What’s New in Niagara Falls?

Niagara Falls fireworks show.

Nightly fireworks over Niagara Falls.

Planning a family getaway to Niagara Falls this summer? In addition to experiencing 3-acres of fun and excitement at Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, make sure to check out the new and amazing family-friendly destinations that the city has to offer. So, what’s new in Niagara Falls?

Niagara Speedway

Located on Clifton Hill in the heart of the city’s tourist district, the Niagara Speedway is a brand new outdoor go-kart attraction that people of all ages will love. Niagara’s Speedway course is spread out over 4 acres and features a 4-storey spiral, 2-tiered coaster style ramp, and thrilling turns that make for some truly amazing racing at up to 32 km/hr.

This is the first course of its kind in Canada and is an attraction that you won’t want to miss this summer in Niagara Falls. Tickets are $12.00 per 5 minute race for drivers, with a minimum height requirement of 58”.

Freshii

Keep your healthy eating on track while visiting Niagara Falls at the brand new Freshii located inside the lobby of the Sheraton on the Falls hotel on Falls Avenue Resort. Freshii offers a nutritious and delicious menu of salads, bowls, smoothies, burritos, juices, soups, and wraps to keep you energized while on the go and features a number of signature items like turmeric juices, energii bites, and grain bowls.

The entire menu is completely customizable and features innovative creations to make healthy eating fun. Eat and energize with a meal at Freshii and get ready to experience the best in healthy eating that Niagara has to offer.

Nightly Fireworks Shows

Niagara Parks is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the popular Falls Fireworks Series with a special expanded summer schedule featuring 111 shows! From June 15th to September 3rd, fireworks will be taking place every single night at 10pm, lighting up the sky over the magnificent Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

Enjoy the fireworks from along the Niagara Parkway, Table Rock Welcome Centre, Queen Victoria Park, or a Fallsview guestroom at one of Niagara’s top hotels.

Thrilling Niagara Falls Attractions for Summer

With 16 waterslides, a 1,000 gallon tipping bucket, and full size wave pool, Fallsview Indoor Waterpark connects families with thrills and excitement in a totally unique location overlooking Niagara Falls. And if you’re on a family getaway to Niagara this summer and looking for even more fun and adventure, make sure to visit these other extraordinary Niagara Falls attractions.

WildPlay MistRider Zipline to the Falls

One of Niagara’s newest and most exciting attractions is the WildPlay MistRider Zipline to the Falls, located at the Grand View Marketplace on the Niagara Parkway. If you’re an adventure seeking family that wants to experience the beauty and power of the Falls while traveling 670 metres down a zipline, then this is the attraction for you. WildPlay MistRider Zipline to the Falls will take you on an amazing ride into the Niagara Gorge right towards the base of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls where you’ll stop at a beautiful Falls observation deck to take in the beauty of the Falls from below!

Niagara Helicopters

Niagara Helicopters Ride

Take in spectacular views of Niagara Falls from an extraordinary vantage point on a Niagara Helicopters ride. This year-round aerial attraction lifts off from the Niagara Helicopters base on Victoria Avenue and begins by passing by the Sir Adam Beck Generating Plant and the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture. The journey continues along the Niagara River, over the Whirlpool Rapids and Rainbow Bridge, to the magnificent American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that offers amazing photo opportunities unlike anywhere else.

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour

For a high-speed boat ride through the class 5 white water rapids of the Niagara River, make sure to embark on a Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour. This one-hour exhilarating ride is full of thrills and excitement and will teach you all about the history and geology of the incredible Niagara River. You will be soaked by the water of the rapids as you venture close to the Niagara River Whirlpool and will experience a once in a lifetime ride that will definitely be a highlight of your visit to Niagara Falls.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

For another amazing boating adventure in Niagara, embark on a Hornblower Niagara Cruises boat ride past the base of the American Falls and into the basin of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Available journeys include:

  • Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour
  • Voyage to the Falls Evening Boat Tour
  • Falls Illumination Cruise
  • Falls Fireworks Cruise

Hornblower Niagara Cruises (formerly known as the Maid of the Mist) is one of Niagara’s most iconic attractions and is a must-do attraction for people of all ages visiting Niagara Falls this summer.

