Niagara FallsNational Institutions & Attractions



Skylon Tower at Niagara Falls

Here are Niagara Falls's top Ontario attractions, other than Ontario Museums & Historical Sites (18) . These items of interest to all visiting Canadians Be sure to check out the other local attractions. Admission/Tour prices noted here are in Canadian dollars.

TRAVEL TIP: Those visiting several of these attrations should consider getting the Niagara Falls & Great Gorge Adventure Pass which saves money on admisstion tickets to Niagara's most popular attractions – Niagara's Fury: The Creation of the Falls, Journey Behind the Falls, Maid of the Mist and the White Water Walk, plus 2-days unlimited travel on the step-on, step-off "People Mover" bus and the Falls Incline Railway. The Adventure Pass tickets can be used unlimited days from mid-April until lage October. 2009 Rates: Adults (13+ yrs) $39.95, Children (6-12 yrs) $24.95. * ($ Cdn without taxes) • Kids 5 and under get in free!

IMAX Theatre Niagara Falls
6170 Fallsview Boulevard,
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7T8
905-358-3611, Fax: (905) 358-3613
Email: [email protected]
See the spectacular IMAX adventure, "Niagara: Miracles, Myths and Magic", on a six-story-high screen where you travel back in time for a glimpse of Niagara Falls 12,000 year history and experience the wonders of thundering falls, fascinating history, treacherous rapids, heroic acts and death defying stunts.

The Adventure Dome
4943 Clifton Hill
Niagara Falls ON L2G 3N5
905 357-4330
On a 180 degree movie screen, experience the thrill and exhilaration of various adventure pursuits, such as motorcycling and white water rafting. The 4-storey screen and surround sound make visitors feel like they are right in the action.

Alien Encounters
5743 Victoria Ave,
Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3L6
905-374-8211
If the thought of life on other planets leaves you breathless, you'll want to stop by this attraction. Inside are replicas of some of Hollywood's best-known extraterrestrials, including Yoda, E.T., and those from "Alien" and "Independence Day." You'll also find displays about aliens at Roswell and the autopsies supposedly conducted there. For an extra measure of intrigue, step into the alien haunted house. Depending on the path you choose, the aliens will either get up-close or even more personal.

Casino Niagara
5705 Falls Ave. (P.O. Box 300)
Niagara Falls, Ontario L2E 6T3
1-888-946-3255
Casino Niagara features over 96,000 sq ft of gaming space with a total of 123 gaming tables and over 3000 slot machines. Tables are accessible for persons with disabilities. Casino Niagara offers a wide assortment of gaming tables including Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Caribbean Stud Poker, Big Six, Pai Gow Poker.
There a several restaurants, including Twenty One for fine dining, The Market's casual and comfortable atmosphere , Hard Rock Cafe's up-beat character , Perks Cafe, a delightful coffee bar, and the Food Court for a quick fix.

Cham Shan Temple
4303 River Rd,
Niagara Falls, ON, L2E 3E8
905-371-2678
This pagoda-like Buddhist temple rises seven stories towards the heavens, sitting on 3 peaceful acres. Dedicated to the furtherance of Buddhist principles, the structure is adorned with a variety of statues and paintings. Also known as the 10,000 Buddha Temple of Peace, the building is not only an example of Asian architecture but a functioning place of worship. Services are held morning, midday, and afternoon, and visitors are asked to respect persons of faith paying reverence at Cham Shan.

Criminals Hall Of Fame
905-374-3011
5751 Victoria Avenue,
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L6
The scamps immortalized at the Criminals Hall of Fame Wax Museum are all notorious -- and almost all are from the United States. Older, boring criminals (Bugsy Siegal, Al Capone) are nicely mixed with more intriguing modern mass-murders: Timothy McVeigh in his orange prison jumpsuit, Jeffrey Dahmer visiting his fridge looking for a late night snack. Its highlight is saved for the end: a photo-op electric chair that buzzes when you sit in it.

