11 Family-Friendly Things To Do in Niagara Falls Canada
29 Mar 2022
Niagara Falls is one of my favourite places! I used to visit all the time as a kid, and when I was old enough to drive, would take road trips there and spend countless hours playing tourist along Clifton Hill. There is so much to see and do, and every trip there can be completely different. Lots of new attractions, and many classic ones. And of course, the thunderous and beautiful Canadian, American, and Bridal Veil Falls!
Here is a list of 11 fun and family-friendly things to do in Niagara Falls Canada!
Everyone loves go-karts… but these take it to a whole new level! If you are a fan of Nintendo’s Mario Kart, you will love this experience. Go-karts fly around 2000ft of racing track reaching speeds of 32 km/hr, up a four-story helical spiral, down a two-tiered coaster style ramp, then down another spiral. It’s the fun of go-karting and the thrill of riding a roller coaster all rolled into one fun experience!
Niagara Speedway is located at 4960 Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Whirlpool Aero Car
After the water flows over Niagara Falls, it rushes down through the narrow Niagara Gorge before taking a sudden turn counter-clockwise turn. This turn in the rushing of the class six rapids creates the Niagara Whirlpool. One of the best ways to get a very cool view of the whirlpool is from the Whirlpool Aero Car. This cable car attraction has been in operation since 1916, and travels 3500 ft above the whirlpool.
Even though the Whirlpool Aero Car travels between two points in Canada, it actually travels over the Canada and US international border 4 times on it’s trip to Thompson Point and back.
The Whirlpool Aero Car is located at 3850 Niagara Pkwy in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Looking for a higher perspective of Niagara Falls without staying at one of the hotels overlooking the Falls? You’ll get those views from the Skylon Tower. Zip up to the top in just 52 seconds aboard the exterior glass-enclosed Yellow Bug Elevators to the observation deck to see spectacular panoramic views of Niagara Falls.
Date night? Reserve a table at the world-famous Revolving Dining Room Restaurant, and enjoy an intimate meal as the deck revolves 360 degrees every hour. For a more family friendly option, choose the Summit Suite Buffet Dining Room restaurant. Both of these dining options are 775 feet above the Falls!
The Skylon Tower is located at 5200 Robinson Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Wizard’s Glow in the Dark Miniature Golf
If you love mini-golf and are a fan of the wizarding world, you will love this glow-in-the-dark experience! The challenging and super fun 18-hole mini-putt course will test your skills.
You will love the bright colours, the interactive dragons, the detailed wizards, and even the big scary spider!
Because this is is an indoor activity, it can be enjoyed rain or shine.
Wizard’s Glow in the Dark Miniature Golf is located at 4960 Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours
If you want to experience a thrill like no other, be sure to check out the Whirlpool Jet Boats, Niagara’s original whitewater tour. Imagine speeding up the Niagara river basin at 60mph into class 5 rapids. Now stop imagining, because you can actually do it!
There are two options for thrill seekers: get wet, or don’t. If you choose the wet jet boat, there is a 100% chance you will need a bunch of towels and a change of attire when your ride is done. If you choose to go in the covered jet boat, capture some of the fun times on your smartphone while you stay dry.
Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours is located at 55 River Frontage Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
The House of Frankenstein
Do you have some time to kill? Spend it with Doctor Frankenstein and his haunted house of creatures. Monsters lurk in the shadows throughout the haunted house, just itching to get a scream out of you.
You can also take a ride Frank’ N Coaster, Canada’s only roof-top rollercoaster, 4 stories above Clifton Hill.
This venue is not for the faint at heart, and is guaranteed to be a scream!
The House of Frankenstein is located at ADDRESS in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Movieland Wax Museum
Taking a walk through Movieland Wax Museum is like reminiscing about your favourite movies, and seeing the stars in all of their glory.
You’ll see wax versions of The Simpsons…
… Harry Potter, Ace Ventura, Jack Sparrow, Ocean’s 11, Predator Forrest Gump, Austin Powers, The Blues Brothers, Freddy Krueger, The Terminator, Happy Gilmore, Indiana Jones…
… and several of the Avengers (Iron Man, Spiderman, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, The Hulk, Captain America, Thanos, Black Widow, Guardians of the Galaxy)…
… and DC characters (Aqua Man, Wonder Woman, Batman, The Joker, Superman).
The Movieland Wax Museum is located at 4848 Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Do you love birds? Well then this is the place for you! Niagara Falls is home to Bird Kingdom, the world’s largest free-flying indoor aviary. As you walk through multi-level rainforest pathways, you’ll get to see hundreds of beautiful exotic birds in their natural habitat, as well as other animals (like snakes and bearded dragons) and beautiful aviary plants.
Don’t forget to bring your camera!
The Bird Kingdom is located at 5651 River Road in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Do you want a unique sightseeing opportunity of the mighty Niagara Falls from 175ft above the city? The Niagara SkyWheel will give you that experience. You’ll enjoy a panoramic view of the American, Bridal Veil, and Canadian Falls, Niagara River, as well as Clifton Hill, and other attractions, all from the comfort of a fully enclosed climate-controlled gondola.
You can enjoy riding the Niagara SkyWheel year-round, day and night.
The Niagara SkyWheel is located at 4960 Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Just a 15-minute drive from Clifton Hill, you will find the famous Floral Clock. The face of the clock consists of 16,000 carpet bedding plants, and are changed twice a year. The Ontario Power Generation keeps the clock ticking, and the Niagara Parks horticulture staff keeps the face of the clock in bloom.
Over the years, the floral designs of the clock face has changed may times, often reflecting the times or celebrating milestones in Niagara Falls.
The Floral Clock is located at 14004 Niagara Pkwy in Queenston, Ontario.
View the Canadian, American, and Bridal Veil Falls
Likely the main reason you want to visit Niagara Falls is to see the falls themselves! As Canadians, we have the best views of all three falls – Canadian, American, and Bridal Veil Falls. Whether staying in a hotel that overlooks the falls, or just walking along Niagara Pkwy, you will be amazed by the power and beauty of Niagara Falls.
The best place to view the Canadian Horseshoe Falls is by walking along Niagara Pkwy, from the Niagara Falls Viewpoint at Table Rock to the crosswalk at Murray Street. The best place to view the American and Bridal Veil Falls is by walking along the walkway adjacent to Niagara Pkwy (east side), from the crosswalk at Murray Street to the base of Clifton Hill.
Have Fun in Niagara Falls!
We only just touched on some of the fun and amazing things you can do in Niagara Falls. There is so much more! If you are planning a trip to Niagara Falls, be sure to visit the Niagara Falls Tourism website to help plan your activities.