Eating and Drinking Tips for Your Kids’ All-Day Waterpark Fun

WPblog3Almost everyone has heard the common wisdom regarding eating and swimming: “Wait a half-hour after a meal before you head back into the water.” While that notion is a sound one, it actually doesn’t tell you much beyond the bare minimum.

Yes, waiting to swim after a meal will keep you from getting a cramp or feeling ill, but what kind of meal should you eat, and how much water do you need to drink to stay properly hydrated? What kinds of calories should you be taking in when engaging in water-centered fun and exercise?

The question becomes especially pertinent for parents of children about to spend a day at a massive indoor water park like Fallsview. If you struggle with getting your little ones to eat at all, let alone ensure they’re eating well, here are a handful of tips and tricks to make sure their nutrition needs are met while they’re racing down water slides, conquering the wave pool, and, in general, having the time of their lives in Niagara.

Hydration

One of the most important parts of keeping any body healthy is proper hydration, and for little ones on the go, drinking enough water can be especially hard to remember to do. Help your children out by starting the day off with at least one glass of water and a glass of orange juice or grapefruit juice.

From there, get them to drink some water every hour or so. Depending on your children’s ages, they need anywhere from five to eight glasses of water a day — more when they’re exercising or when the weather is warm. Playing in the water will definitely get your kids sweating, but they’re less likely to notice it, so it’s even more important to push water at them.

Treat their day at the water park like a day of exercise by making sure your kids get plenty of water throughout the day’s fun and after it’s over.

Protein and Carbs

WPblog4Protein and carbohydrates are incredibly important when your children are actively using their bodies. Start them off with a hearty breakfast of eggs along with some fruit and whole grain waffles or pancakes.

Yogurt is also a great breakfast option, as is bacon, sausage, and whole-grain cereal. From there, make sure you have plenty of healthy and hefty snacks on-hand for quick and easy access throughout the day. Trail mixes that include dried fruits and a variety of nuts are ideal, as are granola bars that don’t have any added sugar. Bananas are filled with potassium for repairing tired muscles.

When it’s time for lunch, hit the Planet Hollywood Beach Club. Not only does it have plenty of kid- and adult-friendly options for your entire family, but you can also make sure your children keep filling their bodies with the kinds of calories they need to keep playing.

Once again, be sure to choose options with plenty of protein and carbohydrates like the Gorilla Cheese Sandwich, the Typhoon Turkey Club, or the Kiddie Kahuna Burger. After you all get your fill, be sure to sit back to talk and rest so everyone’s meal can settle.

It almost goes without saying that your kids will have the time of their lives at Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. Help them keep their energy up for it with plenty of water and the right kinds of calories.

Do Good With Your Family on Your Niagara Falls Vacation

WPblog1There are many reasons parents choose to tackle the potential headaches and pitfalls that often accompany a family vacation. From the opportunity to experience a new part of the world with the people who know you best to the chance to remember just how fun your kids find you when you aren’t stressed out about work, a family vacation can make being a family feel like the best thing in the world.

While most of us center our vacation plans around events and attractions that cater directly to the interests of our little tribe, every now and then, a family wants the experience of remembering and helping out others who might find themselves in less fortunate circumstances.

If you and your family are planning a Niagara Falls vacation, and you’d like an opportunity to do a good deed while you’re having a great time in one of the most fun and beautiful places on earth, you’re in luck. Niagara Falls is a hotbed of philanthropy and charity of all stripes. This June 11th, Niagara Falls’ Relay for Life will take place, and it’s something everyone in your family can both participate in and enjoy. Here’s a little bit about what you need to know should you want to do some good with your family during your Niagara Falls vacation.

Relay for Life

WPblog2Relay for Life is one of the most well-known fundraising events in the fight against cancer in all of North America and around the world. Each year finds more than 4 million people participating in the event in more than 20 countries.

The Niagara Falls’ event is part of the Canadian Cancer Society’s efforts to defeat cancer, and in addition to raising money, Relay for Life allows participants and volunteers who have been affected by cancer to support one another, remember lost loved ones, and continue the struggle to overcome the disease.

Teams often camp out on-location, and take turns walking or running a predetermined route, path, or track at a local park or public school. Some events last up to 24 hours as a reminder that cancer is a disease that never sleeps, and in order to defeat it, researchers and fundraising need to do the same.

