10 Best Ways To Experience Niagara Falls In The Summer

Niagara Falls is jam-packed with activities to do and attractions to see in the summer! To help you get the most out of your summer vacation at Niagara Falls, I partnered with a few of my favorite bloggers to put together a list of unmissable fun-filled experiences. With 10 exciting ways to experience Niagara Falls, you will definitely not be bored!

Niagara Helicopters Tour Ontario

1| Zip through the air with WildPlay’s MistRider Zipline

Does it get any cooler than soaring high and fast towards the thundering waters of Niagara Falls? Offering sweeping views of the magnificent Falls, WildPlay’s MistRider Zipline to the Falls is a unique way to take in Niagara’s beauty.

Top Niagara Falls Activities Zipline Adventure

You will start at 67m above the ground on the Canadian side and zoom across 670m at an incredible speed of 70+kph! Within 60 seconds, you will ride along the edge of the vast Niagara Gorge, past the American and Bridal Veil Falls.

As you hurtle towards the base of the awe-inspiring Horseshoe Falls, the mist will wash over your face and the wind blowing through your hair. You will feel the incredible fury of nature!

Click here to read more about our ziplining adventure!

2| Take the Hornblower Cruise

Best Things to Do Ways To Experience Niagara Falls Summer

Addie Gray from Addie Abroad: Be sure to take a cruise with Hornblower Cruises (on the Canadian side) for the experience of a lifetime! Sure, seeing the falls from a viewpoint is cool, but being sprayed by the mist is another thing entirely. The 20-min Voyage to the Falls tour gets you up close and personal with this natural wonder, and it is totally amazing. Just be sure to take the free rain ponchos they hand out!

In the summertime, be prepared for long waits. So buy your tickets online ahead of time to avoid one of the lines!

Best Things to Do Ways To Experience Niagara Falls Summer

You can follow more of Addie’s adventure at her blog: http://www.addieabroad.com/, and on her Instagram @addieabroad

3| Go on the Journey Behind the Falls

Janine Good from Fill My Passport: As part of your trip to the magnificent Niagara Falls, the newest crowned 10th Natural Wonder of the World, do ensure you head to the Journey Behind the Falls. Not possible in winter, this excursion takes you down 150 feet to explore and enjoy the 130-year old tunnels beneath waterfalls that represent 1/5 of the world’s fresh water! Hear that fury, get educated, and sport that fashionable yellow poncho for many a photo.

Then, head to the observatory deck right at the foot of the Horseshoe Falls and marvel at the stunning views of this gorgeous natural phenomenon that sits 13 storeys above you.

This is a must-do excursion on your trip! You may get a little wet, but it is so worth it!

Best Things to Do Ways To Experience Niagara Falls Summer

You can follow more of Janine’s adventure at her blog: https://www.fillmypassport.net, and on her Twitter @fillmypassport6

4| Explore the Falls with a helicopter ride

So far, I’ve shown you how to see the Falls up close and from behind. How about a bird’s eye view of this magnificent natural wonder?

Niagara Helicopters Tour Ontario

A helicopter ride is a fun and exciting way to tour the scenic Niagara region and see Niagara Falls from a whole new perspective! The flight will take you on a ride up the beautiful Niagara Gorge, hovering over the furious Whirlpool Rapids, then soaring high above the Falls for unparalleled aerial views! This is the perfect opportunity to capture incredible images of majestic Falls.

Several companies offer heli tours. Niagara Helicopters is the most well-known operator in the region. You can book a standalone 12-min tour, combine it with a winery experience, or bundle a jet boat ride into the tour package like we did!

Read more: Niagara Falls Bucket List Adventure

5| Get a unique view from the Goat Island State Park

Karen from Wanderlustingk: Goat Island State Park is one of the best things to do in Niagara Falls. This attraction on the American side has one of the best viewpoints as it allows you look straight down the falls. However, you’ll miss out on the epic views that you get from the Canadian side, but if you plan accordingly, you can do both sides in one day.

