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Top 5 Activities to Do Around Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is one of the biggest tourist attractions in North America. However, you can only look at the falls for so long. So, what else is there to do on the Canadian side in Niagara City? Well, it is actually the perfect weekend trip. Here are the top 5 activities around Niagara Falls.

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Niagara Falls, Canada View

Skylon Tower

This structure overlooks the falls themselves. It gives you the perfect aerial shot of the falls that you cannot get anywhere else. At the top of the tower there is a rotating restaurant that I highly recommend visiting. There is a fee to get to the top of the tower, so if you eat at the restaurant the trip to the top is free. Not to mention you have an amazing view of the falls and the city while you eat! The food was not as amazing as I would have expected it to be – it was quite mediocre. However, the view and experience itself made up for it.

The Skylon Tower also makes the list as one of the top 5 activities around Niagara Falls because of its location. Obviously, it is near the falls, but it is walking distance from a lot of hotels and other shops and activities in the city.

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Skylon Tower, Niagara Falls Photo by Phil Desforges on Unsplash

Clifton Hill

Clifton Hill is an area just about a seven-minute walk from Skylon Tower. The Main street is full of little shops, snack bars, mini museums, and of course the Sky Wheel. If you are looking for family fun, this is your spot. You can play miniature golf, ride a giant ferris wheel, see wax and world record museums, go through a haunted house, grab some ice cream, and so much more! It reminds me a lot of a beach city like Myrtle Beach or even a bit of Destin.

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Niagara Sky Wheel Photo by Sebastian Klein on Unsplash

Casino Niagara

This Casino is the older of the two on the Canadian side of the falls, but I still think it’s on the list for top 5 activities around Niagara Falls. It is a bit smaller and older, but for some hotels, it is a closer walk than the newer casino. The casino also has a delicious sports bar and buffet I recommend stopping by if you need a lucky break. It is also right new the Clifton Hill area, so it is perfect to stop in for a drink if you need a break from the craziness!

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Niagara Skyline Photo by Liz Weddon on Unsplash

Niagara on the Lake

There is a large area about a 20-minute drive from the falls themselves full of wineries! You can take tours, tastings, or just enjoy the restaurants on site at each winery. I have personally visited Konzelmann and Trius Wineries, but there are so many great ones. There is also a biking tour you can take as well as a bus tour, so you can see them all. This is not only a top 5 activity around Niagara Falls, but a must-visit in my opinion. If you are really interested in wineries, I also suggest Wine Trails – USA & Canada (Lonely Planet) as a good read!

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Niagara On The Lake Winery

Fallsview Casino

The newest addition to Niagara City is the Fallsview Casino. When you walk in, you get the feeling of Las Vegas. There are tons of higher end shops, restaurants, bars, and shows…this is all before you even get to the casino. And let’s not forget there is a hotel attached as well! Once you walk through those casino doors, there are so many different table and slot sections. Again, very much a Vegas feel. That is why this is a top 5 activity around Niagara Falls.

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Niagara Falls at Night Photo by Qi Li on Unsplash

16 Comments

  • stellaencina

    love this! niagara falls is right up there on my bucket list. i hope i can come visit when we go to the states EOY or ENY 😀 although i think canada view looks a lot better… let’s see!

    • venturingventuras

      I would definitely recommend going to the Canada side of the Falls over the New York side!

  • Lex

    I’ll admit it – I’ve never been! I live in Boston, so I’m really not too far either. it is definitely a trip that I need to plan. Thanks for the advice on the others things to do! Not going to lie, one of the reasons I haven’t gone is because how long can you really look at water?? lol

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    • venturingventuras

      I agree, the Falls are beautiful but I can only look for so long. The other activities around the city are great though!

  • suzystories

    I’ve always wanted to visit Niagara Falls, and this would make the trip even more worthwhile! Thanks for sharing these great ideas, and your photos are gorgeous!

  • Marissa's Teachable Moments

    I definitely thought that Niagra Falls was the main (and only) attraction. Happy to learn that I was wrong. The other attractions that you’ve outlined sound like they’re right up my alley, especially the casino 🙂

  • Carrie

    I used to go to Niagra almost every year as a kid (my grandmother was from just across the border in NY) but still have never done most of these things! Would love to do the winery visits. And even though it’s a bit kitschy, I’d enjoy going up in the tower.

  • Carly | FearlessFemaleTravels.com

    I remember visiting Niagara Falls as a kid! It was such a fun family trip (but obviously just a small part of a much larger road trip around Ontario).

  • Nerissa

    I was unprepared when I visited Niagara Falls and ended up getting completely soaked as I walked past a certain section. The sun was out so it didn’t take me long to dry off, but for anyone going, haha yep, bring a rain poncho.

  • Bangali Backpackers

    The first photo of this post is love! I love the jade waters. And the vessel against the roaring veil of water. I haven’t visited Niagara but I am mesmerized by it already!

  • valerie

    I love the first photo as well, just amazing! I am Canadian and live in the US..I have not been to either side, i Know a terrible shame, I want to see this so bad! Great post!~

  • josypheen

    Deary me! I went to Niagara falls a few years ago and like the other commenters, I missed most of this!

    I did really love Niagara on the lake though, that was such a pretty place to explore!

  • Zoe | Together In Transit

    Lovely post. I’ve never been to Niagara Falls but I would really find myself visiting all these activities while there. I saw the photos from winter when there was lots of ice and it was gorgeous!

  • Jennifer Jane

    I was just there last weekend! I haven’t visited since i was in college so I enjoyed revisiting the falls this time with family. Great photos!

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