Niagara Falls’ Event

The Niagara Falls Relay for Life event takes place on June 11th at Oakes Park amidst an almost festival-like atmosphere. The event is six hours long, and there are plenty of activities to keep you and your brood entertained. Whether you choose to form your own walking or running family team and you solicit donations ahead of time, or you simply want to make a donation and/or volunteer, the day won’t be one you’ll soon forget.

You and your children will walk away from the Niagara Falls’ Relay for Life with an even greater respect for cancer survivors and caregivers, and you’ll feel even more inspired to keep driving efforts to find a cure.

So, do good during this year’s family vacation if you’re so inclined. The Niagara Falls’ Relay for Life is the perfect charitable family event to take in when you and your kids are enjoying one another’s company far from home.

Spotlight on Morningstar Living Mill Museum Park

WPblog10When it comes to planning the perfect family vacation, most parents are content to pack the itinerary with activities that will keep their little ones entertained and in harmony with one another.

Noble goals that are hard enough to come by, the thought of transforming a vacation into an opportunity for learning, too, is often set aside as being too risky. After all, aiming at learning instead of fun — especially when fun is expected — can yield boredom or worse, rebellion.

Well, what if you didn’t have to choose between having a great time and learning a little something while that great time was being had? The beauty of taking a family vacation to Niagara is that the two work in tandem pretty regularly, whether you’re enjoying a trip to the Butterfly Conservatory or Safari Niagara or you’re just staring, mouths agape, at the region’s eponymous waterfalls. Yes, Niagara is an ideal location to spark and satisfy a child’s curiosity, and one of the area’s best and least-known places for such an undertaking is at the Morningstar Living Mill Museum Park in St. Catharines.

The Grist of It

A completely restored 19th century gristmill that is currently owned and operated by the city of St. Catharines, the Morningstar Mill is the only functioning water-powered mill in the entire Niagara Peninsula. Built in 1872, the mill utilizes water from Beaverdams Creek, and sits just below the Upper DeCew Falls.

It was the first turbine-powered mill in all of Ontario. Any visit to this mill makes for a picturesque photo opportunity as well as a fascinating look at hydropower and early 20th century life, as the grounds also include a house, blacksmith shop, and cottage garden — all of which have also been fully restored.

A Visit to the Past

WPblog11One of the best parts about visiting the Morningstar Living Mill Museum Park is the simple, impressive, and efficient way of life it presents to children — and their parents — who themselves are almost always fully immersed in the super-mechanized, technological 21st century.

It’s amazing to see such a straightforward machine make use of the power of water to mill grain that you can actually buy in the gift shop and bake with. Likewise, a visit to the blacksmith’s shop — staffed by skilled and knowledgeable volunteers — will show and tell about how valuable the ability to hammer metal into nails, horseshoes, and other tools was at one time.

For parents who are interested in ensuring their children maintain a sense of connectedness to what life and work was like in our less digital past, the mill makes for an intriguing and unforgettable lesson, and the fact that it’s set in a beautiful bit of landscape doesn’t hurt either.

The Details

The Morningstar Living Mill Museum Park opens each season on May 1st and stays open through Thanksgiving weekend each November. They have several open houses, which will afford children the best opportunity to learn about the mill and how it works, its history, and blacksmithing. In particular, the Memorial Day Weekend is a popular time to visit. Admission is free, although the museum does accept donations.

For a fun experience that will give you and your children insight and education you can’t get anywhere else, take a trip to the Morningstar Living Mill Museum Park.

When Your Family’s on a Budget in Niagara Falls…

WPblog7No matter how good of a planner you are, going on vacation is almost always a little bit stressful. From trying to remember to pack everything you might need to lining up a reliable dog-sitter, taking care of all the details in the world you’re leaving behind while also ensuring you’ve got everything you need for the one you’re about to enter is a tall order, and pulling it off is no small feat — especially if you need to stick to a budget.

Thankfully, sticking to a budget for your family vacation in Niagara isn’t difficult. Filled with fun freebies, Niagara almost seems tailor-made for the family financier watching her bottom line. In Niagara, the world is still your oyster. Here are some of the ways you can enjoy yourselves when you’re on a family vacation — and on a budget — in Niagara.

