Anyone planning flights on a budget and following the North American tourist trail is certain to stop off at Niagara Falls as part of their adventure. An easy mistake, however, is to think that all there is to the place is a spectacular waterfall and that you can see it, tick it off the list and move on. There are plenty of Niagara Falls attractions to tick off the list too.
You wouldn’t want to miss out on one of the most entertaining tourist spots on the continent, and you should really allow yourself at least a couple of days to fully take it in. So phone ahead to the hotel, make sure you are booked in for a minimum of two nights and prepare to be amazed by these exciting Niagara Falls attractions and sights.
Here are five experiences you really shouldn’t miss while exploring the area.
5 Niagara Falls Attractions
Of Course Niagara Falls
Fairly obvious as this one, after all, is the main reason you are there. However, there are a number of different ways to do it.
Niagara Falls is not just one waterfall, but three waterfalls. Horseshoe Falls or Canadian Falls is the biggest of the three and is the most powerful waterfall in North America lies on the international border of Canada and the United States.
Bridal Veil Falls and American Falls are both in the United States.
The original and best way is to take the Maid of the Mist Steamboat, and get up close and personal with Mother Nature. These boats have been plying their trade since the 1840s, so they know what they are doing. Be warned, though—you will get wet.
Visit beautiful Niagara Falls State Park for an awesome time and be sure to bring your hiking boots. At night, go see the light show for an incredible new way to experience the waterfalls.
Niagara Falls is almost as famous for the casinos as it is the waterfalls, and even if gambling is not usually your thing, you should at least pop in and take a look. The main casino is on Fallsview Boulevard and is home to 150 gaming tables and literally thousands of slot machines.
An overload of exciting entertainment that will delight all of your senses. There are live bands, concerts, famous performers, thrilling shows, and so much more. Be aware that you need to be 19 or over to gain admittance.
The region is renowned for its wine industry, and if you are fond of a glass of good vino, don’t miss out on a visit to the Inniskillin Winery. It is a short drive from your hotel and located at Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The Brae Burn Estate vineyard is beautiful and the wine is sophisticated and tasty. A stop here will awaken an appreciation for each unique wine and their flavor.
There are free tours every day, and the opportunity to taste the vineyard’s unique Icewine. Definitely a good day to leave the car at the hotel and take a cab!
The Aquarium of Niagara has a deserved reputation as one of the best Niagara Falls attractions on the US side of Niagara Falls. This is a perfect place to visit if you have youngsters with you, who might have been less than enamored with the wine tour.
You will be amazed to see and learn about over 1500 marine animals, sea lions, sharks, piranha, and even an endangered Peruvian penguin. Over 120 aquatic animal species live here.
And of course, there are all the usual opportunities to interact with and feed the various creatures, as well as hear an expert talk about them. Be sure to see the rescued marine mammals who get a second chance thanks to the Aquarium of Niagara.
The Old Fort
Every expedition should include a little look at history, and Niagara has plenty of it. While you are on the US side, a visit to this 17th-century fort provides an intriguing insight into the past, with its underground rooms and ancient weaponry.
Watch history come alive, view several exhibits and rooms, and witness the hourly musket demonstrations.
Niagara Falls is loaded with exciting things to do and see. Be sure to see all five of these awesome Niagara Falls attractions and maybe even go on your own outdoor adventure. Whatever you decide to do, it will be thrilling and memorable, so don’t forget your camera, bring your hiking shoes, and prepare to get wet.