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Salt Lake City, Utah

A- Overview:
Salt Lake City is an ideal place to spend a few days with the family and relax in a pleasant, small city atmosphere. Located amid the towering mountains of the Wasatch Front, Salt Lake City offers beautiful scenery and world-class sporting opportunities. Almost one million people call Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas home, a strong testament to the attractions of this special city.
Salt Lake City is probably best known as the world headquarters of the Mormon Church. A majority of the citizens of Utah are Mormons (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), many of them descendents of original settlers of the Utah territory. The Church’s prominence has led the people of Salt Lake City to erect several stunning monuments to their faith and the to the trials of the original settlers. The Mormon Temple was erected in 1893 after 40 years of hard work by expert craftsmen. Only confirmed Mormons are allowed to enter, but the public may tour Temple Square and enjoy its many monuments. The Mormon Tabernacle was designed with acoustics that enable a listener seated in the last row to hear a nail drop from the lectern at the front. It is here that the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs. Visitors interested in their families’ roots may use the facilities of the Family History Library, the largest library of genealogical information in the world.

Outside the city, Utah’s beautiful landscape and unique geological features continually amaze visitors. The Great Salt Lake is the second saltiest body of water in the world, and it has been mysteriously refilling itself in recent years, leading to an explosion of life in and around the lake. The Timpanogos Cave National Monument leads to several miles of exciting and interesting underground sights. The center of the caverns opens up to display a vast array of dazzling white crystals.

Salt Lake City’s greatest outdoor venue continues to be its mountains. The Wasatch Mountains offer some of the best skiing in the world and are one reason why Olympic officials chose Salt Lake City to host the winter Olympics in 2002. For years, travelers tended to overlook this serenely beautiful, sunlit, historic city, but this is no longer true. The whole world seems to be coming to Salt Lake City, and the city and its people are ready.

B- City Information:
Population: 181,743

Elevation: 4266 feet above sea level

Land Area: 109.1

Location: Located adjacent to the Great Salt Lake in the central section of Utah, at the intersections of Interstate 84 from the north, Interstate 15 from the south, and Interstate 80 from the east and west.

Time Zone: Salt Lake City is in the Mountain Time Zone (when it’s noon in Salt Lake City, it’s 11am in Los Angeles and 2pm in New York City). Salt Lake City observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
31.8
36.5
44.8
51.9
60.3
70.7
78.0
77.0
66.9
55.5
42.2
33.0

High temperature (°F)
38.5
43.5
52.9
61.1
70.0
81.5
89.0
87.9
77.5
65.0
49.8
39.6

Low temperature (°F)
25.2
29.4
36.6
42.6
50.6
59.7
67.0
66.0
56.4
46.0
34.5
26.4

Precipitation (in)
1.6
1.6
2.0
2.2
2.3
0.8
0.7
0.7
1.3
1.7
1.6
1.3

Climate

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
10
9
10
10
8
5
4
6
5
6
8
9

Wind speed (mph)
7.5
8.1
9.3
9.6
9.4
9.4
9.5
9.7
9.1
8.5
8.0
7.6

Morning humidity (%)
79
78
70
66
65
59
52
53
61
68
75
79

Afternoon humidity (%)
69
60
46
39
34
26
22
24
30
41
59
71

Sunshine (%)
45
54
64
68
72
80
83
82
82
72
53
42

Days clear of clouds
6
5
7
7
9
14
17
16
16
14
8
6

Partly cloudy days
6
7
8
9
10
10
10
11
8
8
7
6

Cloudy days
19
16
16
14
12
6
4
4
5
9
15
18

Snowfall (in)
13.6
9.8
9.3
5.0
0.6
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.1
1.3
7.0
11.8

Local Seasons:

As the capital city of Utah as well as being both a business city and a leisure destination, Salt Lake City sees a multitude of visitors year round. Visitors come to enjoy the nearby mountains, explore Temple Square; the worldwide headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, as well as to hear the world renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. In the winter, temperatures in the city can reach into the 40’s F during the day, while dropping to the 20’s F at night. This is mild compared to the nearby mountains. Spring and summer are quite pleasant. In the spring, temperatures rise about 10 F each month, beginning in March, making it a great time to explore the many out of doors activities and sites available. Summers are very dry with low humidity, but temperatures can approach 90 F, making it seem much warmer. Fall is lovely with the temperatures comfortably cool in the day and just right for a warm drink by the fire at night. Whatever time of year, this remarkable city welcomes its guests with warm and friendly atmosphere.

How to Get There:

By Car

Major routes into the area are I-80 from the east and west, I-15 from the north and south, and I-84 from the northwest.

By Air:

Salt Lake City International Airport

776 North Terminal Drive

Salt Lake City, UT 84116

801-575-2400

The airport is just north of I-80 at Exit 115, on the west side of the city. It is served by many of the national airlines, certain international carriers, and a variety of regional carriers.

Ground Transportation

Most of the major car rental companies, as well as taxis and limousines, are available at the airport and throughout the city.

By Train

Amtrak

340 South 600 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

800-USA-RAIL

By Bus

Greyhound

160 West S Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

801-355-9579

How to Get Around:

Getting around town is quite easy by car. The city has wide streets and ample parking. In the summer, from June – August, the city also operates the Pioneer Trolley (801-240-6279). It provides transportation in the Temple Square area.

National Holidays

New Year’s Day, January 1

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the third Monday in January

President’ Day, the third Monday in February

Memorial Day, the last Monday in May

Independence Day, July 4

Labor Day, the first Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve, December 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Temple Square
North Visitors’ Center, 50 W. North Temple St.
801-240-2534
This 10-acre expanse is the center of sites related to the Mormon Church.. Two visitor centers house exhibits and art with religious themes.

Salt Lake Temple
The six-spired granite temple is open only to church members, but the public may enter the other buildings and monuments spread across the beautifully landscaped grounds.

Joseph Smith Memorial Building
801-240-1266
This Mormon community center is where visitors can learn how to conduct computerized genealogical research. Other attractions include a film on early Mormon history and the emigration of Mormons to the Salt Lake Valley in the mid-19th century.

Museum of Church History and Art
West Temple St.
801-240-3310
This museum displays Mormon artifacts, paintings, fabric art and sculptures.

Family History Library
West Temple St.
801-240-2331
This massive genealogical library provides free public access to the Mormons’ huge collection of genealogical records, one of the largest in the world.

Beehive House
South Temple St.
801-240-2671
Built in 1854, this house was the home of Brigham Young while he served as territorial governor.

Hansen Planetarium
15 S. State St.
801-538-2098
The museum exhibits include a moon rock display among its many exhibits. A domed theater hosts laser shows set to music, as well as various live stage performances.

State Capitol
300 N. State St.
801-538-1563
Completed in 1915, the State Capitol is a lovely Renaissance-style building featuring depression-era murals in the rotunda, which depict events from Utah’s past.

Pioneer Memorial Museum
300 N. Main St.
801-538-1050
This museum lies directly west of the state capitol grounds, and it holds thousands of artifacts including tools and carriages from the late 1800s and a doll and toy collection.

Marmalade District
West of the Capitol Building
This neighborhood contains many pioneer houses that are beautiful both inside and out. It’s a wonderful place to go for information on pioneer life.

Utah Museum of Natural History
University of Utah, 200 S. 1340 East
801-581-4303
This large museum presents Native American artifacts, dinosaur skeletons and hands-on science adventures. This is a great place to take the kids.

Great Salt Lake
About 17 mi west of downtown Salt Lake City via I-80
Water flows into the lake, but there is no outlet other than evaporation. This causes the lake to be the second saltiest body of water on Earth, surpassed only by the Dead Sea. There are two beaches here, each with showers.

Wasatch Mountains
Rising to more than 11,000 ft, the mountains provide an impressive backdrop and recreational escape for city dwellers. Resorts here offer hiking, biking, arts festivals and concerts in summer, and skiing in winter.

Park City
29 mi. east of Salt Lake City via I-80
Utah’s premier ski destination, Park City’s three ski areas will host much of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The historic Main Street has a museum, galleries, shops, and restaurants.

Hogle Zoo
2600 Sunnyside Ave.
801-582-1631
This wonderful zoo has more than 1,300 animals in exhibits spread out over a large, spacious area.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Family History Library
West Temple St.
801-240-2331
This massive genealogical library provides free public access to the Mormons’ huge collection of genealogical records, one of the largest in the world.

Beehive House
South Temple St.
801-240-2671
Built in 1854, this house was the home of Brigham Young while he served as territorial governor.

Hansen Planetarium
15 S. State St.
801-538-2098
The museum exhibits include a moon rock display among its many exhibits. A domed theater hosts laser shows set to music, as well as various live stage performances.

State Capitol
300 N. State St.
801-538-1563
Completed in 1915, the State Capitol is a lovely Renaissance-style building featuring depression-era murals in the rotunda, which depict events from Utah’s past.

Pioneer Memorial Museum
300 N. Main St.
801-538-1050
This museum lies directly west of the state capitol grounds, and it holds thousands of artifacts including tools and carriages from the late 1800s and a doll and toy collection.

Marmalade District
West of the Capitol Building
This neighborhood contains many pioneer houses that are beautiful both inside and out. It’s a wonderful place to go for information on pioneer life.

Utah Museum of Natural History
University of Utah, 200 S. 1340 East
801-581-4303
This large museum presents Native American artifacts, dinosaur skeletons and hands-on science adventures. This is a great place to take the kids.

Great Salt Lake
About 17 mi. west of downtown Salt Lake City via I-80
Water flows into the lake, but there is no outlet other than evaporation. This causes the lake to be the second saltiest body of water on Earth, surpassed only by the Dead Sea. There are two beaches here, each with showers.

Wasatch Mountains
Rising to more than 11,000 ft, the mountains provide an impressive backdrop and recreational escape for city dwellers. Resorts here offer hiking, biking, arts festivals and concerts in summer, and skiing in winter.