Fighter Combat International
Niagara District Airport
Highway 55, RR #4,
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, L0S 1J0
(905) 684-5440 Fax (905) 684-3054 Toll Free 1-888-FLY-HARD
No Flying Experience Required This is NOT a simulation ... YOU fly in a jet fighter and experience emergency maneuvers & aerobatic spins. You can also take bi-plane tours in a 1941 Stearman. Romantic night tours offered.

Guinness World Of Records Museum
4943 Clifton Hill,
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N5
905-356-2299
Learn record breaking facts in our Sports, Animal and Structures sections. Enjoy watching: adventures in space, the marathon toppling of dominoes, or the crazy food eaters, and more... See life-size models of the world's most extraordinary humans, from the tallest man (Robert Wadlow at 8 feet 11.1 inches), to the most tattooed woman.

The Haunted House
4943 Clifton Hill
Niagara Falls ON L2G 3N5
905 357-4330
Prepare to be scared at Niagara Falls' Haunted House. Recently updated, this haunted house features ghouls, ghosts, goblins and more. Open daily.

House Of Frankenstein
4967 Clifton Hill,
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N5
905-357-9660
A classic haunted house, the House of Frankenstein is complete with animated wax figures, creepy organ music and many surprises. Features include a eerie graveyard, Frankenstein theater, and a giant Jack-in-the-Box.

Horror Manor
5026 Centre Street
Niagara Falls ON
905 371-8251
Beware of what lurks around the Horror Manor. Watch out for the werewolf and avoid the Black Hole. State-of-the-art special effects coupled with a stunning set are aimed at scaring all who come through the door....but may never leave!!

Journey Behind the Falls
6650 Niagara River Parkway
Table Rock House Plaza beside the Canadian Horseshoe Falls
Niagara Falls, ON
Go down under the falls using the elevator at Table Rock House, which drops you 45m (150 ft) through solid rock to the Journey Behind the Falls. The tunnels and viewing portals are open all year, where you can see the river explode after a thirteen storey free-fall. Open Year Round, daily 9:00am-5:30pm . Admission: Adult $7.50, Child 6 to 12 years $4.50, 5 & under Free

Konica Minolta Tower
6732 Fallsview Boulevard,
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W6
905-356-1501
A Niagara landmark since 1962, the tower was the first tower built in Niagara Falls and offers the best view of the Falls and the Niagara River. The indoor Observation Deck atop the tower rises approximately 525 feet from the brink of the falls and provides a spectacular view day or night when The Falls are illuminated nightly. Fine dining at the Pinnacle restaurant! Elevation pass: Adult 19yrs+ $6.95; Youth 6 to18yrs $4.95; Senior 65yrs+ $4.95; Child 5 and under Free*; Family 2 adults & up to 3 youths $19.95.

Kurtz Orchards and Country Market
16006 Niagara Parkway
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
(905) 468-2937
This country market serves up baskets of crackers with 29 flavours of home-made jams, preserves, honey and maple syrup, various spreads, samples of nuts, candies and more. This 80 acre orchard was established by the Kurtz family in 1941, and the fourth generation of the family works there to this day. The micro-climate produces sweet and tender fruit rivaling the best peaches from Georgia and Florida. The fruit is tree-ripened and full of flavor. Harvest seasons: June -strawberries; July - sweet and sour cherries, plums; August - peaches; September - pears, apples; October - pumpkins, grapes. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Marineland Canada
905-356-9565
8375 Stanley Avenue,
Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6X8
Marineland provides a day of entertainment featuring unlimited access to amazing killer whale, dolphin, sea lion and walrus performances; thrilling amusement rides including the world's largest steel roller coaster, Dragon Mountain; the world's highest triple tower ride, Sky Screamer; and other attractions that will appeal to the entire family. Park is open until nightfall, but admission only during gate hours. Open Victoria Day to end-June: weekdays 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.& weekends 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; End-June to Labour Day - daily 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Labour Day to early October - daily 10 am to 5 pm. Admission Fee (kids under 4 free)

Mystery Maze
4943 Clifton Hill
Niagara Falls ON L2G 2N5
905 357-4330
Venture into a medieval world of the Mystery Maze where visitors not only get lost in the walls of the maze, but will get lost in another time. Visitors must find their way through the walls of a castle while searching for the mystery sword.

