Things to do in Niagara Falls this Summer (locally approved)
Shhh! So, we are going to let you in on some pretty important information that the locals are privy to. Here are the top 5 or so-ish things that we as local Niagarians (yes this is a word), recommend doing while you are here in good, old Niagara Falls.
Okay, visiting Niagara Falls and coming face-to-face with Mother Nature herself is a given (100%). We as locals still get mesmerized and drawn into her beauty every single time. However, while you are in her presence, there are a few attractions that you must experience (and these are definitely local approved).
This is without a doubt (one of our favs.) and is truly worth your while. This Niagara Falls boat ride will leave you with moments where you may have a loss for words, but we promise it will be worth it! Be sure to get your cameras/phones ready because there are lots of Instagram-worthy photos on this 20 minute journey. Check out their website for all the different types of tours – Voyage to the Falls, Falls Fireworks Cruise. There is also this new funicular experience (also known as an incline railway), which provides you with unobstructed views of both the Canadian Horseshoe and American Falls (and is included in the price of your “cruise” ticket).
This is another “in the presence of Mother Nature” moment. Whether you’re an experienced yogi or new to the practice, this is a “zen-perience” like no other. Being next to the natural wonder of Niagara Falls and the sound of the crashing waterfall beside you, will definitely be one of the highlights of your trip. Plus, after working up a bit of a sweat, you get to enjoy brunch at one of the certified Feast On restaurants. Mornings just don’t get much more spectacular than this!
If meditation is more of your wellness vibe, there is also a guided meditation at the White Water Walk. Both will take you to your zen place.
Let’s travel along the picturesque Niagara Parkway to the Whirlpool Jet Boats, for our next highly recommended “bucket list” adventure. Once you are suited up in your waterproof-ish gear, you are ready to G-O! This 45 minute – 1-hour journey at 55mp/hour is such a rush. So hold on tight and be sure to take in all of the incredible views along the way, starting at the lower Niagara River to the Niagara Gorge up to the Niagara Whirlpool (Class 5 Rapids) and back. We promise you won’t only get wet, but perhaps drenched 😊
Supper Market/Farmer’s Markets
We have a handful of markets in Niagara that we like to frequent. Let’s start with the Farmer’s market at 5943 Sylvia Place (just 5 minutes from the Courtyard). Every Saturday you’ll get your fix of some local farmed goodness (in-season fruit and vegetables, flowers, and homemade treats).
In Niagara we love our food trucks. Tuesday night is the Port Dalhousie market featuring our favourite food truck chefs with a lakeside view while you munch on local goodies. Wednesday Night take a ride to N-O-T-L for the Supper Market with more food truck yumminess, plus local entertainment and Niagara based wineries and microbreweries. Food trucking is definitely a thing in Niagara.
Niagara Wineries and Microbreweries
With over 70 wineries in Niagara and a handful of local microbreweries, there’s always a wine or pint glass waiting to be filled. Some of our favourites include:
Farm to table dining and vine to glass sipping. The Lowrey Family has 150 years of experience making entertaining exceptional.
The outstanding wine, the exceptional Winery Restaurant with celebrity chef Jason Parsons, who makes everything taste so good and the Events (Food Truck Eats, Wine Country Fare).
An extra special winery country experience. From the wine (the sparkling wines are our favourite), to the Farmhouse Bistro to the beautiful vineyard and events (the annual Handmade Market is a must).
Iconic wines like the Trius Red, plus the Trius Restaurant featuring chef Frank Dodd and the incredible events (Movie Night in the Vineyard and the Jazz and Blues festivals), make every day iconic.
Award-winning wine and some pretty spectacular events like the Summer Concert Series, featuring some pretty amazing headliners.
Well known for wine, whiskey and beer, plus some pretty impressive memorabilia and food. Greatness is a common theme at this winery.
Great beer is just past the old oak in the big red barn. So many beers to try, like the Farmhouse Ale Collection and their seasonal beer (strawberry rhubarb, Sour Cherry Berliner Weisse and peach). Plus their BBQ eats on their upcycled patio with local music all summer long. Everything about this craft beer house is Y-E-S!!
What makes this brewery unique is not only the beer, but also the fact that the beer is brewed in an old church that dates back to the 1890s. It’s full of so much charm and fun! Plus, they have a great eatery, Mason, serving worldly flavours on-site.
This is a hidden gem, located in downtown Niagara Falls, serving great, custom beer and a menu full of vegan and meat-loving favourites.
These are just a few of our favourite things to do in Niagara Falls this Summer. All of these "locally approved" events and attractions are just minutes from our centrally located and in our opinion, one of the most fun-filled Niagara Falls Hotels, the Courtyard Marriott. Stay tuned for our perspective on "All Things Fun for the Fall".