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Niagara-Falls is, of course, most well known for being the home of Niagara Falls State Park. Located in the western region of the state between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, Niagara Falls is nothing short of spectacular. The falls were created by the recession and melting of a mammoth ice sheet some 50,000 years ago that pushed the land up behind it, forming huge ridges. Slowly, as the ice melted, it formed Lake Erie and its surrounding lowlands, and eventually overflowed, creating the falls. Today, bridges across the river connect the cities of Niagara Falls, New York and Niagara Falls, Ontario. The American Falls are higher, but not as wide as the Canadian Falls (also called Horseshoe Falls,) and Bridal Veil Falls are also located at Niagara Falls. Be sure to take the boat trip on the Maid of the Mist, which takes you on a breathtaking cruise past the base of the falls. Hike to Goat Island to the Cave of the Winds, where you can follow walkways to within 25 feet of the falls. While the falls are the primary event, the city of Niagara Falls has an amazing array of other sightseeing attractions, and it's said that Niagara Falls has "almost as many places to shop in the city as there are ways to view the falls." Additional places to visit include the Aquarium of Niagara; Niagara's Wax Museum, the Niagara Power Project Visitor Center, the Schoellkopf Geological Museum and much more.

Surrounding areas: Lewiston, New York (5.5 mi), Wilson, New York (17.7 mi)

Niagara Falls Vacation Rentals

Niagara Falls Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
"Comfort Inn ""the Pointe"" "1 Prospect PointeNiagara Falls, NY (716) 284-6835
Budget Host / Ameri-cana Motor Inn9401 Niagara FLS BlvdNiagara Falls, NY (716) 297-2660
Budget Host Inn219 Fourth St And RainbowNiagara Falls, NY (716) 282-1734
Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls300 3rd StNiagara Falls, NY (716) 285-3361
Days Inn Niagara Falls/Buffalo2821 Niagara Falls BlvdNiagara Falls, NY (716) 743-9224
Econo Lodge7708 Niagara FLS BlvdNiagara Falls, NY (716) 283-0621
Falls Motel5850 Buffalo AveNiagara Falls, NY (716) 283-3239
Four Points By Sheraton-niagara Falls114 Buffalo AveNiagara Falls, NY (800) 325-3535
Hampton Inn501 Rainbow BlvdNiagara Falls, NY (716) 285-6666
Holiday Inn Convention Center231 Third StNiagara Falls, NY (716) 282-2211
Howard Johnson Lodge At The Falls454 Main StNiagara Falls, NY (716) 285-5261
Howard Johnson Lodge East6505 Niagara FLS BlvdNiagara Falls, NY (716) 283-8791
Knights Inn7804 Niagara Falls BlvdNiagara Falls, NY (716) 283-1030
Knights Inn6730 Niagara Falls BlvdNiagara Falls, NY (716) 236-0752
Niagara Falls Campground And Motel2405 Niagara FLS BlvdNiagara Falls, NY (716) 731-3434
Quality Hotel & Suites240 Rainbow BlvdNiagara Falls, NY (716) 282-1212
Rodeway Inn795 Rainbow BlvdNiagara Falls, NY (716) 284-9778
Thruway Inn6115 Niagara FLS BlvdNiagara Falls, NY (716) 283-3444
Travelers Budget Inn9001 Niagara FLS BlvdNiagara Falls, NY (716) 297-3228
Econo Lodge At The Falls North5919 Niagara Falls BlvdNigara Falls, NY1.1 mi.(716) 283-1100
Portage House Motel280 Portage RdLewiston, NY5.3 mi.(716) 754-8295
Barton Hill Hotel And Spa100 Center StLewiston, NY5.6 mi.(800) 718-1812
Holiday Inn Grand Island100 Whitehaven RdGrand Island, NY7.8 mi.(716) 773-1111
Days Inn Buffalo1120 Niagara FLS BlvdTonawanda, NY8.6 mi.(716) 835-5916
Microtel Tonawanda1 Hospitality CTR WayTonawanda, NY8.6 mi.(716) 693-8100
Econo Lodge2000 Niagara FlsTonawanda, NY9.4 mi.(716) 694-6696
Super 8 Motel1288 Sheridan DrKenmore, NY10.3 mi.(716) 876-4020
Youngstown Motel365 2ND StYoungstown, NY10.9 mi.(716) 745-9906
Extended Stay America125 Inn Keepers LnBuffalo, NY11.6 mi.(716) 564-0620
Sleep Inn Amherst75 Inn Keepers LnBuffalo, NY11.6 mi.(716) 691-6510
University Inn & Conference Center Dba Ramada2402 N Forest RdGetzville, NY13.4 mi.(716) 636-7500
Hotel Indigo-Buffalo/Amherst10 Flint RdAmherst, NY13.5 mi.(716) 689-4414
Red Roof Inn #10442 Flint RdAmherst, NY13.5 mi.(716) 689-7474
Comfort Inn University1 Flint RdBuffalo, NY13.5 mi.(716) 688-0811
Holiday Inn Buffalo Amherst1881 Niagara FLS BlvdAmherst, NY13.6 mi.(716) 691-8181
Homewood Suites Amherst1138 Millersport HwyAmherst, NY13.6 mi.(716) 833-2277
University Inn And Conference Center2401 North FRST RdAmherst, NY13.6 mi.(716) 636-7500
Residence Inn By Marriott Buffalo/Amherst100 Maple RdBuffalo, NY13.7 mi.(716) 632-6622
Motel 64400 Maple RdAmherst, NY14.4 mi.(716) 834-2231
Courtyard By Marriott Buffalo/amherst4100 Sheridan DrBuffalo, NY14.4 mi.(716) 874-8000
Bed & Breakfast
Manchester House B & B653 Main StNiagara Falls, NY (716) 285-5717

