Heading to Niagara Falls on a budget? Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered with a bunch of FREE things to do in Niagara Falls!
Free Things to do in Niagara Falls
Free is one of my favorite words, especially when traveling! Taking 6 kids anywhere can get expensive, fast. Any time my family and I go somewhere we try to capitalize on all the free things we can to make the trip fun and affordable (2 more of my favorite words!). I’m always surprised at how much fun stuff there is to do for free in some of my favorite cities.
Niagara Falls is a bucket list item for almost every family I know, but some families are hesitant to visit because they think it’s going to cost an arm and a leg. I’m here to tell you that there is a surprising number of free things to do in Niagara Falls!
Who knew that one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations is actually FREE to visit! There is no charge to enter the state park and view one of mother nature’s most amazing creations.
Every night the falls are lit up with a spectacular firework show. The show starts right after the sun sets and lasts about 20 minutes. It is a must do while you are visiting!
Niagara Falls, USA is home to some of the most scenic hiking trails in the country. The Niagara Gorge trails are beautiful hidden gems where you can view the geologic beauty of the falls and surrounding area. Not only are they scenic, but few people actually know about them which makes them perfect for a day away from the tourist crowds.
Niagara Power Vista
This is, hands down, one of my favorite free attractions in the country. I don’t know anywhere else where you can experience the geology of Niagara, witness an argument between two electricity titans (Edison and Tesla) design your own dam and power grid, operate a power grid during a storm, and walk through a turbine all for FREE. Packed full of hands-on experiments and lessons about electricity and power, this experience at the Niagara Power Vista Center is on the don’t-miss list for the Niagara area.
Castellani Art Museum
The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University has a permanent collection of over 5700 works of art, including well-known artists such as Picasso, Miro, Dali, Calder, Nevelson, and Warhol. This lovely little museum is well worth a visit when in Niagara Falls.
Discover Niagara Shuttle
Want to leave your car behind and hit all your favorite Niagara Attractions? Hop on board the Discover Niagara Shuttle for free and spend the day discovering all the hidden gems along the 14-mile route. There are 17 destination sites along this route that include Niagara Falls state park, The Castellani Art Museum, Niagara Power Vista and many more!
Art Alley is a beautiful public art display located just a short walk from Niagara Falls State park. There are currently 19 murals from local artists on display in the alley. This alley is fun to walk through and a great place for pictures!
Old Falls Street
Old Falls Street, USA is a three-block entertainment district that connects Niagara Falls State Park with The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls. It serves as the community welcome center by providing space for food trucks, festivals, concerts and lots of family-friendly activities along the way. We love the outdoor games and interactive toys (hello Lego wall!) that are provided. This is an amazing family friendly space that you have to check out with your family!
There are so many free things to do in Niagara Falls USA, you really can have a fun family vacation and save a ton of money!
For more family-friendly travel tips for Niagara Falls, USA check out my COMPLETE EDUCATIONAL TRAVEL GUIDE TO NIAGARA FALLS, USA.
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