Is Niagara Falls on your family’s bucket list? Along with the magnificent falls, there are low key nature explorations, cultural activities and many other things to do on a multigenerational trip to Niagara Falls.
Though you can see the falls from the American side, it is completely worth crossing the border to Canada to get better views of the falls and to explore the natural beauty of Niagara Parks.
I took a much anticipated visit to the falls with my mother, husband and toddler.
Here are our top 5 things do on a multigenerational trip to Niagara Falls.
1. Hornblower Niagara Cruises
The legendary boat tour to the falls was launched under new ownership of Hornblower Niagara Cruises in 2014. Tours depart every 15 minutes throughout the day, so timed tickets are not necessary.
Even on a summer day, there may be mist, so I recommend taking the tour in the late morning or afternoon. Be prepared for the winds and spray with an extra layer of clothing, as you get close to the falls.
The boats have an enclosed area so little ones and older visitors can stay seated and dry. This boat tour is the only way to get close to the falls for an unforgettable and magnificent view of Canada’s iconic attraction. Despite staying behind glass doors my mom and son were able to get a good view and loved the experience.
The cruise is included in all Niagara Falls Adventure Passes.
2. Skylon Tower
With restaurants, arcade games, 3-D/4-D movie theater and observation deck, Skylon Tower is an indoor entertainment hub right next to the falls.
The observation deck at the tower was a truly thrilling experience for all of us. My son loved the 52 second elevator ride up the 775 feet tower. Remember to savor the views during ride in the glass enclosed elevators.
Looking down at the falls gives you a different perspective. At ground level it seemed like the entire falls area was covered in mist. But from above, we could see the mist rising due to the power of the falls. We could also get a good view of the Niagara gorge.
Going up the tower and observation deck is easily accessible so it is something that kids and grandparents can do together.
3. Clifton Halls of Fun
Clifton Hills is the loud, busy street in the downtown area with all kinds of entertainment for families. Niagara Skywheel is the most recognizable attraction in the area.
With rides, games, shopping and themed restaurants Clifton Halls definitely lives up to its name. We grabbed a bite at the Rainforest Café and afterwards the toddler enjoyed souvenir shopping with grandma.
4. Niagara Parkway
Even a whole week at Niagara Falls wouldn’t be sufficient to experience all that Niagara Parks have to offer. But on a quick getaway, the best way to get a flavor for the area is to take a drive along the meandering Niagara Parkway.
This drive was once deemed the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world by Winston Churchill. As we drove along the Niagara River with several stops for photo ops, we could certainly agree.
The breathtaking views of the lake, the floral clock, picturesque cottages and wineries were the highlights of the drive.
If you’re looking to stop, there are several bike/hike trails, park areas with picnic tables and botanical gardens.
With manicured lawns and flower beds along the streets, Niagara-on-the-Lake is one of the most beautiful small towns we have experienced. Located by the water where Niagara River meets Lake Ontario, the town has a rich colonial past.
A former British military base and first capital of Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake was burnt by American forces in the Battle of 1812. But it has been rebuilt and preserved as one of Canada’s National Historic sites. The colonial buildings scattered across the town and horse-drawn carriages offering tours help to maintain the town’s old world charm.
We explored the town by walking along Queen Street where there are lots of restaurants, coffee shops and local boutiques. We could easily spend an afternoon dining, playing at the local park and taking in the spectacular views of the lake.