Things to Do in Niagara Falls, Other Than the Falls

Things to Do in Niagara

If you’re looking at vacation options, Niagara Falls should be on your list of places to consider. Don’t get it confused, there is way more to do in the Niagara area than to just gaze at water. Read on for the lowdown on just some of the fun activities you can add to your itinerary when you visit.

Enjoy Some Good Food and Wine

If you’re like most travelers, you probably want to indulge in lots of good food and wine while you’re away. Luckily, you won’t have to go far to find some good options in the Niagara Region. When it comes to restaurants, keep in mind that you can kill two birds with one stone while dining if you choose an eatery with a view. There are numerous Niagara Falls’ restaurants located at an optimal position near the falls which allow diners the opportunity to watch the splendor of the water thunder down while eating.

As for wine, make sure you don’t end your vacation to the Niagara region without taste-testing some of the local drops. There are more than 20 wineries located around 15 to 20 minutes’ drive outside of the center of town, many with their own restaurants on-site, as well as tasting bars where you can imbibe a selection of vintages.

For example, one of the most popular vineyards people head to is Inniskillin Winery, located in picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake. It is known for its Icewine, which is created from grapes frozen on vines over the winter months and then harvested and allowed to thaw slowly. This intensifies the flavor of the grapes and produces a fine dessert wine.

Learn About the Past at Old Fort Niagara

For history lovers, one of the top things to put on the itinerary in this part of the world is a visit to the Old Fort Niagara, on the U.S. side of the falls. Built in the 1700s as a way of getting soldiers up to higher ground and a better vantage point, the Fort is the oldest operation structure of its type in the United States. It has been used, over the years, by Native American, American, French, and British troops, during the French, Revolutionary, and Indian Wars.
If you can, try to time your visit to Old Niagara Fort to tie in with one of its special-event periods. If you do, you’ll not only get to enjoy a scenic view of the falls, Lake Ontario, and the Niagara River. You can also check out many well-preserved barracks, cannons, and the like, but also meet re-enactors as they recreate past battles.

Explore the Niagara Freefall and Interactive Center

Up for something a bit more adrenaline-pumping? If so, make sure you spend time at the Niagara Freefall and Interactive Center. This popular spot, which is a perfect option for days when the weather isn’t so appealing, has something for everyone.

Within the center you’ll find Lazerball (a game like paintball but it uses soft, reusable foam balls instead of messy, sometimes painful, paintballs), interactive arcade games, a 32-foot-high rooftop climbing wall, and a mechanical bull ride. One of the biggest attractions here though, is the indoor skydiving. If you’ve always wanted to try skydiving but were worried about the risk or about having to go so high, this is the activity for you. It utilizes a wind tunnel flight chamber that has users flying at air speeds of up to 140 miles per hour, and can even be experienced by children aged seven years and up.

Take a Ride on the Niagara SkyWheel

Another lovely way to take in the majesty of Niagara Falls is to take a ride on the Niagara SkyWheel. This Ferris wheel is the largest observation wheel in all of Canada (it reaches 175-feet high), and is located in bustling Clifton Hill, another great spot to explore. The SkyWheel is suitable for all ages, and a ride on it takes around 15 minutes.

One of the best times to plan a trip on the SkyWheel is from dusk onwards. The well-regarded Falls Illumination show comes on then, and lights up the water of the Falls in the colors of the rainbow. As well, if you like to get just the right photographs when you’re away on holidays, you’ll find the observation wheel gives you lots of great new angles, many of which take in both the Horseshoe and American Falls.