50+ Best Things To Do Niagara Falls Family Friendly

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Last Updated on June 29, 2023 by Suzy

We have a one-week holiday to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls booked for this summer. I honestly could not believe how much there is to do and see there. It’s such a great place for a family vacation with a huge number of family-friendly activities. It has long been my wish to visit there and see the mighty falls and now we have a son to take with us and enjoy all the amazing family-friendly things to do at Niagara Falls. 

We are flying to Toronto as there are direct flights there from the UK. There is an airport closer to Niagara but no direct flights for us. For European and UK citizens you also have to complete a eTA online before you can visit. Canada is a notoriously expensive country to visit so look out for deals on the internet. Many tourist attractions can be visited with a combined admission purchase. These are the best combo deals for Candian side Niagra Falls that we have found.

Looking for somewhere to stay? Here is where we’ve chosen to stay, with amazing views of the natural wonder that is the Niagara Falls, perfect for a family trip. We will be visiting during the summer months which means you will be able to enjoy some lovely warm weather. 

Our TWO Top Pick Must-Dos when you visit Niagara Falls in Canada

#1 TOP PICK ATTRACTION

Niagara Falls Canada Boat Tour and Journey Behind The Falls

  • Skip The Line Ticket
  • Live Tour Guide
  • Feel the thunder of the mighty Falls aboard a Hornblower Niagara Cruise & More

50+ Best Things To Do Niagra Falls Family Friendly

#2 TOP PICK NIAGARA FALLS

Zipline To The Falls

  • For adults and children from the age of 7
  • Experience the thrill of ziplining across Niagara Falls

Top Sightseeing Trips Niagara Falls Canada

Journey Behind The Falls – The Niagara Falls are of course the main attraction. At Table Rock Welcome Centre you will descend 125ft by elevator and pass through a short tunnel before going out to two outdoor observation decks and two portals located directly behind the Canadian side of the falls. In the summer over 2,800 cubic metres of water thunders over the brink every second. A visit takes 30-45 minutes and in the spring and summer, you will receive a free souvenir biodegradable rain poncho to protect you from the mist of the falls. 
6650 Niagra Parkway, 0km from the falls

50+ Best Things To Do Niagra Falls Family Friendly

Niagara Falls Helicopter Tour – Experience Niagara Falls like never before, from an entirely new perspective, on this scenic helicopter journey. Enjoy the incredible sight of the American, Bridal Veil, and Canadian Horseshoe Falls from high above, along with a spectacular view of the many landmarks along the way, like the Niagara River and Whirlpool Rapids.
Niagara Heliport. 5.7km from the falls

Niagara Helicopters – Helicopter flights operate every day, weather permitting, from 9 am until sunset year-round. Tours are available to book online in an array of languages. You will be able to see panoramic bird’s-eye views of Niagara Falls and the gorge. There will be an informative audio commentary about your flight path. This is certainly the ride of a lifetime.
4.4km from the falls

Niagara Falls Incline Railway – This incline railway improves the link between Niagara Parks attractions at Table Rock and the Fallsview tourist area including many of the hotels. Open year-round, tickets can be purchased at the top or the bottom.
7001 Portage Avenue, 0.2km from the falls

Niagara Parks Power Station – Explore the first major power plant on the Canadian side of the Niagara River with immersive exhibits, restored artefacts and interactive storytelling. At nighttime, you can feel the once-dormant power station come to life in a breathtaking interactive experience you will never forget. Plus there is a new underground experience including a new observation deck at the river’s edge.
7055 Niagra Parkway, 0.6km from the Falls

Things to do Niagara Falls Canada

Niagara Skywheel – Head on down to Clifton Hill and take a ride on Canada’s largest observation wheel. Towering 175 feet over the Niagara Falls horizon. The Clifton Hill Skywheel is one of the most exciting ways to see Niagara Falls. Ride duration varies from 8 to 12 minutes.
4950 Clifton Hill, 1.4km from the Falls

Things to do Niagara Falls Canada

Skylon Tower – The tallest total entrainment complex with indoor/outdoor observation areas from 223 metres with views of Niagara Falls and some of the best views. You will be able to enjoy incredible views of the falls and other landmarks from the safety and comfort of an enclosed, climate-controlled cabin. This attraction is open all year round. Two great dining rooms overlooking the falls including the Skylon Tower Revolving Restaurant. At the base, there is an amusement area.
5200 Robinson St, 0.7km from the falls

Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour – This 20-minute voyage to the falls brings guests on the journey of a lifetime. You will enjoy stunning views of the Niagara Gorge, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. Plus the famous Canadian Horseshoe Falls. You will be provided with a recyclable mist poncho. They also offer Evening Falls fireworks cruises that start Mid-May.

