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Niagara Falls Family Getaway in Winter: A Guide from A-Z

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Planning a winter getaway to Niagara Falls but uncertain about the must-try activities? Look no further – we’ve crafted the ultimate guide just for you, spanning the alphabet from A to Z! Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, this comprehensive guide will steer you through the best experiences, ensuring your Niagara Falls trip is nothing short of memorable. From iconic attractions to hidden gems, get ready for an A-Z adventure that guarantees a winter escapade filled with excitement and cherished memories.

A is for “Adventure City” On Clifton Hill!

Adventure City

Dive into the world of gaming with over 120 options to choose from at the Adventure City game zone! Spanning 17,000 sq. ft., this dynamic arcade is good for all ages. Packed with classic arcade games, thrilling simulators, and family rides, it ensures an entertaining experience for everyone. Earn tickets through redemption games and trade them for fantastic prizes, adding an extra layer of excitement. From nostalgic classics to modern adventures, the diverse selection offers endless fun. Get set to unleash your competitive spirit and embark on a gaming journey that promises joy and surprises at every turn!

Adventure City
5875 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls
Call 1 (800) 263-7135

B is for “Butterfly Conservatory“

Butterfly Conservatory

Step into the enchanting world of the Butterfly Conservatory, where over 2000 tropical butterflies flutter freely in a lush rainforest ambiance. Amidst the winter chill, it stands as a delightful haven for families in Niagara Falls. The interior mirrors the warmth of a rainforest, crucial for the well-being of these delicate creatures. Forget the winter layers—opt for a coat check instead and immerse yourself in a balmy haven that not only offers respite from the cold but also provides a unique opportunity to witness the vibrant dance of these exquisite butterflies.

Butterfly Conservatory
2565 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls
Call 905-356-8119

C is for “Clifton Hill“

Clifton Hill Street Fun

Welcome to the ultimate destination for all ages—The Street of Fun, Clifton Hill! Dive into the excitement of our diverse attractions, from the sprawling 70,000 square foot, 2-level Great Canadian Midway arcade to the towering 175-foot Niagara SkyWheel. Whether you’re young or young at heart, there’s something for everyone, spanning from the top to the bottom of the street. For maximum convenience, snag the Clifton Hill Fun Pass online. Boredom is a distant thought in this vibrant hub, rightfully dubbed “The Street of Fun by the Falls.” Explore hotels on Clifton Hill or nearby by clicking here for a comprehensive list.

Clifton Hill Fun by the Falls
4960 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls
Call 905-356-8119

D is for “Dufferin Islands” 

WFOL Dufferin Islands

For picture-perfect moments all year round, venture to the neighboring Dufferin Islands. Spanning 10 acres of tranquil paradise, this serene park comprises small islands interconnected by charming bridges and footpaths. Renowned for hosting the “Winter Festival of Lights,” the enchanting displays continue until January 7th, 2024. Embrace the beauty of the seasons in this peaceful haven, offering a picturesque backdrop for your photography adventures. Whether it’s the vibrant colors of autumn or the glistening winter lights, Dufferin Islands promises a captivating experience, making it an ideal spot to capture unforgettable images throughout the year.

Dufferin Islands
6345 Dufferin Isle Rd, Niagara Falls, ON L0S 1A0
Call (905) 354-1721

E is for “Entertainment“

Brantley Gilbert Promo Shot

Embark on a family getaway to Niagara Falls, a destination that offers year-round entertainment to suit every season. Explore the vibrant entertainment scene at Fallsview Casino, where the OLG Stage and Avalon Theatre host a diverse lineup of stellar events, complementing the already exceptional offerings at the casino. Immerse yourself in a spectrum of experiences, from live concerts to conventions and festivals. Dive into the excitement and stay informed about upcoming events by clicking here. With a variety of entertainment options, Fallsview Casino ensures a memorable experience, making it an ideal destination for family fun throughout the year.

OLG Stage at the Fallsview Casino.
6366 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3Y5

F is for “Fallsview Indoor Waterpark“

Fallsview Waterpark

Another place where everyday feels like the Summer is the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. Boasting 3 acres of family fun, this aquatic haven spans 125,000 square feet, promising a thrilling water adventure for all. Discover a colossal play area, an impressive 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, towering 6-storey water slides, a full-sized wave pool, a year-round outdoor activity pool with sundeck, a plunge bowl, two generously-sized adult-only Jacuzzis, and a dedicated children’s play zone. With non-stop excitement, Fallsview Indoor Waterpark transforms every day into a summertime escape, providing endless aquatic thrills and family-friendly joy.

