Winter is prime time for exploring the best of Niagara County, with plenty of adventure and no crowds. Plan an action-packed, fun-filled winter getaway, taking in the magical icy vistas of the Falls and Niagara Falls State Park, and warm up with hot chocolate and a dip in an (indoor) heated pool. You’ll leave with memories and stories of one epic family vacation.
See Panoramic Views of the Falls
The Maid of the Mist might be safely tucked away in her winter home (don’t worry, the legendary attraction will be back in business come spring), but there are plenty of other ways to take in the Falls throughout the winter months. To see the splendor of the frosted Falls from a unique vantage point, take the elevator down to the base of the Cave of the Winds. Or visit the Observation Tower (weather permitting so be sure to check ahead) across the park (which offers free admission during the winter season), and marvel at a view that looks like it’s straight out of Disney’s Frozen.
Drink Hot Chocolate at Platter’s Chocolate Factory
Get a first-hand look at how they make their famous sponge candy at Platter’s Chocolate Factory located in the Wurlitzer Building in North Tonawanda. Be sure to look through the glass windows to witness the chocolate-making process, and don’t leave without ordering a signature, steaming-hot drink. Try the sponge candy latte, or go old-school with a classic hot chocolate before heading back out into the cold.
Build a Snowman in Niagara Falls State Park
The grassy areas that dot the 400-acre park are the perfect place to build a snowman and make a few snow angels to boot. The classic winter endeavor becomes even more iconic with a backdrop of one of nature’s most staggeringly impressive vistas — and the roar of the Falls makes a great soundtrack, too. Ever tried your hand (or, foot) at snowshoeing? Borrow pairs at the Cave of the Winds Pavilion and explore the park in true wintry fashion.