Niagara Falls Canada Day | Niagara Falls Fourth of July

Here are some of our favourite ways to celebrate Niagara Falls Canada Day and Niagara Falls Fourth of July.

Fireworks over the Falls

We love to celebrate with a big bang every Friday and Sunday throughout the summer. So of course we are going to do something special for our Country’s Birthday and the Birthday of our Great Neighbour (or should be say Neighbor?). Come and join us on July 1st and 4th for some spectacular eye candy in the sky. Plus don’t miss the Coca Cola Concert Series on the Queen Victoria Stage right across from Niagara Falls which happens every evening right before the Fireworks.

Canada Day Parade

Nothing says patriotism like a Canada Day Parade. The festivities start at 11am along Victoria Avenue to Queen Street ending on St. Clair Avenue. Following the parade, get ready for some musical entertainment at City Hall starting at 12:30pm until 9pm. And you can’t have a birthday celebration without birthday cake, plus free face painting and more.

Friendship Festival

Can you believe that we’ve been celebrating the Friendship Festival for 29 years? The Friendship Festival is all about the good relations between Canada and the United States since the end of the War of 1812. Come and celebrate from June 26th – 28th with fabulous food, fun and musical entertainment (live country music – Josh Gracin, Jamie O’Neal, Chadley Chase and Arms of America – U2 Tribute Band) And you can’t miss the “2015 Festivals Got Talent.”

Market at the Village – every Wednesday Night

Every Wednesday starting at 4:30pm until dusk, come to the Market at the Village in Niagara-on-the-Lake and be sure to bring your appetite and your dancing shoes. Featuring some fabulous local food vendors, wineries and microbreweries. This is the perfect place to paint the town red and white in honour of Canada.


Summer of Thrills – every Thursday – Monday starting July 2nd

The name says it all – featuring fabulous street performers and death-defying daredevils. New this year – The Sky Scraping Sway Pole.

Niagara Wineries

Speaking of great wineries and microbreweries, Niagara is definitely not short of some great places to raise a glass to patriotism. Visit Niagara Wine Country where you’ll find over 70 Niagara Wineries to choose from.

Niagara Microbreweries

If something “hoppy” is what you are looking for, check out Niagara Oast House Brewers (just look for the Big Red Barn past the Old Oak) or Silversmith in Niagara-on-the-Lake (just look for the church and old church from 1894 converted in a microbrewery). You will be pleasantly surprised with both.

Get Musical

There are also a few musical events to get you in the holiday spirit.


The Steve Miller Band with special guest Miller and the Sinners – June 30th at 6:30pm. The Steve Miller Band needs no introduction.

Marianas Trench – July 1st at 6:30pm – A Canadian Pop Band from British Columbia. The band has released three full length studio albums, the most recent titled, Ever After, which was nominated for a Juno Award.

Fallsview Casino – Battle of the Voices – July 1st – 8th.

A new epic vocal showdown like never before, hosted by 98 Degrees’ band member Drew Lachey, Battle Of The Voices is a knockout music event featuring artists from American Idol, The Voice and America’s Got Talent. Become part of the battle where you choose the champion!

And we know of the perfect place to stay during the festivities. Make room for A LOT of Fun at the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls. We’ve Got a Package with Your Name on it: One Night, Two Night, Romance, Family Fun and one for the Girls.

Happy Celebrating!

Great Gifts for Dads in Niagara Falls

Great Gifts for Dads

Father’s Day is coming soon and we have some great gifts for dads right here in Niagara Falls.

Here are our Top Five Favourite Things to Do with Dad:


Niagara has joined the ranks of the world’s premier golf destinations in terms of challenge, design aesthetics, course conditioning, facilities and service. The Top Five Recommended Courses: 1) Grand Niagara 2) Hunters Pointe, Legends on the Niagara, Whirlpool and Peninsula Lakes. These courses come highly recommended from some golf aficionados we know personally and take this sport very seriously.


Many people don’t know this, but Niagara is well known for its fishing. The popular fishing grounds are the Niagara River and Lake Ontario, where you can fish year-round for a variety of fish:  Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) and Brown Trout.

Your captain Aldo Nava has appeared on the Canadian Sport Fishing Television Series (and does he know fish).

So what are you waiting for? Make your dad’s day with a sweet fishing trip.

Beer Tasting

Niagara is also known for their micro-breweries. Our favourites are Niagara Oast House Brewers and Silversmith.

