Top Stops for Toddlers
Sprout 1825 Hands On Play Center
Got a budding little creative in your party? Then check out the hidden gem of Sprout 1825, tucked in the charming town of Lockport. The interactive play center is based on the town’s quirky canal heritage where kids can wander and role-play amid its storybook town of yesteryear schools, banks and general stores. Fancy a local souvenir? Be sure to check out the center’s artisan market, Windsor Village, while you’re here.
Olcott Beach Carousel Park
Did you know Niagara Falls sits just 40 minutes from the shores of Lake Ontario? And did you know the hamlet of Olcott Beach is one of the lake’s prettiest towns? Not only is its sea frontage a summer postcard but Olcott Beach Carousel Park is a ridiculously charming amusement park offering kids a more old-school vacation thrill. And the cost per ride is only 25 cents.
NYPA-Niagara Power Vista
Whether the kid in your life is a science whiz, a geology geek or simply fascinated with how the world ticks, the NYPA-Niagara Power Vista is sure to wow! The fun-filled educational center located just yards from the Niagara River takes visitors on a virtual ride through the wonder’s mighty journey, from one identity (global tourism attraction) to another (electricity powerhouse)!
Aquarium of Niagara
Niagara Falls is home to more than one water wonder, you know! The Aquarium of Niagara allows nature lovers of all ages to get within splashing distance of some of the world’s most loved marine mammals. What makes this facility extra cool? From seals to curious penguins, many animals at the aquarium are rescues. This rescue facility accepts animals with all conditions, many of which your little ones can meet, touch, and feed during the behind-the-scenes Seal Encounter in the Rescue Harbor.
Tween and Teen Fun
Niagara Climbing Center
If your kids have graduated beyond the jungle gym, show them the ropes of the Niagara Climbing Center. Located in North Tonawanda (just 10 miles south of the Falls), the NCC offers 6,000 square feet of indoor fun with climbing walls serving up the perfect combo of physical fun and mental agility. Visitors of all levels (and ages!) are welcome, and there are also special rates for kids younger than 7.
Old Falls Street, USA
Food trucks, open-air movies, outdoor games — what’s not to love? After a day of experiencing the wonder of the Falls, take the two-block stroll to Old Falls Street USA and kick back in the perfect kid-pleasing hangout. Niagara’s three-block district of fun offers entertainment for all age groups with a jampacked program featuring Friday night concerts and Saturday family fun!
Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA
In a dizzying world of attractions, many teens and tweens (and adults) simply need a little mall time. And the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA, with its mezzanines of street-cred traders from Kate Spade to Banana Republic, is likely to impress them. Kids will find the food options pretty on point, too. Starbucks, sundaes, sushi or Sichuan, anyone?