Park City
29 mi. east of Salt Lake City via I-80
Utah’s premier ski destination, Park City’s three ski areas will host much of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The historic Main Street has a museum, galleries, shops, and restaurants.

Hogle Zoo
2600 Sunnyside Ave.
801-582-1631
This wonderful zoo has more than 1,300 animals in exhibits spread out over a large, spacious area.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

January

First Night Salt Lake City

Location: Downtown

Held December 31st from 6pm to midnight

801-359-5118

Admission Charged

First Night is a New Year’s Eve Celebration of the Arts, with music, art, theatre, dance, fireworks, and kid’s activities held in indoor and outdoor venues. There are two fireworks shows; the early bird’s Children’s Fireworks at 9:00 PM, and the classic midnight Fireworks Finale.

April

Salt Lake City Marathon & 5K- Run, Bump and Boogie

Location: Starting line is at the Olympic Legacy Bridge at the University of Utah, the site of the 2002 Winter Olympic Athlete Village

Held end of April

801-412-6060

Admission Charged for marathon and 5K run, free to watch

The Salt Lake City Marathon & 5K is certified and sanctioned through USATF, and is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. The 26.2 mile scenic downhill course makes it an appealing run for a wide range of entrants. Entry classes will include open, masters and wheelchair divisions and will have 17 age divisions. Top runners from around the world will enjoy crisp, cool running weather in April, in a setting that surrounds them with snow-capped peaks contrasting with spring blossoms, all along a flat and slightly downhill 26.2 mile course. The gentle course skirts the base of the towering Wasatch Mountains, passes by cozy neighborhoods and elegant estates, and winds through Salt Lake’s legendary wide streets, into the city center. The music rocks and crowds of enthusiastic spectators cheer participants on, all the way to the electric finish at the Olympic Legacy Plaza at The Gateway, in downtown Salt Lake.

VegFest

Location: Plaza of the downtown public library

Usually held end of April

801-355-3320

Admission Free

Some of Utah’s best live music is featured; along with jugglers, face painting, bounce houses, some of the best vegan (meat and dairy free) food around.

May

Prehistory Week

Location: Various venues in Salt Lake City

Usually held early May

801-533-3529

Celebrate Utah’s diverse and fascinating prehistory at events statewide. During Prehistory Week you can participate in tours, demonstrations, lectures, workshops, and hands-on archaeology.

Masonic Open House

Location: Masonic Center

Usually held mid May

650 East South Temple

801-450-1421

Free & Accepted Masons cordially invites the public to attend their annual open house which includes tours of the historic Masonic Center.

Iris (flower) Show

Location: Sugarhouse Garden Center

1602 East 2100 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84106

Held on a Saturday in mid May and a Saturday at the end of May

The iris has sometimes been called the poor man’s orchid; however, people from all walks of life enjoy these beautiful flowers. The newer irises that have been developed in recent years are quite different in texture, form and color than the irises that were developed years ago. The first show features early blooming iris and the second show features later blooming iris. Both shows are judged.

June

Salute Our Military Day

Location: Hogle Zoo

Usually held the last week of June

801-584-1729

As a thank you to all who serve in the United States military, Utah’s Hogle Zoo hosts “Military Appreciation Week”. All military personnel and their immediate family (spouse and dependent children) receive free admission to Utah’s Hogle Zoo.

November

Psychic Fridays

Location: Great Salt Lake Marina

Held Friday, Saturday and Sundays in November

801-252-9336

Enjoy live music and nightly events every Friday and Saturday nights. Get a psychic reading on Friday night. Sunday Football from 10:30am-3:00pm weekly.

Special Olympics Utah Fall Sports Classic

Location: Utah State University

Held end of November

801-363-1111

More than 700 Special Olympics athletes participate in basketball, bocce, aquatics, gymnastics and power lifting.

December

Festival of Trees

Location: South Towne Expo Center

Usually held early December

801-588-3674.

The Festival of Trees is magic! With over 700 uniquely decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, playhouses, centerpieces, and gingerbread houses, the South Towne Expo center becomes a magical wonderland.

Arts & Entertainment

Dance

Ballet West
50 West 200 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

801-323-6900

Call for performance schedules

Admission Charged

Ballet West ranks among the premier professional ballet companies in the United States. With 45 dancers, the company strives to bring new levels of excellence to ballet through innovative choreography, and to present balanced programs that represent a wide range of ballet styles and viewpoints.

Utah Opera

50 West 200 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
801-323-6868

Season runs October – May

Call for schedule of performances

Admission Charged

Symphony

Utah Symphony

Abravanel Hall
123 W. South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

801-533-NOTE (6683)

Call for schedule of performances

Admission Charged

Founded in 1940, the Utah Symphony has become a vital presence on the American music scene through its distinctive performances worldwide and its well-known recording legacy. The orchestra became recognized as a leading ensemble largely through the efforts of Maurice Abravanel, it’s Music Director from 1947 to 1979.

Theatre

Hale Centre Theatre

3333 South Decker Lake Drive (2200 west)

West Valley City, UT 84119

801-984-9000

Call for performance schedule

Admission Charged

Hale Centre Theatre performs comedies and musicals year-round and is Utah’s highest attended live theatre.

Off Broadway Theatre

272 South Main St.

Salt Lake City, UT 84101

801-355-4628

Call for performance schedule

Admission Charged

Home of Utah’s long-running improv comedy troupe, Laughing Stock and known as Utah’s wackiest place for great parodies, comedies, and musicals.

Repertory Dance Theatre

Located in downtown Salt Lake City

801-534-1000

Call for performance schedule

Admission Charged

Founded in 1966, RDT is America’s premiere modern dance repertory company.

Broadway in Utah

610 East South Temple

Salt Lake City, Utah 84102

801-355-5502

Call for performance schedule

Admission Charged

Touring Broadway shows are presented at this theater.

Pioneer Theatre Company

300 South 1400 East

Salt Lake City, UT 84112

801-581-6961

Season runs from September to May, call for performance schedule.

Admission Charged

Utah’s professional theatre company performs Broadway-quality plays; from classic to contemporary to world premieres plus large-scale musicals.

Sports

Utah Jazz

Professional Basketball (NBA)

Games play at the Delta Center

801-355-DUNK

Season runs October – April

Sal Lake Buzz

Minor League Baseball
Games played at Franklin Covey Field

801-485-3800

Call for additional information

Utah Starzz

Professional Women’s Basketball
Games played at the Delta Center

801-355-DUNK

Season is in the fall

Utah Grizzlies

Professional Hockey
Games played at the “E” Center

801-988-8000

Season runs October – April

Key West, Florida

A- Overview:

Less than 90 miles from Cuba, less than 10 miles square in area, Key West is one of the hottest vacation destinations in the country. There’s more packed into this small island than one would think possible, and visitors to the Florida Keys are never disappointed. Key West has a busy central tourist district, but it also has plentiful quiet, palm-lined streets with beautiful Spanish style houses. While the numerous beaches and resorts are primary focal points, there are lots of other family activities on this tiny island to keep one busy.
Key West’s beaches lead visitors to clear blue waters that are perfect for swimming, jet skiing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Several luxury resorts offer first-class accommodations and activities for the whole family. Visitors can stay close to shore, or they can take advantage of the many glass-bottom boat tours. Many also hire boats to take them scuba diving in the world-famous reefs. The Key West Aquarium highlights the local marine life in dozens of hands-on activities for children.

The island itself boasts some remarkable attractions for the entire family, yet the island is small enough that visitors can see them all. The Ernest Hemmingway House was home to the famous author when he penned some of his best-known novels. The Audubon House is an authentic home from the 19th century, fully restored and remodeled; authentic antiques and paintings by famed naturalist John James Audubon can be found inside. The Key West Historic Tour traverses the island — be on the lookout for the best places to enjoy conch, the local specialty. The residents of Key West have devised innumerable ways of serving this sea creature, and all are worth at least a try.

While it is uncertain whether or not he ever sampled conch, President Truman often vacationed in a small house at the naval base located on Key West, and his reasons for visiting are the same as for today’s visitors: sunshine, relaxation, and beach. Truman’s hideaway is open for tours, adding one more item to the list of fun things to do in Key West. This small town is perfect for families looking for a great beach holiday in an interesting and manageable location.

B- City Information:
Key West City Facts

Population: 25,478

Elevation: 8 feet above sea level

Land Area: 5.9 square miles

Location: Located at the southernmost point of Florida in the Florida Keys. Key West is approximately 160 miles southwest of Miami on U.S. Highway 1

Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (when it’s noon in Key West, it’s 11am in Chicago and 9am in Los Angeles). Key West observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October.

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
70.3
70.8
73.8
77.0
80.7
83.4
84.5
84.4
83.4
80.2
76.3
72.0

High temperature (°F)
75.3
75.9
78.8
81.9
85.4
88.1
89.4
89.5
88.2
84.7
80.6
76.7

Low temperature (°F)
65.2
65.7
68.8
72.1
75.9
78.7
79.6
79.2
78.5
75.7
71.9
67.3

Precipitation (in)
2.2
1.5
1.9
2.1
3.5
4.6
3.3
5.4
5.5
4.3
2.6
2.1

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
6
5
5
5
8
12
12
15
16
11
7
7

Wind speed (mph)
11.8
12.0
12.1
12.2
10.5
9.6
9.4
9.2
9.6
10.8
12.0
11.8

Morning humidity (%)
82
81
80
77
77
78
77
78
81
82
83
83

Afternoon humidity (%)
69
67
66
64
65
68
67
67
70
69
69
70

Sunshine (%)
74
77
82
84
82
76
77
76
72
71
71
70

Days clear of clouds
11
12
13
13
10
5
3
3
3
9
10
11

Partly cloudy days
11
10
11
11
13
14
16
17
15
13
11
11

Cloudy days
9
7
6
6
8
11
11
11
12
9
8
9

Snowfall (in)
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Local Seasons:

As one of the country’s best known leisure destinations, Key West has something taking place and a host of visitors every day of the year. Winter tends to be the busiest time as visitors from the northern cities escape the cold and snow for the warm, tropical breezes and sunshine of Key West, not to mention the nightlife. Winter temperatures reach the mid 70’s F during the day and only drop to the mid 60’s F at night, making this season ideal for any outdoor activity. Another very busy time of year is during Fantasy Fest. This world-renowned event takes place the last week in October and has become one of the most frequented events in the country. Spring and fall are quite pleasant and less crowded. Summer can be hot and humid and is less crowded, although all of the sites, attractions, and blue waters are open and available.

