Destination guide

Experience the city from your Niagara Falls vacation rental

There's an unmistakable roar and mist that fills the skies above the city of Niagara Falls as the world-famous waterfalls constantly make their presence known. Nestled along the banks of the Niagara River, Niagara Falls State Park remains the town's biggest tourist attraction, as looky-loos flock to its observation decks and trails with views of the falls. It's also home to an aquarium, an IMAX theatre, and family-friendly museums with hands-on exhibits, plus it's the boarding area for boat rides to the falls. Niagara Falls offers plenty of vacation rentals, hotels, and motels for the scores of tourists who visit the city, including large groups, families, couples, and solo travellers.


Learn all about the region's storied past starting with a trip to Das Haus German Heritage Museum, an 1843 log cabin that once sheltered German immigrants who left their homeland in search of religious freedom. There's even more history on hand at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad, which examines the relationship between local abolitionists and the southern slaves they helped escape to freedom. The museum is housed inside an 1863 Customs House and features scores of artifacts. The Niagara History Center in nearby Lockwood delves into the tales behind pivotal sites and moments in regional history, including the Civil War, the Erie Canal, and Niagara Falls.


Activities and attractions in Niagara Falls

Are you hoping to find top things to see and do during your stay? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Niagara Falls a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Aquarium of Niagara (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Buffalo Zoo (15.6 mi / 25 km)
  • Nightmares Fear Factory (0.1 mi / 0.1 km)
  • Fallsview Indoor Waterpark (0.1 mi / 0.2 km)
  • Crystal Caves (0.1 mi / 0.2 km)
  • Great Canadian Midway (0.2 mi / 0.2 km)
Natural features

Exploring the waterfalls and other natural features in Niagara Falls

Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to take in the scenery, Niagara Falls is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are a few of the area's most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • American Falls (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Bridal Veil Falls (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Niagara Falls State Park (0.8 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Horseshoe Falls (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Cave of the Winds (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Whirlpool State Park (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Niagara Falls

Fly into Niagara Falls, NY (IAG-Niagara Falls Intl.), the closest airport, located 6.6 mi (10.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Buffalo, NY (BUF-Buffalo Niagara Intl.), which is 20.5 mi (33 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, the main station is Niagara Falls Station.

How to get around

Getting around Niagara Falls from your vacation rental

Clang clang clang goes the trolley in Niagara Falls! The public trolley, one of the region's most popular modes of transportation, offers multiple routes across town, including stops at Niagara Falls State Park. You could also book a spot on one of the numerous hop-on, hop-off tour buses that run throughout the region. Walking is an option when it's not too cold out, but during the brutal winters, you probably should limit your exposure to the elements. For a unique perspective, hop on a bike and explore the park through its series of winding paths. You'll also find some taxis around town, particularly near the city's largest hotels and tourist attractions.

Food & drink 

Wings and wecks – Niagara Falls culinary landscape

With Buffalo just 30 km away, it should come as no surprise that you'll find plenty of spicy Buffalo chicken wings and weck sandwiches – thinly sliced pieces of au jus–soaked beef on kimmelweck rolls – throughout Niagara Falls. But if you're searching for something a little healthier, the city also boasts an impressive farm-to-table dining scene, with locally sourced cheeses, maple syrup, fruits, and sweet corn on the menu. You can also partner any meal with a glass of vino, as the surrounding region is home to some of New York's lushest wine country.

Essential info

Key facts for your Niagara Falls vacation rental stay

Niagara Falls is home to more than 50,000 residents. The official language in the New York State is English, and acceptable currency is the US dollar. Crime in the area is higher than the national average, but you should be safe in most tourist-dense regions. If an emergency does come up, dial 911 for assistance. Tips aren't included in most area restaurants and bars, and gratuities range from 15-20% of the total bill, before tax, depending on the level of service received. Before you hit the pubs, however, keep in mind that you must be at least 21 years of age to drink.

Where to stay near Niagara Falls?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 673 house rentals near Niagara Falls. From 396 Houses to 117 Cabins, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Niagara Falls for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Niagara Falls?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Niagara Falls:

  • Downtown Niagara Falls: 96 vacation rentals
  • Silvertown: 60 vacation rentals
  • Fallsview: 92 vacation rentals
  • Historic Old Town: 132 vacation rentals
  • Old Town Historic District: 113 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Niagara Falls?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Niagara Falls. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Fallsview Casino: 664 home rentals
  • Fallsview Indoor Waterpark: 660 home rentals
  • Canada One Factory Outlets: 667 home rentals
  • Crystal Caves: 657 home rentals
  • Marineland: 662 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Niagara Falls listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Niagara Falls?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 396 Houses in Niagara Falls. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Niagara Falls include:

  • Cabins: 117 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 117 lodging choices
  • Bungalows: 117 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Niagara Falls?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 124 vacation homes with pool available in Niagara Falls.