When you venture to Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel, chances are you’re here to see Niagara Falls, which is the fourth attraction on this list. But everyone in the global population has heard of Niagara Falls. There are many other places to go, too. Visiting Niagara Casino would be a safe bet.
To sort through the madness, this list comprises 10 must-see destinations near Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel, a few of which you will find near the falls. And it’s also a safe bet that you probably heard of destinations like Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, and the helicopter tours.
If you haven’t heard of them, you’re about to. Are you ready to discover 10 of the hottest destinations that will make your trip to Seneca Niagara a memorable one? Let’s get started.
1 – Aquarium of Niagara
You’ll find this aquarium near Niagara Falls State Park in Downtown Niagara Falls, New York.
As you can see from the list, you’re getting marine life from a variety of climates and they hail from all over the world. Major exhibits include California sea lions, harbor seals, gray seals, freshwater and marine and invertebrates, and Humboldt penguins.
They also feature several shows throughout the year, including seal presentations, penguin feedings, and other interactive events.
2 – Devil’s Hole State Park
This 42-acre state park resides north of Niagara Falls, New York, and overlooks the lower Niagara River Gorge, so you know you’re in for a scenic treat that makes Devil’s Hole a must-see destination.
But you’ll find more than just the ideal scenic view when you head over to the park; it’s the ultimate place in the region to take part in recreation activities that include fishing, hiking, picnicking, and in the winter, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
One trail will grant you close access to the rapids, as you will descend into the Niagara River Gorge to get there. However, you must remain on the trail if you plan on heading into the gorge because of less-than-ideal conditions.
3 – Oakwood Cemetery Heritage Foundation
You’ll find a lot of history here, and perhaps even a few ghosts since you’re heading straight into a cemetery when you visit Oakwood. And you will find a few notable graves, including the “Hermit of Niagara” Francis Abbot, Annie Edson Taylor, and Matthew Webb.
So, if history is your thing, you definitely want to check out Oakwood Cemetery, and visit the most famous of the 22,000 graves at the location. Yeah, you may be there for a while seeking Taylor and Webb. But you’ll likely come across a few more famous names in your quest.
4 – Niagara Falls
This is one of those few posts where the casino probably isn’t the principal attraction to the area. And while Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel is among the most prominent attractions in the area, Niagara Falls itself is the major event and it has been so since the beginning of recorded history in the region.
Quite a run, right? What’s so impressive about a bunch of waterfalls? For one, the scenery on the river is perhaps the most impeccable you’ll find in the region, even with a couple of competing state parks nearby. For another, you have seen nothing until you’ve seen the falls light up at night.
Yep, floodlights put on a spectacle. But you’ll find more than the light show. A few attractions listed below will give you all sorts of reasons to turn your stay at Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel into an all-out vacation at Niagara Falls.
Goat Island, the Schoellkopf Power Station, Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, and the Helicopter Tours are just a few of dozens of attractions you should get excited over when you visit this popular vacation destination. Let’s explore them.
5 – Goat Island
You may know this location by its former name of “Iris Island.” Goat Island is uninhabited, but as with many uninhabited islands, it remains a popular spot for tourists visiting Niagara Falls on the US side, which claims the island. It is also part of Niagara Falls State Park.
Since Goat Island contains many foot trails, it’s an ideal place for hiking. The island also contains the Tesla Monument, commemorating Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla.
6 – Schoellkopf Power Station
If you’re on the American side of the falls, you will find this station about 1,600 feet—roughly one-third of a mile—from Rainbow Bridge.
Many considered this power station to be the greatest hydroelectric plant at the time, and these days, the Maid of the Mist tour boat company occupies much of the site today.
The station remains connected with the Niagara Gorge Hiking Trails System and is associated with Niagara Falls State Park.
7 – Third Street Art Alley
Need a break from both the falls and Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel? Head on over to Third Street Art Alley, where you will find an immense collection of graffiti art with a fun twist. You won’t find a museum, per se. And this outdoor vacation destination won’t protect you from the elements.
But the murals here are alive with color and character. If you look closely, you can write a flash fiction story on each. That’s how well your graffiti artists bring these murals to life.
Not only is the site within walking distance from the casino; it also gives you a prime opportunity to head out and sightsee in the City of Niagara Falls, itself.
8 – Rainbow Air Inc. Niagara Falls Helicopter Tours
The bad news here is that you’re looking at a pricey tour, per the $152 starting fee at TripAdvisor. But the good news is that if you hit it big at the slots or tables at Seneca Niagara Casino, you can treat yourself to an unforgettable scenic experience.
Heck, the only view better than that of the falls and the rapids on the Niagara River may be a helicopter trip above the Isle of Skye at sunrise. And even a trip like that won’t give you a bird’s eye view of city skylines, grand rapids, the rising mist from the falls, and cobbled streets.
Beauty awaits as you go airborne and catch a view of Niagara Falls, the Niagara River, and the American-Canadian border many won’t see.
9 – Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Put on those ponchos, because it’s a guaranteed bet that you will get wet when you embark on the Maid of the Mist. You’ve probably heard of this world-famous boat tour if a friend or relative journeyed to the area.
It starts and ends on the American side and crosses briefly into Ontario, giving you an up-close and personal view of the falls. Despite the spraying mist of which the trip gets its name, crashing waters, and potential seasickness (these things happen), this is perhaps the number one sightseeing tour in the area.
10 – Cave of the Winds
You’ll find Cave of the Winds behind the falls. So, if you’re looking to take a journey behind one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, Cave of the Winds is a thrill-seeking adventure you don’t want to miss out on.
Your journey begins from the area between the American and Canadian side of the falls before taking an elevator to the Niagara River on the base of the American side. The redwood decks will take you to the base of the bridal veil falls and as with Maid of the Mist, prepare to get wet.
Cave of the Winds allows you to get closer to the falls than even Maid of the Mist, and best yet, you’re in control here. So, if you’d like to catch a genuine thrill and walk right up to the Bridal Veil Falls, feel free. But you will get soaked. Just a little forewarning.
Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel is one of many hot attractions you will find at Niagara Falls. But if you’re headed up this way, you will probably spend a lot of time exploring Niagara Falls, New York, and you may even venture over into Ontario and explore the area from the Canadian side.
So, once you’ve had your fill at the slots, live dealer tables, and the poker room at Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel, use today’s post to start your ultimate vacation destination itinerary and immerse yourself in everything one of America’s hottest tourist destinations offers.
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