comes from Niagara Falls.
  • Sir Adam Beck Power Plant malfunctioned in 1965, causing a major blackout affecting 30 million people. 9 months later, the birth rate increased dramatically.
  • Charles Blondin finished his first tightrope walk over Niagara Falls in 1859, becoming the first man to walk across the Falls.

One day in Niagara Falls Itinerary

Unravel the fascinating story behind Niagara Falls and see all the attractions following our one day Niagara Falls itinerary. Here are the top things to do in Niagara Falls, Ontario:

Start Your Day at The Promenade on The Falls

The most popular way to start your one day in Niagara Falls is the promenade. It’s the sidewalk along the cliff that overlooks the falls. If you decide to walk the entire way, it shouldn’t take you more than 30 minutes, and you can take amazing photos and see the falls from different points of view. The best view is right at the crest! If you’re looking for a hotel right on the promenade, Niagara Falls Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa is the best option.

Promenade on The Falls, Niagara Falls
Promenade on The Falls, Author: Northfielder, Source: Flickr

Journey Behind The Falls

Once you’ve seen the beauty of Niagara Falls from the promenade, step down and experience the falls from below. Descend to the outdoor observation decks located directly behind Niagara Falls. Witnessing the mass of water falling at 65 kilometers per hour is a once in a lifetime experience! Make sure to bring a waterproof camera and you’ll receive the biodegradable rain poncho on the spot. The best time to go is in the spring and summer months as the decks are closed in the wintertime.

Journey Behind The Falls, Niagara
Journey Behind The Falls, Author: Jeff Hitchcock, Source: Flickr

Experience the Falls With A Boat

Now that you’ve seen the falls from far and behind, it’s time to get personal with them. Maid of the Mist operates from the New York side while its Canadian partner is Hornblower Niagara Cruises.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises
Hornblower Niagara Cruises, Author: Doc Searls, Source: Flickr

The boat will take you along the Niagara River all the way along the American Falls, Canadian Horseshoe Falls, and The Great George. This is the closest you can get to the falls, and if you’re spending one day in Niagara, do not miss a chance to do so. The journey takes about an hour.

Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls
Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls

Have Lunch at Niagara Skylon Tower

The Niagara Skylon tower is 775 feet or about 235 meters tall. It’s very similar to the CN Tower in Toronto, with the backdrop of the whole Niagara falls. Just like it’s Toronto partner, it offers 2 levels of dining, a buffet, and a revolving dining room.

Skylon Tower, Niagara Falls
Skylon Tower, Author: Kristina D.C. Hoeppner, Source: Flickr

The observation deck is included in the price of your lunch or dinner, so if you’re going to go up there, it makes sense to make a lunch date out of it and try some continental cuisine.

Skylon Tower, Niagara Falls
Skylon Tower, Author: ElMelindo, Source: Flickr

Explore Clifton Hill

Now that you’ve tried Niagara wine from the Skylon Tower dining room, the light buzz is perfect for the busy Clifton Hill. It’s the main attraction street in Niagara Falls, and you’ll find everything here. From wax museums to indoor water parks. There is a house of horrors too, and drinks just about everywhere you go. You can’t miss the street; it’s the loudest, busiest hill with a massive Skywheel. Have a few drinks, see a few attractions, and finish your afternoon on that Skywheel. It’s the best sunset experience in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls
Clifton Hill, Author: Jorge Láscar, Source: Flickr

Have Dinner at Brasa Steakhouse

Clifton Hill has a choice of restaurants, but  we recommend the Brasa Steakhouse. It’s an all you can eat steakhouse with staff constantly bringing freshly grilled meat to your table. Seriously, they won’t stop bringing it until you let them know it’s enough, but they will give you a two side disc where green means more and red means stop. They have the largest selection of wines in Niagara, so if you’re looking to fix up your buzz from lunch, they’re the way to go. If you happen to be in Niagara Falls on the weekend, they have live music to entertain you while you dine as well.

Gamble in The Casino

Finally, you’ve seen the best Niagara Falls has to offer in 24 hours, now it’s time for a good gamble. The party is in the casino of course. There are two major casinos in Niagara. Casino Niagara is a two floor casino for people that love to gamble. Niagara Fallsview Casino is great for gamblers and non-gamblers. A luxury resort has shops, spa’s and the famous hotel. If you want the true Niagara experience, you should stay in this hotel.

Niagara Falls Skyline
Niagara Falls Skyline, Author: Jason Pratt, Source: Flickr

Where to Stay in Niagara Falls, Ontario

Spending 24 hours in Niagara Falls is best if you’re in the center of all the action. Here are a few options for accommodation where you’ll definitely get to experience the Niagara Falls glamour:

Niagara Falls Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa

Niagara Falls Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa

6740 Fallsview Boulevard, L2G 3W6 Niagara Falls

Just a minute walk from the promenade and the Casino, this is a great choice for those wishing to enjoy their Niagara stay with all the luxury and comfort a hotel like The Marriott offers. Hot tub, spa, views, shopping – you can get it all here. Spend your one night in Niagara Falls here and you’re guaranteed to experience the best of Niagara Falls.

