Wondering how Niagara Falls became the wonder that it is today? Take a look at “Niagara’s Fury,” a 4D, 360-degree movie that will dazzle and engage all your senses. This is a bit different then other tours, as it’s not out “in” nature, but brings nature in to you. The ground beneath you moves as the history of Niagara Falls unfolds. As the story is told, water mists down on you and your family as you journey through 10,000 years of time, ending up in the present day. Take your souvenir (biodegradable) parkas with you when you leave, you never know when you will need one again.
You can take a break from getting wet and visit the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens just 10 minutes north of the falls. It is easily one of the most beautiful spots in the area, one that might be passed up due to the overwhelming draw of the falls themselves (but should be on your “to see” list). A highlight is the Butterfly Conservatory taking you to a world of tropical plants and colorful butterflies. Flying loose, they float in the air and decorate any leaf or flower they land on. Also available from May to mid-October are guided tours of the botanical gardens by horse-drawn carriage.
You can get deals and packages and save quite a bit by doing so. If you plan on visiting multiple locations and attractions, or if you are staying for a few days, the Wonder Pass is a pretty good idea. There are also bus passes and more to choose from — visit the Niagara Parks page for more information and to choose what suits your family’s needs.
Just 30 minutes from Niagara Falls is the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Located where Lake Ontario meets the St. Lawrence River, the town has a story dating back to the 1790s when it was the original capital of Upper Canada. If you want a cool title, get elected here and be addressed as lord mayor. Fort George has been restored to the original condition when it played a role in the War of 1812. The costumes and re-created lifestyle of the time period add to the immersion into local history.