Why We Love Water Parks

wp7.jpegIn most cities with water parks, that hot day in late spring when the park finally opens its doors for the summer is eagerly anticipated by hoards of enthusiastic patrons. The day when they can finally don their swimsuits, sunblock, and flip-flops and spend hours, or even days, running around in the safe sand and surf is one of the happiest of the year. In Niagara Falls, that day never comes — because Niagara Falls’ best water park is mostly contained indoors and never closes for winter.

While it may seem odd to house a water park inside a building, Fallsview Indoor Water Park maintains every single positive attribute of regular water parks while adding a few perks of its own. See what fun Fallsview Indoor Water Park promises you, and get ready to have the best day of the year anytime you want.

Swimsuits

While swimsuit shopping might be a dreadful chore for some people, for everyone else, strapping on their bikinis and buckling their trunks marks a special and memorable occasion. At the water park, everyone gets to show off their swimsuit style all day long, and because Fallsview Water Park is mostly inside, you don’t have to worry about lathering on sun block during the day or covering up in a jacket when the sun sets.

Sunshine

While it’s true that Fallsview Water Park is indoors, it is more accurate to say that it is mostly indoors. In fact, Fallsview does have a pool and deck outside, so for most of the year, if travelers crave some fresh air and sunlight, they can head outside for an hour or two to soak up the rays.

Swimming

There are plenty of reasons to swim, including the fact that swimming is one of the most effective workouts that has the most minimal negative impact on the body. You can strengthen your heart, decrease your likelihood of developing a serious disease like diabetes or cancer, and build and maintain a stronger, more attractive body. Meanwhile, you’re having a comfortable, fun time in the pool.

Splashing

Swimming may be healthy, but most people don’t look forward to the water park just to get in their daily laps. In fact, water parks provide a completely different thrill usually discouraged at local community pools: splashing. Splash your friends, splash some strangers — everyone goes to the water park to get wet, so going crazy is totally appropriate.

Soaking

WPblog10.jpegSometimes “getting wet” is a bit of an understatement at a water park; truly, what most people hope for is to be thoroughly soaked. At Fallsview Water Park, there are plenty of opportunities to feel sopping straight to the bone. Our favorite is our tipping bucket, which unleashes a whopping 1,000 gallons of water on anyone in the area once it’s upended.

Speeds

You may be able to buy a slide for your own backyard pool, but it doesn’t nearly match the excitement of the intense waterslides at Fallsview Water Park. Our slides rush riders along at unexpected speeds, down drops and around curves, to truly make the adrenaline start pumping. Race your friends with the racing slides or face your fears with the Canadian Plunge — there’s a slide for everyone in Fallsview.

Smiles

More than anything, we know that our water park fosters pure and unadulterated joy. If you’re looking for a simple vacation full of fun and laughter, come to Niagara Falls where you can find the thrills of a water park any time of year.

3 Tricks to Surviving a Vacation With Kids

WP1.jpegEven on the best day at home, kids can be a handful. A family vacation can be a welcome break from the monotony of every day, especially if you select a destination that is bound to be fun for everyone. If you prepare in advance and keep these tricks in mind, you’ll not only make it through your family vacation whole, you might even enjoy yourself to the fullest.

1. Take Your Time

When you have a limited amount of time in a faraway place, it can be instinctual to pack in the attractions and activities. However, every parent knows that kids operate on their own schedule. While arriving late causes all types of headaches, stressing out won’t make your kids understand or move faster. Instead, remain patient and stay organized, and you will still enjoy the most important attractions. Niagara Falls was designed with families in mind, and most everything runs all day, including the WEGO buses, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see what you want.

There’s another reason not to rush and hurry your kids around the town. Vacations are much easier if you keep your kids on their regular schedule. They should wake up on time, take meals at regular intervals, and go to bed by bedtime. If kids can’t predict the day, their behavior will be even more chaotic than usual.

