Niagara Falls, Canada is a great vacation destination for families, as many of the attractions here are appealing to visitors of all ages and many more were designed specifically with kids in mind. Kids and parents alike will enjoy exploring the breathtaking Niagara Falls, which sit on the border of the U.S. and Canada. But that’s not all the town of Niagara Falls, Ontario has to offer.
On the Canadian side of the border, you’ll find a wealth of fun attractions in the Clifton Hill district, and throughout the town of Niagara Falls. Kids will enjoy the Butterfly Conservatory, Fallsview Waterpark, and the Niagara Falls Skywheel.
Explore Niagara Falls
You may want to set aside an entire day of your trip to spend exploring the Falls themselves with your family. On the American side of the border lie Bridal Veil Falls and American Falls; the iconic Horseshoe Falls can be found on the Canadian side. A boat tour of the Falls is arguably the best way to experience them; Maid of the Mist operates tours from the American side of the border, and Hornblower Niagara Cruises operates them on the Canadian side. You’ll get wet on these boats, and the winds and mist can be intense, but you should be able to seek refuge on the glassed-in lower level.
Once you’ve finished your boat tour, visit Journey Behind the Falls to, well, journey behind the Falls. This attraction takes visitors through 130-year-old tunnels carved in the bedrock behind Horseshoe Falls, letting you feel and see the strength of the rushing water as you peer through observation windows cut into the rock or stand on the observation deck at the end of the attraction, where you’ll be as close to the Falls as it’s possible to get. Afterward, take the kids on an educational sensory adventure at Niagara’s Fury, a 4D attraction that tells the history of Niagara Falls from their creation at the end of the last Ice Age.
Visit Clifton Hill
Niagara Falls’ Clifton Hill district is overflowing with fun, family-friendly attractions. Here you’ll find the Great Canadian Midway, a 70,000-square-foot arcade where you can play just about every arcade game known to man, and trade in your tickets for fun prizes. Don’t miss the Ghost Blasters Dark Ride, the Wild West Coaster Experience, or the Zombie Attack Multi-Sensory Adventure Ride. You’ll also find a new, second facility the Niagara Speedway Game Zone, located near the Niagara SkyWheel; this facility is an extension of the Great Canadian Midway, and you can use the same tokens here.
Of course, Clifton Hill offers much more than the Great Canadian Midway. There’s the aforementioned Niagara SkyWheel, a Ferris wheel that lifts riders 175 feet above the ground for unparalleled views of the Falls. Kids will also enjoy Dinosaur Adventure Golf, Wizard Golf, the Movieland Wax Museum, Strike Rock N’Bowl, and the Ripley’s Museum.
Spend an Afternoon at the Waterpark
With 16 slides, an indoor wave pool, a year-round outdoor activity pool and sundeck, and a huge tipping bucket, Fallsview Waterpark is the largest indoor water park in Niagara Falls, and possibly the easiest to visit with children. The facility offers free towels, swim diapers, and bottle warming; strollers are allowed inside the park, and the facility caters to kids of all ages. Very young children will enjoy the Tiny Tots Splash Park, while older children can wear themselves out on the Sky Screamer and Drop Canyon rides. The Fallsview Waterpark is attached to three of the best hotels in Niagara Falls, for additional convenience.
Befriend Some Butterflies
The Niagara Butterfly Conservatory is home to 2,000 butterflies of 45 species. The insects live in a tropical habitat on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. You can take a short, self-guided tour as you walk freely through the butterflies’ enclosure, marveling at the colorful insects and hoping to encourage one to land on your finger. Watch your step; sometimes the butterflies rest on the walkways.
Niagara Falls offers plenty of fun for the whole family. You’ll be awed by the power and majesty of the mighty Falls, but you’ll also have the chance to laugh yourself sick at great family-friendly attractions in Clifton Hill or spend moments of quiet awe communing with butterflies at the Butterfly Conservatory. With so many options available, your Niagara Falls vacation will be exactly what you make it.