Niagara Falls is a pretty busy place every day. You couldn’t quite call it the city that never sleeps – that name has been taken, anyway – but there is a lot that goes on in the evening, too.
And it won’t cost you a penny.
For instance, nearly every night there is free music in Queen Victoria Park.
The Niagara Parks Commission offers shows by local performers most nights all through the summer, starting at 8 p.m.
In July alone, performers include Avenue Inn, Hollow Graves, Revive The Rose, The Lad Classic and Lindy Vopnfjord.
In August, there is a diverse lineup that includes shows by Thomas Nelson, the Celebration Army, Safe As Houses, Riley Michaels and Elyse Saunders.
Bring a lawnchair if you like or stake out a spot on the green grass, either way you’ll be comfortable for a relaxing finish to what was probably a pretty hectic day taking in the sights.
Then be sure to stick around after the show for what you might call Act 2 – the explosion of light over the falls that you will want to have your camera or cellphone ready to capture.
Fireworks have never looked better than they do over the falls, the sudden splash of colours mixing with the lit cataracts.
It’s a beautiful palate of ever-changing hues and shades with the falls themselves providing the greatest of all backdrops.
Every night until Sept. 2 there are nightly fireworks shows, and after the Labour Day weekend they continue but only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays until Oct. 14.
There are fantastic places to view the fireworks from – a Hornblower cruise ship, high atop the Skylon Tower or from down below at the Journey Behind the Falls site.
It’s a pretty great view, though, just to watch from Queen Victoria Park, where you will still feel the mist from the falls while the lights explode overhead.
When you arrive, or online from home, book your stay at the Holiday Inn By The Falls.
Not only will that give you a great view of the fireworks show if you’d rather be inside, it also puts you right in the centre of everything that’s happening in this happening city.
Casinos, the Skylon Tower, the falls themselves which you can reach via the Incline Railway for just a couple of dollars – they’re all basically at your doorstep.
And the WeGo tourist bus line passes right by, so every other attraction in Niagara Falls is within easy reach.
The hotel has several specialty packages available, and when you’re ready to eat it has what you want.
There’s Coco’s Steakhouse and Terrace Grill that offers everything from gourmet pizza to perfect steaks, and also Mr. Coco’s Pizza Bar and Lounge.
Or for an uplifting dining experience, there is the Skylon Tower’s Revolving Dining Room right next door.
Whatever you choose, this Holiday Inn has you covered.