Vacationing with children comes with its own set of challenges. From the difficulties of maintaining a schedule to the inevitable push and pull that getting along in a new context can create, traveling with your brood in tow can almost seem like more trouble than it’s worth.
Add any ambition toward having a good time yourself into the mix, and the whole prospect seems an impending adventure in disappointment.
Well, it doesn’t have to be that way. It turns out that children and adults having fun is not a mutually exclusive proposition, as is evidenced by Niagara Falls’ unique family appeal. If you’re looking to take a vacation for yourself and the young ones, here are six spots in Niagara Falls that will be full of fun and enjoyment for the whole family, mom and dad included.
Hershey’s Chocolate World
It’s possible that someone in your crew isn’t a chocolate lover, but because the odds of such a reality are so slim, it seems fair to say that everyone in your family is going to love Hershey’s Chocolate World. A 7,000-square foot candy store, Hershey’s Chocolate World is full of the most delectable chocolate treats imaginable. From a five-pound chocolate bar and the world’s largest Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup — you can get two 8 ounce cups for just under $15 — to fresh-baked cookies and chocolate-covered strawberries, this candy store is anything but run-of-the-mill. It also features plenty of fascinating history and the option of making your own candy bar.
Fallsview Indoor Water Park
While it’s obvious that the Fallsview Indoor Water Park is a place for kids to have the watery time of their lives, it’s also true that the water park caters to adults who are looking to enjoy themselves, too. The largest indoor water park and resort in North America, Fallsview features over three acres of water-centered fun.
16 waterslides will satisfy any level of thrill-seeker, and the indoor wave pool and hot springs will make you and the kids feel like you’re in another world. There is an adults-only hot tub where you can be free of the little ones for a while, and if you’re traveling with really young children, there are plenty of safe and enjoyable water attractions for them to enjoy.
Some of the best pizza in Niagara Falls can be had at Bravo! Pizzeria, which will easily satisfy you and your hungry little ones after a day at the water park. Their homemade wood-fired pizza caters to the most refined and childlike palettes, but the menu offers a lot more, too.
For adults who get tired of having to eat what the kids will eat, the authentic Italian cuisine at Bravo! is excellent. They also have over 70 beers from around the world so you can have your delicious adult beverage, while the kids argue over why they shouldn’t have to eat their crust.
One of the most satisfying aspects of any visit to Niagara Falls are the fireworks that take place over the falls every Friday, Sunday, holiday and some Wednesdays during the busy, summer season. Spread a blanket out in Queen Victoria Park, bring a snack and some hot cocoa and oooh and aaaah with your entire family at the stunning — and totally free — display.
Summer of Thrills Street Performers
Running now through September 1, 2014 every Friday through Tuesday, the Summer of Thrills street performers are another great reason the falls will bring delight to you and every member of your family. Watch the street performers and their daring feats high above the skyline between the Tussaud’s billboard sign and the Day’s Inn.
The performance takes place four times daily, and the performances take place anywhere from 30 to 100 feet in the air. If the Highwire Sky Cycle and the Wheel of Fate don’t get your and your young ones’ blood pumping, nothing will.
Oh Canada, Eh? Dinner Theatre
The Oh Canada, Eh? Dinner Theatre has been in operation for over 20 years, and they’ve been delighting young and old the whole time. Enjoy physical humor, Canadian stereotypes, thrilling music and jokes aimed at the discerning adults in the audience over a traditionally Canadian meal that runs five delicious courses. Your kids will be happy they went — even the teenagers. You will be happy you went, too.
Family vacations don’t have to be frustrating affairs that only satisfy some of you some of the time. With a little foresight and the wherewithal to pick a destination that caters to children and adults, you can all have a great time, the whole time you’re away.