Things to do in Niagara Falls, Ontario

Come for the iconic waterfalls, and stay for the adventure, from jetboats to zip lines and towering views.

Our most recommended things to do in Niagara Falls, Ontario

Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Niagara-on-the-Lake

1. Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Niagara-on-the-Lake

Explore Niagara Falls on a guided day trip from Toronto, with pickup from downtown Toronto and on-board commentary from your guide. Enrich your tour with an optional Niagara Falls boat cruise. Start with a scenic drive through Niagra-on-the-lake along the Niagara Parkway and marvel at Queenston Heights and Brock's Monument. Enjoy a stopover and see the hydroelectric power station, Whirlpool Rapids and Floral Clock. Upon arrival at Niagara Falls, get 3 hours of free time during which you can choose to take the Hornblower Niagara Cruise "Voyage to the Falls." Feel the thunder of the Journey Behind the Falls or get panoramic views from Skylon Tower (during the winter months). Take a break where you can go and purchase a delicious lunch at one of the various dine-in restaurants or fast food joints near Niagara Falls. After your break, sit back and relax in air-conditioned comfort as you travel by bus back to Toronto.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Clifton Hill 6 Attraction Fun Pass

2. Niagara Falls, Canada: Clifton Hill 6 Attraction Fun Pass

Take a break from sightseeing the magnificent cascades of Niagara Falls and enjoy a host of activities at Clifton Hill's street of fun visitor attractions. Located just steps from the falls, the entertainment centre features thrilling rides, games, and attractions, all included in your fun pass. Visit and save on the top 6 family attractions including the Niagara SkyWheel with its breathtaking views of Niagara Falls by day or night. Face the multi-sensory Zombie Attack adventure featuring 6D graphics, or play a round of golf with wizards or dinosaurs.  Meet the stars of movie classics and current hits at Movieland Wax Museum; take a rocking ride through space on Cosmic Coaster and blast away ghosts on Ghostblasters Dark Ride. Enjoy some games at the Great Canadian Midway with your free tokens.

Niagara Falls: Wild Magic Ticket

3. Niagara Falls: Wild Magic Ticket

Greg Frewin has appeared all over the globe, including a command performance for Prince Rainier in Monte Carlo and over 35 TV appearances worldwide. Recognized by his peers as "The International Grand Champion of Magic," you owe it to yourself to see him. And what better place to see him than at his Niagara Falls theater in Canada? The theatre opened its doors in 2005, and Greg performs his magic show over 200 times a year. The 90-minute show will capture your imagination, just as it captured the imagination of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, who awarded him 1st place in a competition of professional magicians, and the Society of American Magicians, who lauded him with 1st place honors at their annual magic convention. But forget the gongs; experience the Las Vegas style extravaganza for yourself and see grand illusions, along with appearances by rare tigers, exotic birds, and beautiful dancers. It is an unbeatable ticket.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Small Group Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

4. Niagara Falls, Canada: Small Group Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Experience the mighty waterfalls with stunning views of both the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls. See the power of Niagara up close, onboard the Hornblower Niagara Cruises boat ride Voyage to the Falls. Hear about the origins of the falls and see the American and Canadian power plants that run on the Niagara River's waters. Stop to admire the beautiful Floral Clock, made up of more than 16,000 carpet bedding plants. Learn about the Niagara Glen and the Whirlpool Golf Course, and enjoy fully narrated stops at the Whirlpool Rapids Observation Deck and the Brink of the Falls. Then, ascend the Skylon Tower for panoramic aerial views and descend behind the falls as feel the Horseshoe Falls cascading above you at the Journey Behind the Falls. Cruise past the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls aboard a Hornblower Niagara cruise boat. From December to April, when the boat tour is non-operational, visit the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory and Niagara's Fury attraction instead. Step inside a 4D motion theater and discover the ancient story of Niagara Falls in a multi-sensory simulation of the last Ice Age

