As soon as the weather in Canada gets better, I begin roaming around our region to explore the beautiful scenery. With the travel bug hitting, it was a pretty obvious choice for us to organize some trips to Niagara Falls, as it’s not too far away. I’m pretty sure we’ll be back again and again; it’s that kind of place.
If you’re like me, and you happen to like water, you definitely must visit Niagara Falls!
The waterfall is something out of this world!
But here is the thing: I am fortunate to be living about an hour away from this magical place, so I can just drop by whenever I feel like. But if you’re driving from a longer distance and you want to enjoy the city for more than just an afternoon, you need to organize your trip, right?
Well, here are a couple of things that I can suggest you do to make the most of your time while visiting the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.
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Book a hotel room
The falls are surrounded by hotels of all sizes, ratings and styles. You can be sure to find a room that suits both your taste and budget.
One of my favorite go-to places when it comes to organizing a full trip is Expedia.com, as it gives me the chance to book my hotel room along the other activities that I enjoy.
Tours of Niagara Falls
For travelers of all styles, you can tour the falls by selecting from the different types of boats:
- Whirlpool Jetboat Tour
- Open Jet Boat Ride
- Niagara Falls Boat tour
All three types of tours are available on Expedia.com.
Spectacular views of the falls from a distance
If you’re like me and a bit less adventurous, you can still enjoy the beautiful scenery of the turbulent cascading waterfalls from a distance. My favorite option for this is the helicopter tour. I like the highs. However, with two young kids along, I might choose to stick with a simpler approach by opting for the Summit Suite Buffet.
- Summit Suite Buffet. A trip to the top the Skylon Tower combines an exhilarating 52-second ride with an awe-inspiring of view of Niagara from 775 feet above the falls. You can even dine in a revolving dining room open year-round for lunch and diner. For more information visit Skylon.com
- Niagara Falls Helicopter Tour. Helicopter sightseeing tour flies over Niagara Falls for individuals and groups. Flights depart daily from 9 a.m. till sunset (weather permitting). Duration of the flights: 12 minutes. For more information visit NiagaraHelicopters.com
- Canadian Illumination Tour of the Falls. Bookable on Expedia.com
- Family Friendly Tour to Niagara Falls & Niagara on The Lake. Bookable on Expedia.com
- Niagara Skywheel (175 feet above the falls). The ride varies from 8-12 minutes and gondolas are climate controlled. Bookable on Expedia.com
Every visitor to Niagara Falls, should have a walk by Clifton Hill, which is where you’ll find the Skywheel (mentioned above). The street is also surrounded by an array of entertainment such restaurants, shopping, nightlife and many cool attractions:
- Big Top Mirror & Laser Maze. An incredible infinity illusion in a maze of mirrors. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bronto’s Adventure Playland. An interactive indoor/outdoor attraction featuring a playzone, bumper blast, toddlers play area, and so much more. For more information email: email@example.com
- Dinosaur Adventure Golf. Two challenging 18 holes courses, surrounded by 50 life-size dinosaurs. For more information visit CliftonHill.com..
- Guinness World Records. Discover the biggest, tallest, smallest, fastest, thinnest – and other world records. For more information visit GuinessNiagarafalls.com.
- Movieland Wax Museum of the Stars. Get up close and personal with leading celebrities in their most famous settings. For more information visit CliftonHill.com
- Mystery Maze. Because getting lost has never been so much fun. Discover an adventure that will test you sense of direction. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ripley’s Moving Theatre. Two brand new back-to-back 4D films will have you experience every bump, dip and sharp turn. For more information visit Ripleysniagara.com.
- Strike Rock N’ Bowl. 25,000 SQ. Ft of high-energy entertainment with 14 full-size bowling lanes, billiard tables & arcade games.
- The Crystal Caves. Mirrored maze of crystal caves. For more information visit CrystalCaves.ca
- The Fun House. Climb, crawl, roll, twirl and laugh your way through Niagara’s one and only Fun House. A great place for the whole family to have fun. For more information email: email@example.com
- The Great Canadian Midway. Over 70.000 square feet of family fun, with over 300 arcade and redemption games. For more information visit CliftonHill.com
- The House of Frankenstein. Niagara’s most terrifying experience. For more information visit: HouseOfFrankenstein.ca.
- The Haunted House. A horrifying experience with a ghost in every corner, a skeleton in every closet and every kind of ghoul imaginable. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wild Magic Show with Greg Frewin. Experience the mystery and art of illusion with Greg Frewin. “Wild Magic” is a Vegas show featuring tigers, bird and dancers. For more information visit: GregFrewinTheatre.com.
- Wild West Coaster (6D Ride Experience). State of the art ride technology with a 6D ride experience (3D stereoscopic imaging, 2G’s of rapid accelerations, seats that bear 400 movements per seconds, plus intense wind and lighting effects). For more information visit CliftonHill.com
- Wizard’s Golf . Enchanted world of fairies, trolls and the dragon’s lair. For more information visit CliftonHill.com.
Note: You can either book some of those attractions individually or you can find a combined pass for 5 selected attractions to do in Clifton Hill on Expedia.com.
Additional indoor attractions in Niagara Falls
Additional attractions are available in other parts of the city, and include:
- Chocolate World. Over 1,800 square feet of fine chocolate from around the world and fudge made on site, a large assortment of Canadian Maple Syrup, specialty teas and gourmet jams. For more information visit SouvernirCity.ca
- Fallsview indoor waterpark. North America’s largest indoor waterpark & entertainment complex. This park is bookable on Expedia.com
- Go-Karts and Mini-Putt. One of the fastest tracks in North America
- Niagara Freefall Indoor Skydiving. Anyone can do indoor skydiving from the age of 5 years and up. For more information visit NiagaraFreeFall.com.
- Bumper Cars. Traffic slam bumper cars at adventure city. For more information visit FallsAvenueResort
Kids love animals, and a great way to keep the young ones busy is by bringing them close to those magnificent creatures. They can learn and have fun at the same time. I have to say that the Bird Kingdom is a bit too dark for younger kids. My three-year-old didn’t enjoy it much.
- Butterfly Conservatory. The conservatory contains over 2,000 butterfulies, floating carefree among the blossoms and greenery. For more information visit NiagaraParks.com
- Bird Kingdom. The world’s largest indoor free flying aviary. Spectacular birds fly freely around you in the rainforest. For more information visit: BirdKingdom.ca
- MarineLand of Canada. Marine mammal performances, whale watching, thrill rides, family rides and animal displays. MarineLand is bookable on Expedia.com
Tours and Parks
If you’re not the adventurous type, and you’re not interested in any of the attractions available at Niagara Falls, you can still enjoy a quieter time by exploring the different parks and wineries. Here are a couple of recommendations:
- Niagara Parks. 56 km of parks to explore, including many major attractions within: Old Fort Erie, Laura Secord Homestead, McFarland House, Mackenzie Printery, Botanical Gardens & School of Horticulture, Floral Showhouse, Floral Clock, Niagara Glen, Dufferin Islands, Niagara River Recreation Trail, White Water Walk, etc. For more information visit NiagaraParks.com
- Niagara Falls Wine Country Tour (bookable on Expedia.com)
- Private Niagara Escarpment Winery Tour (bookable on Expedia.com)
These are all the attractions that I know of. I am open to add more on the list if you know of additional sites that other visitors might enjoy – especially if they’re recommended for kids and families.
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