Things to do in Niagara Falls & Around

Things to do in  Niagara Falls & Around

Make a splash on the border

Niagara Falls is a natural marvel: Millions of gallons of water rush into the Niagara Gorge every second, forming three distinct waterfalls. The falls sit on the border between the United States and Canada, and the town of Niagara Falls, New York, offers state parks, restaurants, museums, and other attractions to the many visitors who come to see the falls. So, whether you want to get wet on a boat ride or behind-the-scenes waterfall walk or dine with a view, there are many things to do in Niagara Falls.

Top 15 attractions in Niagara Falls & Around

Niagara Falls, Ontario

The powerful border-straddling Niagara Falls is actually composed of the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls (also known as Canadian Falls). Combined, these cascades have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world—more than a million bathtubs of water plummet over the edge every second. While they’re wildly impressive from the US, here’s how to explore the Canadian side.More

Skylon Tower

Perched on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, the lofty Skylon Tower is famous for its bird’s-eye views. Boasting a panoramic observation platform, ambient dining, movies, shopping, and activities for the whole family, this 775-foot (236-meter) tower offers an entire day’s worth of entertainment.More

Cave of the Winds

At the Cave of the Winds observation decks, thrill-seeking visitors can get within 20 feet (6 meters) of the thundering Niagara Falls for an experience that feels like the inside of a tropical storm with torrents of water cascading down and winds up to 68 mph (109 kph). Safe to say, you’ll probably get wet.More

Journey Behind the Falls

Niagara Falls is an incredible sight from land and by boat, but at Journey Behind the Falls visitors who wish to truly experience its massive power can get up close and personal—and wet. Standing on an observation deck behind the falls, where more than one million bathtubs of water thunder over the edge every second, is a truly unforgettable experience of Niagara.More

Bridal Veil Falls

The smallest of the three waterfalls that comprise world-famous Niagara Falls, Bridal Veil Falls is anything but small. Located on the US side of the falls, the 56-foot-wide (17-meter-wide) waterfall thunders over a 78-foot (24-meter) drop. Its frothy white cascade is reminiscent of a bride’s veil, hence the falls’ name.More

Table Rock Welcome Centre

Your visit to the natural wonder that is Niagara Falls begins at the Table Rock Welcome Centre. Here you’ll learn how to make the most of your time at the falls, plus you can buy tickets for some area attractions if you didn’t book a tour in advance. The complex has viewing platforms, restaurants, shops, and attractions.More

Floral Clock

While Niagara Falls is justifiably famous for the force of nature that is the falls themselves, the Floral Clock is one of several other impressive attractions in the area. Comprising thousands of colorful plants and flowers, the clock blooms from spring to fall. It’s a fun photo opportunity, especially for nature lovers and avid gardeners.More

Rainbow Bridge

Arching across the Niagara River gorge, Rainbow Bridge links Niagara Falls in New York with Niagara Falls in Ontario. Built in 1940, the historic bridge serves as one of the most scenic border crossings between the United States and Canada. Traverse it for dramatic views of Niagara Falls.More

Queen Victoria Park

Queen Victoria Park offers a quiet respite from the bustle of Niagara Falls. Take in stunning views of Horseshoe Falls and spend some time strolling among the plants and flowers that grow throughout the park. The colorful gardens and manicured lawns offer both relaxing picnic spots and great photo ops of the falls.More

St. Catharines

St. Catharines is a vibrant city on Lake Ontario just northwest of Niagara Falls, known for its lakefront, parks, and vineyards. As a focal point of the 1850s abolition movement, St. Catharines is an important landmark in Black Canadian history. Its rich arts and culture scene also draws visitors from around the Niagara region and beyond.More

Whirlpool Aero Car

Suspended high over the Niagara River, the Whirlpool Aero Car passes directly over Niagara Whirlpool—a swirling, whitewater vortex created by conflicting currents. The antique cable car has been on the go since 1916, carrying passengers out to the bend of the river, where they dangle over and gawk at the dangerous whirling rapids below.More