Get ready for a fun family getaway full of exciting Niagara Falls attractions and start planning your summer getaway today!

Family Fun in Niagara: Upcoming Events that Kids and Adults Will Love

Family fun in Niagara Falls

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

Niagara Falls is a family vacation destination that has it all. From exciting attractions to amazing dining and accommodations, the city has everything you need to make a family spring getaway into something spectacular.

It’s easy to plan a family getaway to Niagara Falls with our Hotel Waterpark Packages which will connect you with hotel accommodations at one of four Falls Avenue Resort hotels and four two-day passes to Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. And if you find yourself on a family getaway to Niagara Falls this spring, make sure to check out these wonderful family-friendly events that both kids and adults will love.

Wild Ontario

February 17th – April 29th, Butterfly Conservatory

This month is your last chance to experience the Butterfly Conservatory’s Wild Ontario exhibit, which highlights Ontario’s incredible biodiversity and features a variety of species both common and at risk in our communities. This is a great chance for people of all ages to learn about mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrate and see a barn owl, porcupine, spotted turtle, tree frog, salamander, garter snake, and more.

Along with a live animal exhibit, Wild Ontario features engaging panel displays about Ontario’s ecosystems and what we can all do to assist the species in our communities.

Mad Science Series: Tantalizing Taste

April 19th, Niagara Falls History Museum

Discover and explore the senses of taste and smell with the Mad Science Tantalizing Taste event coming to the Niagara Falls History Museum on April 19th. Each participant will receive a taste kit and find out whether or not they’re a super taster or just an ordinary human. Space is limited to 25 participants and the recommended age is 6-12!

Earth Day in the Glen

Family fun in Niagara Falls

Walking in the Niagara Glen

April 22nd, Niagara Glen

Give back to the community this Earth Day and join in on the free clean-up event happening in the Niagara Glen. Spend the day exploring the Niagara River Corridor while also helping to create a greener, healthier Niagara. The day will start with a guided tour through pristine Carolinian forest, followed by a complimentary lunch and team clean-up in the Niagara Glen.

The event will be taking place from 11am-1pm and each participant will receive a reusable water bottle to keep!

Sharon and Bram Show

April 28th, Seneca Queen Theatre

Experience a sing-along concert for the entire family with Sharon and Bram performing at the Seneca Queen Theatre on April 28th. Singing favourites like “Five Little Monkeys” and “Skinnamarink”, the show will be a one-of-a-kind event filled with laughter and music.

Spring Has Sprung: Enjoying the New Season in Niagara Falls

A Niagara Falls spring activity is sightseeing in Queen Victoria Park

Spring flowers in Niagara.

Spring is just a few weeks away and as the snow melts and flowers start to bloom, Niagara Falls come to life and offers a number of amazing sights and experiences that will make a family getaway into something extraordinary. Some of the best Niagara Falls spring spots to check out include:

Niagara’s Natural Areas

Queen Victoria Park comes alive in spring with over 500,000 blooming daffodils, magnificent magnolia trees, tulips, carpet bedding displays, and expansive grass areas that are perfect for picnicking. And just steps away from Queen Victoria Park and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls is the Floral Showhouse, which is currently featuring tropical plants, orchids, and succulents in their annual Spring Show.

You can also explore wonderful walking trails in the Niagara Glen, which features 4km of paths winding through Carolinian Forest, leading to stunning views of the Niagara River and the Niagara River Whirlpool.