This side of the falls is a bit less crowded than the Canadian side (besides the best selfie points), so it’s perfect for a relaxing picnic!

Best Things to Do Ways To Experience Niagara Falls Summer

You can follow more of Karen’s adventure on her Instagram @wanderlustingk

6| Watch the spectacular fireworks

As the sun sets and the sky darkens, the mighty Niagara Falls continues to impress. Lit up in an array of colours, the Falls transforms into a fairyland.

In the summer, watch a stunning shower of fireworks floods the sky and sparkles high above the natural wonder! Its magic promises to mesmerize and leave you in awe of the unmatched beauty of the illuminated splendor of Niagara Falls. It’s the climax to the day and not to be missed!

Best Things to Do Ways To Experience Niagara Falls Summer

The dazzling fireworks spectacle starts at 10 pm on weekdays in July and August. If you don’t want to walk to the edge of the Falls to catch the show, I’d recommend booking a room at the Sheraton on the Falls for the best viewing experience. It will give you the privilege of enjoying the breathtaking fireworks from inside your room!

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7| Join a winery tour and have a wine tasting

Besides the Falls, the Niagara region is famous for its wine. With latitude matching Bordeaux, France and northern California, Niagara has the ideal microclimate and soil conditions for producing high-quality wines!

To take in the wine experience, you don’t have to stray too far from the tourism district in Niagara Falls. Just about 15-20 mins outside the Falls is Niagara-on-the-Lake. This remarkable region has over 37 wineries for you to visit!

Top Niagara Wine Tasting Tour

Most wineries offer guided tours through their vineyard and wine cellar as well as tastings of their award winning wines. Many even have restaurants on-site, where they create delicious dishes to pair flawlessly with their exceptional wines! I recommend starting out with Lakeview Wine Co., Peller Estates, and Inniskillin.

Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or not, you will have a great time here and come to appreciate the beauty of viticulture!

You can read about our wine tour with Lakeview Wine Co. here.

8| Chill at the 10Below Icewine Lounge

What truly sets Niagara apart from other wine-growing regions is the incredibly delicious Icewine! A lot of hard work is put into producing this rich and succulent “liquid gold”: grapes must be naturally frozen on the vine, hand harvested at night when temperatures fall below -10°C, then pressed while frozen. This laborious process is essential to ensure the intensely sweet, concentrated flavors are captured!

Best Things to Do Ways To Experience Niagara Falls Summer

To experience what -10°C feels like, you can visit the 10Below Icewine Lounge at Peller Estates Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Inside the igloo-like lounge, you will find yourself being surrounded by ice walls, ice furniture, sculptures, an ice chandelier and an ice bar. A good 5 minutes is enough to feel the extreme temperature at which Icewine grapes are harvested.

Best Things to Do Ways To Experience Niagara Falls Summer

Just when you think you’re turning into a human icicle, the Icewine expert will pour you samples of their signature Icewines to help you warm up the body. You will even get a chance to learn making the famous Icewine Martini! There really is no better place to experience Icewines than at an ice lounge like this!

To access the Icewine Lounge, you will need to book the Greatest Winery Tour or the Ultimate 10Below Experience. The Peller Estates will provide a parka and gloves to keep you cozy.

9| Cross the Canada-U.S. border on the Whirlpool Aero Cable Car

Best Things to Do Ways To Experience Niagara Falls Summer

Jennifer Ruiz from Jet on a Jet Plane: Niagara Falls is known for its breathtaking views, but few people realize that the immediate area is filled with natural wonders too. To see the Falls from a different perspective, you should board the Whirlpool Aero Car! 

Suspended more than 200 feet above the Niagara River, the cable car crosses over the Niagara Whirlpool, formed by a convergence of Class 6 rapids escaping through a narrow channel in the gorge. On one complete trip, you will cross the Canada-U.S. border 4 times!! Since both terminals are on the Canadian side, passport and visa are not required.