2. Plan Days for Them and Days for You

WP2.jpegAttractions that are built for the whole family are rare — which is what makes Fallsview Indoor Water Park so special. Instead of surrendering the entire vacation to your kids or dragging little ones through entertainment targeted at adults, try to balance your trip with days to reward them and days to relax you. Additionally, to avoid confusion and chaos, try to limit your clan to one major attraction a day.

For example, the first day you might spend at Clifton Hill, winning prizes from arcade games and screaming away on any of the thrilling rides. Then, the following day you can wander through the forests and take in the natural beauty of the Niagara Escarpment. The third day can be a compromise at Fallsview Water Park or Safari Niagara, where there is plenty for kids of all ages to enjoy.

3. Be Together

The point of a family vacation, besides showing your kids a new area of the world, is to grow together. Amidst the flash and excitement of a vacation’s activities, your kids want and need to spend time with you, so make sure you’re there playing games and running around alongside them. There is plenty of incentive to spend time with your kids: Children in families that are connected emotionally and physically tend to be healthier and happier overall. You can reward yourself with some adult time while the little ones are napping or entertaining themselves, but on a family vacation, you should be devoting a fair amount of energy to keeping up with your kids.

Here WEGO: Getting Around Using Niagara Falls’ Traveler’s Transport

wp5.jpegUnlike many destinations, Niagara Falls fully understands the difficulty of trying to move from attraction to attraction when travelers are away from home. Thus, the city created a transportation system specifically with tourists’ needs in mind. The WEGO is Canadian Niagara’s unique bus line, which quickly and efficiently delivers visitors to all the places they want and need to go. Learn a bit more about the WEGO system before your trip to Niagara Falls, and you’ll have a hitch-free vacation transportation experience.

About WEGO

WEGO buses are designed to help tourists traverse the city’s best landmarks with ease. Brightly colored in the hue of their route, these buses are easy to spot, and visitors can hop on and off at their leisure. One pass gives tourists access to every WEGO bus route, which means they no longer need to worry about rental cars or taxis — or dreaded municipal buses — to get around. A bus will appear at designated stops every 20 to 30 minutes, so travelers never have to wait long to head to their next destination, and they can even download WEGO’s app, Bus Time Tools, to get real-time updates on their next bus.

Here’s a rundown of the important destinations serviced by each line.

The Red Line

  • Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort. Much more than a simple hotel or even just a casino, this resort offers every table game your heart longs for as well as world-class acts at the Avalon Theatre and 18 distinct dining options.
  • Oh Canada, Eh? Dinner Theatre. Grab dinner and a show at this award-winning and uproarious theater. Learn about Canada and fill up on the nation’s signature dishes while the whole family laughs to tears.
  • Canada One Factory Outlets. This place is a mall with it all: Fantastic name-brand designers like Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and more have stores with discounted merchandise, so travelers can shop for as long as they like.
  • Clifton Hill. With more attractions than a single blog can name, this “Street of Fun by the Falls” offers museums, arcades, mini golf, shopping, restaurants, and more.
  • Fallsview Indoor Water Park. Splash to your heart’s content at this temperature-controlled indoor water park. Come rain or shine, your family can enjoy the park’s slides, play areas, and pools all day (or week) long.
  • Skylon Tower. The top of this skyscraper offers by far the best views of the falls and the surrounding areas — but a trip to the top probably isn’t wise for those with a fear of heights.
  • Greg Frewin Theatre. Prepare to be amazed, for this magic show offers world-class illusions and special effects to fool even the biggest skeptic.
  • Bus and train terminals. Perhaps not the most exciting destination, ground travelers to Niagara Falls can rest assured that they need not grapple with other transport within the confines of the city.
  • The Whirlpool Rapids. The rapids of the Niagara River are the largest standing waves on the continent, and travelers can test their limits by walking by them, hovering over them, or even kayaking through them.
  • Queen Victoria Park. Hands down, this stretch of walkway and greenery offers the most views of the falls, plus a lovely stroll and picnic space.
  • Bird Kingdom. Filled with 80 different species which equates to roughly 400 birds, this tropical paradise has a unique rainforest garden (and waterfall) to explore as well.