Fireworks and Illumination

Canadian Horseshoe Falls in spring

The Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

The Falls Fireworks Series is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a newly expanded fireworks schedule that includes 111 shows. The fireworks series kicks off on May 18th with shows happening: 

  • May 18-June 17- Weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and holiday Mondays
  • June 18-September 3- Daily
  • September 7-October 8- Weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and holiday Mondays

The fireworks are launched from deep in the Niagara Gorge into the skies over the Canadian Horseshoe and American Falls, and are best enjoyed from the brink of the Falls at Table Rock Welcome Centre, in Queen Victoria Park, or from a Fallsview guestroom at the Sheraton on the Falls or Crowne Plaza Fallsview hotels.

Shaw Festival Theatre

The Shaw Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake offers world-class theatre in the heart of Niagara’s wine country. The Shaw’s 2018 season is on now and includes a number of fantastic plays like Mythos: A Trilogy- Gods. Heroes. Men., Grand Hotel, The Hound of Baskervilles, Of Marriage & Men, The Magician’s Nephew, and more.

The Magician’s Nephew is a play that both children and adults will love as it brings to life a part of C.S. Lewis’ beloved The Chronicles of Narnia series in a beautiful and whimsical performance. It will be playing at the Shaw from April 4th to October 13th and tickets can be purchased online or at the theatre.

Plenty of Niagara Falls spring sights and activities are waiting to be experienced, so start planning your family getaway today and get ready to discover all of the beauty and excitement that Niagara Falls has to offer!

New Fireworks Shows All Summer Long in Niagara Falls

The Falls fireworks series now includes 111 shows all throughout the summer.

Fireworks over Niagara Falls, Ontario.

The Falls Fireworks Series in Niagara Falls is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and in celebration of this milestone the summer fireworks schedule has been expanded to include 111 spectacular shows, including daily shows throughout the summer.

Kicking off on Victoria Day (May 18-21) and Memorial Day (May 25-28) long weekends, the fireworks shows are a nightly spectacle that draw visitors from all over the world to Niagara Falls. Fireworks shows will be taking place:

  • May 18-June 17- Weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and holiday Mondays
  • June 18-September 3- Daily
  • September 7-October 8- Weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and holiday Mondays

Take in the beauty of the fireworks from spots like the brink of the Horseshoe Falls, Table Rock Welcome Centre, the Niagara Parkway, Queen Victoria Park, and a Fallsview guestroom at one of Niagara’s top hotels.

Experience Canada’s longest-running fireworks series this summer and get ready to discover the beauty and wonder of Niagara Falls!

Splash and Save this Spring Break in Niagara Falls

Skyline Hotel & Watepark's Three Queen Family Suite.

Family Suite at Skyline Hotel & Waterpark.

Warmer days are on the horizon and as spring approaches, it’s the perfect time to start planning a fun family getaway to Niagara Falls. Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is offering an amazing Spring Passport deal that connects you and your family with $300 in free attractions and dining for an action-packed Spring Break in Niagara Falls.

Hotel Stay

Available March 9th to April 8th, the Spring Passport features hotel accommodations at any of four Falls Avenue Resort hotels including Clifton Victoria Inn, Skyline Hotel & Waterpark, Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview, and Sheraton on the Falls. This allows you and your family to enjoy incredible comfort and convenience just steps away from the beautiful Niagara Falls.

Waterpark

The Spring Passport also includes four two-day Fallsview Indoor Waterpark passes, which will connect you with 16 thrilling waterslides, a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, full-size wave pool, adult-only Jacuzzis, year-round outdoor activity pool and sundeck, and more. And with the passport you’ll also enjoy one hour early access to the waterpark on select dates.

Dining

Breakfast at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery in Niagara Falls.

Breakfast at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery.

For amazing dining experiences the passport includes Kids Eat Free dining at Fallsview Buffet, which features live action cooking stations and sweeping views of Niagara Falls, The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, which offers delicious Italian cuisine and views of the Falls from floor-to-ceiling windows, and Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, which offers a wide selections of family favourite appetizers, entrees, and desserts.

