Whether you’re a nature lover or just looking for a quiet, place to relax, Niagara Falls Parks are among the best in the world. As would be expected by a first class destination, Niagara Falls has a large variety of public parks available for use by anyone who wishes.
From sports parks offering every recreational activity like baseball, soccer and tennis, to playgrounds with slides, swings and other fun equipment keeping the kids active to beautiful and luscious garden parks to walk around in and enjoy their color and beauty.
Although the number of public parks in and around Niagara Falls is almost to numerous to list, there are several popular Niagara Falls Parks worth noting here.
Queen Victoria Park
This beautiful park is one of the Jewels in the Crown of Niagara Falls. Kept in bounds by the Niagara Gorge on one side and the large moraine running along the other, Queen Victoria Park starts at the base of Clifton Hill and continues past the falls and beyond Dufferin Islands.
While walking through the various rock, rose and hanging basket gardens you can’t help but notice how meticulously maintained the entire park is. With perfectly trimmed shrubs, pruned trees and various flowers and perennials in bloom throughout the seasons there is always something to enjoy while visiting Queen Victoria Park.
The park doesn’t go silent in winter either, parts of the
Winter Festival of Lights
are showcased along the parks route as well as the biggest party in Canada on New Years Eve takes place on the grounds of Queen Victoria Park.
Established in 1936, the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens are located on almost 100 acres of beautifully manicured grounds.
The Botanical gardens can be found within a ten minute drive north of the Falls along the Niagara Parkway. The grounds are home to the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory building as well as a large outdoor training facility for students at the local Niagara Parks School of Horticulture.
The Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens are full of many of the popular and not so familiar varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers. While walking through the many paths through the gardens visitors will enjoy, ponds, a butterfly garden and a large collection of roses along with herb and vegetable gardens.
If you are someone who enjoys the beautiful Niagara Falls Parks, gardens be prepared to spend many hours at the Botanical Gardens of Niagara Falls. Parking and admission is free. Its a great way to spend an afternoon. Visit our
Niagara Botanical Gardens page
for more information on the grounds.
As likely being the second most photographed attraction by visitors to Niagara Falls, the floral clock has been attracting a steady stream of visitors every summer since its construction in 1950.
With a clock face nearly 40 feet in diameter the design of the pattern changes twice a year with the use of between fifteen and twenty thousand annuals and perennials.
The hands of the clock alone range in size from 14 to 21 feet long and weigh over 1,200 pounds. There is a tower that stands at the back of the clock which chimes every quarter hour and can be heard throughout the park with the use of speakers built inside.
In front of the clock there is a large water garden that winds its way around the clock where many visitors like to make a wish.
Depending on weather the floral clock is in operation from April to September. The Floral Clock is located on the Niagara Parkway behind the Sir Adam Beck Power Plant near the Lewiston-Queenston bridge.
Centennial Lilac Garden
Created in 1967 to commemorate Canada’s 100’th birthday, the Centennial Lilac Garden is located on ten acres of beautifully maintained Niagara Falls Park grounds just North of the famous Floral Clock.
Every May and into early June, as many as 1,200 Lilacs of over 200 different varieties explode in blooming fragrance and color creating an unforgettable garden experience for any one fortunate enough to visit Niagara Falls during this time of year.
The Centennial Lilac Garden can be found on the Niagara Parkway behind the Sir Adam Beck Power Plant near the Lewiston-Queenston bridge.
This is just a small sample of the various Niagara Falls Parks the visitors can explore while in the area.