We moved to New York about a year and a half ago, and quickly fell in love with our beautiful and interesting surroundings. I immediately started a "must-see" list, based on recommendations from new friends, and from people who I randomly met and were eager to share their favorite spots. It's been so fun to work our way through the list, and we've discovered so many amazing places along the way. One of the biggest and most famous sites is Niagara Falls, which is truly stunning. No matter how many times we go there, its beauty and power never cease to take my breath away. We love it there, and it draws millions of visitors each year. But did you know that there are SO many other cool things to see and do close by? I'm sharing our own "must-see" list with you here, including two award-winning and nationally ranked parks. All of these sites are within two hours or less of Niagara Falls, and definitely worth the trip!
We've traveled to many of these places with young children, and most of them are perfect for families of all ages. The whole area is an awesome destination spot, so if you're headed this way, here are the Top 10 Places to Visit Near Niagara Falls!
As a side note, some of these places are right over the border into Canada. Make sure you check all the border requirements before traveling, to make sure you have what you need--i.e. passports, birth certificates, etc.
This history of Old Fort Niagara goes back 300 years and it was a vital part of the colonial wars, because it controlled access to the Great Lakes. Three different countries have occupied the fort, and it has a very rich history. Come step back in time and experience exhibits, demonstrations, and take part in living history programs! Just twenty minutes from Niagara Falls, it’s open year-round. (There will be different opportunities different the summer months.)
Niagara-on-the-Lake is a darling little town located in southern Ontario (Canada), right where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario. It’s only about 34 minutes from the border (Niagara Falls is right on the border of the US and Canada). Little shops, yummy restaurants, and an ambiance that can’t be beat are waiting for you.
It’s also home to the Shaw Festival, a well-known summer theatre festival. While you’re there, make sure you get COWS Ice Cream (from Prince Edward Island)!