Every place you visit has those quintessential experiences that all visitors should try, at least once, and well, Niagara is no exception. These are some of the things we think you should put on your Niagara bucket list.
Pick Your Own Produce
Niagara is full of farms that allow you to pick your own fruit, and depending on what season you visit in, you could be picking anything from peaches to strawberries. Find a Pick-Your-Own here
Spend An Afternoon in Ridgeway
Ridgeway is a picturesque town perched on the shores of Lake Erie. It is the perfect place to spend a summer afternoon, and if it’s small town charm you are looking for, you’ll surely find it here. The shops are eclectic and locally run, and there are numerous tasty restaurants (and one brewery), to choose from. There are two museums: Fort Erie Historical Museum and Ridgeway Battlefield Museum if you want to learn about the history of the area. And of course the beach is there, if you want to relax for a bit.
Climb Brock Monument
Queenston Heights is one of the nicest parks in Niagara, and the focus of it all is the towering Brock Monument. The spiral staircase inside the monument has 235 steps and the descent will reward you with an unprecedented view!
Hike the Niagara Glen
Although it can get busy, this is one of the coolest areas in the region to go hiking. You can get right next to the Niagara Whirlpool and see for yourself just how powerful it is. There is nothing but nature down in the Glen, so make sure you bring lots of water and snacks to keep you fueled.
Try some Niagara Specialties
At Beechwood Donuts (5 James St, St. Catharines), all of the donuts are to die for, but the cookies and cream is my favourite, the won ton soup at Country Fresh Donuts (5076 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls), De La Terre Café and Grill (3839 Main, Jordan Station), you should try their sourdough bread, which is made at their own bakery in Vineland, using spelt flour which is grown on a local family farm. Dillion’s Distillery is a small batch distiller in Beamville, that makes their own whiskey, rye, gin, vodka and bitters.
Ice Cream Heaven
Ask anyone in Niagara, and they most likely have been to “the big Avondale”. It’s a Niagara institution that has been around since 1955. It’s the tastiest trip back in time ever, and if you are here during the summer months, make sure not to miss it!
Find Avondale Dairy Bar, at 461 Stewart Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Go on A Wine Tour
There are so many wineries opening up and offering new and different things, that no two wine tours are the same. And while sometimes playing tourist in your own town doesn’t start out to be the most exciting of adventures, there is a something about getting lost in wine country for the afternoon that makes for the perfect summer adventure. Don’t know where to start? Start driving and see which winery calls to you!