Free Things to See and Do in Niagara USA

No matter when you visit Niagara USA, there are always plenty of things to see and do for the entire family!

Niagara USA is not only home to the Falls but it is a place rich in history, culture, outdoor life, shopping, adventure and agriculture. Be sure not to miss these FREE attractions and activities and spend some time, not money, in Niagara USA!

  • Enjoy hands-on activities and interactive exhibits about energy, history, the environment and more! Operate a power plant at the Control Room Simulator, direct power where it's needed most the Transmission table and immerse yourself in a surround-sound, multi-sensory Power-Up 4D theatre experience.
  • Walk, run or bike the multi-use recreational trail. For spectacular vistas, hike along the Niagara Gorge Rim Trail. Stairs descend to a trail along the river's raging edge. The park also offers nature programs, shelters, picnicking and fishing. Be sure not-to-miss the other 9 state parks in Niagara USA.
  • Artpark overlooks the Niagara River Gorge and features a main-stage theater, special concerts and other family-friendly events. Don't miss Free Family Saturdays (July 23 & 30 from 12 - 4 p.m.), Free Fitness in the Park (Every Wednesday and Saturday at 10 - 11 a.m., June 22 - August 24), Free Music in the Woods (July 31 & August 14 from 4 - 6 p.m.)
  • Just footsteps from the Falls, offering free family games, weekly live music bike rentals and more. Enjoy daily interactive games (May 30 - September 5), Free Flicks on Old Falls Street (Every Thursday, June 30 - August 25 from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.), Free Family Fun on Saturday Afternoons (Every Saturday, July 9 - August 27, 12 - 5 p.m.), Old Falls Street Run Club (Every Wednesday, May 4 - November 30, 5:45 - 7 p.m.)
  • : Enjoy a day of discovery as you connect to over 12 destination sites along the 14-mile route from the "Falls to the Fort." Available May 26 - October 19, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The oldest State Park in America, featuring over 400-acres of lush landscape and wildlife and the beautiful Falls themselves. Enjoy breathtaking views of one of nature's marvels and enjoy an experience that will last a lifetime. Open 24-7-365.
  • Don't miss the nightly illumination of the Falls as well as a spectacular display of fireworks over the Falls. Fireworks are held every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 10 p.m., May 1 - October 31, 2016.
  • Largest multi-arts center in Upstate New York, the NACC is home to more than 75 artists and art groups. The NACC is also home to the Underground Railroad Freedom Crossing Exhibit, which explores the story of the Underground Railroad Movement in Buffalo Niagara and of the people who risked their lives, all in the name of freedom.
  • Exhibitions of nationally-known and emerging contemporary artists and traditional folk arts are presented each year. Enjoy artist talks, workshops and educational programming accompany each exhibition. The Castellani has a permanent collection of over 5,700 works of art, including well-known artists such as Picasso, Miro, Dali, Calder, Nevelson, Warhol and others. In Niagara Falls, visit the Castellani Art Museum at the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls and enjoy "Artists View the Falls: 300 Years of Niagara Falls Imagery."
  • Take an elevator ride into the Niagara Gorge and discover the remains of the former Schoellkopf Power Plant that collapsed in June 1965. This is now the winter home for the Maid of the Mist boats.

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