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Have Fun at Niagara Falls, Try Clifton Hill

Last Updated 12/03/2022.

There are two sides to Niagara Falls. No, not the US side and the Canada side. I mean the “Gosh isn’t nature amazing!” side and the crazy fun side. We enjoyed both, although the crazy fun side of Niagara falls came as a complete surprise to us, we weren’t expecting that at all.


We could have handled it in one of two ways, stuck our noses in the air and tutted at the blatant commercialism or do as we did, get stuck in and have a really good fun at Niagara Falls.

Our Afternoon of Fun at Niagara Falls

After a totally awe-inspiring and slightly terrifying ride on the Niagara Sky Wheel  ( click the link to see the pics, just WOW!) we got stuck into some slightly different attractions.

Temperatures in Niagara in January were well below freezing so we kicked off with some indoor mini golf.

Not just any mini golf, glow-in-the-dark mini golf. After all the mini golf practice we had on our Atlantic Crossing cruise the kids whizzed around like pros and loved the glow-in-the-dark concept. I don’t think they’d ever experienced anything like that before.


Next stop the huge, indoor Canada’s Midway amusement arcade, this one took us right back to Barry Island, the kids couldn’t get enough of the arcades there and this one was much bigger . We mucked about feeding tokens into machines for a while before trying the two big indoor attractions.


First up, a ride that crossed a ghost train with a target shooting ride ( similar to our favourite ride at Legoland Malaysia) with the added bonus of the boys’ new favourite, glow-in-the dark. Chef and I get very competitive on these things. He beat me this time, I accepted defeat graciously.


Our final fun of the afternoon and one that had all four of us laughing and screaming out-loud was the 5D Cinema ride. I won’t spoil the surprise, but it was really good fun being part of the action on screen.


Last stop of the afternoon was the wax museum, Movieland, next door. It was WAY better than we expected, OK, so the likenesses weren’t great, but we had such a good laugh. The kids recognised all sorts of characters, from Michael Jackson to Darth Vader.  There was no mistaking this family.


There was a scary horror walk towards the end, Chef took it on, we 3 stayed out and screamed a bit at the noises we heard.

What a lovely change! Something different and totally good fun for all four of us. You can buy tickets individually or as a bundle with a Clifton Hill fun pass, it includes the Sky Wheel which we highly recommend.

There are loads of other attractions on the Canada side of Niagara falls to try, the main street, Clifton Hill looks like this.


Yes, took us by surprise too!

We’re really disappointed we couldn’t get further into Canada and have a good look around, but we learned a few facts about Canada in our short time there. I didn’t see my moose, but time is short, we have to be in Florida in just 3 weeks. We’ll be back!


Saturday 6th of October 2018

This is so timely and so useful! I’m planning a trip to Canada and I’ll be stopping in Toronto for a few days, and of course I will be visiting the falls. Bookmarking it! Thanks for sharing ????

Gina Nitschke

Friday 7th of February 2014

What an unexpected bit of fun! Sometimes the unplanned trips are the ones that create the loveliest memories. Now forever, your family will say, remember that day we just popped over to Canada? ;-)

Kirsten McCulloch

Thursday 6th of February 2014

Wow, I just found your site, and am interested to read more of your story. We are in Australia (permanent home), but planning to spend the 2nd half of this year road tripping around the States, where my husband has a lot of family (and I lived there in my early 20s). Can't wait.


Thursday 6th of February 2014

Hi Kirsten, looks like you found the right place! Our USA road trip will probably be only a month, but as Australians used to driving stupidly long distances, we can cover a lot! Have fun :)


Thursday 6th of February 2014

You will have to spend some more time in Canada there is so much to see from the Canadian Rockies that go through BC and Alberta, beautiful northern Ontatio with its amazing lakes and parks to the Bay of Fundy and beautiful beaches in our eastern provinces. I love this country and still have not spent the time I should exploring its beauty. Reading your blog makes me have an itch to do some more travelling though. Hope your family continues to have a wonderful time and glad your short time in Canada was a good one. Peace and love


Thursday 6th of February 2014

We were really impressed with what little we saw of Canada Nikki. We'll most certainly make it a priority to come back.

Suzi Hansborough

Thursday 6th of February 2014

I've never been to Niagara Falls. This was a great article. Now I'll have a plan for when we DO visit. =)

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