How to Get There:

By Air

Key West International Airport

3491 S Roosevelt Blvd.

Key West, FL 33040

305-296-7223

The airport is served by local and regional airlines.

Miami International Airport

Located approximately 160 miles from Key West

Miami, FL 33159

305 876-7000

The airport is served by many of the worldwide airlines as well as a variety of local and regional carriers. Rental cars are available to complete the journey to the Keys on US 1.

By Car:

Key West is easily accessible via U.S. Highway 1 from the north. As the southernmost city in Florida, there is one road in and one road out, and U.S. 1 is that road.

By Train

Bus service is provided by Amtrak into Miami where the nearest Amtrak station is located.

800-USA-RAIL

By Bus

Greyhound

3535 S Roosevelt Blvd.
Key West Airport
Key West, FL 33040

305- 296-9072

Ground Transportation:

Most of the major car rental companies as well as taxi and limousine service is available at both airports as well as throughout the town.

How to Get Around:

Many of the most frequented sites and attractions are located on or near Duval Street in downtown Key West. The streets are narrow in this area and the best way to get around is by walking or with a bicycle. Bicycle rentals are readily available. A car is also handy for any side trips the visitor might wish to take.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day, January 1

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the third Monday in January

President’ Day, the third Monday in February

Memorial Day, the last Monday in May

Independence Day, July 4

Labor Day, the first Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve, December 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Hemingway House
907 Whitehead Street
305-294-1575
This National Historic Landmark is the place where Hemingway actually penned several of his novels. The house itself is lovely, as are the dozens of cats that make it their home.

Bahama Village Neighborhood
West of the Lighthouse Museum and Whitehead St.
This engaging Bahamian and Afro-Cuban neighborhood remains relatively untouched by modern tourism off the “beaten path.” Highlights include authentic eateries and a laid-back attitude.

Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society Museum
200 Greene Street
305-294-2633
Visitors will be dazzled by the rich booty from local treasure hunter Mel Fisher’s richest find, the Spanish ship Nuestra Senora de Atocha.

Key West Cemetery
The gate at Margaret and Angela Streets
305-292-8170
Guided tours explain the raised coffins, witty tombstone inscriptions and general history of this Key West landmark.

Audubon House and Tropical Gardens
205 Whitehead Street
305-294-2116
This lovingly restored 19th-century home features exotic period gardens, authentic antiques and original engravings by John James Audubon.

Key West Aquarium
Historic Mallory Square
305-296-2051
At the Key West Aquarium, visitors of all ages will enjoy up close and personal encounters with the sealife. Go on daily guided tours, the shark, turtle and stingray feedings and the always exciting shark pettings. At the Touch Tank, guests can meet conchs, horseshoe and hermit crabs, sea urchins and sea cucumbers “face to face”.

Conch Tour Train
Mallory Square/Roosevelt Blvd.
305-294-5161
This tour vehicle looks like an old train, and it takes visitors all over the island for a look at the most interesting spots in Key West. This tour is a must for families who want a great introduction to the most popular parts of the island.

Mallory Square
A major center of activity in Key West, Mallory Square features Mallory Market, the Shell Warehouse, the Key West Sponge Market, Bird in Hand, Caribbean Cargo, the Conch Store, and the Key West Aquarium. Other stores and shops offer local products, including dozens of varieties of conch, Key West’s favorite dish.

Key West Shipwreck Historeum
Historic Mallory Square
305-292-8990
This museum presents the treasure and artifacts from several ships that have wrecked near Key West during the last 150 years. The Historeum also has recreations of Key West life in the 19th century.

Duval Street
The main tourist spot on the island, Duval Street features shops, boutiques, bar and restaurants. This street is the center of the island’s impressive and sometimes wild night life.

The Wrecker’s Museum and Oldest House in Key West
322 Duval St
This museum describes the lives of the wreckers, uninsured heroes who risked all to save cargoes, ships and lives. The museum is located in the oldest house in town which was owned by Captain Watlington, a wrecker who lived here from the 1830s.

The San Carlos Institute
516 Duval St
Since it opened in 1871, the Institute has played an important role in the lives of Cuban immigrants and exiles. Financed by a grant from a former Cuban government, the present building dates from 1924 and holds an interesting account of the Cuban presence in Key West and throughout the US.

The Southernmost Point in America
The southernmost point in Key West, and consequently in the continental US, is at the intersection of Whitehead and South streets; a buoy marks the spot.

Key West Ghost Tours
305-294-9255
P.O. Box 4766
These evening tours are a lantern-lit one mile stroll through the shadowy streets and lonely lanes of Key West’s Old Town. During the easy-paced hour and a half walk, visitors discover the dwelling places of ghosts and ghouls and learn their stories.

Key West Golf Club
305-294-5232
6450 E. College Road
Golf legend Rees Jones masterfully designed this public 18 hole, 6,500-yard course to be a challenge to players of all abilities.

Little White House
(305)294-9911
111 Front St. (Truman Annex)
This house was President Harry Truman’s favorite vacation spot while he was President. The inside is relatively unchanged from the late 1940’s and features interesting Truman memorabilia.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum!
(305) 293-9686
527 Duval Street
Experience “The Most Unusual Museum in the World” with over 10,000 square feet of 1,500 exhibits in 14 galleries on three levels.

Schooner Western Union
305-292-1766
Docked at Schooner Wharf 202 William Street
Sail into history aboard the 130′ schooner Western Union, the last tall ship built in Key West in 1939. It’s available for day sails, sunset and starlight cruises, private charters and other seafaring adventures.

Schooner Wolf
305-296-9694
201 William Street
The 74′ Schooner Wolf is the flagship of the Conch Republic. Patterened after the blockade runners which plied the Florida Straits in the 19th Century, the 74′ topsail Wolf is Coast Guard certified for 44 passengers and offers daily day sails, sunset and starlight cruises.

Curry Mansion Museum
(305) 294-5349
511 Caroline St.
Visitors are encouraged to browse through this 25-room Victorian Masterpiece, considered by some to be the most beautiful home in Key West.

Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip aboard the Sunny Days
305-296-5556
Located at the end of Elizabeth and Greene Streets
70 miles west of Key West are the islands and waters of the Dry Tortugas National Park. This park features some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world.

Dry Tortugas National Park Ferry
305-294-7009
Key West Seaport, 240 Margaret Street
Civil War history comes alive aboard this 100-foot catamaran that takes visitors to the Park and Fort Jefferson.

Key West Lighthouse Museum
938 Whitehead Street
(305)294-0012
Visitors to Key West’s famous landmark lighthouse learn how the lighthouse lit the way for ships and travelers to the islands for years. The interior is filled with the history of the island.

East Martello Museum
3501 Roosevelt Boulevard
(305) 296-3913
This museum is both an art gallery and a museum of history. The Civil War and its effect on Key West figure prominently in the museum exhibits.

Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House
Located On Historic Front Street in Old Town Key West
(305) 295-6616
This museum is located in the original Key West Custom House. It features work by local artists and as well as other works that portray the beautiful Key West landscapes.

Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden
1 Free School Lane
305-294-0015
Key West’s “rain forests” is a world-class collection of rare and beautiful tropical plants and antique botanical prints. The Secret Garden is a great place to relax awhile from the hubbub of downtown.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Hemingway House
907 Whitehead Street
305-294-1575
This National Historic Landmark is the place where Hemingway actually penned several of his novels. The house itself is lovely, as are the dozens of cats that make it their home.

Bahama Village Neighborhood
West of the Lighthouse Museum and Whitehead St.
This engaging Bahamian and Afro-Cuban neighborhood remains relatively untouched by modern tourism off the “beaten path.” Highlights include authentic eateries and a laid-back attitude.

Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society Museum
200 Greene Street
305-294-2633
Visitors will be dazzled by the rich booty from local treasure hunter Mel Fisher’s richest find, the Spanish ship Nuestra Senora de Atocha.

Audubon House and Tropical Gardens
205 Whitehead Street
305-294-2116
This lovingly restored 19th-century home features exotic period gardens, authentic antiques and original engravings by John James Audubon.

Key West Aquarium
Historic Mallory Square
305-296-2051
At the Key West Aquarium, visitors of all ages will enjoy up close and personal encounters with the sealife. Go on daily guided tours, the shark, turtle and stingray feedings and the always exciting shark pettings. At the Touch Tank, guests can meet conchs, horseshoe and hermit crabs, sea urchins and sea cucumbers “face to face”.

Conch Tour Train
Mallory Square or Roosevelt Blvd.
305-294-5161
This tour vehicle looks like an old train, and it takes visitors all over the island for a look at the most interesting spots in Key West. This tour is a must for families who want a great introduction to the most popular parts of the island.

Mallory Square
A major center of activity in Key West, Mallory Square features Mallory Market, the Shell Warehouse, the Key West Sponge Market, Bird in Hand, Caribbean Cargo, the Conch Store, and the Key West Aquarium. Other stores and shops offer local products, including dozens of varieties of conch, Key West’s favorite dish.

Key West Shipwreck Historeum
Historic Mallory Square
305-292-8990
This museum presents the treasure and artifacts from several ships that have wrecked near Key West during the last 150 years. The Historeum also has recreations of Key West life in the 19th century.