The Blue Line

  • Clifton Hill. With more attractions than a single blog can name, this “Street of Fun by the Falls” offers museums, arcades, mini golf, shopping, restaurants, and more.
  • Fallsview Indoor Water Park. Splash to your heart’s content at this temperature-controlled indoor water park. Come rain or shine, your family can enjoy the park’s slides, play areas, and pools all day (or week) long.
  • Skylon Tower. The top of this skyscraper offers by far the best views of the falls and the surrounding areas — but a trip to the top probably isn’t wise for those with a fear of heights.
  • Greg Frewin Theatre. Prepare to be amazed, for this magic show offers world-class illusions and special effects to fool even the biggest skeptic.

The Purple Line

  • wp6.jpegBus and train terminals. Perhaps not the most exciting destination, ground travelers to Niagara Falls can rest assured that they need not grapple with other transport within the confines of the city.

The Green Line

  • The Whirlpool Rapids. The rapids of the Niagara River are the largest standing waves on the continent, and travelers can test their limits by walking by them, hovering over them, or even kayaking through them.
  • Queen Victoria Park. Hands down, this stretch of walkway and greenery offers the most views of the falls, plus a lovely stroll and picnic space.
  • Bird Kingdom. Filled with 80 different species which equates to roughly 400 birds, this tropical paradise has a unique rainforest garden (and waterfall) to explore as well.

5 Pool Toys That Never Get Old

wp3.jpegThese days, many adults are finding themselves baffled by the complexity of kid’s toys. Touch screens, motion capture, voice recognition, and more are setting modern toys apart from the familiar playthings of the past. However, there is one place where the toys of old continue to dominate: The pool. Whether you’re at your community pool or on vacation visiting Canada’s best indoor water park, your kids will spend hours splashing around when they have these time-tested toys.

1. Pool Noodles

While it may seem overly plain, the pool noodle’s genius lies in its simplicity. The noodle is infinitely versatile: It can be a seahorse to ride on, a water cannon to shoot or even a trumpet to entertain with. Kids of all ages see these toys as much more than the cheap tubes of foam that they are.

While many toy makers have tried to improve upon the noodle’s simple design with lights or complicated connecting parts, most kids are happy enough to swim around with the regular, unadorned version.

2. Floating Rafts

Adults and kids alike love these pool necessities. While you might see the raft as an opportunity to experience the pool while only getting minimally wet, kids use them to splash around with one another all day long. With just a little imagination, a raft becomes a marooned sailor’s only salvation or a floating kingdom to be protected. Plus, when playtime is over, you can work on your tan while sipping a drink.

Rafts come in all shapes and sizes. Some additions to the simple design, like cup holders or arm supports, do add value to rafts, but others simply overly complicate an already enjoyable pool accessory — you don’t really need speakers or a pool-within-a-pool.

3. Squirt Guns

wp4.jpegSo much of playing in the pool is comprised of getting everyone as wet as possible. Splashing and dunking are crucial activities for swimming kids, but squirting each other can be one of the most fun of all. While the new models of squirt gun certainly do pack a punch with their pump action and seemingly unlimited water storage, the old fashioned trigger models are just as entertaining. Whether there’s an organized game or chaotic squirting pell-mell, squirt guns never get old.

4. Pool Rings

In some respects, children and dogs aren’t that dissimilar — especially when it comes to games of fetch. Pool rings’ only purpose is to be tossed and retrieved, but this activity can keep kids occupied for hours. While many adults may scratch their heads at this simple pleasure, you may not realize that diving for pool rings does help in a child’s development. Continuous underwater activity will increase their lung capacity and strengthen their muscles. While pool rings have been around for centuries, their usefulness (as well as easy fun) is quite obvious.

