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Welcome to Niagara Falls & Around

Niagara Falls is one of the world’s most mesmerizing natural wonders—a mighty chasm that’s etched across the border of the United States and Canada. Each minute, six million cubic feet (168,000 cubic meters) of water thunder over the canyon walls, exploding in clouds of icy mist. The falls make a dramatic backdrop for a romantic getaway or an action-fueled adventure. Take a boat cruise, soar overhead in a helicopter, journey behind the falls, or watch the dazzling evening light show. Nearby, Clifton Hill is a mini Las Vegas with casinos, restaurants, and entertainment, whereas cultured Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Ontario wine region offer quieter attractions.

Top 15 attractions in Niagara Falls & Around

Niagara Falls, Ontario

The powerful border-straddling Niagara Falls is actually composed of the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls (also known as Canadian Falls). Combined, these cascades have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world—more than a million bathtubs of water plummet over the edge every second. While they’re wildly impressive from the US, here’s how to explore the Canadian side.More

Skylon Tower

Perched on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, the lofty Skylon Tower is famous for its bird’s-eye views. Boasting a panoramic observation platform, ambient dining, movies, shopping, and activities for the whole family, this 775-foot (236-meter) tower offers an entire day’s worth of entertainment.More

Cave of the Winds

At the Cave of the Winds observation decks, thrill-seeking visitors can get within 20 feet (6 meters) of the thundering Niagara Falls for an experience that feels like the inside of a tropical storm with torrents of water cascading down and winds up to 68 mph (109 kph). Safe to say, you’ll probably get wet.More

Journey Behind the Falls

Niagara Falls is an incredible sight from land and by boat, but at Journey Behind the Falls visitors who wish to truly experience its massive power can get up close and personal—and wet. Standing on an observation deck behind the falls, where more than one million bathtubs of water thunder over the edge every second, is a truly unforgettable experience of Niagara.More

Bridal Veil Falls

The smallest of the three waterfalls that comprise world-famous Niagara Falls, Bridal Veil Falls is anything but small. Located on the US side of the falls, the 56-foot-wide (17-meter-wide) waterfall thunders over a 78-foot (24-meter) drop. Its frothy white cascade is reminiscent of a bride’s veil, hence the falls’ name.More

Table Rock Welcome Centre

Your visit to the natural wonder that is Niagara Falls begins at the Table Rock Welcome Centre. Here you’ll learn how to make the most of your time at the falls, plus you can buy tickets for some area attractions if you didn’t book a tour in advance. The complex has viewing platforms, restaurants, shops, and attractions.More

Floral Clock

While Niagara Falls is justifiably famous for the force of nature that is the falls themselves, the Floral Clock is one of several other impressive attractions in the area. Comprising thousands of colorful plants and flowers, the clock blooms from spring to fall. It’s a fun photo opportunity, especially for nature lovers and avid gardeners.More

Clifton Hill

Clifton Hill is a neon-heavy, Vegas-like strip filled with a concentrated cluster of family-friendly attractions and entertainment options. Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, the 175-foot (53-meter) Niagara SkyWheel, Guinness World Records Museum, Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks, and several haunted houses are among its prominent points of interest.More

Queen Victoria Park

Queen Victoria Park offers a quiet respite from the bustle of Niagara Falls. Take in stunning views of Horseshoe Falls and spend some time strolling among the plants and flowers that grow throughout the park. The colorful gardens and manicured lawns offer both relaxing picnic spots and great photo ops of the falls.More

Whirlpool Aero Car

Suspended high over the Niagara River, the Whirlpool Aero Car passes directly over Niagara Whirlpool—a swirling, whitewater vortex created by conflicting currents. The antique cable car has been on the go since 1916, carrying passengers out to the bend of the river, where they dangle over and gawk at the dangerous whirling rapids below.More

Rainbow Bridge

Arching across the Niagara River gorge, Rainbow Bridge links Niagara Falls in New York with Niagara Falls in Ontario. Built in 1940, the historic bridge serves as one of the most scenic border crossings between the United States and Canada. Traverse it for dramatic views of Niagara Falls.More

Niagara SkyWheel

Opened in 2006, this towering Ferris wheel carries passengers up to a height of 175 feet (53 meters), far above the hubbub and neon lights of bustling Clifton Hill. From the enclosed, climate-controlled gondolas, passengers can see for miles in every direction and admire the grandeur of Horseshoe and American falls.More

Brock's Monument

At 183 feet (56 meters) tall, Brock's Monument in Queenston Heights National Historic Site is the highest of its kind in Canada. It commemorates Major General Sir Isaac Brock, a hero of the War of 1812. In Queenston, a short drive from Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake, the national historic site is a fun, informative place to visit while touring the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.More


Known as one of Ontario’s most beautiful towns, Niagara-on-the-Lake is an ideal destination for wine lovers and anyone looking for a slow-paced, scenic vacation. Located just over the US–Canadian border on the shores of Lake Ontario, this picturesque spot is an easy weekend getaway or day trip from Buffalo in New York, Toronto, or Niagara Falls.More

Reif Estate Winery

The family-owned Reif Estate Winery is one of the oldest wineries in the Niagara-on-the-Lake area. Located on the banks of the Niagara River, and not far from Lake Ontario, it’s in an attractive setting, with views across the river to the United States. The winery offers delicious wine and food tastings and events, including some more unusual wine events that mix good food, drink, and fun.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days on the Canadian Side of Niagara Falls

How to Spend 2 Days on the Canadian Side of Niagara Falls

Niagara City Cruises

Niagara City Cruises

Niagara Falls After Dark: Light Shows and Fireworks

Niagara Falls After Dark: Light Shows and Fireworks

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Half Day Wine & Cheese Tour - Niagara On The Lake Wine Tour
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Niagara Falls CANADA Helicopter Tour