The Wrecker’s Museum and Oldest House in Key West
322 Duval St
This museum describes the lives of the wreckers, uninsured heroes who risked all to save cargoes, ships and lives. The museum is located in the oldest house in town which was owned by Captain Watlington, a wrecker who lived here from the 1830s.

Little White House
(305)294-9911
111 Front St. (Truman Annex)
This house was President Harry Truman’s favorite vacation spot while he was President. The inside is relatively unchanged from the late 1940’s and features interesting Truman memorabilia.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum!
(305) 293-9686
527 Duval Street
Experience “The Most Unusual Museum in the World” with over 10,000 square feet of 1,500 exhibits in 14 galleries on three levels.

Schooner Western Union
305-292-1766
Docked at Schooner Wharf 202 William Street
Sail into history aboard the 130′ schooner Western Union, the last tall ship built in Key West in 1939. It’s available for day sails, sunset and starlight cruises, private charters and other seafaring adventures.

Schooner Wolf
305-296-9694
201 William Street
The 74′ Schooner Wolf is the flagship of the Conch Republic. Patterened after the blockade runners which plied the Florida Straits in the 19th Century, the 74′ topsail Wolf is Coast Guard certified for 44 passengers and offers daily day sails, sunset and starlight cruises.

Curry Mansion Museum
(305) 294-5349
511 Caroline St.
Visitors are encouraged to browse through this 25-room Victorian Masterpiece, considered by some to be the most beautiful home in Key West.

Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip aboard the Sunny Days
305-296-5556
Located at the end of Elizabeth and Greene Streets
70 miles west of Key West are the islands and waters of the Dry Tortugas National Park. This park features some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world.

Dry Tortugas National Park Ferry
305-294-7009
Key West Seaport, 240 Margaret Street
Civil War history comes alive aboard this 100-foot catamaran that takes visitors to the Park and Fort Jefferson.

Key West Lighthouse Museum
938 Whitehead Street
(305) 294-0012
Visitors to Key West’s famous landmark lighthouse learn how the lighthouse lit the way for ships and travelers to the islands for years. The interior is filled with the history of the island.

East Martello Museum
3501 Roosevelt Boulevard
(305) 296-3913
This museum is both an art gallery and a museum of history. The Civil War and its effect on Key West figure prominently in the museum exhibits.

Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House
Located On Historic Front Street in Old Town Key West
(305) 295-6616
This museum is located in the original Key West Custom House. It features work by local artists and as well as other works that portray the beautiful Key West landscapes.

Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden
1 Free School Lane
305-294-0015
Key West’s “rain forests” is a world-class collection of rare and beautiful tropical plants and antique botanical prints. The Secret Garden is a great place to relax awhile from the hubbub of downtown.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

January

Plena Libre

Held in early January

Location: East Martello

305-292-4646

Admission Charged

Put on your dancing shoes! The rhythms, sounds and island soul shake the town during the Founders Plena Libre outdoor festival at East Martello.

Sculpture Key West

Held mid January – late March

Location: Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

305-295-3800

Sculpture Key West is an annual exhibition of contemporary outdoor sculpture that takes place every winter at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park in Key West.

February

Founders Society Annual Anniversary Gala

Held in early February

Location: Key West

305-292-4646

Join the Founders Society as it celebrates its anniversary of bringing quality music, dance and theater to the Key West stage.

May

Key West Songwriters Festival

Held in mid May

Location: Key West

305-296-4222

Showcases some of America’s foremost performing songwriters, staged in audience-friendly island settings.

Dolphin Masters Invitational

Held in late May

Location: Key West

305-296-7511

Annual fishing tournament with a large purse.

June

Tavernier Creek Marina Dolphin Rodeo

Held in early June

Location: Key West

305-852-5854

Amateur Tournament Cash Prizes with a Jr. Angler Division

Pridefest Key West

Held early – mid June

Location: Key West

305-292-3222
Event honoring diversity, openness and freedom in the city that is consistently recognized as one of the world’s top gay and lesbian vacation destinations.

Cuban American Heritage Festival

Held in mid June

Location: Key West

305-295-9665

Showcases the culture and customs Cubans brought to Key West.

Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby

Held in late June

Location: Key West

305-296-7511
Event raises money for college scholarships.

July

Lower Keys Permit All-Tackle Tournament

Held early – mid July

Location: Islamorada

305-664-2444

All-release tournament featuring trophies and prizes in fly, spin and artificial categories.

Geiger Key Dolphin Tournament

Held in mid July

Location: Key West

305-296-3553
Modified release with four categories: combined weight, bull, cow and junior.

Hemingway Days Festival

Held in mid – late July

Location: Key West
Annual celebration of the legendary author’s work and lifestyle highlighted by the Sloppy Joe’s Look-Alike Contest.

Drambuie Key West Marlin Tournament

Held in mid – late July

Location: Key West

305-292-2710
Catch-and-release tournament held in conjunction with Key West’s annual Hemingway Days Festival.

Reef Awareness Week

Held in late July

Location: Key West

305-294-3100
Spearheaded by the organization Reef Relief, the weeklong event showcases North America’s only living coral barrier reef with activities for all ages.

August

Key West Summer Food & Wine Festival

Held in early August

Location: Key West

305-296-6909

Showcases the talents of Key West’s master chefs as well as the quality and diversity of the island’s culinary offerings.

Key West Fishing Tournament’s Swordfish Tournament

Held in early August

Location: Key West

305-295-6601

Key West Fishing Tournament’s Flats S.L.A.M. Tournament

Held in mid – late August

Location: Key West

305-295-6601
Anglers receive citations noting their catches and qualify for a variety of trophies.

September

Women Fest

Held in early September

Location: Key West

305-296-2491
A lesbian-oriented festival of art shows, sailing and snorkeling, comedy performances and other activities.

Annual Key West Poker Run

Held in mid September

Location: Key West

305-292-1170
Motorcycles cruise from Miami to Key West to raise funds for local charities.

October

Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival

Held in early October

Location: Marathon and Lower Keys

305-743-3900
A celebration of the natural wonders of Florida wildlife at the peak of the fall birding season. Presentations and field trips focus on education.

Goombay Festival

Held mid – late October

Location: Key West’s Bahama Village

305-747-4544
Two-day street fair in Key West’s historic Bahama Village.

Fantasy Fest

Held in late October

Location: All of Key West

Each year there is a different theme for this costumed, fun-filled event. Come enjoy the costume competitions, grand parade and wacky sights and sounds.

November

Key West Old Island Days

Held in early November

Location: Key West

305-294-9501
Events include an art festival, crafts show, conch shell blowing contest and house and garden tours celebrating Key West culture and history.

Key West Offshore World Championship

Held in early November

Location: Key West

305-296-6166
High-speed powerboats continue Key West’s longstanding tradition.

Annual Talent Show

Held in mid November

Location: Tennessee Williams Theatre
305-292-4646
The Founders annual talent show is a dream come true for many of the talented community performers. Watch as rising stars, both young and old, perform everything from show tunes to modern dance routines, rock n’ rock, hip hop and magic tricks before a captivated crowd and prestigious panel of local celebrity judges.

Pirates in Paradise

Held late November – early December

Location: Key West

305-296-9653
Historic Seaport and other venues throughout Key West are transformed into a pirates’ stronghold with mock sea battles, a thieves’ market featuring arts, crafts and more.

December

Key West Holiday Parade

Held in early December

Location: Old Town

305-292-8101
Family-friendly parade through Old Town celebrating the holiday season.

Islamorada Fishing Club Sailfish Tournament

Held in early December

Location: Islamorada

305-664-4735
First leg of the Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Championship.

Key West Lighted Boat Parade

Held in mid December

Location: Key West Harbor

305-292-3773
Event features decorated and lighted boats cruising through Key West Harbor and the waters of the Historic Seaport.

New Year’s Eve Key West Celebration

Held on New Year’s Eve

Location: Various locations in Key West

305-292-9520

Southernmost City celebrates New Year’s Eve with conch shell drop at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, “wench” drop at Schooner Wharf Bar, and red high heel drop with drag queen Sushi at Bourbon Street Pub/ New Orleans House.

Arts & Entertainment

Tennessee Williams Theatre
Performing Arts Centers for Key West
5901 College Road

Key West, FL 33040
305-296-1520

Call for performance schedule

Key West Pops Orchestra

Key West, FL 33041

305-293-7658

Call for performance schedule

The Key West Pops Orchestra has three concerts per season filled with Pops music, Opera, and Broadway favorites to enrich the cultural performance of the Florida Keys residents.

The Waterfront Playhouse

310 Wall St.

Key West, FL 33041

305-294-5015

Call for performance schedule

The Key West Players have been presenting the magic of live theatre for over 65 years!

Key West Symphony Orchestra

1025 White St

Key West, FL 33041
305-292-1774

The Key West Symphony is proud to be the center of cultural activities on beautiful Key West. Only in Key West can you swim with a whale in the morning and conduct the great masters that evening.

The Red Barn Theatre
319 Duval Street, Rear

Key West, FL 33040
305-296-9911

Enjoy great live theater productions at the Red Barn Theatre in Key West, Florida. See live comedy, drama, musical theater, and cabaret shows in an intimate small theater. Great stage shows featuring the finest professional actors, dancers, singers and directors from Key West’s own famous arts community, as well as visiting stars. Enjoy fabulous theatrical entertainment in a unique, casual, romantic Island setting.

Niagara Falls, Ontario

A- Overview:
The majestic rumble of the falls can be heard from miles away, but the sight itself never fails to cause the viewer to pause and gaze in wonder at the 600,000 gallon per second mass of hissing, frothing water crashing over a 170 foot cliff amid huge clouds of spray and mist.

The Canadian Falls, is also called the Horseshoe Falls (because of its shape). A small body of land known as Goat Island divides the river into two channels. On one side is the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, and on the far side across the border is the smaller, American Falls. On sunny days rainbows rise just above the mists.

