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Top Things to do in Niagara Falls with your Kids (Locally Approved)

It's the last weekend of summer before the kids go back to school. Here are all the <locally approved> things to do in Niagara Falls with your kiddos before they hit the books.

Tourist for a Day

Every now and then we (locals) like to play tourist with our families. Whether it’s sharing our natural wonder with family visiting from out of town or just because we really like our city and love recreating memories with our kids. It’s a lot of fun to bring ourselves back to our inner child days.

Street of Fun 

The Street of Fun, a.k.a “Clifton Hill” has evolved so much since many of us were kids in the 70’s, 80’s or even 90’s. HOCO Fun by the Falls is every child’s dream. From the SkyWheel to the Dino Adventure Golf, Zombie Attack and we cannot forget the Great Canadian Midway (70,000 square feet of F-U-N). Over 300 games – old favourites like Skee-Ball and new hits like Super 21 and Deal or No Deal. There’s also the Wild West Coaster, Ghost Blasters Dark Ride, and Strike Rock N’ Roll Ball. And last but definitely not least is the Niagara Speedway (it's a great way to spend the last weekend).

Bird Kingdom

This is an incredible attraction for the whole family to enjoy. What we love about the Bird Kingdom is that you can literally spend hours exploring the multi-levels of this magical aviary. After all, it is the World’s Largest Free-Flying Indoor Aviary. From the animal encounters area (where all things reptiles live) to the Museum (full of historical artefacts) and the Main Aviary (featuring hundreds of birds flying free in this 50,000 multi-level rainforest setting). It's the perfect afternoon adventure.

Whirlpool Adventure Course

This is definitely a "must-try" attraction, plus the price point is pretty awesome too. With this attraction, you'll get to choose your own adventure (Classic, Extreme, What's to Fear Jump or the Kid's Course). 

Kid's 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. 

Classic Course 

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. 

Extreme Course 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. 

We promise, this is an attraction that will get two thumbs up from the kiddos.

Safari Niagara

Safari Niagara is another family favourite. Purchasing either a membership through the Bird Kingdom or through Safari Niagara at the beginning of the season is your best bet when it comes to savings.

There is something so special about Safari Niagara. All of the animals are so well taken care of (you can just feel it when you see the trainers come with their scheduled feedings). They are so knowledgeable and so passionate about what they do.

Safari Niagara is home to more than 1000 animals (native and exotic mammals, reptiles and birds). There is 150 acres to explore and that’s why this Niagara attraction is one of our favourites because you can literally spend the whole day exploring. From the splash pad to the petting zoo, playground area and of course the exploration of all the animals, this is a day well spent with the family.

Whirlpool Jet Boats

End summer with a splash and receive 10% off your Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours. When booking use code SUN19 when you book between August 28th and September 4th. We promise you won't only get wet, but drenched. It is so worth it as you get a tour of the Niagara River and the power Niagara Rapids.  

Journey Behind the Falls

With this attraction, you'll literally receive a "behind the scenes" tour of Niagara Falls. This adventure includes exploring 130-year old tunnels through the bedrock and coming face-to-face with the Falls from the observation deck area as you look up and experience one-fifth of the world's fresh water crashing down right in front of you.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

This is one of the most thrilling Niagara Falls boat tours that also includes getting wet (can you see a theme here)? You'll get up close and personal with the American Falls and right in the basin of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Be sure to get your phones ready for some instagram-worthy pics.

End your evenings with free concerts by the Falls. On August 31st, the Great Lake Swimmers hit the stage on August 31st at 8:45pm, followed by Fireworks over the Falls at 10pm. Talk about ending your summer with a bang.

These are just a few hidden gems that we as locals recommend doing with the kiddos before they head back to school.

And if you need a place to rest your head, you know that the Courtyard Marriott is one of the most fun-filled Niagara Falls hotels <wink, wink>.

Stay tuned for more fun tips for the Fall.