Tours begin on the Canadian side of the falls and it will certainly be a trip to remember. You will get up close and personal with the base of the falls where you have the option to stay dry in the indoor viewing area or welcome the powerful mist as you stand outside on the deck.
5920 Niagara Parkway, 1.2km from the falls

White Water Walk – The sight on this quarter-mile boardwalk will take your breath away. You will see first-hand Niagara River’s Class 6 whitewater rapids, some of the wildest in North America. Branching off from the boardwalk there are several viewing platforms that allow you to get even closer to the rapids. This is a self-guided expedition and you will be able to enjoy some of the most stunning scenery in the area.
4330 River Road, 4km from the falls

Fun Things To Do With The Kids Niagara Falls Canada

Adventure City Arcade – This is a year-round venue located within 17,000 sqft of space. There are more than 125 classic arcade-style games and updated favourites. You can win game tickets which you can redeem for souvenirs. They also have interactive rides including bumper cars plus Glow in the Dark Wild Safari Mini Putt.
5875 Falls Avenue, 1.4km from the falls

Big Top Amazing Mirror and Laser Maze – There are 7 incredible maze experiences all under 1 roof. Find your way through the infinity illusion and explore the many obstacles of their Mirror Maze. Dodge, crawl and stretch through a labyrinth of lasers and more. They are located at Clifton Hill one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world where there is so much going on, especially the great range of family-friendly attractions. The tough choice will be deciding what to do especially if you don’t have much time.
4943 Clifton Hill, 1.4km from the falls

Brontos Adventure Playland – Niagra’s largest interactive indoor/outdoor soft play attraction featuring a Ballocity Play Zone.
4943 Clifton Hill, 1.4km from the falls

Dinosaur Adventure Golf – One of Canada’s largest miniature golf courses. There are two 18-hole courses ‘Raptor’ and ‘T-Rex with fun features including rapids, a 50-foot high steam-erupting volcano and more all within a realistically eerie cavernous volcanic setting. Plus there are 50 realistic and life-sized dinosaurs. Located behind the Niagra Skywheel.
4960 Clifton Hill, 1.2km from the falls

Great Canadian Midway – 70,000 square feet of fun with over 300 games including many listed in this article such as the Cosmic Coaster 6D ride and the spooky Ghost Blasters Dark Ride plus a number of arcade machines. There are interactive rides and games for people of all ages.
4848 Clifton Hill, 1.4km from the falls

House of Frankenstein – Niagra Falls’ newest attraction – Canada’s only roof-top rollercoaster. Located 4 stories above Clifton Hill you can combine the scary House of Frankenstein with the rollercoaster ride – or just take the slightly less scary option of the rollercoaster only.
4967 Clifton Hill, 1.5km from the falls

Mystery Maze – Getting lost has never been this fun. Lose yourself in the Medieval world of the Mystery Maze – fun for all ages. Why not split up and compete against your friends to see who can find their way out first or you can work together as a team. 
4943 Clifton Hill, 1.4km from the falls

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Niagara Falls Fun Zone – State-of-the-art facility with great attractions and arcades. There is the Maze of Mirrors, Haunted Hallways, Mini Golf, Lazer Tag, Arcade and more.
6455 Fallsview Boulevard – 0.5km from the falls and 4955 Clifton Hill, 1.4km from the falls

Niagara’s Fury – Step inside their 4D motion theatre and discover the ancient story of Niagara Falls in this multi-sensory simulation of the last Ice Age. The temperature will drop, mist and snow will fall and the floor will tremble beneath you. This is the perfect introduction to your Niagara Falls adventure. The experience lasts for 30 minutes and you will even feel splashes inside the theatre while the Niagara River takes shape. Make sure you keep your complimentary poncho handy, you may want to wear it inside. 
6650 Niagara Parkway, 0km from the falls

Skyquest – Located at the Skylon Tower is Niagara Falls’s largest indoor entertainment centre. There are high-tech interactive games and rides for all ages.
4200 Robinson Street, 0.7km from Niagara Falls

Strike Rock N Bowl – 14 full-size 10-pin bowling lanes, billiard tables, arcade games and more. Located adjacent to the Niagara SkyWheel.
4960 Clifton Hill, 1.2km from Niagara Falls

The Crystal Caves – Step foot in this mirrored maze of crystal caves.
4967 Clifton Hill, 1.5km from Niagara Falls

The Fun House – Climb, crawl, roll, twirl and laugh your way through Niagara’s one and only Fun House. A family favourite for all ages.
4943 Clifton Hill, 1.4km from the falls

