Econo Lodge at the Falls North
5919 Niagara Falls Blvd.
Niagara Falls, NY 14304
Phone: (716) 283-1100
Fax: (716) 283-2150
Casting conductors in period clothing, this tour takes you back to the days of the Underground Railroad through passageways, tunnels and cellars. You get a feel for what runaway slaves went through to escape into Canada. The journey begins at the Michigan Street Baptist Church, home to parishioner William Wells Brown, the first African-American to publish a novel. It then moves Broderick Park, where Web DuBois crossed into Canada. The tour ends at Murphy's Orchards where you will be part of a live Underground Railroad re-enactment.
Divided into the 18-hole North Course and the 9-hole Red Nine Course, this club not far from the Niagara Falls International Airport offers golfers the opportunity to choose between a full 6,255-yard par-70 round or a more manageable 3,275-yard par 36. The club offers a host of amenities including riding carts, pro-shop, lessons, driving range and putting green. Greens Fees vary according the number of holes played, the course and the season; call the club for the latest rates.
This massive 580-acre park offers a range of activities throughout the seasons. During the summer, there's swimming, picnicking, bocce and volleyball courts, sports fields, hiking trails and a playground. Come winter, visitors can skate, cross-country ski, toboggan and snowshoe. The park also offers an ice rink arena, Niagara's renowned Rose Garden and the Sal Maglie Stadium. Sharing the park is the Hyde Park Golf Course, 36 holes in all. The park is a short drive from area attractions including the Falls, and Niagara Reservation State Park.
Sal Maglie Stadium is steeped in baseball history of Niagara Falls. Named after the legendary player Sal Maglie, a Niagara Falls native, it was refurbished in 2000. Located within the huge Hyde Park of the city, it has been the venue for several league games. In the 1990s, it housed the New York-Penn League as well. Currently, the Niagara Power team has its games at this 4000-seater stadium.
This Niagara Falls tour company offers the services of 23 guides and 12 air-conditioned vans escorting more than 65,000 customers on visits to the Falls. The company offers a choice of three guided tours, each including a ride aboard the Maid of the Mist. The tours offer the four-hour American/Canadian, viewing the falls; the four-hour American, featuring the Cave of the Winds; and the Illumination, same as first or second tour, but including the nighttime illumination of the Falls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.