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Letter: Niagara Falls is packed with varied attractions

Niagara Falls is packed with varied attractions

I was dismayed to read Thursday’s editorial about tourism in Niagara Falls. To write that “there isn’t much there for (tourists) to do” misses the positive change and significant momentum in Niagara Falls.

The Discover Niagara Shuttle takes visitors from “Falls to Fort” and our 17 stops in between, including nine in the city. This service is free and when linked with the Discover Niagara app and map/brochure, connects visitors to a variety of attractions, restaurants, shops and especially historic sites.

The new Anchor Bar restaurant and the newly opened Hyatt Place hotel are just two examples of the kind of options that have become available for tourists just this year. Old Falls Street, located directly across from the state park, hosts family-friendly outdoor activities all summer and is home to several restaurants, ranging from national chains to locally owned ones.

Your editorial focuses on the state park’s decision to remove trees that created a barrier between the park and the city. While I’m no fan of deforestation, the visual barrier that those trees erected is now gone, and visitors will now see that they can rent a bike, grab a burger, stroll down a cobblestone street, and catch the Discover Niagara Shuttle to our city and region’s many tourism options.

The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, along with our partners at New York State Parks, Empire State Development, Niagara USA, the City of Niagara Falls, and the Seneca Niagara Casino, plus a host of private businesses, have worked tirelessly over the last decade to provide visitors with things to do and places to enjoy our beautiful city.

Thomas A. Chambers

President, Niagara Falls

National Heritage Area

Niagara Falls

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