This past summer I took our little dude on his very first international trip! We spent a week in the province of Ontario, Canada, along with my parents and my brother's family. We were looking for a fun spot for our growing family's yearly reunion, and Canada's beautiful summer weather combined with an affordable direct flight for me/driving distance for most of the family made it the perfect location!
We didn't try to cram too much into our week, and hung out a lot in our Airbnb home. But one of our most memorable activities was our day trip to see the Niagara Falls! Though places like this can be overwhelming, touristy, and crowded, they also tend to be highly kid-friendly and stroller accessible. Parking was probably the most expensive part of the day, since we decided to stay as close as possible to the Falls. If you're willing to walk a bit more, you'll be sure to find more affordable lots.
A FEW WAYS YOU CAN EXPERIENCE THE NIAGARA FALLS WITH KIDS:
- by admiring it from the riverwalk at no cost
- by going up the The Skylon Tower
- by taking a walking tour behind the waterfalls
- by taking a river cruise
The cruise was a great way to get close to the action without much exertion. We got to see the American, Bridal Veil and Canadian Horseshoe Falls up close. Yes, everyone gets a fashionable red poncho (the mini ones are actually cute, as are all tiny things) but if you stay behind the glass partition, you won't get wet and still get a great view. I say that because my little guy was tired, cranky, and refused to wear his poncho and/or leave his baby carrier the whole time. DETAILS: Boats sail every 15 minutes, and the trip lasts 20 minutes. The entire experience, from buying tickets to boarding and exiting was straightforward, comfortable, and easy. Adults ride for $19.95 CAD, children (5-12 yrs) $12.25, and children (4 yrs and under) ride for free.
The cruise docked at a cute promenade with live music, stores, and some restaurants, just in time for lunch. As we suspected, there weren't that many healthy options for kids, so we packed some snacks and supplemented with restaurant food. The boys enjoyed the live band, and we enjoyed lunch with a gorgeous view. (The Skylon Tower also has two dining facilities, one with family-affordable casual dining, an indoor entertainment center and a food court.)
My iPhone pictures will never do these falls justice, and the sheer size and power of these waters is hard to convey by photos alone. You just have to check it out for yourself, whether you experience if from the Canadian or the American side.
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