Indoor options this winter in the Greater Niagara Region

Published: Feb 2, 2015

Warmest greetings

New York's western frontier is famous for romantic honeymoons, innovative foods and lots of snow, and that's good news for the winter traveler. Plenty of the action happens indoors too. Luxurious spas, candlelit dinners, award-winning wineries, casino gaming and A-list entertainment fuels a season-long party. There may be lots of snow here, but there's nothing cold about Niagara region hospitality.

Romancing the region


Niagara Wine Trail USA

What more romantic place to celebrate the holidays, a wedding anniversary, Valentine's Day or that classic American honeymoon than Niagara Falls? Countless June brides come here, but winter honeymoons are just as magnificent as mist and spray from the famous falls frosts every nearby surface from trees to lamp posts, creating a landscape of ice sculptures. A honeymoon requires a wedding, and Niagara can make that happen too at chapels and cathedrals, resorts and even vineyards. Thrill seekers can even tie the knot in a Sky Chapel helicopter ride over the falls.  

When it's time to turn in

Honeymooning, vacationing or just traveling? Hotels, inns and B&Bs are ready with that extra blanket. Storybook spots include the English Tudor Red Coach Inn overlooking Niagara's swirling upper rapids-so close you can hear the roar-and Hanover House, an Italian-style B&B with enticingly named rooms like Victoria & Albert and William & Mary.

Gaming action

Seneca Niagara Casino

Casinos keep the lights on all winter long at top destinations like Batavia Downs, with hundreds of the most popular gaming machines by Bally, IGT and Spielo, plus live harness racing through December. Wander the 55,000-square-foot gaming floor at Hamburg Gaming and work up an appetite for yummy dining. Feel the rush at Seneca Niagara Casino with 4,000 reel and video slot machines, penny spins to $100 pulls, plus blackjack, craps, roulette, seven card stud and more of your favorite table games.

Good sports and family play

During football season, take in a Buffalo Bills home game at Ralph Wilson Stadium or check out a red hot Buffalo Sabres game at downtown Buffalo's First Niagara Center. The kids will love the Explore & More Children's Museum in East Aurora where it's all hands-on with activities and programs that spark creativity, curiosity and imagination. Hundreds of exhibits are designed specially for kids under ten years old.

Drink in some arts

From Shea's to Kleinhan's, you'll see world-class events in magnificent theaters. Buffalo's Kleinhan's Music Hall is acclaimed the world over for its superb acoustics, graceful lines and detailed interior spaces. One of only four Tiffany-designed theaters still in existence, Shea's Performing Arts Center offers touring Broadway musicals, concerts, and a theater tour that shows off elaborate Neo-Spanish Baroque architecture.

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