Entertainment

And for some of the best entertainment experiences in the city, the Spring Passport includes 4 passes to Wild Safari Mini Golf, Adventure Heroes Laser Ride, and Traffic Slam Bumper Cars, as well as 4D Motion Theatre child admission and Magic Show tickets available from March 10th-17th. And as an added bonus, you and your family will also get a free 4×6 Custom Family Photo and $20 off Magnificent Tours per adult.

This limited-time deal has everything you need to make your Spring Break in Niagara into a one-of-a-kind experience. Book yours today and get ready to see what makes Niagara Falls, Ontario one of the most popular travel destinations in the country.

How to Have a Fantastic Family Day in Niagara Falls

Experience Fallsview Indoor Waterpark this Family Day in Niagara Falls.

The Racing Slides at Fallsview Indoor Waterpark .

Family Day is coming up on February 19th and Niagara Falls is the perfect place to visit to make it into an unforgettable holiday with loved ones.

Family Day @ The Museum

For a fun and educational Family Day in Niagara Falls, stop by the Niagara Falls History Museum on February 19th for their Family Day at the Museum event where you’ll have a chance to learn about biodiversity and habitat conservation with Earth Rangers shows and up-close encounters with animal ambassadors. There will also be scavenger hunts, crafts, free family portraits, and three galleries of artefacts that explore our local history.

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

For the ultimate Family Day experience in Niagara Falls, visit us at the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark for 3 acres of indoor water fun for the whole family. With 16 waterslides, a 1,000 gallon tipping bucket, full size wave pool, year-round outdoor activity pool and sundeck, adult-only Jacuzzis, plunge bowl, and so much more, people of all ages are guaranteed to have an amazing time.

Clifton Hill

Visit Niagara’s “Street of Fun” this Family Day for non-stop entertainment and one-of-a-kind attractions just a short walk away from the beautiful Niagara Falls. You can take a ride 175-feet high in a temperature-controlled gondola on the Niagara SkyWheel, enjoy classic arcade games, bumper cars, and mini putt at Adventure City, sit back with a beer at Niagara Brewing Company, and stop by a number of other thrilling destinations to experience some of the best entertainment that the city has to offer.

Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls

Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls is one of the sweetest stores in Niagara Falls, offering freshly baked treats like brownies, cookies, fudge, cupcakes, and chocolate-dipped strawberries, along with unique Hershey’s souvenirs and merchandise from brands like Reese’s, Twizzlers, Jolly Ranchers, and Kisses. It’s a one-of-a-kind destination that chocolate lovers of all ages won’t want to miss out on.

Best Deal of the Season: Niagara Falls Holiday Magic Package

Holiday Magic Package gives you $300 free in attractions and dining.

Falls Avenue Resort is currently offering one of the best holiday getaway packages in Niagara Falls, featuring $300 free in attractions and dining for the whole family. The Holiday Magic Package is available for stays from now until January 7th, and will give you access to Falls Avenue Resort’s incredible hotels, restaurants, and attractions, which are all connected by indoor walkway.

The limited-time package includes first-class accommodations at your choice of one of four Falls Avenue Resort hotels, including the Sheraton on the Falls, Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview, Clifton Victoria Inn, and Skyline Hotel & Waterpark. You will also receive four two-day passes to the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark where you can experience 16 thrilling waterslides, a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, full-size wave pool, year-round outdoor activity pool, plungebowl, adult-only Jacuzzis, and more.

And the fun doesn’t stop there. The Holiday Magic Package also includes four passes to the Adventure Heroes Laser Ride, Wild Safari Mini Golf, and Traffic Slam Bumper Cars, and will send you home with a free custom family photo to commemorate your time in Niagara Falls.

You can also experience some of the city’s best Fallsview dining with Kids Eat Free Dinner at Fallsview Buffet or the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, which both feature delicious culinary delights and dining rooms that directly overlook the Horseshoe and American Falls. And on select dates, you will also receive passes to the mesmerizing Mega Magic Show with international award-winning magician Mike D’Urzo, which the whole family is sure to love.

Book your Holiday Magic Package today and get ready for an unforgettable family adventure in Niagara Falls!

