Visit Niagara Falls: You’ve Seen the Falls, Now What Do You Do?
This is a perfect post for my planning as I will visit Niagara Falls in June and was wondering what else I could do there :)
When you arrive in Niagara Falls, your obvious first stop will be to marvel at nature’s amazing display. That is what this destination on the Canadian-American border is famous for. You can spend a full day walking around, taking photos, looking at the falls from different viewpoints. Up-close tours, such as the Maid of the Mist or the Journey Behind the Falls, are also available.
You may wonder what else there is to do in Niagara Falls. This destination has more to offer, as there are many other attractions nearby.
Here are a few of the attractions that you can enjoy during your trip to Niagara Falls:
The Butterfly Conservatory
A great place for a day out with kids, the Butterfly Conservatory at Niagara Falls will transport you to a jungle where more than 2,000 butterflies flutter through the air. This interactive museum has educational films and displays that will teach your youngsters about these beautiful insects. Children love spotting the colourful butterflies. If they stand still long enough, one of these butterflies might even land on them! Wear bright clothing if you want to attract the butterflies. That way, you’ll be mistaken for a flower.
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Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort
This swanky resort has more than 150 gaming tables, 3,000 slot machines, a five-star hotel and spa, a shopping mall and a theatre. It’s an impressive spectacle in itself and there is more than enough to keep you busy for the day. You can try your luck at the casino or enjoy a fancy meal at a gourmet restaurant. This is also a great place for entertainment, as the Avalon Ballroom often hosts some big names.
The IMAX Theatre Niagara Falls
The thunderous power of Niagara Falls can be experienced in the impressive IMAX Theatre. Seeing anything on an IMAX screen is breathtaking, as the screen is six-stories high and has 12,000 watts of digital surround sound. The IMAX has a few exclusive films about the history and nature of Niagara Falls, including the stories of some of the daredevils who decided to challenge this mighty natural phenomenon. It’s an immersive experience that will blow you away.
Marineland Theme Park
This is another great attraction for kids, as they will love seeing dolphins, sea lions, whales and other sea creatures. The park has sea animal demonstrations as well as several rides, making it an interesting cross between an aquarium and a theme park. There are family friendly rides for the little ones and thrilling roller coasters for the adrenaline junkies such as Dragon Mountain and the Sky Screamer.
This is the biggest free-flying indoor aviary on the planet, with more than 400 birds in the rainforest recreated in a historic building. It is great to visit if you are visiting Niagara Falls in the winter, as it offers a warm and humid retreat where you can warm up.
Inside the Bird Kingdom, there is a 40-foot waterfall, an array of lush and colourful tropical plants and birds flying from tree to tree. Many of the bird species here are threatened or endangered in their natural habitats. The Bird Kingdom also features spiders, skinks, saltwater fish, snakes and reptiles that thrive in the tropical environment.
As you can see, the falls are not the only thing to enjoy when you visit Niagara Falls. There are so many other attractions that you can check out. If you get a chance, definitely go for a Niagara Falls helicopter ride.