Family Fun in Niagara

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Family Fun in Niagara

There are a wide-variety of family-friendly activities available on- and off-campus at Brock University.  Here are just a few suggestions to get you started on your visit.

On-campus ideas

Niagara Falls


Exploring and Learning

Cheap Family Fun Top Picks

On-Campus Ideas

Swimming - For 2013 Spring Summer the pool is closed for renovations on campus.

Centre for the Arts - Treat yourself to an evening out while you are staying on campus there are a number of world-class performances to entice young and old alike. Click here to check out what is coming up.

Hiking- The Bruce Trail is a continuous footpath (no bicycles are permitted) which follows the Niagara Escarpment, extending from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Tobermory. A 20-kilometre section with associated side trails winds through St. Catharines and provides access to this truly unique and priceless natural treasure. Points of interest along the route include Short Hills Provincial Park, Morningstar Mill, Brock University and all of the historical Welland Canals.

Youth University Summer Camps - Summer Enrichment Day Camps are available for youth who are just finishing grades 3 – 8. Our programs are developed from sound research and theory and help children to develop a desire for life long learning through exploration and discovery. These programs combine exciting discovery sessions that are taught in university labs and classrooms with adventurous recreation, designed to motivate campers to be active.

Quarry Renaturalization Site - There is a park area with trails and pond across from the main Brock campus.  This is located behind Quarry View Residence.

Niagara Falls

Clifton Hill-  is in the heart of the Niagara Falls tourist district.  The family may enjoy Dinosaur mini golf; Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum and the Niagara Skywheel.  These are just a few activities that can be visited and are just minutes away.

Niagara Parks Commission - Look into the Adventure Pass for the family or pay-per-use for attractions like the Journey Behind the Falls and the Butterfly Conservatory.  The Niagara Parks trail system has great trails that include the Dufferin Island recreation area and the Niagara Parks Recreation Trail.

The Maid of the Mist - This is a boat that will take you below the falls.  A definite thrill for those visiting for the first time.


Safari Niagara - This is a great little zoo with a tram, demonstrations, petting zoo and splash pad

FREE - Happy Rolph's  Bird Sanctuary is a definate must for families with small children.  Bring a picnic lunch, play on the playset and visit the petting zoo.  The trail will take you by the pond with birds so bring some old bread to feed the birds.

Exploring and Learning

Niagara Parks Trails -  The Niagara Parks trail systems are a wonderful variety of trail systems that can take you throught the dufferin islands or down to the Niagara River as examples.

Lock 3 Viewing Complex and Musem - Bring a picnic lunch and watch and learn about the boats going through the locks.  The museum is small but a good break from the heat of the day. 

Quarry View Renaturalization site - The park behind Quarry View residence has a play set and a nice walk for the summer.  There is a boardwalk on the main hike through the park where it is fun to feed the geese and see the carp that in habit the pond.  This also connects with the Bruce Trail.

Swimming - There are a number of pools and splash pads that are close in Thorold.  A brand new and very close pool that has splash pad and pool is at the Nick Basciano Centre on Richmond.  This is run by the Thorold Activities Group.

Top Cheap Family Fun

  1. Happy Rolph's Bird Sanctuary -
  2. Niagara Parks Trails - Duffering Islands (0 and up) and the Niagara River Recreation Trail (7 and up years)
  3. Safari Niagara - $14-18 per person - Ages
  4. Wet Fun - Nick Basciano Pool and splashpad, the Port Dalhousie Beach and Lester B Pearson Park and Splashpad- Free all ages.
  5. Lock 7 Multi Use trail and Museum - All ages, make sure you bring your bike.


Safari Niaagara

Brock Guest Savings - Save $3 off admission by purchasing your tickets online at with promotional code ref12e05

The attendees were royally treated by you and your staff. The food was plentiful and well prepared. The overall service was very professionally conducted. Karolyn Frost, Harriet Tubman Institute