There's nothing worse than planning an outdoor-focused vacation only to realize that your ideal weekend will be overshadowed (literally) with rain, but don't worry, hope isn't all lost.
While Niagara Falls is predominantly an outdoor vacation-lover's paradise, that doesn't mean that when the rain starts to fall that all is lost. There are tons of activities to take part in while you wait out the rain. I've put together a list of the top attractions to keep you occupied while you wait for things to dry up.
Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium
While it's not the natural wonder you were hoping to see, Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium hosts 15 galleries with over 900 strange and mind-boggling artifacts. With authentic shrunken heads, two-headed animals and the rarest egg on the planet, I'm sure you'll be fascinated.
Niagara Fallsview Casino
Forget spending a rainy afternoon in this place, you could spend your entire trip. At 200,000 square-feet with 3,000 slot machines and 130 table games it might be hard to leave. If you somehow get bored with all of the games you could also catch a show. The 1,500-seat theater hosts upwards of 250 musical performances each year.
Louis Tussaud's Waxworks
While it's not intended to make your skin crawl, Louis Tussaud's Waxworks does exactly that. With over 100 life-like figures including celebrities, Hollywood characters and historical figures, it's a little hard not to be a little creeped out (especially if you've ever seen the movie House of Wax.)
Aquarium of Niagara
The Aquarium at Niagara was always one of my favorite staycation spots when I was younger, mainly because I was obsessed with animals. While many come to Niagara Falls to see the natural wonder, they will rarely see any notable wildlife even when you're up close to the Niagara River. This place gives you and your kids a chance to learn more about the animals that call the area home, and some that don't. It's a great place to take your family if you'd like to add a level of education to your trip.
Ripley's 4D Moving Theater
Ever experience a 4D movie before? Then this is your chance. At Ripley's Movie Theater you can watch any number of movies while feeling fully immersed in the experience. With surround sound speakers, motion effects and moving seats, it's guaranteed to be unlike any movie theater experience you've ever had.
Maid of the Mist
There's no point in dodging the rain when this attraction is all about getting wet. The Maid of the Mist has been taking visitors to the brink of the Falls for over 160 years. The ride takes viewers to the edge of the Falls for views like nowhere else. Boats leave every 15 minutes and take riders on a 20-minute long tour of the Niagara Gorge. It's a must-do experience when visiting the area, but don't worry about getting too wet as ponchos are supplied rain or shine since the boat gets so close to the Falls.
Located on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, the Butterfly Conservatory is a peaceful spot to bring your family. Standing in stark contrast to the might and power of the Falls, the butterflies at the conservatory offer a different perspective on natural dimension. There are over 2,000 butterflies, making up 45 different species at the conservatory and they are free to land on you. The tour is self guided but visitors can learn about the entire process of metamorphosis.
Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls
While you may be able to go shopping anywhere, the shopping at the outlet malls in Niagara Falls is a unique experience. You'll be able to find great deals from places like the Gap, Bebe, Charlotte Russe, Adidas and Under Armour, to name a few. And remember, there's no reason to feel guilty for shopping on your vacation to see the Falls since it's raining outside!