5. Goggles and Snorkels

This toy isn’t just for exploring ocean reefs. While many associate the humble snorkel with tropical destinations and colorful fish, plenty of families love using their snorkels at home in their backyard or community pools. For those who struggle to open their eyes underwater, goggles offer the unique opportunity to see exactly what’s going on underneath the chlorinated (or salinized) waves, and anyone can get a kick out of being able to breathe underwater. Coupled with some of the above toys, like noodles or rings, goggles and snorkels can make for an exciting pool playtime.

A Totally Toddler Trip in Niagara Falls

WP1.jpegMany parents with young children feel they don’t have time or energy for a vacation — when a vacation is actually exactly what the whole family needs. Just because you have young children doesn’t mean you deserve to miss out on a trip of a lifetime, and though many vacation destinations are difficult to manage with toddlers in tow, Niagara Falls is perfect for travelers of all sizes and ages. Plus, it isn’t all kiddie concerts and playgrounds — adults will have just as much fun as their tots. If you don’t believe us, read on for some of the grade-A activities available for kids of all ages in Niagara Falls.

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

Who doesn’t love a day filled with water slides and sunning pools? All day, every day — come rain, snow, sleet, or hail — Canada’s best waterpark is open for business. While the high-octane slides and more active playgrounds — including one with a one thousand-gallon tipping bucket — are perfect for older kids over about five years (or taller than 40 inches, at least), smaller and younger children (and their parents) will feel more comfortable splashing around the Tiny Tots Splash Park, a play area filled with streams and soakers designed with younger needs in mind.

Parents can indulge in the park as well, relaxing by Fallsview Beach and sipping drinks from the Planet Hollywood Beach Club. Alternatively, if you’re daring enough, you can take turns on the adrenaline-inducing slides.

Marine Land

For an educational adventure, be sure to bring the wee-ones to Marineland Canada. A world-class aquarium meets amusement park meets theatrical production, Marineland knows just how to entertain all ages. There are a bevy of tanks filled with a veritable marine menagerie, as well as a handful of Canada’s largest land mammals; some of the animals you can learn about include:

  • Beluga whales
  • Killer whales
  • Dolphins
  • Sea lions
  • Bison
  • Elk
  • Deer
  • And more!

For an additional fee, you and your kids can get up close to the animals to feed, pet, or even play with them.

When you tire of seeing animals in their everyday activities, you can watch them perform amazing feats with their trainers. Dolphins and whales soar through the air while walruses and sea lions joke around on stage to hilarious effect.

Finally, once you’ve been dazzled by the animals’ abilities, you can get some air yourselves with a plethora of rides ranging from death-defying (and inappropriate for toddlers) to serene. The Trivioli Wheel and Boat Carousel are open for all ages and heights, but if your tot passes the 42-inch mark, you can experience the thrills of all but the most terrifying of rides.

Niagara Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Conservatory

WP2.jpegFor a more relaxing activity after your tot is tired out, you can explore the refined beauty of Niagara’s outdoors in the perfectly maintained Botanical Gardens. Indigenous and exotic plants alike are well cared for in this area, and your youngster will love wandering the footpaths and seeing the bright flowers and lush greenery.

In the middle of the gardens, you’ll find the Butterfly Conservatory, where for a small entrance fee, your little one can have the magical experience of walking through clouds of 2,000 different species of colorful butterflies.

Where to Eat Around the Park

Girls playing in waterImagine this: You and your family wake up early in your comfortable hotel room in Niagara Falls, eagerly throw on your swimsuits and head directly to Fallsview Indoor Waterpark for a full day of fun splashing around the countless pools and thrilling attractions. It’s an amazing experience, but after a couple hours, you realize that your tummies are rumbling, and in your haste to get to the wet and wild excitement at the park, you didn’t consider what you are going to eat to sustain your energy levels for the rest of the park’s unexplored offerings.

Have no fear, traveler! Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is ready to cater to your every need with fantastic food options in the park and even better ones not a stone’s throw away. Here are some of the tastiest — and quickest — meal options to keep your mood high for the rest of your day in Canada’s best waterpark.