Niagara Oast is easy to spot. It’s just down the road, past the old oak in the big red barn. They are famous for their Barn Raiser Brew, plus their live music every Friday night and their gourmet food from Gastronomo Vagabundo . You have to try their fish tacos.

Silversmith is another popular micro-brewery and what’s unique about them is that their location is inside an old church, built in 1894 (talk about character). What’s on tap? Black lager, Bavarian Breakfast Wheat, Hill 145 Golden Ale, Dam Buster British Pale Ale. And while you’re sipping one of these popular brews, you have to grab a bite to eat from Tide and Vine’s kitchen, serving pub food classics: oysters, po’ boys, wings and more. Your dad will love it!

Steak Dinner at The Keg Steakhouse + Bar

What dad doesn’t love a classic steak and potato meal? Name one, we dare you. The Keg Steakhouse + Bar is known for their mouth-watering steak and succulent seafood.

You can’t go wrong with a Top Sirloin, Filet Mignon or Prime Rib served with potatoes just the way you like them (baked, roasted garlic mashed, twice baked or good old french fries). We look forward to seeing you at the Courtyard Marriot Keg Steakhouse + Bar very soon.

Play Tourist for a Day

Our last favourite thing to do with dad is to play tourist for a day. Why not start with an overnight stay at the Courtyard Marriott? Check out our 1 and 2 Night Packages, which include it all (room, breakfast, dinner voucher at The Keg or TGI Friday’s, WEGO shuttle passes and so much more). What dad doesn’t love steak? The Keg Steakhouse + Bar is located right in the lobby of the hotel and has so many different types of cuts to choose from. After dinner head on down to the Falls where your dad can experience some of the most popular attractions which will leave him speechless (Hornblower Niagara Cruises and Journey Behind the Falls). These two attractions are also part of our Niagara Falls Tour Package. Check out Above the Falls Tours for more information.

So you’ll all set for Father’s Day! You can thank us later!

Make room for a little fun this Father’s Day.

Niagara Falls March Break

Take a Break in Niagara Falls.

We are all counting down the days for a mini break with our families. Whether it be a few days away or a week getaway, the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is the place to be this March Break. Take a break from your daily routine and head to Niagara Falls for some family fun.

Get ready to Make Room for a Little Fun with the Family

Family Day Adventures

 Bird Kingdom – $2.00 off each regular admission 

Spend a day with your little munchkins and thousands of free flying munchkins (a.k.a birds) and reptiles. The Bird Kingdom is offering $2.00 off each regular admission. This promises to be a fun-filled day.

Nature Day at  Niagara Falls Museums – until April 19th

Pack up the family and head down to the Niagara Falls Museums for a day of Biodiversity (see the education can continue while on vacation) and habitat conservation. Learn about how animals protect themselves in the wild, specifically the experience of owls (eleven beautiful owl specimens to be exact).

March Break Adventure Camp at Heartland Forest – March 16th – 19th – 9am – 4pm

It’s a whole week of adventure at Heartland Forest filled with education about animals, team challenges, scavenger hunts, nature hikes, obstacles courses and roasting marshmallows over the campfire.

Monday – Fantastic Frogs
Tuesday – Awesome Owls
Wednesday – Ravishing Rodents
Thursday – Antlered Animals
Friday – Cool Canids

Nocturnal Creatures of the Night – February 7th – May 10th

At the Butterfly Conservatory experience their special exhibit, the Nocturnal Creatures of the Night and learn how these critters adapt to live in the dark (from bats to glow-in-the-dark scorpions). Plus enjoy thousands of butterflies fluttering throughout this tropical rainforest setting.

Niagara Parks Wonder Pass

Explore the most wondrous Niagara Falls attractions, including Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury and the Butterfly Conservatory. Save 55% when you book the Niagara Wonder Pass. Adults $19.95 plus tax | Kids 6 – 12 $16.95 plus tax.

White Meadows Farms Sugar Bush Adventure – until – March 29th

Open every weekend until March 29th, plus the whole March Break week, this Sugar Bush adventure is a real treat for the whole family. Experience self-guided tours, re-enactors dressed in period costumes, native stories, maple syrup taffy treats, hot dog roasting, tree tapping, face painting, life like a lumberjack and learn about the rich history of Canada’s first maple syrup harvest of the year. The list of possibilities are endless. Plus enjoy their delicious homemade pancakes and fresh from the tree, homemade maple syrup.

