If you are heading to Niagara Falls, you are probably already very familiar with the array of activities related to this amazing sight. But, chances are, you will be looking for other ways to fill your time. No worries, because like any popular tourist destination, there is an abundance of sights and activities in which to partake. Here are some of the most popular ones, well worth a spot on your itinerary.
Even if you’re not a big gambler, the casinos in Niagara Falls are a top attraction that shouldn’t be missed. They offer so much more than gambling, like great restaurants, live music, comedy and so much more. Casino Niagara is home to more than 80 table games and 1,500 slot machines.
Then there is the mammoth Niagara Falls Fallsview Casino—the gaming floor is the size of three football fields and houses thousands of slot machines and 150 table games. If you like shopping, you are sure to find plenty of goodies in the 225,000 feet of shopping space. The Avalon Ballroom hosts a number concerts and performances all throughout the year. And don’t forget about the spa, golf course, and the choice of a dozen restaurants!
Butterfly Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
This is a great place to visit if you want to escape the crowds, and lose yourself in the beauty of nature. The Butterfly Conservatory is an indoor tropical paradise with over 2,000 butterflies roaming freely. The 100-acre Botanical Gardens houses dozens of stunning gardens with thousands of plant species scattered amongst them. If you are here during the summer, you can take a guided horse-and-carriage tour.
Old Fort Niagara
If you have any interest in history, Old Fort Niagara is a must visit during your stay here. Built in the 17th century, it has been a base for French, American and British troops, and has been through many wars, such as the American Revolution, and the French and Indian War. It has the distinction of being North America’s largest operational fort. Being located in one of the most scenic areas of western NY, you will also be treated to some stunning natural beauty.
Did you know Niagara Falls is very famous for other things besides the actual falls? Well, it is—its wine. If you have any degree of appreciation for wine, or just like learning about new things, a trip to the Inniskillin Winery can make for a very nice day. Not only will you get to sample some delicious wines, you will learn all about what it takes to make fine wine. It is particularly famous for its Icewine, which is made by letting grapes freeze over the winter; the thawing process apparently creates a more intense, unique flavor.
Marineland is great fun for all ages, and a particularly good attraction if you have the kiddies in tow on this trip. This amazing theme park has the distinction of housing the biggest killer whale habitat in the whole wide world. You can actually touch them too if you want. It is also well-known for its sea lion and dolphin shows. The park also has a deer feeding area, and of course, being a theme park, rollercoasters and other rides.
So, there you have it. Five great non-Falls attractions to keep you busy during your time here.