If you have a sense of adventure, love fresh food, spectacular gardens, and have a thirst for history then read on. Niagara Falls has lots of the above and many of them, free.
Begin your summer trip to Niagara by visiting roadside fruit and vegetable stands that open in early June along the lower Niagara Parkway. Savor summers first crop of asparagus and carrots right from the farmer’s field. If you have a sweet tooth (who doesn’t) you can pick the first crop of Niagara’s own cherries or strawberries. The Niagara Parkway is the perfect place to have your first summer picnic.
Romance is always in the air at Niagara Falls but especially during June. If you’ve just, “tied the knot” pick up a free Honeymoon Certificate signed by the mayor. It gives you two for one admission at numerous Niagara attractions.
There’s an event or happening to attend just about any day in Niagara during summer. Here’s just a few.
Niagara’s New Vintage Festival from June 15th to the 24th in Niagara on the Lake celebrates the first taste of Niagara’s newest wines. Over 30 wineries open their doors for tours and wine tastings.
The 27th Annual Friendship Festival, with free admission and live entertainment happens between June 28th and July1st just a half hours drive south of the falls in nearby Fort Erie.
On Canada Day, July 1st, Canadians throw a big party and invite the world to join them. There’ll be free live entertainment and fireworks over the falls. And on July 4th the party continues at the falls with more fireworks for our American friends who celebrate their Independence Day.
We can’t forget Clifton Hill, Niagara “Street of Fun” is in full swing. Kids of all ages have been walking up and down this hill for centuries. It’s the perfect place to not only people watch, but to experience Niagara’s giant Ferris wheel ride, scary museums, and a bowling alley like no other. Check out Guiness Museum of World Records or Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum. The Hollywood Wax Museum will leave you star-struck.
At the foot of Clifton Hill is Niagara’s very own love boat. Niagara Hornblower Cruises will take you on a “mistifying” ride of a lifetime when it ply’s its way up the lower Niagara River to the base of the falls. After you’ve seen the falls from below, enjoy a Niagara Helicopter ride high into the air for a memory that will last a life time.
A multitude of attractions operated by the world famous Niagara Parks Commission will create more memories. Walk behind the falls when you visit The Journey Behind the Falls attraction found at Table Rock. It’s been a Niagara favorite since the 1920’s.Add these others to your must-see list. The Butterfly Conservatory, The Floral Clock, the nightly illumination of the falls, a tour the Sir Adam Beck Power Plant to learn how hydro power is created, and The Niagara Spanish Aero Car ride over the treacherous Niagara Whirlpool .For those who like history visit two restored forts from the War of 1812-14, Fort George and Old Fort Erie.
When you visit Niagara Falls in the summer you’ll know you’ve stumbled upon a good thing.
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