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Backpacking in Canada: Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Niagara Falls

By Jsbdsl @jonnyblair

Niagara Falls is one of the world’s foremost family destinations, and frankly, there’s little wonder as to why. In addition to the world-famous falls, Niagara is home to an abundant array of fun-filled activities for families of all sizes. However, like any area, Niagara Falls is not immune to the occasional rainy day. Luckily, a little bit of rain doesn’t have to put a damper on your crew’s best-laid plans. Should rain begin to pour the next time your family is in Niagara Falls, the following attractions can provide you with an all-around good time.

Backpacking in Canada: Things to do on a Rainy Day in Niagara Falls

Backpacking in Canada: Things to do on a Rainy Day in Niagara Falls

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Backpacking in Canada: Things to do on a Rainy Day in Niagara Falls

Wizard’s Golf Mini Putt

Miniature golf is a tried-and-true family activity. No matter how old children – or parents – get, they’re unlikely to say no to a round of mini-golf. However, since miniature golf is traditionally an outdoor activity, rain can effectively put any plans to hit the links on hold. This is where the Wizard’s Golf Mini Putt enters the equation. An indoor mini-golf course that takes guests on a fantasy-themed glow-in-the-dark adventure, Wizard’s Golf features 18 masterfully-designed holes that are sure to please visitors of all ages. Families looking to take a break from the real world and immerse themselves in a colorful world of fantasy can’t go home without a visit to Wizard’s Golf Mini Putt.

Bird Kingdom

Niagara-bound families with an appreciation for picturesque natural scenery and exotic wildlife should make the Bird Kingdom one of their rainy day destinations. The world’s most spacious indoor aviary, Bird Kingdom offers guests the opportunity to observe and interact with a colorful assortment of animals. The aviary is home to over 350 birds, most of which come from Africa, South America and Australia. Also, Bird Kingdom houses a variety of reptiles, mammals and amphibians and hosts several informative educational programs.

Backpacking in Canada: Things to do on a Rainy Day in Niagara Falls

Backpacking in Canada: Things to do on a Rainy Day in Niagara Falls

Fallsview Indoor Water Park

Although bad weather may impact your ability to visit a traditional water park, Fallsview Indoor Water Park can be enjoyed amidst even the worst weather conditions. Additionally, while water parks are typically regarded as summertime destinations, the fact that Fallsview is fully indoors means families can have wet and wild fun year-round. Directly connected to the famous Fallsview Avenue Resort, the park is home to 16 exciting waterslides and an enormous wave pool. Furthermore, during the summer months, guests can relax on the park’s massive outdoor deck. If your crew is interested in spending some time at Fallsview Indoor Water Park, look for a Niagara Falls hotel associated with the aforementioned resort when planning your trip.

The Great Canadian Midway

For parents and children alike, there’s no better place to spend a rainy day than a well-stocked arcade – and when it comes to arcades, few have as much to offer as The Great Canadian Midway. In addition to a wide assortment of newer games, TGCM is home to an enjoyable array of arcade classics from yesteryear. So no matter which era of gaming represents your golden age, TGCM has you covered.

The Great Canadian Midway’s attractions aren’t limited to arcade games. TGCM also houses a variety of immersive 4D rides and interactive experiences. Guests who aren’t afraid of a few spooks will want to check out the Ghost Blasters Dark Ride, which allows brave souls to ride through a haunted house and roast ghosts with a laser gun. If anyone in your family has an affinity for bowling, your crew can’t leave without playing a few rounds of Strike! Rock n’ Bowl. Visitors looking for an exciting escape from reality should take a spin on the Wild West Coaster. This motion-simulating experience places guests in moving seats in front of an enormous screen and makes them part of a rootin’-tootin’ Old West adventure.

Nothing puts a damper on a family vacation like bad weather. Depending on the destination, rain can effectively put your crew’s vacation plans on hold. While families have no control over undesirable weather, there are many ways for them to make the best of a bad situation – particularly when visiting Niagara Falls. While rain can curtail plans to enjoy some of the area’s popular outdoor attractions, it shouldn’t prove detrimental to your family’s enjoyment of Niagara’s many indoor activities.

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