Free activities and destinations abound throughout the Niagara region, depending on the time of year you travel here, and they’re every bit as fun as the entertainment that costs money. Here are some of those freebies—a few of which are available all year long:

Happy Rolph’s.

At just over a hectare, this bird sanctuary and animal petting farm will please little ones of all ages. Set along the beautiful shore of Lake Ontario in Grantham Ward, Happy Rolph’s gives guests a great chance to get up close and personal with a wide variety of animals, birds, and plants. Open from Victoria Day weekend until Thanksgiving Day weekend, this attraction is completely free, although they will accept donations.

WPblog9The Antique Carousel

In the charming harbor village of Port Dalhousie, you’ll find a fun-filled relic from the past. Choose your magical ride on the beautiful, antique carousel in Lakeside Park. While this attraction isn’t technically free, it might as well be: Rides are just five cents.

Nickel Beach

A beach on Lake Erie, you and your little ones will love running around the beach’s sand dunes and Carolinian Forest. When the weather and water is warm enough, you can go swimming or wading, and there are plenty of places to enjoy a picnic. You can also spend time hunting for the Fowler Toad, a rare and protected species of toad that calls Nickel Beach home. While it does cost to park at Nickel Beach, if you walk in, the whole experience is yours for free.

Dufferin Islands.

This 10-acre park is actually a group of small islands that are joined together by little bridges and footpaths. It’s a great place to play tag or hide and seek, read quietly, or enjoy a picnic.

Short Hills Provincial Park

This 660-hectare park is located along the edges of St. Catharines and Pelham, and it’s a great place to hike and fish. Numerous trails cut through the park, and you can spy everything from waterfalls to wildlife, including white-tailed deer, vole, and coyote. If you and your family are mountain bikers and you’re bringing your bicycles, there is also some great mountain biking in Short Hills.

On a budget? Don’t worry. In Niagara, there is never a shortage of fun to be had by the family watching its financial figure.

How to Get Your Picky Eaters to Live a Little in Niagara

WPblog3If you’re like most vacationers, heading to a new spot is but one more excuse to dive daily into the delicious experience of eating a never-before-had meal. Niagara, thanks to its strong farming and culinary culture is a fabulous place to dine, and many people make the trek here just to eat the food and pair it with the region’s many excellent wines.

That being said, when you’re here on a family vacation, the lowest common denominator — i.e. your pickiest eater — can dictate when and where the eating happens for the rest of you.

If you’ve got a Niagara vacation in the works and you’re worried your picky eaters might ruin it for you, don’t give up hope just yet. Between the wonders of poutine and some truly great pizza, you just might eat an exciting meal or two in Niagara.

Pizza

Even the pickiest of eaters have a hard time turning down pizza, and Niagara has options your whole brood will love. For pizza that’s good enough to write home about, try one of the following restaurants:

WPblog4Antica Pizzeria and Ristorante. With authentic Italian food made from scratch, including mouth-watering wood-fired pizzas, Antica is a great place to bring your family — especially because you don’t have to eat pizza if you don’t want to. Also, because they also offer a full bar and extensive cocktail list, you don’t have to feel like one of the kids while you dine either.

Bravo Pizzeria and Grill. Another high-end Italian restaurant that caters to families, Bravo’s wood-fired pizza is as close to Naples as you can get while you’re in Niagara. Order the aged New York strip, and leave your kids to nosh on the pizza. You’ll all be glad you did.

Gambler’s Pizza. Considered by many to offer the best pizza in town, Gambler’s offers a no-nonsense environment, and simple, tasty food that appeals to everyone. When you decide to stay in and watch a movie in your hotel room, get them to deliver.

Poutine

All picky eaters love French fries, and in Canada, French fries get even better in a dish called poutine. At its most basic, poutine is a plate of French fries covered in gravy and cheese curd, but your more adventurous restaurants go way beyond that. Take your family to Taps on Queen, and you can enjoy a range of delicious, locally crafted beer along with poutine varieties like Chicken Club and Vegetable Curry. Your picky eater, of course, will love the classic.

Another great place to go for a more exciting take on poutine is The Syndicate. They have a duck poutine that’s so good even a picky eater is likely to dive into it, and because they’re a farm-to-table restaurant, the rest of your crew can enjoy fare on the fresher and fancier side, including a prix fixe menu that offers everything from beer-brined chicken to a panko-crusted rack of lamb.

