If you are a first time visitor to Niagara Falls (especially if you are coming from overseas) and you think that an afternoon will be sufficient to see everything... well, absolutely not! We recommend that you stay 2 to 3 days to do justice to your visit. First we would recommend a leisurely walk from our house to the end of the Canadian Falls. Don’t forget that the Falls are WIDE and could take a half-hour, especially if you are stopping to take pictures. When you reach the end at Table Rock, we would recommend the Journey Behind the Falls where you take an elevator down and a walk a tunnel to stand at the foot of the Canadian Falls (be prepared for spray if taking pictures). If time permits, a ride on the Hornblower Niagara Boat Tour along the bottom of the Falls is even more impressive. Please note that due to the danger of ice, these attractions run during the warmer weather. Check with Niagara Parks to verify their schedule.
Riding up the Skylon Tower gives you a different perspective on the Falls. The dining area at the top rotates to give you a wonderful view of the entire region. On a clear day, you can see the CN tower in Toronto in the distance. There is also the Niagara SkyWheel just off of Clifton Hill that gives you a great and fun view of the Falls. If gaming is your thing, there are 3 casinos within a 5 km (3 m) radius, 2 of which are on the Canadian side.
The Butterfly Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are absolutely beautiful and a must see if you are into nature. For history buffs, the sites of the War of 1812 are of interest. For wine aficionados, the Niagara Region is well known for the quantity and quality of its vineyards. You can spend days just taking tours and sampling.
Then there is Clifton Hill with everything from restaurants, souvenir shops to museums like Ripley’s Believe It or Not. You can easily spend an afternoon just strolling here.
We haven’t done justice with all the other things you can do and see like taking the scenic 20 minute drive to beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake, or the wonderful hiking and cycling trails nearby, but we think you get the idea!