OK. Niagara Falls can be pretty touristy! But in the scheme of things, some of the more mundane silliness is balanced out by the amazing sites and sounds that it has to offer. Niagara Falls is one of the Seven Wonders of the world. In that alone, you have more than enough reason to come and see the amazing natural wonder that is “The Falls”. Aside from viewing Niagara Falls, there is the entire tourist strip called Clifton Hill as well as Lundy’s Lane which is a fairly long strip of restaurants, motels, hotels and such.
What most brochures don’t give you is a run down on some of the natural beauty of the area. The Dufferin Islands area, Kingsbridge Park and the Niagara River Parkway. The Parkway is AMAZING! It is a recreational path and route that you can ride, walk, run or drive from Fort Erie Ontario to Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario. It’s absolutely incredible!
Back to the areas in and around the falls you’ll find some fun, silly, amusing and generally family friendly places to visit. Mini golf, Ferris wheel ride (it has an amazing view of the falls), museums, amusement centres and more await your time (and money). As with any tourist destination, there are two things for certain. 1. Everything is more expensive 2. Look at ALL those people. I actually enjoy the people part. It’s fun watching the folks from far and away marvelling at the bright lights, amusements and the natural wonder of the falls.
My suggestion for visiting is this. Figure out the experience you want. Do you want to dive into the whole 100% tourist experience; Or do you want to balance everything? There are adventures on the water, zip line and obstacle course places, wineries within a short shuttle or drive, many amazing restaurants, casinos, drives, museums and just about anything else you can think of. Family fun, singles fun, couples fun and just plain old FUN!
Ultimately YOU decide on the experience. And pretty much anything goes. Do your research, check out the area websites, look at seasonal specific activities and then dive in! You won’t regret it. There is simply too much to see and enjoy!