*Pictured Above: Image by Christine Hess Photography*
Are you thinking of planning a Niagara Falls family getaway, but you are unsure what things there are to do for families during the Winter in Niagara Falls? Here is a guide just for you — from A-Z!
A is for “Adventure Rooms“
Adventure Rooms gives you and your group only 60 minutes to find your way out of a mysterious room. This is accomplished by using logic, searching for clues and using unique items in the room to help you get through obstacles like locks and doors, etc. Once your team makes it through all the of the puzzles contained within the room you will find the final key; and unlock yourself to freedom.
4541 Queen St., Niagara Falls
Call 1 844-766-6372
B is for “Butterfly Conservatory“
The Butterfly Conservatory is home to over 2000 free-flying tropical butterflies in a rainforest setting — and on these bitter cold Winter days it’s one of the most enjoyable things to do for families in Niagara Falls, as temperatures are set high to mimic the rainforest setting — vital for the survival of these creatures. Coat check anyone?
2565 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls
C is for “Clifton Hill“
It doesn’t get any better for kids of all ages than to visit all our attractions on Clifton Hill! From our 70,000 square foot, 2-level Great Canadian Midway arcade, to the 175-foot wheel in the sky, the Niagara SkyWheel, we have everything from young to old to enjoy from the top of the street to the bottom!
Purchase the Clifton Hill Fun Pass for additional savings. One thing is for sure, you will never get bored here, that’s why it is nicknamed “The Street of Fun by the Falls”!
Looking for a hotel on Clifton Hill or close to Clifton Hill? Click here for a full list.
D is for “Dufferin Islands”
To capture amazing photos at any time of the year, head to nearby Dufferin Islands.
This popular area is 10 acres of paradise – a quiet, secluded park containing several small islands connected by small bridges and footpaths. This area is home to the “Winter Festival of Lights“, from November 18th, 2017 to January 31st. 2018.
E is for “Events“
It doesn’t matter if you plan a Niagara Falls family getaway in the Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring, Niagara Falls is always jam-packed with exciting events to take part in. From Summer festivals and year-round concerts, to Winter’s Niagara Ice Wine Festival and the Winter Festival of Lights, click here for a list of upcoming events.
F is for “Fallsview Indoor Waterpark“
Another place where everyday feels like the Summer is the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark located at 5685 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls.
It features 3 acres of family fun, with 125,000 square feet of action-packed water excitement. Look out for a mammoth play area, the massive 1,000 gallon tipping bucket, enormous 6 storey high waterslides, the full-sized wave pool, year-round outdoor activity pool and sundeck, plunge bowl, two oversized adult only Jacuzzis and a children’s play area.
www.fallsviewwaterpark.com or call 905-374-4444
G is for “Gardens”
Niagara Falls is known for our beautifully manicured gardens; the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, the Oakes Garden Theatre, and Queen Victoria Park to name a few — but the Floral Showhouse is an indoor retreat.
Stay warm inside while its greenhouse temperatures relax you in this floral paradise located at 7145 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls.
H is for “Helicopters”
So what if it’s Winter? The Niagara Falls Helicopters is open year-round (*weather dependent) located at 3731 Victoria Ave., Niagara Falls.
Feel the excitement of soaring above the turbulent rapids and cascading waterfalls with one of these unique tours. The entire family is welcome aboard!
www.niagarahelicopters.com or call 905-357-5672
I is for “Ice Skating“
Whether you choose to take the family for recreational ice skating, or to catch a game with Niagara’s major junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League, the Niagara IceDogs, we have both available for families to take advantage of in Niagara.
J is for “Journey Behind the Falls“
Take a journey deep below and behind the heart of the Niagara Falls and stand where the falls tumble from 13 storeys above with the Journey Behind the Falls attraction at 6650 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls (in the Table Rock Centre).
Winter rates are reduced when the attraction’s Lower Observation Deck must be closed due to ice conditions, but this is a year-round attraction that takes you 150 feet below by elevator, where a short tunnel gives you access to observation decks and two portals located directly behind the Falls.
