Create the moments your children will always remember with a visit to the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area. Whether your family is discovering the science of hydroelectric power or taking a timeout in one of our great parks, you can be confident that your children will always remember their visit to the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area. The following is a sampler of family-friendly destinations certain to do just that. Make it extra special for your family and let your kids become official Niagara Falls National Heritage Area Junior Rangers. For more information, click here.
• Each year, 8 million people visit the Frederick Law Olmsted designed park, to experience the majesty of Niagara Falls in a natural setting. At the oldest state park in the United States, people can feel, see and experience the rush of Niagara’s waters by strolling through the park, crossing idyllic bridges, or touring world class attractions like the Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds.
The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center is an experiential museum that reveals authentic stories of Underground Railroad freedom seekers and abolitionists in Niagara Falls. We inspire visitors to recognize modern injustices that stem from slavery and to take action toward an equitable society.
For centuries, the waters of Niagara Falls have been used to generate power. In the late 19th century, inventions and investment in hydroelectric power at Niagara Falls revolutionized life and industry. At the Power Vista, visitors can learn the fascinating history and operations of hydroelectric power in the Niagara Region through interactive, engaging exhibits.
For over 40 years, Earl W. Brydges Artpark has been Western New York’s premier summer music and theater destination. Located in the picturesque village of Lewiston, minutes from Niagara Falls, Artpark's 150 scenic acres overlook the Niagara River Gorge and features a main stage theater, lawn seating, and an outdoor amphitheater.
The Erie Canal, opened in 1825, changed the course of commerce and way of life in the United States. The Erie Canal Discovery Center is a new state-of-the-art interpretive center that details the history of the canal and the pivotal role Lockport, N.Y. played in the history of the Erie Canal.
Located within miles of the Erie Canal in North Tonawanda, visitors can explore the art, science, math, music and social history of the early American amusement industry, from carrousels to coasters. The tour is complete with a ride on an early American carrousel.
Niagara's attractions off fun for the whole family! Historical landmarks like Old Fort Niagara offer plenty to do for all ages.
Families can jump into the Jr. Ranger program and discover Niagara in a whole new way. Become a Jr. Ranger today and earn badges and buttons while testing your knowledge and learning new things throughout the National Heritage Area.
The Niagara River, as is the entire Great Lakes Basin of which the river is an integral part, is a legacy of the last Ice Age. 18,000 years ago southern Ontario was covered by ice sheets 2-3 kilometers thick.
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