There is more to the Niagara Falls region than the mighty Horseshoe Falls! From exploring the tunnels behind the falls to biking the Welland Canal and exploring Niagara Ale Trail, there is plenty to occupy you all this summer in Niagara Falls Region: From Wainfleet to Grimsby and from Fort Erie to St Catharines!
Summer Activities at Niagara Falls
- See Niagara Parks’ newest attraction – Niagara Parks Power Station. Learn about the history and unique architectural features and see the immersive sight and sound show.
- Race down the brand new forty-two feet high, the Niagara Speedway!
- Bike the Niagara Falls Recreation Trail!
- Zipline to the falls!
- Voyage to the Falls and enjoy stunning views of the Niagara Gorge, American, and Bridal Veil Falls, and come face-to-face with the famous Canadian Horseshoe Falls with Niagara City Cruises.
- Whether you want to enjoy a foot-stomping, thrilling celebration of Irish culture, or listen to multi-faceted performers, there is no shortage of entertainment at Fallsview Casino!
- Enjoy stunning blooms of spring and the Floral Showhouse just a short walk south of the Falls and Table Rock Centre.
- People watch at Clifton Hills!
- Walk along the boardwalk and enjoy the tranquility beside the raw power and peril of the Niagara River’s Class 6 white-water rapids at White Water Walk!
- See Niagara Falls from up above at Skylon Tower!
- Enjoy a horse carriage ride amidst the blooming flowers at Niagara Falls Botanical Garden!
- Spend 45 minutes learning about the history and geology of the majestic Niagara River, and experiencing the excitement of playing in class 5 whitewater rapids as you journey on the Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours.
- Enjoy a dinner overlooking the falls at Table Rock Patio!
- Cross the Canadian and American border without a document in hand on Whirlpool Aero Car!
- Then walk across the International Border on Rainbow Bridge to see the Niagara Falls from a whole new perspective with your travel documents!
- See world’s rarest egg, 2-headed animals, and authentic shrunken heads at Ripley’s Believe it or Not Odditorium.
- Explore the great gorge and take a trip back in time as you wander past boulders left behind as the Falls eroded through this area thousands of years ago at Niagara’s Glen!
- Feed the ducks at Dufferin Islands Park!
- Play Golf!
- Journey Behind the Falls to hear and see the thunderous Falls.
- Climb aboard Canada’s largest observation wheel and enjoy memorable views of the Horseshoe and American Falls, the Niagara River and other landmarks.
- Take a #selfie as you mingle your way through Louis Tussaud’s WaxWorks with your favourite star! From horror villains to Hollywood’s elite, there are lots of wax people for you to meet!
- See the Battle of Chippawa site where the Battle of Chippawa, fought on July 5th 1814. This was the opening engagement of the Niagara campaign of 1814, the longest and bloodiest military operation of the War of 1812.
- See thousands of butterflies at the Butterfly Conservatory.
- Play Dinosaur Adventure Golf – one of Canada’s largest miniature golf courses with a massive 70,000 square foot playing surface!
- Join for various family activities at Heartland Forest Nature Experience.
Summer Activities in Niagara-on-the-Lake
- Visit the wineries!
- See live theatre outdoors. Billed, part carnival, part theatre celebration, the lineup includes concerts and unique theatrical experiences in front of Shaw Festival Theatres – the BMO Stage, Humeniuk Foundation Stage, Royal George Theatre’s Gallery Patio, Nona Macdonald Stage in addition to the Festival Theatre grounds.
- Visit Lavender Farm at Niagara Essential Oils & Blend.
- Enjoy a spa day at Pillar and Post Vintage Hotel!
- Eat the ice cream at Avondale Dairy Bar!
- Celebrate the art form of jazz in the Niagara Region during TD Niagara Jazz Festival.
- Step straight from the genteel Victorian town of Niagara-on-the-Lake into the War of 1812 at Fort George, a military post that defended Upper Canada against American attacks at Fort George National Historic Site.
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- Climb to the top of the Brock Monument!
- Stop at pop-up/road side fruit markets to taste the fresh of the farm fruits from the Niagara region!
- Go on an enchanted journey back in time with costumed guides and folklore to match as you learn more about Laura Secord.
- Go on a winery tour on the bike!
- Step inside Fort George after dark and learn about its history and hauntings during a 1.5 to 2 hour candlelight ghost walk.
- Take a horse ride along the Niagara escarpment!
- Tell the time at the Floral Clock!
- Take a picture at the Queen’s Royal Park gazebo. It provides sweeping views of Lake Ontario and sometimes the Toronto Skyline, adding to its reputation for being visually beautiful and a place to relax.
- Hike through Woodend Conservation Area and sweeping vistas of Lake Ontario and Niagara Escarpment slopes.
- Go for Stand up paddling on Niagara River!
- Join for Jane Austen Tea Party on August 5, 2021.
- Explore the heritage buildings and the picturesque downtown on a walking tour
Summer Activities in Fort Erie
- See the Peace Bridge all aglow at night.
- Have a full weekend of free family fun and entertainment in Historic Downtown Ridgeway all weekend long at Downtown Ridgeway Summer Festival.
- Get just-picked produce, farm specialties like baked goods, maple syrup, honey, VQA wines, and more at Ridgeway Farmers’ Market.
- Explore Riverwalk located along the Niagara Boulevard between Queen Street and Bertie Street that offer majestic views of the Peace Bridge and the Niagara River.
- Learn more about Fort Erie’s history – visit Fort Erie Historical Museum, the Fort Erie Railway Museum, the Battle of Ridgeway Memorial Park Site, Mewinzha: First Nations Gallery.
- Have a beach day Crystal Beach or at Crescent Beach Park.
- See more than 1000 animals of native and exotic mammals, reptiles and birds at Safari Niagara.
