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Music to your ears, right? Let’s go!

Beautiful Drives: Take a beautiful drive along the Niagara Parkway from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Fort Erie. Or drive along Lakeshore Road west to Port Dalhousie and on to Jordan Village.

Viewing the Falls: Awesome during the day and spectacular at night with coloured lights and fireworks (on Friday and Sunday nights during the peak season).

Table Rock Welcome Centre, Niagara Falls: Take in the terrific views from the second floor Grand Hall and Horseshoe Landing Patio Terrace next to the elevator.

Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Falls: Need a break from touring? Relax in the beautiful gardens filled with stately trees.

Maid of the Mist Plaza, Niagara Falls: Take in the beautiful view of all three falls. There’s also a souvenir shop and snackbar on site.

The two casinos, Niagara Falls: It’s up to you what you spend. The Fallsview Casino has a lovely concourse full of shops and a gorgeous view of the Falls.

The Power Plant: In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Power Plant presents two exhibitions: Kerry Tribe: Speak, Memory and Dissenting Histories: 25 Years of The Power Plant. The gallery has also launched its ALL YEAR, ALL FREE program.

Niagara Parks Floral Showcase: Enjoy this beautiful seasonal garden and a tropic greenhouse.

Fragrance Garden: This is found beside and behind the floral showcase. The focus here is on scent and touch. There are also water features, sculptures and topiary.

Dufferin Islands, Niagara Falls: Head off to this quiet, secluded 10-acre park on the Parkway featuring several small islands connected by small bridges and footpaths. A beautiful place for a picnic.

Thompson’s Point, Niagara Falls: Head along the Niagara Parkway north of Great Wolf Lodge to overlook the massive whirlpool in the Niagara River. Take in the amazing views at your leisure.

Floral Clock and Lilac Garden: This huge clock features up to 16,000 bedding plants. The design is changed twice a season. A 10-acre lilac garden features 1,200 lilacs in bloom in May and early June.

Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens: Stroll about the huge rose garden, vegetables, herbs, perennials, annuals and rock gardens, flowing and specimen trees, frog pond, water features and more.

Birdwatching: The Niagara River is said to have the world’s largest and most diverse concentration of gulls and other waterfowl.

Ten Thousand Buddhas World Peace Sarira Stupa, Niagara Falls: Located on River Road, this temple is worth a visit. (Donations are requested but optional.)

Lock 3 Viewing Complex, St. Catharines: An elevator takes you to a viewing platform to see lakers and ocean-going ships up close as they go through the Welland Ship Canal.

Happy Rolph Bird Sanctuary and Children’s Animal Farm: Fun for the kids and the 9/11 Walk on the shores of Lake Ontario is beautiful.

Heartland Forest: The forest is lovely anytime of the year. You can also have a picnic here.

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Heritage homes, beautiful gardens and parks, delightful shops, galleries and restaurants make this beautiful old town worth exploring.

NEOB Lavender Boutique: Located on Highway 55 (Old Stone Road) near the airport, this operation features free tours of their lavender gardens and complimentary tea while you browse around their shop taking in all the wonderful aromas and sample their products.

Port Dalhousie: Stroll from pier to pier, take in lovely sunsets, watch the boats, photograph lighthouses or picnic by the lake. Washrooms on the west side near the pavilion are open May 24 to mid-October.

Wineries: Many do not charge for tours and wine tasting is only a modest charge, if any. Here at Globetrotters B&B in Niagara-on-the-Lake, we offer you free wine-tasting coupons to a number of wineries in the area.