When most people think of a trip to the Niagara Falls, they think of a family vacation or a romantic trip with their partner. However, it’s also an exciting getaway option for a girls weekend — and if you are coming from Toronto it’s easily accessible via GO Transit (in 2 hours or less — see schedule). Forget about the hassle of traffic and gas expenses; here are some ways to plan a getaway with your BFF to Niagara Falls this Spring.
FIRST STOP, CLIFTON HILL
Girls just wanna have fun! And Clifton Hill is the touristy spot in Niagara Falls that offers just that. There is everything from arcades, haunted houses, Canada’s largest observation wheel (the Niagara SkyWheel), casual laid-back dining from KELSEYS Original Roadhouse featuring one of Niagara’s largest outdoor patio bars, to a unique Boston Pizza which also offers bowling, as well as an abundance of arcade games inside. Did we mention that you don’t need to use your data? Clifton Hill has FREE WiFi, so be sure to take advantage of that on your visit and snap away with your bestie!
You can rest assured that no matter what kind of weather that Mother Nature conjures up, Clifton Hill will be a guaranteed stop to get in some games in the Great Canadian Midway for your competitive streak, miniature golfing, and one-of-a-kind views inside the climate-controlled gondolas that the SkyWheel offers. We recommend the Clifton Hill Fun Pass, which for a low cost of $29.95+HST, you will each gain access to six thrilling attractions!
SECOND STOP, ADVENTURE!
After checking out all that Clifton Hill has to offer, it’s time to be one of the first to get wet this season! At the bottom of the “Street of Fun” is the Hornblower Niagara Cruises which will be ready for the Spring-time launching of their boats in early April. Get up close and personal (and a little wet too) aboard this scenic ride which allows their guests day-time trips for a “full mist experience” and evening trips for a “light mist experience”.
Next to the Hornblower Niagara Cruises is another must-stop for adventure — WildPlay’s MistRider Zipline to the Falls (opening April 14th, 2018). If you and your BFF are all about a sense of adventure and you don’t mind heights, than this one is for you! Side-by-side, you will take off like a bird in the sky with views of the Horseshoe and American Falls. Take off from the 220 feet high vantage point for 2200 feet to the gorge below. Don’t worry, you are fully harnessed and completely safe!
THIRD STOP, RELAX AND REJUVENATE
Now it’s time for some pampering! So many options to check out, like drying yourself off by trying out an infrared sauna at the Healing Salt Cave (located on Thorold Stone Rd.). This treatment makes you sweat in order to regulate your body temperature, ensuring detoxification within your body.
If a spa treatment is an absolute MUST on your getaway with your BFF to Niagara Falls and you plan on staying the night, than you may want to choose a hotel for an overnight stay that features accommodations that will enhance the relaxation and rejuvenation (see: 8 hotels in Niagara Falls with a spa)
Be on the lookout for hotels that offer packages catering to a girl’s getaway, such as the “Girls’ Getaway Package” by the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls, the “Niagara Wine Tour Package” by the Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls, or overnight accommodations in the classy little town of Niagara-on-the-Lake at the Pillar and Post. The “4-Diamond Divas” Package features a bottle of in-room wine, a cheese plate and $50 spa credit per person to be used at your choice of a Vintage Hotels spa.
FOURTH STOP, GIRL’S NIGHT!
Now it’s time to paint the town red with your sister from another mister! This will require a trip to one of Niagara’s casinos; the Fallsview Casino or Casino Niagara. It doesn’t matter which one you choose because either will give you hours of entertainment. Thousands of slot machines and gaming tables, restaurants and bars are offered by both of these wildly popular stops in Niagara.
Depending on when you book your trip, you can catch a concert at the Fallsview Casino. This Spring for instance, the 1,500 seat theatre offers guests an intimate venue for upcoming performances by internationally known names like Dane Cook and Michael Bolton in April, to Pitbull in May. Every month has exciting performances to check out.
A night out with the BFF will probably find you finalizing the evening where you started — on Clifton Hill! At night, the street draws the crowds in with the dazzling neon and flashing lights. The Boston Pizza in particular is a magnet to singles and couples as the music gets louder and the bowling is lit up in black lights until 2:00 am.
Whether you choose to spend the night, or head back home Toronto-bound later that day via GO Transit, there is no doubt that you and your BFF will have had an exciting girl’s getaway in Niagara Falls!