One of the United States’ most iconic vacation destinations, Niagara Falls draws in millions of visitors each year. The highlight of the city is, without a doubt, the three thundering waterfalls that sit just west of downtown. Whether you’re getting soaked on the Maid of the Mist or checking out the waterfalls from above in a helicopter, the size and shocking water volume is an awe-inspiring sight. Between trips to the falls, the city of Niagara Falls offers a variety of entertainment options ranging from rowdy casinos to the historic Fort Niagara. Niagara Falls vacation rentals provide the comforts of home and easy access to all of the city’s top attractions.

1. Downtown Niagara Falls

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If you want to stay within a stone’s throw of the famous falls, downtown Niagara Falls is a great choice. Don’t want to deal with traffic and parking? Vacation rentals in this neighborhood place you in walking distance of Niagara Falls State Park. For the most convenient location, look for options near 3rd Street, which is home to some of the city’s most popular restaurants. Nearby, the paved pathway that runs along the Niagara River provides a scenic option for evening walks or bike rides.

2. North of Downtown

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Just north of downtown Niagara Falls, sandwiched between Main Street and the Niagara Scenic Parkway, lies a cozy residential neighborhood. Vacation rentals here consist mainly of large detached homes, making the area a great choice for large groups and families that need extra space. Experience the city like a local with a walk down the tree-lined sidewalks, and enjoy the close proximity to downtown restaurants. Niagara Falls State Park lies a 10-20 minute walk away. If you’re traveling with children, check out the nearby Aquarium of Niagara to observe Humboldt Penguins and participate in live animal encounters.

3. Riverway

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For travelers who want convenience paired with beautiful river views, the neighborhood situated south of downtown along the Riverway road provides plenty of both. The Niagara River runs along the southern edge of the area, creating a peaceful vibe year-round. Hop on Riverway for the short drive to the falls, or leave the car in your rentals garage and enjoy the 1-mile walk. This neighborhood is best suited to couples or small groups, as many vacation rentals are situated in apartment buildings. Two blocks north on Rainbow Boulevard, you can find restaurants and convenience stores. After a busy day touring the falls, head for the local favorite Third Street Retreat, which boasts hearty portions and a welcoming environment.

4. Little Italy

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Experience the Niagara Falls food scene in Little Italy. Situated along Pine Avenue, this compact neighborhood houses a high concentration of restaurants. Before you make the short drive to Niagara Falls, stop in for a filling breakfast at the ultra-friendly Marketside Restaurant. With its compact collection of historic storefronts, Little Italy is easily explored on foot. Vacation rentals tend to be single-family homes, and busy Pine Avenue offers everything you need in the way of ATMs, gas stations, and grocery stores to stock your kitchen.

5. Hyde Park Golf Course

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Add 18 holes to your itinerary with a vacation rental near the Hyde Park Golf Course. This neighborhood, which sits to the northwest of the course, is packed with modest single-family houses and expansive views of the greens. Most homes in the area are within walking distance of the golf course, which offers online tee-time booking and 36 holes. With its quiet streets and minimal traffic, the neighborhood makes it easy to drift off to sleep after a long day of exploring. Nearby Hyde Park Boulevard connects you to major thoroughfares in minutes when its time to hit the road.

6. Reservoir State Park

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Reserve a peaceful country retreat in the Reservoir State Park area, situated just 15 minutes by car from Niagara Falls State Park. Make the short walk or drive from your vacation rental to enjoy fishing or make use of the tennis and basketball courts. In the winter, join the locals in sledding and cross-country skiing. A few minutes to the east, Veterans’ Memorial Park provides multi-use trails and a community center with a series of family-friendly activities.

7. Colonial Village

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Just east of Reservoir State Park lies the quiet residential Colonial Village neighborhood. If you’re in the market for a spacious vacation rental with plenty of room for the kids to play, this area has options to suit. Houses in the area often feature farmland, large lawns, and mature trees, creating plenty of space to barbecue on the back deck or enjoy a game before bedtime. Nighttime brings absolute quiet and excellent starry vistas. The famed waterfalls and downtown Niagara Falls sit 20 minutes away, so its easy to enjoy the area’s popular tourist sites.

8. Cayuga Island

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Surrounded by parks and waterways, Cayuga Island places you in easy reach of stunning outdoor vistas. This small subdivision sits about 15 minutes east of Niagara Falls State Park, making it a comfortable respite from the busy downtown area. If you’re visiting in the warmer months, take advantage of the playground summer programming at Jayne Park, located a few minutes on foot from every neighborhood home. Enjoy fishing, swimming, and boating from your vacation rentals private dock, or live like the locals on one of the quiet inland streets.