Navy Island
Niagara Parks Police
6075 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON
905 356 1338
Navy Island is located on the Niagara River 7 kilometres (4.4 mi) upstream from the Falls and is accessible only by boat and is maintained in its natural state. Located opposite Ussher's Creek in Chippawa, at the northern tip of Grand Island, closest to the Canadian shore.

The island's first inhabitants, were natives, who about 10,000 years ago used it for fishing and building canoes, and called it "Big Canoe". In the 1700's the French used it for shipbuilding and also as a naval base, referring to the island as "Ile la Marine" or Navy Island, its present name. The British took it over in 1763,constructing ships and repairing ships fighting in the War of 1812. Canada was awarded ownership of the island by an International Boundaries Commission in 1822. The island was occupied by William Lyon Mackenzie, during the 1837-1838 rebellion, when he established the Provincial Government of Upper Canada here. In the 1850's four families settled on the property, farming and planting orchards. Navy Island is a popular spot for fishermen, nature lovers, bird watchers and campers. Navy Island has become home to many species of wildlife, including populations of deer. The terrain is lush with vegetation including wild raspberries and grapes (and watch for poison ivy). There are also quite a variety of trees, pawpaw, oak, hickory, and blue beech.

Navy Island was considered as a possible site for the United Nations in 1945, and a World's Fair in 1960, but that never came to be.

All visitors must follow the Regulations, and overnight camping requires a Permit from The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC).

Overnight Camping Permits
Permits available at the Niagara Parks Police office, 6075 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON (directly across from the American Falls). Campers must fill out a registration form and pay the fee(s):
Adults $8.00 + GST (7% tax) per person per night, Children 13 to 17 years - $4.00 + GST (7% tax) per person per night, Children 12 years and under are FREE. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon & 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily from June to September, and Monday to Friday only during the off-season.

Niagara Falls Aviary
5651 River Road (corner of Hiram and River Rd, next to the Rainbow Bridge)
Niagara Falls, ON L2E 7M7
905-356-8888, fax: 905-353-8266, toll free: 1-866-994-0090
Home to over 300 tropical birds from around the world, some free flying as well as observational exhibits in this 15,000 square foot conservatory. See both the beauty and diversity of birds, their songs and fabulous plumage and even the power of flight for some people symbolizes freedom. Gift shop, Explorer's Café, and Indonesian Javanese House coffee shop on site. Walking distance to Falls. Open year-round, Monday - Friday: 9:00 am- 6:00pm, 9 am to 9 pm from mid June to Labour Day.
Admission: Adult, $14.95, Senior (65 & Over) $13.95, Child (5-12) $9.95, Children ages 4 and under are free. Prices do not include taxes. Entry up to 1 hour before closing.

Niagara Freefall and Interactive Center
905-356-9764
6357 Stanley,
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 2J6
Experience indoor skydiving year-round. Enjoy the sensation of flying in a smooth vertical column with no worries. Fly in a column of air at speeds of 120 mph. All flyers are given 25 minutes of pre-flight training and safety orientation. Flight suits and safety equipment is provided. Great fun for the whole family - safe to all ages. Spectator viewing gallery, family fun centre and sports-themed restaurant. There's also mechanical bull riding, lazerball (laser tag military action), an indoor climbing wall, and video arcade.

