Falling For Niagara
The natural wonder may seem like an old-fashioned honeymoon place, but it still provides a romantic and exciting getaway.
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For lunch or dinner with a view, ask for a patio seat at Top of the Falls Restaurant on Goat Island (716-278-0340, topofthefallsrestaurant.com), a casual spot that serves everything from sandwiches to the signature cider-brined pork chop. Inside, tiered seating ensures unobstructed views of the falls.
For a different perspective, soar over the falls with Rainbow Air Helicopter Tours (454 Main St., Niagara Falls, 716-284-2800, rainbowairinc.com). The panoramic view of up to 20 miles is unparalleled. The cost is $90 per person for a 10-minute ride.
About seven miles from the park is historic Lewiston, which has two claims to fame. Lewiston was an important site for one of the early battles of the War of 1812. On a lighter side, a colonial tavern is credited with inventing the “cocktail,” a “gin mixture” stirred with the feather of a cockerel.
Though the tavern is long gone, you can enjoy a libation on the patio of Water Street Landing (115 S. Water St., Lewiston, 716-754-9200) over the Niagara River Gorge. Join the locals on Wednesdays for the all-you-can-eat ribs or Fish Fridays (around $5.99) with a side of live music. There’s also a fine dining side that serves specialties such as coconut crusted ahi tuna drizzled with raspberry. Entrees are $17 to $29.
Water Street Landing is also home to Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours (888-428-4444, whirlpooljet.com, $57 for adults), which offers a wild 45-minute ride in Class V rapids on the Niagara River. Get soaked on a Wet Jet or stay dry in a Jet Dome.
For tamer entertainment, take in a free evening concert in the outdoor amphitheater at Lewiston’s outdoor Artpark (450 S. Fourth St., 716-754-4375, artpark.net) or a ticketed event at the partially covered Mainstage. Last year’s featured performances included Bret Michaels, Trisha Yearwood, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Disney musical “Beauty and the Beast.”
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