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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!

Celebrate American Thanksgiving in Niagara Falls

Whether you’re an American visiting Ontario or a Canadian joining in on the holiday festivities, there are a number of great ways to celebrate American Thanksgiving this November 23rd in Niagara Falls.

Fallsview Dining

Indulge in a spectacular locally-inspired dinner in Niagara Falls this American Thanksgiving at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra or Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar. Both of these beautiful Fallsview restaurants feature seasonal menus that showcase some of Niagara’s finest and freshest ingredients, extensive wine lists, along with sweeping views of the magnificent Niagara Falls.

Winter Festival of Lights

Canada Welcomes You!

Canada Welcomes You Winter Festival of Lights display.

The Winter Festival of Lights is a beloved Niagara Falls tradition that transforms the city into a sparkling winter wonderland. Travel along the 8km festival route and take in the sight of incredible illumination displays set up in various Niagara Parks areas, Dufferin Islands, and the surrounding tourist district.

Casino Niagara & Fallsview Casino Resort

Have some fun this American Thanksgiving and discover some of Niagara’s best gaming at Fallsview Casino Resort and the newly-renovated Casino Niagara. Fallsview Casino Resort features over 3,000 slot machines, 130 table games, and fantastic shopping and dining spots, while Casino Niagara has two action-packed floors of slot machines and tables, along with a newly-renovated LEV2L restaurant and sports bar where you can catch every game on large HDTVs.

Winery Tour

Plan a visit to picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake and experience some of Niagara’s finest food and wine at one of the region’s many amazing wineries. You can even book a Niagara Wine Tour and spend the afternoon visiting the Niagara wine region with an expert guide without having to worry about transportation.

Niagara Brewing Company

Stop by Niagara’s newest craft brewery on Clifton Hill for some unique and delicious brews and appetizing food. Niagara Brewing Company currently has great beers on their rotating taps like the Hennepin Stout and Pumpkin Spiced Ale, as well as four signature brews – Niagara Premium Lager, Honeymoon Peach Radler, Beerdevil IPA, and Amerber Eh? Ale. 

Annual Sleep Cheap on Now in Niagara

Sleep Cheap Niagara Falls Charity Event

Niagara Falls Sleep Cheap Annual Event

Niagara’s annual Sleep Cheap Charities Reap event is back is back for its 14th year, offering Niagara Region residents discounted hotels stays with proceeds going to local charities. This year, twenty-three Niagara Falls hotels are participating in the event, including Skyline Hotel & Waterpark, Sheraton on the Falls, Marriott on the Falls, and Marriott Fallsview & Spa.

Sleep Cheap is a wonderful opportunity for Niagara residents to experience a relaxing hotel stay in the city, and a great way to give back to the local community. Donations for hotel rooms are $35 a night for a standard room, $45 for a Fallsview room, $65 for a whirlpool room, and $85 for a room with access to a waterpark. Rooms can be booked directly through the hotels.

Over the last thirteen years Sleep Cheap has raised over $1,700,00 and continues to be an amazing event that connects people with the beauty of Niagara Falls in autumn. For more information on the event, visit www.sleepcheapcharitiesreap.com, and to book a stay with us at Skyline Hotel & Waterpark, visit www.niagarafallssleepcheap.ca.

Niagara’s Best Ice Cream Spots

Summer is the perfect time to sit back and cool off with a delicious ice cream, and the Niagara region offers a number of great ice cream spots where you can try amazing flavours and one of a kind creations that everyone will enjoy.

Sweet Jesus

Sweet Jesus Ice Cream

If you’re looking for amazing soft serve creations made with high-quality ingredients, look no further than the Sweet Jesus Ice Cream shop located at the bottom of Clifton Hill and Falls Avenue. Choose from innovative and delicious varieties like the Birthday Cake served with cream cheese icing and birthday cake bits, Bounty Killah featuring coconut soft serve, shredded toasted coconut, and dark chocolate sauce, and Krusty the Cone, which is vanilla soft serve with cotton candy pieces, and rainbow sprinkles. Sweet Jesus is Niagara’s newest ice cream spot and they’re doing soft serve in cool and exciting ways, so don’t miss out.

Avondale Dairy Bar

Avondale Dairy Bar is a beloved Niagara establishment that has been in operation since 1955, serving up incredible ice cream that’s made right on the premises. You can choose from a wide variety of awesome flavours and then enjoy the ice cream on a picnic table outside surrounded by beautiful Niagara farmland. It’s the perfect destination for a unique and old-fashioned ice cream experience that’s great for the whole family.

