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There are tons of things to do in Niagara.  If you're looking for FREE entertainment, visit my FREE STUFF page.  The activities listed on this page will cost you some money, but since this is a budget site, nothing is 'over-the-top' expensive.

Clifton Hill

In the past, I tended to steer people away from Clifton Hill because all of the merchandise and activities are very expensive. I have since changed my mind. Clifton Hill is a part of Niagara Falls. It's trashy and outrageously overpriced, but it can be really fun.  There is no cost to simply be on the Hill, so that's why I've included it on this page.

What is Clifton Hill?

Clifton Hill is basically a street turned into an amusement park. However, since it is in a fairly compact area, there are no rollercoasters or large scale rides, other than the Skywheel. 

It has attractions that take up a smaller area such as the House of Frankenstein, wax museums and Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum, together with several money-grabbing souvenir shops.

It's a bit of a tacky area (well - a lot tacky), but still a lot of fun. You have to be careful not to spend a fortune here. Just be careful or you could empty your wallet in a matter of minutes on this Hill.


Tip #1 - Don't be so quick to give into temptation and go on a ride or spend money in a souvenir shop. The street really isn't that long. Take your time to wander up and down it. There's so much fun stuff to watch that you may feel you don't have to spend any money at all. We do this all the time, and since the street is always changing, it never gets boring. There are usually some sort of street performers to keep you entertained, and this costs nothing!

Tip #2 - Many of the restaurants such as the Rainforest Cafe offer to let you walk around within the restaurant without actually ordering any food there. Since this restaurant is designed like an actual rainforest, many kids and adults enjoy just viewing the scenery. It's actually pretty fun.

Tip #3 - If you do decide to go on some of the rides or in some of the attractions, shop around for the package deals and always ask if there is a special. You can find booths that offer package deals all over the place. If you can't find one, just ask any employee you see on Clifton Hill, and they will direct you.

Tip #4 - Many of the souvenirs sold in the shops on Clifton Hill can be purchased for a fraction of the cost at the local Wal-Mart or Dollar stores in the area. You can find more tips on this under the "Shopping" link.

Tip #5 - Always wear comfortable shoes. This seems like a stupid tip, but you'd be amazed at the number of women we see on the Hill wearing stilettos, and I can't help but wonder how or why they do it.

Tip #6 - Keep your purse or bag stocked with Dollar Store toys for the little ones to keep their minds off of the over-priced toys on Clifton Hill.

Activities in Niagara Falls

There is no shortage of things to do in Niagara Falls.  Aside from visiting the numerous FREE outdoor attractions, you may consider checking out the following:

  • The Scotiabank Convention Centre always has something going on.  Check out their events calendar to see what is currently happening.

Scotiabank Convention Centre Events

  • The Skylon Tower is the most famous Niagara Falls landmark next to the falls, of course.  You can take an elevator to the observation deck to get a better view of the falls and surrounding area.

Skylon Tower

  • If you like birds, you'll love the Bird Kingdom.

Bird Kingdom

  • Danny Zzzz often does shows in Niagara Falls.  He is a family friendly magician/hypnotist who puts on an amazing show.

Danny Zzzz