Family adventure and fun in Niagara Falls, Canada

Experience Niagara Falls from a whole new vantage point. Cross the border and discover the Canadian experience. 

A family of four standing next to the Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls | Destination Ontario

Enjoy kid-friendly restaurants and accommodations, family-oriented indoor and outdoor activities, exciting attractions and, of course, the natural world wonder of the Horseshoe Falls.

And the best part? You’ll love how much further your dollar goes in Ontario, Canada.

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Day 1: Niagara Falls, Canada

  • Approximate distance and travel time: from Windsor 236 miles (380 kilometres), 3 hours 50 minutes and from Sarnia 185 miles (300 kilometres), 3 hours

The number one reason to visit Niagara Falls is, of course, the world-famous falls. The actual falls themselves are made up of three waterfalls between Niagara Falls Canada and Niagara Falls, New York—the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

Travel tips: 

Where to stay in Niagara Falls

Located near Clifton Hill, the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel offers rooms with great views of the falls, and is connected to the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. The hotel has a parking garage on-site.
Location: 5875 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls

More than a hotel, Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls is a destination unto itself. The property features an indoor water park resort and attractions to keep the whole family entertained day and night. Free self-parking is included with all bookings.
Location: 3950 Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls

Located on the historic Lundy’s Lane, Americana Waterpark Resort & Spa is a family favourite. It features a beach entry wave pool, activity pool, toddler pool, spa, hot tub and water slides. Secure parking is available on-site.
Location: 8444 Lundy's Lane, Niagara Falls

The Crowne Plaza Hotel is a four-star property located steps from the falls. The hotel is home to Prime Steakhouse (Niagara Falls’ #1 rated restaurant) and shares a direct indoor connection to the Falls Avenue Resort, which has an incredible indoor waterpark. Secure on-site parking is available.
Location: 5685 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Falls experiences

Start your day with a ride on the WildPlay Niagara Falls MistRider Zipline attraction at Grand View Marketplace. Riders soar on four parallel lines 220 feet (67 metres) above the Niagara River Gorge and glide 732 yards (670 metres) past the American Falls to an observation deck at the base of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.
Location: 5920 Niagara River Parkway, Niagara Falls

Challenge yourself on three self-paced obstacle courses with dozens of climbing, ziplining and jumping circuits at the Whirlpool Adventure Course. Free parking is available on-site.
Location: 3500 Niagara River Parkway, Niagara Falls

No visit to Niagara Falls is complete without taking the iconic 20-minute Voyage to the Falls boat tour from Niagara City Cruises. This mist-filled journey delivers stunning views of the Niagara Gorge, American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Canadian Horseshoe Falls.
Location: 5920 Niagara River Parkway, Niagara Falls

The Niagara River Parkway Recreation Trail runs along the Niagara Parkway and is used by pedestrians and cyclists and is also wheelchair accessible. Note the stories of freedom and courage with Niagara Parks’ displays and monuments honouring Black Canadian history.
Location: 3350 Niagara River Parkway, Niagara Falls

Journey Behind the Falls offers a unique vantage point of the world-famous falls. At this attraction, you’ll descend 125 feet (38 metres) by elevator, then walk through a short tunnel to access two outdoor observation decks and viewing portals, located directly behind the falls.
Location: 6650 Niagara River Parkway, Niagara Falls

Bring a blanket and check out the Niagara Falls annual summer fireworks, every night at 9:00 p.m., weather permitting. Parking can be found nearby at the Table Rock Centre.
Location: Queen Victoria Park, 6345 Niagara River Parkway, Niagara Falls

Zip around town and explore Niagara Falls by electric bike from Snap E Bike. Bikes can be booked in advance to ensure availability.
Location: 4239 Park Street, Niagara Falls

Take a ride on Canada's largest observation wheel, the Niagara SkyWheel. Towering 175 feet (53 metres) you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the Horseshoe and American Falls from glass-enclosed gondolas. Parking is available in the nearby Clifton Hill public lot.
Location: 4960 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls

Places to eat in Niagara Falls

Start the day with breakfast at Scoops Restaurant on Lundy’s Lane. If you’re travelling in a group, ask for the “Family Breakfast Feast”, available for four or six people.
Location: 8123 Lundy's Lane, Niagara Falls

Dine with a 360º view of Niagara Falls, 775 feet (236 metres) up at the Skylon Tower Revolving Dining Room. In addition to the spectacular backdrop, the restaurant offers gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dining options. Paid parking is available at the base of the tower.
Location: 5200 Robinson Street, Niagara Falls

Enjoy all the family favourites like burgers and sandwiches in a recreated rainforest setting complete with volcanos, thunderstorms and exotic wildlife at the Rainforest Café.
Location: 4915 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls

Find Italian cuisine for the whole family at Carpaccio Restaurant on Lundy’s Lane. Carpaccio also offers a good selection of locally sourced Niagara wines.
Location: 6840 Lundy's Lane, Niagara Falls

With family-style Italian meals, pizza, wings and more, Mick & Angelo’s Kitchen & Bar is a crowd-pleaser. Get 20% off the entire menu every Tuesday.
Location: 7600 Lundy's Lane, Niagara Falls

Stop by Sweet Jesus at the Sheraton Hotel, for an Instagram-worthy ice cream experience. Parking is available in the hotel’s self-parking garage.
Location: 5875 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls

Satisfy your sweet tooth with an iconic, Canadian pastry at BeaverTails®.
Location: 4967 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls

Day 2: Niagara Falls and beyond

Go karts race around the track at a speedway.