Dairy Queen

With multiple locations throughout the city including on Ferry Street and Portage Road, Dairy Queen is a classic soft serve ice cream destination where you’ll find a wide variety of treats like the popular Blizzard in flavours like Oreo and Reese’s, ice cream sundaes, dipped cones, ice cream cakes, and more. Dairy Queen is a local favourite in Niagara Falls and with a number of convenient locations throughout the city, it’s a great place to stop for a quick and tasty treat this summer.

Italian Ice Cream

Just steps from the bustling Clifton Hill, Italian Ice Cream is a charming family-owned ice cream shop where you’ll find wonderful gelato, coffee, panini, and desserts. And if you have a celebration or party to attend then also make sure to pick up one of their delicious gelato cakes in flavours like chocolate & hazelnut, chocolate brownie caramel, and strawberry & banana.

Celebrating Canada’s 150th in Niagara Falls

Canada 150th sign at the brink of Niagara Falls

This July 1st is the 150th anniversary of confederation in Canada and there’s no better place to celebrate than in Niagara Falls, home to one of the country’s most beautiful natural wonders. Canada 150th celebrations are happening in the city and all around the country throughout the year, but on Canada Day you can expect to experience a number of special events, shows, and activities for the country’s official birthday. Check out any of these Canada Day events in Niagara Falls to get into the patriotic spirit and celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial in style.

Fireworks Show and Illumination

This summer, you can experience a spectacular fireworks show over the American, Bridal Veil, and Horseshoe Falls every weeknight at 10pm, with special shows on the July 1st and 2nd weekend in honour of Canada Day. The Falls are also brightly illuminated in coloured lights every night at 9pm-12am from now until August 13th. The fireworks and illumination make for a spectacular nighttime experience in Niagara Falls and are a must-see for visitors staying in the city on Canada Day.

Parade and Downtown Activities

Niagara Falls’ annual Canada Day celebration draws thousands of visitors to the region every year and features an exciting parade and family-friendly activities in the heart of the city. This year’s Canada Day parade will be bigger and better than ever with marching bands, giant inflatables, floats, jugglers, dancers, and more. And afterwards, you can enjoy an awesome street part along Queen Street where you’ll find free birthday cake at City Hall, food vendors, buskers, free children’s entertainment, car show, art show, children’s inflatables, and live music from local musicians all afternoon.

Coca Cola Concert Series

Kicking off on July 1st and 2nd, the city’s annual Coca Cola Concert Series in Queen Victoria Park runs Monday through Friday until August 31st and brings a number of local musicians to the stage for free concerts all summer. These great shows will be followed by a fireworks show over the Falls and are a great place to find lively entertainment for people of all ages.

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show

The Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show in Niagara Falls is an exciting all-Canadian performance featuring singing Mounties, Anne of Green Gables, lumberjacks, hockey players, and a tribute to famous Canadian recording artists like Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Paul Anka, the Barenaked Ladies and more. And during the show, you’ll enjoy a delicious a family style meal featuring dishes like BBQ ribs, PEI potatoes, and maple chocolate cake for dessert.

And make sure to check out other exciting Canada 150 events happening throughout the year like the free Matthew Good concert on August 16th at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. This is a special year for Canada and there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate the occasion.

Three Excellent Educational Experiences in Niagara Falls

Along with the stunning sights and world-class entertainment, Niagara Falls has a lot to offer in the way of educational experiences. Here are three upcoming events in Niagara Falls that are sure to be both fascinating and informative, making them perfect for people of all ages to enjoy:

 

Wild Ontario Exhibit at the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory

From April 29-11, you can stop by the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory to experience the brand new Wild Ontario Exhibit, which will showcase Ontario’s incredible biodiversity and diverse range of species. Learn about the:

  • animals
  • mammals
  • birds
  • reptiles
  • amphibians
  • fish 
  • barn owl
  • skunk
  • wood turtle
  • common toad
  • yellow spotted salamander
  • garter snake
  • black widow

and more. Along with live animal exhibits, you can explore fascinating panel displays that focus on our province’s major ecosystems and species – both common and endangered.

 

Sidney Barnett’s Exploration of Egypt at the Niagara Falls History Museum

Niagara Falls Museum

Niagara Falls Museum

It was in November of 1862 that adventurer Sidney Barnett wrote a fascinating lecture about a journey he took to Egypt collecting artefacts for the Niagara Falls History Museum. And now, Barnett’s hand-written notes have been added to the museum’s collection and will be performed as a lecture by local performer David Mackenzie on May 25.