Fallsview Waterpark
5685 Falls Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6W7
Call 905-374-4444

G is for “Gardens”

Pointsettia Show

Explore Niagara Falls’ renowned gardens, including the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, Oakes Garden Theatre, and Queen Victoria Park. Amid these outdoor gems lies the Floral Showhouse, an inviting indoor retreat. Nestled at 7145 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, this sanctuary allows you to escape the chill while basking in the soothing temperatures of its greenhouse. Immerse yourself in a floral paradise that inspires with its vibrant blooms, providing a serene escape from the elements. Discover the beauty that thrives indoors, making the Floral Showhouse a must-visit destination for those seeking warmth and natural beauty within the heart of Niagara Falls.

Floral Showhouse
7145 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6X8
Call 905-354-1721

H is for “Helicopters” 

Niagara falls helicopters

Embrace the thrill of year-round adventure at Niagara Falls Helicopters, conveniently situated just minutes north of Clifton Hill. Don’t let winter deter you—the experience awaits! Soar above turbulent rapids and cascading waterfalls on these unique tours, offering an exhilarating perspective of the iconic landscape. Regardless of the season, the entire family is invited to join in the excitement. Discover the magic of Niagara Falls from above, where every journey promises a breathtaking encounter with nature’s grandeur. Elevate your senses with a helicopter ride that transcends the boundaries of weather.

Niagara Helicopters
3731 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6V5
Call 905-357-5672

I is for “Ice Skating“

Pillar and Post outdoor rink

Embark on a winter adventure at The Gardens at Pillar & Post, where the enchanting “Ice Rink” awaits. Immerse yourself in the picturesque surroundings, glide across the expansive 120 by 60 ice rink, and savor the unique culinary delights of The OutPost. This inviting experience is open to both the general public and guests of Vintage Hotels and Niagara’s Finest Hotels. Whether you’re a skilled skater or just out for some fun, the rink offers a delightful space for skating enthusiasts of all levels to enjoy the crisp winter air and revel in the joy of gliding on ice.

The Garden’s at Pillar at Post
526 Regent Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, L0S 1J0, Canada
Call 905-468-2123

J is for “Journey Behind the Falls“

Journey Behind the Falls

Embark on an extraordinary adventure beneath the heart of Niagara Falls at Journey Behind the Falls, located in the Table Rock Centre at the Falls. Delve into the winter wonder with reduced rates when the Lower Observation Deck is closed due to ice conditions. This year-round attraction takes you 150 feet below, granting access to upper observation decks and two portals directly behind the Falls. Witness the awe-inspiring spectacle as over 2,800 cubic meters of water cascades at 65 kilometers per hour. Experience the sheer power and beauty of Niagara Falls from this unique vantage point!

Journey Behind The Falls
6650 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6T2
Call 905-354-1551

 K is for “Kingdom“

Bird Kingdom Macaw Parrots

Embark on a tropical escape just a 5-minute stroll from Clifton Hill at Bird Kingdom! As the world’s largest free-flying indoor aviary, this enchanting sanctuary is home to over 300 birds. Nestled within a historic building, it features a multi-level rainforest setting, complete with a 40-foot waterfall and tropical flora. Witness a captivating show as diverse bird species from around the globe take flight. Notably, many of the 80 species residing at Bird Kingdom are endangered or threatened in the wild, making this immersive experience both educational and awe-inspiring.

Bird Kingdom
5651 River Rd, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 7M7
Call 905-356-8888

L is for “Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks“

Louis Tussauds

Discover the captivating world of wax figures at Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks! This iconic attraction showcases a collection of lifelike wax figures meticulously crafted by renowned artists worldwide. Housed within an enchanting English Tudor-style building, the experience unfolds through 16 uniquely themed galleries. With over 100 true-to-life wax figures, each gallery presents an immersive journey into the realms of history, pop culture, and beyond. Delve into the artistry and realism that define this exceptional display, where the line between the wax and the real world blurs in a fascinating blend of craftsmanship and entertainment.

Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks
5709 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L5
Call 905-374-6601

M is for “Magic“

Prepare to be captivated by the mesmerizing Wonders Magic show, headlined by the International Grand Champion of Magic, Greg Frewin, alongside the enchanting talents of Christian Mascia and Alexandra, Canada’s Lady of Magic. This spellbinding performance guarantees to leave audiences of all ages in awe. Experience an exhilarating mix of mind-bending acts, outrageous illusions, and sophisticated magic in a non-stop, Vegas-style extravaganza. Be prepared for an unprecedented display of thrilling wonders that redefine the boundaries of magical entertainment, making this show an unforgettable spectacle of unparalleled proportions.

