Parking Secrets: Best Places to Park in Niagara Falls
As one of the Natural Wonders of the World, Niagara Falls receives millions of tourist from within Canada and around the globe. The amount of visitors results in high volume traffic, making it difficult to navigate around the Falls and find parking. We’re here to make your stay as fun and as memorable as possible, so here’s a guide to finding the best places to park in Niagara Falls.
Generally in Niagara Falls you will end up paying for parking. The high volume of tourists means you will likely have to pay regardless of the day or time. Street parking at metres is limited to as little as two hours, and you have to come back to feed the metre or risk getting a ticket or being towed. Parking in paid lots usually gives you “All Day” parking for a flat rate. These rates vary depending on location and supply, so be prepared to pay more the closer you get to the Falls, as well as on weekends and holidays. The earlier bird gets the worm when it comes to prime parking spots near the Falls. With traffic, you can waste so much time looking for a better or cheaper spot, so consider that before you circle the block one more time. Here is a list of lots with descriptions that you can try:
Skylon Tower: of course we have a large parking lot to accommodate visitors to the Tower as well as tourists looking for convenient parking. The Tower is located in the Fallsview Entertainment District, across the street from Fallsview Casino, a short walk downhill to the Niagara Parkway and Falls, with Clifton Hill & surrounding District within reach. Having the Skylon Tower for a landmark makes it easy to find your way back to the car. We also invite you to come check out our spectacular view over a meal at The Revolving Dining Room.
Walnut Street Parking Lot: conveniently located in the Clifton Hill District on Walnut Street between Victoria & Ellen Avenues, this is one of the larger lots in the area. Nightmares Fear Factory and Falls Convenience are right there, with access to Casino Niagara across the street. Victoria Avenue is full of restaurants, shops, and attractions, a few minutes to Clifton Hill, with the Falls waiting for you at the bottom.
Queen Victoria Place: as close as you can get to the Falls. Large lot, but still fills up. Can be pricy. While parking that close to the Falls may seem convenient, be prepared for heavy traffic during peak times, for example after the fireworks displays when most people decide to drive back home or to their hotels.
Generally, motels and hotels will not charge you for parking (but some do, so make sure to inquire). A couple great options are Holiday Inn by the Falls and Quality Inn Fallsview Cascade. Both are located in the Fallsview Entertainment district, very close to the Skylon Tower. Staying overnight allows you to see more of what Niagara Falls has to offer while also giving you time to discover other nearby attractions or points of interest, like the quaint town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Dufferin Islands is a scenic and peaceful natural area with walking paths and picnic areas. It is a bit of a walk to the Falls, but you can park there for free while you enjoy the grounds. It can get quite busy, so get there early to find a spot.
Take a tip from the locals and get your Player’s Advantage Card from Fallsview Casino Resort. Your status can get you free valet parking! See their website for more details.
Remember these tips when you are planning your trip to Niagara Falls. Whether you choose to spend a night in the city or include parking in your budget, you’re bound to have a fabulous time!