If you are looking for a scenic place to relax in Niagara Falls, head to some of its amazing parks for their splendid views and more. Here are the top 5 parks in and around Niagara Falls.
Top Nature Parks in Niagara Falls
Queen Victoria Park
No trip to Niagara Falls is complete without visiting the Queen Victoria Park that offers some of the best views of the spectacular falls. It’s beautiful in all seasons but spring and summer bring forth an amazing burst of colours amidst the green landscape. More than 500,000 daffodils brighten up the park with their vivid colours in spring. Tulips, chrysanthemums, kale, hybrid tea rose garden, magnolia trees, carpet bedding and several horticultural delights are found in abundance at the park. You can sit on the park benches and enjoy the view or go for a horse and carriage ride around the park.
This park was the site of the Battle of Queenston Heights in October 1812. It is situated on top of the Niagara Escarpment in Niagara-on-the-Lake. History buffs can take a look at Brock’s Monument as well as Laura Secord’s Monument. Nature lovers and hikers can enjoy the stunning landscape including views of the lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario. And those looking for outdoor fun can make full use of the two picnic pavilions, children’s splash pad and tennis courts, or relish some fine food at the Queenston Heights Restaurant.
On the Niagara Parkway to the south of the falls is located a series of small islands known as the Dufferin Islands. Spread around 10 acres, the islands offer a tranquil escape for visitors. The islands are connected by small bridges and footpaths. Bird feeding stations and bird boxes have been installed on the islands and the
catch and release fish program too has been introduced much to the delight of visitors. The place comes alive with colours and light during the Winter Festival of Lights with animated lighting displays between November and January.
Oakes Garden Theatre
The entranceway to the Queen Victoria Park, the Oakes Garden Theatre is a spectacular garden that is among the best examples of a complex landscape architectural design in Canada. Constructed in 1936 and located at the foot of Clifton Hill, the natural shape of the landscape helped the designers to create a central amphitheatre against the backdrop of the falls. Besides this, there are fountains, a scenic pond, shrub gardens, flower arrangements, sculptures, gardens with carpet bedding featuring geometric patterns, walkways and benches. It is a popular site for concerts as well as wedding photography.
Located on the Niagara Parkway in Chippawa Village, the Battlefield Park was once the site of a bloody battle in 1814 between the British, Canadian and Native forces on one side and American forces on the other. The park boasts of a scenic landscape spread over 300 acres and you can opt for a self-guided tour of the place. You can get details about the battle with the help of information panels in the park. The Battlefield Park also has a memorial cairn dedicated to men who fought here.
Visit these amazing Parks during your next Niagara Falls Vacation! Combine these nature activites with the Falls, two local Casino’s, over 100 local wineries and more. The Marriott on the Falls is the closest hotel to Niagara Falls. View our: Niagara Falls Hotel Packages