Greg Frewin Theatre
5781 Ellen Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3P8
Call 905-356-0777

N is for “Niagara Falls“

Niagara Falls illuminated

Embark on a Niagara Falls family getaway and immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of the majestic Niagara Falls. This iconic natural wonder, standing at 176 feet tall, commands attention with a staggering flow of 150,000 gallons of water per second. The thunderous roar and refreshing mist create a sensory spectacle that leaves a lasting impression on visitors of all ages. Explore observation points on both the American and Canadian sides of the Niagara River, offering year-round views. Unable to make the trip? Experience the Falls live through our Niagara Falls webcam, bringing this extraordinary sight to you virtually.

Queen Victoria Park
6345 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6X8

 O is for “Outlet Collection at Niagara“

The Outlet Collection at Niagara
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Discover retail therapy at its finest at the Outlet Collection at Niagara, an enticing open-air outlet shopping haven in Niagara On The Lake about 10 minutes north of Clifton Hill. Just moments from Niagara Falls, this dynamic outlet mall boasts 100+ top-tier fashion and lifestyle brands, delivering irresistible outlet prices. From Mountain Warehouse to Coach, J. Crew Factory to Michael Kors, and Tommy Hilfiger, the lineup caters to diverse tastes. Adjacent to this retail paradise is “Bass Pro Shop,” a haven for outdoor enthusiasts with fishing, camping, boating gear, and a captivating 13,000-gallon freshwater aquarium teeming with native wildlife.

Outlet Collection Mall
300 Taylor Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
Call 905-687-6777

P is for “Parks“

Celebrate the winter wonder at Niagara Falls Parks, a magical experience amplified by the enchanting Festival of Lights! Queen Victoria Park, nestled at the foot of Clifton Hill, takes center stage for the Winter Festival of Lights until January 7th, 2024. Immerse yourself in the season’s charm: frolic amidst towering illuminated moose and polar bears, or meander through captivating winter scenes, all set against the breathtaking backdrop of the illuminated falls. It’s a festive celebration of winter’s beauty that transforms the park into a radiant wonderland. Embrace the chill and revel in the illuminating magic!

Queen Victoria Park
6345 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6X8
(905) 358-1814

Q is for “Queen Street”

Downtown Niagara Falls

Welcome to the heart of Niagara Falls, Queen Street—the original downtown core since the early 1900s. Easily recognizable by the distinctive Gold Q arches, this evolving district invites you into a charming blend of shops and eateries. Discover an authentic and laid-back atmosphere, perfect for those seeking a genuine experience. A family-friendly destination, Queen Street offers an array of delights—from diverse restaurants and shops to entertainment venues. Immerse yourself in its rich history while enjoying the relaxed ambiance that makes it a must-visit destination for a well-rounded and enjoyable experience. Explore, indulge, and savor the essence of Queen Street.

Niagara Falls Downtown
Queen Street Niagara Falls
Call 905-356-5444

 R is for “Revolving Restaurant“

Embark on the ultimate Niagara Falls family getaway with a world-renowned view at the Skylon Tower’s “Revolving Dining Room.” Perched 775 feet high, indulge in award-winning continental cuisine while enjoying a mesmerizing panoramic view of the Falls. Experience true luxury as the restaurant gracefully revolves 360 degrees each hour, providing an ever-changing backdrop. By night, witness the enchanting Falls illumination, city lights, and the dazzling Winter Festival of Lights fireworks. Elevate your dining experience, creating lasting memories against the breathtaking Niagara Falls panorama. An unparalleled combination of cuisine and spectacle awaits atop the iconic Skylon Tower.

Skylon Tower
5200 Robinson St, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 2A2
Call 1-888-9SKYLON

S is for “SkyWheel“

Niagara SkyWheel Aerial View of Niagara Falls

Soar to new heights with the Niagara SkyWheel, Canada’s largest observation wheel, standing tall at 175 feet on Clifton Hill. Offering unparalleled views of Niagara Falls and the surrounding landscape, this iconic attraction provides a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors of all ages. Step into the 42 fully enclosed gondolas, each equipped with heating and air conditioning, ensuring year-round comfort and enjoyment. Whether day or night, in any season, the Niagara SkyWheel promises a world-class ride, making it a must-visit destination for panoramic vistas of the breathtaking Niagara Falls. Elevate your adventure on this iconic observation wheel!

Niagara SkyWheel
4960 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N4
Call 905-358-4793

T is for “Terror“

Nightmares Fear Factory

Nightmares Fear Factory located just one block east of Clifton Hill is the scariest & best haunted house attraction and one of the most fun things to do in Niagara Falls for family, kids, friends, and couples.

