Channel Your Inner Artist

STOMPVisitors to Niagara Falls looking for something on the art and music side should take in some of the upcoming events hitting Niagara Falls this summer.

If you need something to do with your family or you’re interested in making a weekend trip to Niagara Falls, take a look below for a list of just some of the live music and entertainment options available in Niagara.

Coca Cola Concert Series

Make your way to the Coca Cola Concert stage for the live music and fun taking place every Friday and Sunday near the Table Rock Welcome Centre on the Niagara Parkway. This free concert begins at 8:00PM and ends right when the incredible fireworks display begins! Take in some tunes before Canada’s longest running fireworks display kicks off, lighting up the sky over the falls. For a list of who will be playing during the free concert series

STOMP

Taking household items to a whole new level, STOMP creates unique and fascinating sounds using these objects during their live show. Watch as the members of STOMP play incredibly inventive music with their home made instruments which will have you looking at your house in a whole new way! The show happens at the Fallsview Casino’s Avalon Ballroom Theatre on June 14.

Cabaret at the Shaw Festival Theater

The award-winning musical Cabaret is being performed in Niagara for a six month long stint at the Shaw Festival Theatre. You won’t want to miss this Tony Award winning play with some of the country’s best actors hitting the stage for a once in a lifetime show.

Take an Educational Trip This Summer

1812nfmuseumNiagara Falls History Museum

Whether you enjoy learning about the War of 1812 or the daredevils that walked across tightropes and went over the falls in a barrel, the Niagara Falls History Museum has something for everyone. Re-live the excitement of over two centuries of history in Niagara with interactive exhibits that give you a chance to experience something different, like trying on replicas of uniforms that British soldiers wore during the War of 1812!

Located inside what used to be the old Stamford Town Hall, constructed in 1874, the Museum itself is a historical landmark in its own right. The Niagara Falls History Museum has recently undergone large amounts of renovations in order to preserve the legendary building as well as an addition to house three new galleries. The building is not the only historical landmark, the land itself is the site where the Battle of Lundy’s Lane occurred during the War of 1812 and Drummond Hill Cemetery is only a couple minutes away.

Willoughby Historical Museum

If you’ve ever wondered what early life was like in rural Niagara, then the Willoughby Historical Museum is a must see. The Museum itself is placed inside an old schoolhouse located in a quaint rural area of Niagara Falls. All guests have the opportunity to see what tools, furniture and heirlooms of everyday life looked like in the early nineteenth century.

Battle Ground Hotel Museum

Prepare to be transported back to 19th century Niagara, as you witness re-enactments of life as it was almost 200 years ago. The Museum was fashioned inside a preserved tavern that dates back to the 1850s and is located on the Battlefield of Lundy’s Lane.

Visitors have the chance to see preserved artifacts from the War of 1812 and can also tour the tavern that has been restored to replicate what it would have looked like during the 19th century. For the greatest view of the battlefield, guests can climb up an observation tower and have a bird’s eye view of the battlefield from the lookout deck.

Lundy’s Lane Battlefield

The legendary Lundy’s Lane battlefield should be a part of any trip to Niagara. With all the Museums located close to the battlefield, it only makes sense to include this adventure as part of your day. The Battle of Lundy’s Lane was one of the most important and bloodiest battles of the war and you can walk on the very same field as those soldiers did many years ago.

Pick up your map at the Niagara Falls History Museum and start your tour of the battlefield! Visit the cemetery and honour the lives of all the fallen Canadian and American soldiers and visit the monument of the Canadian hero Laura Secord.

6th Largest Indoor Waterpark in the World – Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

WP_FB2At 125,000 square feet Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is the 6th largest in the World. Now that summer is just around the corner it’s a great time of year to start looking for a great water park vacation. Opened in 2006, the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is located in Niagara Falls, Ontario. It features one large wave pool, 16 towering high speed water slides, a jungle-style beach House play area and Planet Hollywood Beach Club restaurant.

Niagara Falls Waterpark Makes USA Today 10 Best List

10best big-logoThe Fallsview Indoor Waterpark has earned a place in USA Today’s list of 10 Best Attractions in Niagara.  The only Niagara Falls Waterpark to be included on the list, Fallsview has noted company which includes the majestic Falls themselves.

“It is always an honour to be recognized as one of the best in Niagara” said Sarah Vazquez Vice President of Marketing for Falls Avenue Resort, “We receive positive feedback from our Waterpark guests on a daily basis, and it is equally rewarding to hear those comments echoed by a source as highly respected as USA Today”

The 10 Best is produced by USA Today Travel, and provides original, unbiased and experiential travel content for the World’s best destinations.

