How to Spend a Day in Niagara Falls, NY

City Guide, Getaway, Visit Buffalo & WNY


Written by Step Out Staff

Published on June 5, 2022

This guide was originally written and published in 2019 and has been updated. Some dishes and products may have changed since.

Niagara Falls / Photo from

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

Niagara Falls, NY is widely renowned for housing one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Believe it or not, there’s more to do than seeing the notorious waterfall. With a population of over 48,000, Niagara Falls is only a short drive from Buffalo. It’s safe to say that: “The 716 has 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!


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!

Terrapin Point / Photo from

Take a Walk to Terrapin Point

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

A trip to Niagara Falls is incomplete 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!

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

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! We all get a little frustrated sometimes. So, what better way to take out this pent up rage than in a room with friends where you can do just that. The best part is, you don’t have to clean up the mess!


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 plenty of 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 / Website

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 include oreos, cheesecake, raviolis, or tater tots.


Late Night Fun & Drinks: Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino and Judas Tree Cocktail Bar

Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino: 310 4th Street, Niagara Falls, NY / Website

Judas Tree: 1507 Pine Ave Niagara Falls, NY 14301 / More Info

Need we say more? Slots, table games, more food, bars, live entertainment, spas… the list goes on. Make some winnings or need to drink your losses away? Head over to Judas Tree for cocktails made from locally sourced ingredients. They’re almost to pretty to drink!

A Walk Down Old Falls Street

101 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls, NY

Whether it’s the beautiful murals that convey this contemporary ambiance, or the multitude of food & drink options, Old Falls Street is the place to be. There are dozens of places equipped with Adirondack Chairs in the shade where you can stop to cool down. You don’t want to wait any longer, check this place out today!

This guide was originally written and published in 2019 and has been updated. Some dishes and products may have changed since.

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