Stunning as they are, the pictures don’t quite do Niagara Falls justice. The famous waterfalls give off an incredible roar from dusk to dawn (and a surprisingly far-reaching mist) – a spectacular natural experience that cries out to be on your bucket list.
There are plenty of ways to experience Niagara Falls – not to mention in the evening when you will find them spectacularly lit with firework displays running during peak season. If you can pull yourself away from marvelling at the waterfall, there are plenty of activities for everyone in the bustling Ontario destination.
We’ve put together the top 12 attractions in Niagara Falls town worthy of any itinerary.
Hornblower Niagara Cruises
First stop: experience the Falls from aboard the famous Hornblower. Feel the mist and hear its rumble as you ride into the heart of the Falls. With 360-degree unobstructed views, you can get as up-close-and-personal with the Falls as you like!
Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens & Butterfly Conservatory
Where else can you see over 2,400 roses and more than 2,000 tropical butterflies?
There is an abundance of beauty to explore in Niagara, and the 99-acre floral gardens that the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens showcases invites you to explore just that. Plus, the butterfly conservatory is a must-see, and includes a self-guided walking tour that is perfect for families.
See the legendary Falls from 775 feet in the air on a trip up the Skylon Tower. Revolving 360 degrees (slowly, so you that you won’t even feel the movement) the tower offers unforgettable views to last a lifetime.
As well as the observation deck, you can also enjoy the height of dining excellence in the Revolving Dining Room or indulge in a more casual affair at the buffet restaurant. Plus, the 3D and 4D Falls Movie ‘Legend of Niagara Falls’ will entertain both kids and adults of all ages.
In addition to rows and rows of slots and tables, the Fallsview Casino offers fantastic dining, live shows and nightlife. The Las Vegas-calibre venue in the heart of Niagara Falls attracts a long list of top musicians, entertainers and comedians. Plus, with no audience member being further than 100 feet from the stage – there isn’t a bad seat in the house!
Zipline to the Falls
‘Flying’ with a birds-eye view: this high-adrenaline aerial adventure is a fantastic way to experience the falls from a 760 metre high vantage point. Feel your heart race as the fully-guided experience adds thrill to the breathtaking panorama views of the Falls.
Located within Clifton Hill (the action-packed street commonly known as ‘The Street of Fun’), the Niagara Skywheel will take you 175 feet above the ground, where you can catch spectacular views of the city. The best part? The gondolas are climate-controlled providing year round comfort, day and night.
Journey Behind the Falls
There is no question that seeing the Falls from above is magical but it only gets better as you embark on a unique adventure deep below and behind the heart of Niagara. Discover the history as you explore 150 feet down and stand in the mist where the mighty horseshoe falls rumble. This iconic experience sees you delve one third of the way behind Niagara Falls, leaving you in complete awe of the spectacular nature show.
Niagara has been blessed with a distinctive microclimate perfect for vineyards, so much so you will find over 90 wineries in the local area! Although they are all worthy of a visit, that itself would be thirsty work…
When visiting Niagara, don’t forget to sip some award-winning Icewine. This iconic Niagara speciality is produced from extracting the sugary nectar of frozen-harvested grapes – a real treat for those with a sweet tooth!
Wine lovers should also check out the various festivals that take place in summer, autumn and winter months and feature some of the best wineries and specialities.
Greg Frewin Theatre
Combine dinner and a show with the international grand champion of Magic, Greg Frewin. His awe-inspiring dinner show, including tigers and incredible illusions, will leave you captivated! The jaw-dropping magical experience is family friendly entertainment, suitable for all ages – a definite must-see event to pencil in.
Niagara Glen Nature Areas
Go on an adventure deep in the Great Gorge Nature reserve and you will find the unique spot of Niagara Glen. Unleash the explorer in you as you hike through 4km of paths in a pristine pocket passing boulders left behind as the Falls eroded through the area thousands of years ago. The trails are well laid out and easily navigated if you take your time – but remember to take your waking shoes!
Add a refreshing and memorable experience to your Niagara Falls visit with a splash of excitement onboard a jet boat. Learn about the history and geology of the stunning Niagara River before embarking upstream for a unique, 29-kilometre tour. Hang on as the boat dives into the water of Devil’s Hole Rapids and the famous Whirlpool Rapids – a few kilometres below the tumbling waters of Niagara Falls.
For those seeking a combination of magnificent scenery and the thrill of a helicopter ride; we’ve saved the best for last. Take off and fly above all the major sites in Niagara including the Niagara River, Whirlpool Rapids, Niagara Falls and the American Falls. Spotting the Rainbow Bridge appear and disappear while hovering above the Falls is an experience to share with the whole family. With ample opportunities for photos, make sure you remember your camera!