With a reputation as one of the world’s most astounding natural wonders, a visit to Niagara Falls can be found on most people’s bucket list.
There is plenty to see and do from vibrant nightlife to all-inclusive tours, with the obvious attraction being the falls themselves, which you can see from behind the scenes, ziplining overhead or getting up close and personal by boat.
Here are some of the best things to do in Niagara Falls.
Zipline to the falls
This experience is truly once in a lifetime.
There are plenty of ways to take in the Niagara Falls views, but none so good as soaring overhead on a zipline. Zoom across four parallel ziplines facing you towards the Horseshoe Falls and take it in from all angles as you reach speeds of up to 70+ kph (40 mph).
Whether a regular thrill-seeker or ready to brave new heights, you can feel completely safe in the hands of experts who will get you harnessed in and close enough to feel the spray on your face.
Tour & helicopter ride
If ziplining is a bit too wild for your taste, you can still get a birds-eye view, helicopter-style, before embarking on an action-packed tour.
The Ultimate Niagara Falls Tour includes a 12-minute heli ride with jaw-dropping views, a boat cruise ride right into the mist of the Falls, lunch in the Skylon Tower Restaurant where you can pop out onto the observation deck, and a scenic narrated driving tour of Niagara Falls to see it all.
You can even get a behind-the-scenes look at the natural wonder with Journey Behind The Falls descending 125ft into cave-like tunnels leading to observation decks.
Join a Walks tour
Walks have a few different tours to make your Niagara Falls experience magical.
You can explore behind the falls with a special all-access pass on the Niagara Falls Tour & Journey Behind The Falls, discover the new Tailrace Tunnel attraction and hear the electrifying story of how Nikola Tesla and Niagara Falls shaped modern hydroelectric power on the Niagara Water Power Tour, or watch the falls light up in an array of colours on a Niagara at Night evening complete with local wine tasting and appetizers.
Get an adventure pass
No time to plan your epic list of activities for the trip? No worries.
For those looking to make the most of their visit, get your hands on the Niagara Falls Adventure Pass Plus – a loaded bundle of all the most popular experiences with admission to five iconic attractions and discounts across culinary spots and gift shops.
If you’re slightly short on time with your stay you can opt for the Niagara Falls Adventure Pass Classic, which gives you admission to three of the breathtaking attractions and discounts to culinary locations and gift shops.
See all the best parts
Jam all the best of the best experience in one day of exciting adventure on the Best of Niagara Falls Tour.
Guests will kick off with a boat ride into the mist of the falls followed by a visit to Skylon Tower Observation Deck to soak it all in and a behind-the-scenes journey in the tunnels. To finish, you’ll join a narrated driving tour of Niagara Falls. This tour is pretty much the same as the Ultimate Niagara Falls tour mentioned above, just minus the helicopter and more expensive price tag.
Maid of the Mist
Feel the spray of the falls on your face on this boat tour that takes you directly into the centre of the swirling mist.
You’ll see the raging currents up close and hear the deafening thunder while 600,000 gallons of water refresh you with a hit of mist. Iconic views + the ride of a lifetime, it doesn’t get much better.
Explore hiking trails at Devil’s Hole State Park
Take it down a notch and soak in nature at Devil’s Hole State Park, which overlooks Devil’s Hole Rapids.
Here you’ll find a few scenic walks and hiking trails to get stunning views out over the rapids, and picnic tables scattered about to park up for lunch after your walk. A stone staircase leads down to the base of the gorge and the Devil’s Hole Trail, which offers more spectacular views of the rapids and gorge rock layers.
Walk across Rainbow Bridge
The Rainbow Bridge is an arch bridge across the Niagara River gorge that connects the cities of Niagara Falls, New York, United States, and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
If you’ve ever wanted to cross a bridge and be in another country within 5 minutes, make sure you take a moment out of your day to do so – not to mention the amazing views from the top.