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Spring Has Sprung: Best Things to do this Season in Niagara Falls

Spring is finally here and there’s no better way to celebrate the season than by embarking on an exciting family getaway that everyone will love! There are a number of amazing destinations, attractions, and events to check out this spring in Niagara Falls, so start planning today.

Discover the Floral Showhouse & Butterfly Conservatory

Spring in Niagara Falls at the Canadian Horseshoe Falls

The Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

The Floral Showhouse is a beautiful greenhouse located along the Niagara Parkway that features impressive collections of orchids, tropical plants, and succulents along with tropical birds flying freely throughout. The Showhouse is currently showcasing their annual Spring Show, which features primula, calceolaria, cineraria, and is open daily from 9:30am-5pm.

Spring is also in full swing at the Butterfly Conservatory, located on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. The conservatory is home to over 2,000 vibrant butterflies, which you can discover as you make your way along winding paths through this lush indoor paradise.

See the Skylon Tower Easter Illumination

On April 1st, Niagara’s iconic Skylon Tower will be adding a little festive cheer to the Niagara Falls skyline when it will be illuminated in yellow lights in honour of Easter Sunday. The Skylon Tower features a number of observation decks from which to view Niagara Falls and is also home to a one of a kind revolving dining room and a large indoor amusement area.

Along with the illumination of the Skylon Tower, you can take in the nightly illumination of the Canadian Horseshoe, American, and Bridal Veil Falls from 8pm to 1am and experience the incredible beauty of Niagara Falls at night.

Explore Queen Victoria Park

Daffodils in Queen Victoria Park are a sign of spring in Niagara Falls

Spring daffodils in Queen Victoria Park.

Queen Victoria Park is one of Niagara Falls’ most beautiful parks and natural areas, located directly across the street from the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. A visit to Queen Victoria Park in spring will allow you to take in the spectacular sight of more than 500,000 daffodils in bloom, along with a valuable collection of native and international plants, beautiful gardens, tulips, magnolia trees, carpet bedding displays, and more. It is the perfect place to relax on the grass and listen to the thundering roar of Niagara Falls.

Visit Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

One of the most exciting places to visit in Niagara Falls this spring is Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, located just a short walk away from the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. This 3 acre waterpark is the place to go to find all-day family fun as it includes 16 waterslides, a full size wave pool, 1,000 gallon tipping bucket, year-round outdoor activity pool, plunge bowl, adult only Jacuzzis, and more.

And planning a family getaway to Niagara Falls has never been so easy as Skyline Hotel & Waterpark offers a number of amazing Hotel and Waterpark Packages that will connect you with the best accommodations, dining, and entertainment in Niagara Falls!

Niagara Falls Fireworks Series Celebrates 25th Anniversary with New Summer Shows

Niagara Falls fireworks

Fireworks over Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Niagara Falls’ popular Falls Fireworks Series is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and in celebration, Niagara Parks will be expanding their summer fireworks schedule to include 111 fireworks shows happening all summer long.

Kicking off on Victoria Day (May 18-21) and Memorial Day (May 25-28) long weekends, the shows are a nightly spectacle that will make your summer getaway to Niagara Falls into an unforgettable affair. Fireworks shows will be taking place at 10pm on:

  • May 18-June 17- Weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and holiday Mondays

  • June 18-September 3- Daily

  • September 7-October 8- Weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and holiday Mondays

You can enjoy the fireworks shows from the brink of the Horseshoe Falls, at the Table Rock Welcome Centre, or in Queen Victoria Park, and experience Canada’s longest running fireworks series in view of one of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders.

Limited-Time Deal for the Ultimate Spring Break in Niagara Falls

Experience the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark with the Spring Break Passport.

A family in the wave pool at Fallsview Indoor Waterpark.

Discover the very best accommodations, dining, and entertainment that Niagara Falls has to offer this Spring Break with a Spring Passport at Falls Avenue Resort that gives you and your family $300 free in attractions and dining.

Available for stays from March 9th to April 8th, the Spring Passport package includes:

Hotel Stay

Choose between four amazing Falls Avenue Resort hotels including Skyline Hotel & Waterpark, Clifton Victoria Inn, Sheraton on the Falls, and Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview. Skyline Hotel & Waterpark is a great hotel destination for families as we offer Deluxe Family Bunk Bed Suites that can sleep up to 6 guests, traditional rooms, and other family suites. The hotel is directly connected by an indoor walkway to Fallsview Indoor Waterpark and Falls Avenue Resort, and is located just a short walk away from the magnificent Niagara Falls.

