Gambling -- In 2002, Seneca Niagara Casino, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls (tel. 877/8-SENECA or 716/299-1100), opened on the American side, and this Seneca Indian-operated casino just keeps growing. Over the river, the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, 6380 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls, Ontario (tel. 888/FALLSVU), is a sprawling complex of 180,000 square feet with more than 3,000 slot machines and 150 gaming tables. Casino Niagara, 5705 Falls Ave., Niagara Falls, Ontario (tel. 888/946-3255) -- predating the Fallsview Casino but re-launched in 2005 under the same umbrella -- is a good alternative. Both the Americans and the Canadians have lots of slots, as well as blackjack, craps, roulette, music, bars, restaurants, and nonstop action.
Nightclubs -- The drinking age in Ontario is 19, and most clubs on the Canadian side of the falls appeal to the (much) younger set. Both Club Mardi Gras, 4967 Clifton Hill (tel. 905/356-9165), and Rumours Night Club, 4960 Clifton Hill (tel. 905/358-6152), are smack in the middle of the tourist district -- look for lines out the door. Club Rialto, 5875 Victoria Ave. (tel. 905/356-5646), is one place that caters to an over-30 crowd, with music that's a little less hip-hop and a little more Billy Joel. If Vegas-like shows are your thing, check out the Seneca Events Center (at the Seneca Niagara Casino) on the U.S. side, 310 Fourth St. (tel. 716/852-5000), where you'll find big names like Bill Cosby and Aretha Franklin -- or hit the other bars in this huge complex. Performers like Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Jay Leno take the stage at the Avalon Theatre (at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort), 6380 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls, Ontario (tel. 888/836-8118). You can also catch music and comedy acts in the 365 Club or listen to live music at the Splash Bar, both located in the same resort. Call their main number (tel. 888/FALLSVU) for information on performances. Lewiston's outdoor venue Artpark, 450 S. 4th St. (tel. 716/754-4375), right on the Niagara River, is the summer home of the Buffalo Philharmonic, and has hosted such acts as Ani DiFranco, Blue Rodeo, and Grand Funk Railroad.
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