Sure, most Niagara Falls USA visitors are here to see one thing, but there’s so much more to see, do, and taste beyond the main draw. History buffs, outdoor enthusiasts, adrenaline junkies, and oenophiles can all craft the perfect itinerary. If you’re looking for something slightly more offbeat, though, you’ll find that here, too. Make time to check out the region’s coolest, nerdiest attractions.
Field Trip to the Science Museum
Learn about the geology of the region and the history of the Niagara Power Vista hydropower plant through interactive exhibits, and don’t miss the virtual ride that zooms visitors through a 4D romp, including straight into the Niagara River. As a fun and educational bonus, pick up a Power Player card at the entrance to scan at several stations throughout the center, completing tasks along the way.
The Quirky Meets the Spooky
This unique little Haunted House of Wax is equal parts ridiculous and fun, with a host of ghoulish figures to encounter.
A Better Geology Class
Before embarking on one of the scenic hikes on the Niagara Gorge Trail System, stop into the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center for a fascinating look at the region’s geological history, with a short film and interactive exhibits to boot.
Find Your Joy Stick
Inside the Sheraton Niagara Falls, find this ode to old-school fun. Challenge friends or family members to a game of Skee-Ball or try for a personal best at Mario Kart or one of the other 32 games in At the Falls Arcade.
8-Bit Never Looked So Good
With a mix of classic and contemporary games like NBA Hoops, Pacman and Candy Crush Saga, the two-story Great American Arcade inside the Holiday Inn Niagara Falls makes the perfect stop to unwind after a day of sightseeing.
Stop at the Comic Shop
Pulp 716 is a cozy comic book and coffee shop with locations in Lockport and North Tonawanda boasts a diverse and ever-updating collection. Peruse the new releases, then settle in for a hot or cold drink — the menu includes dozens of fruit bubble teas in flavors like watermelon, lychee and hibiscus, plus milk teas, coffee drinks and baked goods.
Education from Up High
The small but informative Niagara Aerospace Museum is a gem for history and space enthusiasts. The collection chronicles and preserves Western New York’s contribution to flight and includes a Bell P-39 Airacobra fighter aircraft, used in World War II and made in western New York, and a Bell Model 47, the first U.S. commercially licensed helicopter. True flight nerds won’t want to miss the museum’s library, which is home to a vast collection of historical records and documents.
Attention Book Worms
A haven for book lovers, Book Corner has the largest selection in western New York, with three levels of floor-to-ceiling titles. Spend some time perusing the upstairs, chock full of used books. The friendly owner can help guide you through the aisles and look out for the robust collection of books about Niagara Falls and New York state.
Memorabilia Galore in Lewiston
Find a wide range of films, including classics and rare titles, on both DVD and Blu-Ray at Mother's Movies and Remember When Toys & Collectibles. The delightful gift selection, with action figures, clocks, bobbleheads, and collectibles (including classic Batman figurines and new Beatles paraphernalia) is like walking into the real-life version of the best online eBay shop.
Nerd-Out at Niagara Falls
Whatever kind of nerd you are, Niagara Falls has all sorts of geek-friendly museums and fun for you to enjoy. Visit these places in person and discover why Niagara is more than just the Falls!