Choose from 26 Fun Things to Do in Niagara Falls
- Bring a camera to capture Skylon Tower’s stunning views.
- If you plan to visit from the US, you’ll need your passport to cross the US–Canada border.
- The observation deck is free for diners at both of the tower's restaurants.
- Reserve your restaurant table ahead of time to ensure that space is available.
- The open-air observation deck is not wheelchair accessible; discounted tickets are available for wheelchair and scooter users.
While Niagara Falls is justifiably famous for the force of nature that is the falls themselves, the Floral Clock is one of several other impressive attractions in the area. Comprising thousands of colorful plants and flowers, the clock blooms from spring to fall. It’s a fun photo opportunity, especially for nature lovers and avid gardeners.
The Floral Clock was built in 1950 and is one of the largest of its kind in the world, with a diameter of 40 feet (12 meters). It’s planted with over 15,000 plants and flowers twice a year, with different plants and designs for the spring and fall. The 24-foot (7.3-meter) tower behind it sends out the Westminster chime every 15 minutes. If the door to the tower behind the clock is open, you can take a look inside and see the clock’s mechanisms.
Private and group tours of Niagara Falls combine a visit to the clock with other area attractions, such as the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and regional wineries. There is accommodation in Niagara Falls, but many visitors day trip from Toronto.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Floral Clock is a lovely photo op for all visitors to Niagara Falls.
- Admission to the clock is free.
- It doesn’t take long to see the clock and take a few photos. The Floral Clock is best visited as a short stop on a longer day of sightseeing.
- The Floral Clock is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
The Floral Clock is on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, about 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) from the falls, just south of the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge. If not visiting with a tour, it’s necessary to drive to the clock.
When to Get There
The Floral Clock is in bloom from April to September. You can visit the clock 24 hours a day, but it’s best to see it during daylight hours.
Visit the Centennial Lilac Garden
The Floral Clock is located next to the sweet-smelling Centennial Lilac Garden, which was built in 1967 to celebrate Canada’s centenary. The 10-acre (4-hectare) garden contains over 1,200 plants. May and June are the best times to visit, when nature bursts back into life after the bitterly cold winter and the lilacs are in full bloom.
- Nature lovers, gardeners, and those looking for a break from the tourist hustle will love a visit to Queen Victoria Park.
- The open spaces are ideal for letting your kids run around.
- The park is public and free to visit.
- Queen Victoria Park has groomed trails and is fully accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
- Clifton Hill is a must-do for families and thrill-seekers.
- Lots of restaurants, bars, and cafés are located along the strip.
- Some of Clifton Hill’s attractions, including the Niagara SkyWheel, Wild West Coaster, and Wizards Golf, are wheelchair accessible.
- Though the Whirlpool Aero Car is more than a century old, it has had several retrofits since it was first constructed. The ride is smooth and comfortable.
- The 1,800-foot (550-meter) Whirlpool Aero Car journey takes about 10 minutes.
- The cable car can hold up to 35 passengers at a time.
- The Whirlpool Aero Car is not accessible to wheelchair users.
- If you visit the falls on a boat tour, prepare to get wet from the mist—which, of course, is part of the thrill of the ride!
- If your Canada-based tour includes a Maid of the Mist ride, which departs from the US, be sure you have appropriate documentation to enter both countries. Opting for a small-group or a private tour can make the experience feel more personal; though a large-group bus tour is a more economical way to visit.
- Every night after dark, the falls are illuminated by a spectacular light show. A Niagara Falls night cruise is a great way to see it.
- Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory is a must for nature-lovers and families.
- It is the perfect alternative attraction for visitors who have already seen the falls.
- The Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory is wheelchair-friendly.
- Wear layers. The conservatory is heated so you’ll want to take off warmer, outer garments.
- Jackson-Triggs Winery is a must-visit for anyone keen to explore Niagara’s flourishing wine scene.
- Book tours in advance to ensure a spot.
- Jackson-Triggs produces red, white, sparkling, and ice wines, so there should be a glass to suit every taste.
- The winery is wheelchair accessible.
- Bring your camera to take photos of Niagara Falls.
- Each gondola can accommodate six to eight people.
- The ride lasts for about 10 minutes.
- The SkyWheel gondolas are equipped with heating and air conditioning.
- Two gondolas in the Niagara SkyWheel are accessible to wheelchair users via a portable ramp.
- Table Rock is an ideal stop for all first-time visitors to Niagara Falls.
- In addition to the shops and attractions, Table Rock has restrooms, ATMs, and a currency exchange.
- There is a food court for casual dining, and Elements of the Falls is a fine-dining restaurant with great views.
- The complex is fully accessible; wheelchair rentals are available at the Welcome Centre in summer.
- Bird Kingdom is ideal for bird enthusiasts and families.
- Allow around one to two hours to properly explore Bird Kingdom.
- Bird-watching enthusiasts may want to bring binoculars to get a closer look.
- Most of Bird Kingdom, except for the Javanese House, is accessible to wheelchair users.
- The Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center is located on Queen Street, two blocks from the waterfront.
- Limited parking is available in the town’s Heritage District; drivers with handicap permits may use any municipal parking space without a fee, except in dedicated 15-minute and “no parking” zones.
- Book a guided wine-tasting tour with included transport to avoid worrying about drinking and driving.
- Journey Behind the Falls consists of an observation platform and series of tunnels near the bottom of Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian shore.
- Be prepared for long lines, especially during the popular summer months. The best time to avoid the lines is early in the day.
- Plastic ponchos are provided and are fine for keeping dry in summer. But during cooler months, be sure to bring a raincoat and warm layers.
- Movieland Wax Museum of the Stars is a must for families, and music and film fans.
- Save money and time by purchasing a multi-attraction sightseeing pass that includes several Niagara Falls–area attractions.
- The wax museum is accessible to wheelchair users.
- Marineland is a must-do for families with children wanting to experience more of the Niagara Falls area.
- The park has a cafeteria-style restaurant and food kiosks, or you can bring your own food and drinks for a picnic (no alcohol or glass bottles).
- Marineland is accessible to wheelchair users except for the lower level of the Aquarium Dome and the Flying Dragon ride.