If there's one thing I don't enjoy, it's visiting a popular place in peak season and feeling like a packed sardine. This is why I try to visit touristy places in the offseason so that I can enjoy things at my own pace. Places like Niagra Falls.

Most people think of Niagara Falls as a summer destination and while I've not been in the summer so I have nothing to compare it to, I can tell you that Niagara Falls in the winter is a sight to see.

This time of year, most all of Niagara Falls is shut down and so visiting and staying the night will cost you a lot less because the hotels charge a cheaper rate. Be prepared though, winter in Niagara Falls isn't for the faint of heart. If you don't truly love winter and all that comes with it (think snow, freezing temps, sleet, etc.) then Niagara Falls in winter might not be your thing. But, if you love braving the winter tundra, you'll love it.

These are just some of the dozens and dozens of photos my husband and I took during our visit.

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