Clifton Hill, one of Niagara Falls' most happening neighborhoods, is like Las Vegas on a smaller scale. Come enjoy the bright lights, festive atmosphere and tasty food. While the kids are getting their thrills on the carnival rides, you can indulge in a sweet treat at the Fudge Factory.
Encounter Hundreds of Butterflies at the Butterfly Conservatory
When you enter Niagara's Butterfly Conservatory, you'll have more than 2,000 butterflies fluttering all around you. When it's cold outside, the conservatory's warm, humid climate will warm you right up, a perfect option for a rainy day.
Park theme park and part aquarium, Marineland Canada lets you and the kids get up close and personal with killer and beluga whales, dolphins and sea lions. Older children and teenagers can get their adrenaline rush on the Sky Screamer while toddlers can rush through the water on the boat carousel.
You've already seen Niagara Falls from its base. Now it's time to get a bird's eye view from the top of the Niagara Skywheel. Each heated and air conditioned gondola keeps you and the kiddos comfortable as you travel 175 feet in the air with unobstructed views of the falls below.
One of the best ways to experience the history and beauty of Niagara-on-the-Lake is with a horse and buggy tour. When your feet get tired, sit back and let your carriage take you through Niagara Botanical Gardens or Victoria Park.
It can get cold in Canada, but even when snow blankets the ground outside, you can still pretend it's summer with a day at the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. Over 125,000 square feet of wet and wild fun awaits, including a wave pool, water slides and a splash park made for tiny tots.
The 10-minute, half-mile journey across the river on the Whirlpool Aero Car, just downstream from Niagara Falls, offers spectacular views of the massive natural whirlpool formed in the water below. This open-air gondola ride is yet another way to enjoy the Canadian outdoors.
Drive just 10 minutes out of Niagara Falls, and you'll find Safari Niagara, a wild animal park filled with giraffes, lions, apes, zebras monkeys and jaguars. Explore the park on foot, or for extra convenience, take the trolly to all the best animal viewing spots.
If you need to keep the kids entertained for a few hours on a rainy or cold day, or if you're just in the mood for something a little different, give Ripley's Believe it or Not a try. This museum of the weird and whacky contains more than 700 exhibits, including a section memorializing those brave individuals who've chosen to barrel down Niagara Falls.