Your Guide to Family Activities in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Family activities in Niagara on the Lake

Searching for your next weekend family getaway? Escape to Niagara-on-the-Lake! Our quaint, charming town sits just 30 minutes from Niagara Falls and is full of family-friendly activities like hiking, sightseeing, live theatre, and more. Check out some of our favourite family activities in Niagara-on-the-Lake and bring the kids for a family getaway you’ll never forget!

Explore Old Town, a family activity in Niagara on the Lake

Discover Old Town Niagara-on-the-Lake

Welcome to Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Heritage District, where you’ll find a variety of independent shops and restaurants, all with unique wares that you often won’t find anywhere else. Explore trendy fashion boutiques, toy stores, home goods, and many more specialty shops, all locally owned and operated! Old Town also features some of the best restaurants in the area, including our own Noble Restaurant and Churchill Lounge, both located inside Prince of Wales. 

Explore Fort George, a family activity in Niagara on the Lake

Visit Fort George National Historic Site

Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the War of 1812 when you visit Fort George Historic Site! Fort George was a major military post that defended Upper Canada from American attacks during the war. This historic fort is the perfect place for a daytrip with the family, featuring war reenactments, educational lectures, military demonstrations, and musical performances. Walk the same grounds as the Canadian army did long ago, listen to historical tales, and take photos with costumed guides throughout the site.

Biking through Queenston Heights Park, a family activity in Niagara on the Lake

Enjoy the View at Queenston Heights Park

Looking for spectacular natural scenery? Visit Queenston Heights Park, located atop the Niagara Escarpment. Home to picturesque natural views, it’s a great place to take a stroll, have a picnic, and take in the historic Laura Secord and Brock monuments. This expansive park also includes tennis courts and a children’s splash pad for your kids to play in the warmer months. Treat the kids to a picnic lunch and a walk in the beautiful park!

A family renting e-bikes in Niagara on the Lake

Hike and Bike to Your Heart’s Content

Discover Niagara’s many local hiking trails, including the Niagara Parkway. With over 50 kilometres of preserved parkland along the Niagara River, there’s so much to discover, from bird watching to bouldering, an exciting, stripped-down take on rock climbing you’re sure to love. 

Explore Niagara’s trails on a leisurely bike ride. Zoom Leisure Rides provides bike rentals with a variety of bikes to choose from, including comfort cruisers for traditional biking along with hybrid and e-bikes. Don’t forget your camera! 

Explore The Gardens at Pillar and Post during a family getaway in Niagara on the Lake

Explore The Gardens at Pillar and Post

Natural beauty meets stunning architecture at The Gardens at Pillar and Post! Inspired by Monet’s French gardens, The Gardens are a stunning place to walk, admire, and enjoy outdoor activities. As we move into winter, we host a popular ice-skating rink along with delicious seasonal snacks and drinks from our year-round outdoor café, The OutPost. Grab a sandwich and a fresh mug of hot chocolate and enjoy! 

A theatre production in Niagara on the Lake

See a Magical Production at the Shaw Festival

Photo courtesy of Peter Andrew Lusztyk and the Shaw Festival

With over 40 years of passionate live theatre under their belts, the Shaw Festival is a Niagara-on-the-Lake institution, putting on both modern and classic productions to delight audiences of all ages. As the holiday season approaches, don’t miss out on their annual production of A Christmas Carol, located in the heart of Ontario’s most enchanting Christmas village. You’ll leave with holiday spirit to warm you all year long!

Explore Family-Friendly Trips to Niagara with Vintage Hotels

As one of Ontario’s most charming towns, Niagara-on-the-Lake holds plenty of opportunities for family fun! With a wealth of local shops and restaurants, historic sites, and Niagara Falls just 30 minutes away, you’ll love your next family getaway to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Book with us today to take advantage of our fantastic hotel packages!

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