If you thought that visiting Niagara Falls meant you could only stand and watch as trillions of gallons of water pour over the edge of a cliff, then think again! There are so many activities in this area that it’s no wonder 12 million tourists head out there each year.
With so much to see and do though, you might find it a tough choice when it comes to deciding where to go first. Hopefully, this brief guide should give you at least five things to get you started…
Take in food and wine tour
Niagara’s largest tour company has just launched a brand new Vintage Wine & Culinary Tour, that will not only allow you to take in only the very finest wineries that the area has to offer, but some of the best food pairings too. Think award-winning reds and whites, served alongside barbeque pork belly, Niagara grilled trout and even strawberry and basil on a prosciutto skewer.
Go on a Hornblower cruise
If you want to get up close and personal with the famous Falls, then the Hornblower Cruise is the attraction for you. You and 700 other passengers will cruise beside the American and Bridal Veils Falls before dressing in raincoats and heading out into the spray. The catamaran takes you right up to the very base of Niagara Falls, so make sure you don’t forget your camera on this once-in-a-lifetime excursion.
Visit the butterfly conservatory
If you’d like a calming afternoon after all that excitement, then heading to the nearby Botanical Gardens will definitely offer you the peace and quiet you need with a tropical twist. This glass sanctuary is home to over 2,000 butterflies belonging to 45 different species, and perfectly replicates a rainforest habitat. Exotic plants, beautiful flowers, and waterfall and pond area, this 11,000 square foot is the perfect place to relax and unwind.
Go on the Niagara Skywheel in Clifton Hill
On your visit out to Niagara Falls, you’ll find Clifton Hill to be one of your favourite spots for good food, entertainment and nightlife. You’ll also find that it’s the home of the magnificent Niagara Skywheel, which lifts its riders 175 feet into the air for truly breath-taking views. The wheel runs for around 12 minutes at a time, so there’ll be plenty of opportunities for photographs of the Falls from above.
Visit the Daredevil Museum
After you’ve undertaken the daring excursions and tours that the area has to offer, why not head out to the Daredevil Museum too? Over the years, there have been plenty of crazy stunts performed by the Falls, and this exhibition showcases some of the props used. You’ll be able to read about the people who tumbled over the Falls, as some even survived to tell the tale. It certainly is a thrilling way to finish off your stay.
I hope you found this guide to Niagara Falls attractions useful. Are you heading out there soon? Let me know your plans in the comments below.