If you find yourself on your own raising a child on a limited income, or if you are simply just struggling to make ends meet, here is a list of 20 absolutely FREE things to do with kids in Niagara. There is plenty that you can do when traveling to Niagara that cost absolutely nothing, but the gas in your car.
1. Hike the Niagara Glen. Parking is also free. In the Spring and Summer, daily hiking tours leave the Niagara Glen Nature Centre at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Call the Nature Centre for more information and availability at 905-295-4396 ext. 3261. NIAGARA FALLS.
2. Visit the Niagara Botanical Gardens. NIAGARA FALLS.
3. Kids will love the Floral Clock. Designs on the face of the timepiece are created with up to 24,000 colourful carpet plants, and sometimes during winter stones replace the flowers. Parking here is free as well. 14004 Niagara Parkway. NIAGARA FALLS.
4. Have a picnic in Queen Victoria Park, while viewing the beautiful Niagara Falls. NIAGARA FALLS.
5. …while at Queen Victoria Park, enjoy FREE fireworks shows from May 19th until May 29th, 2017, on every Friday and Sunday at 10 p.m., and then beginning on June 12th, 2017 straight through to September 1st, 2017, the fireworks shows will resume daily from Monday to Friday at 10 p.m. including on Holidays. New this year, the Niagara Falls Fireworks shows will be extended to 6 minutes in duration. (see schedule here). NIAGARA FALLS.
6. Attend a local fair or festival, such as Niagara Falls’ most popular Spring festival, Springlicious! NIAGARA FALLS.
7. Window shop. You don’t need to buy a thing, but you’ll get your fix and kids will love things such as the playground in the Outlet Collection at Niagara, or the giant majestic fountain in the Fallsview Casino Galleria Mall. NIAGARA FALLS.
8. Public parks (and in some cases tennis and swimming pools), such as: NIAGARA REGION.
- St. Davids Lions Park and Outdoor Pool 905-262-5120
- Simcoe Park
- Rye Heritage Park
- Memorial Park and Outdoor Pool 905-468-2804
- Centennial Park and Arena 905-468-4261
- Kingsbridge Park
- McFarland Point Park
- Queenston Heights Park
- Old Fort Erie
9. Outdoor Splash Pads, such as: NIAGARA REGION.
- Peach King Centre, 162 Livingston Av., Grimsby
- Kingsbridge Park, 7870 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls
- Queenston Heights Park, 14184 Niagara Parkway, Queenston
- Port Robinson Park, Canby and River St., Thorold
- South Confederation, Confederation Av., Thorold
10. Visit Port Dalhousie. There’s large gorgeous beach for the kids, and an antique carousel that costs only .05 cents. PORT DALHOUSIE.
11. Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm. Located at 650 Read Rd. in St.Catharines, it’s absolutely free and contains an animal farm for viewing, a playground, a picnic area and pavilion, and 2 ponds on site. Open from Victoria Day weekend to Thanksgiving weekend. ST.CATHARINES.
12. Welland Canal. It’s the largest canal observation deck in Niagara. View massive ships travel from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. The observation deck and parking is free. Call the Lock 3 Viewing Complex and Museum at 1-800-305-5134 for more information. The Welland Canal Museum is open daily, year round. Not free, but cheap. Admission prices are $4.25/adults, $4.00/seniors, $3.25/students, $2.50/children, with a 15% discount for families. ST.CATHARINES.
13. Oakes Garden Theatre. Have a picnic there and kids can play in the “secret garden”. NIAGARA FALLS.
14. Dufferin Islands. This is a secluded paradise that is unique in that it houses a series of tiny islands joined together by bridges and footpaths. NIAGARA FALLS.
15. Visit the Niagara Falls History Museum. Admission is free on Thursday’s from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. NIAGARA FALLS.
16. Morningstar Mill & Mountain Mills Museum at DeCew Falls. This is a heritage site owned by the City of St. Catharines and operated in partnership with the Friends of Morningstar Mill. It features a working grist mill rebuilt in 1872, and the home of the Morningstar family restored up to 1933. ST.CATHARINES.
17. Speaking of DeCew Falls, visit these other various Niagara Hidden Gems for free! NIAGARA REGION.
18. Bike along the beautiful Niagara Parkway. It is 56 kilometers of scenery that stretches from Fort Erie, past Niagara Falls, and into Niagara-on-the-Lake. NIAGARA REGION.
19. Visit the Niagara Daredevil Exhibit and Gallery. Completely free to view, kids can learn about the history of those that have dared to attempt to go over the Falls in a barrel (and other contrapments). See some of the actual barrels used to go over the Falls! NIAGARA FALLS.
20. Heartland Forest. Free admission with access to a land of forest trails, outdoor learning centres, home to a turtle, fish and frog pond, one of the largest tree houses in Canada with a 210 foot ramp, and streams and pools set within a Carolinian forest . NIAGARA FALLS.
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