Niagara Falls Sports & RecreationNiagara Falls has several city and state parks that offer recreational opportunities, as do nearby lakes Erie and Ontario. Most parks offer picnicking, scenic views and nature trails; several have fishing, swimming, tennis courts, bike trails and playgrounds. Boating and fishing are available at many sites on lakes Erie and Ontario, which also have sandy beaches for swimming.
In the southeast are Griffon, Hennepin, Jayne and LaSalle parks; in the southwest, Niagara Falls State Park comprises Prospect Park, Upper Rapids Park and Goat Island. In the northwest are Devil's Hole and Whirlpool state parks.
In the center of Niagara Falls at Hyde Park Boulevard and Pine Avenue is Hyde Park, the largest of the city parks. Hyde Park has one 18-hole and two nine-hole public golf courses and a swimming pool.
During winter several of the nature trails in the area's parks convert to cross-country skiing and snowmobile trails. Downhill skiing is available within an hour's drive at Holiday Valley, HoliMont or Kissing Bridge.
For further information about recreational facilities phone the state parks commission at (716) 278-1770, or the city parks service at (716) 286-4940.
Niagara Falls, NY
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The sales tax in Niagara Falls is 8 percent. An additional 8 percent is levied for hotel/motel rooms, and 14.75 percent is added for rental cars.
Mount St. Mary's, in Lewiston, (716) 297-4800; Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, (716) 278-4000.
10 Rainbow Blvd. Niagara Falls, NY 14303. Phone:(716)282-8992 or (877)325-5787
The nearest airport offering major domestic flight service is Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF), at Genesee Street and Cayuga Road in Cheektowaga, just outside Buffalo; take I-190S exit 16 to I-290E exit 51 heading east, then straight on Axis Street. Shuttle buses run between the airport and major hotels; phone (800) 551-9369. Taxi service is available with fares averaging $90. Short- and long-term parking is available at The Parking Spot at 4099 Genesee St.; phone (716) 633-6040.
Hertz, (716) 297-1800 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.
Passenger rail service is available at the Amtrak station at 27th Street and Lockport Road; phone (716) 285-4224.
Connections by bus may be made at Portage and Ashland roads; phone (716) 285-9319. A Greyhound bus station is at 240 First St.; phone (800) 231-2222.
Cab companies include Airport Taxi, (716) 633-8294, AA Taxi and Blue United Taxi, (716) 285-3333. Rates are $2.50 for the first half-mile, then 50c for each additional sixth of a mile.
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (Metro) offers bus service within the city and outlying areas, including connections to Lockport and Buffalo. Service is generally from 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fares are $2; $1 (ages 5-11, ages 65+ and the physically impaired); phone (716) 855-7300.