8 Best Things To Do In Niagara Falls, New York - Updated 2021

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Apart from experiencing the falls in a variety of ways - from a helicopter, skywheel or boat - spend a relaxing afternoon at the Niagara Falls Botanical Garden and Butterfly Conservatory, embark on a wine tour and visit the Nightmare Fear Factory to have the living daylights scared out of you. With this many activities you can try at Niagara Falls, you are sure to have a fulfilling holiday.

1. Niagara Falls Helicopter Tour (from USD 168.0)

With a breathtaking aerial view of the Niagara falls, it is no wonder that the helicopter tours are so popular. The tour begins at Victoria Avenue and as the helicopter ascends into the sky, the Niagara Region comes into view. Tourists can expect to take brilliant photographs of the attraction as well. The tour follows the Niagara River from the Whirlpool area over the Whirlpool Rapids and the Rainbow Bridge. The green grass and floral beauty of Queen Victoria Park stretches below as the helicopter passes by the American Falls and the Skylon Tower.

Niagara Falls Helicopter Tour

Address: 3731 Victoria Avenue, L2E 4B2 Niagara Falls, Ontario

Website: Niagara Falls Helicopter Tour

Niagara Falls Grand Helicopter Adventure

Duration: 20 minutes

10 reviews

2. Aquarium of Niagara

Aquarium at Niagara Falls
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Billy Hathorn used under CC BY-SA 3.0

A family-friendly attraction, the Aquarium of Niagara features more than 1,000 different species of both fresh and salt-water critters, including sharks, seals, penguins and a wide variety of colorful fish. The Aquarium of Niagara is one of the top attractions on the US side, and it’s a great place to bring the kids when they tire of the falls.

The kids will love the numerous ways to interact with the animals, including hands-on sessions with sea lions and penguins, demonstrations and daily feedings - don’t miss your chance to feed a seal! If your little one would like to pick up a souvenir to remember their experience at the aquarium, don’t forget to pop by the gift shop.

The Aquarium of Niagara is located along the northeast edge of Niagara Falls State Park and is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm with extended hours during the summer.

Aquarium of Niagara

Address: 701 Whirlpool Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14301

Website: Aquarium of Niagara

3. Whitewater Walk (from USD 15.8)

things to do in niagara falls new york | whitewater walk

The boardwalk overlooks the Great Gorge Rapids from the Canadian side of the Niagara River, where the water rushes by. If you’re looking to view the falls from a more natural setting than the Maid of the Mist or the Journey Behind the Falls, spend a couple of hours relaxing on the White Water Walk. Amble down the self-guided boardwalk tour, as you take in the magnificent view of the crashing waves and the 410-million-year-old rock layers of the Niagara Gorge.

Enter the attraction via the Niagara Parkway.

Whitewater Walk

Address: 4330 River Rd, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 6T2

Website: Whitewater Walk

Niagara Falls, Canada: White Water Walk Entry Ticket

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4. Inniskillin Winery

Inniskillin ice wine grapes
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Wine drinkers should not miss out on this. Head north along Ontario’s scenic Niagara Parkway to the Inniskillin Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The Inniskillin Winery is known for its Icewine, made from grapes that are left to freeze on the vine over the winter. Once temperatures drop to -8 degrees Celsius (about 18 degrees Fahrenheit), the grapes are then collected and allowed to thaw, a process that helps enhance their flavor.

Embark on a free guided tour if you wish - you’ll witness the hard work and dedication needed to produce a bottle of fine wine, both regular and ice. At the end of the tour, be ready to be rewarded with a wine sample. Tours are offered daily throughout the year, however, hours vary depending on the season. You can also purchase some of their signature Icewine as a souvenir.

Inniskillin Winery

Address: 1499 Line 3, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0, Canada

Website: Inniskillin Winery

5. Maid of the Mist (from USD 113.0)

Hop onto a coal-powered steamboat that takes you to the base of the magnificent Niagara Falls - visitors should be prepared to get wet but it is said to be one of the best ways to experience the attraction since the boats practically dunks visitors under the falls. 

Prided as one of the favorite Niagara Falls State Park attractions, the Maid of the Mist journey begins at the Observation Tower, where guests are given a souvenir rain poncho to wear and board the double-deck Maid of the Mist tour boat. From there, the boat ferries past the base of the American Falls, and towards the basin of Horseshoe Falls, taking passengers on an unforgettable water journey through the waterfall and massive rock formations.

Maid of the Mist tours run from April to October each year depending on the weather conditions. Boats can be boarded from the American side of the Falls every 15 minutes during peak season.

Maid of the Mist

Address: 1, Prospect St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303, United States

Website: Maid of the Mist

Niagara Falls American Side Tour, Maid of the Mist Boat Ride

Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

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6. Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Conservatory (from USD 15.8)

things to do in niagara falls new york | niagara parks botanical gardens and butterfly conservatory

Take a breather from the throng of tourists at the falls and head down to Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. A must-see for nature enthusiasts, the space is home to dozens of meticulously maintained gardens, thousands of species of plants and a butterfly conservatory. 

During spring and summer, families can opt for the guided horse-and-carriage tours which allow you to explore the gardens in style - the kids will definitely enjoy the experience. The Botanical Gardens is conveniently located just 10 minutes away from the Falls on the Niagara Parkway and the Great Gorge.

Niagara Parks and Butterfly Conservatory

Address: 565 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 2S7, Canada

Website: Niagara Parks and Butterfly Conservatory

Niagara Falls, Canada: Butterfly Conservatory Admission

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7. Niagara Skywheel

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Source: Photo by user Don-vip used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Known as Canada’s largest observation wheel, the Niagara Skywheel offers a unique sightseeing opportunity. Visitors can expect breathtaking views of Horseshoe and American Falls, the Niagara River Niagara Parks and other landmarks. 

From this vantage point, visitors will be treated to breathtaking views of the Horseshoe and American Falls, the Niagara River as well as other landmarks in perfect comfort, as they will be seated in fully enclosed gondolas, each equipped with heating and air conditioning for any season.

Niagara Skywheel

Address: 4950 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N4, Canada

Website: Niagara Skywheel

8. Nightmare Fear Factory (from USD 13.0)

Previously a coffin factory, the Nightmares Fear Factory in Niagara Falls Canada has terrified thousands of visitors for decades. Not surprisingly, not everyone has ventured till the end - a whopping 140,000 visitors chickened out!

A haunting legend about the previous owner makes the Nightmare Fear Factory even spookier. It was claimed that while chasing a group of hooligans who often disturbed him, coffin factory owner Abraham Mortimer was crushed under a tall stack of solid, overturned oak coffins. Soon after this funeral, his coffin was found to be empty. Till this day, it is said that Mortimer haunts the halls seeking revenge on those who dare to trespass his factory. Enter only if you dare…

Nightmare Fear Factory

Address: 5631 Victoria Ave., Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L5, Canada

Website: Nightmare Fear Factory

Nightmares Fear Factory Admission Ticket

Duration: 10 to 20 minutes

Take a trip down to Niagara Falls for an unforgettable adventure on your next holiday!

Niagara Falls is nestled at the international border between Canada and the United States; between the Canadian state of Ontario and USA’s New York. Next time you’re in either city, you might want to take a drive down to the falls.

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