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Niagara Falls offers fun, family winter Canadian getaways

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During the winter season there are some great family-oriented, fun package deals available in many locations including the home of one of the world's great natural wonders, Niagara Falls (Canadian side). It is approximately a 4 hour drive from Cleveland to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

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Comfort Inn Clifton Hill Family Fun Package Kids 18 and under stay for free with their parents in this 2-night getaway. Included in the package is 2 nights accommodations at the Comfort Inn, a $40 dining voucher for Kelsey's Restaurant (attached to the Comfort Inn) or to Boston Pizza on Clifton Hill and a free deluxe continental breakfast each morning. The hotel also has a large tropical indoor pool and a whirlpool.

Also included in the Family Fun Package are 3-5 Fun Passes good for child or adult admission to area attractions like the Niagara Sky Wheel, the Movieland Wax Museum, Galaxy Golf Mini Putt (indoors), Ghost Blasters, the XD Theatre along with tokens with each Fun Pass for the Great Canadian Midway on Clifton Hill.

Price of the Family Fun Package starts at $265 (Canadian) Sunday - Thursday and is slightly higher on Friday and Saturday. Call for exact weekend pricing.

One family activity that you will want to be sure to check out if you visit Niagara Falls before February 28 is the TD Rink at the Brink. An outdoor, open-air ice skating facility, the Rink is located on the Niagara Parkway adjacent to Table Rock Centre. This attraction gives visitors a chance to ice skate just steps away from the brink of the Horseshoe Falls while taking in some breathtaking views of Niagara Falls.

The Rink is refrigerated so weather is not an issue. The Rink is open 7 days a week now through February 28. Admission is $8 for adults and free for children accompanied by a paying adult. Skate rental is $5.65 per person. The TD Rink at the Brink is offering free skate days on January 13 and 27 and February 3 and 10.

Hours for the TD Rink at the Brink are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. on Friday, noon-10 p.m. on Saturday and noon - 9 p.m. on Sunday.

While some Niagara Falls attractions are not open due to the winter weather (like the Maid of the Mist boat ride), there are several attractions that families can enjoy during the season.

The Niagara Sky Wheel is a giant ferris wheel on Clifton Hill (with 42 enclosed gondolas that are climate controlled with heat for the winter ) that towers 175 feet above the Niagara Falls horizon giving passengers a spectacular view of both the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls. The average ride lasts 8-12 minutes.

Admisssion for the Sky Wheel is $10.99 for adults and $6.99 for children (12 and younger). The Fun Passes with the package deal include admission to the Sky Wheel.

Among some of the other attractions that visitors can enjoy during the winter are Bird Kingdom (the largest free-flying indoor aviary in the world), the museums on Clifton Hill (Movieland Wax Museum, Ripley's Believe It or Not, the Guinness World Records Museum, among others), the Butterfly Conservatory (the world's largest glass-enclosed butterfly conservatory) and for flower lovers, the Floral Showcase with its free seasonal indoor garden displays.

Each evening visitors can see the Illumination of the Falls from 5 p.m. - midnight in January and 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. in February. There will also be giant fireworks displays on January 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31.

For more information about the Comfort Inn Clifton Hill Family Fun Package or to make reservations call 905-358-3293 or get online at www.niagarafallscomfort.com.

Important Reminder: Visitors to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada are required to have a valid passport to enter Canada.

The Comfort Inn Clifton Hill is located at 4960 Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. It is approximately a 4 hour drive from Cleveland.

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