5 Things to Do With Kids in Niagara

Niagara Falls continues to be a popular destination for families of all sizes and ages. With activities like the below it’s no wonder why. Kids can pick and choose from a variety of exciting adventures when not standing in awe of the size and power of the falls that give the city its name.

Butterfly Conservatory

wpblog9.jpegThe butterfly conservatory in Niagara Falls is run by the Niagara Parks Commission and rests in the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture. The conservatory was opened in 1996 and operates year-round in spite of the frigid temperatures during the winter. Within the conservatory are over 2,000 butterflies of more than 60 different species.

An interesting note about the conservatory is that it’s kept in balance by the presence of several species of natural predators like quails, turtles, goldfish, toads and beetles. Also, they have no need to feed the butterfly from feeders as the conservatory is populated with nmyriad species of flowers that provide natural food sources.

Greg Frewin Magic Show

Greg Frewin is a world-famous magician that has appeared at venues such as Caesars Palace, the Flamingo Hilton and the Tropicana. He has also made more than 35 TV appearances and is recognized as “The International Grand Champion of Magic.” He placed first in the Olympics of Magic in Yokohama, Japan in 1994.

Fallsview Indoor Water Park

Fallsview Indoor Water Park is a guarantee hit with the kids. Not only will they enjoy themselves fully but they’ll get the opportunity to vent some of that energy that can seem infinite in youth. With 16 slides and seven pools it will be easy to sit back and watch them run and swim excitedly while on vacation. The best part of the place is that it’s within easy walking distance to a number of hotels, museums and other attractions in the area should any parents get some time to themselves.


wpblog10.jpegMarineLand is one of the main tourist destinations in Niagara Falls, Canada. This is largely due to the combination of animal attractions, rides and proximity to other natural attractions. MarineLand has orca whales, dolphins, beluga whales and deer exhibits as well as orca whale performances. It also features many rides that include what was, at its opening, the largest non-stop rollercoaster in the world, Dragon Mountain. It contains two vertical loops and the only bow-tie loop of its kind in the world.

Clifton Hill

For kids a little older, try Clifton Hill. This is a heavily attraction-packed area that boasts pretty much everything: wax museums, rides, games, video arcades, haunted houses, restaurants, mini-golf and IMAX. In combination with the water park, Clifton Hill promises a great two-punch combo to knock a day of the trip out of the park.

Whether your kids are interested in marine life and butterflies or waterslides, magic and amusement parks, Niagara Falls can deliver it. This is why Niagara Falls continues to be a great destination for families and young couples alike. For the young at heart there is surely a little innocent fun to be had.

The Kids Will Love These 3 Niagara Falls Restaurants

WPBlog1.jpegIf you’re visiting Niagara Falls with the kids, you’re almost guaranteed to be pulled in by the touristy area on Clifton Hills near the falls. Here you and the kids can revel in souvenir shops, museums, haunted houses, a huge Ferris wheel — and some lovely family-friendly restaurants.

Many area attractions offer summer package deals that can get you tickets to other attractions in the area or dining credits you can use at restaurants like the Rainforest Cafe or The Flying Saucer Drive-In. Your kids will still be talking about these fun restaurants even after you’ve been home for weeks.

The Flying Saucer Drive-In

The Flying Saucer Drive-In offers a truly otherworldly experience just minutes away from the falls. Eat your delicious, affordable meal in a “real” spaceship. The Flying Saucer Drive-In stays open late, too, so if you’re looking for a bite to eat after a long day of sightseeing, look no further. If you’re in the mood for an award-winning breakfast, you’ll find familiar favorites and new creations side-by-side on the menu here, with early bird specials available until 10:00 a.m.

Rainforest Cafe

The Rainforest Cafe is more than just a restaurant — it’s an interactive experience that teaches kids about the rainforest and its animals. Kids at the Rainforest Cafe can come face-to-face with animals like the red foot tortoise and the white-lipped python. Animal encounters are supervised by experts, who teach the children fascinating facts about each of the creatures.

When not involved in an encounter, the animals are displayed at the entrance to the restaurant. Here you’ll also find a 5,500-gallon aquarium that’s home to a white-tip reef shark, as well as blue damsels, horse-eyed jacks and other fish. A 750-gallen tropical fish tank displays puffer fish, angel fish, wrasse fish, tangs and other species.

Zappi’s Pizza

WPblog2.jpegA favorite with the locals since 1971, Zappi’s Pizza offers a great selection of reasonably-priced, tasty food. If you’re looking for a laid-back, hassle-free dining experience with the kids, choose Zappi’s. Here you can order family-size meals or order individual meals from the menu. Is one of your kids having a birthday? Celebrate with a build-your-own pizza birthday party package. Let your birthday boy or girl build his or her own pizza, while wearing his or her own personal chef’s hat! Spaghetti and meatballs or pizza cupcakes are included with the package.