Clifton Hill

Clifton Hill is a neon-heavy, Vegas-like strip filled with a concentrated cluster of family-friendly attractions and entertainment options. Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, the 175-foot (53-meter) Niagara SkyWheel, Guinness World Records Museum, Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks, and several haunted houses are among its prominent points of interest.More

Reif Estate Winery

The family-owned Reif Estate Winery is one of the oldest wineries in the Niagara-on-the-Lake area. Located on the banks of the Niagara River, and not far from Lake Ontario, it’s in an attractive setting, with views across the river to the United States. The winery offers delicious wine and food tastings and events, including some more unusual wine events that mix good food, drink, and fun.More

Niagara SkyWheel

Opened in 2006, this towering Ferris wheel carries passengers up to a height of 175 feet (53 meters), far above the hubbub and neon lights of bustling Clifton Hill. From the enclosed, climate-controlled gondolas, passengers can see for miles in every direction and admire the grandeur of Horseshoe and American falls.More


Known as one of Ontario’s most beautiful towns, Niagara-on-the-Lake is an ideal destination for wine lovers and anyone looking for a slow-paced, scenic vacation. Located just over the US–Canadian border on the shores of Lake Ontario, this picturesque spot is an easy weekend getaway or day trip from Buffalo in New York, Toronto, or Niagara Falls.More

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Niagara Falls After Dark: Light Shows and Fireworks

Niagara Falls After Dark: Light Shows and Fireworks

Niagara City Cruises

Niagara City Cruises

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All about Niagara Falls & Around

When to visit

Niagara Falls enjoys a summertime tourist boom thanks to warm temperatures that make Maid of the Mist voyages a welcome and cooling experience. The free Discover Niagara Shuttle operates from June through October, which is when area attractions are at their busiest. For a slightly calmer (and less expensive) outing, consider visiting in September or October, when most attractions are still open, including Maid of the Mist boat rides, which close from early November through late April.

Getting around

Niagara Falls is served by the The Niagara Falls International Train Station and Intermodal Transportation Center, which links to Amtrak services in the US and Maple Leaf services in Canada, as well as the Niagara Falls Transit terminal, served by bus lines like Greyhound. A number of local buses, as well as two trams, operate in the area, as does the free, seasonal Discover Niagara shuttle. Guided tour itineraries offer an even simpler way to navigate the region’s attractions.

Traveler tips

Many visitors don’t realize that Niagara Falls is just a hop, skip, and a jump from one of Canada’s top wine regions. Niagara-on-the-Lake is home to many award-winning wineries, which cultivate grape varietals like pinot noir and cabernet franc and also produce dessert-friendly ice wines. Many half- and full-day guided tours are available, and they make it easy to sip and sample without worrying about nominating a designated driver.


People Also Ask

What else can you do when visiting Niagara Falls?

If you’ve already seen the falls, the surrounding region offers plenty of wine-tasting and sightseeing opportunities. Sample ice wine—a dessert wine produced in the Canadian Niagara Falls region. Later, visit the quaint historical town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and rent a bike to explore the area.

How do you spend a day in Niagara?

In spring and summer, get up close and personal with a boat tour of Niagara Falls. The thrill-seekers can opt for a zipline ride that soars through the gorge, or descend to the viewing deck behind the falls themselves for a firsthand experience of their power.

Is 2 days enough in Niagara Falls?

Yes, with two days you’ll be able to spend as long as you like at the falls themselves, and reserve the second day for exploring the surrounding region. The charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake is 12 miles (19 kilometers) from the falls and offers multiple wineries and a historic old town.

Is 1 day enough to see Niagara Falls?

Yes, one day lets you try all the activities on offer if your focus is on the falls themselves. Relax with a cruise past Niagara Falls, zipline over them, or take a ride on the Clifton Hill SkyWheel for panoramic views of the falls and surrounds.

What is the best month to see Niagara Falls?

June, July, and August offer the best experience as the boat cruise will be running and the spray from the falls will be a refreshing change from the summer heat. June offers a good balance of pleasant weather and fewer visitors.

Can you see Niagara Falls for free?

Yes, you can view the falls for free from the Table Rock Welcome Centre, which is on public land on the Canadian side. If you want to visit any of the surrounding attractions, make sure you check operating hours and price on the Niagara Parks website.

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