What to do in Niagara Falls?
(Said no one ever)! If you are a first timer to Niagara Falls this might be the one and only time you will be asking the question “What to do in Niagara Falls? Niagara Falls is so much more than a huge waterfall (well let’s clear one thing up…there are actually three waterfalls to be exact), The Canadian Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. Now let’s get to the good stuff. The fun stuff…the making memories with your family kind of stuff.
Even as a local Niagarian, there are so many places to explore with your family.
Here are a few favourites for the first timers and second timers because you can’t do everything in one day. Niagara is a whole region, not just one city…so get ready to make room for a little fun with the fam.
Young and old, this is an adventure for all ages. Hold on tight and be sure to grab a red poncho because you are going to get wet. These catamarans hold up to 700 people and take approximately 8000 trips #IntoTheMist. Cast your vote and coin Hornblower Niagara Cruises as the Top Ontario Attraction – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TBKFKHN
Wardrobe change time, this time to a yellow poncho. Get ready to literally take a journey behind the Falls (the name tells it like it is). Here you’re going to experience the mighty Falls crashing from 13 storeys above. During the summertime, there is over 2,800 cubic meters of water thundering over the brink of the Falls every second, travelling 65 kilometers per hour (and you get to experience that from behind the scenes). Yes, you get a back stage pass…
This is the newest and most talked about attraction. It officially launches to the public on July 20th. Get ready to fly as you soar through the sky on four parallel ziplines, travelling at 670 metres (2,200 feet) through the wide river gorge. And the best part is that you get front row seats to the American and Horseshoe Falls. The minimum age to fly starts at 7 years old (or 65 pounds).
There’s also the Whirlpool Adventure Course to explore. Choose your own adventure (Classic, Extreme or Kids Course).
Picture fun obstacles suspended up to 5 metres (16 feet high), including a dozen cool games and Bumble ziplines. The minimum age to join in the fun is 5 years old.
The Classic Course is just that, an obstacle course that includes ladders, nets, ropes, logs, bridges and a few surprises. The minimum age to join in is 7 years old.
Take the classic course and add more challenging everything. The minimum age to participate is 12 years old and they must be accompanied by a chaperone.
The Niagara Glen is one of those hidden gems loved by the locals and those adventurous visitors who discover it have an equal fondness and appreciation for this nature beauty. The Niagara Gorge Trail has been a designated Nature Reserve since 1992. Don’t let the metal stairways intimidate you. These stairs lead to 4 km (2.5 mi) of paths that wind through a pristine pocket of Carolinian Forest, past boulders left behind as the Falls eroded through the area thousands of years ago. It’s a history lesson in beauty by your tour guide, Mother Nature.
There are many different paths to take: red, white, blue. Whatever path you choose, all lead to the thundering and wondrous Niagara River. During your journey, you’ll also discover interesting wildlife (such as salamanders, snakes or if you are lucky you might be able to spot the peregrine falcons nesting in the Niagara Gorge).
Safari Niagara is one of those attractions that you might explore during your second visit to Niagara Falls. It’s a bit of a hike (a 20 minute drive) to the quaint town of Stevensville, but so worth it! It’s so much more than a zoo. It’s the coolest classroom setting you can imagine. It’s a lesson in Zoology. A chance for the kids to learn about all different species (1000 to be exact). It’s a cooling zone where kids can cool off after a hot day of exploration. It’s a physical education lesson where kids can burn off tons of energy in the sand park or jump on the pillowy trampoline. It’s a place of inspiration where kids can become a zookeeper for the day. A zookeeper? How cool is that? In honour of National Zookeeper Week, July 17 – 23, Safari Niagara is giving the opportunity for one lucky child to become a Jr. Zookeeper for the day on August 9th. Check out the details on Facebook. It’s also a music lesson for parents, where they can recite the lyrics to ACDC on July 23rd or Pink Floyd on August 13th.
If you happen to be visiting Niagara Falls on August 13th, you have to check out the urban slide. It’s 1000 feet of slip and slide fun. There are also custom designed surfboards, tubes and towels to enhance your experience (yes please)!
If you’re more into tradition, don’t forget all the popular things to do in Niagara Falls. From the Butterfly Conservatory to the Bird Kingdom and you can’t forget the place that screams fun, “Clifton Hill.”
Stay in the “centre of it all,” the Courtyard Marriott is one of the most family friendly Niagara Falls Hotels loved by those big and small. We’ll help solve the “what to do in Niagara Falls” mystery.