Top 5 Must Do's in Niagara fallsEdit This
When planning a trip to Niagara Falls, must do's may be at the top of your research list. To help out, here are 5 of the sights and adventures that shouldn't be missed when visiting Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Maid of the Mist
Board a boat to get up close and personal with the Horseshoe Falls. You can book tickets from April or May through October, depending on the weather conditions. Boats head out every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (with earlier closings depending on the time of year). Trips take approximately 30 minutes. Adults are $14.50 (Canadian dollars) and children aged 6 to 12 are $8.90. Don't forget your poncho, as it gets wet and windy! The ticket office is located at Queen Victoria Park at the Maid of the Mist Plaza, and the boarding dock can be found on River Road at Clifton Hill.
Journey Behind the Falls
Another great perspective is from behind the Falls. Descend behind the falls via elevator to the upper and lower observation decks. The lower observation deck is not wheelchair accessible, and is closed in the winter due to ice. The upper deck is enclosed and is open year-round. From April through December the ticket prices are $12.75 for adults and $8.35 for children. December through April tickets are $9.75 for adults and $6.35 for children. In the spring and summer you will receive a free poncho with your ticket purchase. Entrance is at 6650 Niagara Parkway.
The gardens are a great attraction located just 6 miles north of the Falls. Entrance is free and year-round from dawn to dusk, with flower displays varying throughout the year. The gardens include an aviary, ponds, and even an arboretum. The Butterfly Conservatory is also on the garden grounds, with entrance fees of $11.75 for adults and $7.65 for children. Don't forget to stop at the floral clock located at 14004 Niagara Parkway, complete with fragrant lilac gardens in May and June.
To escape the pounding of Niagara Falls you can seek the seclusion of the Dufferin Islands. The Dufferin islands are open year round and are free to all visitors. You can spend some time wandering the many small islands, all connected by bridges and filled with footpaths for easy travel. You're sure to appreciate the break from the raging fury of the Falls as you wander the serene 10 acres that make up the Dufferin Islands. Entrance is south of Niagara Falls on the Niagara Parkway.
Brush up on your history with a stop at Fort Erie, just 20 minutes from the Falls. Built in 1764, Fort Erie played a major role in the War of 1812, as well as being connected with the Underground Railroad between 1793 and 1865. You can tour the buildings and the grounds from May through October, and even take part in murder mysteries put on periodically. The fort is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (May through September) or 5 p.m. (September through October). Tickets are $9.25 for adults and $6 for children. Entrance is at 350 Lakeshore Road.