Road Trippin’ New York to Ontario, Canada | Niagara Falls
Road trips are a big thing in our little family. As some of you can relate working alternate weekends can be hard on family time. To me, planning frequent short holidays on weekends off without using up precious PTO is a must. Spring break we decided to explore Niagara Falls and it did not disappoint! Whether you decide to visit the American side of the Falls or the Canadian side (or both of you have the time) adventure is sure to await. These were our stops and my recommendations for family road trips to Niagara Falls. Binghamton, NY This was a good first stop option for us with lots of dinning to choose from and Craft Restaurant in Binghamton NY is a must road trip stop along the way to Buffalo. https://craftbinghamton.com/this restaurant is good for all crowds, super family friendly. Their signature sliders and shakes are an instagram hit and a yummy treat. Kids and adults will love their colorful and super innovative shake options. You can refill your gas tank as well as enjoy arts galleries in town.
Buffalo, NY Home to the Buffalo Bison, this stadium is sure to be a great stop in Buffalo. This city offers great eateries, plush hotels and and a wealthy amount of history. On the American side of the Niagara Falls you can actually do a tour under one of the falls! Cave of the Winds is a must here https://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com/attractions-and-tours/cave-of-the-winds, an experience that’s sure to make great road trip convo back home. The Peace Bridge is very educational.
Finger Lakes, NY Driving from the greater NYC area it was stunning driving through the finger lakes in upstate NY. So many beautiful camp sites in case it would interest you to take a camping stop, stretch your legs, let the dog out for a walk or a food/picnic break the finger lakes are a scenic and peaceful option.
Ontario, Canada The Canadian side has a more complete family friendly experience. When you arrive in the Cliffton Hill area there are multiple museums, arcades, haunted houses, the Fun House, mini golf, a roof top fair, the famous Ferris wheel and much more. The Niagara Sky Wheel and Ripley Museum are a really cool experience. The Falls on the Canadian side offer a zip line! Yes a zip line! WildPlay has a seasonal schedule so check them out before planning your day http://niagarafalls.wildplay.com/zipline-to-the-falls/
Dinning options for family is not an issue. I highly recommend Rainforest Caffee for a very special and unique experience for the kids. If you are looking for a place with good American food, a nice bar and entertainment for the kids then I recommend Boston Pizza Niagara Falls https://www.cliftonhill.com/niagara-falls. Our son played at the arcade while we waited for our order.
While in Ontario, we lodge at the Niagara Falls Great Wolf Lodge which in itself was worth the road trip! We’ve been multiple times to the Pennsylvania Great Wolf Lodge, and although a very nice resort the Niagara Falls one offers many more activities for the kids and options for parents. https://www.greatwolf.com/niagara The kids (a one year old girl and nine year old boy) had the time of their lives. The indoor water park was pristine, and the water rides had no lines. The resort although sold out never felt over crowded. Kids can enjoy so many activities from morning yoga to story time. There’s a pretty neat child care option as well where they offer a PJ party and the kids in that club are VIP for the evening PJ party in the main hall. I really enjoyed their spa. My fourty-five minute massage at their spa was pure heaven, I highly recommend it to moms and dads. If you can stay on the main floor do it, it’s extremely convenient. This resort is only a four minute drive to the Falls and Clifton Hill area. Below you’ll find photos with character meet and greet as well as the daily activity schedule.
Wether traveling with family, on a solo trip or couples weekend getaways, you’re sure so have an amazing, fun filled adventure at Niagara Falls.