Don’t set aside your dreams of eating like royalty on your next family vacation. Between the poutine and the pizza, Niagara can ensure you and your pickiest eaters get to dine on food you’ll love.

3 Reasons Adults Should Spend a Day at Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

WPblog1Traveling to Niagara Falls for the vacation of a lifetime is something millions of people do each and every year. Some are families looking to have a great time in one of North America’s most kid-friendly spots. Others are couples looking to take some time out to enjoy one another in a beautiful, entertaining, and relaxing environment. Still others are groups of friends who hope the Niagara region can live up to the hype of never providing a dull moment.

Regardless of which category you find yourself in, the odds are good that, when you come to Niagara, you won’t be disappointed in the least. From the wineries and the waterfalls to the arcade and the casinos, the fun that can be had here really is legendary — especially if you don’t stick to the standard grownup itinerary.

Most people assume that Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is a place that’s only suitable for kids, but when used well by adults, it’s a pretty grownup place as well. Here are three reasons adults who visit Niagara should spend a day at our massive indoor waterpark, from the adults-only Jacuzzis to the thrill of racing down one of the giant slides.

WPblog2It Really Is Fun

It’s hard to oversell just how fun it is to splash, slide, and swim with good friends or the love of your life, and when you pull on your swimgear and step into Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, the opportunities to splash, slide, and swim are almost endless.

With over 125,000 square feet of water-centered entertainment, you can:

  • Spend time bobbing along gentle waves in the wave pool
  • Race you friends to see who can best the other the most in racing down a six-storey-high water slide
  • Laze in the sun and work on your tan
  • Relax in an adults-only Jacuzzi where nary a child is welcome

In short, the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is the place where all the watery fun had as a child can be yours again.

You’ll Work up an Appetite

One of the best parts about being on any vacation is getting to eat delicious food in an entirely new place. In Niagara Falls and the surrounding area, food is a local highlight and treasure, and the hungrier you are the better it will taste and the more of it you will get to consume. One of the unintended but reliable consequences of spending all day at a waterpark is that you’ll most likely have worked up a massive appetite. Whether you then take in a five-course meal at the Rainbow Room later that night or you head out to the country to enjoy a winery’s excellent restaurant, you’ll be grateful for the advantage of a bigger appetite.

The People-Watching

From the harried parents working hard to keep their cautious eyes on their overactive five-year-old triplets to the young teenagers flirting on the slides, Fallsview Indoor Waterpark provides for some of the area’s best people-watching — especially if you just want to kick back and watch a bunch of children have the time of their lives. Joy is always an emotion that’s great to witness in another, and at Fallsview, you’ll get to see it plenty.

So, bring your grownup self and your grownup friends to Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, where every day can be the best vacation you’ve ever had.

3 Reasons to Take the Kids to Fort Erie

WPblog9Going on a family vacation is one of the many thrills and trials of being a parent. Making memories is fun, yes, but the stress of meeting everyone’s expectations can be tricky. How are you supposed to keep your kids from bickering? How are you and your partner supposed to enjoy a little romance now and again when you’re always with the little ones? What entertaining events and attractions can you schedule that everyone can agree on?

For the family headed to Niagara, these concerns needn’t hold sway. The region is filled with world-class entertainment that’s sure to please even the unhappiest camper among you.

The town of Fort Erie is a perfect example of the wealth of fun in store for you at every turn. From the Railway Museum to Crystal Beach, here are three reasons to take your children to Fort Erie when you head out for your Niagara vacation.

1. Fort Erie Railway Museum

Fort Erie is a great place for any history or military buff to visit, but because it also boasts a railway museum, kids usually like it, too. One of four museums located in Fort Erie, the Railway Museum’s biggest appeal is its actual Canadian National Railway steam engine. Built back in 1948, the steam engine on display was used well into the 1960s — a time when Fort Erie’s rail yard was the third largest in all of Canada.

See plenty of rail-related artifacts and tools, as well as Ridgeway’s original Grand Trunk Railway Station and the CN B-1 station, former functioning railroad stations now being preserved for posterity at the Fort Erie Railway Museum.

WPblog102. Crystal Beach

Crystal Beach is a small community within Fort Erie that’s home to one of the most beautiful beaches along the Great Lakes. With beautiful sand and stunning, clear waters, the beach is the perfect place to swim and sun during the summer months, and it’s so calm and serene that, during the cooler months, it makes for a perfect lakeside walk or family football game.

