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Family Fun - What to Do

Niagara Falls, Canada is a world-class destination attracting millions of visitors from all over the world each year. There is so much family fun to be had including exploring the mighty Falls from the top, from the bottom and even from behind!

Hornblower Niagara Cruises will take you right into the spray at the base of the Falls. Journey Behind The Falls will take you behind the millions of gallons of water thundering over the brink of Niagara Falls. A helicopter ride will give you a bird's eye view of the Falls and the Niagara River and surrounding area.

And that's only the beginning! There are sightseeing tours, live family entertainment, the carnival atmosphere of Clifton Hill - The Street Of Fun, jet boat rides, great family restaurants and so much more!

For a partial list of things to do in Niagara Falls see below. Be sure to check-out our fun filled money saving Family Fun Package available at the Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls. 

Wild Play Niagara Falls


A fun and thrilling experience of suspended obstacles and ziplines high above the world-famous whirlpool and Niagara gorge. Three self-paced courses include dozens of climbing, ziplining, jumping, and swinging aerial games. The cliff-side courses are a totally new and unique way to have a Niagara River adventure and discover the lost art of monkeying-around!

Located 900 meters from Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls, OR a 13 minute walk.



Take a walk on the wild side with a herd of deer, come nose to nose with a buffalo, feed thousands of fish at the fish feeding lake, admire majestic elk, playful black bears and more. Marineland's interactive animal exhibits and marine mammal shows will leave you with a greater admiration and appreciation for some of the most magnificent land and ocean creatures on earth.

4.6 Kilometers or an 11 minute drive from Howard Johnson Hotel by Niagara Falls.

Butterfly Conservatory


The Butterfly Conservatory is located on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, 10 minutes north of the Falls. Over 2,000 butterflies, made up of 45 different species, call this beautiful space home. Explore 180 metres of pathways winding through a lush, tropical environment.

Located 9.7 km or a 15 minute drive from the Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls.

Skylon Observation Tower


Ride-to-the-Top to the Skylon Tower's indoor/outdoor Observation Deck.  Glide smoothly to the top aboard our exterior glass-enclosed “Yellow Bug Elevators” in just 52 seconds where you will enjoy spectacular views of the Falls, the Great Gorge, Niagara wine district and the city skylines of Buffalo, New York and Toronto.

Located 700 meters or a 9 minute walk from the Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls.

Great Canadian Midway


70,000 square feet of fun located 1 Block to the Falls in the heart of Clifton Hill. Featuring over 300 games! The Great Canadian Midway entertainment complex is always a family favourite. Here you’ll find the best in interactive games, the Wild West Coaster Motion Simulator and the spooky Ghost Blasters Dark Ride.

Located 700 meters or 7 minutes from the Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls.

Niagara Falls Go Karts


Feel the adrenaline rushing through you as you ride side by side and fishtail through banked corners of one of North America’s fastest tracks. The new Formula 1 style cars handle like professional race cars. For children under 5, family carts are available.

Located 7.4 km or a 15 minute drive from Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls.

Fun House on Clifton Hill


Giggle through the mirror maze, keep your balance in the tipping ship, make your way through glow-in-the-dark hallways and more, and stop by the interactive stations, featuring modern touch-screen games like Fruit Ninja XD! No matter your age, you're sure to find something fun inside The Fun House!

Located 1 block or a 7 minute walk from the Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls

Guinness Word Record Museum


With plenty of interactive displays, games trivia and more, you're sure to learn something new in the Guinness World Record Museum. Galleries are themed and put you up close to some of the most incredible and bizarre people and stunts in the world. The Guinness World Record Museum in Clifton Hill sets a new record for fun!

Located 1 block or an 8 minute walk from the Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls.

Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum


The hidden Gem of Niagara Falls, Louis Tussaud’s invites you to mingle with the stars of yesterday and today. This incredible attraction will leave you speechless! The stunning, English Tudor style building, houses well over 100 true to life wax figures in 16 spectacularly themed galleries.

Located 1 block from the Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls.

Upside Down House


Disorient yourself in Niagara Falls. This dizzy destination is both flipped and crooked, the floor will leave you wondering how far you need to tilt to stay straight. The disorientation continues as you parade through this unique attraction. 

Located 400 meters or a 5 minute walk from Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls

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Howard Johnson by the Falls is one block to The Falls, Casino and Clifton Hill!