Niagara Falls CANADA Helicopter Tour

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Best of Niagara Falls Canada Tour

Niagara SkyWheel Admission Ticket

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Best of Niagara Falls Tour + Skylon Tower Lunch - Private-Safe Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Niagara Falls & Around

What a great show!!
Daniel_L, Jan 2023
Edward Stone's Mind Trix Show : Illusion of the Mind
Honestly it’s something you have to see when you are in Niagara Falls!!!
Great views, great tour guides!
David_B, Jan 2023
30 Minute Niagara Falls Airplane Tour
This was a great tour with some great views of Niagara Falls and the surrounding areas.
Unique experience
Manraj_S, Dec 2022
Niagara Falls CANADA Helicopter Tour
Not to mention the spectacular view of Niagara falls, giving us the best scenery to take photos of it.
Nice views over Niagara...
Ashley_M, Dec 2022
Niagara Falls CANADA Helicopter Tour
Nice views over Niagara Falls .
Favorite part of our trip
Brianna_G, Dec 2022
30 Minute Niagara Falls Airplane Tour
Best part of our Niagara Falls trip!
Short Stay in Niagara
barb_f, Nov 2022
BTL Picnic Cheese and Charcuterie Board
We booked the BTL Winery tour as we were only staying in Niagara Falls for one night.
Melissa_F, Nov 2022
Private 5 Hour Wine Tour in Niagara-on-the-Lake with cheese & charcuterie
This was a fantastic tour we were celebrating my husbands birthday and first time to the Niagara Falls area Zoran was a great driver and such fun conversation!
No other way to see Niagara Falls!
Thomas_K, Oct 2022
Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride Option
There is no other way to see Niagara, this tour is the best and Dakota was as well!
Team Nick
David_R, Oct 2022
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
Fantastic views from ever angle of Niagara Falls.
Best Tour
Ruben_R, Oct 2022
Niagara Falls Canada Tour from Day to Night with Dinner
Best of the Niagara Fall on the Canada side.
Our driver was very...
Waquita_S, Oct 2022
Best of Niagara Falls Canada Tour
I would truly recommend this company to anyone seeking an intimate tour of Niagara Falls.
Niagara Boat & Behind the Falls Tour
Chris_W, Oct 2022
Journey Behind Niagara Falls Exclusive First Access via Boat
This you’d was expertly run by Linda, she was very knowledgeable and factual on the falls and Niagara it’s self, as well as added some much needed humour.
Oh I had a nice time in...
Teresa_C, Oct 2022
Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride Option
Oh I had a nice time in Niagara Falls Nancy was very nice, patient, pleasant and knowledgeable.
Great Day/Night Niagara Tour w/Zoom Tours, Fabio!
Ann_S, Oct 2022
Niagara Falls Day and Evening Tour With Boat Cruise & Dinner (optional)
We specifically arranged a day/night tour to Niagara Falls so we could experience the nighttime lights/fireworks.
Loved the Falls!
Annette_N, Oct 2022
Best of Niagara Falls Canada Tour
We got to see everything we wanted to in Niagara Falls.
Bucket list check off!
Steve_W, Oct 2022
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
Our guide Dakota was exceptional- perfect way to experience Niagara Falls!
You have to do this
Daniel_B, Oct 2022
Niagara Falls Grand Helicopter Adventure
The falls and the other attractions were incredible to see from 2500 feet.
Benny the driver was an excellent tour guide !
Yadira_A, Oct 2022
Niagara Falls Canada Tour + Helicopter Ride and Skylon Tower Lunch
This tour is a great opportunity to get to know the majestic Niagara fall in Canada side You will get incredible views from the different angle!!!!
Big wheel
AnneMarie_S, Oct 2022
Niagara SkyWheel Admission Ticket
Great views of Niagara falls Looks very pretty st night and you can see all over Niagara Went round 5 times Decent price
Amazing Adventure
Sophie_A, Oct 2022
Niagara CANADA, Domed (Dry) Jet Boat Tour
This is a must do when in Niagara Falls.
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All about Niagara Falls & Around

When to visit

While Niagara Falls cascades year-round, summer is the ideal time to view attractions such as Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds under sunny skies. Just be prepared to share the view with crowds and book hotels well in advance. Fall offers more elbow room plus harvest season events including the Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival and Oktoberfest.

When to visit

Niagara Falls enjoys a summertime tourist boom thanks to warm temperatures that make Maid of the Mist voyages a welcome and cooling experience. The free Discover Niagara Shuttle operates from June through October, which is when area attractions are at their busiest. For a slightly calmer (and less expensive) outing, consider visiting in September or October, when most attractions are still open, including Maid of the Mist boat rides, which close from early November through late April.

Getting around

Niagara Falls is served by the The Niagara Falls International Train Station and Intermodal Transportation Center, which links to Amtrak services in the US and Maple Leaf services in Canada, as well as the Niagara Falls Transit terminal, served by bus lines like Greyhound. A number of local buses, as well as two trams, operate in the area, as does the free, seasonal Discover Niagara shuttle. Guided tour itineraries offer an even simpler way to navigate the region’s attractions.

Traveler tips

Many visitors don’t realize that Niagara Falls is just a hop, skip, and a jump from one of Canada’s top wine regions. Niagara-on-the-Lake is home to many award-winning wineries, which cultivate grape varietals like pinot noir and cabernet franc and also produce dessert-friendly ice wines. Many half- and full-day guided tours are available, and they make it easy to sip and sample without worrying about nominating a designated driver.

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