Do you know that Niagara Falls lies amongst the topmost tourist destinations in canada? You will see the reason for this by the end of this article. There are very few places on Earth that match the fairyland destination of your imagination. I can surely say Niagara Falls completely matches everyone’s fairyland destination. It is located between New York and Ontario; Niagara Falls is the most exciting, adventurous, and magnificent place, attracting many tourists every year.
Niagara Falls has an unmatched, unique beauty that leaves an everlasting impact on your memory. This place serves you not only with an extra-ordinary view but also brings up a lot of activities that you can enjoy at this place. Most people have the limited thought that Niagara Falls is just a waterfall, and that’s all which you can get at this place. Here I will prove this thought of yours to be false by introducing a range of activities that can be enjoyed at Niagara Falls. So, let’s start off exploring the things to do at Niagara Falls.
1. Maid of the Mist
Imagine yourself boating around in the magnificent Niagara Falls, floating so nearby the great fall that the sound of the water splashing refreshes you. Well, this is something you can enjoy at the Maid of the mist. It starts and ends on the American side with great boats, which are also named as ‘Maid of the Mist’. Since the late 80’s we find these boats sailing around in the Niagara Falls and bringing smiles over the faces of its passenger. Once you experience this adventure, you will agree with me that your visit to Niagara Falls is incomplete without hopping onto the Maid of the Mist. Do wear the waterproof shoes and gear as well before you rain yourself down in the Niagara Falls. You will experience something indescribable in words.
2. Skylon Tower
The beauty at Niagara Falls is not only confined to the magnificent Falls but, you will also find a lot of attractions around it. One such attraction is the Skylon Tower. I remember going above the ground in a glass elevator, viewing the spectacular scenes all around me. One of the best things to do in Niagara Falls for the couple is to dine at this place. Skylon Tower offers you the best dining experience as well. You can enjoy and satisfy your taste buds in the revolving dining room restaurant, 775m above the ground. Adding to your visit and experience, it revolves 360 degrees every hour, changing your view of dining. The menu is designed to satisfy the taste buds of everyone by serving delicious continental food.
3. Whirlpool Aero Car
A ride designed to serve people of all ages is the whirlpool aero car, which is a cable car located in Niagara Falls, Ontario. It is also known as the Spanish Aero Car, as a Spanish engineer designed it. You can explore 1km over the Niagara Falls along with 34 other people standing in the Whirlpool Aero Car. If you are afraid of heights, then you better stay away from this place as it is only built for people who can tolerate adrenaline shoot up. It is the best adventurous ride providing you such mind-blowing views. You can also take a look at the Niagara Whirlpool when the torrent of water abruptly changes direction, creating the worlds’ most mesmerizing natural phenomena.
4. Niagara SkyWheel
Here come an attraction and one of the most fun things to do in Niagara Falls with your kids: Niagara SkyWheels. If you don’t know what a SkyWheel is, then at least you would know about the Ferris wheel. Well, Niagara SkyWheel is a Ferris wheel located in the middle of Clifton Hill. Clifton Hill is itself known as a place filled with entertainment. However, the most famous spot here is the Niagara SkyWheel, where you can, yet again, view the magnificent Niagara Falls from above the ground at the height of 175m. You can enjoy the view of climate control gondolas. The ride lasts for approximately 8 to 12 minutes. I would recommend you to take this ride at night and enjoy the spectacular view of illuminated falls.
5. Butterfly Conservatory
Are you planning on going to Niagara Falls with your kids, but your kids are scared of heights? Don’t worry; your kids are going to enjoy it a lot. Even if they are afraid of heights and won’t be able to enjoy the Skylon tower or Aero Cars or Niagara SkyWheels, you can take them to the Butterfly Conservatory. The Niagara Parks operated by the Commission situated at an approximate distance of 9km from Niagara Falls. This place brings you closer to nature and helps you develop a connection with it. Imagine yourself in an area surrounded by thousands of butterflies fluttering over so many colorful flowers. Isn’t just the thought of this pleasing you? Then do visit it as well, to bring your imagination into reality. I would recommend you to take along a camera, so you capture all the colorful memories.
6. Marineland Canada
Kids always love the zoo and themed amusement park, so Marineland Canada (also known as Marineland) is just the right place for your kids. The performing marine animal shows provide a great deal of excitement to kids. You will find plenty of sea creatures here: dolphins, sea lions, orca, beluga whales, and much more. In addition to this, you will catch sight of land animals, which range from bears to dears and many more. To add in the fun of kids, Marineland also offers many rides such as Dragon Mountain Roller Coaster, Space Avenger, Dragon Boat, Flying Dragon Ride, The Kandu’s Twister and so much more. If you are planning on visiting this place along with your kids, then Marineland Canada is a must to visit the site.
7. Old Fort Niagara
Almost every tourist attraction place ends up having a site for its history lovers. Old Fort Niagara is one such situation. This place has been a ground of battle for many wars and now Old Fort Niagara stores within itself the memories of those wars in the form of historical weapons and artifacts. From gunpowder rooms to old army barracks and ancient canons, this place preserves the history of great battles. One thing that does not go unnoticed is that this place is well maintained with clean grounds and highly preserved buildings.
If you take out some time, then you can also stop by to see the demonstrations and exhibitions. Before I visited this place, when I read its reviews, I came across many people suggesting having a look at the visitor’s center. It turns out that the suggestion was worth it because if you want to dig in a little deeper in history, then the visitors center is the right place for you.
8. Cave of the Winds
Adding into your adventure, a natural cave called Cave of the Winds is located behind Bridal Veil Falls. After you take a 175m elevator down into the Niagara George, you will be able to get a closer look at the falls. A rock-fall closed the tours in 1920, but once it re-opened, tourists began visiting this place with the same energy and enthusiasm. There is nothing like visiting the great rush of water down. However, do prepare yourself to get wet as you get this close to the splashing water. You will be provided with poncho and shoes, but with this speed of the water, it’s likely, these will not help.
9. Journey Behind the Falls
Journey Behind the Falls is located beside the Canadian Horseshoe Falls in the Table Rock Centre. It gives you what you can call a spectacular behind the scenes peek. An elevator ride takes you to an observation deck from where you can view the Niagara Falls along with the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. From here, you can enjoy the falls from a different angle. There is a misconception that if you have ridden on the Maid of mist, then no need to visit Journey Behind the Falls. Let me assure you that Journey Behind the Falls will provide you with a new perspective of the place. So, add this in your ‘things to do in Niagara Falls’ list as well.
10. White Water Walk
2 to 3km away from the Niagara Falls is located the White Water Walk, which is a peaceful and calm place to visit. You will have to take an elevator 230 feet down to the base of George. From there, you have to take a walk along a quarter-mile boardwalk. While you walk, you can enjoy the beautiful view of the turbulent whirlpool below. I was suggested to read the informational plaques that are placed along the boardwalk, and I must say that the suggestion was worth it. I would recommend the same as well as it will add a lot to your knowledge. The more you get to know about the place that you visit, the better the trip feels.
Remember, I mentioned to you that Niagara Falls is the topmost tourist destination? I am sure you must have figured out by now the reasons. The breath-taking view and sceneries along with the numerous fun activities for people of all ages have made it popular amongst tourists. The long list of things to do in Niagara Falls has attracted so many people to it. I think now you must also be one of those people.