Nestled atop Clifton Hill the eerie echoes of Nightmares Fear Factory Haunted House beckon the bravest travelers. Renowned for the countless visitors who dare to face its frights, this haunted attraction challenges couples, families, and friends in a test of wills. Can you summon the courage to navigate its depths and emerge unscathed? Join the fearless ranks and discover if you have what it takes to conquer the fear within!

Nightmares Fear Factory
5631 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L5
Call 905-357-3327

U is for “Unique“

Dream Catchers

Discover the myriad of unique stores and novelty shops in Niagara Falls, offering the perfect memento to commemorate your visit. Uncover an array of unique gifts, souvenirs, and miscellaneous treasures that capture the essence of this vibrant destination. Delve into our curated list showcasing some of the most exceptional finds, ensuring you bring home not only memories but also a piece of the distinctive charm that makes Niagara Falls a truly unforgettable experience. Explore the possibilities and find that special something to make your visit uniquely yours. Click here for a glimpse into the world of one-of-a-kind treasures!

Canada Trading Company
4950 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N4
Call +19053583676

V is for “Vacation Packages“

hojo room
*Pictured Above: The King Room at the Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls.

When gearing up for a Niagara Falls family escapade, the top priority is undoubtedly to maximize savings! Rather than merely securing a hotel room, engage in strategic research and plan proactively. Numerous Niagara Falls hotels present enticing family deals and comprehensive packages, bundling a plethora of discounts for local dining spots and attractions, all neatly wrapped up in a single, cost-effective fee. Elevate your family adventure by scoring one of these top packages, ensuring a budget-friendly journey filled with joy and unforgettable moments!

Be sure to review the Family Fun Package Deal or Click here for a full directory of Niagara Falls hotels.

Howard Johnson Clifton Hill
5905 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L8
Call: +1 800-440-5912

 W is for “Wineries“

Explore the globally acclaimed wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake, renowned for their excellence worldwide. Winter unveils the perfect opportunity to visit any of the 26 wineries nestled beneath the Niagara Escarpment. Surrounded by vineyards and orchards extending from the scenic Niagara River Parkway, this season invites you to savor exceptional tastes, embark on insightful tours, and relish exquisite cuisines. Dive into the winemaking heritage, with a special emphasis on the renowned icewine. Amidst the serene landscape, discover the artistry of winemaking and culinary indulgence, making your winter visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake’s wineries an unforgettable experience.

Visit for a complete list of Niagara’s wineries

Visit: for the current Icewine Festival details.

X is for the “XD Ride Theatre” featuring the “Cosmic Coaster“

Cosmic Coaster

Embark on an extraordinary journey with the “Cosmic Coaster” XD motion ride, an immersive adventure transcending time, space, and imagination. Nestled within the Great Canadian Midway on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, this state-of-the-art experience integrates cutting-edge special effects technology. Brace yourself for fully immersive stereoscopic imaging, realistic motion with accelerations of up to 2 G’s, specialized seats handling 400 movements per second, accompanied by intense wind and dazzling light effects. Prepare for a thrilling ride that pushes the boundaries of sensory perception and makes your visit to Clifton Hill an unforgettable escapade.

XD Ride Theatre
4868 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N4
Call 905-358-3676

Y is for “Yuk Yuk’s“

Yuk Yuks Niagara Falls

Nestled at the base of the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel on Fallsview Boulevard, just across from the Fallsview Casino, Yuk Yuk’s stands as a premier comedy hotspot. Celebrated for hosting top-notch comedic talents and emerging stars, it promises an evening filled with uproarious laughter. With its reputation for delivering sidesplitting, uncensored material, Yuk Yuk’s on Fallsview Boulevard is your go-to destination for an unforgettable night of comedy. Get ready to indulge in the best of humor in a vibrant atmosphere. Let the laughter roll!

Yuk Yuk’s at Sheraton Niagara Fallsview
6455 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls
Call 1-800-899-9136

Z is for “Zombie Attack“

Zombie Attack Exterior

Step into the Clifton Hill favorite that keeps thrill-seekers coming back! Face off against flesh-hungry zombies in a multi-sensory adventure boasting real-time 6D graphics. Engage in a scoring battle with friends, vying for the title of mankind’s ultimate champion. This heart-pounding experience is open year-round, ensuring an adrenaline-fueled adventure whenever you’re ready to test your survival skills. Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? Find out at this immersive attraction, where every twist and turn delivers a spine-tingling encounter that will leave you on the edge of your seat!

Zombie Attack
4960 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N4
Call 905-358-3676

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