Stay at one of the most family friendly Niagara Falls Hotels, the Courtyard by Marriott. We’re minutes away from all of these fun adventures. Plus we have tons of on-site amenities (like our indoor pool and games room) and our Kids Love Niagara Package to keep your family entertained all day long. This package includes it all: accommodations, one dinner voucher for The Keg ($40 value) or T.G.I. Friday’s ($35 value), movie and popcorn night in your guest room, 4 Ultimate Fun Passes (Niagara SkyWheel, Movieland Wax Museum, Galaxy Glow in the Dark mini putt, Ghostblasters Haunted House Ride and XD Theatre – 6D Motion Ride Experience), plus fifteen tokens at the Canadian Midway on Clifton Hill. 

Check out our current One Night Family Fun Package which starts at $189.99 per night and includes: accommodations, breakfast, one dinner voucher for The Keg Steakhouse + Bar or T.G.I. Friday’s, four SkyWheel Passes and a movie and popcorn night in your guest room.

Make room for a little fun during your Niagara Falls March Break.

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. It’s time to say good-bye to the 32nd annual Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights and the 3 Million twinkling lights and over 125 animated displays. Be sure to get your last viewing before January 12th, 2015.

Dufferin Islands

It’s also time to say good-bye to the 13 new Canadian Wildlife displays in Dufferin Islands including: a moose and buffalo, howling wolves, charging rams, bears, beavers, whales, deer, dinosaurs, Noah’s Ark and the 20 foot tall illumination, called the Soma, designed to resemble a waterfall. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to take your Winter selfies in front of this spectacular illuminated display.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Clifton Hill


It’s not too late to get your last dose of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Power and the illuminated display at the top of Clifton Hill, featuring your favourite turtles: Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo and Donatello.

Fireworks and Falls Illumination Schedule

It’s also the last Friday for Fireworks over the Falls. Join us on Friday, January 9th, at 9pm, as the sky over the Horseshoe and American Falls will be lit up with a stunning fireworks performance. The Niagara Falls Illumination continues all year round. Check out the 2015 Niagara Falls Illumination Schedule and stay tuned for details on the 2015 Niagara Falls Fireworks Schedule.

Niagara Falls Events in January

There are also plenty of events in January to keep you busy. Don’t miss these fun-filled Winter Niagara Falls Events:

– Niagara Icewine Festival which runs from January 9th – 25th

– Skate Niagara Ice Show – Meridian Centre – January 30th

– Snowshoeing in the Vineyard –  Thirty Bench – weekends in January and February 

Plus many of our Niagara Falls Attractions are open year round: Journey Behind the Falls, Bird Kingdom, Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara SkyWheel and many more.

Looking for a Niagara Falls hotel for your Winter Getaway? The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is one of the closest Niagara Falls Hotels to these spectacular and traditional Winter Events. Check out our current special offer, a One Night Package starting at $115 per night. This is one of the best Niagara Falls Hotel Deals.


Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights 2014

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year in Niagara Falls starting on November 15th and running until January 12th, 2015 (sing with us).

The 32nd annual Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights (a.k.a. Winter Festival of Lights to us local folk) is just 12 days away. It’s definitely an exciting annual event that we all look forward to every year. It’s the official start of the holiday season and the largest Illumination Festival in Canada. The city flicks on their “magic” light switch and Niagara Falls becomes alive with over 3 Million twinkling lights and over 125 animated displays.

Don’t miss an “all new” opening ceremonies on Saturday, November 15th in Queen Victoria Park. This year is full of excitement starting at 6pm.

Opening Ceremonies

Starting at 6pm – Acrobats from Zero Gravity Circus will perform on a circular stage set up in the centre of Queen Victoria Park. Magic will happen right before your eyes! Featuring cirque performers including an aerial hoop artist high above the ground showcasing feats of high-flying precision & aerial contortion. The cirque performance will conclude with highly skilled fire masters who will put on stunning demonstrations of immaculate control & brilliant fiery artistry including: fire poi spinning, fire torches and so much more. The artists complex tricks will weave illuminated patterns of fire to hypnotic effect, so don’t forget to bring your camera!

Following the cirque performance the official “Flip of the Switch” ceremony will illuminate millions of lights and spark off a fantastic fireworks display over the Falls.

For those who miss the 6 pm show, Zero Gravity Circus will perform their magic again at 7 pm complete with fireworks but without the flip of the switch.

Check out the breathtaking Fireworks display at the Opening Ceremonies. Local music composer, Nathan Chamberland, composed and recorded the Orchestral score for this mesmerizing masterpiece.