If you’re visiting Niagara Falls with the kids, you’ll find there’s plenty to keep them entertained. After a long day taking in the raw power and majestic beauty of the falls, you may want to perk the kids up with a dining. On the other hand, if you’ve spent the day traipsing up and down Clifton Hills, playing mini golf, painting pottery at Crock A Doodle Niagara and souvenir shopping, you may want to wind down with a subdued meal at a down-to-earth, family-friendly establishment. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you can find it — for the whole family — at Niagara Falls.

Educational and Fun Events for the Entire Family in Niagara

1812nfmuseumIf you’re looking for an educational and fun way to spend time with your family this summer, take a trip to Niagara Falls! The region is filled with rich Canadian history that’s interesting for the whole family!

Check out these top upcoming events with an historical element:

RCMP Officer Meet and Greet: Get a chance to meet real Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officers at the Table Rock Centre during the month of August. Ask the officers questions, grab photos and learn more about these heroes in red and the courageous lives they lead.

Simcoe Days: Make your way to the Mackenzie Printery on “Simcoe Days” and hear the stories about the oldest printing press in Canada. John Graves Simcoe was able to create stories and deliver them through his printing press that would eventually shape Upper Canada. Learn about the printing industry and the legends of the Printery, which was an important part of Canadian history.

Siege of Fort Erie: Take a journey through history and visit Old Fort Erie – the home to the British Line during the War of 1812. This annual siege event, in its 28th year, will be held on August 9th – 10th. With tons of learning opportunities, events and a chance to live through the rich history, this event won’t disappoint.

For a different experience, visit these events for a chance at an educational trip and to see some of Niagara’s hidden gems.

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark Honoured with Second Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Attractions Award

travellers-choice-2014-largeFallsview Indoor Waterpark has once again been named a winner of the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice® Attractions award. This marks the second consecutive year that the 3 acre Waterpark has been at the top of its category: Amusement Parks & Waterparks in Canada.

The Travellers’ Choice Attractions awards honour top attractions worldwide based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers.

“We were thrilled to win the award last year, and now are extremely proud to have repeated. Our goal is to provide our guests with exceptional experiences and this award comes as a result” says Sarah Vazquez, Vice President Marketing for Falls Avenue Resort

Located directly across from the Falls, and in the heart of the tourist district, the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark sits six storeys above Falls Avenue.   The Waterpark features 16 slides (up to six storeys high), a giant wave pool, a massive Beach House Rain Fortress with 1000 Gallon Tipping Bucket, Tiny Tots play area, adult only Jacuzzi tubs, Planet Hollywood Beach Club, year-round outdoor activity pool and sundeck. It is the only Waterpark in the World to feature a fallsview, and also offers indoor walkways to the hotels, dining and attractions offered on the Falls Avenue Resort, including the Sheraton on the Falls, Crowne Plaza Hotel Niagara Falls-Fallsview, Skyline Inn, Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls, Rainforest Cafe, Hard Rock Cafe and Adventure City.
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Things to do in Niagara Falls That Won’t Break the Bank

NFhorseshoeThe summer season offers tons of family friendly events and activities that won’t break the bank this year and visiting Niagara Falls doesn’t mean you have to spend lots of money to have some fun! Check out these upcoming events that are free and family friendly.

Fireman’s Park

Every Tuesday and Wednesday Fireman’s Park will be offering free live music for the entire family to enjoy. On Wednesdays the park offers Blue’s music from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m and on Tuesdays the park offers music from all sorts of genres starting at 7 p.m. Both events are perfect for a relaxing evening in the summer so grab a chair and come enjoy the music.

Coca Cola Concert Series

Another great way to enjoy free live music is during the Coca Cola Concert Series at Queen Victoria Park. Local bands hit the stage to showcase their talent at 8 p.m. during the week and on weekends. Come for the music and stay for the fireworks, which are a definite must see.

Party Out Front

A great way to spend Friday night includes inflatable bouncy castles, food, yard games, outdoor movies on the big screen, magic shows and water games. The Central Community Church is hosting a party every Friday night in July. Great for both adults and children, the evening will be filled with tons of fun and games!

Summer Sun Days

The Battle Ground Museum is offering families a chance to explore its historic grounds during the weekends on July and August. With free admission families can create crafts together during their visit and get to know the museum through its various tours.

Spending time with the family doesn’t have to be expensive so get out and enjoy the beautiful weather in Niagara Falls with these budget friendly activities.

Five Ways To Get Wet & Stay Cool in Niagara Falls

NEW_water_park1Now that summer is officially here, its time to start finding ways to cool off on Niagara Falls! Going to the beach can be an easy solution but Niagara Falls offers several unique ways to embrace the city’s attractions and cool off at the same time.

Check out this list of ways to get wet and stay cool this summer!

