A Niagara Falls family vacation starts with a visit to the Falls. Get sprayed by the rushing waters on the Maid of the Mist, which sails close to the Falls. Back on land, take the kids to Marineland and watch killer whales and sea lions frolic. Or listen to the flutter of some 2,000 butterflies at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Garden. History buffs can wander among cannons at the 18th-century Fort George.
Book a suite at a Niagara Falls hotel on Fallsview Avenue for a nighttime view of the Falls and its ever-changing colors under the stars. Set the mood with the clip-clop of a horse-drawn carriage ride through the leafy 19th-century streets of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Head to Pellar Estates or Vineland Estates for romantic ice wine with dinner on the candlelit terrace, watching the sun dip below the vineyards before you.