Okay, so we all know about the Shaw Festival, the Falls and Marineland, but what else can we do in the Niagara area, you ask? Plenty. Here are some suggestions if you find yourself in Niagara-on-the-Lake or surrounding area:

-   Try geocaching and really get to know the area.

-   Take the stairway down to a pristine pocket of Carolinian Forest and walk around among tall trees and huge rocks at the river’s edge in the cool Niagara Glen to get a sense of how things were before tourists came. The Niagara Glen overlooks the Niagara River Whirlpool, a unique natural phenomenon.

Hike four kilometres through the Niagara Glen.

-   Hike the trails along the Niagara Escarpment.

-   Cycle or e-scoot your way through the countryside.

-   Visit one of many museums and historic sites located throughout Niagara-on-the-Lake and surrounding area; enjoy tea and a treat at the McFarland House.

-   Climb 235 steps to the top of Brock’s Monument for $1 or tour the battlefield at Queenston Heights with costumed staff and enjoy a spectacular view of the Niagara Frontier. Pack a picnic and a bottle of Niagara wine and relax a while or cool off at the splash pad.

Climb to the top of Brock's Monument for a spectacular view of the Niagara Frontier.

-   Book a ghost walk tour ($13/adult; $10/senior; $5/child 13 & under) and learn all about all the paranormal activity that goes on here.

-   Tour a winery or several (there are 28 in Niagara-on-the-Lake alone); ask your B&B hosts for some complimentary wine-tasting coupons.

-   Saunter through the Botanical Gardens and admire the bloomin’ scenery.

Spend a lovely afternoon at the Botanical Gardens.

-   Visit the Niagara College Teaching Winery and the Niagara College Teaching Brewery to learn a thing or two about making wine or beer.

-   Tour the NEOB Lavender Boutique  & Tea Garden to learn how lavender is grown and distilled into essential oils and creams. It’s free! Then enjoy a taste of lavender ice cream.

-   Book an 1812 walking tour of Old Town Niagara-on-the-Lake. It’s only $5 per person and includes admission to the Niagara Historical Museum.

-   Attend a lecture at the “Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake” series, scheduled at the Niagara Historical Museum at 7:30 p.m. on July 21, August 18 and September 15. $5 for non-members.

-   Take a backstage tour at the Festival Theatre at 11am (10:30am for families) Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays to find out what goes into theatre productions. Cost $5 for a one-hour tour.