An amusement park operated here for over 100 years, and you can still see vestiges of what it used to offer. After you’ve explored and frolicked, head to Mabel’s Gourmet Pizza for a meal everyone in your party will love.

3. Black History

An important part of North American history, Fort Erie was a prominent stopping point for fugitive enslaved people seeking freedom from slavery in the southern United States. Thanks to its location just across the border from Buffalo, New York, Fort Erie became the new home of many prominent members of the black community such as Josiah Henson, whose autobiography inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe to write “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

It was here in Fort Erie that W.E.B. Dubois started the Niagara Movement, which laid the foundation for what would one day be the NAACP. Regardless of your family’s personal history, Fort Erie’s role in the Underground Railroad is one that should be celebrated.

So, get your family to Fort Erie. From the beautiful beach to the pizza and the history, it’s a place you and your children won’t soon forget.

Breakfast in St. Catharines

WPblog5One of the reasons Niagara Falls makes for such a fantastic family vacation spot is because it’s a city surrounded by town and villages that make interesting destinations in their own right. From the shores of Lake Erie to the Niagara Escarpment, the place is full of a culture, people, history, and life unique unto itself. While every minute of every day could be fawned over and given exact coordinates for the family seeking to squeeze as much out of their Niagara experience as possible, doing so would elicit as many possible itineraries as there are people who visit each year. That being said, breakfast in St. Catharines can be boiled down to something of a science.

Whether you’re headed here with three-year old triplets, the love of your life, or all four, here are the places you need to go to get that all-important first meal of the day in St. Catharines.

Beechwood Doughnuts

First things first: The name is Beechwood Doughnuts, not Beechwood Donuts, so you know they’re serious. How serious? 100 percent vegan serious, and because they’re only open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, you’d better assume they expect you to treat their donuts like you’re headed to brunch.

So, sleep in late, and make a leisurely time of it. Their donut offerings range from Glazed and Pistachio to Death by Chocolate and Banana Peanut Butter Fritter. Gourmet doughnuts with none of the animal business? Just one of the many reasons it’s always a great day to eat breakfast in St. Catharines.

WPblog8Rozie’s Breakfast Café

If you and your crew want to be fed, coffee-ed, and watered in the wee hours of the morning so as to make the most of your day, Rozie’s is the place for you. Family-owned and operated — like so much in the Niagara region — Rozie’s is open every day from 6:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., and they serve a mouth-watering menu of traditional breakfast fare from a simple dish called the Rozie’s: two eggs and toast to the massive Rowers Hard Ten: three eggs, toast, pancakes, and four pieces of bacon, sausage, ham, peameal, or meat substitute. Rozie’s also has a children’s menu for the wee ones in your charge, and their coffee is some of the best in the area.

The Bleu Turtle Breakfast Bistro

If you’re looking for a breakfast option on the fancier side that can still satisfy your desire for tasty and delicious fare, you should head to the Bleu Turtle. Focused on providing food sourced from local farms, the Bleu Turtle creates everything from scratch, from their delicious bread to their pancake mix and condiments.

Highlights include the Lobster Benedict, the Smoked Salmon Potato Latke, and the Mushroom Frittata, but even if all you dine on is the side of Fried Cheese, you’ll be more than well-prepared for whatever your day of Niagara touring has to throw at you. They also have a fabulous lunch menu should you decide to breakfast elsewhere but still want to hit the Bleu Turtle before the sun goes down.

There’s a reason breakfast is the most important meal of the day: It’s delicious. Get the best there is at these three St. Catharines establishments.

4 Ways to Limit Screen Time When You’re in Niagara

WPblog3Whether your children are toddlers, grade-schoolers, or teenagers, the odds are good that you fret about the amount of time they spend in front of a screen as opposed to interacting in the real world. Smartphones, tablets, computers, televisions — the recent explosion of two-dimensional wonders is unprecedented, and many parents, pediatricians, and researchers are still trying to figure out what it might mean and what the effects on children will be.

Well, check your concern at the door. When you and your family head to Niagara, limiting screen time is going to be a whole lot easier. Here are four ways you can leave the devices behind and keep your kids fully present in the here and now that are unique to Niagara.

