Water, Water everywhere!! That’s what we all picture
when Niagara Falls is mentioned, and that’s one of the
first things everyone comes to look at when they visit this
world renowned destination.
At Table Rock, located right at the Canadian Horseshoe
Falls, kids can get a great view of the power and majesty of
the falls. The rush of the water as it goes over the edge of
the falls with the mist rising provides a close up view that’s
as close as you can get. Inside the Table Rock complex,
admission to the Journey Behind the Falls provides a
different view – FROM UNDERNEATH THE FALLS year round.
Visitors are provided with raincoats and taken by elevator
down 150 feet to the observation levels. Tunnels then
provide access to two outdoor decks where Children get to
experience the roar from the falls while watching the water
rush by. There are two portals accessed by tunnels where the
view is directly under the rushing water.
Walking along the Niagara Parkway path towards Clifton
Hill (a family tourist area) gives a broader view and the
opportunity to see rainbows forming in the mist over the
Canadian and American Falls.
Nearer to Clifton Hill and the Rainbow Bridge is the
entrance to the Maid of Mist Attraction which gives yet
another way to view the Falls close up by taking a ride
aboard boat cruises that take you to the base of the
American and Canadian Falls. This historical attraction has
given entire families an up close look at the falls since
1846 and can be enjoyed from Late April to Late October.
Raincoats are also provided and we recommend that you take
advantage of them. You will really feel the water on this
Take a bird’s eye view of Niagara Falls by riding up
the Skylon Tower. Kids are sure to enjoy a ride up in the
yellow bug exterior elevators looking at the Falls on the
way up and on the way down.
From the observation deck of the
Skylon Tower, 775 feet above the Falls and the Niagara
Gorge, show your children all they can view – on a clear
day the skyline of Toronto and Buffalo is visible. Kids can
explore the view from 360 degrees from the most famous
attraction at the Falls, next to the Falls itself.
1965, the Skylon Tower is a must for any family visit to
Niagara Falls – you can’t miss it. An arcade area
located at its base gives the Tower added
value with games for young and old to enjoy. Family members
can challenge each other with simulated virtual reality car
races and there are even games that younger children can
Niagara Falls, famous the world over, now has a place
where the family can enjoy a meal from 11 am to 2 am, seven
days a week while watching the Stars on the Falls. PLANET
HOLLYWOOD has arrived and with it comes the excitement and
glamour of the movies combined with the natural wonder of
Dining under the stars takes on a whole new
meaning as you watch movie clips on a giant screen nestled
in the mist (midst) of actors and actresses going over
Niagara Falls, some in barrels, some in the bubbles, guess
which movie one of the many artifacts were used in or just
take in the action. Screens are placed throughout this
memorabilia filled complex so that every diner can view the
clips. The menu features children’s meals on a play sheet
with crayons, generous portions of pasta dishes with exotic
flare and king kong size hamburgers, among the other
California style dishes, that will satisfy any appetite.
Summertime affords the opportunity to enjoy the outside
patio. Planet Hollywood also offers guests the opportunity
to purchase merchandise at the entrance to the restaurant.
Planet Hollywood looks down on Falls Avenue and is
conveniently located beside Casino Niagara and a short walk
from Clifton Hill or the Falls.
When visiting Planet Hollywood, don’t miss the Hershey
Store. This is an unforgettable experience for the kid in
all of us. Fudge, chocolate dipped strawberries, Hersheyä
chocolate bars and even a life size Hershey’sä
Kiss Character are just a few of the many treats to enjoy.
Just look for the big Hersheyä
Chocolate bar on the side of the building next door to
Planet Hollywood and you are sure to satisfy every sweet
tooth in the family. Open daily with hours varying during
the season, make this a must stop on your Niagara Falls
Ontario Science Centre’s Science Express, which can be
accessed from the Hershey Store, Falls Avenue or the Skyline
Brock Hotel provides some interesting experiments that will
amuse and entertain your youngsters. Preschool children will
thrill to putting the beach ball on the red cone and watch
it fly in the air while older children can get an inside
view of the body, organs and all, to put together as a
puzzle. Feats of strength pit women against men to see who
can touch their nose to the marker while sitting on their
knees (apparently most of the time the female gender wins
this one). This exhibit is open daily with hours varying
during the season.
These are just a few of the natural and man made views of
Niagara Falls that your family can enjoy when visiting this
Family Destination located in Southwestern Ontario.
For a view of a different sort, consider
Butterfly Conservatory operated by Niagara Parks.
Opened to the public in 1996, the facility has 50 different
species of butterflies with approximately 2000 live
specimens in the building at any one time. Open daily
this year round facility brings visitors into a lush rain
forest to experience the wonder and delicate nature of these
Kids love watching the butterflies float
all around, eat from the fruit trays and occasionally even
land on a sleeve or shirt.
A tip here is to wear
bright colours, walk very slowly and be careful where you
step. The butterflies, especially near the area where
they emerge from the pupas, can often be found on the
ground. Teach your children not to touch the
butterflies. There is an introductory video about 7
minutes in length and a information display before you enter
the conservatory as well. If you are lucky, a
butterfly might land on you.
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