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Fallsview Indoor Water Park

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Fallsview Indoor Water Park

The dump bucket on the Niagara Waterworks unleashes a torrent of water at Fallsview Water Park.

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Overview:

While the relatively new concept of indoor water parks hasn't been around long enough to establish much of a tradition, the Fallsview is nonetheless quite non-traditional. For starters, it's located in a dome on the roof of a parking garage. Unlike other indoor water parks, none of its tube slides extend outside the facility. And since there are no signs on the dome, it's impossible for the gazillions of Niagara Falls visitors passing by it to know that it's an indoor water park.

Marketing materials boast that Fallsview is North America's largest water park and hotel complex. The water park is not the largest in square footage, nor does it have the greatest number or breadth of attractions. But the complex is the largest, its owners say, because it it includes 1200 hotel rooms. Read more about water park claims: A Lotta Water: Many Water Parks Claim to Be the Biggest.

The rooms are divided among the four hotels that are part of the Falls Avenue complex. At most indoor water park resorts, the park is the focal point and admission is built into the hotel rates. Falls Avenue hotel guests receive a significant discount, but must pay extra to use the park.

Getting to the park is an adventure. Access is via two small elevators located off the lobby of the Brock Plaza that are also used for the parking garage and service employees. Wait times can be long. Three of the hotels have indoor access to the park (although Sheraton guests have a winding route that takes them through the Hard Rock Cafe). Folks making plans to visit Fallsview in the winter may want to think twice about staying at the Hampton Inn. It's located across the street, and getting to and from the park may involve boots, jackets, and hats.

Except for a few plastic palm trees and some tropical birds, there is no discernible theme at the park. While there is a decent wave pool, a thrilling speed slide, a bowl ride, and a large interactive water play center, Fallsview is lacking some of the water park standbys such as a lazy river and activities for toddlers. (The "Tiny Tots Splash Park," which consists of two water cannons and some fountains, is not really geared to young children.) And for a park of its size, Fallsview doesn't have any marquee attractions such as a water coaster or a FlowRider surfing ride. The activity pool is located outside and will likely be off-limits during the colder months. The owners say that they do have plans to expand the attractions.

Phone and Location:

800-263-7135

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Part of the Falls Avenue entertainment complex, the water park is across from the American Falls, in the heart of the Niagara Falls action. It is located in a dome-like structure on top of the parking garage that is next to the Brock Plaza hotel.

Indoor Water Park Square Footage

When it was in the planning stages, the park's developers said that it would be 90,000 square feet. As Fallsview was being built, its designers added a mezzanine and outdoor activity pool which brought the total up to 125,000 square feet. However, the water park doesn't have the number or variety of water attractions, nor the marquee slides and rides that parks of similar size offer.

Admission Policy:

The water park is open to the general public as well as to registered guests of the Falls Avenue complex hotels: Sheraton on the Falls, the Brock Plaza, the Skyline Inn, and the Hampton Inn. Admission to the water park is not automatically included in hotel rates, but hotel guests can purchase water park packages at a highly reduced price. Discount coupons for the general public may be available in brochures and other places.

Compare rates for Sheraton On The Falls at Expedia.

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Directions:

From Toronto: HWY 401 to HWY 403 south to the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW). From south Toronto, take the Gardiner Expressway to the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW). Follow QEW Niagara to HWY 420 into Niagara Falls. Take 420 East to Falls Avenue.

From Buffalo: I190W to the Peace Bridge Border Crossing (Exit 9). Follow the QEW to HWY 420 East. Take 420 East to Falls Avenue.

Indoor Water Park Features:

Wave pool, bowl ride, tube slides, body slides, mat racing slides, kiddie slides, whirlpool spas, activity pool (outdoors), and interactive play structure with tipping bucket.

Other Attractions at Falls Avenue:

  • Casino Niagara
  • MGM Studios (nothing like the Walt Disney World version; this is a motion simulator theater)
  • Marvel Adventure City (Spider-Man interactive dark ride, mini-golf, arcade games)
  • WWE Niagara Falls (PileDriver drop tower ride, retail store)
  • Themed restaurants, including Planet Hollywood, Rainforest Cafe, and Hard Rock Cafe

Pictures of the Water Park:

Official Web Site:

Fallsview Water Park at Niagara Falls Overview:

While the relatively new concept of indoor water parks hasn't been around long enough to establish much of a tradition, the Fallsview is nonetheless quite non-traditional. For starters, it's located in a dome on the roof of a parking garage. Unlike other indoor water parks, none of its tube slides extend outside the facility. And since there are no signs on the dome, it's impossible for the gazillions of Niagara Falls visitors passing by it to know that it's an indoor water park.
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