Just a 30-minute drive from Niagara Falls, Welland is a gateway to one of the world’s most impressive natural wonders. Enjoy wildlife watching in a butterfly conservatory, animal exhibition center, and nature reserve or ride the waves at North America’s largest indoor water park.
Things to do in Welland
One of the region’s biggest attractions is the Butterfly Conservatory, which offers a wonderful collection of around 2,000 tropical butterflies. You can watch them fly freely over the scenic paths and walkways that wrap around ponds, waterfalls and lush foliage.
An amusement park and animal exhibition center, Marineland Canada offers the chance to get up close to beluga whales, bottlenose dolphins, and sea lions. Visit the Arctic Cove area to participate in an interactive “touch and feed” show, then test your bravery at Sky Screamer, the world’s highest triple tower ride.
Families will love the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark with its full-sized wave pool, water slides, six swimming pools and hot springs. If you prefer to immerse yourself in natural beauty, head to Niagara Glen Nature Reserve to hike trails through the Carolinian Forest and relax in its natural whirlpool.
Planning a day trip to Niagara Falls? One of the most memorable ways to see the falls is to don a poncho and step aboard the Maid of the Mist, which takes you so close to the water that you’ll practically be dunked under it. If you want an aerial view, head to the Skylon Tower to see it from its outdoor observation deck 236 meters above.
Getting around Welland
Welland is located around 20 kilometers from Niagara Falls and St. Catharines, while Niagara International Airport is less than an hour’s drive away. In Welland, the best way to get around is by car, but buses and taxis are also available.