During summer daylight hours, over 2,800 cubic meters of water thunders over the brink every second, travelling 65 kilometers per hour…pretty amazing!
K is for “Kingdom“
The Bird Kingdom is another tropical paradise located just a 5 minute walk from Clifton Hill and the view of the Niagara Falls at 5651 River Rd, Niagara Falls.
This is the largest free-flying indoor aviary in the world. More than 300 birds make their home in this multi-level rainforest setting nestled in a building which has housed some of the area’s top attractions of the past. A 40-foot waterfall, tropical plants, and hundreds of birds from around the world put on a show for the public. Many of the 80 species of birds living at Bird Kingdom are endangered or threatened in the wild.
www.birdkingdom.ca or call 905-356-8888
L is for “Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks“
Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks is located at 5709 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, and features a collection of instantly recognizable, true-to-life wax figures crafted by recognized wax artists from around the world. The stunning English Tudor style building houses over 100 true-to-life wax figures in 16 spectacularly themed galleries.
M is for “Magic“
Witness for yourself the International Grand Champion of Magic himself, Greg Frewin, as he brings a little bit of Las Vegas to the Niagara Falls with his dazzling magic show at the Greg Frewin Theatre located at 5781 Ellen Ave, Niagara Falls.
Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner before being treated to a spectacular night of magical illusions and family friendly fun.
www.gregfrewintheatre.com or call 905-356-0777
N is for “Niagara Falls“
This one is self-explanatory. If you are planning a Niagara Falls family getaway, you will undoubtedly visit the majestic Niagara Falls for some sightseeing and photography.
This natural wonder is one of our planet’s most famous waterfalls. With heights of 176 feet, and a colossal 150,000 gallons of water crashing down per second, the roar of the Falls and the gently cool mist impresses young and old alike.
You can view the Falls year round from observation points on both the American and Canadian sides of the Niagara River. For those of you that can’t make a trip here, you can still experience live views from our Niagara Falls webcam.
O is for “Outlet Collection at Niagara“
Outlet Collection At Niagara is an open-air outlet shopping mall located in Niagara On The Lake at Queen Elizabeth Way and Glendale Avenue at 300 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Located just minutes from Niagara Falls, this refreshing new outlet mall combines brand name fashion and lifestyle retailers—all at outlet prices you can’t resist. Featuring 100+ irresistible outlet brands including Mountain Warehouse, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Coach, J. Crew Factory, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger and much more.
“Bass Pro Shop” is located next to this outlet mall. It features fishing, camping, boating and hunting equipment, plus native wildlife murals and imagery additions. One of the main features in the store is the 13,000-gallon freshwater aquarium, complete with a 3-D diorama of a waterfall with big horn sheep and mountain goats against a backdrop mural of British Columbia’s Mount Assiniboine. The aquarium is stocked with 85 fish native to the area such as largemouth and smallmouth bass, yellow perch, brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, black crappie, channel catfish, and more.
www.outletcollectionatniagara.com or call 905-687-6777
P is for “Plays“
The award-winning Oh Canada Eh Dinner Show located at 8473 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls, is a musical celebration which provides a truly unforgettable Canadian dinner experience.
Meet singing Mounties, lumberjacks, a hockey player, Anne of Green Gables and many other Canadian characters as you enjoy the songs and scenes of Canada.
Multi-talented performers sing Canadian songs in a friendly, wilderness atmosphere inside a rustic log cabin. While you are enjoying the show, the performers also serve your meal.
www.ohcanadaeh.com or call 1-800-467-2071
Q is for “Queen Street“
Queen Street is the original downtown core that has existed since the early 1900’s. It has recently undertook a massive makeover with new side walks, parks, and facade improvements. Look for the arches with a Gold Q (Queen Street) which are easily visible and helps to pinpoint you in the right direction of downtown once you arrive in Niagara Falls.
This is a quaint district that is growing into a unique shop and dine district. If you’re looking for something laid back and truly authentic, this is a must see location.
