Things to Do in Niagara Falls this Summer
When you visit Niagara Falls in the summer, you want to be outside (especially this summer, after what felt like a never-ending winter).
Of course, there is a lot to do indoors in this city. An awful lot to do. But for now, let’s step outside and see what the Falls has to offer, in no particular order.
How about some golf? There are more than 30 in the Niagara Region, and nearly half are in Niagara Falls or just a very short drive away.
For really good golfers, there are several to choose from, including Legends on the Niagara, Whirlpool, and further south down the QEW, Cherry Hill in Fort Erie.
For the less skilled – like many of us – try the nine-hole Oak Hall course across from Marineland. Anyone, even non-golfers, can enjoy a relaxed game there and many good golfers go just to keep their game sharp.
And for the true non-duffer, there is always mini-golf. No one gets left out in Niagara Falls.
For some thrills and adventure, take a ride on a Hornblower cruise ship to the bottom of mighty cataracts.
That’s right, hop on the boat and it will take you practically to the very base of the falls. Skilled captains safely navigate around the whirlpools to give you an awe-inspiring look at the waterfalls.
Or maybe some hiking? For a nice, short walk through forests and natural water settings, go to Dufferin Islands. It’s less than a kilometre up the Parkway past the falls and parking is limited but free.
For hikers looking for more distance and fascinating topography, go to Queenston Heights and walk along the Bruce Trail. Explore forests, hike hills and check out one or two caves along the way.
There’s plenty of parking and lots and lots of land to explore. It’s one of the most beautiful places in Ontario and just a few kilometres north on the Parkway from the Falls.
Still in the city, but away from the busy-ness of the tourism area, go to Heartland Forest off Montrose Road in the south end of Niagara Falls for a peaceful nature walk.
There are washrooms and well-marked trails suitable for pretty much all hikers.
For thrills of a different kind under the Niagara sun, go to WildPlay Niagara adventure course for ziplining, climbing, jumping, and swinging aerial games.
It’s on the Parkway, about halfway between the falls and Queenston Heights.
And since you are staying at Howard Johnson By The Falls – a very nice hotel perfectly situated within walking distance of many of the city’s tourism highlights – you’ll want someplace nice to eat.
Well, start close to home – HoJo’s has its own Denny’s, Pizza Hut, KFC, The Keg and TGIFridays, so there is definitely something for every appetite.
After all the sun you’ve had this day, a cool, shady place to dine will be a welcome respite.
And once you’re fed and watered, you can head back out again or stay in and maybe enjoy the hotel pool or spa.
And hey, there is a casino just down the street if you’re looking for action of a different kind before crashing back at your hotel room.
Like we said when it comes to choosing your hotel – location, location, location.