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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Best Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Niagara Falls

Winter Festival of Lights

There is a ton of fun to be had in Niagara Falls during the wintertime, and if you’ll be visiting the city with family this holiday season make sure to check out these exciting winter events and destinations.

Winter Festival of Lights

One of the best parts about winter in Niagara Falls is the city’s annual Winter Festival of Lights, running this year from November 18th to January 31st. Travel along the 8km illumination route and take in the beauty of sparkling lights illuminating Niagara Parks landscapes, Dufferin Islands, and the city’s tourist district. This year’s festival will feature incredible illumination displays of the iconic Zimmerman fountain, 3D Canadian wildlife, Noah’s Ark, the world’s largest Canadian-American flag, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and over fifty trees in Dufferin Islands.

And bring your family down to the festival’s opening ceremonies on November 18th in Queen Victoria Park where you can take in the spectacular NorthFIRE pyrotechnic show, enjoy free hot chocolate, coffee and lattes from Tim Hortons, and catch two amazing fireworks shows over the illuminated Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade

A wonderful family-friendly holiday experience to check out while in Niagara Falls is the city’s annual Santa Claus Parade, happening this year on Saturday November 18th at 11am. The parade begins on Victoria Avenue at Armoury Street and travels north along Victoria Avenue, Valley Way, and Queen Street, ending at City Hall. It will feature twelve amazing marching bands, stilt walkers, inflatable gingerbread men and snowmen, and of course, Santa Claus.

And during the parade, Canada Post will be collecting letters to Santa along the parade route, the Salvation Army will be giving out free hot chocolate in Rosberg Family Park, there will be free balloons, face painting and caricatures near City Hall, and Tim Hortons will be giving away free hot chocolate and coffee at the corner of Queen Street and Valley Way.

A Christmas Carol at the Shaw

Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol is being brought to the stage at the Shaw’s Royal George Theatre this holiday season and is a performance that you and your family won’t want to miss out on. With multiple show dates in November and December, you can experience the story of Ebenezer Scrooge performed by world-class actors in beautiful Niagara on the Lake.

Best Indoor Entertainment in Niagara Falls

Celebrating at Adventure City Niagara Falls

Adventure City is fun for the whole family

Niagara Falls is a popular year-round getaway destination and has a lot of amazing experiences to offer families during the upcoming fall and winter seasons. The city is home to a whole range of unique destinations that offer indoor fun for people of all ages and will keep you out of the cold and nearby to the magnificent Niagara Falls.

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is one of Niagara’s top indoor entertainment destinations with 16 thrilling waterslides, a full size wave pool, adult-only Jacuzzis, 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, new private cabanas, and more. You can also check out these other amazing family-friendly destinations for non-stop fun while visiting Niagara Falls.

Butterfly Conservatory

The Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory is located on the grounds of the city’s Botanical Gardens and features over 2,000 butterflies fluttering around a beautiful indoor tropical paradise. Walk along winding pathways through this one-of-a-kind destination and take in the sight of lush vegetation, vibrant butterflies, and waterfalls.

Bird Kingdom

Just a five minute walk away from the thundering Niagara Falls, Bird Kingdom is the world’s largest free-flying indoor aviary where you can see hundreds of beautiful tropical birds and explore a multi-level rainforest. Along with friendly parrots you can interact with exotic animals and visit a night jungle where owls, bats, and other captivating creatures live.

Niagara SkyWheel (temperature controlled gondolas)

Take an unforgettable ride 175 feet into the air on the Niagara SkyWheel, which offers unparalleled views of the American and Horseshoe Falls both day and night. The SkyWheel features fully-enclosed gondolas that are individually equipped with heating and air conditioning, making for a comfortable and enjoyable sightseeing experience all year round.

Adventure City

For a fun and exciting arcade experience that the whole family will enjoy, make sure to stop by Adventure City arcade at the bottom of Clifton Hill for more than 125 arcade games and a great selection of prizes and merchandise. The arcade is also home to the interactive Tour Bus SWAT Team ride, Traffic Slam Bumper Cars, and the glow-in-the-dark Wild Safari Mini Putt, offering hours of fun for people of all ages.

Fallsview Waterpark Wins Fifth Consecutive Travelers’ Choice Award

2017 Travelers’ Choice Award

Niagara Falls, ON- The Fallsview Indoor Waterpark in Niagara Falls, Ontario has just been awarded TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice award for the fifth year in a row based on customer reviews from millions of TripAdvisor travelers around the world. The annual awards honour the most well-reviewed hotel and accommodation destinations and attractions, and recognize a strong commitment to customer satisfaction.

“We’re honoured to receive a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for the fifth consecutive year and look forward to continuing to connect travelers with unique and unforgettable Niagara Falls experiences at the waterpark all year-round,” says Sarah Vazquez, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at Falls Avenue Resort.

The 3-acre Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is a top Niagara Falls attraction that features 16 waterslides, a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, full-sized wavepool, year-round outdoor activity pool and sundeck, and adult-only Jacuzzis. The waterpark is located across the street from Niagara Falls and is a part of the Falls Avenue Resort complex.

For more information on the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, please visit www.fallsviewwaterpark.com.  

About Falls Avenue Resort:

Falls Avenue Resort is a 20-acre entertainment complex in Niagara Falls, Ontario that features properties such as the Sheraton on the Falls, Crowne Plaza Fallsview, Hard Rock Cafe, Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls, Casino Niagara, and Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. The resort is home to 35 meeting rooms, 1,200 guestrooms, 12 restaurants, and numerous entertainment sites and attractions.