Top Tips for a Niagara Falls Adventure Vacation

by Kim on May 6, 2017

If you’re like a lot of people around the globe, one of the things on your bucket list is the wish to experience the majesty of Niagara Falls at least once in your life. While this can get your heart racing enough in itself, there are also lots of other fun, active, and adventurous things you can do while you’re in the area. Read on for a selection of activities you should consider adding to your itinerary when you make your way to Niagara Falls.

Niagara Freefall and Interactive Center

Once you’ve checked into your Niagara Falls hotel, you might want to make your way straight to the Niagara Freefall and Interactive Center. This destination can be a one-stop shop for adrenaline adventures, with something for every age.

If you really want to get your heart racing, consider trying indoor skydiving. Here you can hop into the Center’s wind tunnel flight chamber, which takes groups of up to four people at a time. It will have you and your fellow travelers flying at air speeds of up to 140mph. If you have kids with you, note that they can participate as long as they are 7 years of age or older.

During a trip to Freefall you can also spend time playing Lazerball, a paint-free (and mess-free!) paintball game which uses safe, soft reusable foam balls. The activity center also boasts a mechanical bull ride; lots of the latest interactive arcade games; and a 32-foot high rooftop rock wall that will really test out the strength of your legs.

WildPlay Niagara Zipline and Adventure Course

If you like to swing, climb, zip, and jump on your adventures, make sure you don’t miss a visit to the world-class attraction, WildPlay Niagara. Here you will find a number of high-adrenaline activities to keep you and your crew happy.

For starters, spend time exploring WildPlay’s Whirlpool Adventure Course. This experience involves suspended obstacles and ziplines which are located above the famous whirlpool and gorge at Niagara. There are three self-paced courses to go through, and all together they give you dozens of swinging, climbing, ziplining, and jumping aerial (and cliff-side!) games to complete.

Another reason to visit this popular attraction is WildPlay’s MistRider Zipline to the Falls. If you’ve always dreamed about flying across the sky, you can do it in style, and with amazing views, here. The site has four parallel ziplines which face the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls. You will dangle from 220 feet above the ground, and be guided by experienced workers as you cover more than 2,000 feet and travel at speeds of more than 40mph. The ziplines travel along the edge of the Niagara River gorge and to the observation landing at the falls.

Another activity you need to try while at this adventure center is the What’s to Fear Jump. It can be completed as part of the Whirlpool Adventure Course or done as a stand-alone option, and involves a loose-line leap from 40 feet. The plummet can be experienced by those 7 years and older.

Nightmares Fear Factory

If you love feeling your pulse race because of a good scare, your trip to Niagara needs to include a visit to the Nightmares Fear Factory. This memorable experience has been getting visitors to scream and jump for over three decades now, and is set within a classic haunted house at the top of Clifton Hill, nearby to the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side.

At Nightmares Fear Factory you will be challenged to “survive” as you walk through the attraction. This is done at your own speed, with your own group (a maximum of six people), as you are led along by a trail of red lights. There are multiple scares to be had throughout the house, plus changes are made to the set up on a regular basis to keep things interesting. If you chicken out and don’t complete the experience, don’t worry, you won’t be alone – more than 140,000 people have chickened out over the years!

Old Fort Niagara

If you want to enjoy an outing that can get your adrenaline pumping while also teaching you something, take a trip to the Old Fort Niagara, on the U.S. side of the falls. The fort was built in the 1700s and is the oldest operational one of its kind in the country. It was erected as a means of helping soldiers to take the high ground against opponents during combat, and was mainly used during the Revolutionary and French wars.

Today, visitors to the fort can enjoy hourly musket demonstrations, as well as take self-guided audio tours of the site. Better yet, when you visit during one of the destination’s special event times, you can watch dedicated re-enactors recreate the struggles, conflicts, and lives of past garrison members.