Niagara Falls Memory Making: A Guide from A-Z

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Are you thinking of planning a Niagara Falls getaway, but you are unsure what activities are worth doing during the Winter in Niagara Falls? Here is a guide just for you — Starting from A-Z!

A is for “Adventure City” On Clifton Hill!

Adventure City

Adventure City is a modern-day homage to childhood arcades. This 17,000 square foot gaming centre has over 125 vintage arcade-style games where you may earn and redeem game tickets for special souvenirs and items. Adventure City also has a number of exciting and engaging rides, including the only bumper cars in Niagara Falls, Traffic Slam Bumper Cars. You may also go on a safari adventure at the Glow in the Dark Wild Safari Mini Putt.

Adventure City
5875 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls
Call 1 (800) 263-7135

B is for “Butterfly Conservatory

Butterfly Conservatory

The Butterfly Conservatory  is home to over 2000 free-flying tropical butterflies in a rain forest setting — and on these bitter cold Winter days it’s one of the most enjoyable things to do for families in Niagara Falls, as the temperatures inside are high to mimic a typical rain forest — vital for the survival of these creatures. Coat check anyone?

Butterfly Conservatory
2565 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls
Call 905-356-8119

C is for “Clifton Hill

Clifton Hill Street Fun

The Street of Fun! It doesn’t get any better for kids of all ages than to visit all our attractions on Clifton Hill! From our 70,000 square foot, 2-level Great Canadian Midway arcade, to the 175-foot wheel in the sky, the Niagara SkyWheel, we have everything from young to old to enjoy from the top of the street to the bottom!

Purchase the Clifton Hill Fun Pass online for convenience One thing is for sure, you will never get bored here, that’s why it is called: The Street of Fun by the Falls!

Looking for a hotel on Clifton Hill or close to Clifton Hill? Click here for a full list of hoteliers.

Clifton Hill Fun by the Falls
4960 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls
Call 905-356-8119

D is for “Dufferin Islands” 

WFOL Dufferin Islands

To capture amazing photos at any time of the year, head to nearby Dufferin Islands.

This popular area is 10 acres of paradise – a quiet, secluded park containing several small islands connected by small bridges and footpaths. This area is home to the “Winter Festival of Lights“, which runs until February 20th, 2023.

Dufferin Islands
6345 Dufferin Isle Rd, Niagara Falls, ON L0S 1A0
Call (905) 354-1721

E is for “Events

Brantley Gilbert Promo Shot

Brantley Gilbert, February 10th, 2023 at the Fallsview Casino.

It doesn’t matter when you plan a Niagara Falls family getaway because the area is jam-packed with year round events running every single season. From live concerts, conventions, to Niagara Ice Wine Festival and the Winter Festival of Lights, click here for a list of upcoming events.

OLG Stage at Fallsview Casino
6366 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3Y5

F is for “Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

Fallsview Waterpark

Another place where everyday feels like the Summer is the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark located at 5685 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls.

Featuring 3 acres of family fun, with 125,000 square feet of action-packed water excitement. Look out for a mammoth play area, the massive 1,000 gallon tipping bucket, enormous 6 storey high water slides, the full-sized wave pool, year-round outdoor activity pool and sundeck, plunge bowl, two oversized adult only Jacuzzis and a children’s play area.

Fallsview Waterpark
5685 Falls Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6W7
Call 905-374-4444

G is for “Gardens”

Floral Showhouse

Niagara Falls is known for our beautifully manicured gardens; the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, the Oakes Garden Theatre, and Queen Victoria Park to name a few — but the Floral Showhouse is an indoor retreat.

Stay warm inside while its greenhouse temperatures relax you in this floral paradise located at 7145 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls.

Floral Showhouse
7145 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6X8
Call 905-354-1721

H is for “Helicopters” 

Niagara falls helicopters

So what if it’s Winter? The Niagara Falls Helicopters is open year-round (*weather dependent) located at 3731 Victoria Ave., Niagara Falls.

Feel the excitement of soaring above the turbulent rapids and cascading waterfalls with one of these unique tours. The entire family is welcome aboard!

Niagara Helicopters
3731 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6V5
Call 905-357-5672

I is for “Ice Skating

Pillar and Post outdoor rink

Visit the “Ice Rink” at The Gardens at Pillar & Post and enjoy the lovely grounds, skate on a 120 by 60 ice rink, and experience The OutPost’s trademark food and beverage offerings.

The skating rink is open to the general public and hotel guests of Vintage Hotels and Niagara’s Finest Hotels. The rink is available for skating, gliding, and having fun.