Dufferin Islands

Visitors will be awed with 13 new Canadian Wildlife displays (both modern and prehistoric), including: a moose and buffalo, howling wolves, charging rams, bears, beavers, whales, deer, and dinosaurs that roamed the land millions of years ago. This winter wonderland also includes displays of aboriginal life as well as the popular Noah’s Ark display. New this year, there will be a 20 foot tall illumination, called the Soma, designed to resemble a waterfall. This is the perfect illuminated display to take your holiday selfies. There will be a large illuminated water feature in the middle of the pond and the trees will be lit in projection lighting that will change colours in sync with music.

A special treat this year are Friday and Saturday night visits (5:30 – 7:30pm) from Santa until Dec. 21 – then he has to go make final preparations for his big day!

Also, if you tune into 100.5 FM during your drive through Dufferin Islands you will enjoy Christmas music to get you in the festive mood.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Hit Clifton 

Very exciting news for families and TMNT fans! The Ontario Power Generation Festival of Lights has partnered with Paramount Canada this year! There will be a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle illuminated display at the top of Clifton Hill, which will be unveiled on Dec. 12th at 7pm. Featuring your favourite turtles: Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo and Donatello. Besides this exciting new light display, there will also be a special screening of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle film at the Ripley’s 4D Moving Theatre on Clifton Hill and all the lights will be green on December 16th.

Fireworks and Falls Illumination Schedule

At 9pm every Friday night between November 21st and January 9th, the sky over the Horseshoe and American Falls will be lit up with a stunning fireworks performance. You will see as many as 20 fireworks shows this season.

2014-15 Niagara Falls Winter Fireworks over the Falls Performance Schedule!

Saturday November 15th two shows as part of the OPG Winter Fesitval of Lights Opening Ceremonies

Friday evenings in November: 21st & 28th

Friday evenings in December: 5th, 12th, 19th

Nightly Fireworks Shows: December 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th & 26th

Friday evenings in January: 2nd & 9th

All performances take place at 9:00pm unless otherwise noted. The fireworks schedule is subject to change; each show is approximately five minutes in length.  As always, fireworks performances are weather permitting and may be cancelled due to poor conditions like high winds or rain.

And with the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights comes many other exciting Niagara Falls Events such as: the TD Canada’s Rink at the Brink Outdoor Skating Rink and ET Canada’s New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls (details will be announced shortly).

Looking for a Niagara Falls Festival of Lights hotel? The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is one of the closest Niagara Falls Hotels to this spectacular and traditional Winter Event.

Only 9 more Fridays until Santa comes to town (okay so we obviously love the holidays).

Meridian Centre St. Catharines

Meridian Centre St. Catharines

It is official! The grand opening of the new Meridian Centre in St. Catharines is happening on Saturday, October 11th. Doors open at 10am and the ribbon cutting ceremony happens at 10:30am. Self-guided tours will run until 5pm that day.

Check out the arena as of yesterday. It is so close to completion. Check out the Construction Cam.








This arena seats 6,000 people for concerts and events and 5,000 people for hockey games. And speaking of hockey games, the Meridian Centre is the new home of the Niagara IceDogs. Be in the stands when the first puck drops in the new arena on Thursday, October 16th. The IceDogs will be playing against the Belleville Bulls.  Purchase your tickets today!

Become part of history when City and Colour plays the inaugural concert at the Meridian Centre. Purchase your tickets on Ticket Master.

The Tragically Hip is also scheduled to perform in February, with tickets going on sale on October 18th on Ticket Master.

Hockey Canada and the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association announced that the Meridian Centre will be home to the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship in January 2016. This is the first time that this event will take place in Ontario. Yesterday, Natalie Spooner, 2014 Canadian Olympic Champion for Women’s Hockey was at the Meridian Centre for the exciting announcement.

Be part of the action and start planning your getaway to Niagara today. Stay in the heart of Niagara Falls at the Courtyard by Marriott. Located just 10 minutes from the new Meridian Centre and footsteps from Niagara Falls, both Casinos and many Niagara attractions, the Courtyard by Marriott is one of the top four-star Niagara Falls Hotels.



Summer FREE-DOM in Niagara

Free Things to Do in Niagara Falls

We all know that vacations can get expensive. Whether you are planning a stay-cation or a true vacation abroad, the $$$ start to add up quickly.

It’s not a hidden secret, but believe it or not, there are some free Niagara Falls Events and Niagara Falls Attractions where your entry fee is free, or as we like to call it “Summer FREE-DOM” in Niagara.

