5 Things to do in Niagara Falls #FamilyTravel

Found on the Canadian and America border, Niagara Falls is one of the most popular destinations in the country. Niagara is made up of three smaller waterfalls: Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. In peak season the falls can shunt a massive 100 000 feet per second of water over its precipice.  The falls are most popular during the summertime, when they are accessible at day and night. The annual amount of tourist to the falls is about 20 million.

While most people come for the day to look at the falls and surroundings, you will find a host of other activities around the Niagara Falls State Park, as well as various tours that offer different ways to see the falls.

Below is a list of attractions that can be found at Niagara Falls and the surrounding areas:

1. The Maid of Mist: 

Probably the most well known of all the boat tours, the Maid of Mist is incredibly popular year round. The tour starts off close to the Rainbow Bridge, in a serene stretch of water. The tour then goes past the American and Bridal Veil Falls, and then into the mist of the Horseshoe Falls. In total the tour cost $17 per adult and $9.90 per child over 6 years old.

2. Cave of the Winds Tour: 

The Cave of the Winds tour takes people on a platform, under the mist and water from Bridal Falls. You will be kitted out with ponchos and sandals to try and combat the water, however, expect to get very wet. The tour costs $12 per person.

Niagara Falls winter


* photo credit: The Marriott Gateway Niagara Falls Hotel

3.  Niagara Science Museum:

Rated as one of the best science museums in the country, the Niagara Science Museum is a must see for all those with even a slight interest in the subject. You can go to the museum only by booking an appointment with the curator, who will give you a personal and informative tour. The entrance is free but a $10 donation is encouraged.

4. Grass Island:

This is a sandbar on the Niagara River that is covered in grass in the summertime. It draws in crowds of people on boats and jet skis, the island is a great place to have some drinks, swim and meet new people. It has a great party atmosphere.

5. The Marriott Gateway Niagara Falls Hotel

If you are thinking of staying over night at the falls, then you should consider The Marriott Gateway Niagara Falls Hotel. Servicing as a ‘gateway’ to the infamous Niagara Falls, this four star Niagara Falls hotel will not disappoint. Each room comes with an incredible view of the falls, and the hotel also boasts a meal with a view from their Milestones Grill and Bar, which is sure to make your stay all the more enjoyable. It is also known to be an incredibly popular spot for wedding, exhibitions and corporate events.

Marriott Gateway on the Falls

* photo credit: The Marriott Gateway Niagara Falls Hotel

This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the attractions around Niagara Falls, that would just be too vast, but when visiting keep in mind that there is an endless amount of things to keep you busy when you are done being in awe of the falls themselves.


  1. A few years ago, our kids got together with friends and surprised my husband and I for our anniversary with a trip to Niagara Falls for two nights. We were skeptical but had such a good time and it does matter if you stay in a really good hotel, our had the Keg so I was good! 🙂

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