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15 Best things to see & do in Niagara Falls

  • Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Last updated: 09 July, 2023
  • Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Aerial close up view

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Niagara Falls Waterfall

You hear the Falls long before you see them: the roaring cascade of water plummeting down a 50m gorge at a rate of millions of litres per second. The world’s second-largest – but arguably most famous – waterfall is jaw-dropping in its scale and intensity.

They were formed around 12,000 years ago, at the end of the Ice Age, when large torrents of water were suddenly released from the melting ice. The water plunged over the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, draining into the Niagara River. There are three separately identifiable waterfalls, from largest to smallest: the Horseshoe Falls (also known as the Canadian Falls), the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls.

The roadside viewpoints offer prime viewing, but there are several other great ways to experience the Falls. Boat trips take you right up to the torrent, and into the foaming spray. Spectacular short helicopter flights offer a unique panoramic view of the scale and surrounding scenery (nervous flyers should head to the top of the nearby Skylon Tower instead).

You can also descend down via old tunnels to extraordinary viewpoints and caves behind the Falls themselves.

Good for age: 4+

  • Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada

view of a vineyard with a low rise winery behind

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Niagara Wine Region

The Niagara Peninsula is home to some of Canada’s oldest and most famous vineyards in what has become a world-class wine-producing region. It’s a landscape of rolling vineyards, charming wineries, and heart-stopping views of Lake Ontario – is just a short hop from Niagara Falls and easy to visit in a day trip, if not longer.

It primarily cultivates cool-climate grape varieties, such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc. These grapes thrive in the region’s moderate temperatures and mineral-rich soils, resulting in exceptional wines. Visitors can sample a wide range of wines, including crisp whites, elegant reds, and ice wines, known for their intense sweetness.

The charming towns of Niagara-on-the-Lake or St Catherines are the ideal bases for exploring it, touring the vineyards and, of course, tasting the wines.

Good for age: 18+

  • Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

For the full Niagara Falls experience, you really do need to see it from above. Short helicopter flips, usually 15-20 minutes, are worth the price tag, for the spellbinding views. They also take you out over the rolling landscapes of the Niagara Wine Region to Niagara-on-the-Lake, and the Sir Adam Beck Hydroelectric Generating Station.

From Matt: I did this as a teenager and it’s something I’ve never forgotten. I highly recommend it.

Adult price: £200

Good for age: 8+

White Water Walk

  • Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

people on a boardwalk by the rapids

Experience

If you’ve time after visiting the Falls, drive two miles upriver to the secluded White Water Walk, a quarter-mile boardwalk along the Niagara River, offering a front row view of the tempestuous Whirlpool Rapids.

Good for age: 4+

Niagara’s Fury

  • Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

people huddled in raincoats inside the Niagara's Fury experience

Experience

An immersive 4D attraction that aims to recreate the power of the falls through a combination of special effects, moving platforms, and a 360-degree screen. The interactive experience takes guests on a journey through the creation of the falls, providing a thrilling and educational adventure for all ages.

Adult price: £13

Good for age: 4+

Niagara Adventure Theater

  • Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Empty movie theater with red seats

Experience

A 45-minute film presentation that takes you on a virtual journey through the history of the falls. Starting with the Native American people, who worshipped the ‘thunder spirits’, progressing through the arrival of the European settlers, and then the bizarre but fascinating list of daredevils wanting to go over the Falls in barrels. There’s also a mention of the Great Blondin, who completed a death-defying tightrope walk over the river.

Adult price: £8

Good for age: 4+

Niagara Falls History Museum

  • Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Old photo of a man by a metal capsule submarine in Niagara Falls

Experience

For history lovers, this small museum delves into the history of the Niagara Falls region. Exhibits explore and explain the indigenous heritage, the daredevils who braved the falls, the development of the hydroelectric power plant, and the growth of tourism.

Adult price: £4

Good for age: 8+

Skylon Tower

  • Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Tall tower with rounded section at the top yellow elevator going up the side

Experience

For the bird’s eye view, take the elevator to the observation deck (52s) at the top of this 775ft tower. There are also two restaurants there – a family buffet restaurant, and the fine dining ‘Revolving Dining Room’ restaurant that rotates 360 degrees every hour.

Adult price: £10

Good for age: 4+

Bird Kingdom

  • Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Building and main entrance to the Bird Kingdom, Niagara Falls

Experience

For a break from sightseeing, head to this bird park that famously claims to have the world’s largest indoor aviary, home to over 400 birds from 80 different species. The highlight is the impressive multilevel indoor rainforest.

Adult price: £12

Good for age: 4+

Counterpart Brewing

  • Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Photo of beers during summer.

Experience

The Niagara region has developed a growing reputation for craft beer and breweries, and this local brewery, located in an industrial plaza in the north end of Niagara Falls, is arguably the best. In their words, they produce ‘a wide variety of progressive and inspired beers that range from hazy IPAs, fruited sours, adjunct stouts, lagers and everything in between’. The home-made food is also excellent.

Good for age: 18+