Econo Lodge at the Falls
200 Rainbow Boulevard & 2nd
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Phone: (716) 285-7316
Fax: (716) 285-8541
What do Teddy Roosevelt, Marilyn Monroe and Diana, Princess of Wales, have in common? You guessed it. They've all taken rides on the Maid of the Mist—or rather one of seven Maids, which have been in service over the past 150 years. This world-famous boat takes its passengers right into the heart of the Falls. You can catch the boat on either the American or Canadian side, with boardings every 15 minutes between April and the end of October. Check website for varying open hours.
Located close to Niagara Reservation State Park and the Rainbow Center Factory Outlet, this museum features life-like wax figures of many of the Niagara frontier's early explorers. Father Hennepin and Robert Lasalle are included, as well as modern-day daredevils who have gone over the Falls in a barrel. Other displays include Indian villages, historical street scenes, how electrical power is made, and the Ice Bridge. Aside from the wax figures, the museum also has a collection of maps and other artifacts related to the Niagara Frontier. Admission: USD7 for Adults.
Located north of the Rainbow Bridge in the Niagara Reservation State Park, this geological museum offers visitors a multi-screen show on the 12,000-year history of the Niagara Gorge and Falls. Built in 1971 on the site of the Schoellkopf Hydro Electric Generating Station #3, destroyed by a rockslide in 1956, the museum was designed to look like a water turbine. The museum features a 13-minute show, hands-on displays such as 400-million-year-old worm trails, and a spectacular view of the Niagara River and Gorge.
In the business of showing off the Falls since 1950, this tour company offers individualized and group packages—with individual tours running from mid-April to the end of October and group tours year round. During peak season, tours run three times daily using a fleet of 14-passenger air-conditioned vans. Pick-ups are available from all hotels and fees include attractions, parking and any tolls. Multilingual and licensed step-on guides are there to answer any questions and to direct passengers to the sites. Prices vary; call for details.
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.
Short of going over the falls in a barrel, there are fewer places closer to the action than this series of walkways beneath Bridal Veil Falls. Located on Goat Island, this was once a cave but water erosion has made it too dangerous to explore. An elevator takes visitors to the base of the American Falls where wooden stairs and pathways bring them within 25 feet of the falls. You're advised to wear the raincoat and foot coverings as splashes from the falls are frequent. There is also a walk called the Gorge Trip with an incredible view.
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.
Formerly Niagara Falls High School, is home to over 60 visual and performing artist's studios. Artists include craftsmen, painters, musicians, dancers, and photographers. The center also has two art galleries and two theaters. This art center is one of the largest gatherings of artists under one roof outside of New York City. The 1924 Classic Revival-style building was slated for demolition in 2000 when the school relocated. Fortunately, the group Save our Sites in Niagara Falls saved the building, which is now listed on the state and national historic registers.
The lifelike figures in this museum are the closest most of us will come to meeting heroes from the past and those making headlines today. From movie stars to presidents, they've all been reproduced at this world-famous waxworks with franchises around the globe. Here, you'll find myriad figures in and photos with your hero or heroine are encouraged.
If you're into scary stuff, this is one local horror chamber you've got to visit. The "fear factory" boasts a 20-year history of scaring the daylights out of those who dare wander in, and a half-million have tried it to date. The tour takes 10-15 minutes and you can get off any time by screaming "NIGHTMARES." The locale comes by its frightful credentials legitimately as it was once the site of the Cataract Coffin Factory!
This beautiful par three nine-hole golf course, opened in 1966, offers a challenge to every level of golfer. A perfect way to unwind, it has a full service pro shop on the grounds of Oak Hall, featuring club rentals, carts and other golfing equipment.
Featuring displays ranging from pioneer furniture, glass, and early tourism to the War of 1812, this museum offers an array of exhibits. It is housed in an historic cut-stone building close. Aside from battle artifacts, the museum also has a collection of toys, a Victorian parlor and traveling exhibits. One of the more interesting exhibits is the story of the development of Niagara Falls as one of the world's major tourist centers.