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark Passes

The Spring Passport includes four two-day Fallsview Indoor Waterpark passes and one hour early access to the waterpark on select dates, connecting you with 3 acres of family water fun overlooking Niagara Falls.Fallsview Indoor Waterpark features 16 waterslides, a full size wave pool, 1,000 gallon tipping bucket, adult-only Jacuzzis, year-round outdoor activity pool and sundeck, and so much more. It provides indoor family fun for people of all ages and will make for an unforgettable experience this Spring Break in Niagara Falls.

Kids Eat Free dining at Perkins Family Restaurant with the Spring Passport in Niagara Falls.

All-day breakfast at Perkins Family Restaurant.

 

Fallsview Dining

Experience delicious dining and breathtaking views of the Horseshoe and American Falls with Kids Eat Free at Fallsview Buffet and The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, and enjoy a wide selection of family favourite appetizers, entrees, and desserts with Kids Eat Free at Perkins Family Restaurant.

Entertainment

The Spring Passport offers a number of family-friendly entertainment experiences with 4 passes to Wild Safari Mini Golf, Adventure Heroes Laser Ride, and Traffic Slam Bumper Cars, along with 4D Motion Theatre Child Admission when you buy an adult ticket, Magic Show tickets on select dates, a free custom family photo, and $20 off Magnificent Tours.

Spring Break Packages at Skyline Hotel & Waterpark start at $179. Book yours today and get ready for an unforgettable Spring Break in Niagara Falls.

Things to Do this Family Day in Niagara Falls

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is a great destination for Family Day in Niagara Falls.

The 3-acre Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is a great destination for Family Day in Niagara Falls.

Family Day in Niagara Falls is an unforgettable experience as the city offers a number of unique and exciting attractions, and one-of-a-kind events that people of all ages will love. If you find yourself in Niagara Falls this Family Day weekend, make sure to check out these amazing spots for family fun like you’ve never experienced before.

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

The 3-acre Fallsview Indoor Waterpark offers a full day of family fun with 16 thrilling waterslides, a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, full size wave pool, year-round outdoor activity pool and sundeck, adult-only Jacuzzis, and more. And by booking an exclusive hotel and waterpark package you can get amazing deals on accommodations, waterpark passes, and Falls Avenue Resort dining and attractions.

Family Day at the Museum

The Niagara Falls History Museum on Lundy’s Lane is hosting a Family Day at the Museum event on February 19th where you can learn all about biodiversity and habitat conservation through a number of fun shows and activities. Earth Rangers shows will be happening at 11am, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm and other amazing packages will be happening throughout the day like scavenger hunts, crafts, and free family portraits.

Rainforest Cafe dining on Family Day in Niagara Falls.

Family dining at the Rainforest Cafe in Niagara Falls.

Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls

Located on the 20-acre Falls Avenue Resort, the Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls store is the sweetest spot in the city.  Visit the store to shop for unique merchandise and treats from classic Hershey’s brands like Reese’s, Kisses, Twizzlers, and Jolly Ranchers, and indulge in delectable treats like brownies, fudge, chocolate dipped strawberries, milkshakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more.

Rainforest Café

Situated on Clifton Hill in the heart of the city’s tourist district, Rainforest Café is an adventure in casual dining. Offering a menu of family favourites like hamburgers, salads, sandwiches, and desserts, and a fantastic rainforest atmosphere complete with animatronic animals, a shark tank, and an indoor thunderstorm every 30 minutes, it’s a Niagara Falls dining destination that people of all ages will love.

The Best Winter Movie Events in Niagara

Family Movie Night at the Skyline Hotel & Waterpark is one of many winter movie events in Niagara.

Family Movie Night in the courtyard at Skyline Hotel & Waterpark.

There are a lot of fun and exciting things to do in Niagara Falls during winter, but sometimes you need to take a break from the cold and relax inside with a good movie.  So here are four of the best winter movie events in Niagara where you can catch newly released films and classic favourites.

