After Dark: 8 Fun Things to Do in Niagara Falls at Night

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When the sun goes down, it’s time to visit the many Niagara Falls USA night time attractions. In fact, even the Falls come alive, awash in colorful lighting. Get ready, it’s going to be a late night!

1. Be wowed by the illuminations. If you think the Falls put on a show by day, wait until you see Niagara Falls at night. Niagara Falls’ nightly illuminations transform the water wonder into a kaleidoscopic cascade of color — 365 nights a year. Talk about photogenic: From the Horseshoe Falls in frozen ice-white to the American Falls in red, white and blue, your perfect social media shot awaits you! Out late? Enjoy the Niagara Falls night lights until 2.a.m. in the summer.

2. Catch a fireworks spectacle. Illuminations aren’t the only spectacle lighting up the Niagara skies. The Falls’ famous fireworks display has become a must-see event for travelers, with over 100 shows streaking the night sky over the Falls this summer. The pyrotechnic performances spark off at 10 p.m. and are visible across the city. Best of all, they’re free.

3. Experience Niagara’s casino royale. If you’ve already seen the night views and you’re still wondering what to do in Niagara Falls at night, it’s time to head over to Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. This Vegas-vibed, Seneca Nation-inspired colossus, is gilded by ornate features, animal iconography and a confetti of lights. There’s a candy shop of gaming options too: 95 poker tables and 3,100 slot machines to try your hand at, whether you’ve set a $25 limit for yourself or going for gold.

4. Dine out, whatever your style. The Niagara Falls USA region is kissed by some of America’s most fertile farmland, so it’s little wonder the dining scene offers such a gorgeous smorgasbord of flavors. For a night out with romance, razzmatazz or a little edge, the city offers foodie finds for every appetite and ambiance. Want a peek at the menu? How about haute cuisine like plum roasted pork loin at the Red Coach Inn, jumbo day boat scallops from the Seneca’s Western Door or burgers so legendary they’re trademarked at the Hard Rock Cafe?

5. Join the (block) party. You may be away from home but come nightfall you can still find a festive neighborhood feel in downtown Niagara Falls. Throughout the summer, Old Falls Street USA hosts an outdoor concert series, with the emphasis on local, from regional acts to the city’s best food trucks. If you fancy kicking back, there’s wine and beer vendors too. Bonus: You’ll even be able to view the fireworks if you’re hanging out beyond 10 p.m. 

6. Go front row with some of music’s biggest stars. Set high atop the Niagara River Gorge, a magnificent celebration of the arts happens every summer at Artpark. With over 20 concerts scheduled at the outdoor amphitheater, the views are just as magnificent as the performances. This year's acts include Steven Tyler and Loving Mary Band, Barenaked Ladies with Better Than Ezra and KT Tunstall,  OAR and many more.

7. Experience a county of culture. Fancy a night at the theater, darling? Niagara County’s thriving art scene means there’s a constant calendar of exciting live events to dive into, including concerts at the Rapids Theatre. If venturing farther, enjoy the open-air festivities at Artpark or take in a play or tribute-act show at Riviera Theatre & Performing Arts Center in North Tonawanda. After experiencing Niagara County culture, you’ll be back for an encore!

8. Make it classic date night. Niagara Falls isn’t the only blockbuster in town. Regal Niagara Falls, the area’s main multiplex, shows all the latest Hollywood releases. What better backdrop than Niagara Falls to get you in the mood for an adrenalin-rushing thriller or a sweet rom-com? Last showings start around 9:30 p.m., offering plenty of time for a cozy dinner beforehand. Other options: the Historic Palace Theatre in Lockport, the Sunset Drive-In in Middleport or summertime Movies Under the Stars at Veterans Memorial Community Park.


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