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Best Things To Do in Niagara Falls

The waterfalls are the main attraction here, and there's a range of ways to see them: from their foot on the legendary Maid of the Mist boat tours; from behind in caves accessible by elevator; from the sky hovering in helicopters; or gazing from observation towers. But away from the falls, both the New York and Canadian sides offer various activities to keep visitors entertained. The area also hosts several family-friendly attractions, including MarineLand and Old Fort Niagara. If you don't have kids in tow, try your luck at the Niagara Fallsview Casino or sample some of the area's famous ice wine at the Inniskillin Winery.

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#1
Maid of the Mist
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The main reason to visit Niagara Falls is to, well, see the falls, and one of the most memorable ways ... read more»

#2
Niagara Fallsview Casino Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: When the sun goes down, get your game on at the Niagara Fallsview Casino, where 150 table games and several ... read more»

#3
Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens & Butterfly Conservatory Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: To escape the thunderous falls and tourist crowds, take an afternoon and lose yourself in the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens ... read more»

#4
Old Fort Niagara
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you enjoy history, make sure to save time for a visit to Old Fort Niagara. Located on the U ... read more»

#5
Aquarium of Niagara
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Aquarium of Niagara is one of the top attractions on the U.S. side, and it's a great ... read more»

#6
Journey Behind the Falls
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: 10Best.com writes: "If you think Niagara Falls is impressive from the front, try viewing it from the back!" On ... read more»

#7
White Water Walk
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you're looking to view the falls from a more natural setting than the Maid of the Mist or ... read more»

#8
Inniskillin Winery Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Aside from the falls themselves, the Niagara Falls region is known for one other thing: wine. If you have the ... read more»

#9
Skylon Tower
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: Once you've seen the falls from below and behind, consider seeing them from above at the Skylon Tower. Dominating ... read more»

#10
MarineLand
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: When the kids tire of the falls or you just need to escape the summer heat, head to MarineLand, which ... read more»

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