Because my husband is gone so much due to his job in the military, when he is home we like to do a lot together as a family. Among our favorite activities are family vacations. With six of us, costs can add up quickly so we like to choose locations that are either within an easy day’s drive from us or that are inexpensive (but still fun!) once we arrive. For these reasons, Niagara Falls made our list for potential vacation destination.
Have you been to Niagara Falls yet? If not, here are some reasons you might want to consider going.
Greg Frewin Theatre Magic Show
Greg Frewin is a world champion magician, holding 1st place in several worldwide magic competitions. The show was voted the 2007 Attraction of the Year and includes a buffet dinner so you don’t have to worry about what to feed the family that night. One of the most popular features of the show is the opportunity to have your photo taken with a tiger.
Niagara Falls is the world’s largest free-flying indoor aviary. Visitors can see over 400 different birds and a variety of tropical plants in the multi-level rainforest that also includes a 40-foot waterfall. You can see some of the birds, as well as exotic reptiles, in the Encounter Room. The site includes a Kids Archaeology Dig where kids can search for treasures.
Kids and adults will love watching over 2000 butterflies flutter around the rainforest setting of this unique attraction.
The butterfly conservatory is within Niagara Parks but there are many other things to do in the parks. There are hundreds of geocaches, miles of hiking trails, a river abundant with fish, and botanical gardens to explore.
Of course no trip to Niagara Falls would be complete without a visit to this wonder of the world. You can explore it at the base on the Maid of the Mist, from behind on the Journey Behind the Falls, or from above on the Falls Incline Railway, or the river leading to the falls on the Whirlpool Aero Car and White Water Walk.
Throughout the year, the Falls are lit in the colors of the rainbow after dusk. This beautiful sight is a wonderful way to end a day of great sights and fun adventures.
The attractions listed above are some of the family highlights specific to Niagara Falls. Here are other fun activities to enjoy if you are looking for more choices.
- Brick City – constructed entirely from toy bricks (aka Legos)
- Mystery Maze – race through the maze to capture towers and search for the sword
- The Fun House – visit the fish bowl room, go to jail or play with giant balls
- Bronto’s Adventure Playland – bumper cars, cargo net climbs, a toddler play area, and more
- Guinness World Records Museum – see the 6 ton floating granite ball or sit in the world’s largest chair
- Indoor Water Parks – too cold to explore the falls up close, get wet AND stay warm
Because Niagara Falls is such a popular vacation destination, there are an abundance of affordable hotels conveniently located near the most popular attractions. Most are very reasonably priced.
Have you been to Niagara Falls? If so, please share your favorite experience there and any advice you have for those of us planning to visit.