Straddling the border of the United States and Canada is Niagara Falls. Known as the ‘Honeymoon Capital of the World’, these famous waterfalls host 50,000 honeymooning couples every year. Read on for the best things to do in Niagara Falls for couples, including what to wear to the falls and whether you will get wet.
At the turn of the 19th century, the wealthy and elite started a trend of taking a romantic holiday after their wedding. In 1801, the US Vice President Aaron Burr’s daughter spent her honeymoon in Niagara Falls. Three years later, the brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French, also chose to honeymoon here with his American bride, Elizabeth Patterson. They raved so much about their trips that it became the go-to destination for affluent honeymooners.
As the general public adopted the honeymoon concept, the Falls’ romantic appeal has endured. As well as the incredible waterfalls, there are other attractions that make sure Niagara Falls remains one of the most loved-up places on earth.
Delight in the prettiest drive in the world
Niagara Falls is a 90-minute drive from Toronto or you can take the train or the bus, like we did. The view of the Falls is best from the Canadian side but bring your passport in case you want to explore them both. From the Niagara Falls Ontario train and bus station you can take a romantic 30-minute stroll or drive south by the riverbank along the Niagara Parkway to reach the Falls. It helps to build the anticipation as you start to see this natural wonder from afar. In fact, the scenic Niagara Parkway route stretches for 56 km (35 miles) to just outside the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Sir Winston Churchill called it ‘the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world.’
Stay in a romantic hotel
If you’re going to stay in the Honeymoon Capital of the World, why not splash out on a romantic hotel to make your trip extra special. There are an abundance of luxurious options from well-known upmarket brands offering romance and honeymoon packages to cater to your every desire. To browse and book your hotel in Niagara Falls, click here.
Kiss under the mist
On your arrival at Niagara Falls, you can enjoy a glass of wine with your loved one while admiring the spectacular sights and planning your itinerary. Afterwards, if you walk along the pathway, you will get a great panoramic view and can watch the boats circling beneath.
Stroll up towards the Horseshoe Falls and you will start to feel the water droplets in the air and see a white cloud rising mysteriously to the sky above the waterfall. Get even closer and you can kiss under the mist of this majestic natural phenomenon.
Fly high in a helicopter
A helicopter ride is one of the best things to do in Niagara Falls for couples. Snuggle up with your loved one as you experience the awe-inspiring aerial view of the Falls. While you only get 10 minutes in the air, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. An audio guide explains the history and geography of the area, building up the anticipation until the moment you see the Falls from the air. This was definitely a highlight of our trip and at the end, you can purchase a photographic memento of you both to treasure forever.
Smooch at the top of the SkyWheel
The Niagara SkyWheel opened in 2006 as Canada’s largest observation wheel. At over 53 metres tall, it’s a romantic and relaxing way to see a Falls from up high. It features fully-enclosed gondolas, each holding up to eight passengers, with specially designed floor-to-ceiling glass windows that allows you to take photos without reflective glare.
From the top, you and your romantic partner can take in in breathtaking views of Niagara’s Horseshoe and American Falls, spanning for miles in every direction. The ride lasts for around 15 minutes and as it’s open every day, year round, from 9am to 1am, you can choose whether you prefer a daytime or nighttime experience. The gondolas are temperature controlled to ensure your comfort. The Niagara SkyWheel is part of the attractions at Clifton Hill and you can buy tickets here.
Take a cruise close to the Falls
Hornblower Niagara Cruises runs a boat ride that takes you near to the three waterfall areas – so close you can touch them. This is an exhilarating and romantic experience – you can squeeze each other’s hands as you approach the powerful falls. For those of you asking, do you get wet at Niagara Falls? Yes. The boat operators give you a waterproof poncho that keeps you mostly dry, but the water slides onto the bottom of your legs and into your shoes. If you’re wondering what to wear on the Niagara Falls boat tour, the answer is definitely not jeans. Wet jeans are heavy when wet and won’t be comfortable. In terms of what footwear to wear to Niagara Falls, if it’s summer the best option is lightweight water shoes, like these. Then it doesn’t matter how drenched you get. Wear light clothes if possible, bring a change of clothes, and carry a plastic bag to keep your wet belongings in. But do go on the boat ride, it’s worth it.
Book a table for two at Skylon
If you’re keen to take your relationship to new heights, why not book a dinner with a legendary view! Dominating the skyline, the revolving restaurant at the Skylon Tower offers award-winning fine dining at a vertiginous 236 metres above the Falls. For the last 50 years, this famous restaurant has silently rotated every hour, giving diners a 360 degree view around Niagara Falls and beyond. On a clear day, you can see for up to 80 miles (129 kms)! Included in the price of your meal is the chance to experience the Ride-to-the-Top elevators and Observation Decks.
Toast your relationship on a wine tour
Canada is not known for its wine but its vineyards produce some tasty examples. Niagara is one of the country’s wine regions and there are plenty of tours available to visit its award-wining wineries for tastings and to discover the wine-making process. Dozens of wineries are located within a 20-minute drive of the Falls, many with onsite restaurants where you can enjoy a romantic dinner. The region’s best-known estates include Inniskillin, Jackson Triggs and Peller Estates.
There are plenty of reasons to visit the romantic Niagara Falls and experience this natural wonder together – or even get married there!
Thanks to Hornblower Niagara Cruises and Niagara Helicopters, who hosted our trip.
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