Things to Do in Niagara Falls After You See the Falls
For decades, families and honeymooners have traveled to Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Niagara Falls, New York (named one of our best vacation spots in the US for 2015), to see the region’s signature attraction: three picturesque waterfalls cascading into the Niagara River. But once the photo ops are done, how do you spend the rest of your trip? We've rounded up a list of outdoorsy things to do in Niagara Falls on both sides of the border so you can spend your days exploring Ontario, New York, or a mix of the two—just don't forget your passport.
Tour Niagara-on-the-Lake Wineries
The Niagara region’s climate and rich soil have created a booming wine industry on both sides of the border. At Konzelmann Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, you can tour production facilities and taste award-winning white, red, and ice wines. Gaze out across Konzelmann’s vineyard to enjoy unobstructed views of Lake Ontario.
Best time to go: before the fall harvest, so you can see the grape bunches on the vines
Side of the border: Ontario
Go Biking in Niagara Parks
Bike along the Niagara River Recreation Trail, a paved path that winds along the waterfront for a whopping 33 miles. Each of the trail’s four routes takes about one to two hours to complete; make it a day trip by connecting to a longer trail system, such as the 87-mile-long Greater Niagara Circle Route. You’ll find plenty of bike racks in and around Niagara Parks, making it easy to take a break and stop at restaurants, stores, and other Niagara Falls attractions.
Best time to go: summer and fall
Side of the border: Ontario
Hike the Niagara Gorge Trail System
If you can’t imagine going to Niagara Falls and not seeing rushing water, a hike along the Niagara Gorge trail system may be the answer. It comprises more than 15 miles of trails between Niagara Falls and Lewiston, New York. Keep an eye out for peregrine falcons, chickadees, and other birds as you make your way through the woods.
Best time to go: summer, when you can enjoy guided hikes from the Niagara Gorge Trailhead Center
Side of the border: New York
Fish for Walleye and Trout on the Niagara River
Stretching between Ontario and New York, the 36-mile-long Niagara River is home to more than a dozen types of fish. Reel in walleye in summer and early fall, or steel yourself against the cold to snag lake and brown trout in winter. You can fish from the shore in many area parks; there are also boat launches, though less experienced boaters may want to hire charters to navigate the choppy waters.
Best time to go: year round
Side of the border: Ontario and New York
Rashawn hopes to eventually pack her Kindle and trail mix for a trip that requires a passport. For now, she visits US cities with microbreweries and nice views.