Do you have a birthday coming up and you’re wondering how you should spend your day? Is it your partner’s birthday and you want to surprise them with something special?
No matter who’s birthday it is, one of the best places to spend the day is in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Whether you live around the Niagara Region, the Greater Toronto Area, Upstate New York, or elsewhere, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a very special place to visit. You can make it a day trip or the historic small town has plenty of options for staying overnight if you don’t want to make the trip back home.
So, if you’re looking for fun-filled birthday weekend ideas, here are things you can do in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The Old Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
The Old Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, which was the original capital of Upper Canada, is a charming, picturesque, and historic area visited by travelers from all over the world. In 2004, it was designated as a National Historic District to mark its preserved architecture dating from the early to mid 1800s. The district is located directly across from Fort Niagara, which is on the American side of the Niagara.
Things To Do in Niagara-on-the-Lake
There are so many ways to fill a day, a weekend, or an extended stay in Niagara-on-the-Lake. In the Old Town itself, you’ll want to wander the shops, eat at the quaint local restaurants and cafes, grab a gelato, and stroll through the picturesque neighbourhood streets. Enjoy the flower-lined streets in spring and summer, which are lined with beautiful flowers with some of the best landscaping in the province.
Don’t miss a walk down to the lake itself for a view across the river to see Fort Niagara. On a clear day you can also see the Toronto skyline across Lake Ontario. If you continue walking down the main street beyond the Shaw Festival Theatre, you can also visit the Fort George National Historic Site.
The Shaw Festival
As part of your visit, why not catch some world-class theatre? The Shaw Festival puts on 10+ productions each year performed in three theatres with audiences of more than 250,000. Inspired by the wit of Bernard Shaw, the theatre has grown to become a major Canadian cultural icon.
Enjoy Wine Country
You mustn’t visit the area without including a personalized wine tasting experience. Did you know that Niagara-on-the-Lake is world renown for its wine?! Make your way to one of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s famous wineries such as The Hare Wine Co. located on Niagara Stone Road. It’s just a 12-minute drive from the shops at Niagara-on-the-Lake and a perfect way to celebrate a birthday.
Book a personalized guided tour at our vineyard and taste test our collections of wines – red, white, rosé and Niagara’s famous Icewine. Your guide will carefully explain the notes you should taste in each wine and help you choose the best one for your palette. You’ll also be in a private tasting room and afterwards, you can make your way to our patio that overlooks our amazing and abundant wine country.
After your wine tasting experience, you’ll be able to buy the birthday girl or birthday boy their favourite bottle in our shop.
Horse Drawn Carriage Ride
For a traditional tour of the area by carriage, begin your ride from right outside the Prince of Wales Hotel. It’s a very popular attraction in Niagara-on-the-Lake and one your partner may very much enjoy for their birthday. It’s romantic, relaxing, and allows you to sight-see in a completely different manner, creating the perfect setting for lovers and adventure-goers alike.
The prices vary depending on how long you want to enjoy the carriage ride. All tours are private so you won’t have to share a carriage with anyone else. You can conveniently book ahead online.
Night At The Prince of Wales Hotel
Many people add staying for a night at the Prince of Wales hotel to their bucket list. It’s one of the nicest and most highly-rated hotels in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and for good reason. There’s an on-site pool and spa, an incredible restaurant led by highly trained chefs, a cozy and vintage-style tea room, a fitness room, and more.
Located on Picton Street, this hotel is only a short drive away from other amenities or within walking distance. Its history is just as incredible and interesting and worth asking about during your stay.
Afternoon Tea Party
If your partner, mother or best friend wants to relax in a beautiful setting while sipping on tea served in fine china and served with sandwiches and desserts, you can book an afternoon tea package at the Prince of Wales hotel. Group bookings are also accepted if more people want to join! Your friends and family will truly appreciate such a fun and memorable time.
You can book ahead online. The menu will change frequently but all sandwiches and desserts are prepared by top-notch chefs. If you’re still hungry for dinner, there are plenty of nearby options – The Irish Harp, Cannery Restaurant, Treadwell Cuisine, HOB NOB Restaurant, and more.
Make Your Way To Niagara Falls
After staying in Niagara-on-the-Lake, you may still be looking for fun things to do to complete your weekend or birthday getaway. If this is the case, make your way to Niagara Falls where there are plenty of adventures awaiting you – endless restaurants, an arcade, the Falls, go-kart racing, the Skylon Tower, the Niagara SkyWheel, and so much more.
To get from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Niagara Falls, drive along the Niagara River and enjoy the beautiful scenery. There are also various stops you can make to enjoy a nice walk, take pictures of nature, or walk through the butterfly conservatory, located on the grounds of the beautiful and lush Botanical Gardens.
Niagara Wineries Hold Plenty of Opportunities
If you want to visit a local vineyard to surprise someone for their birthday, you’ve come to the right place. You can enjoy a private taste testing tour with one of our friendly staff members who will help you find the perfect bottle of wine for you. You can explore our vineyard and wine shop afterwards to purchase a birthday gift.
You can book a reservation online or give us a call today!