Niagara Falls is actually the name for the three waterfalls that are separated by the international border between Canada and the United States. Of the 3 falls the most iconic is the Horseshoe Falls which is what many people call Niagara Falls. You can get up close and personal with the falls by taking the famous Maid of the Mist boat ride or go down in to the caves behind the falls.

Niagara Falls


How to get to Niagara Falls

Niagara has an airport but is only for domestic flights. The main international airport is Toronto Pearson international. Getting around the town is pretty straight forward. Once you are in Niagara downtown you can walk everywhere. However we found it cheap enough to rent a car from enterprise and use it to explore other areas like the wine region and Niagara on the Lake.

  • Uber – There is a very good uber network here. Uber allows you to pay via your Uber account so you don’t have to worry about getting your money out. Uber also gives you an estimate on the fare and it’s pretty accurate.

  • Car Rental – There a rental car companies in the arrivals terminal. Be sure to check if you can drive here prior to booking. You can also reserve a car online via Rentalcars


  • Taxi – a taxi is an option from Niagara airport


Where to stay in Niagara falls


Here there are plenty of options for accommodation. Obviously the closer you are to the falls the more expensive it will be, and if you are feeling extra flush, you can get a falls view room.


We were lucky as we have family who live 5 minutes away from the falls so stayed with them, but here are some areas to stay in and around the falls


  • Falls View – The most expensive, but most ideal place to view the falls. This area attracts most of the tourists so you can expect it to be really busy in the summer months.


  • Niagara on the lakes – Picturesque views, wineries, boutiques. Here you can stay in an older style hotel but still very elegant.


  • Clifton Hill – Bright lights, crowded streets, a lot of popular restaurants, it’s a small looking Vegas strip. In the summer months this area is full of tourists so places get booked up pretty quick.


Things to do in Niagara Falls with children

We Arrived in the winter time so temperatures we averaging -11 degree Celsius. Needless to say we were freezing so went straight to the mall and kitted ourselves up with thermal clothing and thick socks. Having seen Canada in the summer it’s somewhere we have always wanted to see in the winter with its thick coat of snow over the mountains and trees.


After seeing the beauty of the country, the cold was not so much of an issue, and seeing at it was Nathans first time he had seen snow, he couldn’t get enough of it!!



  • Niagara falls – Walk along the fall themselves and witness the pure power of the water.


  • Journey behind the falls – You can go through the tunnels under and behind the falls and get very close the curtain of water


  • Maid of the mist – Take a boat tour of the falls, pass under the rainbow bridge and pass the bridal and American falls before getting up close and personal with the main horse shoe falls


  • Falls view Water Park – This is literally opposite the falls and great for when the weather is having an off day


  • Clifton Hill – Resembles a mini Vegas feel with bright lights, big places to eat, Ripley’s believe it or not, Madame Tussauds. This area attract a lot of visitors in the evenings.


  • Skylon tower observation deck – Come up here to get a bird’s eye view of the horse shoe falls


  • Wine tasting – There are many wineries in the Niagara which was a pleasant surprise for us. We visited the highly recommended 2 sister’s winery and were definitely impressed with the wine and house.


  • Niagara Falls and surrounding areas are perfect for families as there is something for everyone.


All of the above is very children friendly. But in the summer, a lot of the water activities in the falls are closed during the winter as temperatures can fall down to below -10 degrees.

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