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10 Things to do in Niagara Besides the Falls

Niagara Falls is known as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World”, but did you know that there are plenty of attractions to see in the area besides the falls? Here’s a secret many Americans don’t know, most of the best things to do in Niagara Falls are in Canada which makes a trip across the border worth your while.

What’s great about the Niagara region is the fact that it appeals to everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re here on a family adventure or a romantic getaway; you’ll find plenty of things to keep you entertained. Of course, a trip to the falls is a must, but here are 10 things to do in Niagara besides the falls. If you need even more ideas, check out VisitNiagaraCanada.com.

1. Get an exclusive zipline view

One of the newest things to do in Niagara Falls is aimed at adrenaline junkies. From a 67-meter vantage point, riders of WildPlay’s MistRider Zipline will get views of the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Nothing can quite prepare you for the 670-meter ‘flight’ that will have you flying more than 40 mph. Try not to close your eyes as these views are thrilling.

2. Go for a hike

Down in the Niagara Gorge and right by the river that feeds the falls are 2.5-mile hiking trails that date back to the prehistoric era. Hikers will come across some stunning geological formations, wild flora and fauna, and the natural phenomenon known as the Niagara River Whirlpool.

3. Enjoy a show

Theater lovers won’t want to miss the Shaw Festival which takes place every August in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The festival started in 1962 and has grown to become the second largest repertory theater company in North America. Crowds come from all over the world to see classic works from renowned author, George Bernard Shaw, as well as classic productions that change each season.

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4. Sample some ice-wine

If you didn’t know, the Niagara region produces some of the most luxurious and celebrated wines in the world. Make your way to the Ice House Winery for their infamous N’Ice Slushies or how about Pillitteri Estate Winery where they produce some of the highest levels of quality in the world. There’s also Inniskillin Wines which produces the #1 distributed ice-wine in Global Travel Retail and is sold in over 74 countries.

5. Catch a concert

Niagara Falls has a few unique venues which are perfect for concerts. This year, the Ontario Live Concert Series takes place at the Niagara Falls Illumination Stage which features some of Ontario’s top musical artists. Over at Peller Estates Winery, there’s the Party in the Vineyard: Wine Country Fare that is known by locals as the hottest country event.

6. Embrace Clifton HIll

Many people consider Clifton Hill to be a major tourist trap, but there’s no denying that it’s one of the top Niagara Falls attractions. Take a ride on the SkyWheel for a great view of the Falls or how about playing some golf with dinos at Dinosaur Adventure Golf? If you purchase the Clifton Hill Fun Pass, you’ll get access to six attractions for one low price.

7. Try your luck at the casinos

Sitting on the U.S. side, the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino is a local favorite with its attentive staff and clean rooms. However, if you want a little more glitz, head over to the Fallsview Casino Resort in Canada which features a 18,600-square-meter gaming floor. There’s also Casino Niagara which tends to have lower limit tables. Keep in mind that any winnings aren’t taxed in Canada, but it must be reported on your tax return.

 

8. Explore the cave of the winds

Over on the American side is the Cave of the Winds Niagara falls where you can get a breathtaking view of the falls. Open during the main season, visitors will be able to journey just a few feet from the falls by following the wooden walkway that leads to the hurricane deck. Admire the crash of the water while knowing that you’ll stay dry under your included souvenir poncho.

9. Visit a winery

One of the best things to do in Niagara Falls is visiting a winery. Peller Estate Winery and Trius Winery are some of the most established in the area and have huge estates where you can take a tour and learn about wine making. If you prefer something a bit more intimate, Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery is perfect with its picturesque ancestral house that you can tour.

10. Eat an extraordinary meal

The Niagara region isn’t just famous for the falls and their wine; the culinary scene here is excellent. If you only have time for one restaurant, head for Kitchen76 at Two Sisters Vineyard where the Italian inspired dishes made with local ingredients combine with a stunning view overlooking the vineyard for the perfect dining experience. Now if you’re looking for that “wow” factor, head to The Watermark, which has a panoramic view of the American and Horseshoe Falls from the 33rd floor of Niagara Falls’ Hilton Hotel Suites.

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