Niagara Falls is one of the world’s most popular destinations. Whether you are going for the scenery, the wine, or the world-class attractions, you’re sure to have a fantastic time at the Falls. Here are some of the area’s most popular attractions:
Maid of the Mist
The Maid of the Mist is an iconic boat tour that has long been one of the most popular (and wet) ways to explore the Falls. You’ll be taken right up to the Falls, close enough to be drenched in water if you’re brave enough to forgo the complimentary rain covers.
Visit the Skylon Tower for a ride 775 feet up to get a bird’s eye view of the Falls. Skylon Tower also boasts two restaurants, including a revolving dining area that provides a 360 degree view of the entire region.
Clifton Hill is one of the most iconic streets in all of Canada and home to a slew of attractions including: Ripley’s Believe it or Not, the Movieland and Wax Museum, the Rainforest Café, and the Hard Rock Café.
Take a wine tour
Niagara is Ontario’s wine country. Vineyards and wineries dot the landscape and many offer full tours, tastings, restaurants and even overnight accommodation. In the autumn and winter be sure to sample Niagara’s famous ice wine.
Niagara Falls is about more than just fine dining and sightseeing, and when you visit with the whole family you need to make sure that you’re keeping the kids entertained. If the arcades and shopping of Clifton Hill are a bit too much to handle (or if you want to save a bit of money) then consider taking the kids to mini golf. Super Putt in Niagara is a great way for the family to spend an hour or two, and they usually offer great deals, including 50% off until the end of December.
Go behind the Falls
Once you’ve seen the Falls from above and below (via the Skylon Tower and Maid of the Mist, respectively) it is time to get the most unique perspective of all – behind the Falls. The journey behind the Falls takes you down to the lower observation deck, but again, prepare to don a poncho or anticipate getting wet.
Anyone who lives in Ontario knows the jingle, but if you’re not familiar we’ll sum it up: “Everyone Loves Marineland!”. Starting in May and running through to October, Marineland offers a firsthand glimpse of beluga whales, killer whales, dolphins and more. Recently the park has also renewed its commitment to conservation and animal welfare. For the more adventurous, Marineland also offers a host of heart pounding rides like the Sky Screamer!
Brush up on your history
Niagara is about much more than rides, attractions, and the Falls. Niagara played an important role in the War of 1812, The Laura Secord Homestead pays tribute to a Canadian hero and national icon, while reenactors roam Fort George and Old Fort Erie.
Niagara-on-the-Lake often calls itself the prettiest small town in Canada, and you’ll find few people that disagree. This charming town is packed with restaurants and boutiques, and is only a short drive from Niagara Falls.
Make sure to visit these top places and attractions when you visit the Niagara region, you’re guaranteed to have a fun time!