Inniskillin Winery#8 in Best Things To Do in Niagara Falls
Aside from the falls themselves, the Niagara Falls region is known for one other thing: wine. If you have the time, take a drive north along Ontario's scenic Niagara Parkway to Inniskillin Wines in Niagara-on-the-Lake. This winery is known for its icewine, which is made from grapes that are left to freeze on the vine over the winter. Once temperatures drop to -8 degrees Celsius (about 18 degrees Fahrenheit), the grapes are then collected and allowed to thaw, a process that helps intensify their flavor.
Recent visitors recommended making a stop here, even if you're not interested in tasting the region's famous icewine. Since this is a popular spot for tour buses, the winery can get crowded, according to past visitors.
By tagging along on a guided tour, you'll learn about the hard work and dedication needed to produce a bottle of fine wine, both regular and ice. At the end of the tour, stop by the tasting bar for a sample. You can also purchase some of the famous icewine here, but reviewers do warn it's expensive. The winery is open from year-round, seven days a week. From May through October, it welcomes visitors from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the winery closes at 5 p.m. November through April. Regular tours cost $10 per person; icewine tours, which are only offered on weekends at 1 p.m., cost $15 per person. Tour times vary by season. For more information, check out the Inniskillin Wines website.
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#1 Maid of the Mist
The main reason to visit Niagara Falls is to see the falls and one of the most memorable ways to do just that is to sport a poncho and hop on a Maid of the Mist boat. These boats have been shuttling visitors to and from the base of the falls since the 1840s. Be prepared to get wet: the Maid of the Mist practically dunks you under the falls, but rain gear is provided and many say that this is one of the best ways to experience the splendor of Niagara Falls. In fact, it's one of the region's best guided tours.
Recent visitors said you can't leave Niagara Falls without taking a ride on the Maid of the Mist. Aside from the incredible views, reviewers were also pleased with the tour length (20 minutes) and the modest ticket price. Though you are provided with a poncho, you should plan to wear waterproof shoes and gear, according to travelers. To beat the crowds, some visitors suggest getting to the attraction first thing in the morning (trips begin at 9 a.m.).
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