Things to do in Niagara Falls this Summer
Now where to begin…Over the past 20 years, Niagara Falls has certainly grown into a destination visited by millions each year (12 million to be precise). From visitors both near and far, with Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom being the top countries to visit (although this seems to be constantly evolving). Thanks for these fabulous facts: Stats Canada, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Tourism Industry Association of Canada.
There are so many things to do in Niagara Falls, not only in the summertime, but all year round. However seeing that we are living and breathing summer and it’s top-of-mind, let’s chat about all the wonderful things happening in not only Niagara Falls this summer, but the Niagara Region.
Top Niagara Falls Attractions
Let’s start with some of our favourite, must-experience Niagara Falls Attractions, that even as locals we think are pretty great (hence the reason we want to share them with you).
Hornblower Niagara Cruises is one of those Niagara Falls Attractions that you must experience. This catamaran holds up to 700 people and has tours both day and night. From the Voyage to the Falls during the day to the Illumination by the Falls and Fireworks cruises at night. Whatever cruise you choose, you are sure to be wowed and well let’s be honest here, you are bound to get wet!
Now let’s switch from a voyage in front of the Falls to a Journey Behind the Falls. This is another Niagara Falls Attraction that will leave you amazed and inspired. With this attraction, you’ll be descending 150 feet and get the chance to explore 130 year old tunnels and once again you just might get a little wet (or shall we say “misted”). And by the way, the negative icons from the Falls are supposed to be great for wellness. And speaking of wellness, there have been three Namaste Niagara yoga sessions at Journey Behind the Falls this summer and we’re hoping for more, so stay tuned.
Also new this summer is Night Lights in celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday. Enjoy exclusive access to this natural wonder at the base of the Horseshoe Falls at night, underneath the stars, the radiance of the new falls illumination, and of course the thrill of falls fireworks.
Available Monday through Friday, 9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m, until September 4th.
This is one of the newer Niagara Falls Attractions that will allow you to soar through the sky on four parallel ziplines, travelling at 670 metres (2,200 feet) through the wide river gorge. And this might be the best view of both the Canadian Horseshoe and American Falls that you’ll experience at full speed.
And new this summer is the Whirlpool Adventure Course. With this attraction, you’ll get to choose your own adventure (Classic, Extreme, What’s to Fear Jump or the Kid’s Course).
Picture fun obstacles suspended up to 5 metres (16 feet high), including a dozen cool games and Bumble ziplines. The minimum age to join in the fun is 5 years old.
The Classic Course is just that, an obstacle course that includes ladders, nets, ropes, logs, bridges and a few surprises. The minimum age to join in is 7 years old.
Take the classic course and add more challenging everything. The minimum age to participate is 12 years old and they must be accompanied by a chaperone.
What’s to Fear Jump
This is a loose line leap from 40 feet. Sounds like it should be part of the Extreme Course. The minimum age to participate in this jump is 7 years old.
A hike on the Niagara Gorge Trail is definitely for those who love nature and the great outdoors. It is certainly an outdoor adventure enjoyed by many locals, and we hope that our visitors from near and far take the time to explore it too (you won’t be disappointed). The Niagara Gorge Trail has been a designated Nature Reserve since 1992. This trail is a great work-out for the whole family and a great way to get one with nature. The metal stairs lead you to 4 km (2.5 mi) of paths that wind through a pristine pocket of Carolinian Forest, past boulders left behind as the Falls eroded through the area thousands of years ago. It’s a history lesson in beauty by your tour guide, Mother Nature.
There are many different paths to take: red, white, blue. Whatever path you choose, all lead to the thundering and wondrous Niagara River. During your journey, you’ll also discover interesting wildlife (such as salamanders, snakes or if you are lucky you might be able to spot the peregrine falcons nesting in the Niagara Gorge).
Also new this year, is an exciting experience at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre. This new Niagara Glen Nature Exchange program is in partnership with Science North and encourages hikers of all ages to get excited about nature, science and the environment around us. Hikers can share their precious finds at the Nature Centre and earn points for their find or exchange their find for something they find more fascinating – how cool is that? Check out all the amazing details here.
Now let’s explore the outskirts of Niagara Falls.
Niagara Wine Country is always evolving. With over 70+ wineries in Niagara to choose from, there is always a new winery to taste and explore. Some of our favourites include: Two Sisters Winery, Ravine Estate Winery, Trius, Jackson Triggs, Stratus winery, Peller Estates, 13th Street Estate Winery (to name a few).
Niagara Beer Country
We can’t forget about Niagara Beer Country too, it’s hopping with goodness if your palate prefers barley over grapes. The must-try microbreweries include: The Exchange Brewery, Niagara Oast Housebrewers, Silversmith and Taps. If you’re looking for an incredible patio, Oast is your place – with an upcycled patio and seasonal summertime beer like Cherry Berliner Weisse (I’m getting thirsty writing this).
Niagara is also exploding with tons of events throughout the summer. From Niagara Concerts (check out all the great concerts in our concert blog) to markets galore and other fabulous winery/music events.
Niagara Markets and More
Wednesday Night Supper Market – with farm to table goodness from incredible Niagara foodtrucks every Wednesday night from 4:30pm – dusk.
Port Dalhousie Supper Market – every Tuesday night from 4:30pm – dusk
The Farmer’s Market – every Saturday starting at 8am
Tide and Vine Burger Bar – the last Sunday of every month during the summer at Stratus Winery
Wine Country Fare – August 26th – if you like a little country and love wine (or vice versa) – this event is for you. Featuring Canadian country artists Buck Twenty, Runaway Angel and Emerson Drive.
Trius Red presents Blues at the Winery – August 12th – Music. Wine and Fabulous Friends
The Trews – August 11th
Rheostatics – August 12th
The Sheepdogs – August 18th
Rootstock – featuring Torquil Campbell (STARS) and Ron Sexsmith – August 19th
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings – August 25th
Bahamas – August 26th
The Jim Cuddy Band – September 7th and 8th
Plus if you drive down St. Paul Avenue to Four Mile Creek Road, there are tons of pop-up market stands, where you can get your farm to table fix (it doesn’t get any fresher than this).