Planet Hollywood Beach Club

You can eat like celebrities without leaving the comforts and exhilaration of the park. On the main floor of the park, choose among your favorites from the famous Planet Hollywood menu, including the kid-friendly Kiddie Kahuna Burger and Jurassic Island Nuggets, or try something a bit healthier like the Mojo Chicken Wrap or the Tiki Plant Wrap for vegetarians. If you just need a nibble to keep you going, there are plenty of a la carte options like muffins and yogurt to tide you over between meal times.

Plus, if you’re looking to unwind in an adult way while your kids splash their way around the park, head upstairs to the Fallsview balcony to find The Planet Bar, a fully stocked outfit ready to craft the perfect cocktail to keep you refreshed and ready to relax.

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

Family eating at tableLocated just minutes away by the unbelievably handy indoor skywalk connecting the park and the luxurious Skyline Inn, this restaurant has all manner of family favorites and comfort foods to bring your energy up for a day of waterpark fun. This restaurant has a long legacy of delicious eats and a top-secret pancake recipe touted as the absolute best in North America.

Stop by for breakfast all day, grab a tasty treat from the bakery, or enjoy a signature entrée from the lunch and dinner menus to keep you going all day. If you need to take a break from the park to refuel, this is an excellent option for all members of the family.

Fallsview Buffet

If your family has a big appetite, we have the perfect restaurant to sate even the hungriest of tummies. This buffet is stocked with every dish you can imagine, from salads and steaks to freshly made pizzas. You can enjoy unbeatable views of the falls while you chow down, and you won’t have to miss out on much waterpark fun with the buffet located across the very same skywalk to Skyline Inn. Plus, you won’t have to feel uncomfortable in your swimsuit and flops, since the relaxed and comfortable atmosphere is welcoming to anyone.

2 Places to Take a Dip in Niagara Falls

Girls in pool Niagara Falls is all about water — how could it not be when more than 6 million cubic feet of the stuff goes over the falls every minute — so many families come to this vacation hotspot hoping to get a little wet. While most of the best views of the falls, like the Maid of the Mist or the Journey Behind the Falls, promise to spray some famous Niagara mist your way, there are also plenty of spots where you’re welcome to don your swimsuit and jump in. If you’re looking for places to splash around in the Niagara area, you don’t have to look for long. Here are the best swimming spots around Niagara Falls.

Windmill Point Park

If your family loves the outdoors, Niagara already looks like an ideal vacation destination with its gorgeous natural scenery in the lush national parks, but Windmill Point kicks up the allure with 45 acres of natural recreation opportunities. Windmill Point Park and Campground is a revitalized quarry where traveling families are invited to come for the day or stay for the week. The camping facilities are perfectly clean and updated, meaning you won’t exactly be roughing it while you’re living in the great outdoors, but the camp organizers welcome day visitors as well if you’d rather shack up in a hotel with a few more creature comforts.

When it comes to natural swimming opportunities, Windmill Point can’t be beat. The park’s pools and creeks are naturally spring-fed by clear and calm waters, and lifeguards are always on duty to make certain swimmers are absolutely safe. Plus, the quarry offers soft sand perfect for sandcastle contests or even just laying out in the warm summer sun.

If you like a little more challenge in your wet and wild activities, Windmill Point also offers scuba diving and snorkeling. The calm waters are perfect for first-time or novice divers or snorkelers, and there is plenty see in the quarry’s depths, like fish, lost treasures, and more. However, you should note that Windmill Point does not supply scuba or snorkel equipment, and if you are planning a lone scuba dive during the day — meaning you won’t be accompanied by an instructor — you will need to supply proof of your scuba certification.

Fallsview Indoor Water Park

Boy in pool Of course, if you want to take a vacation outside of peak tourism season — when prices are better and crowds are smaller — you might be looking at cooler temperatures that make traditional outdoor options too chilly for comfortable swimming. That’s where Canada’s premiere indoor water park comes into play.