Here is a list of our favourites:

Niagara Summer of Thrills

It’s the best FREE show in Niagara Falls next to the Falls. Featuring daily death-defying performances from July 2nd – September 7th, 2015.  The Summer Thrillers will perform Thursday – Monday. Featuring a wide range of versatile street performers at various times: 1:30, 2:15, 3:30, 4:15, 5:30, 6:15 and 7:30pm. In true Niagara Falls Daredevil fashion, experience “jaw-dropping” entertainment like the Wheel of Fate at 2pm and 8pm, the NEW Sky Scraping Sway Pole at 4pm and the Motorcycle Highwire Acrobat Act at 6pm. Watch the live footage for yourself to believe it! This Niagara Falls event is just footsteps from our Niagara Falls Hotel.


Free fireworks every Friday, Sunday and holidays starting at 10pm until September 7th. Watch them from the comfort of your guest room or get front row seats right in front of Mother Nature herself, Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls

Speaking of Mother Nature, our miraculous Natural Wonder, Niagara Falls is the best free entertainment, not only in the city, but some would say in the world. It’s available free of charge, 365 days of the year, 7 days of the week, 24 hours of the day. And it’s the one thing in this great city, that will never change.


Okay so you’ll need a bit of gas money to get there, but the picturesque location of Queen Street, nestled in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake is a place like no other. The window shopping of the boutique shops and the walk along the South Shore of Lake Ontario won’t cost you a penny (or should we say nickel), but the experience itself is priceless. Plus you can also sample many of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Wineries and Micro-breweries (the cost is peanuts in comparison to the experience).

Free Thursdays at the Museum

Every Thursday from 5-9 pm, admission at the Niagara Falls Museums is free.

The list of summertime possibilities are endless. Check back soon for all of the exciting events.

Market Square Discoveries

Home to the St. Catharines Farmers Market, the Market Square also plays host to several special events throughout the year.

With fun and activities for all ages, the events are free and most importantly fun.

Join in the fun with the Market Discovery Table. Enjoy hands-on experiences, including making butter, creating seed mosaics, honey tasting, market searches and more. A different farm theme is featured each week. It’s a fun experience for kids of all ages.

Market Discovery Table 

At Market Square (91 King St.) every Saturday until September 19th. Music in the Square

Enjoy the light sounds of local musicians at Music in the Square while shopping at the St. Catharines Farmer’s Market.

Saturdays until September 19th, 11a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Canal Days – Port Colborne

The Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival offers activities and attractions that are truly mesmerizing. The Tall Ships gather in Port Colborne each Civic holiday weekend (July 31st – August 3rd), for a four-day celebration of history and heritage.

Experience free children’s activites, a boat parade of lights, spectacular fireworks, an indoor craft show, an International Kite Festival and free concerts (to be announced). 

Get Artsy in ArtPark

What you’ll pay in gas money, you’ll quickly earn back in complimentary culture. ArtPark is a 23 minute from the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls, but it’s worth every 23 minutes and more.

Free Family Saturdays – Noon – 4pm – July 11th – August 8th

Families flock to Artpark for hours of hands-on discovery and fun with weekly themed workshops and live performances! A variety of “Make and Take” workshops are available at each and every installment of Family Saturdays- no matter the theme. These Artpark classics include, The Paint Space, Costume Closet, Sand Box, Face Painting, and the Pottery Wheel.

Free Family Movie Night

Watch these kid classics on a giant Jumbotron screen in the Upper Park overlooking the Niagara Gorge.

August 17th – Frozen Sing-a-long

August 24th – Finding Nemo

Music in the Woods

A free concert series in the Lower Park Emerald Grove Area, overlooking the Niagara River featuring local instrumental ensembles and vocal groups. Music in the Woods will occur July 26th, August 9th and August 16th.

Fitness in the Park

A free program to stay fit with some great fitness goals. How does a FREE 60 Minute outdoor class sound?

Every Wednesday from 10 – 11am, experience a free pilates class until August 26th.

Every Saturday from 10 – 11am, experience a free zumba class until August 29th.

Free Live Music

Live music is also home to the Courtyard Marriott. Just a short stroll from your guest room, you’ll experience free entertainment from the very talented Nathan Warriner every Friday Night from 8-11pm in The Keg Steakhouse + Bar Lounge.

We promise that you’ll enjoy his music so much that you’ll be back to see him perform on Saturday, where he’ll continue to deliver sweet music to your ears on the patio of T.G.I. Friday’s from 1-4pm. On Friday and Sunday Night from 7 – 10pm, come and listen to the likes of CottageBrew on the patio. You’ll come for the free entertainment, but stay for the food and cocktails.

