TWO RELAXING DAYS IN NIAGARA FALLS CANADA

There is no better place to relax and clear your mind than by a waterfall. Despite being a famous tourist attraction, Niagara Falls delivers just that. It has a hypnotic way to lure you into its never-ending spectacular. You can easily isolate yourself from those around you and get mesmerized by the falls’ crashing water. The scene is so romantic, that Niagara as a couples getaway is famous for decades now. But let’s also explore Niagara beyond the falls. Did you know about Niagara botanical gardens? Why to visit Niagara in spring? In this post, I will answer those questions and more. Here are suggestions on how to spend two relaxing days in Niagara Falls Canada.
Lady looking at Niagara Falls Canada.
Even with people around you, seeing Niagara Falls is an intimate experience.

TWO RELAXING DAYS IN NIAGARA FALLS CANADA

I visited Niagara Falls many times on my way to Canada, but it was usually just a few hours to see the falls. Then I finally decided to take a two day trip and examine what else the area had to offer. I thought spring would be a perfect time to do that and I was right. Despite the crowds gathering around the falls, I found the experience very relaxing. Of course the waterfalls are the main attraction, but just a few steps from the center of action, you can find beautiful paths just to yourself.
Niagara Falls Canada, overlook at the American falls.
Impressive view of the American falls from Niagara Falls Canada.

Day one in Niagara Falls Canada

Visit the falls

The Canadian side of Niagara is much more touristy than the American one. Not far from the falls you will find hotels, casinos, and all sort of restaurants, many facing the falls. This is where I recommend to spend your first day. Yes, you will be surrounded by people, but your encounter with the falls will still be very personal, even if elbow to elbow. When you look at the water, that is all it matters. Its power, sound and beauty will captivate your mind and soul.

Have lunch within the views of the falls

There are many restaurants facing the falls with outdoor terraces or huge windows letting you take in the scenery. Even though the food served is not too sophisticated, I recommend to have lunch there – after all, you came to see the falls! Have a glass or two of great Canadian beer to complement your meal.

Dining with the view at Niagara Falls.
You will find many restaurants overlooking Niagara Falls Canada.

Visit Queen Victoria Park

After lunch take a relaxing walk in Queen Victoria Park. Despite its central location in the main area for viewing the fall, the park does not get many visitors. It seems that the majority of tourists have only one goal in mind, to see the falls. This little gem is literally hiding under the shade of a giant. You’ll find there a rock garden, hanging baskets, a tea rose garden and attractive carpet-bedding displays. Park benches and well groomed lawns are perfect spots to relax and take photos.

Lady of sitting on a romantic bridge at Queen Victoria Park.
In the center of action but hidden from the crowds – Queen Victoria Park.

Take Niagara Falls Zipline ride

For a little more action, take the  MistRider Zipline to the Falls at Grand View Marketplace. You will fly into the gorge, towards the base of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. You’ll travel down 670 metres (2,200 feet), soaring past the American Falls and landing atop the falls observation deck at the base of the Horseshoe Falls. The ride is short but the views are great.

Zipline towards the falls in Niagara Falls Canada.
Four people can zipline at once in Niagara toward Horseshoe Falls. 

Watch the light show on the falls

Hundreds of lights are used in three locations across the Niagara Gorge to create a beautiful show. The falls are illuminated all year round, but the schedule can vary throughout the seasons. The times are later and shorter in the spring and summer as the days grow longer, until starting as early as 5 pm nightly from November until early February.
Daily light spectacular in Niagara Falls Canada.
Make sure to stay for a light show in Niagara Falls Canada.

Have dinner away from the falls

Step away form the falls for more choices of cuisine and entertainment. Unlike the American side of Niagara Falls, the Canadian side comes alive at night. Here are The 10 Best Restaurants In Niagara Falls Canada. Many bars and restaurant offer life music: The 15 Best Places with Live Music in Niagara Falls. For an ultimate Niagara Falls experience, try Skylon Tower Revolving Restaurant:“The Revolving Dining room restaurant silently rotates 360 degrees every hour, giving diners a constantly changing vantage point. It is estimated that more than 8,000 square km’s are viewable from the dining room. It really is the most breathtaking view in all of Niagara Falls.”

Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls Canada
Skylon Revolving Tower offers dining with the most spectacular views of the falls.

Niagara Falls Canada Day Two

Take a morning walk along the falls and the river

Start with the fall area again. Mornings are not busy before buses arrive. Take a relaxing stroll from the falls and continue by the river. If you walk far enough, you will get to see beautiful Canadian houses right along the road. It is always interesting to see how people live in other countries.

Distant view of the falls.
Start your day with a morning walk along the river at Niagara Falls Canada.

Take a boat tour

For a change of pace, take one of Hornblower Niagara Cruises into the heart of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. It is something I recommend to do at least once in your life. I did it twice so far, each time with different people so it felt like a slightly different experience. Make sure to secure your belongings from getting soaked.

Spend two relaxing days in Niagara Falls Canada. See the falls and visit Niagara botanical gardens. Also discover Niagara as couples getaway. #niagarafallscanada #2daysinniagara

Visit Niagara Botanical Gardens

At this point, you will be saying goodby to the falls. The Niagara Parks’ Botanical Gardens are located on the scenic Niagara Parkway and the Great Gorge, just a 10 minute drive north of the falls. The Gardens presents visitors with 99 acres of beautifully maintained perennials, rhododendrons, azaleas, herb and vegetable plantings, and world famous rose garden featuring over 2,400 roses.

Niagara Botanical Gardens - roses.
Beautiful Niagara Botanical Gardens are free of charge!
Niagara Botanical Gardens Admission – it is free!

From what you see from the road, you may expect a high price entry fee, but a great surprise: the admission to the gardens is free!  The only thing you need to pay for is parking. At the time of my visit it was 5 Canadian Dollars. The gardens are absolutely beautiful! You can spend an entire day enjoying flowers and trees. Very romantic too!

Spring and a lady in Niagara Botanical Gardens.
Spring is in the air in Niagara Falls Botanical Gardens.
Butterfly Conservatory

Niagara Falls Botanical Gardens host the Butterfly Conservatory Here you can watch butterflies in a climate-controlled environment. The 11,000 sq. ft. butterfly garden is home to more than 2000 butterflies. Admission is $15.

Pink poppies in Niagara Botanical Gardens.
Pretty in pink in Niagara Falls Botanical Gardens.

Niagara as couples getaway

Niagara has been known as a couples getaway for decades. Many movies about romance have been shot at the falls, including Niagara starring Marilyn Monroe. The city of Niagara Falls hosts about 50,000 honeymooning couples a year!

With heart shaped jacuzzi suites and themed suites, Niagara hotels invite those in love with a wide variety of packages. But even without fancy suites, you can make your stay romantic. Many hotels offer stunning views of the falls. To complete the scene, you need just two glasses and a bottle of champagne.

When thinking of Niagara as a couples getaway, do not forget about beautiful green areas for a romantic walk. Niagara Botanical Gardens and Queen Victoria park are easy to reach and they spell the romance.

Queen Victoria Park - a young couple on the bridge. Queen Victoria Park – great for those in love.

Niagara Falls Spring – best time to visit

When spring finally arrives, our urge to travel starts blooming too. (Learn about Benefits of Travel Everyone Should Know About.) For that reason, I planned my two relaxing days in Niagara Falls Canada in spring. It turned out to be a perfect time to visit. The summer crowds are not there yet, but weather is already pleasant. The falls are stunningly beautiful any time of year, but what a bonus to see flowers everywhere!  Spring bloom adds a special touch to Niagara as a couples getaway.

Spring in Niagara Falls. Flowering bushes.
Flowers make spring the best time to visit Niagara. 

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