While a lot of people think of Niagara Falls as being most popular with honeymooners or those purely wanting to check out the falls themselves, the region is actually home to numerous fun activities for all ages. If you like to get your heart racing when you’re on vacation, read on for some adventurous and thrilling activities you can enjoy when you take a trip to Niagara Falls.
Go Indoor Skydiving
First up, if you’ve always been keen to try skydiving but were concerned about heights or safety, head to the Niagara Freefall and Interactive Center. Here you can book in for an indoor skydiving experience, where you step into a wind-tunnel flight chamber and get to feel, for a few minutes, like you’re flying. If you’re traveling with friends, note that you can participate in skydiving in groups of up to four.
While you’re at the Center, also test your mettle on the 32-foot high rooftop rock wall (even if you’re a beginner climber you will be well catered to), have a ride on the mechanical bull, or spend time with friends playing Lazerball. This game uses foam balls instead of paint ones, which means no bruises or mess to worry about!
Challenge Yourself to Get Through Nightmares Fear Factory
If you really want to get your heart racing, make sure you book a ticket to enter the Nightmares Fear Factory. This haunted house has been operating for over three decades now and provides a challenge for participants to “survive” for as long as they can as they walk through the attraction’s numerous areas.
Unlike many “ghost rides” or other types of haunted experiences, Nightmares has visitors walking through the house (guided by a trail of red lights) at their own pace, untimed and purely on foot. You can get together a group of six to take the experience together, or join a group of strangers. If you find it all just gets too much for you and you have to leave before you finish the whole attraction, don’t feel down on yourself though — believe it or not, more than 140,000 people over the years have chickened out part way through!
Complete a Zipline Adventure Course
If you like to keep fit on vacation, make your way to WildPlay Niagara. You can take the Whirlpool Adventure Course, a zipline and suspended-obstacle experience that involves climbing, swinging, jumping, and zipping about, over three separate self-paced courses. The attraction will take you over the famous Niagara gorge and whirlpool, and even cliff-side at times for some really adrenaline-pumping action. Part of the course also includes the What’s To Fear jump, a loose-line bungee jump that will have you launching yourself into space from 40 feet up in the air.
While at WildPlay, also have fun completing the MistRider Zipline to the Falls. This experience will give you wonderful views of the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls as you cover four parallel ziplines, dangle at least 220 feet above the ground, and get moving at speeds of over 40mph. The MistRider (which covers more than 2,000 feet), also takes participants to the observation landing at the famous Falls, via the edge of the Niagara river gorge as they go.
Feel Like a Part of History at Old Fort Niagara
If you’re a history lover who has always dreamed of feeling a part of the events you’ve read about, take yourself off to Old Fort Niagara, the oldest operating fort in the United States. It was built in the 1700s to give soldiers an advantage during combat, and since then it has been used in various wars (e.g., Indian, French and Revolutionary), and by numerous nations’ soldiers.
While on-site, apart from checking out the attraction’s well-preserved guns, cannons, strategic and living spaces, and other period features on a self-guided audio tour, you can watch hourly musket demonstrations, or get immersed in reenactments of conflicts during special periods throughout the year.
Take a Ride on the Whirlpool Jet Boat
Lastly, if you love being on the water, and particularly if you plan to visit the Niagara region in the warmer months, book a ticket with Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours. This company, whose primary location is situated in Queenston, around 20 minutes from downtown Niagara Falls, has thrilled more than 1.5 million visitors over the years.
Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours takes passengers for a joy ride on the Niagara River in a specially-designed vessel, passing through the Niagara River Gorge and experiencing Class 5 white water at the Devil’s Hole rapids along the way. Tours last between 45 to 60 minutes, and operate from May to October.