Are you thinking to make the trip to Marine Land Niagara Falls? Our family gives it a huge thumbs up. We have been there too many times to count, and every time we leave the kids are always wanting us to promise that we will be back. It is a must see.
There is aquatic shows, underwater viewing areas, a place where you can feed and touch whales, rides to experience and a brand new splash pad!
Our kids love everything about it, but they especially love the rides. From their huge roller coaster to the very peaceful kiddy rides - this park has fun for the whole family...even the grandparents think it is fun and educational! Looking for ride reviews and height requirements?
Visiting Marine land Niagara Falls is a full day event, and I would suggest that you plan to go in the morning when it opens. Getting to the park early ensures a closer parking spot and because parking is free, you can imagine how huge their lot is. You can walk for 10 minutes just to get in the park on a busy day.
Any day in July and August will be the busiest, but if you are visiting Niagara Falls Canada during those months avoiding a Saturday or Sunday would make for shorter wait times.
Marine land Niagara Falls has a main stage as soon as you enter the park called King Waldorf's Stadium. This is where the largest show in the park takes place. We always begin our day by planning out which shows we would like to see; sometimes when we have not done this we miss every show, and let me tell you the kids are not very happy. They usually run 4 shows a day at around 11:00, 1:00, 3:00 and 5:15. The show at this stadium is educational, but really keeps the audience engaged with humor and quirky animal tricks. This is the famous show where an audience member gets picked to come up and feed and ultimately get kissed by a dolphin. My kids are still waiting for their chance to be that lucky person. Here is some important information you need to know:
Another show that the kids love is to the right of the main gate in the Aquarium Dome. This is the Seal and Sea Lion Show. The times change throughout the season and they are posted daily outside the Dome.
Below the Seal and Sea Lion Show is a Fresh Water Fish Display. Our kids are always delighted when we go down and see the different fish in the big aquariums. We try to see if we can name the fish before reading the name plates.
Friendship Cove and Artic Cove are both great for a close up and personal look at the whales. At Friendship Cove you can see Killer Whales in a huge tank jump and splash, but be prepared to get soaked. There are specific times when the Killer Whales will perform. Since they change check the board just outside Friendship Cove for times.
There is underwater viewing at both Artic and Friendship Cove. The underwater viewing at Marine land Niagara Falls is absolutely fabulous. It allows you to see both the Beluga and Killer Whales swimming and showing off their true beauty.
Only at Artic Cove do you have the chance to touch and feed the Beluga Whales, however tickets must be purchased. I have never done it, but my friends kids have and they said it was an amazing experience.
Other animal attractions at Marine land Niagara Falls include observing Red Deer, Elk, Bears and Buffalo.
I like to go see the animal attractions with my younger children while the older ones go on the "Big Kid Rides". There are no rides for those shorter than 47" down at that end of the park, so the animals keep them occupied. See the Marine land Map for more details. You can buy food to feed - fish in the Fish feeding Lake, deer in the Deer Park and bears in Bear Country. Here is a tip though, in the Deer Park the deer actually roam free, so if you buy food beware! There are so many deer they will trample whatever or whoever to get it. So please do not let you little one hold the food.
The season usually runs from the middle of May to the middle of October. Admission booth is open from 10-5 everyday. The park operates till nightfall, but will close if there is inclement weather.
For more information on park hours, schedules, etc... visit www.marineland.com
Here is a complete list of rides, click on the ones you are interested in reading about to see the description further down the page. If you would like to know more about all the rides, just scroll down for a complete overview and height requirements.
You need a good stomach for this one at Marine Land Niagara Falls. It is a huge Viking ship that goes back and forth and spins full 360°. Lots of people can fit on this ride at once so there is usually not too much of a wait. The height requirement is 42" without adult and minimum 36" with.
This is my daughters favorite ride. It is a mini Sky Screamer. The Orca Screamer pulls you up to the top and lets you drop about three times while slowly turning around. It is really fun especially for those who are not quite tall enough or brave enough for the Sky Screamer. The height requirement is 42"without adult and minimum 36"with, up to a maximum height of 74".
If you love the old "tilt-a-whirl" carnival ride, the Bumble Bee ride is for you. It is forever spinning and my sons claims it gives him a headache every time. I think it is great, but none the less can only ride it twice a day. It really spins. The height requirement is 42" without adult and minimum 36" with.
Here is a ride for everyone to enjoy; well it moves so slow that not everyone will enjoy it, but everyone can go on it. We were at Marine Land Niagara Falls with our family and my husband was busy with our two oldest and I had our two youngest. This ride was perfect for us because I could ride holding our 6 month old son with our two year old, I did not have to wait for Daddy to be able to take her. This ride is very slow moving and appeals mainly to young riders. There is no height requirement.
