Niagara Parks celebrates the official start to summer with a lineup of family-friendly seasonal activations and programming for guests to enjoy right across the 56-kilometre Niagara River corridor.
Summer marks the launch of a brand-new experience at the Butterfly Conservatory, exploring the back-of-house infrastructure that support its operations and learning more about how the butterflies are transported, raised and nurtured by our expert entomology staff. Along with the new tour, long-time popular events have returned for summer, such as Science Sundays at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre, Afternoon Tea at McFarland House and the iconic Summer Show inside the Floral Showhouse. Visitors looking to explore heritage, cultural and environmental learning experiences across Niagara Parks can find all upcoming programming at niagaraparks.com/events.
A new offering expands the guest experience at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory with a behind the scenes look into the site’s unique operations. For the first time, guests can explore the back-of-house infrastructure and discover where the butterflies come from, how they are transported to the conservatory and how they are cared for by Niagara Parks’ entomology staff once they arrive.
The experience also includes the unique opportunity to tour the four greenhouse facilities that support both the Butterfly Conservatory and the Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture. To start, tours will be offered at 1pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Following the initial launch period, additional tour times will be added based on demand. Guided tours are purchased as an add-on to regular admission for an additional $10. Note that tour sizes are limited to a maximum of 10 people. For more info and tickets, please visit niagaraparks.com/butterfly.
The captivating McFarland House Tea Room is now open for guests to enjoy traditional Afternoon Tea inside the authentic 19th century glass conservatory from Thursday to Sunday. Located within McFarland House, Niagara Parks’ oldest property with a rich heritage, guests of the Tea Room can enjoy an array of loose-leaf tea options paired with freshly baked scones, delicate desserts and an immersive Victorian era experience.
Guests are encouraged to book a reservation as seating is limited. For hours and more info, visit niagaraparks.com/McFarland-House.
June 3, 2023, to September 10, 2023
Floral Showhouse, 7145 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls ON
Splash into summer with the refreshing Summer Display inside the iconic Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse. Explore the expertly designed gardens featuring stunning arrangements in mellow yellow, neo mint, purist blue and cantaloupe accented by cannas, justicia, ageratum, coleus, begonia, tropicals and much more. Tickets can be purchased in person or online for $8 per adult & $5 per child. For more details, visit niagaraparks.com/floralshowhouse.
Every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Niagara Glen Nature Centre 3050 Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
The Science Sundays program returns to the Niagara Glen Nature Centre for kids to learn about the environment and science every Sunday throughout the summer months. This free educational program will allow young participants, aged 6 – 12, to take part in hands-on science activities and experience exciting demonstrations. This drop-in workshop runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every Sunday until September. For more details, visit niagaraparks.com/sciencesundays.
Grow the Game is back at Legends on the Niagara’s Chippawa course offering a BOGO deal for junior golfers. From July 3 to August 31, junior golfers (19 and under) can enjoy a free round of golf at the Chippawa 9-hole golf course or a bucket of range balls when accompanied by a paying adult on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The Grow the Game program, led by the National Golf Course Owners Association Canada, aims to encourage youth to play golf by making the game fun, accessible, affordable, and welcoming. Golfers can learn more here.