Great Winter Getaway Ideas: Buffalo & Niagara Falls

These two great cities team up for a perfect winter tour!

Close together and full of fun, Buffalo and Niagara Falls offer a world of winter thrills. With a frosting of snow and colorful nightlights, Niagara Falls' dramatic cascades are spectacular!  As a perfect complement, Buffalo presents world-class art, music, architecture, entertainment and history.

A. Niagara Falls

to_nw_gn_wi_win_niagara_us_day_007Start big at Niagara Falls State Park, a frosted wonderland in winter. Waters flow into the frozen river, forming glistening layers of ice. Warm up in the Niagara Adventure Theater, and stick around until dusk when then the Falls are illuminated in a rainbow of color. The park's open 365 days a year!

Ask for a seat by the cozy fireplace if you dine at the Red Coach Inn. Overlooking the majestic Upper Rapids and just 500 yards from the brink of Niagara Falls, it's a unique place to spend the night. Modeled after a beloved old English inn, this English Tudor-style gem has a warm country ambiance that's been welcoming guests since 1923.

Geology rocks! The Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, a showcase of the natural and local history, features hands-on interactive displays, a 180° multi-screen theater experience, and a towering rock climbing wall with fossils and geological formations. 

The Aquarium of Niagara is a world of discovery, with over 1,500 aquatic animals. Sharks, piranhas, sea lions, sea horses, a giant Pacific octopus and a colony of Peruvian penguins all reside within its walls. Open year-round.

B. Buffalo

Hit the ice at Buffalo's newest outdoor skating rink, Ice @ Canalside. Lace up your skates or try out one of our famous ice bikes.

Take a run down your favorite black diamond at Kissing Bridge Ski Resort.

See one of the world's finest collections of modern and contemporary art at the historic Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  Just across the street, the Burchfield Penney Art Center presents the art of watercolorist Charles Burchfield and other regional artists. Tours and interactive exhibits at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site put you in the moment when Teddy Roosevelt became America's youngest president, following the shocking assassination of President William McKinley in 1901.   Experience the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Kleinhans Music Hall, one of the world's most renowned concert venues.   Catch the latest from Broadway at the elegant 1926 Shea's Performing Arts Center

The Saturday after Thanksgiving, over 300,000 people don their best disco duds and get down to music of the ‘70s at the World's Largest Disco. Why not join the party?

Explore the world's ecosystems, from rainforest to rose garden, in the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens' cozy glass conservatory where the temperature never falls below 72 degrees.  The Buffalo Zoo, a perfect place for families year-round, opened their NEW Arctic Edge exhibit!   

Experience trendy shopping, cool galleries and tasty fare in one of Buffalo's neighborhoods that include the Elmwood Village, Hertel Avenue, Williamsville, East Aurora and more!

First Night Buffalo's big on family-friendly entertainment. Head downtown by midnight for the annual Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks! 

For more ideas and information, see Greater Niagara's Regional Tourism Website.  

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