10 Fun Things to Do in Niagara

There are so many things to do in Niagara! A Top 10 List from Attractions Beyond the Falls.

1. Meet One of the World’s Greatest Magicians

If you enjoy illusions, animals and a little glitz, then you’ll love the world-famous magician Greg Frewin’s awesome dinner theatre show. I especially enjoyed the acts with the Siberian tiger, Boomer, and his hilarious tricks with the birds. Frewin’s steady stream of jokes and the Las Vegas-style music and dancing makes this a fun night out! You can go for the dinner and show, or just the show – the choice is yours.

greg frewin theatre

Photo courtesy of Greg Frewin Theatre

2. Visit the Tropics

If you didn’t get enough of avian life at the Greg Frewin Magic show, then head on over to Bird Kingdom, where you’ll find hundreds of free-flying tropical in a giant greenhouse. Or stop by the Floral Showcase, the Niagara Parks’ own bedding grounds, and enjoy the exotic plants and songbirds. (Click on the highlighted links for more details.)

3. Go on a Winery Crawl

Pub crawl not your style? How about a winery tour? With more than 50 Niagara wineries, many of international calibre, the Niagara Region is the place for worshippers of the grape. The big party, of course, takes place at the Niagara Wine Festival.

4. Make Time for Tea at Historic McFarland House

Tea and scones, anyone? The historic McFarland House, which served as a hospital during the War of 1812, now has a lovely new conservatory where you can enjoy tea and treats served by staff in period costume in an elegant, sunny setting.

mcfarland house tearoom

5. Indulge Your Inner Culture Vulture

Catch a play at the Shaw Festival, buy some art in the local galleries, or take in a concert at one of the music festivals in Niagara on the Lake. After seeing the falls, if you're looking for other things to do in Niagara Falls, check out the galleries along Queen Street. In St. Catharines visit Rodman Hall Art Gallery.

6. Join Up! Defend Your Country

Discover what life was like for the citizens of Niagara in the days of battle at Old Fort Erie and Fort George. Attend a re-enactment or tour the forts with costumed guides who will help you appreciate our two centuries of peace since the War of 1812.

7. Become a Rabble-Rouser

Feeling a little rebellious? Set your own name in type and sign up to be a Printer's Apprentice to the rabble-rousing rebel leader William Lyon Mackenzie at the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum in the quaint historic village of Queenston. Take home your own contract for framing.

8. Visit an Ontario Ghost Town

Explore the remnants of a once bustling little settlement at Balls Falls. Check out the mill, the log house, the tiny church and the kitchen garden. Enjoy the scenic falls and learn about the environment at the Centre for Conservation.

9. Talk to the Animals

Get up close and personal with dolphins and whales at Marineland Ontario and say hello to the giraffes and other exotic animals at Safari Niagara (formerly known as Zooz).... just two of the most popular things to do in Niagara with families.

10. Ride an Antique Merry-Go-Round

Entertain your inner child and climb aboard one of the antique carousel figures (a lion perhaps? a horse?) at the Port Dalhousie carousel – a heritage treasure in St. Catharines Ontario, on the shores of Lake Ontario.

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