Niagara Parks Marina (FtE)
2400 Niagara Parkway
Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada
8 km north of the Peace Bridge, along the scenic Niagara Parkway
Originally a 1903 shipyard owned by the Canadian Ship Building Company, bought by the Niagara Parks Commission in 1957, with docks added in 1965 with gas pump and berths for 54 boats, expanded in 1975 to 135 slips. The only public Marina on the Canadian side of the Niagara River. Boat launch ramp, picnic area , snack bar and gift shop, showers, washrooms.

Niagara Regional Exhibition & Fairgrounds
Niagara Regional Agricultural Society
905-735-6413
Niagara South's largest fall fair for over 150 years. The annual fall fair is traditionally on the second weekend of September and brings farm people, produce and displays from the Niagara agri-tourism industry and farming businesses in Niagara. The Welland Indoor Tennis Club uses the main fairgrounds building for fall/winter tennis. See special events year-round, including Rodeos and Car Shows.

Ni.aspares Fear Factory
905-357-3327
5631 Victoria Avenue,
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L5
This haunted house is not for the weak of heart, nor is it for children. According to legend, the site of the attraction was once a coffin factory. It was also the site where the factory owner was murdered. It is said that his ghost still walks the halls...

Ripley's Believe It Or Not Ripley's Believe It Or Not
Ripley's Niagara Falls
4960 Clifton Hill
Niagara Falls, ON, L2G 3N4
(905) 356-2238, Fax (905) 374-7345
Experience the strange, the odd and the unbelievable at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum! Robert L. Ripley, creator of Ripley's Believe It or Not! cartoons, spent a lifetime collecting and documenting the most unusual stories he found while exploring over 198 countries. This museum has over 500 exciting and bizarre exhibits, including artifacts and actual film footage of Niagara Daredevils. Experience the 4D Moving Theatre across the street, the only movie of its kind, where you actually move with the picture and feel every bump, dip, and turn - experienced in "Four Dimensions."

Ripley's Moving Theater
4915 Clifton Hill,
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N5
905-356-2261
Experience the thrill of Ripley's Moving Theatre, the only movie theatre of its kind, where you actually move with the picture and feel every bump, dip and turn. The dynamic 6 channel surround sound system and giant 70mm screen thrust you into the picture. Fun for the whole family.

Rossi Glass
5400 Robinson Street,
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 2A6
905-371-3338, toll free: 1-888-301-8222, fax: 905-371-2217
Rossi Glass is the only manufacture of Cranberry Glass in Canada. We offer free tours, and are conveniently located behind the Skylon Tower, with lots of free bus parking. Your groups can watch our talented team of artisans create beautiful works of art right before their eyes. We offer 10% discount only to bus groups, and a complimentary gift to the tour leader. Allow 45 minutes.

Screamers House Of Horrors
905-357-7656
5930 Victoria Avenue,
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L7
Walk in total darkness and risk scaring your socks off at Screamers. Ghosts, goblins and Tony the Tongue!

Skylon Tower
5200 Robinson Street
Niagara Falls Ontario
(905) 356-2651
Ride the external glass-fronted elevators 158m (520ft) to the top of the Skylon Tower. The circular design and provision of three separate and complete levels make it possible for all visitors to enjoy an unobstructed view. The indoor/outdoor Observatory, the highest vantage point in Niagara, is located on the third floor of the Dome. On a clear day visitors can see close to 8,000 square miles, including the skylines of Toronto and Buffalo. At night, year-round, you can enjoy the colour light display of the Falls and cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York. Enjoy great food within a revolving restaurant! Admission: Adults $ 9.50 / Children 6-12 $5.50 / Restaurant: $2.00 per person. Open 7 days a week

Whirlpool Aero Car

Whirlpool Aero Car
North of the Whirlpool Bridge and the Falls
3850 Niagara Parkway
Niagara Falls ON
905 371-0254
Take a 1 kilometre (3600 ft) ride in this unique cable car for a breathtaking view of the Niagara River Gorge and Whirlpool Rapid, suspended 76 metres (250 feet) above the swirling whirlpool. The Niagara Whirlpool Aero Car has been operating since 1916. Riders can see the rapids, the Whirlpool, the Gorge, the hydro-electric plants down the river, as the aerial car travels safely between two different points on the Canadian shore of the Niagara River over the spectacular whirlpool. Designed & built by Spanish engineer, Leonardo Torres Quevedo. This attraction is NOT wheelchair accessible.

