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Great Dates / Fall for each other again

This outing involves a visit to the frozen (well, almost) Falls

Photos by Stephen Gabris


Best for: Hot-blooded Instagrammers, carb lovers


Where: Niagara Falls State Park, Michael’s Italian Restaurant


By now, many Western New Yorkers have discovered that an icy, snowy Niagara Falls makes for a great photo op, maybe even better than the summer version. This outing involves a visit to the frozen (well, almost) Falls and a brisk walk around Goat Island, where snow-covered rock formations and flocks of water fowl can be spotted in the rapids.



It’s necessary to wrap up well for this one, because the mist from the Falls turns into stinging icy needles under really cold temps. Grin and bear it; seeing every object in the park turn into pristine white sculptures is well worth some temporary discomfort. At this time, there should not be a charge for parking in the big lots; also, it’s possible to drive right onto Goat Island and take advantage of short term roadside parking. A sunny day, if available, will alleviate matters and enhance the beauty of the snowscape.


There are a number of solid options for an early dinner or late lunch along Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls’ Little Italy; one of the best is Michael’s, which has been serving a traditional Italian-American menu, as well as diner favorites, since 1960. Recommended: beans and greens soup, eggplant parmigiana, and the pasta options on the changing specials board. It’s open every day, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Count on leftovers.


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