Visiting Niagara Falls can be one of the most memorable experiences one can have in a lifetime. Over 14 million people visit the falls every year to see its splendor. The falls are well known as being the honeymooning capitol of the world, however families are increasingly on the rise and most new attractions are specifically targeting families with kids. Visiting Niagara Falls should be a must stop in any family travel itinerary.
With this type of high volume tourism in such an exclusive area, it’s important to not get caught in the overwhelming commercialized atmosphere. Everywhere you turn you could find yourself being coaxed into a cheap thrill that may not be worth your money. A family Niagara Falls vacation package is a great way to purchase combined activities that will meet your needs all in one price. The following examples would be some of my top picks for families coming to visit Niagara.
1. Fallsview Indoor Water park:
My top choice and most popular family setting would be the Fallsview Water Park Package. The Fallsview water park has direct indoor access to 4 hotels including the Sheraton on the Falls, Crown Plaza, Skyline Inn, and Hampton inn. Right in the heart of Falls Ave and Clifton Hill there will definitely be no shortage of things to do with the kids.
Outside your hotel you’ll find an entire city block with activities dedicated to you and your family. Some examples are the Niagara Skywheel, Adventure City, Wax museums, haunted castles, Ripley’s Believe it or not, 4d Movies, and much more! Not to mention great places to eat like Boston Pizza, Kelsey’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and more all within a short walking distance.
If you’re traveling with kids, this stop would be most inclusive due to the close proximity to the falls and tons of fun things to do with the kids. Also in terms of pricing, this would be the best value.
2. Great Wolf Lodge Resort:
Let your imagination soar as wild animals come to life with animatronics within this giant themed indoor/outdoor water park resort. Kids of all ages find themselves lost in the mystical environment delivered by the lodge. In terms of water park resorts, this would be my second pick on a Niagara falls family vacation package. Great places to eat are also within the lodge including Grizzly Rob’s Bar, Antler Shanty Grub, Camp Critter Bar & Grille, Pizza Hut Express and a variety of cafes. A 2 night stay is perfect and sure to impress the entire family. Bear in mind, that this will be a pricier package choice.
There are some addition things to keep in mind if you’re looking to plan your family Niagara Falls vacation package. The great wolf lodge is located further downstream from the falls by the whirlpool. So, if you are looking to see the falls themselves or experience the excitement by the falls you’ll have to pack-up the kids in the van and leave. Also, not having additional shops and entertainment within walking distance will also leave you with parking charges that can be up to $2 per half hour by the falls and lots of walking.
3. Americana Resort:
My 3rd pick is the Americana Resort which is a simpler water park resort and more accustomed to the budget minded traveler. It offers spacious, comfortable accommodations with an on site restaurant ‘Jack Tanners’. The resort is located on Lundys Lane which allows quick transportation to many affordable places to eat and shop including the Niagara Outlet Stores. Although the water park is not as large as the other two, it may offer more play zones for younger children while still delivering large slides and fun for the older kids. The roof is also partly retractable during sunny days, and picnic areas surround the resort to give lots of open space.
The resort is not very close to the falls or other entertainment areas, and will also require packing up the kids. Although the resort is still not the cheapest of vacations, it does offer a good family environment and a great family setting to enjoy what Niagara Falls has to offer.