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Niagara Tourism and Leisure: Take in the Experience

Updated: Dec 6, 2019

When you think of Niagara, St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake may come to mind. These are a few main hubs amongst the large and beautiful landscape that makes up the Niagara Region. I believe the Niagara region is full of hidden adventure worth discovering, and these three cities are just the tip of the iceberg. If you are a local or even a first-time visitor, searching for something to do in and around these three cities, the region has many adventures waiting for you to experience!

Here are a few notable options to start you out.

Fort George National Historic Site

Do you have a history buff in your family? If so, Fort George National Historic Site is one of the best destinations for you. Fort George is a historical military structure situated in Niagara-on-the-Lake, where various battles in the War of 1812 took place. You can sightsee through the military architecture of the Office’s Quarters, Blockhouses, and so much more. There are even live re-enactments!

Bird Kingdom

Explore some of the world’s most exotic birds in the tropical rainforest display at the Bird Kingdom. This is one of the biggest indoor free-flying sanctuaries in the world and offers a family-friendly adventure, providing hours of fun for all ages.

Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm

Located in St. Catharines, this animal farm welcomes guests of all ages. It’s a free attraction where you will see a wide array of animals. Children always love feeding and interacting with the animals. There’s also a playground and picnic area, ideal for downtime.

St. Johns Conservation Area

This hidden gem offers a relaxing setting for visitors and wildlife alike. Locals line up around the pond which is surrounded by bridges, benches, and viewing areas. You can also go hiking if you like, as the trails are simple to navigate.

Short Hills

This protected park spans 660 hectares within the Niagara Region. You can get away from the commotion of Clifton Hill and enjoy the company of birds and sometimes even wild deer as you walk by a wide array of plants in this extensive nature reserve.

Skylon Tower

The world-renowned Skylon Tower sits in the center of the Niagara Falls entertainment district. The observation tower is located a few steps from the falls, making it one of the most visited attractions in the region. Once you are there, you’ll see panoramic views of the falls, striking skylines of Buffalo and Toronto and Niagara wine country.

Butterfly Conservatory

This is undoubtedly a lovely attraction for the entire family. The Butterfly Conservatory is known to be home to more than 2,000 tropical butterflies that fly around freely in the lush boundaries of the conservatory. Situated on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Garden, this hidden gem features a network of walkways and paths winding their way through a tropical rainforest environment.

Niagara Vintage Wine Tour

You can also explore the wine country with Niagara Vintage Wine Tours, providing a great selection of guided experiences. Every visitor can go on a half-day tour of cheese and wine tasting. You can also go for full-day tours that cover lunch, and romantic dinner tours.

What are you waiting for? Start exploring these hidden gems in the Niagara region today!

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