Here are our suggestions of some cool FREE things to do in Niagara Falls or close by.
Check out a lot of water – Niagara Falls
Seeing the beauty and power of the Niagara Falls is completely free. The Falls are made up of the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshoe Falls which are the biggest of the three. They produce the highest flow rate of any waterfall on earth. The largest vertical drop is over 165 feet (50 metres), and the Niagara River flows at approximately 35 miles/hour (56.3 kilometers/hour). Don’t miss Niagara Falls in the evening when the falls are illuminated. Niagara Falls wears its way back another approximately 1 foot/year and scientists believe that the Niagara Falls will be gone in around 50000 years, luckily you still have time to see them! Not free is parking and the closer you are to the falls the more expensive it is. Consider parking in the Casino 6380 Fallsview Blvd which costs from $5 to $10 depending on the day, and taking the Incline Railway which costs $5.75 return.
Go Island Hoping – Dufferin Islands
This 10 acres paradise is really a secluded park containing several small islands connected by small bridges and footpaths. See nature at it’s best including fish, birds and lots of indigenous vegetation. This area is home to the `Winter Festival of Lights from November to January each year, when several animated lighting displays are placed around the perimeter of the islands. Located just south of the Falls on the Niagara Parkway, between the Niagara Parks Floral Show house and the Rapidsview Parking Lot.
Go for A Garden Walk – Niagara Park’s Botanical Gardens
Located on the scenic Niagara Parkway and the Great Gorge, just a 10 minute drive north of the Niagara Falls. Since 1936 visitors have been in awe of the 40 hectares (99 acres) of beautifully maintained gardens. Enjoy perennials, rhododendrons, azaleas, formal parterre garden, shade, herb and vegetable plantings, as well as our world-famous rose garden featuring over 2,400 roses. You can download the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens app which is a cool This interactive guide, available for Android devices, takes you on guided walking tours throughout the Botanical Gardens with stunning photography and captivating narratives, read along or listen to a voice-over! Free WIFI is available at this location for your convenience. Open daily year-round, dawn until dusk. Admission to the Botanical Gardens is free but parking is $5.00.
Take a Hike! – Check out The Bruce Trail
The Bruce Trail is the oldest and longest marked hiking trail in Canada. The Bruce Trail is a public footpath running 885km from Niagara to Tobermory. More than 400,000 visits are made to the Trail as people walk, snowshoe, watch wildlife, take photographs and admire the glorious scenery of the Niagara Escarpment. The southern terminus of the Bruce Trail is located at the stone cairn in Queenston Heights Park which is perched in the west side of a deep gorge carved over the centuries by the Niagara River.
Check out the Time – The Floral Clock
Niagara’s Floral Clock is 40 feet in diameter and the largest of its kind in the world. Launched in 1950, The clock consists of over 24,000 colourful carpet plants and sometimes during winter stones replace the flowers. The face of the clock is sloped at a 3:1 ratio, with a beautiful water feature surrounding the bottom third of the clock.
This horticulture wonder is located 8.8km north of Clifton Hill adjacent to the Centennial Lilac Garden and Sir Adam Beck Generating Stations. Millions of tourists marvel at the beauty of nature and human creativity with this clock. The clock is based on one found at Princess Street Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland, originally built in 1903. It was during a business trip there, Former Ontario Hydro chairman Dr. Richard L. Hearn, was inspired by the clock and petitioned to have one built in Niagara. Parking here is free as well. 14004 Niagara Parkway. NIAGARA FALLS.
Step Back In Time – McFarland House
Built at the beginning of the 19th century by Scottish emigrant John McFarland, it served as a family residence for more than 150 years. During the War of 1812 McFarland House was used as a hospital by both the British and the American armies and a gun battery was situated on the property to help guard the Niagara River.
Yo can stroll around the gardens for no charge, but if you want a Guided tours of the house (mid May until Labour Day) the cost is Adults $5, Children (6 to 12 years) $3.75 . Children 5 years and under admitted for Free at all Niagara Parks attractions.
Step Back In Time –Niagara Falls Museum
Learn about the History of the area and perhaps who won the war of 1812 or the bloodiest battle on Canadian soil the battle for Lundy’s Lane.The Museum closed Monday’s and open Tuesday- Sunday 10am to 5pm. and located at 5810 Ferry St, Niagara Falls. Free parking.
Step Back In Time – Budda Temple
The Cham San Ten Thousand Buddah Temple is a 7 level Asian style building contains precious collections of Buddhist arts and artifacts. Experience the tranquility and spirituality of the temple. They provide free guided tours during summer weekends from June to October. The Buddah Temple is located at 4303 River Road In Niagara Falls
See the Bright Lights – The Winter Festival of Lights
The Winter Festival of Lights dazzles along the parkway in Niagara Falls, Ontario. It includes over 125 animated lighting displays and 3 million tree and ground lights which can be seen within the Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland, including the world’s largest illuminated Canadian-American Flag. There is no admission fee to view the illuminations but donations are gratefully accepted by Festival Ambassadors at the exit of Dufferin Islands (suggested contribution ($5 – $10 per car; $1 per coach bus passenger), with proceeds used to enhance the lights and displays