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What to Do Beyond the Falls in Spring

Extend your stay and explore Niagara County with our list of spring must-dos.

Wondering what to do in April and May in Niagara Falls USA once you’ve experienced the Falls themselves? There’s plenty of fun to be had in the charming towns dotting Niagara County. Here are our picks for what to do beyond Niagara Falls in spring.

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If It’s Sunny …

  • Grab your binoculars. Whether you’re an expert birder or it’s your first time on the prowl, Niagara County is the perfect place to spot migratory feathered friends. Known as a globally significant Important Bird Area, the county’s wetlands are a haven for short-eared owls, peregrine falcons, sandhill cranes, purple martins and the like — even bald eagles. Read on for where to go and what to look for.
  • Explore Whirlpool State Park. Panoramic views and rushing rapids await at this state park known for its scenic hiking trails and churning water. Want some guidance? Tag along on one of the free, ranger-led hikes occurring this spring at Whirlpool State Park and other parks around Niagara Falls this spring.
  • Pack a picnic. Views abound in Niagara Falls USA, even beyond our namesake attraction. Use this list of our favorite picnic areas to help you pick a scenic spot to enjoy your spread — and soak in the spring sunshine.

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If It’s Raining …

  • Feel the power. In nearby Lewiston, the Niagara Power Vista offers an opportunity to learn all about the mighty power of the Falls — and how the area has been able to harness it. Expect hair-raising exhibits and plenty of science geekery.
  • Scale new heights. North Tonawanda is home to the Niagara Climbing Center, Western New York’s premier indoor climbing center. With 6,000 square feet of climbing terrain, novices to experts (and everyone in between!) will find the perfect route to test their mettle.

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If You’re Feeling Cultured …

  • Experience Niagara Falls USA’s street-art scene. Check off this list of the best murals in the area and explore several Niagara County towns in the process, including Niagara Falls proper, Lewiston, North Tonawanda and Lockport. It’s a great way to put that selfie stick to work!
  • Walk through history. There are plenty of learning opportunities in Niagara County, but our favorite history lesson this time of year is at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown. The views of the Niagara River and Lake Ontario are an added bonus during your visit to this 18th-century fortress.
  • Become a wine connoisseur. The spectacular weather, blooming buds and thinner crowds mean spring is an excellent time to get a taste of Niagara County at a variety of the area’s wineries. Not sure where to begin? Use this guide as a starting point.