10 Essential Experiences in Niagara Falls, Canada
Niagara Falls, Canada is definitely a place that you should visit at least once in your lifetime. I've had the opportunity to visit twice in my lifetime (once as a child and second as an adult) and the last visit was surely better than the first, due in large part to the fact that I got to see and experience a lot more of this beautiful city. (Plus there was a whole lot more to do than the first time I went!). Though many suggest that summer is the best time to visit, I highly recommend visiting Niagara Falls in early Autumn (Sept-Oct) if possible, because the fall colors against this majestic waterfall is a true beauty to behold, and hotel prices are usually much cheaper.
When you visit Niagara Falls, you will quickly realize that there are tons of things to do, and if you're on a budget and limited time, you probably want to experience as much as possible without wasting time and money. So here's my list of 10 Essential Experiences in Niagara Falls in no particular order of importance.
This is without a doubt the entertainment strip of Niagara Falls. Hotels, restaurants and several attractions line this lively street. Whether you choose to stay there or just visit, be sure to stop by Ripley's Believe or Not, Movieland Wax Museum, FX Ride Theatre, and IMAX Theatre for a most amazing film on Niagara Falls.
There is no question that Skylon Tower is the tallest building in Niagara Falls. Overlooking the falls and Victoria park, Skylon tower offers both exceptional views and exquisite dining in it's unique revolving restaurant. There is also an observation deck at the top where visitors can see for miles and miles on a clear day. The lower level is home to the largest indoor entertainment center in Niagara featuring a wide range of high-tech games, perfect for all ages.
Journey Behind the Falls
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This has to be the best way to experience the power and sheer awesomeness of Niagara Falls! The Journey takes you 150 ft through the bedrock to tunnels which lead to two portals behind the falls. Then you can walk onto the observation decks at the very foot of the falls. Be prepared to get wet! It doesn't get any better than this.
Maid of the Mist
Another great way to experience Niagara Falls. This tour takes you to the base of the American Falls and the basin of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. You can hear and feel the thunder of the falls, and of course get wet! This is a half hour tour that you will not forget.
Niagara-On-The-Lake Bike Tour
Rent a bike and experience the great outdoors! This is a great way to get in some exercise during your stay. It's not only affordable family fun, but it is also a very scenic tour that allows you to go at our own pace. You can even plan to include a stop at one of the many wineries along the way. (Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery is a good choice)
Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show
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Get to know Canada culturally in this musically charged Dinner Show, while you enjoy fine Canadian gastronomy. Some of the highlights include performances from characters like "Anne of Green Gables", lumberjacks and Mounties. Of course the full course meal is also a highlight with specialties like Fresh Atlantic Haddock, Roasted Prince Edward Island Potatoes and my favorite Maple Chocolate Mania Cake. It's an award winning show!
View the Falls at Night
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Think the Falls are beautiful during the day? Wait until you see them at night! Every evening from November to February you can enjoy the illumination of the falls and a spectacular fireworks display. Don't miss it!
Niagara Falls Aviary
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If you enjoy wildlife this is a must for you! The Niagara Falls Aviary is home to over 300 species of tropical birds from all over the world. Great family entertainment that's open year round.
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Enter this beautiful rain forest setting and experience the magic of many exquisite butterflies spreading their colorful wings as they go from flower to flower. It's like a fairytale!
(Photo courtesy Day Trips Canada - www.day-trips.ca)
Where else can you see the world's largest habitat for whales and have killer whales splash and perform right before your eyes? Only at Marineland Canada! This is surely the theme park to visit providing entertainment for all ages. Other attractions inside the park include signature rides like Dragon Mountain roller coaster, Viking Adventure and Sky Screamer; petting and feeding zoo; and a number of exciting shows inside the King Waldorf Stadium.
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