oh Oh oh!!! Former Nagara concierge for Vintage Inns here 🙂
Book the buffet lunch at Summit up the Skylon tower. You get a free ride up the tower, and a good-priced lunch for NF. There is a fun arcade and ferris wheel on the main strip, which is cute and enjoyable for all ages. Buy your Niagara Falls passes together–not separately.
for a fun splurge, take a helicopter tour. Although, the one in Niagara Falls (to me is a tourist trap). I always used the one off Highway 55…at the airport-now National Helicopters.
If you like to golf, I highly reccomend doing Canada’s oldest golf course-prices are reasonable and the outdoor patio offers lakefront views and beautiful sunsets.
In NOTL, start with a guided horse and buggy tour through the streets of NOTL. Stop at my favourite place EVER to get fresh sandwiches, and have them make you a picnic lunch. http://www.epicurean.ca/cafemenu.html
Take the picnic lunch down to Queen’s Park, or for something fancier, you can’t beat lunch on the patio at Peller Estates.
When booking a wine tour in NOTL, it realy ldepends on what you are after. If you want to learn about wine, winemaking, actually SEE where the make the wine and HOW, stay away from Peller. and Chateau Des Charmes. Hillebrand is good for educational tours, Strewn, Stratus, etc. It depends on what you like, and their winemaking styles vary.
Book a wine tour for a half day through the tour company if you can. http://niagaravintagewinetours.com/ourwinetours.php
Saves you from driving around, and they will take you to a variety of boutique and commercial wineries, and you get a great education on wine.
I hope this helps!