Exploring the Area

Here’s a list of free and almost free things to do in Niagara, in no specific order. There’s more but this should get you started!

Cycle or drive the beautiful Niagara Parkway from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Fort Erie via Niagara Falls. Read more.

Window shop Queen Street or the Outlet Collection in Niagara

Niagara-on-the-Lake and Bench Wineries – free to get in, affordable tours and tastings. But you must pay for that bottle of wine you want to drink later!

Fireworks over the famous falls – check schedule

Falls illumination – the falls are lit in the colour of the rainbow. At night of course!

Niagara Botanical Gardens

Queenston Heights’ Brock Monument

Floral Clock. Free.

Niagara nature trails

Welland Canal Center in St Catharines – watch the ships go through the canal.

Family Friendly Activities

With kids? In addition to the activities listed above, here are activities that every member of the family will enjoy. Some are free but most have a cost. Please visit the various website’s below for pricing and more information.

Happy Rolph’s in St Catharines, along the shores of Lake Ontario, and only about 10 minutes from Niagara-on-the-Lake, provides an opportunity to experience a variety of animals, birds and plants, in a natural setting. Visitors can also enjoy quiet seating – picnic lunch occasion! – and viewing opportunities along Lake Ontario or adjacent to two ponds on site. The site also features the 9/11 Memorial walking Trail. Free.

Or go to the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls.

In Niagara-on-the-Lake, let history come back to life with a visit to Fort George, a military post that goes back to the war of 1812. Self-guided tours of the Fort with interactive reenactments within the buildings. Musket and canon demos daily.

Backstage tours at The Shaw. Take a peek behind the scenes and explore the inner workings of a large-scale theatre company. Discover what it takes to bring the plays to vibrant life. 

Niagara Historical Museum – dedicated to understanding the history of Niagara-on-the-Lake. 

Ghost tours – experience Fort George after dark. In addition to one of the prettiest towns in Canada, Niagara-on-the-Lake is commonly referred to as the most haunted. May to October.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Pool and Tennis Courts: Daily public swim times available. Court times available through the town. 

Simcoe Park: Located in the center of historic Niagara-on-the-Lake with a wading pool with fountain and great playground. Free.

Zoom Leisure Bike Rentals: Bike rentals for the whole family including children’s bike, baby trailers and trail a longs that attach to an adult bike like a tandem. 

Whirlpool Jetboat tours: Splish splash! Head down the Niagara river for a fun – and wet – ride. Height restrictions for the Wet Jet tour are 44” (avg 6 year old) and for the Doom Tour 40” (avg 4 year old). Under-16 must be accompanied by a parent. 

Paddle Niagara (10 yrs +): Get a unique view from the Niagara River down onto Lake Ontario as your guide teaches you the basics of paddle boarding. 

Niagara Heritage Trail – visit the Laura Secord Museum and the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum among other.