Things to do in Niagara Falls in Winter

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Niagara Falls is always in season, but it is the winter months the natural wonder really shines.If you've ever dreamed of visiting Niagara Falls, visiting in winter might be the breath of fresh air you are looking for. With fewer crowds and loads of exciting outdoor activities, winter is one of the safest and most exhilarating times to visit Niagara Falls. There are so many things to do in Niagara Falls in winter, as well as unique experiences missed by the summer crowds.The extreme weather means some of Niagara's more popular tours and attractions will close. However, there are a surprising number of winter events, attractions and things to do in Niagara Falls when the chill hits. One of the main reasons we love off-season travel is the lack of crowds, and there has never been a better time to dodge the crowds. Niagara Falls attracts around 14 million visitors each year, most of these in the spring and summer months. Visiting Niagara in the winter will not only mean fewer crowds and queues, but you may have the place nearly to yourself. Winter in Niagara Falls is also the time to snag a great hotel deal. There is such a vast range of accommodation available in Niagara Falls catering to families through to honeymooners.Thanks to the popularity of Niagara Falls in summer, accommodation will cost a premium in the peak season. Shoulder season rates - spring and fall are generally more forgiving on the budget, but winter is when prices will be at their lowest.As well as low winter hotel rates, be on the lookout for Niagara Falls Winter Hotel Deals - There are lots of great inclusions available in winter hotel packages, and many will guarantee a room with a view of the falls. Winter offers a unique view of the magnificent falls. The silent wonder of ice and snow, glistening icicles and mini glaciers create the illusion of frozen falls and a unique winter landscape. The falls tremendous natural power temporarily subdued by the winter chill. While it is rare, you may even experience a full freeze. It's also a unique experience to visit one of the world's most famous natural attractions unencumbered by the peak season crowds. This alone offers an entirely different experience.Crossing Between the U.S. and Canadian Side of Niagara Falls.Experience everything there is to do in winter in Niagara by visiting both sides of the falls.There are four International bridges between the U.S. and Canada; three are within 6 miles (9.6 km) of the Falls.All four bridges provide a convenient crossing into Niagara Falls, Canada, the Niagara wine country and southern Ontario and Toronto.The most popular and convenient crossing for tourists is the Rainbow Bridge (500 yards/ 457 m from the American Falls) which also offers some of the most spectacular views of the falls.You can walk, cycle or drive across and as there is no commercial traffic allowed, wait times are often less. Walk the pathways along the falls and enjoy a front-row view to the thundering wonder dressed in its winter finery. Winter brings the beautiful spectre of natural ice sculptures framing the falls. Since 1925, the Niagara Illumination Board has been providing free of charge a nightly spectacular. Every evening, the three waterfalls are illuminated in glowing colours to create a stunning spectacle. The bright water against the night sky set a scene, unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. See the lights dance off the icy facade of Niagara’s winter ice formations, and you have one of the most unique experiences in the world. The early nights of winter also allow the spectacular to be enjoyed longer. Niagara Falls is not just famous for its illumination displays. Niagara holds seasonal fireworks displays in front of the American Falls set against the backdrop of the Horseshoe Falls.The winter fireworks season coincides with the Niagara Falls Winter Festival Of Lights which runs from mid-November until the end of January. Each fireworks show runs for around 5 minutes.