From New York City: Niagara Falls One Day Tour

5. From New York City: Niagara Falls One Day Tour

Depart New York City and journey to Niagara Falls in New York State to experience the natural wonder from multiple perspectives. Ride the famous Maid of the Mist boat and get up close to attractions such as Horseshoe Falls and American Falls. Leave NYC late at night to arrive in the early morning to morning-mist rainbows and the falls’ magnificent roars. Alternatively, depart New York City in the morning for a chance to see the falls change from day to night, and to witness a light show and fireworks. Hear the roar of the waterfalls and see magical rainbows that'll take your breath away in the early morning before the crowds arrive. Climb aboard the famous Maid of the Mist boat to get up close to the immense Horseshoe Falls. Visit attractions such as the uninhabited Goat Island and Luna Island on the Niagara River. Get stunning views of the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls and gaze in awe at the rapids of the Niagara River as it tumbles towards the amazing cascades.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Scenic Helicopter Flight

6. Niagara Falls, Canada: Scenic Helicopter Flight

Embark on the ride of a lifetime aboard a 12-minute helicopter flight. Combine adventure with spectacular views as you soar above Niagara Falls. Take off from the heliport located 5 minutes from downtown Niagara Falls, Canada. Climb aboard an Airbus H130 with seats for up to 7 passengers. The spacious cabin features large windows for the best panoramic views. Take to the skies as you fly over to the Niagara River. Listen to the on-board narration that's available in 12 languages. Glide above the River from the Whirlpool to the Rainbow Bridge. See Queen Victoria Park, Skylon Tower, the American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls from above. Follow the curve of Canadian Horseshoe Falls and see rainbows in all directions. On the return to the heliport, you might spy the outline of Toronto to the north and the shores of Lake Erie to the south. Touch down after an exhilarating 12-minutes and continue your adventure in Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Skylon Tower Observation Deck Ticket

7. Niagara Falls, Canada: Skylon Tower Observation Deck Ticket

Book your flexible date ticket in advance to visit Skylon Tower around your travel plans and the weather. Your ticket is valid for entry within seven days of the booked date. Year-round, under the sun or stars, enjoy the best panoramic views of the Falls and surrounding city from 236 meters above the Niagara Gorge. Your visit begins with the 'Ride to the Top' in a glass-enclosed, exterior elevator. A smooth 52-second trip will have you to the top of the tower, ready to discover the sights from the indoor and outdoor observation deck. Admire aerial views of Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, Great Gorge, and the Niagara River. During the day, take in views of the Niagara wine region and the skyscrapers of Toronto and Buffalo, when the conditions are right. Visit at night to see the Falls illuminated in a cascade of colors and admire the seasonal Falls Fireworks display overhead.  The Revolving Dining Room and the Summit Suite Buffet offer sumptuous meal options (at your own expense). At the base of Skylon Tower is a family fun center with interactive games and rides for all ages. Browse the shopping concourse with a wide selection of specialty shops featuring distinctive Canadian souvenirs, giftware, clothing, jewelry, and native crafts.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Zipline to The Falls

8. Niagara Falls, Canada: Zipline to The Falls

Discover stunning of views of Niagara Falls and get your adrenaline rushing with this zipline ticket. Zipline 67 meters above the Niagara River Gorge and 670 meters past the American Falls. Take a comfortable van back your starting point. Join Niagara's most exciting and unique Falls viewing experience. Benefit from express admission by completing your waiver online in advance of arrival. Head directly to the launch kiosk where staff will accompany you via elevator up to the zipline launch pad. Be kitted out with a helmet and a comfort safety harness. You'll receive all the safety instructions you'll need so that you can simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the views. Sense the incredible force of nature as you soar 67 meters above the famous Niagara River Gorge and glide smoothly 670 meters past the American Falls towards the awesome power, thundering roar and amazing mist of the mighty Canadian Horseshoe Falls, and arrive at the Falls Observation Landing Deck. Enjoy the very best viewing and photo opportunity of the world-famous Niagara Falls in all its glory. Finally, return to the top in comfort aboard air-conditioned passenger vans.