Where to Go for Outdoor Family Fun this Winter in Niagara Falls

Winter in Niagara Falls.

The Canadian Horseshoe Falls in wintertime.

If you’re planning a special Niagara Falls winter getaway, here are some fun and family-friendly outdoor activities to check out for one-of-a-kind experiences that will have you loving the snowy weather.

Ice Skating

Ice skating is one of the most beloved outdoor activities for Canadians to partake in during winter, and this year you can gather the family and go for an outdoor skate at Fort George National Historic Site and Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery. The Vintage Parks Canada Ice Rink located at the Fort George National Historic Site is back for a second year and is free for everyone to enjoy. The rink is open every day of the week and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays Vintage Hotels will offer skate rentals, concessions, and helmets.

The brand new Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake also has an outdoor skating rink for people of all ages to enjoy this winter. The rink is located alongside the heated Whisky Bar Patio where you can indulge in wine, cocktails, and a winter menu which also includes non-alcoholic beverages. Skating is $5 per person and skate rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Walking

For a spectacular winter nighttime experience in Niagara Falls, take a stroll along the Niagara Parkway in front of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and take in the beauty and wonder of the Winter Festival of Light’s sparkling illumination displays. You can also catch the nightly illumination of the American and Horseshoe Falls and spectacular fireworks shows on Friday nights at 9pm and every night at 9pm from December 22nd to 29th, with two special shows also happening on New Year’s Eve.

Exploring

Take your family on an adventure into the heart of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls at Journey Behind the Falls. This incredible attraction takes you down 125-feet of bedrock into the 130-year-old tunnel system located behind the mighty Horseshoe Falls, allowing you to explore the tunnels, see the water rushing down in front of you, and hear the power and sounds of this breathtaking waterfall. The viewing portals cut right through the rock, so you and your family will have a one-of-a-kind view of the Horseshoe Falls in wintertime.

Fun Spots for Holiday Shopping in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls shopping is family-friendly and fun at retail destinations all throughout the city.

If you want to add a little fun and excitement to your holiday shopping routine and visit some stores that the whole family will enjoy while on a getaway to Niagara Falls, check out any of these amazing holiday shopping destinations.

Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls

Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls is one of the most fun and unique retail destinations in the city, located just a short walk away from Niagara Falls. It’s a delightful one-stop shop where you can find fantastic merchandise from brands like Hershey’s, Reese’s, Jolly Ranchers, Kisses and Twizzlers, delicious freshly baked treats, packaged candies, The Amazing Candy Machine which dispenses candy right into your bag, and the Hershey’s Wrap Happiness Experience that lets you create personalized candy bar wrappers.

Canadian Gifts & Marketplace

An open-concept shopping experience located in the lobby of the Sheraton on the Falls hotel, Canadian Gifts & Marketplace is a great place to shop for unique souvenirs and gifts this holiday season. From specialty items like maple syrup and chocolate to merchandise like t-shirts, hats, and sweatshirts, you’ll find something for everyone to enjoy. And you can also stop by Wine Rack, Fresh Market Bakery, Starbucks, and Sweet Jesus ice cream shop for some fantastic food and beverages after you shop.

Outlet Collection at Niagara

Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Outlet Collection at Niagara is a wonderful shopping destination where you’ll find all of the latest fashions at more than 100 name brand retail stores. You can also check out the mall’s Holiday Haven event, which will be kicking off on December 9th and continuing every weekend until Christmas Eve, to enjoy complimentary roasted s’mores, frozen maple lollipops, and magical holiday entertainment.

Just Christmas & Always Christmas

The Just Christmas Store, located in charming downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake, is a year-round holiday shopping haven featuring more than 5000 unique and beautiful items, including personalized ornaments that are hand-painted for you while you shop. And in Niagara Falls, you can also stop by the Always Christmas store inside the Fallsview Casino Resort Galleria and step into a winter wonderland full incredible holiday gifts and decorations.