Niagara Falls is a perfect example of how beautiful and ferocious nature can be, so it’s no wonder it draws millions of people to its edge every year. But what can people do after they’ve taken the classic selfie by the railings? Luckily, the area of Niagara has plenty to offer everyone, from kids of all ages to adults of all walks of life. Here are just three things you can do on your next visit.
- Take a stroll through the Butterfly Conservatory
The Botanical Gardens are only a 10-minute drive north of the Falls, and you’ll find it world’s away from the densely packed hordes of people you find close to the Falls area. The beautifully manicured lawns and perfectly pruned flowers hold another secret though; whilst taking a tour around, you’ll soon discover the famous Butterfly Conservatory.
Whether you just want some peace and tranquillity or you’re a genuine nature-lover, you’ll find this spot irresistible. The microclimate within this glass building provides the perfect tropical conditions of a rainforest. Not only does this keep the many exotic breeds of plant and flower in the vicinity happy, but also the 2,000 or so inhabitants. There are over 45 species of butterfly within these walls, but you’ll have to take the walking tour to try and spot them all.
- Head to Marineland
This top attraction is one of the most popular in Ontario, so prepare for a lot of people when you visit, but it’s more than worth the extra queuing. Marineland is home to many different species of both marine and land animals, and top exhibits include Arctic Cove where you’ll be able to spot Beluga Whales, and the King Waldorf Stadium Show which features sea lions, walrus and bottlenose dolphins.
For the thrill-seekers in the group, there are plenty of rollercoasters and other rides to whet the appetite. Why not take a spin on the Dragon Mountain Roller Coaster? Originally opened as the world’s largest non-stop roller coaster covering 30 acres, it still contains the only bowtie loop of its kind in the world.
- Discover the Cave of the Winds
This tour begins with a 175ft plunge downwards, into the heart of Niagara Gorge. You’ll be given a rain poncho and specially designed sandals to endure the conditions that follow, as you’ll travel across the wooden walkways along Niagara River to the Hurricane Deck.
Through the deafening roar of the Falls and the breath-taking view of the white water, there will be no greater feeling than being so close to this iconic giant. Plus, the nearby rushing Bridal Veil Falls creates tropical storm-like conditions, creating a truly memorable experience. If you’re interested in attractions like this, your best bet at finding tickets is to book accommodation with a hotel like www.marriottonthefalls.com; they’ll be able to point you in the direction of many more tours like this one.
Are you heading out to Niagara soon? We’d love to hear what you have planned!