There are more wondrous sights in Niagara Falls than the 8th Wonder of the World Waterfall. Both sides of the Niagara Falls border feature some of the best public parks in all of North America, offering hardcore nature lovers and those that like to stroll through nature a unique opportunity to enjoy, experience and exercise in amazing settings. Here are what we consider to be the top parks in Niagara Falls.
Top Parks in Niagara Falls
The Niagara Glen is situated along the Niagara Parkway on the Canadian side of the gorge. You can explore the flat sections such as the Niagara Glen Terraces–Wintergreen Flats, Wilson Terrace and Foster’s Flats that also have picnic areas. There are seven trails in the Niagara Glen of which the White, Red and Blue Trails are the main ones.
The trails have riverside views where you can spot several seabirds and see the Niagara Whirlpool. You can also spot a few endangered species such as the Northern Dusky Salamander and the Southern Flying Squirrel in the Niagara Glen.
Niagara Falls State Park (Niagara Falls, New York)
The only Niagara Falls, USA park on our list, this is the oldest state park in the USA. The American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and part of the Horseshoe Falls are the biggest draws here. Terrapin Point at
Goat Island offers a fabulous view of the Horseshoe Falls. Besides this, the Cave of the Winds tour enables you to view and feel the spray from the Bridal Veil Falls while standing just 20 feet away.
Other attractions include the Maid of the Mist boat ride to the falls, Niagara Falls Observation Tower, Niagara Gorge Discovery Center and the Aquarium of Niagara.
Queenston Heights Park
With a lovely location atop the Niagara Escarpment in Niagara-on-the-Lake, this park was once the site of the Battle of Queenston Heights in 1812. Brock’s Monument and Laura Secord’s Monument are situated inside the park. You can also enjoy the scenic settings that include views of the lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario, or go hiking on the Bruce Trail.
Two picnic pavilions, tennis courts and a children’s splash pad are some of the amazing facilities at the park. Head to the Queenston Heights Restaurant to enjoy a wonderful meal.
Queen Victoria Park
One of the best places for spectacular views of the Niagara Falls, the Queen Victoria Park is located along the Niagara Parkway. You can sit on one of the park benches and enjoy the wonderful views all around.
Tulips, hybrid tea rose garden, kale, chrysanthemums, magnolia trees and carpet bedding are just some of the wonderful sights in the park. During spring time, over 500,000 daffodils bloom in the park resulting in a riot of colours. You can also enjoy the sights around the park by going on a horse and carriage ride.
Oakes Garden Theatre
The Oakes Garden Theatre is the entrance way to the Queen Victoria Park. Located at the foot of Clifton Hill, the theatre boasts of one of the best complex landscape architectural designs in Canada. The natural landscape of the theatre enabled the formation of a central amphitheatre. Designed against the magnificent backdrop of the falls, the theatre includes a passageway that connects two open pavilions. These offer wonderful views of the falls.
The park has walkways around which you can see lovely flower arrangements, gardens with carpet bedding, fountains, a pond, sculptures and more.
Take in, explore and relax in these top Niagara Falls Parks during your upcoming vacation.
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