The Rainbow Bridge, the Queenston Bridge and the Bridge Street Bridge each span the distance between the cities of Niagara Falls, New York, USA and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada: two totally different worlds. Across the Canadian border in New York State, the area beyond Niagara Falls is filled with the charm and beauty of small rural towns. A State Park and a large industrial area of Niagara Falls, New York border the American Falls.

In the City of Niagara Falls, Ontario (the Canadian side) can be found acre after acre of meticulously landscaped lawns and a profusion of colorful flower beds, all open at no charge to the public. There has been a tremendous building boom in recent years especially in the Oakes Drive and Fallsview area. Hotels have been constructed, existing facilities modernized, and emphasis placed on esthetically pleasing architecture that blends with the incredibly beautiful natural features. One street, Clifton Avenue, retains a carnival midway atmosphere, but there is a definite advantage to having all of the congestion and glitz confined to one minute area. Controlled and planned growth has prevented the proliferation of this type of attraction elsewhere.

Throughout the area, historical sites have been preserved. The Oakes mansion now serves as the headquarters of the Niagara Parks Commission, but its first floor remains as it was in the lifetime of philanthropist Sir Harry Oakes. Fort Erie has been restored and welcomes visitors to reenactments of military life in the early 19th century.

The Niagara Parks Commission operates a School of Horticulture on the grounds of its Botanical Gardens. Established in 1936, this is one of the few residential schools for apprentice gardeners. A greenhouse that is second to none is open year round with free admission and outstanding floral exhibits that change with the seasons. A family oriented vacation destination, Niagara Falls Ontario offers hundreds of acres of parks with broad lawns and shade trees; free boat launching areas; covered pavilions with picnic tables along the Niagara Parkway.

A recreation trail runs parallel to the Niagara River from Lake Erie ( site of Historic Fort Erie) in the south, to Lake Ontario (Fort George) and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. This popular trail is used for jogging, biking, and walking, and has historic interpretative plaques placed along its length. The Falls are illuminated year round as an international project. The beautiful display of the various colors lighting the Falls is viewed nightly by many visitors. Friday night fireworks at the Falls are also a favorite.

Casino Niagara has become popular with thousands. Its attractive interior, excellent restaurants and interesting shops, combined with a wide variety of games of chance and a comedy club, have attracted patrons from the United States, Canada, and from other countries as well. June, 2004 marked the eagerly anticipated opening of a second casino in the Fallsview area. Named Niagara Fallsview, the casino is part of a luxury Resort complex which is lavishly appointed. The huge entry courtyard features three bridges to the front door, representing the three local bridges connecting Canada with the United States. An extensive Galleria showcases a street-long expanse of exclusive boutiques. The casino portion of Niagara Fallsview spans 200,000 square feet on one floor. A 1500 seat theater adjoins the gaming area, where top name entertainment is scheduled throughout the year.

The city’s musical offerings span the tastes of a broad spectrum of visitors. The Hard Rock Café is usually filled to capacity with guests who enter along the “sidewalk of the stars” in which one finds personalized paving stones from many well known stage and screen personalities. Niagara Concerts offers world class ballet, instrumental concerts, and symphony.

Niagara-on-the Lake is a delightfully picturesque town of 13,000 at the northern end of the Falls, on the shores of Lake Ontario. It is graced with lovely 19th century homes set in beautiful gardens. There are many shops and boutiques to delight the visitor. The town has three theaters and is especially famous for its annual George Bernard Shaw festival. Vineyards and wine tasting tours are another popular attraction.

The Niagara Falls area is known for both winter and summer sports. Golf, hockey, skiing, fishing and boating are among these. Experience the magic of the Niagara region soon. It is an unforgettable travel destination: home of the famous Falls, and so much more!

B- City Information:
Population:
76,900

Elevation:
571 ft.

Time Zone:
Eastern Standard Time (Daylight saving April-October)

Emergency:
9-1-1
Parks Police (905)356-1338
Regional Police (905)688-4111
Hospital.(905)358-0171
Fire (905)356-1321
Weather (905) 688-1847

Average Temperatures (in Fahrenheit):
High Low
January – March 37 16
April – June 73 34
July – September 79 52
October – December 55 21

The coldest months in Niagara Falls are November through March. Snowfall is abundant during the winter months. April and October are brisk. However, the moisture that evaporates from the lakes tends to inhibit cloud formation in the summer and to moderate air temperature in the winter, thus producing a remarkably temperate climate. Niagara is usually warmer in the winter than the surrounding portions of North America and has more days of sunshine than many traditional “sunbelt” cities. Even though June, July and August have higher temperatures, the Falls create a special situation because of the spray and mist that surround them. It is wise to be prepared with a rain jacket and a change of dry clothing in order to experience the full beauty (up close) of the Falls. There are events occurring during all seasons that blend with the weather, so every season is enjoyable as long as adequate clothing is packed.

Public Holidays:
Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day
March or April(varies) – Good Friday
March or April(varies) – Easter Monday
May (Third Monday) – Victoria Day
July 1 – Canada Day
August (First Monday) – Civic Holiday
September (1st Monday) – Labor Day
October (1st Monday) – Thanksgiving Day
November 11 – Remembrance Day
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 26 – Boxing Day

Government:
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II is the Queen of Canada and Canada’s head of State. This means that the Queen is the formal head of Canada. The Governor General is the Queen’s representative in Canada. The Queen is also represented in each province by a Lieutenant Governor and by a Commissioner in the territories.

Useful Conversions of weights and measures
1 hectare – 2.471 acres
1 inch – 2.54 cm
1 ft. – 30.48 cm
1 oz. – 28.57 grams
1 lb. – 0.454 kg
1 cm – 0.39 inches
1 meter – 3.28 feet / 1.09 yards
1 km – 0.62 miles
1 liter – 0.26 US gallons
1 inch – 2.54 cm
1 foot – 0.39 meters
1 yard – 0.91 meters
1 mile – 1.60 km
1kg – 2.2lb
1 gallon – 3.78 liters

Currency:
The Canadian currency is in dollars. There are one dollar coins (called “loonies” because of the loon depicted on the gold colored coin); two dollar coins with a gold colored center and silver border ( called “toonies” because they are equal to 2 loonies); dime; nickel and penny. The paper currency comes in denominations of $5; $10; $20; $50; $100. Exchange rates vary widely depending on where money is exchanged. Banks and casinos give the best rate. The easiest method of securing cash at the best exchange rate is to make withdrawals using a US credit card from the ATM machines found at major banks and stores. As in the US, some banks charge a fee and a transaction tax, so check with the banks to find the best value. Save remaining Canadian dollars for your next trip as the exchange rate to convert back into US money from Canadian is usually not favorable.

How to get around:
Four commercial airports serve the Niagara Falls area Buffalo International Airport in New York State is about 20 minutes away and is the closest. Shuttle service is provided for a fee. This can be arranged in advance through your hotel or call (716) 633-8294 or 800-551-9369. Niagara District Airport at Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada (905)684-7447 Hamilton, Ontario Airport (45 min.) (905)679-4151 Toronto, Ontario Lester B. Pearson Airport (2 hours) (905) 247-7678
Automobiles in the City:
It is not necessary to have an automobile in Niagara Falls, Ontario as the public transportation system is excellent. The streets in the city are congested in the summer and parking is sometimes difficult to find. However, a car is a necessity if one wishes to travel outside the city into the surrounding area. The best solution is to park the car upon arrival and use public transportation thereafter, except when traveling outside the area.

Buses:
Bus service within the city is excellent. Niagara Transit buses have regular routes through all sections of the city. Exact change is required. Telephone (905) 356-1179.

People Movers:
These special buses allow travel all day along the 30 kilometer (19 mile) loop containing the Falls related attractions for one low fee. The People Movers stop continuously at various Niagara Park Commission attractions along the way. The People Mover system has alleviated a chronic traffic congestion problem in the Park. It operates from mid May to mid October. All day parking at the People Mover terminal is available for a daily fee. Parkers receive a free all day People Mover pass for each occupant of the vehicle. (905) 357-9340

Railway:
The main Canadian rail system, Via Rail, provides service to all parts of Canada as well as to Buffalo, NY and Windsor (opposite Detroit, Michigan). The station is on Bridge Street. (905) 357-1644.

Automobile:
Studded tires are illegal in Canada as are heavily tinted side windows or windshields. An insurance card extending your policy coverage for driving in Canada can be obtained from your US insurance agent at no charge. It is imperative to carry this with you in Canada.

Taxis:
Niagara Falls taxis operate on meters. There is an extra charge for additional passengers and for luggage. The standard tip is 10%. Shuttles: All of the major hotels provide a shuttle service (free or for a low cost) to Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino. Shuttles also include a stop at the Falls. Shuttles run every 30 minutes all day and into the night.

Customs Regulations:
A passport is not required for US citizens entering Canada, but it is still the best form of identification. Proof of citizenship is required. Legal custody documents are also required for each child being transported. Non custodial parents (grandparents, etc.) are required to have with them a notarized letter of consent signed by the child’s custodial parent. Pets being transported must be accompanied by proof of licensure (paperwork, not just the tag on the collar) and proof of all vaccinations and inoculations. Possession of radar detectors is illegal in the province of Ontario. Telephone Tourist information from the US or Canada at 1-800-668-2746 for more information or contact Canada Customs (905)354-6043.

Fishing and Hunting Regulations:
(416) 314-2000

Email retrieval:
Many hotels have dedicated telephone outlets in the rooms for internet access. Check with the hotel.

Electricity:
Adapters not required for US appliances.

Visitors with disabilities:
Canadian Paraplegic Association National Office provides information about accessibility in Canada. (613) 723-1033.