My kids call this the "Rocket Ship ride". The kids love this one because they have their own controls to shoot the ships around you and make the actual ship move up, down, right and left. This is a great ride if you have a daring little one because of the low minimum height requirement. The height requirement is 42" without adult and minimum 28" with.
This is "The" ride according to the little ones that cannot ride a big coaster. Our two year old daughter rode the Lady Bug Coaster all by herself five times in a row (we went mid-October when it was not busy). She loved it and was so proud of herself. It is a small metal circle track that gets some good speed and goes around three times for each ride. This ride is hugely popular and you can wait a long time to ride, but the best part is there is no minimum requirement. If you think your child can handle the coaster they can ride it with you (I took my son on when he was 15 months). The height requirement is 40" unless with an adult.
Another ride without a height requirement at Marine Land Niagara Falls. The whole family can ride this mini Ferris wheel. It goes really slow, but it still is fun to have the whole family with you, and from the top you can see a different view of the park. There is no height requirement.
Yet another spinning ride for those with strong stomachs. You sit in boats on this ride while it goes up and over "waves" and turns back and forth. The height requirement is 42".
This is a fun one and is similar to the Space Avenger but you cannot turn around. It goes up and down and a little faster than the Space Avenger. The height requirement is 42" without adult and minimum 36" with.
Little ones may be disappointed as you have to be tall to ride. According to my son, if you are tall enough you will love it (I took his word for it). You sit in long rows on what looks like a boat, the boat then hurls upwards and does a complete circle forwards and backwards. You remain upright the whole time, but it goes quite fast. This ride can hold lots of people at once so the line is usually not very long. The height requirement is 52".
This is the traditional swing ride at Marine Land Niagara Falls. Each rider sits in their own swing while they lift off the ground and swing in a circle. It can hold lots of riders so the line moves very fast. The height requirement is 42".
Two riders can go in each car for this ride. It starts on the ground and lifts you higher and higher while it spins you at great speeds. You have to like spinning rides to endure this one, but the view at the top is cool. The pod that you sit in has bars around it so young riders can ride. The height requirement is 54" without adult and minimum 32" with
Have you ever been to Disney and rode on the Tea Cups? This is just like it except with whales on the side of the cups. All you do on this ride is spin. The last time I rode this it took me a good 30 minutes for my head to stop spinning. The downside to this ride is that you have to be quite tall even with an adult. When the kids were small we had to avoid this area of the park because they all were too short, but still wanted to ride it. The height requirement is 47" without adult and minimum 40" with
It took our sons two tries but they love this ride! You start on the ground at first and then are raised to the top of the tower. It spins you and tips you so you feel like you are going to fall right out. I have never got up the courage to ride this one myself but the kids claim it is a great ride at Marine Land Niagara Falls. The height requirement is 47" without adult, up to a maximum height of 74".
Or the "Bear Ride" as my kids call it, is the mother of all spinning rides. I like the rides that spin, but I went on this last year with my boys and almost got sick. The kids decided to ride it 4 times in a row and 2 of them came off the ride green. It is fun and fast but the spinning is unbelievable. The height requirement is 54" without adult and minimum 46" with.
Marine Land Niagara Falls only roller coaster is a “good one”, my husband and son tell me (I do not do coasters). Last year was the first year my six year old was tall enough and he loved it. It is a long ride as it covers over 30 acres of land and lasts over 3 minutes. The height requirement is 48".
This is my husband's favorite ride at Marine Land Niagara Falls. It takes you over 450ft in the air launching you up and down at speeds of 60mph. The coolest part, or so my husband says (I do not do this kind of ride either) is that you get an amazing view of the Falls from the top of the ride. The Sky Screamer is the huge tower that you can see from miles away anywhere in Niagara Falls. The height requirement is 48".
Hints and Tips for Young Families visiting Marineland
Nursing Mothers - We have been to the park with our kids as young as 12 months old and although my baby could not participate there was little or no challenge meeting her needs at the park. I was nursing at the time and was please to find that Marineland Niagara Falls did have an air conditioned nursing mothers' facility in their guest services center (located in the kiddy adventure area next to the Viking Ride).
Stroller Rental - One thing I cannot stress enough to people with young families is to bring or rent a stroller. Marineland Niagara Falls is spread out on a huge piece of land, and even us parents get tired with all the walking. The stroller rental is a first come basis and is located in the Aquarium Dome adjacent to the main entrance – money well spent.
Marine land Niagara Falls is a great way to spend the day with your family. And just like the commercial says "Everyone loves Marineland!"