Come experience the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, Hotel Waterpark Packages featuring 4 two-day waterpark passes are available from $159.00!

Fun Spring Events

niagara-falls-fireworks-largeIf you’re looking for something new to do this spring, embrace the season and Niagara Falls with these upcoming events.

Virgil Stampede 2014 Spring Show

Join the Niagara community at the Virgil Stampede Spring Show put on by the Virgil Business Association. This festival is perfect for the entire family and includes tons of activities for everyone to enjoy. Full of amusement rides, refreshment stands, silent auctions, football tournaments and much more, your weekend will be well spent at the stampede.

Riverbrink Art Museum: Free Admission Weekend

Learn about The War of 1812 at this educational event at the Riverbrink Art Museum. The budget friendly event will be great for the family with tons of different exhibits to enjoy. A perfect way to celebrate Victoria Day, the museum will be offering free admission during the weekend.

Annual Hydrangea Display

Celebrate the arrival of spring at the Annual Hydrangea Display in Niagara Falls this May. Featuring tons of hanging baskets full of hydrangeas, foxgloves and delphiniums, this display is perfect for those who love spring and flowers!

Perfect for the whole family, these events will be a great addition to your waterpark adventures!

Visit the Animals After The Waterpark

safari-niagar_logoYour family can spend all day and night playing at the indoor waterpark but don’t let the fun stop there! The Niagara Region has tons of unique animal exhibits and zoos for your family to enjoy on your next trip to the Falls.

Happy Rolph’s Bird Sanctuary

This 15-acre municipal park features lots of animals and birds to get up close and personal with. It also contains one of Canada’s most exotic collections of rhododendrons, a petting farm full of chickens, pigs, horses, rabbits, sheep, goats, llamas and donkeys. The ducks, geese and birds call the nearby pond their home providing a perfect setting for food and shelter. With opportunities to feed and visit the animals, grab your family for a picnic outside, surrounded by the beautiful setting found at Happy Rolph’s.

Butterfly Conservatory

One of Niagara Fall’s most visited attractions, the Butterfly Conservatory allows you to touch and personally experience one of the most unique insects in the world. Inside you can find rainforest scenery, full of waterfalls, ponds, greenery and of course thousands of butterflies flying through the air. During your visit you can also get informed and educated on a self-guided tour with interesting information and video presentations about butterflies and the unique habitat.

Safari Niagara

For those looking for a one-stop attraction, Safari Niagara has hundreds of unique animals coupled with educational programming to make it an unforgettable experience. Featuring more than 750 animals including exotic mammals, reptiles and birds, this 150-acre nature park will keep your family busy for a good portion of the day. The park has free educational guided walking tours, interactive features, a petting farm and fishing.

Make the most of your next visit to Niagara by visiting one of these unique animal attractions found in the region. With tons of learning opportunities and exciting memories to be made, these attractions will not disappoint.

Easter Egg Hunts

bunnyseggWith the upcoming Easter holiday we all know what that means…chocolate! Indulge in your favourite chocolate bunnies and mini eggs without the added guilt on this glorious holiday! With lots of time dedicated to family bonding, an Easter egg hunt is a great opportunity for family fun. There will be three Easter egg hunts in the Niagara region for you and your family to enjoy on the upcoming holiday.

Fireman’s Park

Stamford Volunteer Fireman’s Association will be holding their annual egg hunt in Fireman’s Park on Friday April 18. Starting at 11 a.m. children are encouraged to find 400 pounds of chocolate scattered all across the park. With lots of fun activities on top of the hunt, join in on the fun at Fireman’s Park for this annual event.

Jaycee Park

Another one of Niagara’s annual Easter egg hunts is taking place at Jaycee Park on Saturday April 19. Enjoy an Easter egg hunt with the Mayor of St. Catharines, local MPP’s, local media and more than 50,000 eggs! Donate your non-perishable food items to help families in need while you and your family spend time together at this Easter egg hunt.

Heartland Forest

Another Easter egg hunt to keep you busy on Saturday, April 19 will be at Heartland Forest. The event is free which means your budget friendly Saturday will be spent doing lots of fun family activities. Featuring crafts, a free build workshop, music, games, food, campfire, scavenger hunts in the forest, train rides and more!

Keep your family busy this Easter weekend with one of the three egg hunts that will be fun for the whole family.