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

Make your way to North America’s largest indoor waterpark and enjoy three acres of indoor water fun. The park is filled with 16 waterslides, pools, hot springs, play area and dining options for the whole family. The waterpark is connected to the Falls Avenue Resort and is located right on Clifton Hill so you won’t have to go far to have some fun!

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Hornblower Niagara Cruises offers a different way to stay cool this summer by offering an up-close experience with the Falls. Choose from four different cruises that offer a unique, intimate ride down the Niagara Gorge right up to the Falls. Feel the mist from the Falls and cool down in no time during the hot summer weather.

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

This adventurous attraction will get you cooled down in minutes as you hop aboard the Whirlpool Jet Boat for a white-water expedition through the Niagara River Gorge. Choose from a covered boat or an open ride for the ultimate boating experience in one of Canada’s most beautiful rapids.

Journey Behind the Falls

Get to the bottom of the Falls and stand in the mist to cool down from the summer heat. The experience takes you right behind the Horseshoe Falls through tunnels that lead you the Falls portal. A walk on the observation decks brings you that much closer to the water where you feel the mist as the Falls hit the basin below.

Niagara’s Fury

Enjoy a ride on the Niagara Falls simulator that allows you to experience the creation of Niagara Falls. This exciting experience offers you an up close take on the Falls with snow fall, mist and of course the visuals. The moving theatre style sights, sounds and experiences of this attraction will cool you right down!

Discover the many ways you can get out of the heat this summer in Niagara Falls while enjoy these awesome attractions.

Five Must Do Things in Niagara Falls

aerial-horticulture-schoolNiagara Falls offers an incredible amount of unique attractions to check out, sometimes making it difficult to know where to start if its your first time visiting the city. To make things a little easier we’ve created a list of the top five things that you just have to do on your first visit.

  1. Table Rock Welcome Centre: Located on the beautiful Niagara Parkway, the Table Rock Welcome Centre allows you to get a close up view of the mighty Horseshoe Falls. The Welcome Centre is a great place to start your day in the falls, giving you a picturesque walk along the Niagara Parkway followed by one of the best places to view the famous falls.
  1. Hornblower Niagara Cruises: Hop aboard one of the hottest attractions in the city and get as close as possible to the falls. An exhilarating attraction that offers a new and unforgettable experience, this is a must-do when visiting Niagara Falls. The Hornblower catamaran allows you to feel the mist as you cruise the Niagara River and approach the powerful Horseshoe Falls from below.
  1. Falls Avenue Resort: Spanning 20 acres in the heart of Niagara Falls’ tourist district, the Falls Avenue Resort offers everything you need for your getaway to the falls. If you’re looking for a trip with the family, the resort has tons of attractions, dining options and packages catered to your family’s needs. Looking for something more romantic with that special someone? The resort has several Ultimate Experience Packages available to make it a getaway to remember. Home to many of Niagara Falls’ attractions, five-star hotels and fine dining, staying at the resort will not disappoint.
  1. Niagara Falls’ Parks: If you want to get a different experience of the city or love to stay active, Niagara Falls offers dozens of one-of-a-kind paths and trails. The scenic view of the natural landscape allows you to travel through different paths and parkways on bike or foot. Opt for a guided tour or something different like bouldering, all offered through Niagara Parks.
  1. Casino Niagara: What’s a trip to Niagara Falls without visiting the 95,000 square feet of gaming in the middle of the tourist district? Dining options offered in the casino means you won’t have to go far for a delicious meal either. To enhance your experience inside the casino, you can find Yuk Yuk’s and free live music for a great evening of entertainment.

The city features tons of unique attractions and venues to check out so come to Niagara Falls and start exploring this summer!

Planning a Birthday in Niagara Falls, Why Not Include Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

WP_FB3We all know how stressful planning a birthday party can be but it’s not hard to make it a lot easier! If you want an alternative to the typical party, plan your next child’s birthday at Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. We’ll take care of all of the details – all you need to do is show up and enjoy yourself!

Choose one of these two packages to suit your birthday party needs:

Waterpark Birthday Party Package

  • All day Waterpark admission (from open to close) for seven guests (including the birthday child) and the Birthday Child plays for FREE (Each Additional guest – $29.95/person).
  • Reserved table seating (upper mezzanine level)
  • Choice of hamburger/hotdog with fries or slice of pizza with fries (one choice per party package)
  • Pitchers of soft drinks served with Waterpark souvenir cups (during meal service)
  • “Happy Birthday” cupcakes(vanilla) and Sparklers
  • Souvenir Fallsview Indoor Waterpark Sand Bucket and Loot Bag for each child

