Waiting at the finish line

The Niagara Falls International Marathon is set for Sunday and runners will be lining up in Buffalo for the 10 a.m. start.

Problem is, the finish is all the way back in Niagara Falls and it’s going to take a few hours to get there. For the runners, it’s time well spent. But for friends and family waiting at the finish, well, let’s just say it can feel like forever.

The good news is Niagara Falls has a ton of things to do that are based near the finish.

  • Niagara Falls: Behold the breathtaking beauty and power as four million cubic feet of water per minute cascades over the escarpment. Take a stroll along the gorge and don’t forget your camera.
  • Dufferin Islands: Beautiful setting just south of the falls on the Niagara Parkway featuring a number of small islands connected by bridges and walking trails winding through the 10-acre park.
  • Kingsbridge Park: Find this park a little farther south on the Niagara Parkway. A great spot for antsy youngsters to work off some energy, Kingsbridge Park features a playground, children’s water play area and washrooms.

The Niagara Parks Commission maintains both of these parks, the area around the falls and a number of other amazing attractions along the Niagara Parkway. Find out more here.

  • Clifton Hill: Find fun by the falls on Clifton Hill, which features midways and arcades, restaurants, wax museums, haunted houses and more. Take a spin on the Niagara SkyWheel, play miniputt or just stroll up and down the hill and people watch. Learn more about what will be open Sunday morning and admission fees here.
  • Shopping: Lundy`s Lane boasts shops and boutiques featuring everything from one-of-a-kind items to international brands. There are also great spots to grab breakfast, like the Flying Saucer and Falls Manor Restaurant and a McDonald’s with a PlayPlace. You will probably need a car to go between Lundy’s Lane and the finish line. Click here to find out about some of the stores you`ll find on the Lane.
  • Niagara Falls History Museum: Learn more about the unique history of Niagara Falls. Current exhibitions feature the War of 1812, history of the city and electricity. The museum is located at 5810 Ferry St. Click here for more information.

There truly is a lot to keep you busy while waiting for your runner to finish. At last year’s marathon, the average finish time was around four hours and 30 minutes so you have time to explore the city. Click here and find more ideas from Niagara Falls Tourism.

Remember to find out what your runner’s expected finish time is so you will know exactly how much time you have to wait and can plan how to make the most of it.

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