Clifton Victoria Inn at the Falls

Pan Am Games Torch Relay Coming to Niagara Falls

torchrelayExcitement is building in Niagara Falls as the start of the 2015 Pan Am Games quickly approaches on July 10th. On Saturday June 20th, the celebration begins early as the Pan Am Games Torch Relay passes through Niagara Falls.

The torch relay will span over 41 days, pass through more than 130 communities, and end in Toronto on July 10th for the official opening ceremony. Saturday June 20th will be a one-of-a-kind experience with a celebration at Welland Market Square kicking off the day. After the morning celebration the flame will visit the Welland Pan Am Flatwater Centre, make its way to Market Square in St. Catharines, and then travel to the day celebration at Lakeside Park. To end off the day, the flame will travel in a rowing boat at the Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Course, travel on the Hornblower boat in Niagara Falls and then travel to an evening celebration in Queen Victoria Park.

Come out to the Pan Am Games Torch Relay celebrations to experience the excitement of the 2015 Pan Am Games, and book a summer stay in Niagara to be a part of the sporting events that bring together thousands of athletes from throughout the Americas.

Family-Friendly Festivals and Events in Niagara Falls

Looking for outdoor festivals and fun family events to attend while visiting Niagara Falls? Check out
Springlicious 2015 and Niagara Falls Comic Con!

splogoNiagara Falls’s annual Springlicious festival is happening May 29-31st on Queen Street in the city’s historic downtown district. This free three-day street festival features wonderful local cuisine, great beer
and wine, and all kinds of live entertainment that makes it a perfect outdoor family activity.

Niagara Falls Comic Con is taking place June 5-7th at the Scotiabank Convention Centre and will feature hundreds of exciting exhibits and a number of popular celebrity guests. This year’s guests include David Hasselhoff, Sean Astin from Lord of the Rings, Billy Dee Williams from Star Wars, Alfonso Ribeiro from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and many more. Comic Con is one of the biggest events of the summer, so purchase your tickets ahead of time to get in on the fun!

Make Mother’s Day Memories in Niagara Falls

rrMother’s Day is coming up on May 10th and a day in Niagara Falls is the perfect way to celebrate and
spend time with mom.

Start the day with a beautiful meal at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra’s Mother’s Day Brunch,
which features delicious culinary delights in a spectacular Fallsview setting. The menu features unique and tasty dishes like stuffed French toast, dark chocolate rubbed lamb, sweet and savory breads and pastries, carved prime rib, and much more.

Afterwards take a stroll through Queen Victoria Park, right across the street from the incredible Niagara Falls. The park features beautiful floral arrangements and gardens throughout, and has plenty of places where you can sit down, relax, and enjoy the beauty of nature.

And to finish off a wonderful day, stop by McFarland House in Niagara on the Lake to enjoy some traditional afternoon tea. The setting is a lovely Georgian-style house built in 1800 that offers an incredibly charming and memorable experience.

Five Spots in Niagara Where Fun is in Full Bloom

Floral Clock and Niagara’s Garden Trail

gardens-03One of Niagara’s most beautiful sights in spring is the impressive Floral Clock, which is made up of approximately 16,000 carpet bedding plants. Located on the Niagara Parkway, the Floral Clock features viola in the springtime and is kept in wonderful working order for everyone to enjoy.

From mid-May to mid-June, visitors can also enjoy the Centennial Lilac Garden, located along Niagara’s Garden Trail, which features dozens of varieties of spectacular lilacs. Also along the Garden Trail are the Botanical Gardens, Queenston Heights Park, the Floral Showhouse, and the stunning gardens of Queen Victoria Park.

Springlicious Festival

Niagara’s annual Springlicious festival is a great activity for people of all ages looking to have some unique and exciting outdoor fun. Taking place on Queen Street in downtown Niagara Falls, Springlicious runs from May 29th-31st and features amazing food and drink vendors, live entertainment, and fun activities.

Shaw-SpeakersSeries-LandingShaw Festival

This year marks the 53rd season of the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, which kicks off on April 8th and will feature shows such as Sweet Charity running from April 17th-October 31st, Pygmalion from May 31st-October 24th, Peter and the Starcatcher from April 8th-November 1st, and many more.

Red Bull Wings for Life World Run

If you’re looking for some springtime exercise, or just want to experience a high-energy and unique sporting event, then check out the Red Bull Wings for Life World Run being held in Niagara Falls on May 3rd in support of finding a cure for spinal cord injury. This race is unique because, according to the website, “Instead of racing to a set finish line, you run away from the Catcher Car. Everyone, at the 35 locations worldwide, starts running at 11am UTC on May 3, 2015, then 30 minutes later, the Catcher Car sets off, chasing runners until the last person is left standing.” It’s a one-of-a-kind athletic experience you won’t want to miss!

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

With 16 waterslides, a giant wave pool, 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, outdoor activity pool, adult-only Jacuzzis, and much more, Fallsview Indoor Waterpark offers incredible water fun directly across the street from the amazing Niagara Falls. It’s the perfect destination for families, friends, and people of all ages, and is directly connected to Falls Avenue Resort, which features some of the city’s best entertainment, dining, and accommodation sites.

New Family-Friendly Creature Exhibit in Niagara Falls

image001The Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory is currently hosting an exciting new Nocturnal: Creatures of the Night exhibit, which is a wonderful family-friendly activity for people visiting Niagara Falls.

