Niagara Falls, Ontario is a Canadian city with a world-famous name. The Niagara River, which forms the border between Canada and the USA, features one of the most impressive series of waterfalls on planet Earth. Horseshoe Falls is the largest of the 3 waterfalls that make Niagara Falls, and it’s on the Canadian’s side of the border.

    Besides the waterfalls, Niagara Falls, ON is a lively town which has developed a great range of attractions and activities to entertain the many visitors pulled there by the powerful falls. Clifton Hill amusement park, the Botanical Gardens and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! are just a few of the exciting things to do in Niagara Falls. You’ll find more in the list below. 

    What are the best things to do in Niagara Falls?


    The Niagara Falls

    Feel the raw power of nature at an iconic landmark

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    The Niagara Falls comprise 3 waterfalls: Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. The largest of them is Horseshoe Falls and it’s on the Canadian side of the border. The other 2 belong to the USA. You should make your visit to the falls early in the morning to enjoy a magical moment to yourself, before the crowds start to arrive. You can book a 20-minute tour on one of the boats that take you to the foot of Horseshoe Falls to truly feel the raw power of nature, but be ready to get wet! Hornblower Niagara Cruises and the Maid of the Mist are the most popular companies which offer this thrilling trip.

    Location: Niagara Falls, ON, Canada

    Phone: +1 905-356-2241


    Niagara SkyWheel

    Take in unique views of Niagara Falls from 53 metre up

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    Erected at the top of Clifton Hill, 500 metres from the Niagara River, Niagara SkyWheel is a 53-metre-tall Ferris wheel which offers breathtaking views of the American and Horseshoe Falls. Niagara SkyWheel is open all year round, thanks to the air-conditioned and heated cabins. A ride lasts roughly 10 minutes – time enough to make 3 rotations. The Ferris wheel is part of the Clifton Hill amusement park. You can save money by purchasing a Clifton Hill Fun Pass, which costs around C$30 and gives you access to 7 attractions, including 2 rides on Niagara SkyWheel.

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    Location: 4950 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N4, Canada

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 9 am to 2 am, Friday–Saturday from 9 am to 3 am

    Phone: +1 905-358-4793


    photo by Gary J. Wood (CC BY-SA 2.0) modified


    Niagara Falls Botanical Gardens

    Take a breath of fresh air in a peaceful environment

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    Part of the Niagara Falls Park and located 9 km north of the town centre, Niagara Falls Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Conservatory offers a splendid and peaceful environment for a stroll. The Botanical Gardens cover an area of 400,000 sqm, in which you can see many different types of gardens and learn about Canadian flowers, plants and trees. Horse-drawn carriage rides around the grounds are available, and there’s also a Butterfly Conservatory and a bar-restaurant. The access to the Botanical Gardens is free, while entrance to the Butterfly Conservatory costs C$15.

    Location: 2565 Niagara Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0, Canada

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +1 905-358-8119


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    Ripley's Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls

    Be amazed at the weirdest museum in town

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    Ripley's Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls is one of the most popular manmade attractions in town. Here, you’ll find all the items that made this chain of museums famous around the world, including genuine shrunken heads and other oddities. You also can see movies showing the often-ill-fated antics of those people brave enough (or foolish enough) to defy the Niagara Falls, like riding down them in a wooden barrel. Ripley's Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls sits on Clifton Hill, a stroll away from the Ferris wheel.

    Location: 4960 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N4, Canada

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 9 am to 11 pm, Friday–Saturday from 9 am to 12 am

    Phone: +1 905-356-2238


    photo by Peter K Burian (CC BY-SA 4.0) modified


    Queen Victoria Park

    Sit among the flowers on the riverbank

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    Covering an area of about 300,000 sq m, Queen Victoria Park is a beautifully landscaped park full of shade, breezes, fragrances and colours. Sat on the shore of the Niagara River and enjoy the lovely flower beds, which are thick with spring daffodils and summer roses. There’s a stunning contrast between the peacefulness of the park and the roaring of the water rushing in the falls, which are within clear view of the park. If you get hungry from all that quiet contemplation, you’ll find restaurants and coffee shops at the park’s southern tip.

