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    NEW EXHIBIT TO PET STINGRAYS + SHARKS IN NIAGARA FALLS

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    From WYRK.com:

    How awesome is this going to be?

    At the Aquarium of Niagara they have been putting in new exhibits to attract new visitors out in Niagara Falls and now, one of the coolest is underway.

    It will cost about $1.85 million Shark and Ray Bay shallow tropical pool that will be right as you walk inside the venue and should be done by May 2020.

    Cuomo announces $10M for revitalization of Niagara Falls’ Bridge District

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The effort to revive Niagara Falls’ Main Street received a $10 million boost from the state Wednesday.

    In an appearance in the Conference Center Niagara Falls, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the Falls is this year’s recipient of funds from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative in Western New York.

    “The state has never done more for upstate New York than it has during my administration,” Cuomo said. “It’s not even close.”

    Rooftop roller coaster latest addition to Clifton Hill

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Clifton Hill has long been described as ‘carnival-like.’ Cotton candy. Ferris wheel. Go-karts. Pretty soon, you can add roller coaster.

    Owner Ian Paul calls it the world’s first rooftop coaster, located above the House of Frankenstein haunted house. With installation nearly complete, it now needs approval from the province’s Technical Standards and Safety Authority, which could be a lengthy process.

    While he’s hoping to have it operating by Thanksgiving, Paul says next March is more likely.

    Diverse, ‘fresh’ attractions helping to drive strong visitation to Falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    It has been a “tremendous” summer so far as the peak tourism season hits its stride in the Honeymoon Capital, says the president of Niagara Falls Tourism.

    “I’d say right now businesses are tracking even with where they were last year and knowing that last year was really a record year – the last two years were real banner years – that’s a good achievement,” said Janice Thomson.

    She said the combination of a low Canadian dollar and the number of diverse attractions continues to drive strong visitation numbers. Niagara Falls attracts about 14-million visitors a year.

    State launches initiative aimed at boosting Lake Ontario tourism

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    New York state has launched a new campaign aimed at boosting tourism in the Lake Ontario region in response to recent flooding that has impacted communities along the shoreline.

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the new initiative on Wednesday, saying it includes free fishing on Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River and Lower Niagara River through Labor Day as well as 50 percent off state campgrounds and vehicle entrance fees along the lake and river.

    Rock Burger to move from original location, open in Niagara Falls tourist district

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    From the Buffalo News:

    A little more than three years ago, Rock Burger was born in an unusual spot – the rear of Players Lounge, a no-frills bar at 328 Niagara St. in Niagara Falls. Owner Jason Lizardo’s juicy, decadent stuffed burgers made waves on social media and spurred success out of the small, unorthodox room, paving the way for him to open a second location earlier this year near the Fashion Outlets.

    The original Rock Burger, though, was off the beaten path in Niagara Falls. It was more of a destination enticed by social media than one stumbled upon by passing tourists.

    This lack of exposure prompted Lizardo’s newest plan: Rock Burger will close at Players in early-to mid September and move to 360 Rainbow Blvd., Niagara Falls, formerly the Parkside Cafe.

    NY Getaway Guide: The Best Things to do at Niagara Falls

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    From Untapped Cities:

    From sea to shining sea the Untied States is filled with breathtaking natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, the redwoods of California, and the peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Lucky for us New Yorkers, one of America’s greatest natural treasures is right here in our home state. Less than a two-hour plane ride from JFK Airport, Niagara Falls is one of the most awe-inspiring sites in the world, and the perfect destination for a weekend getaway or a long road trip across New York.

    Red Arrows to fly over Niagara Falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Britain’s Red Arrows are gearing up for a Niagara Falls flyby in August.

    The iconic display team of the Royal Air Force is to soar over the city Aug. 28 as part of a six-city tour of Canada starting Aug. 8 in Halifax. Details for the flyover have yet to be announced. Niagara Parks Commission likewise had no information yet on what, if any, plans are in the works.

    $15 million plan for Niagara Falls ‘beach club’ draws controversy

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    A proposed $15 million “beach and surf club” in downtown Niagara Falls has been tangled up in controversy over whether the developer “copied and pasted” artist renderings from a defunct project in Japan.

    Developer Michael DiCienzo is seeking $4 million in public subsidies for his year-round surf club concept, which would be built on to his Sheraton hotel on Third Street and would include a retractable roof, a wave pool and even marine animals.

    “[I’m] absolutely excited,” said Niagara Falls City Councilman Kenny Tompkins. “Can’t wait for something like this to come to fruition here in the Falls.”

    Daycationing Over the Border

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    From Forever Young WNY:

    The word daycation may be relatively new, but the concept isn’t. It dates back to the early days of railway excursions, when Victorians using Day Tripper tickets would travel to a scenic spot for a day out. This way of travelling is somewhat of a lost art, but it’s a time efficient and less expensive way to make the most of our short summers.

    What would your ideal daycation look like? A first-rate theater performance followed by a decadent chocolate creation? Perhaps a forested hike to a stunning waterfall? What about the thrill of big city sports game? Wine tasting? Farmers market? With so many choices waiting over the border (and such a favorable exchange rate), there’s no time like the present to take advantage of what Ontario has to offer this summer.

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