Summer Activities in Pelham
- Enjoy free concerts on Thursday nights at Peace Park. While there, get Pelham’s best produce from the Farmers’ Market.
- Taste the best food from Pelham’s local establishments during Summer Chill Eats at Peace Park on Thursdays from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
- See the oldest sugar maple tree in Canada at the Comfort Maple Conservation Area.
- Explore the 6km Gerry Berkhout Trail that runs from Murdoch Road to the edge of Centennial Park.
Summer Activities in Port Colborne
- Enjoy a walk along the Port Promenade and discover the shops of Historic West Street and the Downtown Business District.
- Go Scuba diving to explore the Easter Basin wrecks off Port Colborne!
- Start your fishing trip from Sugarloaf Marina!
- Have tea at Arabella’s Tea Room at Port Colborne Historical & Marine Museum and Heritage Village – Open Daily from June to September, 2 to 4 pm daily, including Holidays
- Show off your skate boarding tricks at the Marine themed Skate & BMX Park – Algoport.
- Build sandcastles at Nickel Beach or Centennial Beach.
- Picnic at Lock 8 Gateway Park and watch ships that pass through the Welland Canal and into Lake Erie.
- Go trail riding with HorsePlay Niagara.
- Explore Mud Lake Mud Lake conservation area that offers scenic nature trails, superb bird watching, and fishing.
- Bike the 24-kilometre Friendship trail that begins at Port Colborne Seaway Park and ends at Historic Fort Erie.
Summer Activities in Wainfleet
Summer Activities in Welland
- Rent a canoe, kayak or pedal boat and explore Welland via the water.
- Cheer the participants of the many international water sporting events taking place at Welland International Flatwater Centre.
- Go on a historical walking tour of Welland!
- Enjoy Welland Bridge 13 in Downtown Welland lit up every night!
- Go for a walk in Merritt Island trail or bike the Welland portion of Great Niagara Circle Trail!
- Taste local at Welland Farmers’ Market.
Summer Activities in Lincoln
- Find hidden treasures at the antique stores of Lincoln.
- Say hello to the Ostriches at Ostrich Land!
- Go cherry picking at Cherry Avenue Farms.
- Explore worlds of the early Pennsylvania Mennonite settlers and the Edwardian Schoolmistress at Jordan Historical Museum.
- Hike the Bruce Trail to the magnificent waterfalls of Ball’s Falls Conservation Area.
- Explore Niagara’s Sonoma Valley – Twenty valley features over 50 vineyards that includes many of the provinces best, boutique wineries.
- Spend an afternoon noshing Zooma’s incredible food, and a glass of Sue-Ann’s award-winning wine from noon ’til 4pm and during select weekends in summer at Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery.
- Stargaze at Chronos Observatory of Calamus Estate Winery during special days!
Summer Activities in Thorold
- Explore Short Hills Provincial Park.
- Enjoy the old town charm of downtown Thorold! The second Thursdays of every month, Figg Street Co. on Front Street in Thorold hosts an art event featuring local artists.
- Have a family fun day at Merrittville Speedway.
- Watch the ships and learn more about the history of Thorold through artifacts from the Thorold and Beaverdams Historical Society at Lock 7 viewing centre.
- Take fabulous pictures of Sunflowers, have a fun family day out and more at Howells Farm.
- Walk the boardwalk of Mel Swart Lake Gibson Conservation Park.
- Can you walk the 32 km long Laura Secord Trail from Thorold to Laura Secord Homestead which Loura Secord walked during the war of 1812 in the service of her country.
- Cross the Welland Canal aboard the Port Robinson Ferry.
Summer Activities in St Catharines
- Bike Welland Canal or Ship watch at any of the four cities – St. Catharines, Thorold, Welland and Port Colborne.
- Explore the boardwalk to reach Port Dalhousie Inner Range Lighthouse.
- Enjoy great tasting food for a great cause during Market Square Summer Social.
- Go on a guided tour of Welland Canal on a segway.
- What is summer without tasting Lip Smackin’ Finger-Lickin’ Ribs? St Catharines Rotary RibFest is always held on the civic long weekend.
- Enjoy a beach day at Lake Ontario Beaches!
- Discover the history of St Catharines and Welland Canal at St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre. While there, learn more about Canada’s National Summer Sport through Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame & Museum .
- Explore 15 craft breweries at Niagara’s Ale Trail.
- Check out the many events taking place at First Ontario Performing Arts Centre!
- Take your toddler to Lakeside Park Carousel.
- Hike to Decew Falls, and see the working grist mill rebuilt in 1872 at Morningstar Mill.
- Visit Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery for winery tours or for the many gourmet foodie events!
- Say Opa, loud and clear as you experience a true Greek celebration with traditional music and the Kalamatiano, Tsamiko, Zeimbekiko and other Greek dances. (2021 TBA)
- Visit St Catharine’s Farmers Market for the “best that Niagara Grows”. Enjoy hands-on experiences, including making butter, creating seed mosaics, honey tasting, market searches and more during Market Discovery Table and the sounds of local musicians at Music in the Square.
- Explore St Catharines downtown via Downtown Heritage Corridor Walking Tour.
- Take kids to see animals at Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm and it is free to visit.
Summer Activities in Grimsby
- Enjoy breathtaking and panoramic views of the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario and hike to Beamer Falls at the Beamer Conservation area.
- Discover the works of local artists at Grimsby Public Art Gallery.
- See E.D. Smith’s Refractometer, Penny-Farthing Bicycle and more at Grimsby Museum!
- Get fresh food and locally farmed products from Grimsby Farmers Market: every Thursday from the end of May until Thanksgiving weekend on Main Street in Grimsby from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
- Discover Grimsby’s history on guided walking tours with Grimsby Museum during Historic Walks.