If you are planning a trip to Niagara Falls it is well worth booking yourself a couple of extra nights stay on a website like Niagarafallsmarriott.com. That way you will be able to spend a little time getting to know the area and seeing more of what is on offer. The fact that this has been a major tourist attraction since the 1830s means there is a surprisingly long list of things to do near the Niagara Falls.
See the falls up close
Before we go into some of the more unusual tours and attractions, we must mention a slightly quirky and fun way of seeing the falls themselves. The Cave of the Winds tour takes you right to the base of the Bridal Veil Falls. During your tour, you get to stand on a wooden deck just 6 meters from the crashing water. It really is a marvelous sight although you are likely to get a bit wet. Fortunately, you are provided with a poncho and a pair of sandals, so the worst of it is kept away from your clothes.
The whirlpool aerocar
Another way to get a close-up view of the falls is to do so in an aerial tram that has been in operation since 1916. This quirky contraption is suspended above the falls on six thick cables. It is not for the faint-hearted, yet this unusual contraption has a perfect safety record.
Clifton Hill theme park
Theme parks are always fun, but Clifton Hill has a truly unique atmosphere. It is a sea of neon signs, interesting sideshows, and fun, often old school, rides.
There are also several unusual museums for you to enjoy. Ripley´s Believe it or Not museum is particularly popular with visitors. The mini golf is pretty good too. Some say Clifton Hill is tacky, to some extent this is true, but it is also very different, which is why it is on our list.
Visit Nightmares Fear Factory
Another slightly quirky theme park is the Nightmares Fear Factory. As the name suggests, this attraction is all about horror. They have a truly amazing haunted house that has scared some visitors so much that they have had to leave without completing the tour.
The Flying Saucer Restaurant
If you are looking for a kitsch place to enjoy a meal, put the Flying Saucer Restaurant on your list of possibilities. Oddly, once you are inside this slightly weird looking eatery offers a truly authentic diner atmosphere. They have a reputation for serving great food and doing so for very reasonable prices. If you would like a few more suggestions of where to eat in and around the Niagara Falls, just click here.
Visit the Upside Down House
Perhaps the oddest attraction in the area is a house that has literally been built upside down. You enter and exit the attraction through what would normally be the roof space. Even more oddly, everything inside the house is also upside down. This attraction only takes about 10 minutes to get around, but it is quite unlike anything you are likely to see again.
The above is just a taste of what the area has to offer. It really is an interesting part of the world. If you are planning to see this awe-inspiring sight and looking for unusual things to do near the Niagara Falls, it really is worth doing a bit more research and finding, even more, attractions to visit while you are there.