Niagara Falls Weather & Climate

The Niagara Falls area experiences a fairly humid, continental-type climate, but with a definite "maritime" flavor due to strong influences from the Great Lakes. Winters are cloudy, cold and snowy, but with frequent thaws. Rain can also be experienced any season of the year. It is important to note that the Buffalo area receives some of the heaviest snowfalls in the nation. Over half of the annual snowfall comes from "lake effect" snows and is very localized. Spring comes slowly to western New York. The ice pack on Lake Erie does not usually go away until mid April and the lake remains chilly through most of May. Summers are pleasant, with warm temperatures and moderate humidity. Autumn is very nice, but brief and the first frost can be expected in late September over interior sections, but not until mid October in the Buffalo metro area.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 31°F 16°F 2.55 in. -
February 33°F 17°F 2.32 in. -
March 42°F 25°F 2.63 in. -
April 55°F 35°F 2.46 in. -
May 68°F 45°F 2.94 in. -
June 76°F 55°F 3.26 in. -
July 81°F 60°F 2.69 in. -
August 79°F 59°F 3.03 in. -
September 72°F 51°F 3.52 in. -
October 59°F 40°F 2.67 in. -
November 47°F 32°F 2.98 in. -
December 36°F 22°F 2.88 in. -

Niagara Falls Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Niagara Falls International airport (IAG) located about 3 miles east of Niagara Falls, the Buffalo Niagara International airport (BUF) located approximately 17 miles southeast of Niagara Falls in Buffalo, New York, the Chautauqua County Dunkirk airport (DKK) located roughly 43 miles southwest of Niagara Falls in Dunkirk, New York, the Chautauqua County Jamestown airport (JHW) located around 66 miles south of Niagara Falls in Jamestown, New York, and finally the Greater Rochester International airport (ROC) located about 67 miles east of Niagara Falls in Rochester, New York.