WEGO Ride to Fun When Visiting Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

WEGO2WEGO, a partnership between The City of Niagara Falls and The Niagara Parks Commission was created to connect people to Niagara Falls tourist areas. WEGO provides bus service to visitors of Niagara Falls staying at hotels in the city. This service has made it easy for visitors to get around the city without needing to drive and plotting where to go. Year round service makes this the ideal form  of transportation during any visit to Niagara Falls.

With four lines that span the city, you and your family will be able to get where you want with no trouble!

Green Line – Niagara Parks: This route takes you along the beautiful Niagara Parkway giving you a great view of the falls and Niagara Park attractions such as the Butterfly Conservatory.

Blue Line – Fallsview, Victoria Centre, Clifton Hill and Falls Avenue Resort: Featuring stops to the casinos and tourist districts, this line will get you to entertainment and restaurants.

Red Line – Lundy’s Lane: Shopping on Lundy’s Lane and the world famous Clifton Hill are the targets for this line.

Purple Line – Downtown Queen Street: The Falls Avenue Resort can be found on this line. Further along is the train station and bus terminal.

The buses at WEGO offer features that will make your ride as comfortable and efficient as possible.

Infotainment System: Video monitors on the bus will turn your trip into an entertaining ride. Full of events, weather conditions and attractions, these videos will teach you some new things to make your trip even better.

Automated Stop Announcements: Don’t miss your stop ever again with this automated system that will tell you what the next stop is and when your stop arrives. The audio and messaging signs have also been made to assist those with visual and hearing disabilities.

Transit Signal Prioritization: Avoid traffic with these transponders that inform buses about oncoming signal lights and issues.

Your Shopping Guide for Niagara Falls

WP_ExteriorWhether you’re looking for a souvenir for someone back home or a memento to remember your trip by, knowing where to look for that perfect item makes all the difference.

Here is a short list of some places to shop when visiting Niagara Falls.

Canadian Treasures

With its one-of-a-kind souvenirs and specialties, this store, located at the Table Rock Welcome Centre, will help you find the perfect gift. Features include a section dedicated to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Traditions, a collection of Canadian Glassware, First Nations Arts & Crafts and much more. Close to the Horseshoe Falls means you won’t have to go far to find something unique!

Crock A Doodle

Find this fun and interactive souvenir crafting shop at the Falls Avenue Resort. The ready to paint pottery studio is fun for all ages! Even the youngest of guests can create a timeless work of art. Painted pieces are glazed and kiln-fired to a brilliant finish which can be used as food safe functional pieces, from the heart gifts or keepsakes from your visit to Niagara Falls.

Hershey’s Chocolate World

What better souvenir to bring home than chocolate?! This 7,000 sq ft retail attraction has it all – juicy strawberries covered in Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, mouth-watering cookies fresh from the oven, milkshakes piled high with whipped cream and a Hershey’s Kiss, tons of packaged candies, and so much more!

Niagara Parks Marketplace

Enjoy an unforgettable view of the falls at the Niagara Parks Marketplace while you eat, shop and browse. With tons of stores that offer unique collectables and items, it’s a great spot to pick up a memorable souvenir.

What to bring when visiting from the US

WP_ExteriorIf you are traveling from the United States we want to make sure you bring all the right things to prepare you for a great trip to Canada.

Planning your trip couldn’t be easier with this list!

What to bring:

  • Passport: This piece of identification will be crucial when getting over the border! Before you leave make sure this important document is ready to be shown when crossing into Canada.
  • Emergency Contact Information: We never want an emergency to happen while on vacation but it’s important to be prepared if it does happen. Leave emergency contact information with a relative or a close friend so they know who to contact. On the opposite side, always prepare a sheet of emergency contact information in the country you are traveling to as well.
  • Drivers License and Health Insurance Information: These two pieces of identification are crucial to every trip especially if you plan on driving. Having your driver’s license will ensure you have a smooth ride and your health insurance information will help you in case of a medical emergency.
  • Itinerary of your trip: Have this handy with phone numbers in case you get lost or need further details. A planned itinerary will keep your trip running on time with no complications.
  • A raincoat or extra jacket: With all the mist from the falls having a raincoat will keep you dry during your trip to see the amazing sight.
  • Medication: Make sure to bring all the medication you would need for your trip and extra medication just in case. Niagara Falls has a lot going on and you won’t want to miss out on anything!
  • Clothes: This one is an obvious when packing for your trip, but pack lightly and smart for your Niagara Falls. When you’re planning to be close to the falls in the summer months it’s a good idea to pack light clothes. For spring and some summer evenings, you’ll probably want to wear a sweater and pants when you’re outside.

If you do happen to forget something, not to worry – for the most part everything else can be purchased in Niagara Falls or provided by your hotel.