Comprised of three distinct historical sites, the City of Niagara Falls Museums preserve the rich stories of the area’s iconic landmarks and inhabitants. The Niagara Falls History Museum explores centuries of tales of the roaring waterfalls—and the devils who dared to smuggle barrels past them—and the Willoughby Historical Museum recounts the daily rural life of Willoughby and the Village of Chippawa. At the Battle Ground Hotel Museum, actors immerse visitors in a restored 1850s tavern on the grounds of the Battle of Lundy’s Lane.
Since hatching their first helicopter in 1985, National Helicopters Inc. has become one of Canada's biggest chopper flight and maintenance organizations. Boasting more than 45,000 hours of incident-free flying, National Helicopters' pilots ensure safe passage to wherever passengers desire, and their photo and aerial tours and helicopter golf trips go off without a hitch due to the pilots' countless hours of practice. For those interested in taking the handles, the company teaches commercial pilot instruction, along with survival training and ground school.
Lions are typically considered kings of the jungle, but at Jungle Putt, that honor goes to elephants. A massive replica of the floppy-eared mammal oversees Jungle Putt’s two 18-hole courses, whose greens twist and undulate beneath the shadow of verdant trees. Celebrate holes-in-one with post-game sundaes and cones at the on-site Freddy's Ice Cream shop. Youngster's can also explore the other jungle at Jungle Putt: an outdoor jungle gym.
As a National Historic Landmark, Old Fort Niagara celebrates the Great Lakes' history with original military architecture, educational exhibits, and breathtaking views of Lake Ontario and its surrounding scenery. Guests can don a favorite duster jacket and explore the fort while impersonating French invaders’ pursuit of collectable Beanie Babies. Careen through the Gate of the Five Nations built in 1756 or investigate the mysterious lore of the old powder magazine. Built in 1726, the French Castle is the oldest building at Fort Niagara and exudes protective construction as well as the celestial ambiance created by its legendary headless ghost. The history-laden can stop by the museum shop after the tour, where novelty items, apparel, and souvenirs are traded for American dollars or sugarcanes stuffed with American dollars.
The Criminals Hall of Fame lures tourists and locals with more than 40 flagrant figures accompanied by eerie insight on their disturbing deeds. Craft a tender romance by treating your sweetheart to a tour of the deviant minds and mugs of North America's favourite bogeymen (a $10.93 value per admission). A wistful stroll through the museum's exhibits exposes repugnant guises from the likes of Al Capone, Clyde Barrow, and veritable vampiress Elizabeth Batheroy, providing the perfect distance for ghost-free photo ops. The gallery also boasts a number of Old West rascals, such as Jesse James, Billy the Kid, and the elusive Road Runner.