Our fantastic indoor facilities offer summer weather year-round, plus an unbeatable number of water features and attractions, from slides to jungle gyms to lounge areas. Located in the beating heart of Niagara Falls, you don’t have to make a trek if you want to take a dip, and fun of every caliber is guaranteed for any age group.

You can leave your worries about meals and safety behind when you come to Fallsview because there are plenty of eating options both within and within walking distance from the park. If you want a simple and sensational swimming experience, our indoor water park is probably your best bet.

Our 7 Awesome Pools and Play Areas

Boy in Waterpark Fallsview Water Park is a leader when it comes to wet and wild family fun. We have plenty to offer families looking to let loose in Niagara Falls. Our fast and furious slides can boast some of the most exhilarating excitement around, but when you want to take it easy while the kids burn through their energy, you need some simpler entertainment to keep both them and you occupied. Here’s more info on our fabulous pools and play areas perfect for your family’s days in the park.

Beach House Play Area

This area of the park is a veritable wonderland for kids looking for an interactive adventure. Designed like a jungle gym, this area has eight slides of different heights and curvature to thrill even the littlest ones in your group. Plus, kids can while away the hours climbing up and down stairs and rope ladders and soaking each other with the thousand-gallon tipping bucket.

Jungle Beach Playland

If you have a kid who isn’t too keen on getting wet, or if your brood needs a break to dry out for a while, challenge them to climb to the top of this play structure. Kids will be able to explore the jungle as they make their way all the way to the top to get an amazing view of the bustling activity below in all of the different regions of the park.

Tiny Tots Splash Park

If you have smaller kids, you want to be sure they won’t be trampled by older kids or get lost among adults. This play area is designed with the young ones in mind. There are water streams that are guaranteed to amuse a toddler’s mind, and mushroom water pods to keep a tot entertained for hours. Plus, there are small slides so little ones won’t feel left out of the bigger thrills.

Fallsview Beach

Boy having fun in waterYou can kick back and relax at the beach any time of year at our water park. With plenty of lounge chairs, plus tropical palm trees, you can sip on your cocktail from the Planet Hollywood Beach Club and finally enjoy your vacation while your kids run amuck in the rest of the park.

Horseshoe Hot Springs

Feel the stress melt away as warm jets of water pound your muscles into sinfully sweet oblivion. These hot springs are for adults only, which means anyone under 16 must keep their distance. You can finally get some time with fellow adults, or else some time just for you.

Sunnyside Patio and Pool

We know we’re known as the country’s best indoor water park, but this outside pool promises everything we deliver inside. The pool and patio are open year-round with heaters used in winter months to keep temperatures comfortable for swimming. You can get your daily dose of vitamin D and fresh air while you lounge in this area.

The Tidal Wave Pool

This enormous wave pool might not be as relaxing as the others, but what it lacks in tranquility, it makes up for in fun. With three- to four-foot waves rolling around you every few minutes, you’ll feel like you’re at the beach — in the middle of Canada.

The World’s 4 Best Waterparks

Boy sliding down slideIf you live someplace cold, or hot, or dry, or even wet, you probably enjoy a good waterpark. What’s not to love about a day in the sun splashing around beautiful pools and riding the waves down tall and curving slides? While waterparks everywhere definitely have their allure, there are some around the world that put in the effort and clearly rise above the rest. Here’s our list of the world’s best waterparks.

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark in Niagara Falls

Of course we think our park is better than the rest — it’s hard not to be biased — but there are plenty of real, objective reasons why Fallsview is a great waterpark destination. The fact that our park is indoors means we never close due to weather or temperatures, so you can access world-class wet and wild fun any time of year. Our indoor climate is perfectly controlled to make the air and water in the park the ideal temperature for all-day fun, and unless you venture out onto the patio to swim in the Sunnyside pool, you don’t risk sunburn. Plus, we have tons of unparalleled attractions in the park, including racing slides and a thousand-gallon tipping bucket to get your whole family drenched. Rated as Canada’s best waterpark, Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is one you just can’t miss.

