9 Tips for Visiting Niagra Falls with Kids

Today I'm sharing a photo blog of our summer road trip this past July to Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada. I've included a few tips and suggestions for those who might want to visit Niagara Falls one day.

We splurged and stayed in a Falls view room at the Niagra Falls Hilton on the Canadian side of the falls. The hotel was near the Queen Victoria Park.

 Tip #1 The Canadian side of Niagara Falls has much more to do than the American side - more hotels, restauants and a better view of the entire Falls. This area is know as the Queen Victoria Park and is FREE to enter and has a lot of walking paths.

The first two pictures are the view from our hotel room - first of the American falls and the second of the Canadian Falls.

We arrived at Niagara Falls on Sunday evening. After checking into our hotel, everyone was hungry so we went out for dinner.

Tip #2 Staying near the Falls allows you to walk to everywhere you'd like to go. Otherwise, traffic and parking is a nightmare! Definitely worth it!

Tip #3 Visit the Niagara Falls IMAX first. It was within easy walking distance from our hotel, tickets were inexpensive, and it gave us an interesting history of Niagara Falls before we went to view it up close. Discount tickets for the IMAX can be found online.

I was surprised that it wasn't very crowded on a holiday weekend. I think everyone had already gone home.
Tip #4  Arrive on Sunday and stay a few days to miss all the crowds.

Once the sun went down, the colorful lights were shined onto the Falls making for a beautiful view. Several music groups played in different areas around Queen Victoria's Park too.

Tip #5  Every Friday, Sunday and on holidays Niagara Parks hosts Canada's longest running fireworks series.

Go early and find a great spot in Queen Victoria Park, stopping first to get a snack to eat while you wait for the show to begin. There are numerous places to eat along Queen Victoria Park from fast food to sit down restaurants.

The next morning we had planned to take a trip down into the Falls with the Hornblower Cruises.

We had seen several Tim Horton's and thought we'd give them a try for breakfast.

Tip #6 Try Tim Horton's! I had some Breakfast tea and a carrot muffin. We also ordered donut holes, a smoothie and a breakfast sandwich. All were delicious! We later tried a few of their cold drinks - frozen hot chocolate - and they were fun for a change from eating healthy! (We don't have Time Horton's in Tennessee!)

This is a picture of the Hornblower cruise and Rainbow Bridge. This bridge is one of the entrances to the US from Canada and vice versa.

Tip #7 Don't go across to the US during your trip unless you really need to. We noticed that the cars never moved from their spot on the bridge from the time we started our cruise until we were back - about 45 minutes.

We enjoyed the Hornblower cruise - it was worth the time and money. You can make reservations ahead of time, but we didn't and there was no long wait.

In the bottom right hand corner of the above picture you see the Bridal Falls on the American side. You can take a Cave of the Winds Tour behind Bridal Falls. The reviews weren't great for this tour, little ones can't participate, and you have to cross into the American side to go, so we didn't take the Tour.

Getting closer and closer to the Falls on the Hornblower Cruise.

It wasn't as cool as I expected it to be down on the water, but at least it wasn't hot.

Tip #8 Yes, you will need to wear the bright red poncho to keep from getting soaked, but you do NOT need to pay $20 for a keepsake one - the freebie works fine!

We heard several different languages on the cruise - a true "international" experience.

Our crew before we were soaked by the Falls. (I took the picture so I'm not in it.)

And after - at least they still had smiles!

Tip #9 Take a morning Falls cruise and get a late check out from your hotel. We were able to go back to the hotel and dry off and change clothes before heading home.

We finished up with a birthday lunch for Bella at the Pranzo Italian Grille in the Hilton hotel. Kids eat FREE!

I hop you feel like you've been on a quick virtual tour of Niagara Falls. I would highly recommend it as an educational summer road trip with the family.

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