Best Times to Visit Niagara Falls
The best time to visit Niagara Falls is June to August. Summer is peak season, and with good reason: Average highs rest in the low 80s. Mists and breezes from the waterfalls can make the area feel cooler. You'll spend more money and face more crowds, but visiting in summer will allow you take full advantage of the weather and attractions. Plus, the free Discover Niagara Shuttle is in full operation during the summer season, making it easy to get from one attraction to another. Spring and fall welcome fewer tourists thanks to the plummeting temps, but there are a few advantages to each season. Fall constitutes harvest season at local wineries, while spring's warming temperatures usher in colorful blooms at the botanical gardens. Winter sees below-freezing temperatures, causing many attractions, such as the Maid of the Mist boat tours, to shut down. However, the frigid climate does drive down hotel rates.
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Peak season means peak rates. But if you don't mind marveling at the falls with plenty of other tourists, you'll be rewarded with 70- and 80-degree temperatures. If you are planning to stay the night, book two to three months in advance to secure the best hotel deals.
Fall sees daily highs ranging from mid-40s to the the low 70s. You can expect snow as early as the end of October. Room rates have dipped since the summer and will continue to dive as the fall goes on. Keep in mind: Canadian Thanksgiving takes places in early October. If your trip coincides with the holiday, be prepared for closures on the Canadian side of the falls.
Although the falls don't stop, the crowds and attractions can come to a halt during the freezing winter. Blizzards come with the territory. If you elect to visit now, bundle up and enjoy the discounted hotel room rates.
Snowfall can continue well into April, so spring is not exactly a warm time to visit. But by May, temperatures should overcome the 60-degree mark. Attractions and tours will start to reopen in April. Plus, the area's gardens erupt with blooms, including the Centennial Lilac Garden, the Floral Clock and the Botanical Gardens.
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