With all of its bright lights and drool-worthy smells, there’s no denying the appeal of Clifton Hill. But as fun as the hill can be, there’s so much more for you to enjoy in the Niagara region. So if you’re looking for things to do in Niagara Falls that are off the beaten path, look no further. 

We’ve rounded up 11 activities and events that are perfect for all of your spontaneous spring road trips to the falls. 

Whether you’re looking to explore some of the natural beauty in the area or want to try food from outer space, Niagara has you covered. 

Of course, springtime means all floral everything. Luckily, when it comes to gardens that will blow your mind, Niagara Falls has plenty.

From cherry blossoms to gardens that are actually clocks, all you plant lovers out there will truly be in paradise. 

Feeling nostalgic? Why not take a whimsical carousel ride for just a nickel?

So, if you’re already planning those spring day trips with the squad, don’t count Niagara Falls out.

If you need a break from Clifton Hill, there’s plenty more for you to discover and explore this spring. Off to Niagara we go!

Hike Around The Niagara Glen

Price: Parking $1.25/hr

When: Year-round

Address: 3050 Niagara Pkwy., Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can hike four kilometres of trails and soak in breathtaking views of the rapid Niagara River.


Check The Time At The Floral Clock

Price: Free

When: Spring to fall

Address: 14004 Niagara Pkwy., Niagara Falls, ON

Why You Need To Go: This super cute garden is actually a functioning clock. Filled with over 16,000 plants there's never been a prettier way to check the time.


Pick Juicy Fruits At Parkway Orchards 

Price: $3+

When: Opens in April

Address: 15000 Niagara Pkwy., Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON 

Why You Need To Go: This adorable orchard offers all kinds of tasty pick-your-own-fruit from apples to peaches. In the spring you can enjoy cherry blossoms and even pick your own cherries depending on the weather. 


Take A Spin On A Carousel 

Price: $0.05

When: May to October

Address: 1 Lakeport Rd., St. Catharines, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you're willing to take a 20-minute drive to St. Catherines, then this five-cent carousel will have you feeling totally nostalgic. Dig up those nickels!


Have A Meal Inside a Flying Saucer 

Price: $1.99-12.99

When: Open daily from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Address: 6768 Lundy's Ln., Niagara Falls, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can try out-of-this-world food from inside this flying saucer-shaped spot. The prices are super cheap too. 


See Dr. Phil IRL

Price: $80.50–184

When: May 26, 2020

Address: 6815 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy an inspirational talk from the iconic Dr. Phil, you may even have a chance to ask him a question. 


Flutter Down To The Butterfly Conservatory 

Price: $16.50

When: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Address: 2565 Niagara Pkwy., Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like you're in a tropical paradise complete with thousands of beautiful butterflies at this Niagara conservatory.


Wander The White Water Walk

Price: $16.50

When: Opens in April 2020

Address: 4330 River Rd., Niagara Falls, ON

Why You Need To Go: This stunning boardwalk hike lets you get up close to the roaring white rapids in the Niagara River. 


Explore Dufferin Islands 

Price: Free

When: Year-round

Address: 6345 Dufferin Isle Rd., Niagara Falls, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can explore 10 acres worth of small islands that are connected by adorable wooden footbridges. Keep your eyes open for wildlife sightings too.


Check Out The Bird Kingdom

Price: $18.95

When: Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Address: 5651 River Rd., Niagara Falls, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can strike a pose with the peacocks at this gorgeous bird paradise.  


Take A Wild Aero Car Ride

Price: $16.50

When: Opening April, 2020

Address: 3850 Niagara Pkwy., Niagara Falls, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can get a bird's-eye view of the gorgeous Niagara gorge from this antique cable car. 


 

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