    Location: 6345 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6X8, Canada

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 905-358-1814


    photo by Diego Torres Silvestre (CC BY 2.0) modified


    Niagara Falls History Museum

    Learn about the history of Niagara Falls in a quaint museum

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    Housed in a historical building – the old Stamford Town Hall, built in 1874 – Niagara Falls History Museum hosts 3 exhibition galleries and a theatre. The Gale Family War of 1812 gallery, the Community gallery and a temporary exhibition gallery retrace the history of Niagara Falls area. The artefacts from the War of 1812 are particularly captivating, while the gallery of Niagara Falls history is entertaining and filled with fun facts. The temporary exhibitions are often art expositions. The museum is found a 10-minute walk northwest of the waterfalls.

    Location: 5810 Ferry Street, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 1S9, Canada

    Open: Friday–Tuesday from 10 am to 5 pm, Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +1 905-358-5082


    photo by Robert Linsdell (CC BY 2.0) modified


    White Water Walk

    Get an up-close and personal view of nature’s power

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    White Water Walk is a 400-metre-long boardwalk alongside whirlpool rapids in the Niagara River. A lift takes you down to the boardwalk, and it’s an easy hike, but a comfortable pair of walking shoes is still recommended, and don’t forget your camera. The power of the water at this point is designated class 6, the highest rating a rapid can have. White Water Walk can be found 4 km north of the falls.

    Location: 4330 River Road, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 6T2, Canada

    Open: Monday–Wednesday from 10 am to 5 pm, Thursday–Friday from 9.30 am to 5 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 905-374-1221


    Outlet Collection at Niagara

    Go shopping in a modern open-air outlet mall

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    Outlet Collection at Niagara is an outdoor shopping mall with over 100 brand-name stores. Here you’ll find Nike, Lacoste, The North Face and Tommy Hilfiger and many more first-class products sold at outlet prices. The shopping complex hosts a good choice of dining options, including international chains like McDonald’s, Subway and Starbucks. Outlet Collection at Niagara is located a 15-minute drive northwest of Downtown Niagara Falls.

    Location: 300 Taylor Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0, Canada

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 905-687-6777


    photo by Mack Male (CC BY-SA 2.0) modified


    Dine with a view at Skylon Tower

    Go up to a unique revolving restaurant and observation deck

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    You can take in breathtaking views of the Niagara Falls from the top of Skylon Tower in Queen Victoria Park. The 230-metre-high tower was built in the ‘60s and has a cool, vintage look. It’s the highest vantage point in Niagara Falls, and you can take your time enjoying that fact while you dine in the revolving restaurant in the UFO-shaped top of the tower. Whether you just go to the observation deck or decide to dine on the award-winning continental cuisine served at the restaurant, a ride to the top of Skylon Tower is a must-do in Niagara Falls.

    Location: 5200 Robinson Street, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 2A3, Canada

    Open: The observation deck opens daily from 8 am to 12 am. The restaurant opens daily from 10.30 am to 3 pm and from 4.30 pm to 9.30 pm.

    Phone: +1 905-356-2651


    End the Day bar-hopping in Downtown Niagara Falls

    Sophisticated or laid-back, Niagara Falls has a joint for you

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    Niagara Falls has no shortage of cool joints at which you can enjoy a hearty meal or simply have a cold beer after dark with friends. If you’re looking for a laid-back, local atmosphere, head to Yank's Old Niagara Bar & Grill on Centre Street. For a slightly more sophisticated décor and ambience, you can go to The Keg Steakhouse on Fallsview Boulevard. Last but not least, Wine on Third is an even more upscale venue with a lengthy wine list. It’s found on – you guessed it – 3rd Street.

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