Free Things to Do in Niagara Falls

Free Things to Do in Niagara Falls

There are endless possibilities of things to see and do on a trip to Niagara Falls, Canada, and we've put together a list of free activities for you to enjoy.

Unveiling the Magic: Free Things to Do

Niagara Falls, renowned for its awe-inspiring beauty, is a destination that captivates travelers from all around the world. While it's known for its iconic waterfalls, you might be surprised to learn that there are plenty of exciting and memorable activities to enjoy without spending a dime. In this blog post, we'll reveal a treasure trove of free things to do in Niagara Falls that will make your visit even more extraordinary. So, let's dive in and explore the wonders that await!

Niagara Falls isn't just a destination of grandeur; it's also a place where you can create lasting memories without spending a penny. From marveling at the falls' magnificence to embarking on scenic hikes and immersing yourself in the local culture, there's an abundance of free activities awaiting you. So, whether you're a budget-conscious traveler or simply seeking to expand your Niagara Falls experience, embrace these free adventures and let the magic of this remarkable destination unfold before your eyes.

Witness the Magnificence of the Natural World Wonder

Witnessing the extraordinary beauty and power of Niagara Falls with your own two eyes is possible 24/7, 365 days a year. Take a leisurely stroll along the promenade, breathe in the mist, and be enchanted by the sheer power of nature's masterpiece or take a long drive along the Niagara Parkway to get a peek from the car, the experience is always free of charge.

Get an extra special look when you visit the Falls after dark and catch the illumination tower casting vibrant colours on all three waterfalls - an event that occurs every single night of the year.

The most breathtaking aspect of Niagara Falls is, of course, the falls themselves. Marvel at the cascading waters from various vantage points, such as Queen Victoria Park. 

Discover Dazzling Light Shows

Witness the transformation of the Falls at night during the mesmerizing illumination displays. Vibrant colors dance across the cascades, creating a truly mesmerizing spectacle. Catch these captivating light shows from Queen Victoria Park.

Dufferin Islands

With acres of secluded paradise, Dufferin Islands is made up of several small islands connected by bridges and footpaths. Loved by locals and visitors alike, the tranquil picnic-perfect spots and diverse wildlife make the islands a great place to spend the day.

Niagara River Recreation Trail

Bring your bike and head out on one of the many bike trails that make up the more than 300km of cycle routes across the region. The Niagara River Recreation Trail totals 56km paralleling the Niagara River, extending from historical Fort Erie, through Niagara Falls past the waterfall and ends at Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Ride the trail end-to-end or start and stop where you please - you'll find plenty of cycle-friendly businesses along the way.

Explore the Niagara Gorge

Embark on an adventure through the captivating Niagara Gorge. Hike the scenic trails that wind alongside the rushing waters on meandering paths through a pristine pocket of Carolinian Forest, allowing you to soak in the natural beauty of the area. The Niagara Glen Nature Reserve offers stunning views and an opportunity to experience the gorge up close. 

A designated nature reserve since 1992, the Glen offers well laid out trails mixed with slightly rugged terrain along the banks of the Niagara River. If you're here during the spring or summer months, you can set out on a guided hike led by the Niagara Parks team to learn more about the wild flora and fauna in the gorge.

Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens

Established nearly 100 years ago, the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens contain 99 acres of immaculate horticulture, including the world-famous rose garden with more than 2,400 roses. Themed seasonal displays always complement the collection of perennials, trees and shrubs.

Floral Clock

Just 2.5 kilometres north of the Botanical Gardens sits the massive 40-foot wide Floral Clock. Built in 1950 and made of a breathtaking display of nearly 20,000 plants, the clock features new displays twice a season and is one of the largest of its kind in the world.


While of course you can buy all the Hershey chocolate (...bars, kisses, covered strawberries, milkshakes, etc) you've ever wanted, a walk through this 650 square-foot chocolate lover's dream is free! Enter through the 4-storey high Hershey Chocolate Bar and explore this confectionary heaven. Take photos with the Hershey Kisses statue, meet Hershey mascots roaming the store and you may even find yourself a free sample or two! However, we'll tell you one thing for free, it's nearly impossible to leave this place empty handed.


While the attractions on the street aren't free, a stroll down iconic Clifton Hill won't cost you a thing. Stroll among the flashing attraction signs, karaoke bar's blaring tunes, interesting window displays of life-size celeb wax figures, haunted houses omitting eerie noises and try not be lured in by the delectable scents lingering outside of both the Fudge Factory and Sweet Jesus.

Visit the Niagara Falls History Museum

Expand your knowledge of the area's rich history and culture at the Niagara Falls History Museum. Uncover fascinating stories, artifacts, and exhibits that showcase the heritage of this remarkable region.

Located in the heart of downtown, Niagara Falls History Museum offers free admission Thrusdays from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Explore Niagara Falls' rich history including the pivotal Battle of Lundy's Lane, considered one of the bloodiest during the War of 1812. They also offer a variety of events, from yoga classes to movie screenings, every Thursday as part of their '@ The Museum Thursday Night' series.

Free Things To Do in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Scenic Drives

While it may seem simple, taking a beautiful drive or cycling along the picturesque Niagara Parkway, from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Fort Erie (or vice versa), is a great way to enjoy the scenery. Stop for a picnic lunch along the way or savour locally inspired cuisine at restaurants and cafes. Whatever route you decide to take, as long as you have a great soundtrack and even better company, you'll enjoy the ride.


Stop for a delectable treat

We have a secret chocolatier in St Davids. Make a stop along your scenic drive to CFX Niagara for a FREE tour of the chocolate factory, where you can enjoy a free sample of their chocolate creations, and shop for favourites in their retail store so you can take some treats along with you. CFX Niagara offers plenty of free parking for guests.

Discover Maple Leaf Place

If you have an upcoing trip to Niagara Falls, then make sure to add this stop to your trip. Whether you are cycling, driving or taking the WEGO through Niagara Falls, Maple Leaf Place can be eaily reached and is worth the trip just to take a tour and sample the delicious varieties of Maple Syrup, for free!

Enjoy Fireworks Over the Falls

During every season, Niagara Falls comes alive at night with a spectacular fireworks displays. Find a cozy spot along the waterfront, grab a blanket or a beverage and be amazed as the night sky lights up with brilliant colors. This magical experience is absolutely free and adds a touch of enchantment to your visit.


What better way to end your night than with spectacular fireworks at the river’s edge, creating an unforgettable sight! Nightly shows all summer, plus select dates in spring, fall and during the Winter Festival of Lights. (Schedule is subject to change depending on weather, events, and other circustances)

The Winter Festival of Lights

There is no other magic quite like visiting in the winter months and being a part of the spectatular Winter Festival of Lights.

This iconic FREE event runs yearly from mid-November to Family day.

Drive or walk through all of the displays to view over 3 million lights from the downtown to the parks.

Winter Festival of Lights

Canada's largest FREE outdoor light festival takes place from November 18, 2023 to January 7, 2024. Celebrating it's 41st Anniversary with 51 nights of twinkling lights, 26 nights of Fireworks! Explore the festival routes to experience 3 million lights and dazzling 3D displays along the Niagara Parkway, Dufferin Islands and across city streets. Learn more at