Shaw Festival Theatre Film Series

From now until February 17th the Shaw Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake is hosting their annual Film Series, which features weekly screening of critically acclaimed films and documentaries at the beautiful Festival Theatre. This year’s films include The Big Sick, I, Tonya, Lady Bird, and A United Kingdom, while documentaries include For Grace, Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, George Harrison: Living in the Material World, and Dancer.

The Film House at the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre

The new First Ontario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines is hosting a Film House series featuring a diverse range of great films from past and present. Upcoming films on the Film House’s lineup include Starship Troopers, The Disaster Artist, D.O.A., The Florida Project, The Square, and The Breadwinner.

Niagara Falls History Museum’s Winter Film Series

The Niagara Falls History Museum, located on Ferry Street in downtown Niagara Falls, is hosting a Black America on Screen: Winter Film Series, featuring screenings of films from the 1960s to today. Films included in this year’s series include In the Heat of the Night on January 25th, Hollywood Shuffle on February 8th, Middle of Nowhere on February 22nd, and Do the Right Thing on March 8th.

Skyline Family Movie Nights

Every night that the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is open, Skyline Hotel & Waterpark hosts a Family Movie Night where guests can bring blankets, pillows, and munchies to the hotel’s indoor courtyard and watch a fun family movie together. Gathering in the courtyard is like getting together in the family living room, and with an extra-large movie screen it’s the perfect place to catch a movie after a full day of sightseeing in Niagara Falls.

Best Indoor Attractions to Experience this Winter in Niagara Falls

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is a family-friendly destination to experience this winter in Niagara Falls.

The 3-acre Fallsview Indoor Waterpark in Niagara Falls.

If you’re planning a family getaway to Niagara Falls this winter, take a break from the cold and have some fun at any of these amazing indoor attractions.

Butterfly Conservatory

Step out of the cold and into a tropical paradise at the Butterfly Conservatory, which is a lush indoor oasis located along the spectacular Niagara Parkway. Walk along winding paths and take in the sight of beautiful vegetation, trickling waterfalls, and thousands of spectacular butterflies fluttering overhead. Make sure to also check out the Conservatory’s Emergence Window where the butterflies leave their pupae and dry out their wings before taking their first flight.

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

The 3-acre Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is a thrilling family-friendly destination where you can experience 16 waterslides, a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, full-size wave pool, year-round outdoor activity pool and sundeck, plunge bowl, adult-only Jacuzzis, and more. And if you book a Holiday Magic Package at the Skyline Hotel & Waterpark you’ll receive $300 free in attractions, dining, and entertainment for the whole family, including four Fallsview Indoor Waterpark passes.

Adventure City
Stop by Adventure City on Clifton Hill for a fun and exciting arcade experience featuring more than 125 classic arcade-style games and awesome prizes, which you can collect by redeeming game tickets. Adventure City also features the fun and interactive Tour Bus SWAT Team ride, Traffic Slam Bumper Cars, and the glow in the dark Wild Safari Mini Putt.

Bird Kingdom

Take a journey through the incredible Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls to discover tropical birds and animals living among a beautiful indoor rainforest. The Bird Kingdom features an Animal Encounters area where you can meet friendly parrots and exotic animals, the Night Jungle, which is home to owls, bats and other fascinating nocturnal creatures, the World’s Largest Indoor Aviary where exotic colourful birds fly around freely, and Lorikeet Landing, where you can feed and interact with playful lorikeet birds.

Three Unique Holiday Shopping Spots in Niagara Falls

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be stressful, and with a number of amazing shops and retail destinations located throughout the city, Niagara Falls is the best place to be to find one-of-a-kind gifts for loved ones.

Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls

Hershey's Chocolate World Niagara Falls is a top Niagara Falls shopping destination.

Hot chocolate from Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls.

Located just a short walk away from the magnificent Horseshoe and American Falls, Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls is a one-of-a-kind retail destination where holiday shopping is sweet and exciting. The only store of its kind in Canada, Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls offers a great selection of merchandise, souvenirs, and packaged treats from Hershey’s, Jolly Rancher, Reese’s and Twizzlers, along with freshly made bakery treats like cookies, fudge, brownies, Hershey’s milk chocolate-covered strawberries, milkshakes, and hot chocolate.

Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls also offers one-of-a-kind experiences like Wrap Happiness which allows you to personalize your own Hershey’s chocolate bar wrapper, and the Amazing Candy Machine, which allows you to dispense delicious flavours of Hershey’s Kisses and Reese’s cups right into your bag. Find the perfect gift for the chocolate lover in your life and stop by Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls on Falls Avenue for some holiday shopping fun.

Great Canadian Gifts & Marketplace

If you’re looking for unique souvenirs and merchandise to give to loved ones this holiday season, Canadian Gifts & Marketplace is the place to go. This open-concept shopping destination located inside the lobby of the Sheraton on the Falls hotel offers a wide selection of clothing, souvenirs, and packaged treats and has many beautiful items that will commemorate your visit to Niagara Falls. And after you shop you can grab some delicious food and beverages at Starbucks, Sweet Jesus, Fresh Market Bakery, and Wine Rack which are also located within the hotel’s newly-renovated lobby.

Always Refreshing Soda Shop

Step out of the cold and into the 1950s at the Always Refreshing Soda Shop located on Falls Avenue Resort. This classic 1950s-style soda shop carries beautiful Coca Cola merchandise and collector items that you can buy from the retail shop along with delicious treats like floats, milkshakes, ice cream, and soda to indulge in while shopping. Visitors and avid collectors alike will love what this charming shop has to offer, so make sure to stop by for some one-of-a-kind holiday shopping while you’re visiting beautiful Niagara Falls.

Five Wonderful Winter Activities in Niagara Falls

Experience the best of the winter season by checking out any of these amazing Niagara Falls winter activities, events and festivals happening all throughout the city.

Niagara Falls winter activities include sight seeing at the Horseshoe Falls.

The spectacular Horseshoe Falls in wintertime.

Grand View Winter Marketplace

Get some of your holiday shopping done early this year at Niagara Parks’ Grand View Winter Marketplace. Located at the bottom of Clifton Hill on the Niagara Parkway, the marketplace will feature a variety of local vendors selling handmade gifts, Niagara food and beverage stalls, family-friendly games and activities, performances, and workshops.

It will be open on November 23rd from 12:00-6:30pm, November 24th from 4:00-9:00pm, November 25th from 12:00-6:30pm, and November 26th from 12:00-6:30pm, so stop by with the family for one-of-a-kind shopping and winter activities.

Floral Showhouse Christmas Display

The Floral Showhouse Christmas Display is an annual holiday tradition in Niagara Falls that showcases beautiful plants and flowers like poinsettias, cyclamen, azaleas, Christmas Cactus, and Paperwhite Narcissus. Visit the Floral Showhouse located on the Niagara Parkway to take in the beauty of this year’s display and also experience amazing tropical songbirds flying throughout and many other Christmas surprises.

Deck the Falls Holiday Walking Tour

Deck the Falls Holiday Walking Tours are back in Niagara Falls for the first three weekends in December, offering the chance to visit a number of spectacular venues throughout Niagara Falls’ tourist district to experience culinary and gourmet food sampling, live entertainment, holiday beverages, craft workshops, desserts and treats, photo opportunities, and more. There are 18 venues participating in this year’s tours including the Sheraton on the Falls where you can enjoy live music, spiked spiced apple cider and a Market Fresh cinnamon bun, the Crowne Plaza Fallsview where there will be joyful singing and delicious Hershey’s samples, and the Scotiabank Convention Centre where you’ll receive an official 360° photo and a pair of Deck the Falls gloves.

The tours will run on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:00pm-10:00pm, so get your tickets today.

Winter Festival of Lights

Fallsview dining is one of the many Niagara Falls winter activities waiting to be experienced.

Fallsview dining at Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar.

The Winter Festival of Lights, Niagara’s most beloved winter tradition, is back to light up the city for another spectacular season. With weekly fireworks shows over the Falls and an 8km festival route that features dazzling illumination displays like the world’s largest Canadian-American flag, 3D Canadian wildlife, and beautifully wrapped trees all throughout Dufferin Islands, it’s a wonderful winter experience that shouldn’t be missed.