The Haunted House – A spooktacular experience you have to see to believe. There is a ghost lurking in every corner, a skeleton in every closet and every kind of ghoul imaginable in one of Niagara’s best haunted houses. 
4943 Clifton Hill, 1.4km from the falls

Trick Art Box – Become part of the art as it comes to life. The pictures need you to complete them and make them come alive. There are 30+ fun scenes for photo opportunities. Download their free app to take photos and videos of your interactions and see the art come alive around you and with you in it.
5685 Victoria Avenue, 1.5km from the falls

Upside Down House – Disorient yourself in this flipped and crooked house perfect for creating mind-boggling photos of your family seemingly having fun on the ceiling.
4967 Clifton Hill, 1.5km from the falls

Wizard’s Golf – Challenging 18-hole indoor crazy golf course with brightly coloured exhibits. This is a glow-in-the-dark course open all year round. They are located beside Ripley’s Believe it or Not.
4983 Clifton Hill, 11.5km from the falls

Top Things To Do Niagara Falls Canada

Nature Attractions Niagara Falls Canada

Bird Kingdom – This is the World’s largest free-flying indoor aviary. Inside there are hundreds of tropical birds that you will encounter along the pathways and multi-levels. There are various aviaries where you can meet different species of birds from around the world. You will encounter exotic birds and animals close up in their natural habitats. Located 5 minutes from the falls.
5651 River Road, 1.7km from the falls

Butterfly Conservatory – You will walk in their conservatory amongst 2,000 colourful tropical butterflies that fly freely among lush and exotic vegetation. Visitors can learn about the life cycle of the butterfly and more in the dynamic exhibit space. 
2565 Niagara Parkway, 6.7km from the falls

Other Things to Do Museums etc Niagara Falls Canada

Goldie’s Museum – Located within the walls of a historic bank is an artistic immersive photo experience. The lounge and cafe bar seats 25 people amongst their interactive photo installations.
4424 Queen St, 3.2km from the falls

LocomolandHigh-tech remote-controlled miniature railway system. You are able to conduct and operate model trains within over 2,000 square feet of self-built landscapes. Plus there is the opportunity to drive Carrera slot cars.
5020 Centre St, 1.5km from the falls

Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks – Snap a selfie and strike a pose with your favourite celebrity. There are 15 themed galleries with over 100 life-like wax models. From horror villains to Hollywood elite there is someone for everyone. Rock the stage with some of the biggest names in music. From titans of pop like Beyonce and Madonna to rock legends like John Lennon. Hit the red carpet and star alongside iconic characters from your favourite movies including James Bond, Marvel and DC superheroes. 
5709 Victoria Avenue, 1.5km from the falls

Movieland Wax Museum of the Stars – A walk-through Movieland with life-like wax sculptures of characters from classic films such as Aliens and Terminator to current hits like Ironman. At the end of your visit, those brave enough can visit the optional House of Horrors which is packed with terrifying surprises.
4848 Clifton Hill, 1.4km from the falls

Niagra Falls History Museum – The museum provides a showcase for the unique history of the famous city. You will explore the history that changed a nation with images, artefacts, videos and hands-on experiences.
5810 Ferry St, 1.5km from the falls

Ripleys Believe It Or Not – Here you will find the weirdest place for family fun. You will discover the strange, the shocking and the beautiful with over 400 exhibits and interactive displays. Take a walk through the Vortex tunnel, see mind-boggling illusions, see micro sculptures and more. Open all year round. They also have a selfie studio filled with interactive elements, eye-catching visuals and flattering lights. Plus there is an Aquarium. 
4960 Clifton Hill, 1.2km from Niagara Falls

Wonder Magic Show in Niagara Falls – This show has been created, produced and directed by International Grand Champion of Magic, Greg Frewin and performed by Christian Mascia. It dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing mind-bending acts of magic and illusion ever to be seen on stage. Exotic birds are an integral piece of the theatrical experience. You can also book a buffet dinner.
5781 Ellen Avenue, 1.4km from the falls

Waterparks Niagra Falls Canada

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark3 acres of action-packed water fun at the falls. There are 16 fast waterslides, a huge wave pool, private Caban rentals, a toddler play area, an outdoor sundeck with a pool and more. The waterpark is directly connected to Falls Avenue Resort with three hotels and more. This waterpark has been awarded the Travellers’ Choice Award for Amusement Parks & Water Parks in Canada on Tripadvisor for 6 consecutive years. 
5685 Falls Avenue, 1.6km from the falls

