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What to do near Niagara Falls

You hear the rumbling as thousands of gallons of water plunge over the rocks as mist dampens your skin. While viewing Niagara Falls is a breath taking experience, it only takes a few moments to marvel at its greatness and snap a few memorable photos. If you are antsy to get the most out of your Niagara Falls vacation, but are done with the falls and the attractions in close proximity to them, head outside of the city to explore what else the Niagara region has to offer.


Located about 15 miles from the falls on the Canadian side, this historic town is perfect for a relaxing day. Tour the shops, art galleries and restaurants located along Queen Street. Purchase some local wine and take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage along the streets while you will hear about the history of the town, including many battles during the War of 1812. Visit the Shaw Festival for some world-class theatre. If ghost stories are more your thing, take a ghost tour of Fort George, offered on select nights in summer and fall, or visit the famously haunted Angel Inn. If you wish to stay on the American side, visit Lewiston, NY for a very beautiful town with a similar feel and Old Fort Niagara to tour the American defenses during the War of 1812.

Whirlpool Jet Tours

One of the most adventurous attractions offered near the falls are the boat tours that take you along the Niagara River into the rapids. You can choose between getting soaked by the white water or staying dry in a domed boat. Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours depart from both New York and Ontario and are sure to be an exhilarating experience.

Toronto, ON

Bored of all the countryside attractions but still have time to spare? You and your family can head up to Ontario’s capital, Toronto, to do some big city exploring. Located about an hour and a half away from Niagara Falls, the city is home to more than 2.7 million Canadians. Visit the Eaton’s Centre for shopping, or buy tickets to see a professional show. Want to see the city’s most unique attractions while on a budget? Purchase a Toronto City Pass and get access to the CN Tower, Casa Loma, the Ontario Science Centre, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Toronto Zoo for only $53.69 USD (at the time of writing). Drive to Toronto via the QEW, or take the Go Train and avoid the traffic.

Visiting Niagara Falls is for some, a once in a lifetime opportunity. Once the Honeymoon Capital of the World, it is now a place for families, singles and newlyweds alike to roam about. After you’ve done all that Niagara Falls has to offer, make the most of your vacation by visiting attractions near one of the world’s wonders.