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Traveling to Niagara Falls in April 2018

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Traveling to Niagara Falls in April 2018

Hello,

I'm planning to visit Niagara Falls next April, 2018. My plan is to fly to NYC from Chicago, most likely stay in NYC for about 3 days (fri sat and sun) then Monday morning (maybe sunday night) fly from NYC to Buffalo and stay there Monday and fly back to Chicago Tuesday evening. I would like to know the following details:

What is the name of the airport in Buffalo near Niagara Falls?

What is the best but also affortable boat tour for Niagara Falls (USA side) and will they be open in April?

Note: I'm trying to stay in the USA side of the falls because the person I'm going with only has a USA tourist visa and i believe (correct me if I'm wrong) she can not cross to the Canadian side? )

Are the Niagara Falls tours open all year around? The reason I'm asking this is because I've seen multiple posts of people talking about on/off seasons of Niagara Falls !? Does that mean there are no tours on off-season if so, what are the dates the tours re-open?

What type of weather should i be expecting on beginnings of April?

Any hotels in Buffalo from where we can have a view of the Falls?

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Vestal, New York
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1. Re: Traveling to Niagara Falls in April 2018

Buffalo is about 25 miles from the falls. On the US side, the city of Niagara Falls is where the falls are located - they are in a pleasant state park. It is easy to self-tour; be sure to visit Goat Island as well. Falls view hotels are in Niagara Falls, Ontario (Canada). For Buffalo, staying downtown is nice (waterfront or historic district).

The Maid of the Mist boat ride will be operating in April.

http://www.maidofthemist.com

An abbreviated version of Cave of the Winds (the other most popular US side attraction) is also available:

https:/…cave-of-the-winds

The airport is Buffalo Niagara International.

I imagine that the weather will be similar to what you experience in April in Chicago (upper 50s-lower 60s during the day and upper 30s-lower 40s at night).

Edited: 29 November 2017, 13:58
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2. Re: Traveling to Niagara Falls in April 2018

Whether or not Maid of the Mist (the only boat tour on the U.S. side) is open in April is totally dependant on the ice clearing from the Niagara River. The opening date is different every year because of this.

2017 - April 1

2016 - April 2

2015 – April 30

2014 – May 15

2012 - April 12

2011 - May 4

2010 - April 10

2009 - April 23

2008 - May 2

2007 - May 9

2006 - April 12

Williamsville, New...
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3. Re: Traveling to Niagara Falls in April 2018

Rjr0810 is very optimistic about weather in early April in Niagara Falls. Low 60's is not likely. It could be snowing or cold and rainy. If you could do this trip a little later in the Spring the tours would be open and the weather would be warmer. If you're limited to the US side of the Falls in early April there may not be much to do.

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4. Re: Traveling to Niagara Falls in April 2018

Hi Kathleen -

I used the historical April averages in Niagara Falls as the basis for my statement.

Buffalo, New York
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5. Re: Traveling to Niagara Falls in April 2018

Hi there! The airport is Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF).

Buffalo is a short drive to Niagara Falls. The USA side has a state park, casino, and small tourism town. The Canadian side is much more built up, but also much more packed.

I encourage you to enjoy some of what Buffalo has to offer as well. Niagara Falls is one of the most iconic touristy sites in the entire US, and so you can expect tourism prices there. Eating in Buffalo is not only delicious but much more inexpensive, and it really is quite the beautiful city.

In april, weather is still often cold. This is a really odd month where some days it can be 60 and sunny, but others it can be 20 and snowing. Be prepared and look at the forecast of Niagara Falls AND Buffalo before coming and pack appropriately. Weather is often different between the two.

Being from BUF and also having friends from Ohio (where I go to college) visit me often, I have been to the falls in every time of year. From 80 degrees in OCT (which is crazy) to 7 degrees on Easter to -10 in December. The falls are certainly worth seeing even in the cold.

Maid of the Mist is on the American side. It is $18.25 for adult tickets, but goes up during peak times. The season usually opens in April, but note it is ice and weather dependent and sometimes they cannot go out. I would wait to buy your tickets when you arrive, so you can gauge if the weather is nice enough to get sprayed with water from the falls.

If it does end up being warm, I also recommend Cave of The Winds as opposed to Maid of the Mist. You actually get to walk alongside, and under, the falls. You get way closer than the boats ever could, and you get up close and personal with the american falls, instead of just the rainbow fall (canada's fall)

Edited: 10 December 2017, 06:55
Buffalo, New York
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6. Re: Traveling to Niagara Falls in April 2018

PS all my temps are in F not Celcius! Sorry if this is confusing to you, not sure where you are from.

No Buffalo Hotel can have views of the Falls, as we are about 20-30 min from the falls. The Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel may have rooms with the view. That is in Niagara Falls, NY.

Otherwise, if you stay in Downtown Buffalo, you will have an entirely different view but still beautiful. I recommend Buffalo Mariott HarborCenter, with a beautiful view of our waterfront (Lake Erie) and walking distance to several famous Buffalo restaurants and Canalside, which is an up and coming area of Buffalo. It is brand new and beautiful. There is also Hotel Lafayette, which is a historic building, one of the oldest in Buffalo. It is also very beautiful.

For cheaper but still downtown, you can stay at the Hilton, Westin, Best Western etc. or at the Adam's Mark, also a historic hotel- although less well kept than Lafayette, but still nice. All our hotels are either old historic or brand new build, which gives our city a very unique feel unlike any other.

You could also try chain hotels in our suburbs or near the airport, but I highly recommend either checking out downtown Buffalo or just staying in Niagara Falls for a better experience. Who goes to a new place to stay next to the airport!

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7. Re: Traveling to Niagara Falls in April 2018

Due to the geography of the area, NONE of the hotels on the American side have a view of the Falls.

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8. Re: Traveling to Niagara Falls in April 2018

".... instead of just the rainbow fall (canada's fall)...."

martina12017, I'd have thought that living so close in Buffalo you might know the names of the Falls. For future reference, the Falls on the Canadian side is the Horseshoe Falls.

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