Imagine a magical wonderland filled with exotic species of birds, mammals and reptiles. This is what awaits when visiting Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Spread over an area of 50,000 square feet, it is one of the largest indoor free flying aviaries in the world. At one time, it was the site of the Niagara Falls Museum and was later converted into the Bird Kingdom in 2003.
There are several sections where you can explore different things. First, you can see glimpses of the history of Niagara Falls in the photographs displayed at the Old Museum. Afterwards, explore the aviary, looking at the delightful creatures and interacting with them. Here is a guide:
Enter the Main Aviary and get transported into a tropical rainforest complete with a 40 foot waterfall. Bird lovers will have a field day spotting over 400 birds belonging to 80 different species from all over the world. It’s a great place to take photos and you can pose with the attractions over here. Take guided tours and also feed the friendly lorikeets at Lorikeet Landing. Don’t forget to go to the Javanese House (Bar and Snacks). This solid teak hand-carved structure was built without using a single nail. Check out the carvings and sip on a beverage to refresh yourself.
If you wish to see some rare and endangered species of birds, you must visit this aviary. There are around 40 species of birds, some so tiny that you can hold a few in the palms of your hands! You can see multi-coloured birds, hear their sweet songs and marvel at these feathered delights.
The Bird Kingdom offers much more than birds. At the Explorer Base Camp, in addition to birds, you can also check out other incredible creatures such as tortoises, snakes, bearded dragons, chameleons and many others.
Some creatures are night birds and the night jungle is the best way to view these wonders. The night jungle actually functions during the day time. Keeping the area dark during the day and making it bright during the night has reversed the internal clock of these night creatures. This helps you to view them when they are at their active best. You can spot bats, owls and other non-winged night creatures here with the background accompaniment of chirping crickets. Bat feedings take place a couple of times during the day and is one of the highlights of this place. You can watch fruit bats munch on apples, pears and other fruits.
Mackaw Market and Tuki Cafe
If you wish to carry back a souvenir, head to Mackaw Market. There are bird collectibles, garden items, bird houses, educational books, games and much more. You can also purchase your Animal Encounter photos at the Photo Desk. At Tuki Café, you can satisfy your hunger pangs with a wide variety of treats.
Bird Kingdom is open around the year and is wheelchair accessible. Voted four times as Niagara Falls Attraction of the Year, you have to visit this bird paradise to truly appreciate the uniqueness of these winged wonders.
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