A destination that is rich in nature’s beauty and other attractions, Niagara Falls has plenty to offer visitors completely free of cost. Besides the glorious waterfalls, the city has several green spaces, historical structures, cultural buildings and other spots that can be viewed without an admission fee. Let’s take a look at all the fun, fabulous and free things to do in and around Niagara Falls.
Spectacular views of Niagara Falls
The crescent-shaped Horseshoe Falls is the prime attraction of the city of Niagara Falls. You can view the mighty Falls from various spots, and from every viewpoint it is just as gorgeous. Head to the Queen Victoria Park to see the Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls. You can get another close view of the Falls from outside the Table Rock Welcome Centre on the Niagara Parkway.
Parks and Gardens
Green landscapes and colourful blossoms are a common sight in Niagara Falls. At Queen Victoria Park you can see tulips, a hybrid tea rose garden, magnolia trees and carpet bedding. Over 500,000 daffodils in different hues are a highlight during spring. The Oakes Garden Theatre which is the entrance way to the park is also an excellent spot.
Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens is another lovely green area spread over 99 acres. The pretty garden has a variety of herbs and vegetables, rhododendrons, azaleas, a rose garden with over 2,400 roses and a formal parterre garden. Also situated close to the gardens is the Floral Clock built in 1950 that is made of carpet bedding plants.
Niagara Glen Nature Reserve
If you wish to explore trails with an abundance of flora, fauna and great views, you must visit the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve. You can hike along the White, Red and Blue Trails that have riverside views. Try and spot the Northern Dusky Salamander and the Southern Flying Squirrel that are on the endangered species list. The Glen also has picnic areas where you can relax and take in the sights.
Described by Sir Winston Churchill as the “the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world”, Niagara Parkway offers splendid views and attractions along its entire route. River views, lovely houses, historical structures, beautiful trees and blossoms that change according to the season are just some of the many delights on the Parkway.
Fireworks and Illumination
At night, the illumination of the waterfalls makes it a mesmerizing sight. What makes it even better is the dazzling fireworks display above the falls. It’s a magnificent spectacle as colourful showers of fire and light brighten the night sky.
A lovely Georgian structure at Niagara-on-the-Lake, McFarland House was built in 1800 and played an important role during the War of 1812. Today, the renovated structure offers historical information as well as recreational facilities.
Some other free attractions include the Cham Shan Buddhist temple, Thompson Point and Dufferin Islands. There are plenty of things to do in Niagara Falls that are free to keep you busy for the day.