Best Things to Do Ways To Experience Niagara Falls Summer

The attraction is open seasonally from April to November but is dependent on wind conditions to operate, so be forewarned that strong winds could cancel your trip. Thankfully, refunds are issued on the spot for all affected. You can call ahead to check the weather conditions before making a trip. Otherwise, if you’re already in the area and need an alternative activity, visit the White Water Walk just down the street.

You can follow more of Jennifer’s adventure at her blog: http://jenonajetplane.com/, and on her Instagram @jenonajetplane

10| Get your adrenaline pumping with an exhilarating jet boat ride

For a high-adrenaline adventure, hop aboard the Whirlpool Jet Boat for an exhilarating ride. The 45-min thrilling ride will take you through the legendary Niagara Gorge, where you will experience the rush of class 5 whitewater rapids!!

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour

Action-packed with high-speed twists, turns, and splashes, it will leave you absolutely soaking wet, but with a smile on your face! In between getting soaked, you will get a nice trip up the Niagara River and a history lesson. Awe-inspiring scenery plus pulse-pounding fun, this is a tour you will never forget!

For more details about this fun jet boat adventure, check out our recent tour with Whirlpool Jet Boat!


There are so many exciting summer activities in Niagara Falls. Which one has caught your attention?

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  1. Niagara Falls is on the top of my bucket list and I’m so happy to read this list of the best things to do here. The helicopter ride is truly a must! I really want to experience the view of Niagara Falls from above with my own eyes!

  2. There are so many things to do in Niagara Falls. It’s so close to the family farm in Ohio, I feel we have to go up and visit sometime. I think we would do anything that gets our blood pumping. I really want to stay for the night lights tour too. Niagara looks pretty dang cool.

  3. This looks like an epic way to spend the summer! That zip line is too scary for me, but I can imagine the views are incredible. I’ve done the Niagara tour before, and it’s a must. Yes, the free ponchos are a necessity! The ice bar would be on my list, though you do look cold!

  4. There are truly so many ways to see the Niagara Falls! I would love to take Janine Good’s tip and explore the caves from behind the falls. I had no idea there was ice wine to enjoy from the wine region. Definitely a must! It would be ideal to see the falls from both the American and Canadian side for sure. Thanks for sharing. 

  5. The jet boat and the ice bar sold me! Wait — the ziplining, too. It all looks so fun!! I’ve been to Niagara Falls a few times, but this is all new to me. Obviously — I need to go back!

  6. Wow….I had no idea there was so much to do around the falls! This fabulous natural attraction has always been something that I intended to visit. However all of the things in this post has just convinced me that I need to bump this destination up a lot on my future travel priorities.

  7. Such a novel way to experience Niagara falls. My picks would be to zipline across or go behind the falls or the white water rafting, Veering towards the White water rafting as I love that sport. Beautiful pics and a lovely post.

  8. Visiting Niagara Falls in Summer can never get better with your top 10 to explore. All activities looks fun. Even when I am not considering Niagara Falls now, I’d be sure to go during summer and do almost all of these. So help me God.

  9. I think I’d be defo into the journey beyond the falls! Also, the ice wine sounds amazing as well 🙂 I must add this to my list!

  10. This looks like a great time! That ice lounge looks so cool.. No pun intended lol. White water rafting always intimidates me, but I like the idea of a jet boat ride. Sounds like it would be a lot less likely to fall out in the rapids!

  11. Love, love, love that you went to 10Below Icewine Lounge at Peller Estates! We didn’t dare go when we were at Peller in January, haha, but perhaps the summer would be better! Love your list of activities in Niagara. I’d go wine tasting, of course, but your post makes me want to check out helicopter rides and that aero cable car, too 🙂

  12. Wow we didn’t know about the zip line last time we went. Sooooooo going next time – we are quite excited for it now actually! Jet boat ride sounds like our kind of thrill as well!