Aquaventure Waterpark in Dubai

Just completed in 2013, this park has broken plenty of records. With the widest slide, the longest river, and the longest zip line in all of the Middle East, Aquaventure probably sees plenty of travelers dumbfounded by the sheer size of the park. Other attractions include a handful of slides and water coasters as well as a nearly 3,000-foot-long private beach. Plus, if you want to take a break from splashing around with other people, the park has a small aquarium where you can hand-feed and play with rays.

Area 47 in Innsbruck

Girl sliding down waterslide Chilly and mountainous Austria is probably the last place you’d think to have a world-class waterpark, but this outdoor park definitely has some impressive features. Constructed around and in a lake in the Alps, the scenery of this park is hard to beat. In the lake, visitors can ride the hydro-speed slide or jump off a tall diving platform, among other water attractions and rides. Next to the lake, there are even more opportunities for fun on dry land, like a high-ropes course and a climbing wall. But, if you want to visit, schedule a trip between April and September; the park doesn’t hold up well in snowy Austrian winters.

Siam Park in Tenerife

When you think of Thai waterparks, your mind should probably shoot to Thailand itself; however, you’d be missing out on this gem located right in the middle of Tenerife, Spain. Siam Park is filled with Thai themes, especially in its decor and food, which gives the park and interesting edge. Still, what brings people coming back is the 91-foot-tall slide appropriately named the Tower of Power, which sees riders down a perfectly vertical drop before shooting them through an aquarium filled with sharks and rays.

2 Amazing Road Trips to Bring Your Family Right to Niagara

WPblog50.jpegSometimes the National Lampoons get it right — nothing’s better for a family vacation than a good, old-fashioned road trip. You can spend some quality time getting to know your own flesh and blood; you can teach your kids about the country they live in with the actual sights and sounds; and you can avoid the long lines and tantrums that come with air travel.

Taking a road trip or renting a car is often much more budget-friendly than trying to fly someplace and get around, and you won’t have to worry about losing your luggage. If you want to experience some of what North America has to offer, set your sights on any of these North American road trips — you’ll have access not only to one amazing destination like Niagara Falls, but several.

Michigan, Ontario, New York, Pennsylvania & Ohio

This route is a giant circle and perfect for anyone starting out around the Great Lakes. You and the family will get a great glimpse of a handful of the Great Lakes, depending on where exactly you start, and you’ll go right through America’s historic city of Detroit. Next you’ll travel through the scenic Canadian countryside and enter the beautiful Niagara region. In Niagara Falls, you’ll be able to get everyone out of the car to watch the falls or a few hours to play at one of the continent’s best indoor water parks.

When you journey back into the U.S., you can choose how deep into New York you’d like to travel, depending on how long you want your trip to be. You should definitely experience the outdoors in the Finger Lakes area, and if you have the time, the kids would love to stretch their legs in Saratoga Springs or the south edge of the Adirondacks.

Through Pennsylvania you’ll get the opportunity to see deep Amish country as well as plenty of the cities crucial to America’s creation, like Pittsburg. Then finally, in Ohio you have some fun museums, like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

Southern Ontario

WPblog51.jpegIf you’ve never seen much of Canada, a road trip is the perfect opportunity to get a heaping serving. Ontario is beautiful country full of vineyards and lush greenery, and there are plenty of opportunities to stop and learn about your surroundings.

It doesn’t matter exactly where you start with this one — for a short trip, you can start in Peterborough, and to make it longer you can go all the way up to Ottawa. Traveling south and west, you’ll go through delightful scenery and tons of educational opportunities, like the Heinz Factory and Fort Eerie, as well as countless stunning parks and gardens.

On your way, you’ll pass through Niagara Falls, where you can stretch your sea legs on the Maid of the Mist or take a couple days to explore the city’s various attractions. At the potential end of your tour, you’ll see Toronto, Canada’s largest city in the east.