In addition to seeing the falls themselves, the city of Niagara Falls is home to numerous museums and attractions, perfect for the second day of your visit.

Travel tip:

  • Many of Niagara Falls’ museums, shops and attractions, especially around the Clifton Hill area, can be visited on foot. Park your car at the Clifton Hill public parking lot, put on your walking shoes and start exploring.

Things to do around Niagara Falls

Attractions and museums

Fans of the bizarre and unbelievable will enjoy Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum, home to over 500 mind-boggling displays of rare and amusing oddities including incredible customs, unusual hobbies and weirdest artifacts from around the world.
Location: 4960 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls

And don't miss Ripley's Selfie Studios, the most instagrammable attraction in Niagara Falls. Over  20 themed installations with unique props and scroll stopping colours will create unbelievable content and lasting memories.
Location: 4983 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls

Explore the preserved interior of the historic Niagara Parks Power Station. Converted into a museum and interpretive centre, the station houses immersive exhibits, restored artifacts and interactive storytelling events. 
Location: 7005 Niagara River Parkway, Niagara Falls

Enter through a four-storey high Hershey’s Chocolate Bar at Hershey’s Chocolate World. Load up on treats and enjoy a HERSHEY’S signature milkshake.
Location: 5701 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls

Snap a selfie and strike a pose at Louis Tussaud's Waxworks with lifelike wax celebrities such as Beyoncé, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson or John Lennon.
Location: 5709 Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls

The Niagara Speedway is North America's largest elevated go-kart track facility. Dubbed a "Mario Kart" inspired racetrack, the raceway runs traditional throttle-powered go-karts.
Location: 4960 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls

The Great Canadian Midway entertainment complex provides 70,000 square feet of fun with over 300 games. Enjoy interactive games like the Wild West Coaster Motion Simulator or the spooky Ghost Blasters Dark Ride.
Location: 4848 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls

Safari Niagara, a 150-acre nature park gives visitors a chance to view over 1,000 native and exotic animals, birds and reptile species. The park is completely interactive with animal feedings, a petting farm, paddle boats, a speedway, splash pads, a rope course, trams and a catch and release fishing pond.
Location: 2821 Stevensville Road, Stevensville

Day 3: Niagara-on-the-Lake

  • Approximate distance and travel time: 15 miles (25 kilometres), 25 minutes

After a fun-filled couple of days in Niagara Falls, spend some time exploring historic Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Travel tips:

  • Niagara-on-the-Lake is the heart of Niagara’s wine industry, with numerous tours and tasting opportunities in the area. Some wineries are also kid-friendly, offering grape juice and local foods for them to snack on.
  • Find parking meters around Niagara-on-the-Lake. Note that these machines do not accept credit card payments—you can pay by cash or by credit card through the Honk mobile app. Check the parking meter for rates.

Places to stay in Niagara-on-the-Lake

A classic family-friendly motel with modern upgrades and vintage décor, the Kent Motel is within walking distance of hiking trails, Brock’s Monument and multiple attractions in Niagara-on-the-Lake. This motor inn also has free on-site parking.
Location: 19 Front Street South, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Close to wineries, restaurants, bike trails and the Shaw Festival Theatre, the Best Western Colonel Butler Inn offers comfortable, budget-friendly accommodations with complimentary breakfast and parking.
Location: 278 Mary Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake

The Hilton Garden Inn features an indoor pool, on-site restaurant and free parking, located across the highway from the Outlet Collection at Niagara.
Location: 500 York Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake

The Staybridge Suites Niagara-On-The-Lake keeps kids entertained with an indoor pool and putting green. Suites are equipped with full kitchens. Breakfast and parking included. Also located close to Outlet Collection at Niagara.
Location: 524 York Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Things to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake

History and nature

Step back in time at Fort George Historic Site with re-enactments of military and daily life during the War of 1812. Paid parking is available on-site.
Location: 51 Queen's Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Don’t miss a visit to The Landscape of Nations. This living memorial is dedicated to the contributions and sacrifices made by Six Nations on Queenston Heights and throughout the War of 1812.
Location: 14184 Niagara River Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake

The fully accessible Butterfly Conservatory features over 2,000 colourful tropical butterflies floating freely among lush, exotic blossoms and greenery. Hourly parking is available.
Location: 2565 Niagara River Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Enjoy the outdoors with a picnic in McFarland Park. In addition to two large picnic pavilions, the park also houses a children’s splash pad and various walking trails.
Location: 15927 Niagara River Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Shopping

Take a stroll downtown and visit Greaves Jams & Marmalade. This mainstay offers jams and preserves made with fruit grown in the heart of Niagara’s fruit belt. Metered parking is available along Queen Street.
Location: 55 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Just Christmas is Canada’s oldest year-round Christmas emporium with just about everything you need to make the holiday season festive.
Location: 34 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Shop for the entire family at the Outlet Collection at Niagara. This open-air outlet mall offers brand-name fashion and lifestyle retailers at outlet prices.
Location: 300 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Places to eat in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Indulge in a European Chimney Sandwich at Budapest Bakeshop.
Location: 118 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Family-friendly Sunset Grill serves all-day breakfast, along with other traditional diner dishes like burgers and sandwiches.
Location: 62 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Grab lunch to go at Walker’s Country Market along the Niagara River Parkway. Find hearty sandwiches, homemade bakery goods, delicious jams, jellies and preserves, all from a family farm that’s been in operation since the 1930s.
Location: 15796 Niagara River Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Enjoy lunch or dinner made with fresh locally grown ingredients at local favourite, The Epicurean. During summer months, enjoy some time outside on their spacious patio, with seating under a butternut tree.
Location: 84 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Cool down in farm country and enjoy the region’s finest homemade ice cream at Avondale Dairy Bar, a family-operated dairy farm since 1955.
Location: 461 Stewart Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Day 4: St. Catharines

  • Approximate distance and travel time: 12 miles (20 kilometres), 25 minutes

Known as “The Garden City”, St. Catharines is renowned for its lush parks, gardens, trails and famous canal.

Travel tip:

  • Metered parking is available in St. Catharines, with a three-hour limit from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Outside of these hours, parking is free.

Where to stay in St. Catharines

Holiday Inn & Suites St. Catharines is ideal for the whole family with its heated saltwater indoor pool and on-site Parkway Social entertainment centre, which features a 30-lane bowling alley, laser tag and arcade. Free on-site parking is provided.
Location: 327 Ontario Street, St. Catharines

The Capri Inn offers reasonable rates and free parking with complimentary morning pastries just minutes from Port Dalhousie, a waterfront community with boutique shopping, historic carousel, lighthouses, pubs and restaurants.
Location: 391 Ontario Street, St. Catharines

Things to do in St. Catharines

Watch freighters navigate the Welland Canal from the indoor Lock View Lounge or Lock 3 Observation Deck at St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre. Parking is available along the adjacent recreational trail.
Location: 1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St. Catharines

If you’re feeling adventurous, rent a Segway and book a tour of the entire canal system—all the way down to Lock 7 to view the Thorold murals.
Location: 1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St. Catharines

Visit the village of Pelham and learn how four generations of sugar makers craft 100% pure maple syrup at White Meadows Farms. In addition to an on-site maple store, the farm runs a one-hour Discover Maple Tour from May to October and offers campout lunches.
Location: 2519 Effingham Street, Pelham

Explore Ball’s Falls Conservation Area in Lincoln, home to the Ball’s Waterfalls, popular with locals and tourists alike.  Rich in flora and fauna and natural landscape, the conservation area is spread over 200 acres (81 hectares) with many trails and scenic waterfalls. The area features structures dating back to the 19th century when it was a small village where the Ball Family lived and worked. Free parking is available.
Location: 3292 Sixth Avenue, Lincoln

Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm is the perfect setting for a family picnic. The park has an animal viewing area, huge playground and one of Canada’s most interesting collections of flowering rhododendrons.
Location: 650 Read Road, St. Catharines

Places to eat in St. Catharines

A fun and fabulous retro diner and great place for breakfast, Diner House 29 in St. Catharines also sells homemade jams for purchase from their on-site pantry. 
Location: 431 Welland Avenue, St. Catharines

Located in St. Catharines’ Port Dalhousie neighbourhood, the Twisted Pig Italian Kitchen serves family-friendly fare like oven-fired pizza and pasta.
Location: 1 Lock Street, St. Catharines

Stop in for lunch on the patio of Georges Greek Village and enjoy favourites like souvlaki and gyros, along with spectacular views of the Welland Canal and the Garden City Skyway.
Location: 535 Queenston Street, St. Catharines

Cafe Amore serves wood-fired pizza, steaks, pasta and salads along with a continuously rotating dessert showcase of cheesecakes, tortes and flans.
Location: 211 Martindale Road, St. Catharines

Niagara’s original “farm to table” experience, The Good Earth Bistro serves lunches with beautiful patio views of the property, along with an on-site winery with tastings of Niagara wines.
Location: 4556 Lincoln Avenue, Beamsville


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Last updated: November 24, 2023

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