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Safari Niagara: One of the Coolest Niagara Falls Attractions and Things to Do with Family

If you love nature and wildlife and want to get up-close-and-personal with some of the neatest creatures around, add Safari Children watching elephantsNiagara to your list of fun things to do in Niagara Falls Ontario. The zoo and nature park re-opens May 18, 2019 for the spring, summer and fall seasons. Spanning 150 acres with more than 1,000 animals to see, learn why Safari Niagara is one of the best Niagara Falls attractions to check out.

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Safari Niagara Details

Where: 2821 Stevensville Road, Stevensville, Ontario L0S 1S0

Contact: (905) 382-9669,

Hours of operation for 2019: Note that last admittance to Safari Niagara is one hour before the park closes. Hours may vary on special event days. Check out the Safari Niagara Events Calendar for event information.

May 18-June 14: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

June 15-September 2: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

September 3-October 11: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

October 12-October 14: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost for daily visits:

From May 18-31 and September 3-October 14: Children ages 3-12 and seniors ages 65 and older, $20.95 + tax. Adults ages 13-64, $25.95 + tax.

From June 1-September 2: Children ages 3-12 and seniors ages 65 and older, $28.95 + tax. Adults ages 13-64, $34.95 + tax.

Children ages 2 and younger are always free.

Get $3 off admission rates when you purchase a ticket to Safari Niagara after 2 p.m. at the gate on the day of visit.

Membership program: Get complimentary parking, free admission all season long and special discounts with a Safari Niagara membership. Cost is $60 for children and $70 for adults, or get a membership for $55 when you purchase on May 18 or 19.

Special: All activities are weather permitting. Contact Safari Niagara before your visit to confirm activities. Tickets are non-refundable.

What Can You Do at Safari Niagara?

It’s easy to spend a whole day (or several) exploring Safari Niagara. There are tons of family-friendly activities, educational talks and animals to visit. Here are some highlights:

See Animals Up Close

There’s a diverse array of mammals, birds and reptiles to say hi to at Safari Niagara. Many are native to the Niagara Falls region, and some you won’t find anywhere else Children at the Zooin Ontario. Some notable ones to check out include:

  • African leopard and African lion
  • Alpaca
  • American golden eagle
  • Badger
  • Black bear
  • Camel
  • Canadian bobcat and Canadian lynx
  • Cougar
  • Emu
  • Flamingo
  • Giraffe
  • Hippopotamus
  • Kangaroo
  • Lemur
  • Macaw
  • Meerkat
  • Ostrich
  • Porcupine
  • Red fox
  • Rhino
  • Zebra

Safari Niagara includes a free tram, so you can hop on and visit all the animals on your list to see.

Keeper Talks

Want to learn about your favourite animal or what it’s like to take care of them every day? There are keeper talks throughout the park where animal keepers share their insights about animal personalities and what goes into daily care.

Keeper talk topics include:

  • African’s Cats
  • Giraffe Keeper Talk
  • Meet the Gibbons
  • Meet the Hippos
  • Meet the Otters
  • Meet the Wolves
  • Reptiles of the World
  • Rhino Feeding & Keeper Talk
  • Wonders of Flight Demonstration

Kids and adults can ask keepers questions and get unique views of animals that go beyond the typical display.

Behind the Scenes Tours

If you really want an intimate look at some of the animals at Safari Niagara, book a behind the scenes tour. Each tour costs $40 + tax, or book two (from the giraffe, lion and rhino experiences) for $60. Tours include:

  • Giraffe Experience
  • Zookeeper for a Day
  • Lion Experience
  • Rhino Experience

Each tour enables visitors to get closer looks at these animals and learn more about the daily care for them. On the Jr. Zookeeper for a Day experience, kids can spend a day working alongside a zookeeper in a special one-on-one experience.

Safari Niagara Activities

Safari Niagara also has fun non-animal activities. Families can get active in-between animal visits, with Niagara Falls attractions like:

  • Bounce a Rooz inflatable pillows
  • Carousel
  • Catch and release fishing
  • Children’s play area
  • Gator Express tram
  • Paddle boats
  • Papa Steve’s Family Farm
  • Safari Speedway go-karts
  • Sky Quest ropes course
  • Splash pad
  • Walk through budgie exhibit, with more than 500 budgies in free flight

You could easily spend several days at Safari Niagara, taking in all the animals, keeper talks and activities.

Check Out Safari Niagara Special Events, Too

Safari Niagara also has special events each month, including discounts for days like Customer Appreciation Day May 25-26, Nurse Appreciation Day May 24 and Grandparent’s Day May 22 and 29. Check out Safari Niagara discount days here.

Safari Niagara is only 10 minutes away from Niagara Falls, so you can head here after you check out the waterfalls. Talk to our concierge team for help for planning more fun things to do in Niagara Falls Ontario.