Whether you’re looking to plan your next outing with friends or want to embark on a romantic weekend getaway, there’s no better place for a little wintertime escape than Niagara Falls. While this iconic destination is incredibly popular during the warmer months, it’s actually jam-packed with fun activities all year round. Regardless of whether it’s your first time visiting or your tenth, there’s always something new and exciting to do.
From thrilling outdoor adventures to loads of entertainment, there’s something for everyone in Niagara Falls — even during the winter months! After all, why hibernate at home when there’s this much awesomeness to discover?
If staying active and exploring the great outdoors is your kind of thing, there are countless winter activities to keep your heart rate up and the good times rolling.
From the never-ending fun on Clifton Hill to the epic views from a helicopter ride over the Falls, there are plenty of activities for families, couples, and groups of friends alike. Oh, and did we mention that there’s an outdoor zipline, the WildPlay MistRider, that’ll be opening up this month? Strap yourself in for a wild ride as you soar towards the infamous Falls for a breathtaking view unlike any other!
Despite the cold weather of this stunning, vibrant landscape, Niagara Falls boasts plenty of activities to choose from that’ll definitely keep you nice and toasty — literally.
Step into a colourful dream and let over 2,000 butterflies at the Butterfly Conservatory dance around you in this little slice of tropical paradise. You can also stop and quite literally smell the roses (and orchids and plenty of other tropical plants) at the Floral Showhouse, or check out Niagara Falls' Bird Kingdom, the world’s largest free-flying indoor aviary set within a multi-level rainforest. It’s pretty much the closest you can get to vacationing in the tropics without leaving the province.
However, if you’d rather take a trip down memory lane and revisit what the glorious days of summer feel like, we can’t say we’d blame you.
Grab your bathing suit and head to Fallsview Indoor Waterpark for your fill of aquatic fun. Relax in one of their private cabanas or oversized, adult-only jacuzzis. You’ll even be able to soak in some rays on the sundeck during the summer before taking a dip in the wave pool or zipping down one of the 16 (!!!) waterslides. What could be more refreshing and exhilarating than that?
Travelling to the Falls to let loose? There are tons of options that promise to make your time spent here unforgettable. Niagara Falls comes alive once the sun goes down, with a thriving nightlife that remains steady throughout the year. Be sure to hit the casinos to try your luck at the slots and catch a live performance while you're at it! Niagara Falls is also home to a world-class magic show and other live music venues. Fallsview Casino has a 1,500-seat theatre plus the new 5,000-seat theatre opens in April.
Ever dreamed of dining under the stars without catching a chill? A magical and super intimate experience awaits you at Snow Globe Dining at Old Stone Inn Boutique Hotel. Indulge in an incredible three-course meal that you can top off with a variety of Niagara Falls VQA wines, craft beers, and signature cocktails. Best part? You can take part in this special activity while staying warm with your S/O or up to five friends!
If you’re more into unwinding with a quality local beverage, consider checking out one of the many wineries, craft breweries, and distilleries in and around the area. Want to cover as much ground as possible? Check out Niagara Brewery & Distillery Tours for what promises to be a fun, interactive, and tasty time you (hopefully) won't ever forget.
Pro tip: if you really want to relax, make sure to stop by the Healing Salt Cave and let all your worries fall away in its glorious warm light. This unique (and impressive) healing experience can actually cure ailments and leave you feeling totally renewed... and ready to tackle a few more winter adventures!
Of course, it wouldn’t be Niagara Falls without, well, the Falls! Make your way down to this phenomenal world wonder and marvel at the spectacular Falls Illumination that takes place every night. Watching the three majestic Falls light up in technicolour is the perfect way to spend an evening with friends and family — and, best of all, it’s entirely free.
So, are you raring to go? Make the most of this season and take in Niagara Falls' magnificent winter wonderland sights. There's endless fun waiting for you here!
Price: Depends on how long you stay and the activities you do, but you can check out the incredible off-season packages available.
When: Wintertime... and all year round!
Address: Niagara Falls, ON.
Why You Need To Go: It's the ultimate underrated destination for your next winter weekend getaway!