Things To Do With Kids in Niagara Falls

The city of Niagara Falls sits on the Niagara River and is well-known as the home to one of the natural wonders of the world. Sharing the same name, the wonder and the city house the oldest state park in America. The city of Niagara Falls is a tourism hub and attracts more than 8 million visitors each year. Browse popular entertainment options for kids to see for yourself why residents and tourists love this Ontario city.

There is lots of fun to be had during your time in the city. You can take your kids to explore Rock Park and the home of the Castle Rock or fly through the air on a zip line with Castle Rock Zipline Tours. Keep reading for more of the best things to do in Castle Rock with kids:

  • Castle Rock Zipline Tours: Denver’s best zipline tour at Phillip S. Miller Park
  • Douglas County Fairgrounds: hosting a variety of events including rodeos and car shows
  • Rink at the Rock: the best place for kids to learn how to ice skate
  • Rock Park: this protected natural area surrounds iconic Castle Rock
  • MAC (Miller Activity Complex): a 64,000-sq-ft, two-story recreational facility complete with multiple pools, batting cages, and a trampoline

The city of Niagara Falls boasts scenic views in almost every direction. Spend an afternoon at one of many well-maintained parks in like Lasalle Waterfront Park or Jayne Park. Try other kid-friendly attractions, such as:

  • Marvel at grand views of raging rapids on the Niagara River at Three Sisters Island, connected by bridges for easy access
  • Golf, play tennis, or enjoy the picnic pavilions at Hyde Park
  • Ride the rides and indulge in carnival food at Fantasy Island
  • Tour the Niagara Falls Armory, a historic New York National Guard Armory
  • See the falls from above on a helicopter tour with Niagara Helicopter

More than 8 million people visit the Niagara Falls State Park every year. The rest of the city has capitalized on this tourism surge and offers unique sightseeing attractions and other free things to do for families. Find more cheap things to do with kids below:

  • Find panoramic views of the falls at the Niagara Falls Observation Tower or Terrapin Point
  • See the history of Niagara Falls in movie form at the Niagara Adventure Theater
  • Get to know the city on a Puzzling Adventures or Operation City Quest scavenger hunt
  • Check out the Nikola Tesla Monument and get a good look of the falls
  • See the art display at Prophet Isaiah's Second Coming House

Niagara Falls has exciting kid-focused entertainment too. Play on the city’s unique playsets, amusement centers, and at hands-on exhibits in children’s museums. Other fun attractions to see with kids in Niagara Falls include:

  • Touring the Guinness World Records Museum and see unforgettable exhibits
  • Saving on admission to Bird Kingdom with a Groupon
  • Interactive games, riding the motion simulator, and playing classic games like skee-ball at the Great Canadian Midway
  • An afternoon at Marineland, a SeaWorld-esque park with rides, animal shows, and a large arcade
  • Grabbing a sweet bite to eat at Pop & Lolly's Candy Shop

Groups might have a hard time choosing between all the fun activities in Niagara Falls. From river excursions to impromptu laser tag wars, this city is full of fun that is sure to excite the whole family. Find another kid-approved activity that fits your group best below:

  • Save on fun bundles for up to six people at the Niagara Falls Fun Zone
  • Score discounted gaming packages for groups at Captain Jack's Fun Center
  • Get a birds-eye view of the city on the Falls Incline Railway
  • Unleash your competitive sides at DMZ Paintball & Laser Tag
  • Take in the scenic beauty on a tour cruise with Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Most museums in Niagara Falls have kid-focused exhibits and some are even interactive. See the Wild Magic Illusion Show by Greg Frewin, or try another fun educational activity in Niagara Falls for kids:

  • Check out the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, also known as, Schoellkopf Geological Museum, on the American side of the falls
  • Learn about regional history through life-size wax figures at the Niagara Wax Museum of History
  • Experience animal encounters, training, and other entertainment at the Aquarium of Niagara
  • Hear revival stories of underground railroad freedom seekers at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center
  • See the remains of a 19th-century power station at Adams Power Plant Transformer House

Tap into the creative side with art, music, photography, or acting classes. Niagara Falls has some of the best music and art academies in the area. Browse schools, studios, instructors, and more on creative classes for kids:

  • Sign the kids up for music lessons at the Niagara Institute Of Music & Arts or Niagara Rock Academy
  • Paint your own pottery at A Third Space Pottery Studio or Paint Your Own Pottery Crock A Doodle
  • Learn beginners woodwork at the Arts Wood Shop
  • Paint and socialize at Canvas Crashers
  • Register for art programs at the Niagara Falls Art Gallery & Niagara Children's Museum

Even with so many iconic landmarks, some days are better spent indoors in Niagara Falls. Plan an afternoon of entertainment inside at top-rated theaters, play centers, community libraries, or at the gym. Find deals on more indoor attractions for kids below:

  • See 3D films on the big screen at IMAX Theatre Niagara Falls
  • Buy two attraction credits and $10 of arcade games at Lasertron
  • See the works of emerging artists at the Castellani Art Museum
  • Play new games and classic, old-school arcade games for more than half-off in At The Falls Arcade
  • Learn about different butterfly species and watch them fly around you at Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory