Popular as a group of three waterfalls bordering two countries, the Niagara Falls can be located between the United States and Canada. It has since been a big tourist centre. If you, however, don’t want to spend your days staring at the falls.
Here is a list of interesting alternatives you could explore
1. Take a jet-boat ride down the river.
A jet-boat ride down the river is a common thing that happens in the fall. You will easily find yourself amidst other tourists who, like you, wants to do more than state at the fall and take selfies. Popular attractions include the Hornblower Cruises, Journey Behind the Falls, and the Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours. You are likely to find yourself aboard any of these three.
There is no way you are taking this ride and not getting wet. If you are touring in the height of the summer, this will be very refreshing as the cool water will keep bringing down your body’s temperature. With Canada on one side and the United States of America on the other, you can’t but enjoy your ride through the Niagara River Gorge.
2. Sample the freshest cheese in Canada.
While cheese tourism can’t be compared to wine and beer tourism, it would be amiss of you were to take a trip to Niagara falls and not sample some of the finest cheese in the world.
As you are sampling through Niagara’s wine country, take a break at a shop called the Upper Canada Cheese Company. Enter and have their staff take you through a journey with the tastiest cheese around there. You will be offered a sample to taste upon entrance. The cheese are gotten from local cattles just reared a little further up the road. There is a unique flavor that emanates from these cheese which you won’t find elsewhere.
3. Eat dinner at a vineyard.
Having a relaxing vineyard dinner after a day of getting water sprayed all over your face sounds……. relaxing!
Touring the Niagara falls is such an active event that you have to continually keep avoiding children running around unsupervised, wait in line for your turn and participate in other activities.
There are a couple of good options for your relaxing vineyard dinner. You can drive down to Honsberger Estates if you enjoy pairing wine with wood-fired pizzas. This restaurant can be located between a brick farmhouse and an old barn. You can enjoy the meal prepared by the Italian cheslf who runs the place while overlooking the vineyards.
Another option is the Redstone winery. Here, you can eat indoors while viewing a vineyard in the distance. It is ideal for when the weather conditions are not great and you need to eat.
4. Spend the night in a charming village.
Another fun activity you can engage in is to spend a night in a charming village. You can find little villages around the fall. To stand out from the other tourists, you can leave the hotels around the fall to them and find your way down to a village where you can spend the night.
A notable village is the village of Jordan station where you can find an inn with comfortable suites. The village is perfect for your escape as the local food is good and you can find yourself a bar at the Jordan House Tavern. If it’s wine tasting you indulge in, the Cave Springs Cellars tasting room can be found just across the street.
5. Hike the Niagara Gorge.
A hike through the gorge is a way of exercising all the local food, wine and beer that you’ve consumed. While your ‘exercise’ most likely won’t negate everything, it is a way of killing two birds with a stone. You get to keep relatively fit while enjoying the scenery.
Around the Niagara Gorge, you can find the hiking trails of last tourists. You can easily carve your own path or follow one of the trails if you are not sure of your sense of direction. There are postcard views around the gorge and you can sight all the jet-boat riding down the river from the gorge.