Waves Water Park
Americana Conference Resort and Spa
8444 Lundy's Lane
Niagara Falls, ON, L2H 1H4
(905) 356-8444 o Fax (905) 356-8576, Toll Free 1-800-263-3508
25,000 square feet of indoor water park with a wave pool, water slides, play areas, and whirlpools. Kids and adults can relax, or enjoy the video arcade and food. Open 10 am to 8 pm, weekends till 9 pm.

Welland Canal Memorial Monument
905-732-5337
Welland, Ontario
The Welland Canal Memorial monument was built in 2002 to commemorate the hard working people who came to the Niagara Peninsula to build the Welland Canal. Some of the workers from around the world lost their lives digging with picks and shovels. The bronze boy at the back of the fountain overlooks the canal and memorial pathway. See donor names on the 3 plaques and in bricks used in the pathway. Bas Degroot designed the fountain and bronze statue, which were completed by Mylinda and Bill Jurgenson, following his untimely death.

Ship climbing the Welland Canal

Welland Canals Centre @ Lock 3
1932 Welland Canals Parkway (formerly Government Road)
St. Catharines, ON, L2R 7K6
Mailing: St. Catharines Museum, Box 3012, St. Catharines, ON, L2R 7C2
(905) 984-8880, Fax (905) 984-6910, toll-free: 1-800-305-5134
From the elevated viewing platform at Lock 3, get a close-up look at ships from around the world and experience the wonder of the Welland Canal. Inside, watch the 15 minute video presentation Welland Canals Past and Present and learn more about the four Welland Canals in the Museum exhibits and education programs. The Museum chronicles the industrial, cultural and social history of the area with an emphasis on the Welland Canal. Browse in the museum gift shop. The Welland Canal connects Lake Ontario to Lake Erie, which is 100m (327ft) higher than Lake Ontario. Some 8m (27ft) deep, the canal enables large ocean vessels to navigate the Great Lakes. Each year, more than a thousand oceangoing vessels travel through the seven locks that make up the 42km (26mi) long canal. The average transit time for any vessel is 12 hours.

Welland Murals
Festival of Arts Office
905.714.0922
Take a self guided tours of the 28 mural located throughout the City, with canvasses stretching up to 25 metres (80 feet) long and three storeys high. Starting in 1986, Welland commissioned artists from across Canada to paint murals on the sides of buildings. More than two dozen colourful murals depicting historical themes of the region now grace the city, adding a rich visual element to the urban landscape.

Zooz (Fort Erie)
West of QEW between exits #7 and #12
2821 Stevensville Road
Stevensville, ON, L0S 1S0
905 382 9669, Toll Free: 1 866 367 9669
Features a wide variety of zoological exhibits of both domestic and exotic animal species in well-designed enclosures along a handicapped-accessible 2.9 kilometer walkway through lushly landscaped and manicured gardens & animal exhibits, stocked ponds, original pieces of modern sculpture and numerous educational exhibits.Trolley tours, outdoor picnic facilities, Petting Area , Children's Play Area. FREE parking. Open mid-May to mid-October: May 14 to June 30 - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily,
July 1 to Sept 5 9:00 am to 6:00 pm daily, September 6 to September 16 - 10:00 am to 4:00pm daily, and
September 17 to October 10 - weekends only 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission: Adults $16.95, Seniors (65 and Up) $14.95, Children (3-12) $11.95, Children 2 and Under FREE . All prices plus tax.


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