Free Things To Do in Niagara Falls
- #4View all Photos#4 in Niagara FallsHiking, Recreation, FreeTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPENDHiking, Recreation, FreeTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPEND
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 2 miles of trails through preserved Carolinian Forest.
Recent visitors enjoyed hiking through the preserve, especially in the fall, when the trees begin changing color. Reviewers were also impressed with the on-site nature center and its knowledgeable staff. From the center, visitors can also join daily guided hikes, which are available from May through August.
- #8View all Photos#8 in Niagara FallsWineries/Breweries, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPENDWineries/Breweries, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND
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 to freeze on the vine over the winter. Once temperatures drop to -8 degrees Celsius (about 18 degrees Fahrenheit), the grapes are then collected and allowed to thaw, a process that helps intensify their flavor.
Recent visitors recommended making a stop here, even if you're not interested in tasting the region's famous icewine. Since this is a popular spot for tour buses, the winery can get crowded, according to past visitors.
- #10View all Photos#10 in Niagara FallsCasinos, Entertainment and Nightlife, FreeTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPENDCasinos, Entertainment and Nightlife, FreeTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPEND
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 other performances throughout the year – are sure to keep you entertained. There is also a spa and a golf course, plus more than a dozen different dining facilities that are sure to keep you full to bursting.
Recent visitors were pleased with variety of games and praised the attentive staff. Reviewers also commented on the casino's cleanliness and the incredible view.
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