Toronto: Small-Group Niagara Falls Tour with Winter Activity

9. Toronto: Small-Group Niagara Falls Tour with Winter Activity

Experience a guided tour of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and discover the mighty waterfalls with stunning views. Enjoy historical and behind-the-scenes commentary from your local and licensed tour guide. Your day will start with complimentary pickup from central hotels and locations across Downtown Toronto and Mississauga and arrive in Niagara Falls around 10:00 AM to enjoy around 4 hours of free time to explore the falls and experience famous Niagara Falls attractions. Take this tour in the summer and experience the Hornblower Boat Cruise. This is the famous boat ride experience, formally called the Maid of the Mist. Get up close on a boat cruise to the Niagara Gorge, American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and into the heart of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. In the winter, add either one or both of the Journey Behind the Falls and Niagara's Fury experiences. With Journey Behind the Falls, you will have close vantage points to see the breadth of the icy Horseshoe Falls up close. Experience the 130-year-old tunnels beneath the bedrock of the Falls and get a view of one-fifth of the world’s freshwater crashing down. Next, visit Niagara’s Fury and step inside a 4D motion theatre. Discover the ancient story of Niagara Falls in a multi-sensory simulation of the last Ice Age. Then, visit the flashy Clifton Hill strip for solo and family fun with activities like the Niagara SkyWheel, Ripley's Believe it or Not, and an arcade. Pack a lunch or order at a local restaurant, with an option to have a picnic by the waterfalls. After your free time in Niagara Falls, enjoy local treats with maple syrup and a chocolate fudge-tasting tour. You'll also have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs and local desserts. Next, go on a scenic and narrated drive across the Niagara Parkway. Stop and take photos at iconic attractions along the way like the Niagara Whirlpool Rapids, the floral clock, and the Niagara Power Station. Return to your original location in Toronto around 5 PM and enjoy a full evening in the city with time for dinner and time to plan an evening event for yourself.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Festival of Lights Tour with Dinner

10. Niagara Falls, Canada: Festival of Lights Tour with Dinner

Celebrate the season with The Festive Night on Niagara Holiday Tour. See Niagara Falls come to life during the holidays. Visit the Niagara Parks Power Station, see the Winter Festival of Lights exhibition, enjoy a locally-sourced 3-course dinner, and visit the Illumination Tower to light up the falls yourself. Start your tour with pickup from your hotel in downtown Niagara Falls, Canada. Visit the Niagara Parks Power Station to see the shift of Niagara’s water to electricity with Niagara Parks’ sound and light show, Currents. Drive to the Dufferin Islands to see the Winter Festival of Lights. Enjoy the holiday display of Christmas trees, giant ornaments, polar bears, moose, and more. Even enjoy fireworks on Fridays and Saturdays. Enjoy 3-course dinner at Table Rock House Restaurant. Visit the Illumination Tower to see the falls illuminated against the night sky and control the lights yourself. Take home an “I Lit Up Niagara Falls” certificate and end your evening with drop-off back at tour hotel.

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What people are saying about Niagara Falls, Ontario

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 15,325 reviews

Bernard was an amazing guide! It was a very nice day trip. Unlike other excursions, this one did not feel rushed. Plenty of free time to roam around and enjoy the beauty of the waterfalls. We took the boat ride and also added a helicopter ride which was amazing. Would definitely recommend this tour.

What a fun way to spend the day! Tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. We left on time and arrived back in Toronto by 4;30, lots of great photos and ample places to eat during our trip, definitely would recommend checking it out

The view was amazing it doesn’t go too fast for people afraid of heights definitely worth going to experience.

Our guide - kaleb - was fantastic and the tour wonderful. On time and top industry service !

Brendan was brilliant so friendly and really informative (from Ireland)