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Top Niagara Falls Attractions

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Share Your Niagara Falls Experience | Niagara Falls Travel Guide | Guided Tours from Toronto

Here are the most popular Niagara Falls attractions and things to do in Niagara Falls (in no particular order).

If you plan to visit several Niagara Falls attractions, consider buying the Niagara Falls & Great Gorge Adventure Pass, or for those visiting both U.S. and Canadian Niagara Falls attractions, the Niagara Falls Power Pass may be your best buy. Buy the Niagara Falls Power Pass now through Viator.

1. Maid of the Mist Boat Tour of Niagara Falls

Photo aboard Maid of the Mist courtesy Tourism Niagara.
The powerful diesel-engined boats take visitors to the base of the American Falls and then on to the basin of the magnificent Canadian Horseshoe Falls. This is the best way to appreciate the power and roar of the falls. A disposable rain jacket is provided, and you need it.

See our Maid of the Mist Visitors Guide for more information.

2. Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort

Photo courtesy Niagara Fallsview Casino
The 2.5 million square foot complex includes more than 3,000 slot machines and 150 gaming tables, a 368-room five-star hotel, fine-dining restaurants, 50,000 square feet of meeting/conference space, a health spa, a retail facility, a 1,500-seat theatre and much more.

Located on a stunningly landscaped eight-hectare property, the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort overlooks one of the most famous views in the world – Niagara Falls.

3. Butterfly Conservatory / Botanical Gardens

Photo courtesy Niagara Parks
The Butterfly Conservatory is part of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens a few minutes drive from Niagara Falls.

The Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls is an indoor attraction that allows visitors to wander amongst recreated tropical conditions in which more than 2,000 butterflies fly freely. Wear bright colored clothing and be prepared for the butterflies to land right on you.

4. The Skylon Tower

Photo courtesy Tourism Niagara
Get a spectacular view 775 feet (236 meters) above Niagara Falls from the Observation Deck of the Skylon Tower . Visitors can also enjoy fine dining in the Revolving Dining Room or more casual dining at the Summit Suite Dining Room.

5. Niagara Helicopters Limited

If the Skylon Tower just isn't high enough for you, maybe Niagara Helicopters can satisfy your lust for elevation. Get an awe-inspiring view of Niagara Falls or travel in chopper style to one of the region's wineries for lunch.

6. IMAX Theatre Niagara Falls

Hold on to your seats! Experience the thunderous power of Niagara Falls from a heart-thumping perspective. The IMAX Theatre Niagara Falls features a more than six-stories high screen and 12,000 watts of floor shaking digital surround sound that will make feel like you're right in the heart of the action.

7. Marineland

Photo courtesy Marineland

Though Marineland is one of the most popular attractions, its popularity has waned because of allegations of animal abuse. An extensive investigation by a major Toronto newspaper that included interviews with Marineland staff revealed poor conditions and animal suffering. The owner John Holer has a longstanding reputation for shady dealings.

The 2012 exposé really confirmed what I had suspected after visiting for my first and only time in 2010. Walking through that park I felt like shielding my kids eyes as I would at a car accident. Bears stood in shallow water begging for corn puffs that people were buying and throwing to them. It was a completely false, contrived version of wildlife that offered no dignity to these animals. 

8. Bird Kingdom

Photo © Bird Kingdom
Experience 50,000 sq feet of tropical rain forest with over 400 free flying birds at the world's largest indoor aviary, Niagara Falls Aviary .

9. Journey Behind the Falls

Journey Behind the Falls is exactly as it sounds: Visitors (often hoards of them) are guided through a tunnel to a spot behind the Falls where you can hear and see the falling water -- lots and lots of it.

Most people, given the choice, would rather do the Maid of the Mist boat tour, but if you just can't get enough of the Falls, the Journey Behind the Falls may well be worth it.

10. Whirlpool Aero Car

Photo courtesy Niagara Parks
Get a great view and a rush of adrenalin by traveling above the Niagara Whirlpool and its rapids in an antique cable car. The Whirlpool Aero Car is open seasonally in suitable weather.

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