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Note: Niagara Parks Commission offers the Discovery Pass. Children under 5 are free. This pass allows admission to: Journey Behind the Falls; The Butterfly Conservatory; Niagara Spanish Aero Car; Great Gorge Adventure; Mackenzie heritage Printery; Fort Erie; Laura Secord House; McFarland House and all day transportation on the People Mover Bus system. Available at park information booth and at all of the above attractions.

Attractions at the Falls and in the surrounding park area:

Oakes Hall

Sir Harry Oakes, the mining millionaire, bought this estate on the Niagara Parkway on July 15, 1924. He hired the architectural firm of Findlay and Foulis, the same architects who designed the new Table Rock House, to design the 37 room Tudor style baronial edifice that is present day Oak Hall. The reconstruction took four years and in 1928 the Oakes family moved in. The Oakes family lived in Oak Hall for six years until Harry Oakes, annoyed by the inroads that taxes were making on his income, wound up his affairs in Canada and moved his family to England. In 1935 he moved to Nassau in the Bahamas and it was while he was living there in 1939, that he was created a baronet by King George VI and became Sir Harry Oakes. On July 8, 1943 he died tragically in the Bahamas.

In 1943 Lady Eunice Oakes, Sir Harry’s widow, deeded Oak Hall to the Government of Canada to be used as a convalescent hospital for the Royal Canadian Air Force. When there was no longer a need for convalescent facilities, the Federal Government deeded it back to Lady Oakes in 1952. The Niagara Parks Commission purchased the estate on May 25, 1959. For the next few years the building was used only for public displays put on by the Niagara District Art Association. In 1964 the Commission furnished several rooms on the ground floor, with furniture which Sir Harry Oakes had purchased from the estate of Dr. Harry Y. Grant. Three of the Oak Hall Administration Building rooms found on the first floor are open to the public. They can be viewed Monday to Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the exception of those times when meetings are taking place. Arrangements for special tours of the building are handled by the Communications Department.

Niagara Parks
7400 Portage Road
People Mover Stop 11, 14
(905)356-2241
Visitors may also book a guided half hour tour with a Nature Interpreter for a fee of $3.00 per person. For Booking Call 1-877-NIA-Park or locally 371-0254. Daily dawn – dusk year round. Parking and admittance to the grounds are free.

Botanical Gardens
The gardens are located 9 kilometers (6 miles) north of the Niagara Parkway from the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Established in 1936, it is the only residential school for training horticultural students in Canada. One hundred acres of immaculately maintained gardens provide a visual feast for over 1 million visitors annually. Several hundred students have created, over a 60 year period, one of North America’s most outstanding landscapes and botanical collections. The Gardens are open to visitors for a self guided tour of the Plant World which includes an herb garden, a vegetable garden, a rock garden and arboretum, containing one of Canada’s finest collections of ornamental trees and shrubs.

Butterfly Conservatory
5 miles north of the Horseshoe falls in Botanical Gardens. A popular attraction opened at the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. 2,000 free-flying butterflies in a rainforest setting can be seen at various points along the network of paths that include exotic greenery, plants and a 20-foot waterfall. The Conservatory is open daily from 9:00 am to dusk (Except Christmas Day). Admission Free.

Niagara Parks Commission Greenhouses
905-356-7944
Daily 9am – 10pm may 3-Labor Day. 9-6 until mid October and then 9-5 rest of the year.
Admission Free.

Greenhouse
Located just above the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, this attraction was constructed by the Niagara Parks Commission in 1945. The addition of a reception centre/display house in 1980, complete with a retail store and improved washrooms, was added to the original 11,000 sq. ft. conservatory. All the spring and summer outdoor bedding plants for the parks system are produced at this facility. A circular design with a stunning statue/fountain in the hub features twenty varieties of floribunda roses in ring shaped beds. A garden for the visually impaired was constructed in 1985 in co-operation with the Canadian National Institute for The Blind. Several of the plants are labeled in braille.

Great Gorge Adventure
4330 River Road, 3 km from Horseshoe Falls
People Mover Stop 7,17
(905)374-1221
Seasonal – Approximately late April to Late October from 9am
Admission charged. 5 Years and Under Free
Visitors descend by elevator and follow a tunnel to the very edge of the Niagara River rapids and view the strata that formed in the gorge created by the awesome power of the falls over 12,000 years ago. For thousands of years the waters of Niagara have cut and deepened this narrow gorge. Observation decks and walkways offer opportunities to view the falls at the narrowest part of the Niagara River.

Niagara Spanish Aero Car at the Whirlpool
Location: Located 4.5 km.(3 miles)down-river from the Falls
at People Mover stops #8 & #16.
(905)354-5711
Please Call For Hours of Operation
Admission charged
One of the best ways to see Niagara’s fascinating Whirlpool is from high overhead – aboard the world famous Niagara Spanish Aero Car. Located 4.5 kilometers (3 miles) North of the Falls, suspended from sturdy cables, the Niagara Spanish Aero Car offers a wonderful view. Have your camera ready to capture some unique photos both upstream and downstream. Named after the Spanish engineer who designed and built it, Leonardo Torres Quevedo, the Aero Car has been operating since 1916. Riders can see the rapids, the Whirlpool, the Gorge, the hydroelectric plants down the river, as the aerial car travels safely between two different points on the Canadian shore of the Niagara River over the spectacular whirlpool. This round trip is slightly more than 1 kilometer (3,600 feet) and takes about 10 minutes. All times subject to weather conditions.

Niagara Glen Nature Areas
(1-877-642-7275)
People Mover Stop 10
1 kilometer (1/2 mile) north from the Whirlpool Golf Course on the Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Canada.
>From late April to November, a Park Naturalist conducts guided nature walks through the Glen. Meet at Feather in the Glen for your guided tour. This peaceful retreat boasts nature trails, a specialty nature boutique, and a picnic area. Those who stop here and are prepared to do some hiking down the Gorge to the shore of the River will be well rewarded. The 4 kilometers (2 1/2 miles) of trails are well laid out and easily negotiated – if you take your time! There’s lots of interesting geology and biology to explore. The Glen is a unique spot of beauty to the visitor.

Queenston Heights Park
7 miles north of the Horseshoe Falls
People Mover Stop 12
Daily 9-dusk
Admission free.
Commemorates one of the crucial battles of the War of 1812. A small force of British regulars, militia and native Americans under General Sir Issac Brock turned back a larger American invasion force in a major victory. A 210 foot monument honors Brock who was killed in the battle. This popular recreation area offers tennis, hiking, picnic grounds, a children’s playground and Sunday afternoon band concerts June-August. The scenery is breathtaking. A broad sweeping view of the countryside can be seen from the top of the Niagara Escarpment on which the park is located and which has been recognized as a world biosphere by UNESCO. Queenston Heights is the eastern terminus of the Bruce Trail and of the Niagara River Recreational Trail which runs from Fort Erie to Niagara on the Lake. Parks Canada oversees the operation of Brock’s Monument offers a walking tour of the historic sites associated with the battleground.

Floral Clock
6 miles north on River Road at the Sir Adam Beck – Niagara Generating Station
People Mover Stop 13
One of the most frequently visited horticultural exhibits is the Floral Clock. Originally built by Ontario Hydro in 1950, this site features a floral design with upwards of 19,000 carpet bedding plants that bloom from early spring to the first frost. Alternanthera are used along with the green and grey forms of Santolina Sage. California Golden Privet provides contrast, as does Blue Festuca Grass. The design is changed each year. The grounds surrounding the clock feature bedding displays. The clock is 40 feet in diameter! Westminster chimes ring every 15 minutes.

Centennial Lilac Garden
In commemoration of Canada’s Centennial Year, the American Rotary Clubs of District 709 contributed funds towards the development of a Centennial Lilac Garden. Located on a ten acre site between the Floral Clock and the Lewiston- Queenston Bridge, this collection contains over 1,200 plants with over 200 different varieties. Anticipated time of bloom in the latter part of May each year.

Oaks Garden Theatre
At Rainbow Bridge
People Mover Stop 6,18
Originally constructed in 1936, Oaks Garden Theatre was built in the form of an amphitheater. By capitalizing on the contours of the landscape, a fan shaped curved structure was designed. Rock gardens, lily ponds, and shrub borders have all been built around formalized gardens. Queenston limestone was used around the perimeter of the property. Ornamental iron gates were incorporated into the design for aesthetic and functional purposes. The site plays host to numerous concerts throughout the year.

Queen Victoria Park
People Mover Stop 4,20
This lovely park is literally the “heart” of The Niagara Parks Commission. Bounded by the escarpment, the Niagara Gorge, and the Niagara River, it features a collection of unique native and international plants from around the world. The park also displays a major rock garden, a Hybrid T rose garden, and two attractive carpet bedding displays. Numerous park benches and beautiful lawns provide a pleasant opportunity for relaxation for the weary traveler. Landscape illumination is an integral part of the park environment, as is the illumination of the Falls. Queen Victoria Park celebrates the seasons in style. Every spring, 500,000 daffodils herald its arrival along with magnolias, tulips and many others. Summer features carpet bedding displays as well as thousands of bedding plants throughout the park including fuchsia, Lantana standards, cannas, coleus, and many other plants. Chrysanthemums and kale have been used in the fall to extend the season and to provide interest after the first frost. During the winter months, the stark branches of trees and shrubs create visual and spatial interest, especially when coated with ice from the freezing mist of the Falls.

Journey Behind the Falls
People Mover Stop 3,21
Queen Victoria Park
(905)354-1551
Please Call For Hours of Operation
Open Year Round
Admission charged.

Ride Niagara
5755 River Road
Located directly under the Rainbow Bridge
(905)374-7433
Experience one of Niagara’s most exciting adventure ride. Challenge the rapids and feel the thundering power of Niagara Falls. A truly unique and simulating voyage that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Fun the whole family will enjoy!

