Niagara Falls isn’t Vegas—a good thing, for the most part—but it is showing signs of appreciating the demand for high-end hospitality. If you enjoy the bright lights and the casino scene of Niagara Falls after dark, one luxe hotel choice is the 374-room Fallsview Casino Resort (6380 Fallsview Blvd.; tel. 888/325-5788), which opened in 2004. It has its own 18,580-sq m (200,000–sq. ft.) casino, a performing-arts theater, a spa, and a whopping 20 dining options. Another good bet is the 669-room Sheraton on the Falls Hotel (5875 Falls Ave.; tel. 905/374-4445), which offers rooms with truly gorgeous views of the Falls; many have balconies. The family-friendly Skyline Hotel & Waterpark (4800 Bender St.; tel. 800/263-7135 or 905/374-4444) has waterpark packages and family movie nights—and kids eat for free at the on-site Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

A Family Adventure: The Great Wolf Lodge

Canada’s first Great Wolf Lodge (3950 Victoria Ave.; tel. 905/354-4888 or 800/605-9653) brings the popular American chain and its massive indoor water park to Niagara Falls. But this a water park and more: It includes an interactive tree house water fort, a four-story Canada Vortex slide, a Niagara Rapids Run—like a watery roller coaster—falls, wave pools, and whirlpool hot spas. Add to that seven family-friendly dining options and a range of suites. 

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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.