A couple of months ago I took a trip with my family to Niagara Falls, and I think we did almost every activity possible while we were there. So I wanted to share my experiences with you all, and what activities I would recommend, or maybe skip if you too were going to check out the falls for the first time. However, these activities are on the Canadian side, not the American, so it would depend which side you plan on visiting. So if you are looking for things to do on your trip to trip to Niagara keep on reading!
Day 1: Bus Tour and Greg Frewin Magic Show
We chose to drive from Pennsylvania to Niagara, so our first day was mostly just traveling and checking into the hotel. The first night we were there we went to dinner, and just hung out and went to bed early. The next day was our first full day of activities. First we took a bus tour of the Falls and the town, which was great. We learned so much about the history of the town its self and how being such a big attraction has shaped it. This tour also offered the chance to see the Falls from multiple view points, and other parts of the town that people may not know about on a first visit. I would highly recommend this tour, it was definitely worth the time and money. You can book one of these tours through your hotel. That evening we had dinner at the Greg Frewin Magic Theatre, which was so much fun. The dinner was a buffet style, followed by an amazing magic show complete with tigers by Greg Frewin. If you have the time to check it out while you are there, I highly recommend it!
Day 2: Aero Car Ride, Journey Beyond the Falls, Skylon Tower, and SkyWheel
The following day we had quite a few activities planned. First thing in the morning was a ride on the Whirlpool Aero Car (pictured above). The ride was about 10 minutes in total, and so worth it. Even if you are afraid of heights I highly recommend you do this. It was such a unique experience, and an extremely smooth ride, probably one of my favorite things we did on the trip. After this we went on another tour called Journey Beyond the Falls. This one was also unique in that you got to actually go under the falls. However, since we went in the winter, parts of the tour were closed due to all of the snow. I don’t know if I would do this one again if I went in the winter, because the majority of it was close, so judge this one based on the time of year you are traveling.
On our final night in Niagara we had dinner at the Skylon Tower Restaurant. This was by far my favorite thing we did on our trip. At 775 feet above the Falls, you get to eat in a rotating room that gives you multiple views of the Falls while you enjoy your dinner. The food was amazing, and you get to travel up to the restaurant in a glass elevator. It would definitely be at the top of my list of things to do here. To finish off the night, after dinner we took a family ride on the Niagara SkyWheel. This ferris wheel also offered some unique views of the falls, and was just fun in general if you like rides. However, I wouldn’t recommend this one if you are afraid of heights!
Overall I had an amazing trip, despite it being pretty cold and raining for a lot of it. It honestly made it a little bit better because we were not fighting crowds to see the views and get good pictures. The only reason I would maybe want to go when it was warmer would be to have the opportunity to go on the boat ride tour of the Falls, as it was closed while we were there due to the weather. In the end the Falls lived up to my expectations, and is definitely something I believe everyone should see once in their lives.