Are there things to do in the area after going to Niagara Falls? Yes, it is a touristy area but we had a blast and would recommend the following:
There are more than 75 wineries in the region, from small boutique wineries to large producers. (Sigh, so many wineries and so little time.) This makes it perfect for a day (or more) of tasting, with a stop for lunch at one of the estate restaurants. Everywhere we went we saw organized winery tours by bicycle, e-bike, or by automobile.
Upper Canadian Cheese Company
Near where we were staying in Jordan there was a small award winning creamery that sold handcrafted cheeses from Gurnsey or goat milk. These cheeses are only available in Canada and are very creamy and rich. Don and I enjoyed going there for a cheese tasting and buying cheese to enjoy along our travels – taking a little bit of Canada with us.
Avondale Dairy Bar – “Ice Cream the way it is supposed to be”
We found the coolest place to sit outside and relax on a rural Niagara dairy farm with 9o Holstein cows and it’s own Dairy (ice cream) Bar. This farm makes ice cream fresh daily the old fashioned way. In fact, the ice cream operation has grown so much that all their milk production goes toward making their ice cream.
We stood in line two nights in a row to get our ice cream shakes and malts and would do it again in a minute. We highly recommend the Avondale Dairy Bar.
After getting our ice cream we visited the Welland Locks and watched the ships go through to/from Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. These locks allow ships safe passage without having to go over Niagara Falls. (Smile)
The IMAX show “Experience Niagara Falls: From the Edge of Your Seat” promised to tell us about the human history of Niagara Falls. It was okay if you have a rainy and/or hot day but we didn’t learn anything new that we hadn’t already read about on the posters on the walls of the “Behind the Falls” tour.
TIP: Parking at the IMAX is $4 (Canadian) for the entire day and this puts you in the middle of all of the Niagara Falls attractions. It’s a deal – most places were $10-$25 per day.
Niagara on the Lake (known as NOTL by the locals)
This is a beautiful small town on the south shore of Lake Ontario. It gets crowded on the weekends and the art/crafts market at the park was popular.
There was so much more to do … Historical Museums, Marineland, Bird Kingdom, riding the SkyWheel, taking the train to Toronto, and more … we ran out of time … maybe next time.