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Niagara Falls is a real bucket list location and there’s nothing quite like going with the whole family and sharing the delight with your children. From London, you can fly to Buffalo Niagara in 11 hours with a stopover, the USA side of the falls are then only a half hour drive away. Another option is to fly into Toronto or New York, as both are only a short drive, and combine the trip with a city break. These are my top 5 activities to do while you’re there.
1. Seeing the Falls
Well of course this had to be number 1 on the list! They are a sensational sight for an adult, but for a child they are even more awe-inspiring. This is the perfect family activity as you can genuinely share in their child-like wonder at the sheer majestic size of the falls. It’s great to stay close by when you are travelling with children as it cuts down the journey time, the beautiful 3-bedroom Lake View Retreat (pictured above) lies just minutes from the falls in Ontario, Canada and is 45 minutes from Toronto. The retreat is close to parks, the beach, restaurants and dining and offering stunning views of the lake. The sprawling bungalow has huge windows throughout which beautifully frame the lake views. The décor is modern, fresh with huge fireplaces and some quirky-shaped rooms. It includes 3 bedrooms (1 king bedroom, 1 queen bedroom and 1 double bedroom, plus 2 queen beds and 2 couches can also be used in the communal areas), 2.5 bathrooms, a formal dining room, kitchen and a spacious living room. The dining room, kitchen and living room all offer fabulous lake views, it’s hard to get away from and you really won’t want to! The finished basement includes a patio which is equipped with a BBQ and patio furniture; the perfect spot for getting together with all the family after a busy day sightseeing! The property also benefits from a TV, heating and air-conditioning, washer and dryer, free parking on-site and wireless internet.
2. The Maid of The Mist
Again, a total must-do when visiting Niagara Falls. The Maid of the Mist boats sail right up to the bottom of the falls, for kids there’s nothing quite like watching their parents dress up in the super-attractive plastic rain ponchos that are provided and getting drenched in the spray! It’s a really fun trip and you get a close-up view of the falls like no other. Just make sure you take your photos at the very start or end of the boat trip, unless you plan to bring a waterproof camera!
3. Niagara Skywheel
Another amazing view of the falls can be had 175 feet up in the air on board Canada’s largest observation wheel. This is a great family activity that is fun for all. Board for an 8-12 minute trip round in one of the heated and air conditioned gondolas – and this time the camera is totally protected from the spray so you’ll get some fantastic shots.
The neighbouring town of Niagara-on-the-Lake is a beautiful, quaint village with charming boutique shops, cafes and endless flower displays. It may be slightly more for the parents but the Christmas store there (Just Christmas) is hands down the best Christmas shop I’ve ever been in and the children simply won’t want to leave! Plus, there’s an outlet of the world famous COWS ice cream, complete with a large model cow that is great for posing with for photos.
5. Clifton Hill
For rides and games there’s nowhere quite like Clifton Hill; for UK readers – this place really reminds me of Blackpool Pleasure Beach with its colour, noise and general mood of sheer fun! As well as the rides (don’t miss the Ghostblasters Dark Ride and the Wild West Coaster), there’s plenty of souvenir shops, adventure golf, the Movieland Wax Museum of Stars, Ripley’s Museum as well as a Rainforest Café and several other family restaurants. It’s worth buying a fun pass which includes 5 attractions, just make sure you have enough time to do them all!
This list is by no means exhaustive, there’s so much to do in the area but to be honest a lot of your time will be spent just wandering about and simply gazing at the falls, finding new places to view them from and really enjoying their amazing splendour as a family.
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