Summer Road Trip Series: How to Spend a Day in Niagara Falls, NY

Niagara Falls / Photo from NiagaraFallsUSA.com

Over the river & through Grand Island to Niagara Falls we go!

Niagara Falls, NY is clearly known for housing one of the seven natural wonders of the world – we don’t care what they say. But believe it or not there’s more to do apart from seeing a mighty waterfall. With a population of a little over 48,000, Niagara Falls is only a short drive from Buffalo. Because nothings’ better than the 716’s easy access to everywhere!

From hiking trails and shopping outlets, to fun activities and hole in the wall restaurants, Niagara Falls is the PERFECT place for a mini road trip.

But when it comes to planning a trip to this city, where do you start? Look no further! Here’s a master plan on what to do the next time you find yourself in the area. Thank us later!

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Breakfast: The Why Coffee Shop

1319 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY// Facebook

Nestled between Main Street and Portage Road, forming a literal “Y”,  you’ll find this family owned and operated coffee shop that’s been around since 1979. Serving up fresh coffee and breakfast cooked right in front of you, this hole in the wall restaurant will meet all of your breakfast/brunch needs for cheap! **Warning: This place is cash only.**

 

Terrapin Point / Photo from NiagaraFallsUSA.com

Take a Walk to Terrapin Point

Niagara Falls State Park, Goat Island, Niagara Falls, NY  // Website

You can’t go to Niagara Falls without visiting the actual water! Cmon now. So be sure to check out the newly remodeled terrapin point, located right where the Horseshoe falls spills over the edge! Any and all selfies welcome.

 

Smash Brothers Rage Room / Photo x Smash Brother NY – Rage Room

Blow Off Steam at Smash Brothers NY – Rage Room

1204 Niagara Street, Niagara Falls, NY // Website

We all get a little frustrated sometimes. So what better way to take out life’s’ little annoyances than in a room with friends where you simply do just that. Smash Brothers Rage Room is the first in the Buffalo region where you choose a weapon and smash apart objects while jamming out to your favorite music! Best part is, you don’t have to clean up the mess.

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Powercity Eatery / Photo x Madeline Dallessandro

Lunch: Powercity Eatery

444 Third Street, Niagara Falls, NY // Website

Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, it’s time to eat! Head over to Powercity Eatery where you’ll find homemade soups, salads and sandwiches made fresh to order. All of their bagels and bread are made in house! You can also get your midday caffeine fix thanks to their cafe beverage menu. Thank goodness

 

Niagara Falls Fashion Outlets for Retail Therapy

1900 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY // Website

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again. Shopping is entertainment! With over 200+ outlet stores and a variety of services along with a food court this is a prime location for retail therapy. Plus there are so many sales that will leave you feeling like you got a bang for your buck.

 

Rock Burger USA / Photo x Madeline Dallessandro

Dinner: Rock Burger, USA

8529 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Niagara Falls, NY // Facebook

Make your way to this burger joint where burgers are taken to extreme levels… stuffed and topped with a variety of other food and sauces. You can create your own stuffed burger or order one of their “rock concoctions” that may or may not include oreos, cheesecake, raviolis or tater tots. Oh snap!

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Late Night Fun & Drinks: Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino

310 4th Street, Niagara Falls, NY // Website

Need we say more? Slots, table games, more food, bars, live entertainment, spas… the list goes on. If you can’t make it home, book a room and stay the night! Treat yo’self to a staycation. Woot woot!

Friday Night Block Party Concert Series / Photo x Old Falls Street USA

Free Concerts: Friday Night Block Party Series

101 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls, NY // Website

Did someone say free concerts!? From June to August, a headlining musician takes the stage and performs right in the middle of Old Falls Street every Friday night. Food vendors, drinks and interactive games come together to create a fun night out for family and friends. And if you stay til’ 10 you’ll be able to catch a fireworks display over the falls. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of room to dance.

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