Travelling to Niagara Falls with the Family? Try These Fun Things to Do

Travelling to Niagara Falls

Everywhere around the world, no matter where you go, when you hear ‘Niagara Falls’ you think romance, honeymoons and the stories of silly people trying to go over the falls in a barrel. However, what many people don’t know is that Niagara Falls is the perfect location for a family vacation. There are so many interesting things to do, some paid and some free, that you could spend your entire time entertaining the kids. If you are planning your next big trip to Niagara Falls and have booked a suite in the historic Crowne Plaza, why not try these fun things to do? The kids will love them and if you let yourself go, the inner child in you will have just as much fun!

1. Visit the Butterfly Conservatory

There are more than 2,000 colorful butterflies that simply seem to float about before your very eyes as you tour the lush gardens and exotic blooms at the Butterfly Conservatory. You will find pathways that lead through tropical gardens and the entire family can see a short video with closed captioning for those with hearing impairments.

  • Adults (13+ years): $14.25 + tax CAD
  • Children (6 to 12): $9.25 + tax CAD
  • Kids 5 and under: Free

2. Take a ‘Journey Behind the Falls’

Take an exciting walk behind the falls to the sound of crashing water in a tunnel that is more than 100 years old. Get as close as humanly possible to the thunderous, rushing waters of Niagara Falls.

  • Adults (13+ years): $16.75 + tax CAD
  • Children (6 to 12): $9.25 + tax CAD
  • Kids 5 and under: Free

3. Ride the Whirlpool Aero Car

Here you can take a ride on a suspended car that runs across the top of the rushing, swirling whirlpool below. The Aero Car passes back and forth and is really the ride of a lifetime!

  • Adults (13+ years): $14.25 + tax CAD
  • Children (6 to 12): $9.25 + tax CAD
  • Kids 5 and under: Free

4. Learn about Aquatic Life at MarineLand

As one of the more expensive activities you will find at Niagara Falls, MarineLand is one you may not want to miss. Here is where the entire family can view real killer whales and see the amazing way in which dolphins communicate with each other and humans alike. Expensive? Yes, but well worth the price!

  • Adults (13+ years): $45.95 + tax CAD
  • Children (6 to 12): $38.95 + tax CAD
  • Kids 5 and under: $35.95 + tax CAD

5. Get in a Bit of History at Amazing Niagara Falls Museums

There are actually four different museums to visit on the Canadian side of the Falls which include the Niagara Falls History Museum, Battle Ground Hotel Museum, Willoughby Historical Museum and Lundy Lane’s Battlefield.

  • Adults (20+ years): $5.00 CAD
  • Students (6 – 19 years): $4.00 CAD
  • Kids 6 and under: Free

6. Take a Tour through Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium

From shrunken heads to the rarest egg in the world, there are so many oddities at Ripley’s Believe It or Not that the kids may never want to leave! Enjoy a day of freaky fun that the kids will be talking about for years to come.

  • Adults (13 – 64): $15.81 + tax CAD
  • Children (6 – 12): $9.03 + tax
  • Kids 5 and under: Free

7. Get Ready, Get Set, Get Drenched Aboard the Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

Definitely not one for those afraid of water! Take a ride on a jet boat and get the drenching of your life. Think you’ve seen turbulent waters? You’ve seen none like these…

  • Adults (13+ years): $61.00 + tax CAD
  • Children (4/6 to 12): $51.00 + tax CAD
  • Height Restrictions Apply: At least 44” for 6 yr. old on Wet Jet / 40” for 4 yr. old on the Jet Dome

8. Go for a Ride in a Horse Drawn Carriage – Niagara Botanical Gardens

What child doesn’t want to ride in a horse drawn carriage like those they see in fairy tale books like Cinderella? Take the kids on the ride of their little lives where imagination is a vital part of growing up.

Entry to the gardens is free but there is a cost for the carriage ride. In Canadian dollars the cost is $18.50 for a ride that lasts an entire 40 minutes.

These are just a sampling of the amazing activities you can plan for the entire family, young and old. But, one thing is for sure. You will not be at a loss for something to do and something to see on either side of the border.

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