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Hilton Niagara Falls, Fallsview Hotel and Suites

Hilton Niagara Falls/ Fallsview Hotel and Suites

6361 Fallsview Boulevard, L2G 3V9 Niagara Falls

The famous Casino hotel is a classic choice for anyone looking to spend their one day in Niagara Falls doing what most people do in Niagara, gamble. This hotel is connected to the casino, but it’s also close to the promenade, Clifton Hill, and Niagara Falls.

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Cavalier Motel, Niagara Falls

Cavalier Motel

5100 Centre Street, L2G 3P2 Niagara Falls,

If you’re not staying in one of the hotels, Niagara Falls has a choice of motels. However, motels can be a hit or miss. Cavalier Motel is one of the motels in Niagara Falls that has an excellent location, but it’s also a clean spot with friendly staff. So if you’re on a budget during your visit to Niagara Falls, Cavalier is one of the nicest motels in the area.

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Best Day Trips From Niagara Falls, Ontario

Toronto

Canada’s largest city (but not the capital!) is only a short drive away from Niagara Falls. Take the QEW highway and visit the popular CN Tower, explore the Kensington Market, Distillery District, or dine at one of the thousands of restaurants Toronto has to offer. You can check our detailed one day in Toronto itinerary for more great ideas on this fabulous city.

 

Niagara-On-The-Lake


Originally Canada’s capital until the 1812 civil war, at which point the capital was moved to Ottawa. This postcard little town located a few minutes from Niagara Falls is a top thing to do in Niagara Falls. You have to visit Niagara on the Lake. You can walk the whole downtown in two hours and then go see one of the many vineyards around. Niagara on the Lake is an ideal spot to try ice wine, a type of dessert wine from frozen grapes. Try the Reif Estate winery!


USA

The United States of America is just one bridge border away from Niagara Falls, Ontario. See the falls from the other side, go bargain shopping in Buffalo, or if you have the time, drive to Cleveland, Pittsburgh, or even New York City. Since you’re so close to the border, it would be a shame not to at least checkout Niagara Falls from both sides and compare which one you like better.

Extra tips for visiting Niagara Falls:

Stay in a hotel with a view – the Niagara Falls experience is just not the same without the backdrop of the beautiful falls. So if you can, choose a hotel with a view.

See the falls from a helicopter – this is such an unforgettable experience, so if you have the time, do yourself a favor and book it! Just make sure to book ahead.

Visit the butterfly conservatory – since you’re spending 24 hours in Niagara Falls, only put this in your Niagara falls itinerary if you see that you’re making excellent time.

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Logistical Tips and Tricks

Organize your trip in five easy steps!

BOOK A FLIGHT!

Obviously, if you’re going on a trip somewhere far a way, you’ll need to book a flight. There is absolutely no need to worry about this, though, because with Skyscanner, you will be able to find a cheap flight anywhere in the world. And their website is extremely easy to use, so you will have your seat on a plane in no time at all!

BOOK A ROOM!

To easily find the best possible room in the city you’re visiting, just head to Booking.com. They have quite literally thousands of options, a reliable rating system and will always get you a great deal. On top of that, you can learn a lot from the comments people leave there, too. No matter if you’re looking for an apartment or an elite hotel, you’ll find what you need here.

GET A CAR!

If you want the ultimate sense of freedom while on your trip, a car is a must. Fortunately, there is a simple way to get one – just visit Booking’s Rentalcars and they’ll have your vehicle ready in a jiffy. Now you’ll be able to explore the new city thoroughly and, who knows, maybe even make a trip outside it.

INSURE YOURSELF FOR PEACE OF MIND!

Accidents, mishaps and other troubles happen to everyone. The key is to be prepared. That’s why getting a travel insurance is such a great idea: it can help you deal with any health issues, theft and even cancelled flights. World Nomads know full well about the problems that can arise on a trip because they are passionate travelers themselves. That’s why they can offer you the very best deals.

FIND SOMEONE TO HELP YOU GET AROUND!

Want to have some company as soon as you land? Through Welcomepickups.com, you can find a local to meet you at the airport and help you find your way around the new city. They can also set things up for you, give you some useful tips and be helpful in general. The whole project is a great idea and very well executed, so do go and see how these people can make your trip a more pleasant one.

Romi R
Romi R.
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Romi is a freelance writer originally from Split, Croatia, currently residing in Toronto, Canada. She started travelling at a young age but recently started travelling full time. She lived in three different countries and wants to spend her life living the nomadic lifestyle. She has previously worked in content marketing, lifestyle blogging, market research, PR and every writer's rite of passage-the service industry.

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