Econo Lodge at the Falls
200 Rainbow Boulevard & 2nd
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Phone: (716) 285-7316
Fax: (716) 285-8541
Run by Reverends Gerard Fedell and Barry Lillis out of Quality Hotel & Suites in downtown Niagara Falls, this chapel has wed 2,000 couples in the past five years - and not just in the chapel. Marriages and vow renewals have taken place in the Falls Observation Tower, next to the Falls, in a helicopter, and in the Wintergarden. Prices range from USD295-USD595 and include wedding music, minister, witness, marriage certificate, hotel room for one night, and a bottle of champagne.
Leave the falls and your plate of Buffalo Wings for another day. Step into Seneca Casino's The Bears Den for a fantastic Vegas styled evening. With 443 seats, the showroom creates an intimate atmosphere between crooner and guest. It has featured renowned artists, such as The Four Tops, Joan Jett, ABBA and Sinbad. From comedy to live music, the Bears Den will surely have you coming back for more.
Holding the distinction of being the oldest state park in the nation, this 400-acre preserve also contains what has been called one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World; the Falls themselves. Walk along miles of trails, take in the spectacular beauty of the Three Sisters Islands, picnic on Goat Island or take part in the Cave of the Winds excursion. The visitor's center features interactive displays, a movie theater for the Niagara Wonders big screen film, a virtual reality helicopter ride above the Falls, and a gift shop.
It would be a waste to travel far and wide to Buffalo and not catch even just a glimpse of the world-famous Niagara Falls. This 12,000-year-old natural world wonder can be traced even further back, with its formation having decidedly started millions of years in the past. A rich history of native inhabitants followed by European settlers leaves behind compelling myths and legends of the landmark that visitors can indulge in on one of many daily, year-round tours. Book a visit and get a close look at the real magnificence of these Falls—and bring an umbrella!
With daily flights leaving from the Niagara Falls downtown heliport—close to the Rainbow Bridge and Howard Johnson at the Falls—this company offers an unusual and spectacular way of viewing not only the Falls, but the entire region. Using quiet engine helicopters, passengers are taken on a "limousine trip in the sky" that leaves other tour options grounded. You can also arrange night and longer private flights by appointment.
The Observation Deck in the Niagara Falls State Park is the perfect place to simultaneously view all three waterfalls - the American Falls, Horseshoe Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls that together make up the Niagara falls. The Deck at a staggering height gives an unrestricted view of the thundering waters, and is also a good spot for some birdwatching. The Bald Eagle, falcons and gulls are some commonly spotted birds here. The Observation Deck has both an indoor and an outdoor area with numerous restaurants also lining the deck. A little known fact about the Observation deck is that the decks are rebuilt each year, and due to the ice - cold waters, each team of labor can work for only 20 minutes at a time!
Known as Niagara's "Other Water Wonder", this aquarium presents an ongoing display of fish and aquatic life from the Great Lakes to the Coral Reef. There are almost 2,000 species ranging from sharks and California sea lions to Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Originally known as the "First Inland Oceanarium" when it opened 30 years ago, the aquarium has grown to over 50 exhibits. Visitors stop to watch the marine demonstrations at 90-minute intervals.
The renowned First Unitarian Church of Niagara occupies terrific monumental value. This historic church that is sited at Niagara Falls was erected in 1922. It exemplifies the Classical Revival style of architecture and is incorporated in the National Register of Historic Places.
Bird Kingdom is an indoor free flying aviary and is the world's largest of this kind. The environment created is akin to the birds' natural habitat, which helps in creating and maintaining the up-close and personal interactions that visitors look forward to. Not to mention the little cups of nectar on sale that kids always enjoy. The 500 odd birds of 80 different species are all free flying and the rain forest of tall trees and waterfall complete the amazonian experience.
Rising four stories and with six-channel surround sound, the huge screen at this adventure park allows you to experience thrills without any of the danger. Just a block away from Casino Niagara and a short walk to the Falls, the Dome features motorcycle, snowmobile, white water raft, airplane, and tank rides, complete with hair-raising crashes and near-misses. This is state-of-the-art fantasy and fun for the entire family.
Nestled in lush green lands, amidst an aura of peace and tranquility, lies the historical edifice of Queen Victoria's Place. This building, propped up against the beauty of the majestic falls, exudes an old worldly charm of its own. It is now home to a multitude of dining facilities, like the Riverview international Buffet, that serve a varied range of cuisines. Entertainment options include the Niagara falls Grand Dinner Theatre that often holds stage at this space. Visitors from near and far come to view this historical structure, as also enjoy the multitude of culinary and cultural delights it offers. Call the Niagara Parks Commission for more details on current and upcoming events.
Sightseeing just got a new dimension with the creation of the Niagara SkyWheel. At 175 feet (53 meters) tall, the SkyWheel affords spectacular views of the American & Horseshoe Falls. The ride in the completely enclosed gondola lasts a maximum of 12 minutes, & is most magical at night, when the city lights glitter against the skyline.