Nocturnal: Creatures of the Night is running from February 7th until May 10th and is showcasing fifteen different nocturnal creatures and a number of smaller animals that people are able to interact with while visiting the exhibit. Zoo educators will be on-site daily to offer interactive and fun programming and educate people on these very interesting and diverse species.

If you are looking for some unique family fun and want to interact with creatures like the Common Snapping Turtle, Emperor Scorpion, and Burmese Python, stop by the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory and check out this fun new exhibit!

Three Affordable Destinations for Family Day Fun in Niagara

WPclifvic.jpegFamily Day is on February 16th, and if you’re planning to spend the day in Niagara Falls, check out these three family-friendly destinations for tons of fun and excitement:

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

The 3-acre Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is the perfect destination for families looking to escape the cold and splash the day away. With a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, 16 waterslides, a giant wave pool, adult-only hot tubs, and an outdoor activity pool and sun deck, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Niagara Falls History Museum

On February 16th, the Niagara Falls History Museum will be hosting a Family Fun Day at the Museum event featuring special exhibits and activities, such as crafts, scavenger hunts, and free family portraits. People of all ages are welcome to attend and have some fun while learning about local history.

Winterfest 2015 at Heartland Forest

Bring your family to Heartland Forest on February 16th for Winterfest 2015! Meet a lynx, learn wilderness skills, and roast some hot dogs for a day of learning and fun. Admission for this event is free, and guests will have the chance to take a photo with the lynx and enter a raffle for Heartland Forest’s March Break Winter Camp.

Spectacular Skating Show Coming to Meridian Centre

FSKATE-CANADA-WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPHead to the brand new Meridian Centre in St. Catharines on January 30th, 2015 at 7:30pm for the very first Skate Niagara Ice Show, featuring many of Canada’s favourite Olympic and World Champion skaters, such as Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, and Kurt Browning.

The Skate Niagara Ice Show will be an exciting night of live entertainment with Canadian legends performing spectacular skating acts. Olympic gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, four-time World Champion Kurt Browning, St. Catharines native Kirsten Moore-Towers and her partner Michael Marinaro, Canadian Synchronized Team Champion NEXXICE, aerial team Flying On Ice, Mery Acevedo, and Alfonso Campa will all be displaying their skating talents for one night only at the Skate Niagara Ice Show!

Tickets for the show start at less than $49 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.ca or the Meridian Centre Box Office.

A Day at Niagara Falls Historical Museum

Museum_NiagaraNiagara Falls and the surrounding region have a long and exciting history that anyone can experience with a visit to the Niagara Falls History Museum. The museum is located within walking distance from the city’s main tourist district and has a number of exciting exhibitions and events for people of all ages to experience.

Current exhibitions at the museum include the Gale Family War of 1812 Gallery, dedicated to the War of 1812 and its impact on Niagara Falls, and the Niagara Falls Community Gallery, which is an interactive exhibition dedicated to the history of the city. An exhibition entitled “Nature” will be running from January 14th until April 19th, which focuses on various natural species and habitats, and the importance of biodiversity.

Upcoming museum events include Playwrights Niagara on January 22nd, which sees local writers giving dramatic readings of their plays, and the Jazz Dramas: Winter Film Series on January 29th, which will screen the 1943 film “Cabin in the Sky”. The museum is open late every Thursday night, and admission is free on this day from 5-9pm. Stop by the Niagara Falls History Museum for a unique and interactive experience that teaches visitors about the rich and important history of Niagara Falls.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Join Festival of Lights

teenage_mutant_ninja_turtles_tmnt_2014-wideThis year’s Ontario Power Generation Festival of Lights will be illuminating the city of Niagara Falls until January 12th, 2015 and on December 16th, a number of new light displays were unveiled at the top of Clifton Hill.

In partnership with Paramount Canada, the festival has unveiled four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles light displays that depict the Ninja Turtles Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Leonardo. They are located at the top of Clifton Hill, on Victoria Avenue and were unveiled in correspondence with the Blu-Ray and DVD release of Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film.

Visit Victoria Avenue to experience the new light displays and Dufferin Islands to see the many other dazzling lights in this year’s Ontario Power Generation Festival of Lights. It is a wonderful winter activity for families visiting Niagara Falls!

Family Holiday Outings in Niagara

NFhorseshoecloseupThe holiday season is a time to come together with family, and Niagara Falls offers a number of exciting activities, attractions, and outings for people of all ages to enjoy.

The Butterfly Conservatory is now hosting a “Blue Christmas” exhibit, running until January 5th, 2015 that displays over 500 amazing Blue Morpho butterflies in the indoor rainforest setting of the conservatory. Along with the beautiful butterflies, the exhibit will feature festive décor and holiday floral arrangements that will help visitors get into the spirit of the season.

You can also celebrate the season at Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake on December 13th and 14th at the Fort George Garrison Christmas. This family holiday event will feature games, crafts, activities, treats, beverages, and musket demonstrations. Visitors can also stop by the Fort George gift shop for holiday shopping items such as books, games, and toys.

And for some indoor thrills and fun, families can visit the 3-acre Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, located right across the street from the Niagara Falls. With 16 waterslides, a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, full sized wave pool, adult-only Jacuzzis, and children’s play area, everyone is sure to have fun.

Come and experience all of the unique family fun that Niagara has to offer this holiday season!