Things to do

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is awesome! The list is never ending: world class casinos, rides, wax museums, haunted houses, a huge midway with more skeeball and games than you can shake a stick at, restaurants, clubs, bars, and so on. Go to Niagara Falls, get a hotel near the falls and then walk down towards Clifton Hill. The air is buzzing and there are people from all over the world there.

  • Casino Niagara5705 Falls Ave (near Clifton Hill),  +1 905-374-3598, toll-free: +1-888-946-3255. The original Niagara Falls casino. It is the oldest and smallest of the three Niagara Falls Casinos.
  • Clifton Hill AttractionsClifton Hill. Check out the vast array of flashing lights, Haunted Houses, Mazes, a Fun House, Arcade. Tons of fun attractions and restaurants. Located right near the falls between the Niagara Parkway and Victoria Ave.
  • Fallsview Casino6380 Fallsview Blvd, toll-free: +1-888-325-5788. A Vegas-style casino originally built to replace Casino Niagara. The second of three Niagara Falls Casinos and the last to be built on the Canadian side of the Niagara Gorge.
  • Fallsview Indoor Waterpark5685 Falls Ave+1 905-374-4444, toll-free: +1-888-234-8410. Niagara's largest indoor waterpark at 125,000 square feet. The water park features 16 slides, up to six stories high, full-size wavepool and outdoor year-round pool. The Fallview Indoor Waterpark is directly connected to the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls - Fallsview Hotel and the Skyline Inn Niagara Falls.
  • Niagara Helicopters Limited3731 Victoria Ave, toll-free: +1-888-325-5788, e-mail: . Over the Falls and surrounding area.
  • Get married: The City of Niagara Falls issues marriage licences at the City Clerk's Office, 4310 Queen St, +1 905-356-7521 ext 4283, [www]. The fee is $100. There is no waiting period. No ceremonies are performed at City Hall. Niagara Parks has information about weddings, receptions, and wedding photography near the Falls.
  • If you're on your honeymoon, you can get an Official City of Niagara Falls Honeymoon Certificate from the Niagara Falls Tourism Office, 5400 Robinson St.
  • Greg Frewin Dinner Theatre5781 Ellen Ave, toll-free: +1-866-779-8778, e-mail: . Illusionist Greg Frewin presents his Las Vegas style magic show.
  • Marineland Theme Park, 7657 Portage Rd (about 1.5 km/1 mi from the Falls), [www]. Dolphin, sea lion and walrus shows, and numerous exhibits of interesting and unique marine animals, including killer whales, beluga whales, and black bears. For an additional fee, you can feed some of the animals, including the beluga whales. Also offers a variety of amusement park rides, such as Sky Screamer, billed as the world's tallest three-tower ride, which elevates riders high enough to see Niagara Falls. Age 10+ $39.95, child (5-9): $32.95, child (age 4 and under): free. Note: This park has been heavily targeted by protesters in 2012 due to extensive media coverage (particularly by the Toronto Star) critical of the conditions in which animals are kept.
  • The Q (Niagara Falls Downtown), Queen St+1 905-353-9555. Queen Street has been revitalized into the latest Niagara Arts & Culture District. Art galleries, boutiques, cafés, bistros, live theatre and festivals.
  • WildPlay Niagara Falls (aerial courses), toll-free: +1-800-263-7073. This Canadian chain of aerial adventure courses has two attractions in Niagara Falls.
    • MistRider Zipline to the Falls5850 River Rd. mid-Jul - mid-Oct: Su-Th 10AM-4PM, F 10AM-7PM, Sa 8AM-7PM. The ziplines take riders on a 670-meter (2,200-foot) trip along the river gorge, with great views of all three falls. $50.
    • Whirlpool Adventure Course3351 Niagara Pkwy. A set of aerial adventure courses with obstacles and ziplines, near the Niagara Whirlpool. There are Classic (ages 7+), Extreme (ages 12+), and Kids' (ages 5-12) courses. There's also the "What's to Fear Jump" (ages 7+), a 40-foot loose-line freefall, available as a standalone activity or as a package with the courses. Classic $40, Extreme $50, Kids' $20; Jump $20 ($15 with adventure course).
  • Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours. Apr-Oct. Niagara Glen departure point (approx. 8 km/5 mi from the Falls, People Mover Stop #9, very little parking). [www]. The tours operating from Niagara Glen use the JetDome boat, which is enclosed and keeps you dry as the boat navigates the whitewater rapids. For the more traditional 'gets-you-soaking-wet' jet boat tour, you will need to use the Niagara-on-the-Lake departure point.
  • Winter Festival of Lights. Area around the Falls. A 5 km/3 mi route along the Niagara Parkway featuring over three million sparkling tree and ground lights and over 120 lighting displays. Illuminations ran from Nov 9, 2013 to Jan 31, 2014 from 5pm to midnight. Opening Festivities on Nov 9 included fireworks @7:45pm. Fireworks over the Falls every Friday night at 9pm during Nov, Dec, and Jan. No admission, $10 donation per car suggested.

Also, don't forget the wine tours. Niagara Falls has recently boomed with vineyards due to the increasing popularity of ice wines. If you've never tasted these, they alone are worth the time. They are thick and sweet much like the muscats and ports, but without the afterbite. They are processed in freezing temperatures in very early morning hours and only with "approved" grapes.