It seems like it’s been so long since the last time we covered a city in Canada for the $10 series.
However, after covering Toronto some time ago, this week, we’re going back to Ontario because thanks to Sarah of In Search of Sarah, we’ll be covering a city where the most famous waterfalls in North America is located. Yep, what else if it’s not Niagara Falls?
We all know how Niagara Falls has become one of the must-visit spots if you plan to go to the northern part of America, but can we do it on the budget? Here comes the answer!
Places to Visit on the Budget Around Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is home to over 30 million tourists a year, and only having $10 to spend in the city isn’t something that usually comes to mind. However, as a local, there are tons of ways you can stretch your dollar and see what the city has to offer.
$10 USD equates to about $13.75 CAD, more than enough to see some popular sites and the lesser known ones, and the best part is, most of these are completely FREE and within walking distance of each other!
Pack a picnic and enjoy some of the scenic parks and views that Niagara Falls has to offer.
Did you know?
Niagara Falls, Ontario is connected to the US side of the falls by several bridges. These include the Rainbow, Whirlpool, and Queenston-Lewiston bridges.
Locals know the best places to park. Avoid popular tourist parking lots near the Falls which can cost $22 USD (!!!) and park a few blocks back from the main streets.
For $2-$3 USD, you will have access to all-day parking if you’re willing to walk a few extra minutes!
Niagara Falls Viewing
The best thing about Niagara Falls is the Falls itself, and it’s free!
The view on the Canadian side is best, and you can get right up to the edge of the Horseshoe Falls – and if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of a rainbow too!
Feel the force of the water as it rushes past you and over the edge.
Cham San Buddhist Temple
This free site is worth stopping at. This functioning temple is also known as the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas.
Inside, the walls of all seven floors are lined with miniature golden Buddhas, with a large bronze statue at the entrance.
No photos are permitted, but you are welcome to explore at your leisure. Free guided tours are available during the weekends too. Just remember to leave your shoes at the entrance before you go in!
Hershey’s Chocolate World
For the lovers of all things chocolate, a visit to Hershey’s Chocolate World is a must!
If you’re looking for a tasty treat, your best bet is to visit here for a chocolate milkshake. For $5 USD, it’s worth every penny!
The entire store is dedicated to chocolate – from merchandise to snacks, including a 10 lb chocolate bar!
Niagara Falls History Museum
Learn about the history of Niagara Falls including the Battle of Lundy’s Lane – one of the most pivotal battles during the War of 1812.
You can also learn about the community, geology, various industries and the daredevils that have braved the force of the Falls!
Only $3 USD for admission, or free Thursday evenings after 5 pm!
Round off your trip to Niagara Falls by watching the fireworks. Set off in the Niagara Gorge, an elaborate display of fireworks is set off nightly during the summer months, making for some spectacular viewing.
Your best spot to view them is from Queen Victoria’s Park – the large grassy area right next to Clifton Hill.
A visit to Niagara Falls doesn’t have to be expensive, and while there are a lot of fun activities to do, the best thing about this city is the breathtaking view of the Falls which is free any given day!
Contributor: Sarah Camp from In Search of Sarah
Sarah is from the Niagara Region in Ontario, between Niagara Falls in Toronto in the fruitbelt – home to hundreds of wineries. Her blog is about providing local insider knowledge to those traveling to the area, as well as sharing travel tips and destination experiences from around the world.