Summer is peak season at Niagara Falls, and visitors can expect to find more activities and events on offer than at any other time of the year, not just during the day but at night too. See below for some ideas for how to best enjoy Niagara Falls in summer.
- Marvel at the mighty falls during a daytime cruise that carries passengers out to within spraying distance of Horseshoe Falls. Two companies offer Niagara Falls cruises from mid-May through October: Hornblower Cruises depart from the Canadian side, while Maid of the Mist cruises depart from United States side.
- Wait until nightfall to witness the Falls Illumination, which sees the natural wonder lit up with colorful LED lights.
- See the sky explode with light during the Niagara Falls Fireworks spectacle. The fireworks take place nightly during July and August.
- Celebrate holidays such as Victoria Day (the Monday before May 25), Canada Day (July 1), and the Fourth of July—all of which are marked by fireworks, music, and other special events.
- Make the most of the warm weather with outdoor activities. Set off from the New York side of the Niagara River on a kayaking tour, go horseback riding around the shoreline of Lake Erie, or bike around Ontario wine country in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
- Visit the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Conservatory. During summer, many of the flowers here are in full bloom.