When you live on a limited income, it means you have to find things to do that are free or very inexpensive to do. Luckily, there are tons of free things to do in Niagara Falls, NY that you may not know about. Here is a list of 15 free things to do in Niagara Falls New York!
18 Free Things to do in Niagara Falls New York
Please note: Some items may be on the Candian side since the two run together. You will need a passport to cross the border (and the rainbow bridge) but most items on the list are on the USA side of the border.
Also ,watch out when making calls near the falls. I was on the USA side but my phone picked up on the Candian towers and tried to charge me international fees!
Niagara Glen Nature Reserve – Taking a hiking tour through the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve. The park is free, and it is free to park your vehicles.
Niagara Botanical Gardens – Enjoy a picturesque walk through the Niagara Botanical Gardens.
The Niagara Falls State Park – If course the falls are free to view. Parking is not free in the surrounding areas unless you don’t mind walking about a mile. There are also a lot of extras at the visitor center and throughout the park such as the shuttle, Maid of the Mist, and Cave of the Winds.
Floral Clock – Visit the Floral Clock at Niagara Parks. This is a sight to see and is photographed just as much as the Falls.
Queen Victoria Park – See the beautiful Falls for free at Queen Victoria Park. It’s also a great place to have a picnic and take a walk.
Oakes Garden Theatre – Take enchanting pictures or view the Falls at Oakes Garden Theatre.
Niagara Gorge Discovery Center – The Niagara Gorge has been labeled one fo the best hiking spots along the Niagara River. The Discovery Centre as exhibits on the gorge and the river.
Dufferin Islands – Skip from Island to Island through small bridges and footpaths at the enchanting Dufferin Islands. These Islands cover over 10 acres, and there is so much to see!
Whirlpool State Park – Have a picnic, let the kids play on the playground, hike, or fish at the Whirlpool State Park.
Hyde Park – Visit Hyde Park which is the largest city park in all of New York.
Schoellkopf Power Station – Learn how the Falls are used for power at the Schoellkopf Power Station.
Castellani Art Museum Of Niagara University – Visit the Castellani Art Museum Of Niagara University to see over 5700 pieces of art by well-known artists such as Warhol, Picasso, Miro, Dali, Calder, and Nevelson.
Niagara Falls Illumination – Once the sun goes down you do not want to miss the falls at night. They light up with lights and even a fireworks show.
Old Falls Street – There’s always something happening on Old Falls Street. With free family fun on Saturdays and free events throughout the year, you will want to check the calendar to see what’s going on!
Grass Island – Visit Grass Island to take a swim during the summer months. This is a great place for swimmers alike to hang out.
German Heritage Museum – The German Heritage Museum is one of the original homes of settlers in 1843. It is always free to visit, but donations are appreciated.
The Niagara Parkway – While this one is on the Canada side of the fall it has been labeled one of the prettiest drives in the world and shouldn’t be left off the list!
The Power Vista – The Niagara Power Project Visitors Center, or the Power Visita as it is called, offers outstanding views of the gorge from its observation deck which is perched over the main power plant. There is also a museum to learn how the power is made at the plant.
Don’t forget to check out the local parks. From splash pads to fun playgrounds, there are tons of free parks in the area.
What other free things do you do when you visit Niagara Falls, NY? Share some free things for others to do in the comments below!
There are many more free things to do in the area!
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