Are you Planning a Day Trip to the Niagara Falls Region?
Are you planning a day trip to the Niagara Falls Region this summer? The Niagara Region has so much to offer prospective visitors. If you haven’t been before, this area is full of beautiful outdoor spaces and sights to take in and explore. As Canada’s largest wine region, a glass of wine and stunning views are never hard to find. Whether you’re visiting for the day or a week, Niagara is the perfect getaway to enjoy the ever-growing food and drink scene and to get in some relaxing time in nature.
If you’re looking for things to do in Niagara this weekend, check out some of these options to show you the best of what the region has to offer.
Cool off on a hot summer’s day in Niagara with a “journey behind the falls.” This experience will get you up close and personal with the natural wonder of the world. The adventure will begin with you going down 125-feet by elevator and making your way through tunnels made of bedrock behind the Falls. You’ll then come out onto observation decks located at the base of the Falls where the mist will be refreshingly cool on a hot day.
Hike a portion of the Bruce Trail
The Bruce Trail is Canada’s largest marked footpath spanning along the Niagara Escarpment and all the way to Tobermory, Ontario. The path is 904 km long, starting at Queenston Heights which is a short drive from Niagara Falls. Enjoy scenic views along the escarpment while you explore this section of the trail.
Bike the Niagara River Recreation Trail
This 52 km long paved recreation trail hugs along the Canadian side of the Niagara River, offering stunning views of the water. It’s a lovely spot to take your bike or there are bike renting options along the route if you don’t have your own. The trail begins at Fort George where you can explore some of the region’s history and then head out above the water for the gorgeous views.
Explore Clifton Hill
Clifton Hill is one attraction that you can’t miss on your day trip to the Niagara Falls Region! From haunted houses, to ferris wheels, arcade games, food and drinks, Clifton Hill is a street leading right down to the Falls offering entertainment at every step. Enjoy a 175-feet tall ferris wheel ride that gives you the best view of the Falls and various other attractions. Don’t miss the 10pm fireworks show over the Falls every night throughout the summer until October 10th.
Stroll through the Niagara Botanical Gardens
Have a wander through 99 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens that offer a variety of blooms each season. Just a quick 10 minute drive from Niagara Falls, the gardens are located along the Niagara Parkway and are a perfect stop during your day in the Falls. Along the walking route, you’ll enjoy perennials, azaleas, herbs and the famous rose garden with over 2,400 roses. The Niagara Park Botanical Gardens is also home to the Butterfly Conservatory which features over 2000 varieties of colourful butterflies.
Visit Port Dalhousie
A quick drive from Niagara Falls, Port Dalhousie is a charming beach-front town on Lake Ontario that has one of the best beaches in the region. Grab an ice cream or a coffee from one of the local shops and stroll down the pier while enjoying the breeze off the lake and the picturesque beach views. Stop for a glass of Niagara wine or a bite to eat at one of the patios in town. Port Dalhousie is also home to the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta so you may be able to catch a race while you’re there too!
A day trip to Niagara Falls region is not complete without enjoying some of the amazing Niagara wines that the area has to offer. Located in the heart of wine country, we’re the world’s top producer of Baco Noir and offer a number of other Niagara wines including Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Merlot and a variety of different Niagara Ice Wines. Dive into the history of our winery with a winery tour, wine tasting, and a lovely dining experience at our Coach House Café.
There are a ton of incredible events happening at the winery:
- July 23rd and 24th – It’s an i4C inspired weekend including live music, sparkling wine, chardonnay and oysters
- August 12th – 14th – Picnic in the Vineyard, get cozy in the vineyard with a charcuterie picnic and wine
Niagara is full of exciting events this Summer, so be sure to plan ahead for a memorable day trip or mini vacation.