1. Get Outside

No matter what time of year it is when you visit Niagara, you should be able to get outside with your brood. Hiking and biking is popular throughout the region, and whether you’re scrambling over rocks in the Niagara Glen or maneuvering the Niagara River Recreational Trail on rental bikes, neither you nor your children are likely to long for the screen while you’re working up a sweat out in Mother Nature.

2. Hit the Great Canadian Midway

With over 300 games, the Great Canadian Midway will easily keep your little ones’ interest. Declare a competition regarding who can score the most tickets with a $5 bill. Challenge one another to an old-fashioned game of Skee Ball. Even if no one in your family enjoys the same kind of arcade game, you should all still be able to happily fill a few hours in the arcade with nary a thought about who might be messaging you on your smartphones or tablets.

3. Head to Water

WPblog4Of course, one of the main reasons Niagara Falls is on the map is thanks to our eponymous waterfalls. While snapping a bevy of pictures is a common response to seeing millions of gallons of water roar past you, once you get your fill of documentation, the waterfalls make for a great reason to skip the screens.

Head out onto the Maid of the Mist or Hornblower Niagara Cruises, and you’ll definitely want to keep your electronics locked away safely and dryly in your car or hotel room. Anything else will risk ruin and a chance you’ll miss out on the experience happening right before your eyes.

4. Head to Water, Again

It isn’t just naturally occurring water that will help keep you and your family’s eyes off your screens. Indoor water makes for a mighty screen deterrent, too. As soon as you and your kids step foot inside the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, all thoughts of screens, social media, and Facebook Likes will fade from your giddy minds. Whether you spend the day racing down water slides, rollicking in the wave pool, or relaxing in a hot tub, your real, wet life will more than keep you screen-free.

So, take a break from all those screens in your life. Head to Niagara for the family vacation of a lifetime, and remember what it’s like to hang out in real time and space together.

How to be Romantic When You’re in Niagara — With Children

WPblog1Being in love can transform the most mundane experiences into memories that last a lifetime. Cloudy days seem sunny. A mediocre meal takes on the sheen of a couple Michelin stars. A poor performance review at work becomes little more than just a helpful suggestion.

In similar fashion, traveling with your beloved is always a tremendous pleasure, except during those times when travel with your beloved must include an unfortunate caveat: your children.

Can a family vacation ever include romance? It’s all in how creative you’re willing to get. Here’s a look at how you can be romantic when you visit Niagara even when you have your children in tow.

Plan Ahead

While you’re planning your Niagara vacation, why not plan ahead and insert some romantic moments into it, too? From ordering flowers and having them delivered to your hotel room to scheduling a couple’s massage while the kids are at a matinee movie, planning ahead will make sure romance doesn’t take a backseat to time with the kids for every minute of every day.

While the amount of romantic planning you can pull off will directly correlate to the age and dependency levels of your children, there’s bound to be a little romantic wiggle room in your itinerary if you elbow it out early enough.

Be Sneaky

One of the easiest ways to be romantic is to catch the one you love by surprise, and in Niagara, the opportunities are endless. Sidle up next to her while you’re all staring agape at the waterfalls and lace your fingers through hers. Spend a day at Fallsview indoor waterpark and wear your kids out so you can spend a quiet evening in. Send your teenagers out for donuts and coffee while he’s in the shower so you can have a little time to yourselves before they get back to your hotel room. Write little love notes and stow them away in the pockets of clothes she already packed the night before you hop on a plane.

Even when your days and nights are filled with family fun and responsibilities, if you’re sneaky in the right ways and at the right times, you and your partner can still feel as though you’re enjoying romantic moments all over Niagara.

Take a Walk

WPblog2Even if your children are little, you can still head out for a romantic stroll. Yes, they’ll be with you, but Niagara affords plenty of opportunities to revel in natural beauty and the joy of one another’s company that are just as safe and fun for lovebirds as children of all ages.

Spend some time in the Botanical Gardens or wander over to the Dufferin Islands. One of the simplest and nicest places to take a walk is through Queen Victoria Park, where you’ll also have a great view of the waterfalls as well.

Just because you’re on a family vacation to Niagara doesn’t mean you have to eliminate all thoughts of romance. From planning ahead to ensuring some surprise by being sneaky, you and your partner can rekindle your romance even while you head out for your fourth meal of pizza in three days.