Marineland
8375 Stanley Avenue
Falls Shuttle bus stop.
(905)356-9565
Fax 905-356-6305
May 22-October 28
Marine shows every hour in season.
Rates vary by season.
Features include an interactive killer whale habitat, also sea lion, dolphin and killer whale shows. Unique rides such as Dragon Mountain, the world’s largest steel roller coaster are also popular. There is a deer petting park. Also see elk, buffalo, bears and other wildlife displays. More Info

Attractions on Clifton Hill and Lundy’s Lane

Lundy’s Lane Historical Museum
5810 Ferry Street
(905)358-5082
Open year round. 9-4 in season; noon – 4 thereafter.
Small admission fee charged.
Occupies the former Stanford Town Hall, a two story cut stone building built in 1874on the site of the Battle of Lundy’s Lane which took place during the War of 1812. The museum features artifacts that relate to the battle. there is also an exhibit of early prints of Niagara Falls which gives a history of the area. Another exhibit features children’s clothing, toys and souvenir china.

Niagara Falls Museum and Daredevil Hall of Fame
5651 River Road at Rainbow Bridge
(905)356-2151
(716)285-4898
Open year round. 9am-11pm summer; 10-5 thereafter.
Admission charged.
Over 700,000 artifacts including a famous Egyptian mummy collection featured on National Geographic Explorer in 1994. Daredevil Hall of Fame contains memorabilia of those who have risked it all for the fame of riding over the Falls.

Criminals Hall of Fame Wax Museum
5751 Victoria Avenue
(905)374-3011
Admission charged.
Revisit the Old West, the Roaring 20’s and modern day crime scenes. Life size wax replicas of famous, and infamous, criminals are on display, right from the pages of history!

Guinness World of Records Museum
4943 Clifton Hill
(905)356-2299
Open 365 days a year.
Admission charged.
See evidence of record setting events that have made individuals world famous. Gift shop and memorabilia available.

Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks
4915 Clifton Hill
(905)374-6601
Admission charged.
Louis Tussaud, great grandson of Madame Marie Tussaud,(world famous for her Wax figures exhibited in London, England), presents the history of both museums and also displays showing how wax figures are made. After viewing the famous figures that populate the premises, the visitor is invited to create a wax impression of his or her own hand to take along as a souvenir.

Mildred Mahoney Silver Jubilee Dolls’ House Gallery
657 Niagara Blvd.
Fort Erie (near the Peace Bridge – call for directions)
(905)871-5833
Daily 10-4 (in season)
Admission charged.
The 140 doll houses displayed date from 1780-1980. Included are rare masterpieces from around the world. One of the most striking is a five story English manor house complete with servants quarters, nursery, sewing room and both gentlemen’s and ladies’ drawing rooms. Another treasure is the Japanese Palace, displayed with a complete collection of Hina Matsuri Festival dolls. The collection is displayed in one of Fort Erie’s historic landmarks: Bertie Hall, built in 1832. The mansion was part of the “underground railroad” network through which slaves were smuggled to freedom in Canada.

Planet Hollywood
Located next to Casino Niagara
4608 Bender Street
(905)358-3061
Inspired by film and television, and designed to capture the excitement and glamour of Hollywood, this restaurant is filled with rare movie memorabilia.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum
4960 Clifton Hill
(905)356-2238
Daily 9am – 1am in season.
Admission charged.
Displays unusual items. More than 350 exhibits in nine galleries.

Ripley’s Moving Theatre
4983 Clifton Hill
(905)356-2261
9am – 1am in season.
Admission charged.
Offers a ten minute virtual reality movie experience in a motion simulator.

Rock Legends Wax Museum
5020 Centre Street
(905)354-6255
Admission charged.
Life size wax figures of rock and roll stars from the early years up to the present day are presented here. Take a tour through rock ‘n’ roll history in sight and sound. The British invasion, Motown, Woodstock, the Punk Explosion, Heavy Metal, the Blues, Pop, Alternative are all represented.

Casino Niagara
Directly across from the Rainbow Bridge
5705 Falls Avenue
(905)374-3598
(888)946-3255
10,000 square feet with thousands of slots, all table games, dining, lounges, poker room, and sports betting and viewing. A Yuk Yuks Standup Comedy Club is a recent addition to this venue. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. “World class gaming in a world class setting.” Smoke-free facility. Outdoor patio for smoking. Visitors must be at least 19 years of age to enter the Casino.

Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort
6400 Fallsview Blvd.
Lavish resort with 30 story, 368 room Hyatt Regency hotel, 50,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 30,000 square foot exhibition hall; a 1500 seat performing arts center; 225,000 sq. foot Galleria of Shops and restaurants; 10 dining facilities; a 3,000 car parking garage; and a 200,000 sq. foot gaming area. 3,000 slot machines and 150 tables. Entire facility is smoke-free. Outdoor patio smoking area. Visitors to the casino must be at least 19 years of age.
Niagara Falls Golf Club
6169 Garner Road
(one block south of Lundy’s Lane)
(905)354-4916
Outdoor heated driving range. Golf and carts year round (weather permitting). A challenging, yet enjoyable, test for all levels of golfers. 18 hole, par 72 course. The 17th hole has been rated the third best hole in the Niagara Peninsula. It is a winding 500 yard par 5 with a large pond in front. The 14th hole is 400 yards with two large bunkers strategically placed “pinching” the tee shot landing area. The entrance to the green is tight as well, with mature trees on both sides and a pond on the left. Five minutes from the Casino; shuttle service provided.

Niagara Helicopters
3731 Victoria Avenue
(905)357-5672
Year round 9am – sunset weather permitting. Closed Christmas Day.
Call for rates.
Nine minute in the air tour in helicopters with a seating capacity of 6. Many spectacular photos of the area have been taken in this way by visitors and local residents.

Niagara Steamship Company
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Located at the Navy Hall Dock just behind Old Fort George.
(905)468-8343
1-888-250-4572
Call for fares and schedules.
Cruise back 100 years to the days of steam on the “SS Pumper,” America’s only wood fired steam tour boat. Hourly steam boat tours. More Info

Minolta Tower Centre
6732 Oakes Drive
1-800-461-2492
(905)356-1501
Perfect nightly view of the Falls illumination (and Friday evening fireworks). Dining levels and observation level. Admission charged at observation level.

Rossi Artistic Glass
5400 Robinson Street
(behind the Skylon Tower)
(905)371-3338
Venetian glass hand blown by master glass blower Angelo Rossi. Watch as Maestro Rossi fashions intricate works of art.

Skylon Tower
5200 Robinson Street
905)356-2651
Daily 8 am-midnight in season
Admission charged.
Three levels include two dining areas and an indoor/outdoor observation deck, all with spectacular views of the area. The tower is 525 feet high.

Niagara Falls Imax Theater
6170 Buchanan Avenue (next to the Skylon Tower)
905-374-4629
Fax 905-358-3613
See the history of the Falls, Niagara: Miracles, Myths and Magic, on the giant Imax screen (10 times the size of regular movie theater screens) and a video filmed from inside a barrel as one daredevil went over the Falls.

Attractions in the suburbs:

Kurtz Orchards Country Market & Orchard Tours
16006 Niagara Parkway
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
L0S 1J0
(905)468-2937

Whirlpool Jet
Niagara on the Lake
905-468-4800
Fax 905-468-7004
Piloted by licensed captains, these powerful jetboats convey guests on a unique 18 mile tour of the Niagara River. Departing Niagara-on-the-Lake each trip is accompanied by a trip leader who informs and entertains passengers as boats speed upriver into the natural Gorge. Here, the 175 foot high stone walls off the canyon narrow and the current begins to accelerate! The excitement builds and the thrills multiply as the jetboats enter Devil’s Hole Rapids and the Famous Whirlpool! Trips go rain or shine! Bring along a change of clothes if possible. The minimum age for the trip is 6 years. The trip is handicap and wheel chair accessible.

Historic Fort Erie
Fort Erie, ON
(905)871-0540
Admission charged. 5 Years and Under free
The history of the fort and a reenactment of its military history are offered. The Fort is located on the 400 million year old sediments of the Onondaga Escarpment which later became Lake Erie. The shores of the lake contained an ample supply of flint which was important to the nomadic people who originally lived on its shores. The rocky ledges provided material also for their tools and weapons. Conch shells from Florida, obsidian points from the Rocky Mountains and native copper from Lake Ontario are among the artifacts found here, indicating that this was a major trading crossroads for the continent. In 1750 French settlers established a fur trading post here. In 1764, after the ceding of new France to Britain, the British built their first fort here. This and a second fort were destroyed by ice. The third fort was blown up by US forces during the War of 1812. In 1939 the restored fort was opened to the public on Dominion Day. The Niagara Parks Commission now operates the fort and places great emphasis on education. As visitors cross the drawbridge they are shown through the rooms by guards dressed in the uniforms of the 8th regiment as they would have appeared in 1812. During the summer, visitors are invited to watch drills and maneuvers including the firing of a cannon.

Welland Canal Viewing Centre
1932 Government Road
St. Catharines, ON (15 minutes from Niagara Falls)
(905)984-8880
May-December 11am-11pm
Admission charged.
The Welland Canal was built to bypass the Falls. Ships from all around the world can now sail into the upper Great Lakes and goods can be shipped to world markets. Eight locks provide a 99-m (326 foot) lift between Lake Erie and Ontario. The St. Catharine’s Museum gives the history of the Welland Canal and demonstrates how the locks were built and their operation. A special exhibits gallery hosts children’s programs. The first Welland Canal was completed in 1829. In the Discovery Room children are guided in an exploration of items from the 19th century. They interact with a telephone switchboard, try on pioneer clothing, etc. The Welland Canal is the passageway through which ships travel between two enormous inland lakes, which are part of the Great Lakes system: Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. The canal is 27 miles long and takes 12 hours to navigate through its entire length, including time for the raising and lowering of locks.

