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Niagara Falls isn’t just for honeymoons anymore! With just a tiny bit of planning, you can have an amazing day packed with experiences you’ll never forget. Check out these can’t miss stops on your Niagara Falls visit.

Breakfast at the Flying Saucer Diner
There are plenty of good spots in Niagara Falls for a quick breakfast, but none as memorable as the Flying Saucer. Off the beaten path down Lundy’s Lane, get home cooked favorites like bacon, eggs, and pancakes inside a giant ufo.

Botanical Gardens
Head to the scenic Niagara Parkway and visit the one of a kind botanical gardens. Stroll through the world-famous rose garden on foot or see the extensive horticultural collections on a guided horse and carriage tour. Don’t miss the Floral Clock that blooms throughout the day!

Clifton Hill
This tourist district is big, bold, and full of entertainment for any price range. In the summer months, street performers hold free magic shows, acrobatic stunts or comedy acts. Taking your time enjoying the sights as you stroll: the buildings come to life with talking characters, animatronic animals and even a volcano. If you have money to spend, stop into any of the specialty museums like Movieland Wax Museum of the Stars, play putt-putt golf at Dinoland, or catch a breathtaking view from the top of the Niagara Skywheel.

Waterfall Cruise
At the bottom of the hill, you’ll have your most breathtaking view of one of the great wonders of the worlds. Plan some time to take pictures and walk along the waterway reading the historical facts and taking in this awe-inspiring view. Adventurous visitors can purchase tickets for the Hornblower Cruise, a 20-minute boat ride directly into the mists. This 360-degree view of American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls often fills to capacity, so reserve a spot the day before or early in the morning.

Fireworks over the falls
Starting at dusk, the waterfalls come to life in a whole new way with a massive illuminated light show that culminates in seasonable fireworks. Grab a lemonade or bottle of water and find a comfortable spot near the railing or on the grass 20-30 minutes before the show to watch the sunset in one of the most romantic spots on earth.

After a long day of walking and experiencing the falls, you’re ready for a delicious dinner. Head away from the chain restaurants of Clifton Hill to find local treasures like Tide and Vine Oyster House for upscale seafood, or the Queen Charlotte Tea Room for classic British-Canadian Pub food and welcoming service.

Where to stay
If your day at Niagra Falls is part of a longer upstate New York or Canada vacation, consider staying at Asa Ransom House Country Inn in Clarence, NY. It’s only 28 miles from Niagara Falls and is a quaint, small town that allows you to get away from the crowds in Niagara Falls.

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