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The universal appeal of Niagara Falls, Ontario has solidified its spot as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world with many, many things to do in Niagara Falls. Stretching back to the time Native Canadians first settled in the region, to the arrival of the United Empire Loyalists, to the opening of Casino Niagara – the first casino in the area – Niagara Falls has continued to surprise and delight locals and visitors with its natural beauty and wide range of recreational activities.

There are quite literately hundreds of things to do in Niagara Falls, and when you’re visiting us at Doc Magilligan's, you’re just a stone’s throw away from the 10 best and biggest attractions the city has to offer.

Check out our top ten!

Top 10 Things to Do in Niagara Falls


The Falls 

The Falls

Yes! The star attraction – the falls themselves.  This natural wonder is over 12,000 years old and was created when melting glaciers formed the sweeping fresh-water lakes we now call The Great Lakes. Lake Erie flowed fast and furious downhill toward Lake Ontario and made a river. At one point in their journey, they went over a cliff – the Niagara Escarpment. Eventually the water wore its way back up the river to create the Niagara Gorge. Every year, the falls wear back another foot.

Niagara actually has two falls: The American Falls, and (our favourite!) The Horseshoe Falls in Canada. The Horseshoe Falls are 170 feet high. An astounding 6 million cubic feet of water gush over the falls every minute. The sublime beauty and power of the falls attract about 13 million people to the area every year. While summer is the most popular time to visit the falls (especially among newlyweds; Niagara Falls is the official honeymoon capital of the world) spring, autumn and winter at the side of the falls yields other spectacular sites, including the rushing waters in spring, the vibrant colours of autumn, and the frosted diamond sparkle of winter.


Winery Tours


Some of the best wineries in the country are located in the fertile Niagara region. Hundreds of thousands of wine enthusiasts come to Niagara every year to sample the fruits of the land in their finest, most fermented form. 20 Bees, Inniskillin and Jackson-Triggs are just a few of the internationally adored wines that hail from the Niagara area.


Nightmares Fear Factory

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One of the scariest haunted houses on the planted is located downtown Niagara Falls - and conveniently close to Doc's. Nightmare's Fear Factory is terrifically terrifying walk-through haunted house that's earned international accolades for being an off-the-charts scream. While there is no minimum age restriction, Nightmare's Fear Factory is geared towards adults. We recommend dining with us after you visit this fear factory – just empty your bladder before.


Niagara Fallsview Casino


Niagara's Fallsview Casino has one of the biggest and best gaming floors in the world, measuring in at 200,000 square feet of non-stop action. This venue has all the classic casino games, like poker, slots, baccarat, craps, blackjack and roulette, as well as an exclusive high limit area for the no-holds-barred kind of player. Fallsview isn't just for gambling, though. In fact, some of the best draws don't even happen at the tables. The 1,500 seat Avalon Ballroom entertainment theatre brings in some of the biggest stars in the industry, like Jay Leno, Kelly Clarkson, Diana Ross, and Alan Jackson. The Avalon Ballroom is home to 250 shows a year, so there’s always something new and exciting to see.


Skylon Tower


This impressive Niagara landmark rises 775 feet from the base of Niagara Falls. From the vantage point on the observation deck, you can see stunning views of the American and Horseshoe Falls, as well as the city of Niagara. You can even see the Toronto and Buffalo skylines on a clear day. In addition to affording you a breathtaking view, Skylon Tower also has a shopping centre, a family fun arcade and a 3D/4D movie theatre.


Niagara Botanical Gardens


Get in some green time and stroll through 99 acres of immaculately maintained gardens. This stunning collection of perennials, rhododendrons, azaleas, herbs and vegetable gardens was established 1936 and continues to delight, inspire and refresh guests today.

Niagara Botanical Gardens is also home to a world-famous butterfly sanctuary, as well as a rose garden which features over 2,400 roses. During the summer months, you can enjoy a guided horse and carriage tour through the stunning grounds. Admission is free!


Queen Victoria Park

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You'll find this breath of fresh air right beside the famous falls. Queen Victoria Park has stunning views of Niagara Falls and the Niagara River Great Gorge, so you can take in some sublime scenery while strolling through superbly manicured lawns and gardens.

This popular Niagara Falls attraction embraces every season and celebrates its distinct beauty. Springtime is particularly remarkable. Over 500,000 daffodils bloom, welcoming both guests and the warmer weather. In the winter, Queen Victoria Park is home to a wildly popular festival of lights. No matter what time of year you visit Niagara Falls, Ontario, make a point to take in the truly superb spectacles that await in Queen Victoria Park.


Lundy's Lane Battlefield


This self-guided walking tour gives inquisitive minds a glimpse into the historic and bloody battle between the Americans and the British that occurred on July 25, 1814. One of the most popular stops on the tour is the cemetery, where many American and British soldiers were laid to rest. Perhaps the most famous person buried in this cemetery is Laura Secord, who risked her life to alert the British of an impending attack during the Battle of Beaver Dams. You can obtain a Walking Tour brochure (complete with map) at the Niagara Falls Museum on Ferry Street. This is also a good place to start your journey, as it's only a 1.7km walk along the historic trail from here. Stop by Doc’s to refuel when you’re done!


Greg Frewin Theatre

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Join award winning magician Greg Frewin at the Greg Frewin Theatre to witness feats of pure fancy. Frewin has earned his title as The International Grand Champion of Magic after winning first place in every single world magic competition. He's the only person in history to hold this distinction.

Greg Frewin serves up a Vegas-style magic show in world-renowned Niagara Falls. One of the highlights of his show involves performances by his rare and majestic tigers. Experience the magic in the 600 seat dinner theatre.


Golf Courses


Golf-enthusiasts rejoice! There’s no shortage of world-renowned golf courses located near the relaxing and breathtaking backdrop of the Falls.

What are you waiting for? Explore the many things to do in Niagara Falls and its majesty. When you’re done, come back to Doc’s. Have a drink and tell us all about it!