Planning a trip that will please everyone in the family can feel challenging, but luckily, Niagara Falls USA is a crowd pleaser, from the incredible scenery to the fantastic food. Find out how to spend each day of your five-day trip making the most of the beautiful nature and unique activities the region has to offer!
Day 1: Go Wild
Start big by visiting Niagara Falls State Park! Get acquainted with what the park has to offer on a scenic trolley ride where you’ll learn all about the individual attractions, the history of the park, and some fun facts to impress your friends back home. Head for Cave of the Winds to experience the mighty Bridal Veil Falls up close (within 20 feet) on the Hurricane Deck—with a special tour out through the series of wooden walkways. Finish off the day with a delicious dinner at the Rainforest Cafe, where the jungle theme extends all the way from Lava Nachos to animatronic animals and the evening is sure to please everyone.
Day 2: Take a Hike
Head for the Niagara Gorge Trailhead Center at Niagara Falls State Park to pick the trail that’s right for your group’s abilities. If you’re more interested in the views than working up a major sweat, try the Great Gorge Scenic Overlook Hike. Don’t miss a stop into the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, where budding geologists can learn about the ancient rock layers in the area as well as about local minerals and fossils. Tonight, it’s classic barbecue on the patio of Brickyard Pub & BBQ, and then make time to catch the Falls after dark when they are illuminated by changing colored lights and a fireworks show.
Day 3: A Taste of History
Go back in time at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum,where you can explore one of the last remaining facilities in the country that produced wooden carousels. The complex of seven buildings is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Explore antique carousels and the machinery that made them run, along with an outdoor playland for younger kids that uses the small amusement park rides the company produced in the 1950s. At Windsor Village, youngsters can go back in time in the Sprout 1825 Room, where they can experience what life was like — from horticulture to building — when the Erie Canal first opened. Keep the history theme going with a trip to Hibbard’s Frozen Custard, operating since 1939! Choose from flavors that rotate daily, or get the signature Black Raspberry.
Day 4: Boundless Adventure
You’ve got a big day ahead of you so fuel up at Marketside Restaurant, a family-style place specializing in breakfast and brunch. Next, opt for a trip to the Niagara Aerospace Museum, which displays antique planes and space program artifacts.
Day 5: Close Encounters, of the Animal Kind
Get hands on at the Aquarium of Niagara, where you can experience over 30 exhibits and over 200 aquatic animal species. But you’re really here for the daily sea lion shows and tidal pool feeds, right? But don’t miss the penguins at the new Penguin Coast Exhibit! The aquarium is also a rescue center, so younger fans can learn about the work done here. For the true animal fans in your group, arrange to meet a seal or penguin in a private encounter. Finish the trip on a high note by heading for Niagara Falls’ Little Italy neighborhood for a delicious southern Italian dinner at Fortuna’s.