Waterpark & Adventure City Birthday Party Package

  • All day Waterpark Admission and Adventure City Passes (from open to close) for seven guests and the Birthday Child plays for FREE (Additional guests – $39.95/person)
  • Adventure City Passes Include:
    • Traffic Slam Bumper Cars “Minimum of 54″ tall to ride”
    • IWERKS 4D Theatre
    • Wild Safari Mini Golf
    • SWAT Adventure Ride “Minimum of 42″ tall to ride alone”
  • Reserved table seating (upper mezzanine level)
  • Choice of hamburger/hotdog with fries or slice of pizza with fries (one choice per party package)
  • Pitchers of soft drinks served with Waterpark souvenir cups (during meal service)
  • “Happy Birthday” cupcakes (vanilla) and Sparklers
  • Souvenir Fallsview Indoor Waterpark Sand Bucket and Loot Bag for each child

Don’t let the fun stop there! When you’re finished at the waterpark there’s still tons to do in Niagara Falls.

The Falls Firework Illumination Coca-Cola Concerts take place all throughout the summer. This free event invites guests of Niagara Falls to come listen to great local music, win free giveaways and of course experience the beautiful fireworks that light up the Falls. The show is Canada’s longest running fireworks displays and is sure to leave everyone mesmerized by the beauty of the fireworks and Niagara Falls.

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark Family Package

WP_FB3If you’re looking for waterpark fun in Niagara Falls, the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is centrally located on Clifton Hill in the Falls Avenue Resort and is one of the largest indoor waterparks in North America!

The Fallsview Indoor Waterpark will provide you and your family with everything that you could ask for in an indoor waterpark. You can enjoy a variety of water slides, tropical palm trees and comfy lawn chairs in a family friendly atmosphere. When you visit the waterpark you will be assured that your family has tons to do all day long, leaving you time to relax with a book beside the pool or to take a dip in the hot springs.

If you want to catch some sun while at the waterpark, you can pop outside and enjoy our sundeck. Located in our Sunnyside Pool and Patio area, you can enjoy the outdoor weather and sun with this unique outdoor sundeck. It’s easy to switch between the outdoor pool and the indoor waterslides so you and your family can have the best of both worlds.

To make planning your family vacation easier we’ve created the perfect Family Waterpark Package that will leave you fully satisfied at the end of your trip. We’ve taken our normal waterpark package and included $250 in bonus dining and attraction vouchers. This package will have everything you and your family needs to create lots of fun memories and have a great weekend in Niagara Falls.

The Splash & Save Waterpark Package includes:

  • Hotel Accommodations at one of the four Falls Avenue Resort Hotels
  • Four “Two Day” Fallsview Indoor Waterpark passes
  • Kids Eat Free Dinner with every adult entrée purchased
  • “Adventure City” Passport to Fun

o   4 tickets to Wild Safari Mini Putt

o   4 tickets to Traffic Slam Bumper Cars

o   4 tickets to Tour Bus SWAT Team Interactive Dark Ride

o   4 tickets to Pink Panther Balloon Ride

o   4 tickets t 4D Motion Theatre

o   Hershey Chocolate World Gift

o   Free Handprint Tile at Crock A Doodle

This package is perfect for any family looking to have fun without the stress of planning your vacation.

Go wild in Niagara Falls

RFC_1Go wild on your next trip to Niagara Falls by visiting some of the live and exotic animals that call Niagara home! With tons of unique things to see and do, Niagara Falls has a wide range of animal attractions to enjoy, giving you a glimpse of something a little different.

Here are just a few animal focused attractions that you can check out in Niagara:

Horseback Riding

Climb aboard for a peaceful horseback ride through the beautiful natural scenery of the Niagara Region. Niagara Riding offers a chance to go horseback riding on a 45 minute trip that includes pathways along the Niagara Escarpment and the areas that surround Niagara Falls. This relaxing experience is a great way to get outside and see the natural side of Niagara.

Bird Kingdom

Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls offers an unforgettable experience – the chance to see more than 400 birds and dozens of different animals and reptiles from around the world. This free-flying indoor aviary features a 50,000 sqft tropical rainforest teeming with wildlife and a 40ft waterfall at the centre of the Kingdom.

Butterfly Conservatory

Watch as the butterflies fly around you at this unique attraction found only in Niagara Falls. Walk around the rainforest environment and get close to the butterflies who have called the conservatory home. Educational programs are offered during the tour to help you learn about the 2,000 exotic butterfly species floating freely throughout the conservatory.

Rainforest Café

Located in the Falls Avenue Resort, at the base of Clifton Hill, the Rainforest Café is home to several exotic species of animals including snakes, fish and of course, Smiley the white tipped reef shark. The restaurant is also known to have the occasional indoor thunderstorm that makes the place go a little crazy. In addition to the live animals, the café contains animatronic gorillas, elephants, and snakes that react to the indoor thunderstorm, but don’t worry, your fries won’t get wet!

If you want to see something completely different on your next visit to Niagara Falls, these unique attractions are a must see.