A Farmhouse Christmas Dinner

Experience a farmhouse Christmas feast more like your great great grandmother used to make at A Farmhouse Christmas Dinner at Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar on December 1st. This Niagara Culinary Experiences dinner will feature 5 courses of delicious farm-fresh cuisine, wine pairings from Niagara’s Bechelder, and breathtaking evening views of Niagara Falls. And you can upgrade your dinner to include a Fallsview hotel stay at the award-winning Sheraton on the Falls for an unforgettable Niagara Falls getaway you won’t soon forget.

There are so many amazing Niagara Falls winter activities to check out with family and friends this season, so book your getaway today and be a part of the fun!

Unforgettable Halloween Fun in Niagara Falls

pumpkinsIf you’re looking for some unique fun in Niagara Falls this Halloween, try stopping by any of these four exciting destinations:

Fort George

Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake offers special candle-lit Halloween Ghost Tours that will take you on a 2-hour walking journey around the Fort George National Historic Site. Many tales of haunting and paranormal activity have been told about Fort George, making it the perfect Halloween destination for people looking to get spooked.

Nightmares Fear Factory

With over 100,000 people having chickened out of their visit, Nightmares Fear Factory has the distinction of being one of the scariest places in Niagara Falls. Stop by with family or friends to experience a haunted house like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

Niagara Brewing Company

Stop by the new Niagara Brewing Company craft brewery on Clifton Hill to experience a wide selection of great beer, live entertainment, and a delicious appetizers menu. You can also get into the spirit of Halloween by trying their new and delicious pumpkin ale, which is now available on their rotating taps for a limited time.

Haunt Manor

Haunt Manor Hayrides and Haunted House is located on a 220 year-old farm on Lundy’s Lane, just west of the historic Battle of Lundy’s Lane graveyard from the War of 1812. When you visit the farm you can embark on a theatrical hayride, venture into the corn maze, and enter seven separately themed haunted houses. It’s a one-of-a-kind Halloween experience you won’t want to miss!

How to Beat the Heat This Summer in Niagara

image001While Niagara Falls enjoys much more temperate summers than our neighbors to the south tend to, that doesn’t mean the heat can’t sometimes still be stifling. Temperatures often reach over 80 degrees Fahrenheit at the height of summer, and every now and then, they can hit 90, which means figuring out how to manage the heat — or avoid it — just might be a necessary part of enjoying Niagara Falls. For anyone looking to enjoy a summer trip to Niagara, here are three easy and fun ways to beat the heat.

Fallsview Indoor Water Park

For an option that will beat the heat and keep you in high spirits if it happens to rain, there are few opportunities as perfect as Fallsview Indoor Water Park. With 125,000 square feet of water-based fun, the water park is one of the best places to indulge in watery thrills in all of North America. There’s a gigantic 1,000 gallon tipping bucket, a full-sized wave pool, eight different waterslides — some of which get as high as six stories and can be accessed by rope ladders, two adults-only Jacuzzis for weary parents who need a break, an outdoor play pool that has basketball goals, a year-round sunning deck, and a children’s play area called the Tiny Tots Splash Park. When it’s too hot to brave the day dry, get wet at Fallsview Indoor Water Park.

The Maid of the Mist

image003One of the most iconic attractions in the Niagara area, the captains of the Maid of the Mist have been taking visitors to the base of the Falls for well over 100 years — even Marilyn Monroe took a ride when she was in town shooting the film “Niagara.” A perfect way to experience the power of Niagara Falls, the Maid of the Mist will get you up close and personal, so you can hear the thundering roar and feel the deliciously cooling spray of the water it crashes before you. You’re guaranteed to get wet on this ride, which, on a hot day, is absolutely perfect.

Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks

When the heat has to be escaped, but you aren’t in the mood to get wet, make your way to Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks. This incredibly fun, odd attraction has over 100 wax figures spread throughout 16 themed galleries, and because those wax figures need to be kept cool, you’ll never break a sweat in Louis Tussaud’s. See the cast of “Harry Potter,” and take your photo with your favorite comic book heroes and villains. From Oprah and Arnold Schwarzenegger to John Lennon and former president, Bill Clinton, the wax museum has movie stars, music legends, celebrities, and historical figures that are so life-like you’ll be able to pass your photos off as authentic, and you can do it all safe from any sweltering heat that’s waiting outside.

So, take a summer vacation to Niagara Falls. Even in the event of unseasonably warm weather, the area has more than its share of fun attractions to help ensure you and everyone with you easily beat the heat.