Here, there is something for the whole family to enjoy, from restaurants, shops, entertainment venues, and learning of its extensive historical background.
www.niagarafallsdowntown.com or call 905-356-5444
R is for “Revolving Restaurant“
*Pictured Above: View of the Niagara Falls Illumination from the Skylon Tower’s Revolving Dining Room
For a world-famous view of the Niagara Falls complete with excellent dining, head to the Skylon Tower to enjoy the “Revolving Dining Room”. From 775 feet high, they will offer award-winning continental cuisine. This will truly make for the ultimate Niagara Falls family getaway!
Relax and enjoy as this Niagara Falls restaurant will revolve a full 360 degrees once each hour. Dine by night and you’ll discover the magic of the Falls illumination, dazzling city lights below and the Winter Festival of Light’s Falls fireworks.
Restaurant Hours (year round):
Lunch: 11:30 am to 3:00 pm (Sunday lunches in peak season only)
Early Dinner: 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm
Dinner: from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
www.skylon.com or call 1-888-9SKYLON
S is for “SkyWheel“
The Niagara SkyWheel, while actually being another attraction found on Clifton Hill, deserves its own category due to its one of a kind views aboard Canada’s largest observation wheel. Here, people of all ages are welcome on this 175 foot, 42 gondola observation wheel experience of the Niagara Falls and the entire Niagara landscape.
The Niagara SkyWheel is a world-class ride featuring fully enclosed gondolas, each equipped with heating and air conditioning for year-round comfort and enjoyment. You can ride day or night, in any season.
Click here or call 905-358-4793 for hours of operation, ticket prices and group booking information
T is for “Terror“
Nightmares Fear Factory located at 5631 Victoria Av. (just one block east of Clifton Hill), Niagara Falls is the scariest & best haunted house attraction and one of the most fun things to do in Niagara Falls for family, kids, friends, and couples.
www.nightmaresfearfactory.com or call 905-357-3327
U is for “Unique“
Niagara Falls is loaded with unique stores and antique shops for a special something to pick up on your visit here.
For a list of just a few of our most popular stores with great souvenir finds and miscellaneous gift ideas click here.
V is for “Vacation Packages“
*Pictured Above: The Superior King Whirlpool Room at the Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls. See their Family Fun Package Deal*
What’s one of the first things that you aim to do when you plan for a Niagara Falls family getaway? Save money of course!
Instead of just booking a room in a hotel, do some research and plan ahead of time. Many Niagara Falls hotels offer family deals and packages that offer many discounts to local dining facilities and attractions all included in one fee.
Click here for a full directory of Niagara Falls hotels.
W is for “Wineries“
The wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake are some of the most famous in the world. Known for icewine in particular, Winter is a great time to check out any one of the 26 wineries nestled below the Niagara Escarpment. Amidst a landscape of vineyards and orchards that stretch out from the picturesque Niagara River Parkway, you are welcome to taste, tour, and indulge in the finest cuisines.
Visit www.wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com for a complete list of Niagara’s wineries
X is for the former “XD Ride Theater”, now called the “Wild West Coaster“
The “Wild West Coaster” 6D motion ride takes visitors on an amazing adventure that transcends time, space and imagination. It combines modern special FX technology including: fully immersive stereoscopic imaging , realistic motion with up to 2 G’s of acceleration, special seats that bear 400 movements per second, plus intense wind effects and dazzling light effects. You will find the Wild West Coaster inside the Great Canadian Midway on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls.
Click here or call 905-358-3676
Y is for “Yuk Yuk’s“
Yuk Yuk’s has a new location opening November 2017! It is located at the base of the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel on Fallsview Boulevard, directly across from the Fallsview Casino.
Considered one of the premier comedy dens, Yuk Yuk’s showcases some of the best comedic talent, and the funniest rising stars. Here you’ll be entertained with hilarious, uncensored material all night long.
6455 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls
Z is for “Zombie Attack“
This attraction is Clifton Hill’s newest and most talked about attractions! Survive brain-hungry zombies in this multi-sensory adventure, featuring real-time 6D graphics. Challenge your friends in the scoring battle to prove who is champion of mankind. Open year round!
Click here or call 905-358-3676