Attractions in Nearby New York State

Old Fort Niagara
Cross Rainbow Bridge and take Robert Moses parkway North.
Youngstown, NY
(716)745-7611
General Admission
Admission charged.
Children under 6 admitted free
Open at 9:00 a.m. daily year round
The site of historic battles,trading and conquest, Old Fort Niagara is a place where the past lives on. Preserved as they stood in the 1700’s when France and Britain controlled the whole Niagara region, the fort’s structure includes the oldest building in the Great Lakes. There are many buildings and fortifications to explore; fascinating exhibits and displays; musket demonstrations and living history programs.

Aquarium of Niagara
701 Whirlpool Street
Niagara Falls, New York
(716)285-3575
Open year round at 9am daily
5 minutes from the Falls
Follow signs to 701 Whirlpool Street
Discover living fossil fish that date back 200 million years; encounter endangered Peruvian penguins; explore the largest collection of Great Lakes fish anywhere! Enjoy sea lion demonstrations.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Dazzeland Family Fun Centre
Clifton Hill
Niagara Falls, ON
L2E 6S8
(905)358-3293

Marineland
8375 Stanley Avenue
Falls Shuttle bus stop.
(905)356-9565
Fax 905-356-6305
May 22-October 28
marine shows every hour in season.
Rates vary by season.
Features include an interactive killer whale habitat, also sea lion, dolphin and killer whale shows. Unique rides such as Dragon Mountain, the world’s largest steel roller coaster are also popular. There is a deer petting park. Also see elk, buffalo, bears and other wildlife displays.

Niagara Go Karts and Mini-Putt
Near Niagara Square shopping Mall
(QEW Highway at McLeod Road exit)
3 miles from center city
Admission charged.
50 Go Karts (different styles and speeds depending on age of child); picnic facilities; 18 holes of mini-putt golf played on a bright and cheerful course decorated with life size plastic replicas of zoo animals. Great for birthday parties and family outings.

Dinosaur Park Miniature Golf
Clifton Hill (near Imax)
(905)358-3293
18 holes of miniature golf on Clifton Hill right in the heart of the city in a park decorated with replicas of dinosaurs that children love.

Aquarium of Niagara
701 Whirlpool Street
Niagara Falls, New York
(716)285-3575
Open year round at 9am daily
5 minutes from the Falls
Follow signs to 701 Whirlpool Street
Discover living fossil fish that date back 200 million years; encounter endangered Peruvian penguins; explore the largest collection of Great Lakes fish anywhere! Enjoy sea lion demonstrations.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

June

Annual Niagara Flower and Garden Show Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens
Together with Master Gardeners of Niagara. The Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture hosts a three-day garden extravaganza, entitled The Niagara Flower and Garden Show – “Visions from the Gardens”. Visitors will have the opportunity to hear first-rate speakers, see “hands-on” demonstrations, and buy garden-related items, plants and other “must have” from the over 100 vendors who will be in attendance. Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. Visitors will be able to walk the paths and take in the beauty of the Rose Garden, the Annual Display Garden, The Vegetable Garden, the Herb Garden and the Arboretum. A highlight of the show will be a botanical and contemporary art show.
Contact: 905-356-2241

Fort Erie Celtic Festival Old Fort Erie
Formerly known as the Loch Sloy Highland Games, the Fort Erie Celtic Festival has returned to its roots in Old Fort Erie. The Celtic Festival features pipe bands, demonstrations of all forms of Celtic dancing, music, and athletic events. Traditional Celtic foods and merchants are on site.
Contact: 905-356-2241

Annual Cruise the Falls Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada
PT Cruisers from 35 States and Canada, and even from Kent England, drive an estimated 100,000 miles collectively, for a three day meet & greet/ show & shine. Events included fireworks over the falls Friday evening, a police escorted tour through Niagara Falls, the LARGE show on Saturday followed by a 500+ PT Cruiser cruise to a private BBQ down Niagara Falls Blvd, passing both the American and Canadian falls. Awards given for “PTs of DISCTINCTION”, “FURTHEST DRIVEN”, “BEST NEONS”, “BEST OF SHOW”. There is also a PT Cruiser Concept display by Daimler Chrysler Canada, as well as a free lunch. Email: pt_sean@cruisethefalls.com

July

1: City of Niagara Falls-Annual Canada Day Celebration Optimist Park, Morrison St. & Dorchester Rd. Niagara Falls, ON
FREE ADMISSION, Parade begins at 11:00 a.m. from the Delta Bingo Hall on Drummond Rd. to Optimist Park on Morrison St. across the street from Zehrs Supermarket. 3 stages of entertainment for everyone; The Crowning of Miss Niagara, Lumberjack Show, The Annual Rod and Classic Car Show and much, much more!! ENTERTAINMENT, FOOD AND FESTIVITIES GALORE (11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
Contact: Vito Scaringi, Community Development Coordinator, City of Niagara Falls, Parks, Recreation & Culture 905-356-7521 Ext. 4326

Battle of Lundy`s Lane and Chippawa (Centennial Event) Don Johnson Park, Spring Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Come witness the Battles that decided the fate of a Nation and forged the destiny of two Countries. See period camps, merchants, artisans, and battle re-enactments. Hourly tours of Drummond Hill Cemetary, tour the Lundy`s Lane Historical Museum, the Battle Ground Hotel Museum and much more!
Contact: Lundy`s Lane Historical Museum at Phone: (905) 358-5082

August

Annual Niagara Bigga Tomatafest
The main Sunday Family Day event includes entertainment at the Queenston Heights Band Shell, a food Fair in the two Pavilions- a bocce tournament in the Park- children`s activities with inflatable air bounce rides- ballons and games- special interest groups such as the Niagara Nutritionists Healthy Living Programs- Master Gardeners of Niagara- a prize wheel- a giant tomato weight-off competitiion- and the highly celebrated tomato stomping contest.
Contact: Carol Stewart-Kirkby at the Niagara Falls United Way Office

September

Annual Blues in the Park Fireman`s Park, Mountain Rd, Niagara Falls
An outdoor blues festival where all profits go towards the many charities of the Stamford Centre Volunteer Firemans Association. Children under 12 years of age are free. Runs Friday 5:00pm to 11:00pm and Saturday 3:00pm to 11:00pm. Discounts available for tickets purchased in advance.
Contact: 905-658-8219
Email: info@bluesinthepark.con

Niagara Wine & Food Classic Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Falls ON
Join us in Niagara for a spectacular wine and culinary event held during the autumn wine harvest. Your luxurious weekend registration includes premium Grand Tasting receptions, food and wine pairing events, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and a passport tour of the Niagara Wine Route…all set against the breathtaking backdrop of Niagara Falls. To request a complimentary information and registration kit for the next Niagara Wine and Food Classic, please call Niagara Falls Tourism at 1-800-563-2557 (1-800-56FALLS)
Contact: 1-800-563-2557 or 905-356-6061 Fax: 905-356-5567

October

Art by the Falls -Annual Falls Festival Art & Craft Show Optimist Hall & Park, Morrison St. & Dorchester Rd, Niagara Falls Ontario
Over 100 juried designers and craftspeople from across Ontario participate in this two day event. Entertainment for both children & adults. Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm Admission Price: $3.00
Contact: Cathy Henderson 905-227-7248

Casino Niagara International Marathon Buffalo N.Y. , Niagara Falls On.
Starting in Buffalo N.Y. the marathon runs for five miles in the USA before crossing the Peace Bridge to the Historic town of Fort Erie, then heads north on the beautiful Niagara River Parkway to finish at the magnificent Niagara Falls.
Contact: Jim Ralston, Race Director 905-356-9460

December

Annual `Festival of Lights` Cheerleading Championship Niagara Falls Memorial Arena, 5145 Centre Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Friday from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Times are subject to change. Contact: Nick Nero, 24 Grove Street , Welland, Ontario L3B 4B4 at 1-905-734-9518 (905-734-3444 Fax)

Art by the Falls Annual Christmas Art & Craft Show Optimist Hall, Dorchester and Morrison Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario
Juried designers and craftspeople from across Ontario participate in this two day event – last minute Christmas shopping at its best! Admission price: $2, Seniors & Students over 12: $2, Wheelchair access and washrooms. 10am – 4pm
Contact: Cathy Henderson 905-227-7248 or fax 905-227-8037
Email:

Ice Festival Niagara/Niagara Falls Ice Festival City of Niagara Falls & Niagara, Stage at Holiday Inn
Ice and Snow carvings on display at the Holiday Inn by the Falls. Also, we invite the community to participate with their children and friends of all ages to make their own snowman to win prizes. Enter at Website or by mail. Admission: $Free Prizes
Contact: 905-371-2718

New Years Eve in the Park
Welcome in the New Year 2005 with the Winter Festival of Lights New Year`s Eve Outdoor Concert Extravaganza in Queen Victoria Park!!
Contact: 1-800-563-2557 or 905-374-1616

Several major horticultural floral displays occur throughout the year, including:

Spring Show
Mid January to Easter. Primula, Calceolaria, Cyclamen, Cineraria, Schizanthus, Forced bulbs and Shrubs.

Easter Display
Easter Weekend, lasting 2-3 weeks. Easter lilies, Forced Spring bulbs, Schizanthus.

Hydrangea Show

May. Hydrangeas, Delphiniums, Digitalis

Regal Geranium Show

June. Regal Geraniums, Fuchsia, Caladiums

Summer Show
July to Mid September. Geraniums, Coleus, Mixed Annuals

Hiemalis Begonia Show

Mid September, October. Rieger Begonias, Coleus

Chrysanthemum Show

November. Cascade, Exhibition and Bush Chrysanthemums

Christmas Show
November. Poinsettias, Cyclamen, Azaleas, Christmas Cactus

All dates are approximate and include set-up times. For show completion dates please call the Greenhouse at:

(1-877-642-7275)

Toll Free in North America

Within the local calling area dial 371-0254

Fax: 1-905-356-8448