The Garden’s at Pillar at Post
526 Regent Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, L0S 1J0, Canada
Call 905-468-2123

J is for “Journey Behind the Falls

Journey Behind the Falls

Take a journey deep below and behind the heart of the Niagara Falls and stand where the falls tumble from 13 storeys above with the Journey Behind the Falls attraction at 6650 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls (in the Table Rock Centre). 

Winter rates are reduced when the attraction’s Lower Observation Deck must be closed due to ice conditions, but this is a year-round attraction that takes you 150 feet below by elevator, where a short tunnel gives you access to observation decks and two portals located directly behind the Falls.

During summer daylight hours, over 2,800 cubic meters of water thunders over the brink every second, travelling 65 kilometers per hour…pretty amazing!

Journey Behind The Falls
6650 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6T2
Call 905-354-1551

 K is for “Kingdom

Bird Kingdom Macaw Parrots

The Bird Kingdom is another tropical paradise located just a 5 minute walk from Clifton Hill at 5651 River Rd, Niagara Falls. 

This is the largest free-flying indoor aviary in the world. More than 300 birds make their home in this multi-level rainforest setting nestled in a building which has housed some of the area’s top attractions of the past. A 40-foot waterfall, tropical plants, and hundreds of birds from around the world put on a show for the public. Many of the 80 species of birds living at Bird Kingdom are endangered or threatened in the wild.

Bird Kingdom
5651 River Rd, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 7M7
Call 905-356-8888

L is for “Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks

Louis Tussauds

Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks is located at 5709 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, and features a collection of instantly recognizable, true-to-life wax figures crafted by recognized wax artists from around the world. The stunning English Tudor style building houses over 100 true-to-life wax figures in 16 spectacularly themed galleries.

Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks
5709 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L5
Call 905-374-6601

M is for “Magic

Witness for yourself the International Grand Champion of Magic himself, Greg Frewin, as he brings a little bit of Las Vegas to the Niagara Falls with his dazzling magic show at the Greg Frewin Theatre located at 5781 Ellen Ave, Niagara Falls.

Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner before being treated to a spectacular night of magical illusions and family friendly fun.

Greg Frewin Theatre
5781 Ellen Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3P8
Call 905-356-0777

N is for “Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls illuminated

This one is self-explanatory. If you are planning a Niagara Falls family getaway, you will undoubtedly visit the majestic Niagara Falls for some sightseeing and photography.

This natural wonder is one of our planet’s most famous waterfalls. With heights of 176 feet, and a colossal 150,000 gallons of water crashing down per second, the roar of the Falls and the gently cool mist impresses young and old alike.

You can view the Falls year round from observation points on both the American and Canadian sides of the Niagara River. For those of you that can’t make a trip here, you can still experience live views from our Niagara Falls webcam.

Queen Victoria Park
6345 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6X8

 O is for “Outlet Collection at Niagara

The Outlet Collection at Niagara
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Outlet Collection At Niagara is an open-air outlet shopping mall located in Niagara On The Lake at Queen Elizabeth Way and Glendale Avenue at 300 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Located just minutes from Niagara Falls, this refreshing new outlet mall combines brand name fashion and lifestyle retailers—all at outlet prices you can’t resist. Featuring 100+ irresistible outlet brands including Mountain Warehouse, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Coach, J. Crew Factory, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger and much more.

“Bass Pro Shop” is located next to this outlet mall. It features fishing, camping, boating and hunting equipment, plus native wildlife murals and imagery additions.  One of the main features in the store is the 13,000-gallon freshwater aquarium, complete with a 3-D diorama of a waterfall with big horn sheep and mountain goats against a backdrop mural of British Columbia’s Mount Assiniboine.  The aquarium is stocked with 85 fish native to the area such as largemouth and smallmouth bass, yellow perch, brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, black crappie, channel catfish, and more.

Outlet Collection Mall
300 Taylor Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
Call 905-687-6777

P is for “Parks

Parks in Niagara Falls during the winter is an awesome time, especially with Festival of Lights going on!

Queen Victoria Park at the base of Clifton Hill is the biggest and most popular location to enjoy this years Winter Festival of Lights until February 20, 2023.

Explore winter’s splendor: Play amid the gigantic lit moose and polar bears, or stroll through our creative winter scenes, all with the illuminated falls as a backdrop.

Queen Victoria Park
6345 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6X8
(905) 358-1814

Q is for “Queen Street

Downtown Niagara Falls

Queen Street is the original downtown core that has existed since the early 1900’s.  Look for the arches with a Gold Q (Queen Street) which are easily visible and helps to pinpoint you in the right direction of downtown once you arrive in Niagara Falls.

