Experience Niagara Falls in 2 days.
Check out our Niagara Falls in One Perfect Day itinerary which covers Niagara Falls and includes a cruise right up to the spray. Now you are ready to branch out and discover how this place – a tourist draw since the early 1600’s – has become an entertainment mecca.
Then leave behind the mayhem to see some more natural area attractions. You can hop on and off this shuttle bus whenever you want to visit an attraction.
Bird Kingdom is fun for kiddies. The collection of exotic birds is extensive and visitors can enjoy having the birds perch on their shoulders or fingers. It’s easy and educational entertainment.
Next is White Water Walk, a personal favourite. You need to take an elevator down to the floor of the Niagara Gorge and then you walk out at water level, where the white water rapids produce the highest standing waves in North America. The water is green and black and frothy white, moving at breakneck speed. It’s a beautiful and intimidating show of Nature’s sheer power. There’s a pretty good gift shop.
While here, have a look at, and maybe a quick visit to, the Buddhist Cham Shan Temple across the street. It is the most unexpected thing to see in the middle of a tourist area – a place of calm reflection, zen-like beauty and peace. And that’s probably enough sightseeing for one day.
Stop at the Whirlpool Aero Car and take the ride across the river – You’ll feel a little squeamish as you sway a bit in the wind while you are out over the gorge, but the view of the river and the rapids is spectacular.
Butterfly Conservatory is another perfect family stop, yet almost as zen-like as the Buddhist temple! Be sure to take your camera – the butterflies are colourful, beautiful, and aren’t shy. They’ll alight on your shoulder – especially if you are wearing bright colours – or perch on your head. There’s an ice cream shop for a quick snack, and then you should tour the relaxing and lovely Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens that are maintained by the Horticultural School. For more floral inspiration, stop at the Floral Clock.
A lingering late lunch is next, at Queenston Heights Restaurant. The view of the river from the dining room is very nice, so try for a window seat or enjoy a pleasant meal on the patio if the weather’s nice, then tour Brock’s Monument and the various historical plaques for the War of 1812.
Finally, take the WEGO back downtown, reassured by the knowledge that you’ve now seen the highlights of this famous tourist town.