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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 Old Fort Niagara and the Niagara SkyWheel. 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.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated July 3, 2018

  • #1
    Things to do in Niagara Falls
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    #1 in Niagara Falls
    Sightseeing, Tours
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Sightseeing, Tours
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    Less than 1 hour
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    The main reason to visit Niagara Falls is to see the falls and one of the most memorable ways to do just that is to sport a poncho and hop on a Maid of the Mist boat. These boats have been shuttling visitors to and from the base of the

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  • #2
    Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens & Butterfly Conservatory
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    #2 in Niagara Falls
    Parks and Gardens
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Parks and Gardens
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    To escape the thunderous falls and tourist crowds, take an afternoon and lose yourself in the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. If you like nature, the gardens are a must-see. This 100-acre space is home to dozens of meticulously maintained gardens–cared for by students at the on-site horticulture school–featuring thousands of

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  • #3
    Old Fort Niagara
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    #3 in Niagara Falls
    Sightseeing
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Sightseeing
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    If you enjoy history, make sure to save time for a visit to Old Fort Niagara. Located on the U.S. side of the falls, this 17th-century fort has changed hands between French, British and American troops. This site has seen action during numerous wars, including the American Revolution and the

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  • #4
    Niagara Glen Nature Reserve
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    #4 in Niagara Falls
    Hiking, Recreation, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Hiking, Recreation, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    If you need a break from the crowds near the falls, visitors recommend you enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve. Situated off the Niagara Parkway on the Canadian side of the falls, this nature preserve overlooks the Niagara River and its natural whirlpool, offering more than

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  • #5
    Journey Behind the Falls
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    #5 in Niagara Falls
    Sightseeing, Tours
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    On the Journey Behind the Falls, you'll be able to stand directly behind the roaring sheet of water and get a literal behind-the-scenes peek at this magnificent natural attraction. The tour begins with an elevator ride to an observation deck where you can take in the view of the Canadian

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  • #6
    Cave of the Winds
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    Sightseeing
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Sightseeing
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Many recent visitors called the Cave of the Winds a "must-do." After taking an elevator 175 feet down into the Niagara Gorge, you'll be able to roam a series of wooden walkways that put you within feet of the Bridal Veil Falls. It's called the "Hurricane Deck," thanks to the

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  • #7
    White Water Walk
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    Sightseeing
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Sightseeing
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    1 to 2 hours
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    If you're looking to view the falls from a more natural setting than theMaid of the Mistor theJourney Behind the Falls, spend an hour or two stretching your legs on the White Water Walk. After taking an elevator 230 feet to the base of the gorge, you'll be able to

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    Inniskillin Winery
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    #8 in Niagara Falls
    Wineries/Breweries, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Wineries/Breweries, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Aside from the falls themselves, the Niagara Falls region is known for one other thing: wine. If you have the time, take a drive north along Ontario's scenic Niagara Parkway to Inniskillin Wines in Niagara-on-the-Lake. This winery is known for its icewine, which is made from grapes that are left

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  • #9
    Niagara SkyWheel
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    Sightseeing
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Sightseeing
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    Less than 1 hour
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    For yet another view of the falls, head to Clifton Hill, a tourist district on the Ontario, Canada, side of the falls filled with family-friendly attractions. This is where you'll find the Niagara SkyWheel. Billed as Canada's largest observation wheel, the Niagara SkyWheel offers climate-controlled gondolas that rotate 175 feet

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  • #10
    Niagara Fallsview Casino
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    #10 in Niagara Falls
    Casinos, Entertainment and Nightlife, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Casinos, Entertainment and Nightlife, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    When the sun goes down, get your game on at the Niagara Fallsview Casino, where 150 table games and several thousand slot machines await your duel with Lady Luck. If you're not much a gambler, the casino's 225,000 feet of shopping space and the Avalon Theatre–which hosts numerous concerts and

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  • #11
    Skylon Tower
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    #11 in Niagara Falls
    Sightseeing
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Sightseeing
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Once you've seen the falls from below and behind, consider seeing them from above at the Skylon Tower. Dominating the Ontario skyline, this 775-foot high tower offers particularly breathtaking views of the Horseshoe Falls. You can enjoy the view from either the indoor or the outdoor observation deck and–if you

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