This is a quaint district that is growing into a unique shop and dine district.  If you’re looking for something laid back and truly authentic, this is a must see location.

Here, there is something for the whole family to enjoy, from restaurants, shops, entertainment venues, and learning of its extensive historical background.

Niagara Falls Downtown
Queen Street Niagara Falls
Call 905-356-5444

 R is for “Revolving Restaurant

For a world-famous view of the Niagara Falls complete with excellent dining, head to the Skylon Tower to enjoy the “Revolving Dining Room”. From 775 feet high, they will offer award-winning continental cuisine. This will truly make for the ultimate Niagara Falls family getaway!

Relax and enjoy as this Niagara Falls restaurant will revolve a full 360 degrees once each hour. Dine by night and you’ll discover the magic of the Falls illumination, dazzling city lights below and the Winter Festival of Light’s Falls fireworks.

Skylon Tower
5200 Robinson St, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 2A2
Call 1-888-9SKYLON

S is for “SkyWheel

Niagara SkyWheel Aerial View of Niagara Falls

The Niagara SkyWheel, while actually being another attraction found on Clifton Hill, deserves its own category due to its one of a kind views aboard Canada’s largest observation wheel. Here, people of all ages are welcome on this 175 foot, 42 gondola observation wheel experience of the Niagara Falls and the entire Niagara landscape.

The Niagara SkyWheel is a world-class ride featuring fully enclosed gondolas, each equipped with heating and air conditioning for year-round comfort and enjoyment. You can ride day or night, in any season.

Click here or call 905-358-4793 for hours of operation, ticket prices and group booking information

Niagara SkyWheel
4960 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N4
Call 905-358-4793

T is for “Terror

Nightmares Fear Factory

Nightmares Fear Factory located at 5631 Victoria Ave. (just one block east of Clifton Hill), Niagara Falls is the scariest & best haunted house attraction and one of the most fun things to do in Niagara Falls for family, kids, friends, and couples.

Nightmares Fear Factory
5631 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L5
Call 905-357-3327

U is for “Unique

Dream Catchers

Niagara Falls is loaded with unique stores and novelty shops for that special something to pick up on your visit here.

For a list of just a few of our most unique gifts with great souvenir finds and miscellaneous gift ideas click here.

Canada Trading Company
4950 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N4
Call +19053583676

V is for “Vacation Packages

hojo room
*Pictured Above: The King Room at the Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls.

What’s one of the first things that you aim to do when you plan for a Niagara Falls family getaway? Save money of course!

Instead of just booking a room in a hotel, do some research and plan ahead of time. Many Niagara Falls hotels offer family deals and packages that offer many discounts to local dining facilities and attractions all included in one fee.

See their Family Fun Package Deal or Click here for a full directory of Niagara Falls hotels.

Howard Johnson Clifton Hill
5905 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L8
Call: +1 800-440-5912

 W is for “Wineries

The wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake are some of the most famous in the world. Known for icewine in particular, Winter is a great time to check out any one of the 26 wineries nestled below the Niagara Escarpment. Amidst a landscape of vineyards and orchards that stretch out from the picturesque Niagara River Parkway, you are welcome to taste, tour, and indulge in the finest cuisines.

Visit for a complete list of Niagara’s wineries

Visit: for the current Icewine Festival details.

X is for the “XD Ride Theatre” featuring the “Cosmic Coaster

Cosmic Coaster

The “Cosmic Coaster” XD motion ride takes visitors on an amazing adventure that transcends time, space and imagination. It combines modern special FX technology including: fully immersive stereoscopic imaging , realistic motion with up to 2 G’s of acceleration, special seats that bear 400 movements per second, plus intense wind effects and dazzling light effects. You will find the Cosmic Coaster inside the Great Canadian Midway on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls.

XD Ride Theatre
4868 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N4
Call 905-358-3676

Y is for “Yuk Yuk’s

Yuk Yuks Niagara Falls

Yuk Yuk’s is located at the base of the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel on Fallsview Boulevard, directly across from the Fallsview Casino.

Considered one of the premier comedy dens, Yuk Yuk’s showcases some of the best comedic talent, and the funniest rising stars. Here you’ll be entertained with hilarious, uncensored material all night long.

Yuk Yuk’s at Sheraton Niagara Fallsview
6455 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls
Call 1-800-899-9136

Z is for “Zombie Attack

Zombie Attack Exterior

This attraction is a Clifton Hill favorite among many! Survive brain-hungry zombies in this multi-sensory adventure, featuring real-time 6D graphics. Challenge your friends in the scoring battle to prove who is champion of mankind. Open year round!

Zombie Attack
4960 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N4
Call 905-358-3676

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