You can view the powerful Niagara Falls every day of the year – always for free. Be sure to schedule a visit after the sun has gone down to see the water illuminated by bright lights on the backdrop of the night sky for another photo. Here are a few other free attractions near Niagara Falls to visit during your visit. Stay at Campark Resorts while you’re there.
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from May to September, what better way to experience Niagara Falls than with exploding fireworks over the Horseshoe Falls.
Niagara River Recreation Trail
If you wish to explore trails with an abundance of flora and fauna and great views, you must visit the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve. You can hike along the White, Red and Blue Trails that have riverside views. The Glen also has picnic areas where you can relax and take in the sights.
Niagara Parks Botanical Garden
The Botanical Gardens is almost 100 acres of gardens, including the world-famous rose garden with more than 2,400 roses. Themed seasonal display beddings are changed three to four times each year always complimenting the permanent collection of perennials, flowering trees and shrubs.
Just 2.5 kilometers nor(1.5 miles) of the Botanical Gardens, sits the 40-foot-wide Floral Clock. Built in 1950, the clock is one of the largest in the world, made up of a display of nearly 20,000 plants changed twice a season.
Niagara Falls History Museum
Every Thursday evening, the Niagara Falls History Museum offers free admission from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Explore Niagara Falls’ rich history, including the Battle of Lundy’s Lane, considered one of the bloodiest during the War of 1812.
The Street of Fun
Although the attractions on the street aren’t free, a walk down Clifton Hill won’t cost you a thing. Stroll among the flashing attraction signs, interesting window displays of life-size wax figures, haunted houses with crazy noises and colorful storefronts.
The Bruce Trail is a hiking trail from the Niagara River to the tip of Tobermory, Ontario. The main trail is more than 890 kilometers (550 miles) long and there are over 400 kilometers (250 miles) of associated side trails. The trail mostly follows the edge of the Niagara Escarpment.
Niagara on the Lake is undoubtedly known for its wines and perfect outdoor festivals, but if you make the trek on down here, one of the very best spots to go is to The Queen’s Royal Park. Not only does it offer up a perfect spot to lay out a picnic, go for a walk, or just take in the sun, the gazebo is the perfect spot to take the loveliest family photo. This park offers up lovely views of historic Fort Niagara in Youngstown, New York to the east as well as Lake Ontario.
Heartland Forest is a great nature reserve for the family to enjoy. There are trails, frog and turtle ponds, picnic shelters, a small playground for young kids, mini-putt and a giant treehouse that offers a view of the forest. It’s free to the public and trails are open daily from early morning to dusk.
Take the kids to watch the ships go through the Welland Canal from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario and vice versa. For times when the ships are scheduled to go through the Locks, call 800-305-5134 before you go.
Gwen Van Kleef
Niagara Falls, Canada