Niagara Falls Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Martin's Fantasy IslandGrand IslandNY5.7 mi.
Six Flags Darien LakeDarien CenterNY34.5 mi.
Midway ParkMaple SpringsNY65.4 mi.
SeabreezeRochesterNY70.8 mi.
Waldameer ParkEriePA86.0 mi.
Roseland ParkCanandaiguaNY88.7 mi.
Water Parks
Niagara Splash Water ParkNiagara FallsNY 
Seabreeze ParkRochesterNY70.8 mi.
Waldameer Park & Water WorldEriePA86.0 mi.
Golf Courses
Hyde Park Golf CourseNiagara FallsNY 
Niagaras Golf WonderlandNiagara FallsNY 
Beaver Island State Park Golf CourseGrand IslandNY5.0 mi.
Shawnee Country ClubSanbornNY7.3 mi.
Brighton Park Golf CourseTonawandaNY8.6 mi.
Sheridan Park Golf CourseTonawandaNY8.6 mi.
Deerwood Golf CourseNorth TonawandaNY9.1 mi.
Amherst Audubon Golf CourseAmherstNY13.9 mi.
Evergreen Golf ClubAmherstNY13.9 mi.
Grover Cleveland Golf CourseAmherstNY13.9 mi.
Oakwood Golf CourseAmherstNY13.9 mi.
Cazenovia Golf CourseBuffaloNY16.6 mi.
Delaware Park CourseBuffaloNY16.6 mi.
Niagara County Golf CourseLockportNY17.3 mi.
Oak Run Golf ClubLockportNY17.3 mi.
Willowbrook Golf CourseLockportNY17.3 mi.
Glen Oak Golf CourseEast AmherstNY17.5 mi.
Newfane ProAm Par 3 Golf CourseNewfaneNY20.1 mi.
Greenwood Golf CourseClarence CenterNY20.4 mi.
Harris Hill Golf CenterBowmansvilleNY20.5 mi.
Pine Meadows Golf ClubClarenceNY23.2 mi.
South Shore Country ClubHamburgNY25.2 mi.
Elma Meadows Golf CourseElmaNY25.5 mi.
BobOLink Golf ClubOrchard ParkNY27.0 mi.
Bright Meadows Golf CourseAkronNY27.1 mi.
Dande Farms Golf CourseAkronNY27.1 mi.
Rothland Golf CourseAkronNY27.1 mi.
KisNGreens Golf CourseAldenNY29.8 mi.
Ski Areas
CockaigneCherry CreekNY55.4 mi.
SwainSwainNY73.3 mi.
Peek N PeakClymerNY80.5 mi.
Hunt Hollow Ski ClubNaplesNY88.2 mi.
Ski ValleyNaplesNY88.2 mi.
Bristol MountainCanandaiguaNY89.2 mi.
Mountain ViewEdinboroPA101.7 mi.
Ski DentonCoudersportPA104.4 mi.
State Parks
Whirlpool State ParkNY2.4 mi. 
Devils Hole State ParkNY2.7 mi. 
Buckhorn Island State ParkNY3.0 mi. 
Brydges State ParkNY4.0 mi. 
Joseph Davis State ParkNY8.1 mi. 
Lower Niagara River State ParkNY8.1 mi. 
Beaver Island State ParkNY9.9 mi. 
Fort Niagara State ParkNY11.6 mi. 
Fourmile Creek State ParkNY12.2 mi. 
Golden Hill State ParkNY33.5 mi. 
Evangola State ParkNY34.4 mi. 
Museum of disABILITY HISTORYBuffaloNY16.0 mi.(History)
Soviet Military Awards PageBuffaloNY16.0 mi.(History)
Albright-Knox Art GalleryBuffaloNY16.0 mi.(Art)
Medina Railroad MuseumMedinaNY32.9 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Buffalo Zoological GardensBuffaloNY16.0 mi.
Seneca Park ZooRochesterNY70.8 mi.
Erie ZooEriePA86.0 mi.

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