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Niagara Falls is a place that holds a special place in my heart. We celebrated many family events at my Aunt’s house, which is only a few blocks from The Falls when I was a kid. I visited most of the wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake while I was in my 20s and early 30s, and since my sister has lived within 30 minutes of the Niagara area for 20+ years, we often find ourselves visiting over the Christmas holidays and throughout the summer months. Niagara just seems to be one of those constants in my life – a sort of home-away-from home, if you will – and yet each time I visit, I come away with new experiences and stories to talk about.

Like the time I helped my cousin buy a denim jacket that was completely covered with Michael Jackson pinback buttons at a flea market when I was 11.

And the time my high school BFF and I decided to take a spur-of-the moment girls’ road trip in my Pontiac Fiero and spent the night walking through haunted houses and eating junk food on Clifton Hill when I was 19.

And the time I joined my husband for a work conference so I could hit the outlet mall and spa while he talked business on the golf course shortly after we were married.

I’ve had lots of great memories in Niagara, and I feel like no matter how much my life changes, I never seem to outgrow it. There’s always something to do or see, and I’m planning on surprising my daughter with a 3-day trip to the area at the end of the summer.

Shhhhh. She doesn’t know yet!

We spent a few days in Niagara over the Christmas holidays last year and had a blast, and she’s been begging me to take her back ever since. There are heaps of great hotels in the area that offer 2-bedroom suites and/or adjoining rooms to make sleeping accommodations easier for families, and with a world of shops and restaurants, as well as some pretty impressive , we made a lot of great memories in the few days we were there.

But with only a few more weekends left before the craziness of school starts, I’m anxious for a little outdoor R&R with my family. So aside from the obvious – snapping shots of , enjoying the entertainment on Clifton Hill, and eating yummy food in – I have a few other family-friendly activities planned to keep us outside so we can soak up some Vitamin D before summer officially ends.

And since I know there are loads of families just like ours out there who are constantly on the lookout for a simple that’s close to home and filled with fun things to do, I’m teaming up with Niagara Canada to share our 3-day itinerary, which is packed with 10+ reasons you should visit the 8th wonder of the world.

Just make sure to stay for a couple of nights as you’re sure to find even more things you want to do when you arrive. We always do!

DAY 1: CYCLING WITH A POP OF COLOR

This is our first summer living in a house, and my daughter and I have been having so much fun enjoying all of the things that were difficult to do when we lived in a condo. Like bike riding. It brought me so much joy to buy her a bike when we first moved into our new home, and after learning about , which runs through the quaint towns of the Niagara region, I’m beyond excited to experience it with her. Biking as a family is something I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do, and since Niagara offers the perfect budget-friendly getaway to give it a go, this will be the highlight of our 3-day getaway.

We’ll hit the trails shortly after breakfast, stop for lunch at one of the bike-friendly restaurants we find along on the way, check out some of the , head back to the hotel for dinner and a nap, and then enjoy the amazing firework show in front of The Falls that runs from mid-May through October in Niagara Canada.

It will be a fun-filled day!

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For more information on cycling trails, bike rentals, and museums in the Niagara region, CLICK HERE.

DAY 2: BUTTERFLIES, BIRDS, AND HORSES, OH MY!

When I asked my daughter what her favorite part of her new school was when I picked her up on the last day in June, she said, “PLAYING OUTSIDE!” The school she was at previously didn’t offer an outdoor play space, and while I cringed when I saw the state of her white uniform shirts every afternoon, I soon realized that the muddier she was, the happier her day had been.

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So after a day of bike riding and watching fireworks, our plan is to spend another day outdoors enjoying all that mother nature has to offer. I recently purchased my first DSLR, and gave my old point-and-shoot camera to my daughter, and since she learned all about caterpillars, cocoons, and butterflies at school last year, I think it will be fun for the 2 of us to strap our cameras around our necks and document everything we see. We’ll start at the Butterfly Conservatory and then pop over to the nearby We’ll then make our way to the Bird Kingdom, stop for lunch at , and then finish the day at HorsePlay Niagara before driving back to our hotel room to enjoy room service and a movie in bed!

For more information visit: Butterfly Conservatory, Bird Kingdom, HorsePlay Kingdom.

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DAY 3: GOLF AND THEATERE

I always hate the last day of our vacations – they’re always a boring mess of packing and wishing I could turn back the clock – but one thing I’ve learned in my time as a mom is the importance of getting out some energy before buckling up our seat belts and heading home.

My husband always jokes we should challenge our daughter to an 18-hole round of golf before embarking on a long car ride, but I think a game of miniature golf at Dinosaur Adventure Golf, lunch at Hard Rock Café, and a visit to the IMAX® Theatre to watch NIAGARA: MIRACLES, MYTHS & MAGIC is a much more practical option. HA!

For more family adventure ideas, CLICK HERE.

See? I told you Niagara Canada makes the perfect family-friendly destination. With so many things to see and do, it’s one of those rare vacation spots that continues to grow with you throughout the years, offering fun ideas for all ages and stages. And with many different hotel options to choose from, accommodating families of all budgets and sizes has never been easier.

Who knew Niagara Canada could be so much fun?

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