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Summer's almost over and you haven't had a vacation yet? Head no further than Niagara Falls USA

What? Summer’s almost over and you haven’t had a vacation yet? Traveling to a tropical waterfront resort isn’t your only vacation option. This summer, plan a “staycation” and unwind just outside your own four walls. But before we give you some great ideas for your local “staycation”, let us offer suggestions to prepare your living environment for no distractions, just as though you were away from home!

  • Turn off the ringers on your phones and mute the answering machine. Check messages only when you want to, and possibly not at all.
  • Do an “out of office” email message (even if your office is in your spare bedroom). Say you won’t be checking your email until you’re back from vacation, then turn off the computer.
  • Put the newspaper on hold and stop the mail for a week.  The world will continue to function even if you’re not reading all about it every day, and sadly, the bills will still be there when your vacation is over.
  • Hire a cleaning service. Part of the pleasure of a vacation is not having to clean up after the family. Let a maid service send in their cleaning crew for a restful week!
  • Organize a baby/kid sitting trade-off with some friends to give you some alone time with your spouse. When your Staycation is over, reciprocate.

Now that you are able to relax, let’s delve into some summer fun options right here on the waterfront of the Niagara Region. Head over to Niagara Falls for some fun away from your own backyarAquarium_of_Niagara.jpgd. First, stop to buy yourself a couple of new vacation outfits to do this up right! For the shopping frugalista, the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA will ease the strain on your wallet.  Then, get as close to the center of Niagara Falls as humanly possible on America’s most monumental boat ride since 1846, the Maid of the Mist. When fishing around for more ideas, head to the Aquarium of Niagara and arrange for a one-on-one encounter with one of their seals or penguins. Move up from this sea life adventure to the sky, and enjoy the power and beauty of the Falls from the air with a Rainbow Air helicopter ride. While were on the subject of the power of the water, grab a free tour through the Niagara Power Vista featuring 50+ exhibits so all ages can learn about hydroelectricity and the historic role it has played in the Niagara Frontier. Enjoy spectacular views from the observation deck 350 feet above the Niagara River. Power down and play some games at The Great American Arcade located inside the Holiday Inn in downtown Niagara Falls. Huge fun for the whole family with two-stories filled with over 40 state-of-the-art arcade games! 

Drop the kids back off at home for some adult gaming at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, just steps from the Falls. Discover sparkling scenery, thrilling attractions, interactive exhibits, miles of hiking trails and delectable Maid_of_the_Mist.jpgdining options, in the Niagara Falls State Park. Just a stones throw away from the park, dine overlooking the upper rapids of the Falls at the Red Coach Inn or take a few steps from the Falls to experience foods prepared by the students of the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute in one of 3 student driven restaurants.

Hey, while in Niagara County, take a tour down the Niagara Wine Trail situated between the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario and enjoy fine vinifera wines, along with native and hybrid grapes, ice-wine, mead, cider and artisan fruit wines! Heading back to the water, visit an 18th century fort and experience the early history of Niagara at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown at the scenic convergence of the Niagara River and Lake Ontario.

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