June 23, 2017

Top-Five Things to Do in Niagara Falls

niagara fallsI’m excited to take one or two of my kids to Niagara Falls in September. I’ve never been before and since I’m planning to attend the TMS Family Travel Conference in Niagara Falls, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to explore the region, including many attractions beyond the waterfalls. Take a look at five can’t-miss activities in Niagara Falls:

Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens: Just a ten-minute drive from Niagara Falls, this beautiful garden is a must-stop when the flowers are in bloom, especially the rose garden with more than 2,400 roses. Your kids will also love the Butterfly Conservatory, which houses over 2,000 butterflies. Guided horse and carriage tours are available between May and mid-October.

Niagara Skywheel: Hop on and soar 175 feet above Niagara Falls for a spectacular view of the falls. The Niagara Skywheel operates day or night and the ride in a fully-enclosed gondola lasts eight to twelve minutes. See both the Horseshoe and American Falls on Canada’s largest observation wheel.

Maid of the Mist: Throw on a poncho and hop aboard the Maid of the Mist, which takes passengers by boat to the edge of the falls. Be prepared to get wet and make sure to bring along a water-proof camera. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget (but don’t take it from me, take a look at all the exceedingly positive TripAdvisor reviews!).

Bird Kingdom: Head to Bird Kingdom to spend some time at the largest free-flying indoor aviary in the world. You and your kids will have the opportunity to see more than 400 colorful birds, a 40-foot waterfall (which I’m sure must pale in comparison to Niagara Falls), tropical plants and, of course, a variety of bird shows and feedings.

Journey Behind the Falls: If you’re looking for one more way to experience Niagara Falls, head to the Table Rock Welcome Centre at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls. Take the elevator down 150 feet and exit onto the Upper and Lower Observation Decks at the foot of the Falls. In the spring and summer, you’ll receive a free souvenir rain poncho.

Have you ever taken a trip to Niagara Falls? Let me know some of your favorite family-friendly activities in the area in the comments section below.

Photo Credit: kinchloe


  1. jennifer says:

    Do you have any hotel recommendations while staying in NF? My family is taking a trip there in July on the Canada side and would like recomms for hotel stay.

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