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Niagara is for Everyone: Entertainment at the Falls

EACH YEAR, MORE THAN 12 MILLION PEOPLE VISIT THE NIAGARA REGION. THE EVER-POPULAR GLITZY MAIN STRIP, CLIFTON HILL AND IT’S THRIVING NIGHTLIFE SCENE CONTINUE TO DRAW (AND DAZZLE) VISITORS. 

Great Canadian Midway

The exciting Great Canadian Midway.

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Golf with towering dinosaurs at Dinosaur Adventure Golf.

Clifton Hill is arguably Niagara’s most colourful street, providing a touch of Vegas with its blazing lights, eclectic attractions and themed restaurants. Non-stop campy fun and plenty of stimulation can be found at the Great Canadian Midway, which has more than 300 games primarily of the arcade variety, as well as rides. The ‘Street of Fun’ as Clifton Hill is sometimes referred to, proudly claims two Canadian records: the Niagara Skywheel is the largest observation wheel sitting 175 feet above the falls, while the Dinosaur Adventure Golf is the largest mini golf attraction with 50 dinosaurs throughout the course, some of which stand more than 30 feet high. Take a selfie with the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson at Movieland Wax Museum of the Stars, which pays homage to celebrities and beloved film characters like Harry Potter and Indiana Jones.

 

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Fallsview Casino Resort has an unbeatable view.

Fallsview Casino Resort offers grown up stimulation by way of 3,000 slot machines, a dedicated poker room, and table games like blackjack and roulette. A 1,500-seat theatre hosts more than 250 shows   each year ranging from musicians and comedians to dance. Catch the likes of Jeff Dunham (May 19 and 20) and Flatley Lord of the Dance (May 25 to June 5), among other performances. Over at the Greg Frewin Theatre (5781 Ellen Ave., 1-905-356-0777), watch a magic show complete with a rare white Siberian tiger and exotic birds.

Hard Rock Café and Planet Hollywood are two popular chain restaurants in the area. The former is known for its musical memorabilia complete with a mural of rock stars, while the latter is dedicated to celebrities. The laid back vibe of Jimmy Buffet’s three-level Margaritaville with its island-themed decor is an ideal place for a burger, and of course, a slushy alcoholic beverage.

—Linda Luong Luck

 

 

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Hot Dates: Rites of autumn

The Maritime Fall Fair (October 6 to 10) is a beloved October tradition for many Maritime families. Exhibition Park on Prospect Road hosts live entertainment, competitions, animal displays, a midway and more.

Hot Date: Let’s Go to The Ex!

AUGUST 19 TO SEPTEMBER 5 Deep-fried butterballs, a human cannonball and the Snowbirds aerobatic squadron—see them, and much more, at the Canadian National Exhibition. Known as “The Ex,” this end-of-summer fair has something for everyone, including a huge midway, discount shopping pavilions, a garden show and even a casino. The CNE Bandshell features performances by the likes of Marianas Trench (August 21) and Loverboy (August 27), or head to the Food Network Stage for cooking demos by Top Chef Canada contestants. Exhibition Place, admission $12 to $16; call 416-393-6300 or visit here for further details.