Well FREE-DOM in Niagara does exist, you just have to get a little creative. As you can see, there are plenty of cost effective ways to spend your time during your visit to our Natural Wonder.


Niagara Falls is Kid-Centric Central

Niagara Falls + Kids = Hours of Laughter and Fun

The city is alive with the sound of laughter (the contagious kid kind). That’s the best kind of laughter isn’t it? Now only if they could bottle up that laughter, it would sell like hot cakes.

Speaking of hot cakes, here are the hottest Niagara Falls attractions for those laughter loving kids during the summer heat:

Clifton Hill

It’s definitely a contrast to the majestic natural wonder Niagara Falls, but this street of fun receives 10 out of 10 scores on the fun factor. From the fun houses to the haunted houses to the Niagara SkyWheel, this street will have your kids entertained for hours. You’ll thank us when bedtime arrives, because they’ll sleep like babies.

A day on Clifton Hill can get expensive, so be sure to be on the look out for local coupon books and coupon kiosks like this one, which is located right in our hotel.










You can still have lots of fun at a fraction of the price. What Clifton Hill attractions get some of the local kids stamp of approval? Dinosaur Park Miniature Golf, the Canadian Midway with over 70,000 square feet of fun and bowling and the haunted houses (for those brave enough) and mazes.

Journey Behind the Falls

This is a Niagara Falls attraction you cannot miss, whether you’re five or fifty-five. It’s one of the top must-experience attractions in Niagara Falls. They call it “Journey Behind the Falls” for a reason, because you will literally be taking a journey deep below and behind the heart of Niagara Falls. Get ready to stand in the mighty mist where the magnificent Horseshoe Falls tumbles from 13 storeys above! You’ll experience the awesome spectacle of one-fifth of the world’s fresh water crashing down to the basin below. Here are some fun facts: During summer daylight hours, over 2,800 cubic meters of water thunders over the brink every second, traveling 65 kilometers per hour!

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

If you only have time to experience one attraction, this is it! The Cruise starts out a bit deceiving. You’ll find the ride very calm, peaceful and picturesque as you pass the American Horseshoe Falls. There will be lots of time to take beautiful photos and selfies. But as soon as you get into the hub of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, get ready for your heart to start beating a bit faster and be prepared to not only get wet, but soaking wet. Taking a selfie in the hub of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls will be a challenge, as you’ll be too busy trying to stay dry. This takes the word “Cruise” to a whole new level!

Bird Kingdom

The Bird Kingdom is a world class tropical adventure. It is the largest free-flying indoor aviary in the world. Featuring more than 400 birds in a multi-level rainforest setting, a 40-foot waterfall, tropical plants, reptiles, a bird-feeding centre, and an Archaeology Dig. This is an attraction that will keep your kids entertained, educated (we all love a bit of education in the summer – right?) and engaged for hours. You’ll also be entertained by the $3 off coupons you can receive at our Tour Desk.

It’s excitement for the whole family and only a short walk from the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls hotel.

Safari Niagara

Safari Niagara is where nature meets squealing moments of giddy excitement. This 150-acre, privately-owned and operated nature park is home to more than 750 animals (native and exotic mammals, reptiles and birds). Your kids will become friends with bearded dragons, river bottom hippos, giraffes, apes, lions and tigers and bears (oh my)! Be prepared to spend a full day here because Safari Niagara is so much more than just a nature park – it’s an adventure park, water park and playground all rolled into one. So pack a picnic basket, swim suits and plenty of sunscreen, because you’ll be spending hours at this “so much more” than just a nature park attraction.

If you’re crunched for time and want to see the greatest Niagara Falls attractions in a short time, then we’ve got the perfect suggestion for you. Our Niagara Falls Tour (located right in the hotel lobby of the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel). It’s a four hour, fully narrated bus tour that makes stops at Hornblower Niagara Cruises, Journey Behind the Falls, the Butterfly Conservatory (one of Niagara’s most popular attractions featuring over 2000 tropical butterflies flying freely in a rainforest setting) and the Floral Clock. Plus you’ll receive passes to Niagara’s Fury and the White Water Walk which you can use anytime during your visit.

Niagara certainly is a kidcentric city full of adventure and the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is the kidcentric hotel full of kid-friendly Niagara Falls Packages, like our popular Kids Love Niagara Package. Let the fun begin!