If you’ve never been to Niagara Falls, then it’s probably on your must travel list or should be! Niagara Falls is one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen. Plan ahead and enjoy so much more that Niagara Falls USA has to offer! See these 6 Fun Things to do with Kids at Niagara Falls USA:
My stay in Niagara Falls was part of a familiarization trip with Niagara Falls USA. All opinions are my own.
It’s no secret that the falls themselves are the big draw, and they alone are worth the trip! I’m probably guilty of overusing the word awesome, but standing at Niagara Falls and gazing at the power and beauty…well, it’s awesome! Whether you have just a couple of hours or days to spend, you have to experience Niagara Falls. Click over to my post 3 Fantastic Ways to Experience Niagara Falls USA!
Old Fort Niagara was a vital post during the colonial wars in North America as it controlled access to the Great lakes and the westward route to the center of the continent until 1825 when the Erie Canal was finished. It remained an active military post into the 20th century!
Today Old Fort Niagara is a unique opportunity to step back in time to an era when the French and British struggled for control of North America.
I loved the original 18th century buildings and incredible views! Kids will delight in the exciting living history programs. I especially enjoyed a demonstration on how the cannons were fired. When they say to cover your ears, they mean it!! The cannon fire is loud!
Inside the buildings you will see how Native American, French, British and American soldiers lived and worked. As you walk the beautiful grounds, make sure to catch the musket and artillery firing demonstrations.
The Fort Niagara Lighthouse is also at Fort Niagara! It was built in 1872. The lighthouse is open for free self guided tours in season.
The 360 views from the lighthouse are fabulous, and it’s such a fun, nostalgic experience! If possible, make the climb to the top. For more information and history on the lighthouse click here: Old Fort Niagara Historic Lighthouse.
Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours
I like to say I enjoy SOFT adventure. There was no way I was going to pass up the opportunity for a Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour. The truth is…I was shaking like a leaf in a storm, I was so scared.
I took a seat at the very back since I was told that was the least scary spot. That’s me on the right. I sat down and hung on for dear life.
And you know what? It was so much fun!!! The views were gorgeous from the river!
You may have already noticed all of the provided gear we were wearing in the photos. It’s to keep you warm, because you will get soaked!
While it was an incredibly wet ride and loads and loads of fun, in the end it really wasn’t very scary. Going into it, I worried about being thrown out or the boat tipping. The ride was very stable, and I never felt like I was in danger, but I did have a blast. I highly recommend this experience!
Aquarium of Niagara
The Aquarium of Niagara is a non-profit public aquarium, though at its beginning in 1965 it was privately owned and founded by a group of chemists and scientists. True to it’s beginnings, both education and marine rescue are still a huge part of what Aquarium of Niagara does. You will, of course, also encounter a plethora of beautiful and amazing sea creatures.
Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls
Get your shopping fix! There’s a shopper in every family. Joy, one of my teenagers, is my shopping girl. A trip isn’t complete for her unless she got a little shopping in. Whether you need something or just love to shop, the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA is a great place to browse or grab a bite to eat.
Niagara Power Vista
I don’t always travel with the kids, but even when I don’t, I’m always thinking about them. I wondered how a power plant could be exciting for them. Wow was I wrong!
There is so much interactive learning fun at Niagara Power Vista! Don’t just learn about electricity, experience it! Enjoy a simulated ride in the 4D theater and live what goes into making electricity from the moment you flip a switch. Learning about power has never been this fun.
This was my second trip to Niagara Falls USA. I don’t think one ever forgets the majestic power and beauty of the falls, but I absolutely loved exploring more of the city and finding so many exciting things to enjoy with the family. Among these 6 Fun Things to do with Kids at Niagara Falls USA, I hope you found some new adventures to add to your bucket list! See Niagara Falls USA for more inspiration.
Melissa Chapman says
I am sold I have to get there. Niagara Falls has so many great things to do so it will be time to take the drive from the city.
Yes! It is so beautiful. I hope you get to make the trip soon.
Amber Myers says
We’ve been wanting to go to Niagara Falls! We’ll have to plan a trip soon. Your post just made me want to hurry and go!
It’s amazing. Thank you! I hope you get to go soon. 🙂
I visited Niagara Falls a couple of years ago. I can’t wait to visit again and check out some of these places mentioned.
Yes, so many more fun things to do!
Alli Smith says
I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve never been to Niagara Falls. My daughter and her husband have been to the US and Canadian side. I need to plan a trip with the grandkids.
Oh I love it so much. Yes, you need to go! 🙂
GiGi Eats says
This will 100% be a trip my husband and I take with my son in the future!! Such a great learning experience mixed with FUN 🙂
And that’s the best way to learn!
Sue Reddel says
I haven’t been to Niagara Falls in years. You reminded me of how fun it is and how many things there are to do there. Thanks!
I loved going back. I’m betting you will too! 🙂
Ruth I says
I’ve heard that it is a must to visit Niagara Falls. This post makes me want to fly now, I wish it’s near! ha!
Yes, buy the plane ticket. It’s magnificent!
We are planning a trip there in October. This is so helpful.
Yea!! Enjoy your time.
Niagara Falls is such a fun place to visit. I’ve been quite a few times and I didn’t know about some of these places.
It really is! I hope you have a little more inspiration for your next visit.
Farrah Less says
Niagara Falls has been part of my life for at least 7 years. We live close by so we were there almost every changing season. WE wish to go back again in the near future with our first baby it will be fun!
One of my uncles went to Niagara Falls before he passed away and he talked about how beautiful it was. I’d love to visit there someday!
So sorry for your loss! It is breathtaking. I hope you get there!
Agnes Dela Cruz says
Amazing place to conquer and experience! I sure kids and adults will enjoy the best time going to Niagra Falls.
Amy H says
I may have to wait until my youngest gets a little older, but there is a lot of fun things to do at Niagara Falls!
Shannon Gurnee says
I would love to visit Niagara Falls someday. What an awesome experience for your kids!
Nancy at Whispered Inspirations says
I have always been to the Canadian side and have never experienced the US. Now I know that I really have to book a trip states side.