Niagara Falls Attractions go way beyond the Falls themselves. You'll find many more of nature's wonders along with some exciting urban adventures.
Niagara Falls is of course a great natural wonder, but it's not the only natural beauty in this area.
To keep with the "natural" theme to start, you might want to visit the beautiful Niagara gardens. Victoria Park that lines the Niagara Parkway along the Falls is a flower-lover's delight, as is the Oakes Garden Theatre. Also check out the Floral Clock and the Niagara Parks Botanical Garden operated by the School of Horticulture (a very prestigious college for gardeners).
If you're a bird-lover, don't miss the Niagara Falls aviary, Bird Kingdom.
Want more experiences with the wild things? Try Marineland Ontario, with its dolphin and sea lion shows that I remember from childhood (they have amusement park rides too).
And what about butterflies? Try the Butterfly Conservatory (tip: wear bright clothing … butterflies are attracted to it and they'll be more likely to settle on your shoulder this way).
You can also find beautiful tropical songbirds at the greenhouse at the Floral Showcase, which is free, and especially wonderful in winter if you can't afford a trip to the Bahamas. (Despite the cold, winter is one of my favourite times to visit the Falls. For one thing, it's not as crowded! And for another, the icicles are amazing. See my article on Niagara Falls in winter.)
Clifton Hill amusement palaces, those long-time veterans from childhood, are still here - Movieland Wax Museum of the Stars and Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum -- and are still drawing big crowds.
Feeling lucky? Casinos include Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino Resort Hotel, which are more than just gaming places. They're entertainment complexes that include live music concert venues, restaurants, bars and shops.
The best entertainment in the city, in my opinion, is the magic show by Greg Frewin.
Above: Photo courtesy of Greg Frewin
It's a combination of Las Vegas-style musical entertainment with the most awesome magic tricks you've ever seen. Frewin has won all the international awards for Best Magician of the Year and has travelled the world but chose to come home to Ontario to set up his own theatre in Niagara Falls.
If you're looking for concerts, the casinos often bring in current big name performers and familiar names from the past as well.
Art lovers may be surprised to learn that Niagara Falls has an art gallery and even a history museum. The Niagara Falls Museum is right downtown, and is worth a visit for its lovely architecture alone. It's an interesting combination of new and old:
The Niagara Falls Art Gallery and Niagara Children's Museum on the other hand is a bit off the beaten path, outside of town, at 8058 Oakwood Drive. It was built to house the art work of William Kurelek, and it still does, but it also has a room full of paintings of Niagara Falls and part of the building has been turned into a children's centre.
more to "Niagara" than Niagara Falls. By "Niagara" people in this
region usually mean a much larger place … the Niagara Region, which
includes several cities and towns and a wide swath of farmland and vineyards, home to many award-winning Niagara wineries. For more
info see my article on Niagara Ontario.
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