Things to See & Do in Niagara
There is so much to see and do in Niagara that I could spend hours telling you about all the attractions, but here are a few of the gems of the region that are not to be missed!
Niagara Falls is truly an awe-inspiring sight. You can take in breathtaking views of the falls for free from the walkway along the Niagara Parkway, and from the comfort of your hotel room at the Marriott.
- Hornblower Cruises is Niagara Falls’ most iconic attraction and it is not to be missed. Rain coats are provided to everyone aboard because you will definitely get wet as the boat sails right up to the bottom of the Horseshoe falls! There are few experiences so thrilling and humbling as being dwarfed by the massive sheets of water as they come crashing around you with a thunderous roar. https://www.niagaracruises.com/
- Journey Behind the Falls takes you through tunnels carved into the bedrock with viewing portals behind the falls and observation decks at the foot of the Horseshoe falls!
- Skywheel this massive ferris wheel takes you 53 meters above Niagara Falls in the comfort of an enclosed gondola for a spectacular birds-eye view that is equally dazzling day or night. https://www.cliftonhill.com/attractions/niagara-skywheel
- Helicopter tours! If you are more of a “Go Big or Go Home” kind of person, then this is the option for you! This scenic flight will give you spectacular views of the whole Niagara region. https://www.niagarahelicopters.com/
It’s every entomology nerd’s dream! Within the Niagara Botanical Garden’s 40 hectares of beautifully maintained gardens, there is a greenhouse that is home to thousands of butterflies! As you wind your way through a lush tropical greenhouse, you can spot up to 45 species of butterflies fluttering all around you. Admission to the Botanical Garden is free, and admission to the Butterfly Conservatory is only $14.55.
The Niagara peninsula is Canada’s premier wine region; it produces over 70% of Canada’s wines, and boasts more than 70 wineries and 14600 acres of vineyards. The climate of Canada’s wine-growing regions can be compared to northern France, Germany and New Zealand. Niagara produces world class cool-climate chardonnays and rieslings, as well as excellent cabernet francs, gamay noirs and pinot noirs, and is famous for its icewine. Canada exports very little of its wine, as much of the industry is comprised of small craft wineries, and so the only way to taste their wines is to visit them in person!
- Wine Country Ontario has a comprehensive guide of the wineries in the region, and also have a handy app!
- We will be organizing an optional wine tour the day after the conference, however, if you wanted to do more touring on your own before or after the conference there are many companies in Niagara to choose from:
- Winery tours of Niagara https://www.winerytoursofniagara.com
- Niagara Vintage Wine Tours https://www.niagaravintagewinetours.com/
- Grape & Wine Tours http://grapeandwinetours.com/
- Crush on Niagara Wine Tours http://www.crushtours.com/
- Grape Escape Wine Tours http://www.tourniagarawineries.com/
- Niagara Getaway Wine Tours http://www.niagaragetaways.com/About.html
If wine isn’t really your thing, the region also has a growing craft beer industry, and many of the touring companies listed above also have options to visit breweries as well.!
- Niagara Brewing Company https://niagarabrewingcompany.com/
- Silversmith Brewing Company http://www.silversmithbrewing.com/
- Oast House Brewers https://oasthousebrewers.com/
- The Exchange Brewery http://exchangebrewery.com/
- Niagara College Teaching Brewery http://www.niagaracollegebeer.ca/content/Default.aspx
- Plan B Beer Works http://www.planbbeer.ca/
- Lock Street Brewing Company http://www.carouselale.com/
There is always a carnival in Niagara Falls’ Clifton Hill district. With rides, midway, arcades, haunted houses, wax museums, bowling, mini-golf and more, this glittering street is dedicated to bringing out the kid in you! https://www.cliftonhill.com/
Visiting dozens of attractions can get pricey, but the local tourism industry has your back. There are several multi-attraction passes that will save you big on these and more local attractions
- Wonder Pass https://www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-deals/wonder-pass-sale.html
- Adventure Pass https://www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-deals/niagara-falls-adventure-pass-presale.html
- Clifton Hill Fun Pass https://www.cliftonhill.com/tickets
Still looking for more to do (how long are you staying?! Boy are you going to be tired!) https://www.niagarafallstourism.com/
Niagara Falls has a bus line that connects Niagara Falls’ popular tourist destinations called the WEGO bus. You can purchase day passes ($7.50) or two day passes ($12) at the front desk of the Marriott. They also offer shuttles to picturesque Niagara-on-the-lake ($14 round trip).