Niagara Falls is starting to blossom again. And we’re not talking about those beautiful gardens along the Niagara Parkway.

Turns out we were wrong – there was an end to this year’s winter. Seemed like it would never be over. But it has, and the world-famous Niagara Falls tourist attractions are shifting back into high speed. It’s lights, camera and action, all around Clifton Hill and Victoria Avenue.

You want to drive a go-kart on a paved track that is several storeys high? We’ve got it. Maybe some 3-D thrill rides, a state-of-the-art video game arcade, fascinating oddity museums, a live performance by one of the top magicians on Earth? How about a trip to a movieland wax museum, or the experience of fending off a zombie attack? And then, ride the Niagara Skywheel ferris wheel overseeing all that, taking you 175 feet above street level for a view of Clifton Hill and the American and Horseshoe falls that you just can’t get anywhere else? That’s what is going on these days on Clifton Hill. And right in the heart of it all, perfectly situated for a family-friendly lunchtime or supper pit stop, is the Denny’s restaurant, located on the Howard Johnson By The Falls hotel property at the top of the hill.

The atmosphere is casual, as is the menu – great breakfast options, then for later in the day everything from salads to burgers and fries, or fish and chips, spaghetti or a Mediterranean grilled chicken dinner. There’s something for everyone in the family, even the little ones who can be so hard to please in a restaurant. What’s good about a place like Denny’s is that it is designed for people who are out for the day. Not formal, dressing up is not required, and fast service ensures you’re back on the street quickly after you’ve enjoyed your meal.

This tourist district is a very walkable area. The attractions are all lined up side by side as you ascend or descend the hill, and just off the strip is Casino Niagara. It offers more than 1,300 slot machines that cost anywhere from a penny to $5 to play, as well as table games like blackjack, roulette and poker on more than 20 tables.

If it’s natural beauty you want, then keep walking to the bottom of the hill and find yourself face to face with the American falls and just to your right, the Horseshoe falls. If you dare, you might also hop a ride on the Hornblower boats that will take you to the base of the falls for a once-in-a-lifetime view of the mighty cataracts from the bottom.

By then you’re ready to eat again – and Denny’s will be waiting for you, menus ready and plenty of more great food to choose from.

Last modified: April 16, 2019