Visiting the Niagara Falls is on a lot of people’s bucket lists. Every year, 30 million people visit the area. So, I know for sure that at some point many of you will decide to do so too. It is certainly a place that is on our family travel wishlist.
I decided to focus on things you could do with kids because I know that many of my readers are parents or grandparents. If you want a more adult-orientated guide to visiting the Niagara Falls area, you can find an excellent one here.
There are two great indoor water parks, located near the Falls. The closest one is the Fallsview Indoor Water Park. It has three acres of water slides, a tipping bucket and a large wave pool, as well as an outdoor activity pool. If you have toddlers, or preschoolers and the Tiny Tots Splash Park area will be ideal for them.
There are several boats which take passengers to the base of the waterfalls. All of them offer a great experience. If you have young children, the calmer slower trips are the best option. Whereas, older children will likely enjoy the high-speed boat trip more. It is certainly a thrilling experience.
One of the best tours, available in the area, is the Journey Behind the Falls. During your trip, you are taken down a 150-foot elevator into 130-year-old tunnels, which has been carved from the bedrock. After a bit of a walk, you arrive at the front of the Falls in line with where the water comes crashing into the pool at the bottom. It is a surprisingly exciting experience.
If you have older children, it might well be worth investing in a Niagara helicopter ride. Typically the flights take around about 12 minutes and there is room for six passengers on each ride.
The Magician Greg Frewin puts on a Vegas-style show which is sure to entertain the whole family. His animals certainly make the show interesting, especially the tiger.
If you are looking for something more relaxing to do, a visit to the huge butterfly Conservatory is a must. It’s just a short drive from the waterfalls. There is also an interesting tour available which takes between 10 to 30 minutes to complete.
There are some really great restaurants in the area, many of which cater specifically for children. However, as a family treat, you could take them to enjoy a meal with a view of the waterfalls.
If your family likes mini-golf, head off to Clifton Hill. The Dinosaur Adventure golf attraction is particularly good. You might also like to play Wizards Golf, which is lit up in the evenings.
There are lots of ways to get a view of Niagara Falls. One of the best is from the Skywheel. It takes you up 175 feet and is fully enclosed and air-conditioned.
As you can see, there is no shortage of things you can enjoy doing as a family in and around the area. The above really is just the tip of the iceberg.