With so much to do in Niagara Falls USA, there’s no reason to wait for a travel buddy to visit. You can hit the trails to hike, unwind with a massage and a glass of wine or take a scenic drive — and that’s just one day! We’ve got all the activities a solo traveler would enjoy in Niagara Falls and the surrounding areas.
Breakfast and a Run to the Falls
Start your day with a cup of coffee and delicious baked goods for fueling up at Amy & Co. Cafe, a local favorite. Then, get all your senses engaged with a leisurely stroll through Niagara Falls State Park! After some gazing and picture taking, continue walking along the Niagara Gorge Trail System. The Gorge itself offers multiple hiking trails of varying difficulty levels, including the moderate-to-advanced Devil’s Hole Trail which puts you up close to the rapids of the Niagara River.
Lunch, History and a Coffee Break
Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, head to Power City Eatery for a classic Long Island deli sandwich. Once you’ve finished your delicious lunch, head for an afternoon of history at Old Fort Niagara. The Fort dates back to the 17th century, and during your tour, you’ll learn its history of vital importance during the Revolutionary and Civil wars. The Fort is a quick 20-minute drive from downtown Niagara Falls and will put you right on the banks of Lake Ontario for spectacular views. On your drive back, stop into Lewiston to wander through the unique Artpark, a New York State Park filled with modern art installations from a wide variety of artists (there are tons of events and concerts there in the summer, as well). Warm back up from the cold with a hot cup of joe at Orange Cat Coffee Co. and head back to town.
Wind Down to Wine Time
Nothing says vacation like a trip to the spa! The Spa at Niagara Crossing offers everything from traditional massage to hot stone massage, customized facials and even a chamomile marine algae body wrap. Once you are totally blissed out from your spa time, the last thing to do is have a fabulous glass of wine from one of the local wineries on the Niagara Wine Trail, USA. Wine on Third is an upscale restaurant and bar with over 80 varieties of wine available, including a wide local selection (the regional specialties include Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir). If you are more of a beer drinker, head to Live Edge Brewing Company. The brewery is located off the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario and offers unique craft beers and a creative menu — think: Korean burgers, curried cauliflower tacos and tots with truffle aioli.
Venturing Beyond the Falls
Other don’t-miss activities (including the Falls themselves, of course!) include the impressive art collection at the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University. As Niagara County’s only collecting art museum, the Castellani has an impressive collection of 5,500 pieces and houses iconic artists like Picasso, Dali, Warhol and others. You can also clear your head on a scenic drive along the Niagara Scenic Parkway to 18F to Olcott, or head east past Lockport into a beautiful area of orchards and wineries. Stop for a farm-fresh snack and a bottle of wine at Becker Farms, which is also home to Vizcarra Vineyards and Becker Brewing.
No matter what your interests are, there’s so much to see and do for the solo traveler in Niagara Falls USA!