  13. What a great and varied list of things to do! I think there are things here that would appeal to a broad cross-section of people. I have to admit that icewine bar looks wonderful — it’s so how right now in Texas, an igloo bar sounds perfect! And then if I had to choose, I’d go for the helicopter ride and the Hornblower cruise to get to see the falls from different vantage points.

  14. Going in just two weeks now and going to be experiencing a lot of these! Can’t wait for a day of fun before heading up to Toronto!

  15. So many things to do in Niagara Falls! I’m intrigued by the Journey behinds the Falls and the Helicopter Ride! Adding this post to my wishlist!

  16. I would love to venture behind Niagara Falls! That looks like so much fun. The cable car, wine tasting, and ice bar all stand out to me too. One day, I’ll finally make it to Niagara Falls!

  17. I had no idea the east coast could be so action packed! Never thought about going there for a vacation but now we’re interested. Hoping to head out east some time soon!

  18. Ziplining looks like so much fun, and that rainbow is unreal! Even though you definitely get wet I agree a Niagara Falls boat cruise is a must! I was surprised by how much there is to do in the area and happy to have been able to contribute 🙂

  19. I had no idea there were so many things to do at Niagara Falls! I haven’t been since I was 5 years old, so I don’t remember much. Would love to return and explore. Going behind the falls sounds so amazing. Would also want to take that scenic cable car ride!

  20. Who knew there was so many cool things to do at Niagara Falls! That zipline looks pretty amazing! We really need to get up there to see the beauty in person!  

  21. It seems like the Canadian side of Niagara Falls has so much more to offer than the US! I love the idea of win tasting in the region, I love to discover local cuisine including wine. These all look like great ways to enjoy the falls and definitely could take more than a day or weekend to get through.

  22. Dang, so many fun things to do centered around the falls. That zipline looks intense. I think I’d opt for the cable car myself and then a wine tasting after. Plus the views, it’d make a lovely weekend getaway for sure.

  23. I had no idea there were so many things to do at Niagara Falls. I always just assumed that it was a sightseeing location with limited activities. THe 10 Below IceWine sounds so cool and that boat ride looks like so much fun!

  24. I haven’t been to Niagra falls since I was really young and I think it’s time we make a trip to visit again as adults! I would love go behind the falls, what a cool experience!

  25. What a great adventure that you have owned here. I’ve been dreaming to visit this waterfall, since I was still a kid. I love that you truly have shown to us the best way to experience Niagara during summer, which is very rare to read something like this. Truly, it is very interesting and a kind of adventure I always love to engage myself to. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  26. I haven’t been to Niagara Falls since I was a kid, and clearly it is time to return. At the time, we did a bit of touring and then got on the Maid of the Mist to get up close to the Falls. Now, I’d love to try the helicopter ride, maybe go on the Hornblower Cruise, and if I was feeling daring, I might even give that zip line a go (who am I kidding, I’m far too much of a chicken to do that). And you know that wine tasting tour would be on my list! Pinned!

  27. Zipline is definitely the one that I’d try. I am not very friendly with water and I wouldn’t enjoy so much being wet all the time. Have you tried zipline ? Do you get very wet ?

  28. Awesome!! I’d LOVE to do the helicopter ride someday! I went to see Niagara Falls in the late fall and it was gorgeous, but summer would be a great experience, too! 🙂 These are all great ideas!

  29. These all sound like so much fun! It’s hard to choose. I think that the jet boat ride sounds like a blast. Plus, I’ve never done anything like that before! I would also really enjoy the helicopter ride – I”m obsessed with helicopters since taking my first one last summer! 

  30. I didn’t know you could do all these activities at Niagara falls. The Icewine looks so nice. I would definitely go under the falls and do the zip line. Your photo with the rainbow is so beautiful. Can’t wait to visit this place.

  31. I’d go for the Icewine Lounge. I didn’t know that there are so many things to do around Niagara Falls other then just walking around and taking photographs.

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