Waves Indoor Waterpark 25,000 sqft of splashtacular family fun. With a beach entry wave pool, water slides and a kiddie pool with slides. Plus an interactive water play structure, private Cabana rentals, playground areas and a 16-person hot spa. You can even stay on-site. This waterpark is a short drive outside of Niagara. 
8444 Lundy’s Lane 5lm from the falls

Adventure Activities Niagara Falls Canada

Niagara Freefall & Interactive Centre – Virtually anyone can do indoor skydiving from the age of 7 years and up. The indoor flight chamber has a diameter of 12 feet and is 20 feet high providing enough room for up to four experienced people to fly together. Other activities onsite include Lazerball, a Mechanical Bull Ride, a Rooftop rock wall and interactive games.
6357 Stanley Avenue, 0.6km from Niagara Falls

Niagara Speedway – Located at the top of the “street of fun” is North America’s largest elevated go-kart track facility. It is a marriage of traditional throttle-powered go-karts with the added thrill of an elevated roller coaster-style track. The course is spread out over four acres with over 2,000 linear feet of concrete racing surface. There is a four-storey helical spiral followed by a two-tiered coaster-style ramp that runs into another spiral. Drivers must be at least 58″ tall and there are maximum height restrictions. 
4960 Clifton Hill, 1.2m from Niagara Falls

Nightmares Fear Factory – For over 30 years Nightmares Fear Factory has been scaring, thrilling and challenging guests to survive. Over 100,000 people are known to have chickened out. It is the longest-running and scariest haunted house in all of North America. Are you brave enough to make it to the end? Check out their website for reviews. One visitor wrote “I can’t believe we made it through. Just when I thought it was over, there was MORE. I would never go alone. You have to be insane to go alone.”
5631 Victoria Avenue, 1.6km from Niagara Falls

Zipline to the falls – Zip down the line enjoying views of the falls with four parallel ziplines dangling at a 67-metre-high vantage point. Travel up to 40mph along the edge of the cast gorge to the Falls Observation landing feeling the incredible force of nature on your face. Children can take part from the age of 7. 
5847 Niagara Parkway, 1.5km from the falls

Zombie Attack – All new multi-sensory adventure where the Zombie apocalypse is upon us. You need to survive the brain-hungry zombies in a battle against your friends that features real-time 6D graphics. Take your seat and aim your laser guns.
4960 Clifton Hill, 1.2km from the falls

Whirlpool Adventure Ropes Course Suspended obstacles and zip lines with dozens of things to do. Perfect for any thrill-seeker with a classic course, an Extreme course and a kid’s course. Children can take part from the age of 7. On the classic course, you will take on 41 obstacles and zip lines that get higher and more challenging as you go. The Extreme course is an upper level to this with an additional 20 obstacles and zip lines up to 40 feet in the air. 
3500 Niagara Parkway, 5.1km from the falls

Whirlpool Aero Car – This historic Whirlpool Aero car is suspended 3,500 feet across the Niagara Gorge. You will witness spectacular views of the swirling Niagara Whirlpool and the river’s Class 6 rapids. This has been a popular tourist attraction since the late 1800s and has needless to say been refurbished but the integrity of the original design has been preserved. It is suspended from six sturdy cables to ensure you’re safe and secure while hovering eagle-style above one of the most spectacular natural sights. 
3850 Niagara River Pkwy, 5.2km from the falls

4D/3D Experiences

Cosmic Coaster XD Theatre Ride – This motion ride takes visitors on a fun adventure through time and space. Modern special FX technology is combined with fully immersive stereoscopic imaging, realistic motion of up to 2 Gs, special seats and dazzling light effects.
4868 Clifton Hill, 1.3km from the falls

Ghost Blasters 3D – You will ride from room to room as you are confronted by an army of ghosts, skeletons, ghouls and goblins. Armed with your laser gun you need to blast away these pesky phantoms and see who can get the highest score. You can ride so long as you’re at least 42″ tall.
4850 Clifton Hill, 1.4km from the falls

Iwerks Moving 4-D Theatre – Inside Falls Avenue Resort there is this Iwerks 4-D motion theatre. There is simulator-style stadium seating, 3-D movie technology plus water jets and blasters.
5875 Falls Avenue, 1.4km from the falls

Legends of Niagra Falls 3D/4D Movie – You will experience the awesome power of the falls close up in this amazing 3D/4D Movie. Visitors will be taken right back to the geological evolution of the falls.
5200 Robinson St, 0.7km from the falls

We have created this handy map for you with pinpoints of the attractions above plus the locations of the local hotels. It should help with choosing where you want to stay.

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