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15 Free Things You Can Do In Niagara Falls

If you follow me on Social Media You know I love Niagara Falls. Since it is a short road trip from Toronto, we go at least a few times a year. There are lots of ways to save when you go for a visit, and we have saved on everything from our room stay to our meals to the great amusement attractions. You can easily find lots of great deals but did you know there are many things free things you can do in Niagara Falls.

Here are 15 things you can do for FREE in Niagara Falls.

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  1. Visit the Niagara Botanical Gardens. It’s great exercise and if you love photography, it is a photographer’s delight.
  2. I love flowers, and the Floral Clock is a must visit that everyone loves. You will find it on the Niagara Parkway.
  3.  My daughter fell in love with the Dufferin Islands. Be sure to check them out. Have fun exploring all the islands, maybe one will be the perfect spot for a picnic. daredevil exhibit
  4. The Niagara Daredevil Exhibit and Gallery is free, and it is a neat way to learn the history of those who have attempted to go over the Falls
  5. Go for a bike ride along the Niagara Parkway. There are 56 kilometers of beautiful scenery from Fort Erie all the way to Niagara on the lake.
  6. Visit the Heartland Forest. It has free admission and has some great forest trails, outdoor learning centers, a fish and frog pond and one of the largest treehouses in Canada. niagara-falls-history-museum-960-00
  7. Visit the Niagara Falls History Museum on Thursdays from 5-9m (it’s free then). Learn about the history of the city and the local area.
  8. Check out the Oakes Garden Theatre.  This beautiful garden is the entrance way to Queen Victoria Park. It’s right at the foot of Clifton Hill and gives you a geat view of the American and Horseshoe falls.
  9. The Niagara Gorge Discovery Center is one of the best hiking spots in the Niagara area. With the backdrop of the Niagara River, it is a spectacular place to hike. Make sure you check out the discovery center to learn how the Falls were created.
  10.  Niagara on the Lake is a short drive from Niagara Falls, and it is one of my favorite places. The area is known for its wines and outdoor festivals. Visit Queens Royal Park and enjoy a picnic lunch with a great view.cham-sham
  11.  Ten Thousand Buddha Temple. The Cham San Ten Thousand Buddha Temple is an Asian style building with beautiful works from Buddist artists. They provide free guided tours on summer weekends from June to October.
  12.  The Ontario Power Generation Festival of Lights. This winter festival is breathtaking. It includes over 125 animated light displays. There is no admission fee, but donations are accepted.
  13.  Take in McFarland House. Guided tours of this historic family residence are available from mid-May to Labour Day.
  14. 1812 Battle Re-Enactments at Old Fort Erie. Watch the fort come alive during special lantern tours after the Saturday evening battle. Camps and battles are free to the public. niagara-falls-fireworks-large
  15.  You can’t go to Niagara Falls without taking in the Falls Firework Illuminations and CocaCola Concerts. Niagara Falls has hosted Canada’s longest running firework series over Niagara Falls. Fireworks happen on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays until October 31st.

Know of any other great free things to do in Niagara Falls, then let me know.

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How to Save Big on Your Next Roadtrip

Here in Canada, summer begins this weekend.  Road tripping can be a great way to save money on travel, but there are a number of costs both obvious and hidden that can derail your budget. Want to save big on your next road trip? Follow these tips and you will.

 

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Team Up! 

Road trips for one are no fun. Share your expenses put traveling with friends or family. You can save on fuel, while sharing the cost of accommodation allows you to gain access to a hotel room, large rental house or condo at a lower cost per person. When it comes to attractions and entertainment, you could also benefit from group entry discounts. Life is better when shared with friends and you save a bundle!

Apps are your Best Friend

There are a number of smartphone apps specifically designed to help you, many of which are completely free to download! Try using apps like Gas Buddy to compare fuel prices, you can use an app like Yelp to read reviews of places where you might want to eat. Planning a picnic on your trip? You can change your location on your Flipp app bringing you the flyers of where you are so you can find the best deals while on the road.

Venture off the Beaten Road

Venturing off the beaten path is all part of the fun, but it can also leave you with few options when it comes to dining. In truly remote areas, you may be hard-pressed to find lunch outside of a rest stop vending machine. Bear in mind that these tend to carry steep prices and little nutritional value. As you start planning your journey, think ahead and locate larger supermarkets along the way where you can stock up on sandwich fixings and healthy snacks ahead of time. Remember with your Flipp app will have all the local deals making this a smart choice!

Drive economically

Fuel is one of the major expenses on a road trip. In addition to using apps to find cheaper fuel on your route, the type of car you drive and your driving style can reduce gas costs. Remember to have your car in for a routine check up before you hit the road. No one likes to have to visit a garage they do not know.

Once you hit that open road, remember use your cruise control  and save as much as 35%. As well, avoid stop and go traffic, idling and blasting the air conditioning.

Remember Fees

When you’re working out a budget for your next adventure, you’ll undoubtedly factor in costs like food, accommodation, and fuel. However, don’t forget the smaller costs that can really add up over the course of a few weeks. Bridge and road tolls are commonplace in many countries, and if you’re visiting big cities you’ll need to cough up money for secure parking garages while you go exploring. Many national parks and campgrounds also charge daily parking fees, so always try to have some spare change on hand.

Be Environmentally Friendly

Visiting a big city? Once you arrive where you are headed, park your car and take the local transit, walk or bike. Most cities have places where you can rent a bike for a few hours or even the full day. I know this was one of my favorite things to do when I was in Vancouver.

With all things considered, with planning and making apps your best friend you should have a great road trip.