People are so quick to mourn the end of summer that they forget all the beauty and experiences that come with autumn. Niagara Falls is beautiful all year, but the few short weeks when it is surrounded by the orange, red, and yellow of fall is a scene that should not be missed. Fall in Niagara has a lot to offer, whether it be for a girl’s getaway or a couple’s escape. Here’s a plan to guide you to the perfect fall vacation with colourful photo ops, beautiful scenery, and lots of adventure.
Any perfect weekend in Niagara Falls starts with a reservation at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview. Having the perfect place to lay your head after a day of exploring is the key to a successful vacation. Book a Full Fallsview Suite to truly take in the pallet of colours surrounding the magnificent waterfalls.
Start your day by getting out. Enjoy a scenic hike through the Niagara Gorge where you’ll be surrounded by the colours of fall as you explore your way down your chosen path. Venture through the rock walls of the escarpment to see the power of the Niagara Rapids or follow the steps down to the vast Niagara Whirlpool. If you want a challenge, register for the Niagara Falls Marathon. It's happening October 23rd, with five race distances to choose from, all with a finish line at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls. If you’re wanting a more leisurely outdoor activity, plan a visit to the Niagara Botanical Gardens, a 99-acre oasis full of fall flowers, radiant trees, and quaint pathways.
When lunchtime rolls around, you can continue down the Niagara Parkway to the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. It is home to many restaurants and the best wineries. After lunch, explore the town by renting an e-bike and spend the afternoon touring around to wineries, where you’ll have an opportunity to taste many different wines. Take a stroll amongst the vines, sip icewine outdoors, and take in the scenery.
Head back to the hotel for dinner with a view at the Keg Steakhouse + Bar Fallsview on the 9th floor of the hotel. Retreat to your suite to relax and reminisce about the day. When you are feeling recharged, put on some warmer clothes and get ready to end the perfect fall evening under the moonlight.
End the night with a Ghost Tour at Fort George, the longest-running ghost walk in Niagara. Be led by candlelight through the most haunted site in Niagara. Learn about its dark history and mysterious hauntings. During October, you can book a Halloween tour that includes stories too frightening to be told at any other time of the year.
If you’re not into the spooky scene, end the night with a crackling fire in the crisp fall air at the Howell Family Pumpkin Farm. Sit by a cozy fire and get yourself a roasting kit, complete with hot dogs and all the fixings for smores. You can even add a bottle of wine or a bucket of beer to your private campfire, depending on which atmosphere you’re after.
Don’t let the absence of summer overshadow the new experiences that come with autumn. After all, in Niagara Falls, the summer sunsets live on in the colourful fall leaves. Follow this itinerary for the perfect fall weekend in Niagara Falls—where there is always so much to explore.