 

Free Historical Walking Tour of Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is rich with history and on June 4th, you can experience it first-hand on a free historical walking tour of the city. Join the city’s official historian, Sherman Zavitz, for a mesmerizing walk through the past on an informative tour that starts at the corner of River Road and Bridge Street.

Top Tours to Take Around Niagara

There are so many sites to see and things to experience throughout the Niagara region, from award-winning wineries to historic battlefields and of course, thundering waterfalls. And if you want to experience the very best of what Niagara has to offer in a fun, convenient, and easy to plan way, you can choose to embark on one of the region’s many unique specialty tours offered by a variety of different tour companies. Here are some of the best tours to consider when planning a getaway to Niagara Falls this summer or spring:

Winery Tour

Niagara is a world famous wine-growing region and home to countless award-winning wineries. Embarking on a winery tour is the perfect way to experience some of the best wineries without having to worry about transportation or planning, and Falls Avenue Resort’s Niagara Winery Experience package takes care of it all. The package includes accommodations at the Sheraton on the Falls or Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview, two wine tour and tasting passes at four wineries with a guided tour by Magnificent Tours, three Fallsview dining gift cards for The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar, and the Fallsview Buffet Restaurant, and spa credit for the Christienne Fallsview Spa.

Fort George Ghost Tour

Local legend suggests that Niagara-on-the-Lake is a haunted town, with many reports of paranormal activity happening at the Fort George National Historic Site – the site of several deadly battles during the War of 1812. You can find out about the hauntings first-hand by touring the fort by candlelight at night, with guided ghost tours being offered on Sundays at 8:30pm from May to June. The fort also offers special Halloween ghost tours in October and additional tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July to August.

Bike Tour

A great way to get active while exploring some of Niagara’s best wineries is by embarking on a winery bike tour. Available through a number of different tour companies, cycling around Niagara-on-the-Lake and stopping for wine and food at award-winning wineries has become a popular and quintessential Niagara experience. Some popular winery bike tours include “the ultimate wine, beer & foodie bicycle tour” offered by Grape Escape Wine Tours, the “afternoon wine tour” from Zoom Leisure, and numerous Sip n Cycle tours offered by Niagara Wine Tours International.

Double Decker Bus Tour

Double Deck Tours Ltd. operates a number of red double decker tour buses that take you around Niagara Falls to see and experience a number of the city’s top destinations and landmarks such as the Horseshoe and American Falls, the Niagara Glen, Floral Clock, Dufferin Islands, Hydro Power Plants, and much more. And when you book a Niagara Falls Deluxe Tour you will also receive admission to Journey Behind the Falls, Whirlpool Aerocar, and Hornblower Niagara Cruises for a well-rounded Niagara Falls experience.

The Best of March in Niagara Falls

The arrival of March means the arrival of spring and there is so much to experience in Niagara Falls during the new season. Here are some of the best events, activities, and deals in Niagara Falls that you should definitely look forward to this March:

Barenaked Ladies Concert

Iconic Canadian band Barenaked Ladies will be performing at Fallsview Casino Resort on March 1st and 2nd, bringing their big hits like “If I had a $1,000,000” and “One Week” to the stage for two nights only.

St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 at Doc Magilligan’s Restaurant & Irish Pub located on Lundy’s Lane where there will be a lively and fun party featuring authentic Irish fare, live music, Irish dancers, and more.

Movie Nights at Old Fort Erie

From now until April 27 you can visit Old Fort Erie for a one-of-a-kind movie night in a historic and storied setting. Some of the great movies that will be playing in March include Star Trek Beyond on March 2nd, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on March 9th, The Grand Budapest Hotel on March 23rd, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows on March 30th.

Falls Avenue Resort’s Family Waterpark Getaway Package

March Break offers the perfect opportunity to plan a family getaway to Niagara Falls and Falls Avenue Resort’s Family Waterpark Getaway Package connects you with the best in accommodation, dining, and entertainment throughout the city. The package offers accommodation at Skyline Hotel & Waterpark, Sheraton on the Falls, Crowne Plaza Fallsview, or Clifton Victoria Inn, passes to the thrilling Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, Kids Eat Free vouchers at excellent Fallsview restaurants, Magic Show tickets, and much more.

Northern Owls Exhibit at the Butterfly Conservatory

From now until April 17th you can visit Niagara’s amazing Butterfly Conservatory for the special Northern Owls Exhibit which will teach you all about the fascinating lives of owls and allow you to experience live demonstrations and bird displays. The exhibit features a wide range of different owl species including Eastern Screech Owls and Snowy Owls and will be an informative and unforgettable experience for people of all ages.