Best things to do at Niagara on the Lake with kids
Here is our countdown to the best things to do at Niagara on the Lake with kids and toddlers.
Having spent an amazing day in Niagara on the Lake I though I would share the best things to do with kids. It may not seem the type of place to bring young children but we took a day trip here whilst staying at Niagara Falls with our 3 year old and had a really memorable time.
Visit Queens Royal Park
Located just two blocks from Niagara-on-the-Lake’s main street just off Ricardo street, Queen’s Royal Park is the most perfect location to enjoy a picnic with the family. The quaint park sits on the Niagara River with the most breathtaking view’s. On a clear day, you can even see Toronto’s skyline as well as Fort Niagara.
Ever seen the movie Dead Zone with Christopher Walken? If you have you will recognise the beautiful Gazebo from the movie. With stunning views from the White Gazebo it’s the perfect location for a family picnic in the sun.
Fort George National Historic Site of Canada
All the staff, dressed in period costumes were friendly and knowledgeable. The buildings were authentic and well annotated to give an easy to read guide to the heyday of the fort. The musket firing demonstration was impressive and well explained and the staff in the officers’ mess made a great effort to bring the room to life.
Rent a bike or Take a walk
Niagara-on-the-Lake has many scenic trails to discover, ranging in difficulty there is something for everyone. Having walked along The Niagara parkway myself I would say it is one of the best for families and it is actually one of the most popular trail’s to do as It runs right alongside the Niagara River into Niagara Falls.
If you prefer to rent a bike check out Zoom leisure. You can rent a bike from $20 for half a day (3 hours) or join a tour from $49. www.zoomleisure.com
Visit Chocolate FX
Chocolate FX is a chocoholic’s dream!! With over 85 assorted products Chocolate FX likes to explore unusual combinations and go against the norm.
There is a chocolate bar on site and you even get to watch how the chocolate is made at the chocolate production viewing area. Why not book a 25 minute tour, only $5 per couple and kids are completely free with a special chocolate treat at the end. www.chocolatefx.ca
Visit ‘Just Christmas’
Ok so if your visiting in the middle of summer you may not even think to visit a Christmas shop but if your anything like me and my son a Christmas shop in the middle of summer is so exciting!! Why? Because we can get a special Christmas decoration from Niagara on the lake for the following Christmas to remind us of the great memories we made.
“Just Christmas’ is the oldest year-round Christmas Emporium in Canada, if that’s not a reason to visit then I don’t know what is!! They stock over 5000 different Christmas items and can even personalise things for you for FREE. The kids will love it here.
Old Tyme Candy Shoppe
What kid (or even adult) doesn’t love a candy shop? If you are in Niagara on the lake then make sure you check out the “ Old Tyme Candy Shoppe” Located on Queen Street, this shop specialises in retro hard to find, specialty candy and chocolates from around the world.
The shelves are stoked floor to ceiling with candy and chocolate. A place not to be missed.