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Hochul: Stay safe and support local businesses with a 'staycation' in Niagara Falls


Mon, Jul 27th 2020 01:30 pm

Plan to have a vacation at home

Guest Editorial by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul

If you’ve ever thought of a “staycation,” now is the time to do it.

Many of our local industries are taking a hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tourism, a substantial part of New York state's economy, is certainly one of them.

I recently hosted a discussion with tourism leaders in Niagara Falls to highlight the safety precautions they are taking.

If you follow the necessary precautions, your family can have a safe and fun vacation right here in New York state and at Niagara Falls – a landmark gem to the world. These sites offer exciting new amenities:

√ New York recently invested $70 million improving viewing areas at Niagara Falls State Park.

√ The Maid of the Mist takes you right to the base of the falls. Once powered by steam, a new electric fleet will be unveiled soon.

√ The Niagara Region is steeped in history – experience Old Fort Niagara or the Underground Railroad Heritage Center.​

√ Meet the penguins and all their aquatic friends – sea lions, octopus, jelly fish and more – at the Aquarium of Niagara.

There is a vibrant downtown with restaurants, shops and attractions.

It's on us to keep these businesses going during these tough times – they are the bread and butter that give this great community its identity.

I encourage you and your family to start your “staycation” right here in Niagara Falls. This is how we build back better.

Kathy Hochul is the 77th lieutenant governor of the state of New York​

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