A Weekend Getaway: Marineland, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Looking for a summer weekend activity with the kids?  We recently took a road trip to Niagara Falls, Ontario to take in the scenery and spend a day at Marineland.

Marineland is an amusement park that features marine animals.  Visitors can view the aquatic shows, at no additional cost, that are scheduled throughout the day and visit whales and dolphins up close in viewing pens.

John Holer, a Slovenian immigrant who worked in circuses across Europe before coming to Canada, originally founded Marineland.  He opened Marineland in 1961 and continues to be heavily involved with seeing out his vision of creating an interactive environment for people to get up close with and learn about marine animals.

The live show did not disappoint and the opportunity to learn about the animals from the keepers was unique.  How many of us can say they were an arm’s length from an Orca?  The boys spent much of the day on the rides.  There are many rides for children and teenagers alike and the queues moved quickly and orderly.  The highlight of the park was the gift shop.  Despite the collection of standard issue, run of the mill, garbage toys (that cost a small fortune) the shop houses an impressive collection of books and art projects.

If you do make the trek to Marineland with your kids be aware that the signage is poor starting with the front gate.  The property is spread out which makes for a nice walk but if you have complainers or lolly-gaggers in your party be sure to bring a wagon or stroller with you (rentals are available).  The park has limited areas of shade thereby another reason for which you might want to consider a covered stroller for young children.  As is usually the case with theme parks, the food selection is limited to poorly prepared junk food but it is worth noting that Halaal chicken is available on the premise.  For those who choose to bring their own food, the park does have a generous area reserved for picnickers.

Marineland is located in Niagara Falls, Ontario (that’s on the Canadian side).

For up to date, ticket information check the official website but it is worth noting children under 4 years old are free and parking is free!



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