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Niagara Falls – Bird Kingdom #FamilyTravel

9th July 2014

Bird-Kingdom

We recently went to Niagara Falls with the kids to accompany Daddy on a business trip and our seven year old was DESPERATE to go to the Bird Kingdom. We really only had three things on our list of must do activities while in Niagara Falls – see the falls, go to the Butterfly Conservatory and check out Niagara Falls – Bird Kingdom.

The Bird Kingdom was the last place we went before leaving the city and we’re so glad we did. My kids absolutely loved it. It is actually the world’s largest indoor free flying bird aviary. It is very easy to find, a close five minute walk from the falls and there is parking attached to the building. After paying your entrance fee, they suggest you follow the white footprints on the ground as a guide through the rooms. Although there are some reptiles, bats and such, the birds are definitely the main event. A toucan, a kookaboura and a variety of parrots are what you’ll see when you first walk in, so prepare for it to be LOUD. The birds are beautiful and as an added bonus, you’ll even see a blue and yellow macaw that says hi and waves to you using his foot. It’s too adorable for words.

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We then moved onto a small aviary filled with smaller birds flying around, most of which we had never seen before.  We moved through this room quickly because the kids were excited to see what was next. After walking through a dark tunnel, we entered a huge aviary that resembled a rainforest, complete with a 40 ft. waterfall. It was so unexpected and incredible. There are approximately 400 birds in this 50,000 sq. ft aviary so you’ll want to take your time walking through and taking pictures. The definite highlight was when the blue Victoria Crowned Pigeon happened upon my son and seemed enamoured with him. He was wearing dark blue jeans and it seemed the bird was trying to figure out what they were all about, walking around him back and forth and making little noises. He followed him walking down the path and every time my son stopped walking, he would circle him and walk over his feet to get around him. My kids talked about it for DAYS.

Here’s a little video of the little man with the bird he wanted to take home – I’m hesitant to share it because the sound of my voice makes me CRINGE!!! But here you go:

Make sure if you’re headed to Niagara Falls, to check out the Bird Kingdom. Try to arrange it so you don’t miss feeding the Australian Rainbow Lorikeets – we missed it and I know the kids would have enjoyed it. 

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SOME USEFUL INFO: The Bird Kingdom is open 9:30-5 and 9:00-5:30 in the summer. Admission is $16.95 (plus tax) for adults, Seniors $14.95, Kids 4-15 are $11.95 and under 3 are free. Parking is $3 per hour.

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Niagara Falls – Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory #familytravel

18th June 2014

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Last week we took a trip to Niagara Falls for a couple of days – the kids had never been and the husband had a business trip so it was the right time to go. The kids were super excited (to miss school) and stay in a hotel, which they LOVE to do. As with any road trip we take, and we love a good road trip, I made a list of our must see attractions and The Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory was number one on the list.

We had gone as a couple years ago before having kids, and we loved it so we knew the kids would as well. It’s about a ten minute drive from the Falls, so you will definitely need to drive or take public transportation to get there. We went first thing in the morning to avoid crowds and school groups and we really recommend you doing that so you can walk at a leisurely pace and really enjoy as many butterfly species as possible. There are over 2,000 butterflies (45 different species), flying around in a lovely tropical (ie. steamy) environment. The kids LOVED just walking around, seeing all the different butterflies, and hoping one would land on them.

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Many of them did in fact. On their shoes, on their backs, and even their heads. They were beyond thrilled. My son fell in love with this particular butterfly – it landed on him and stayed there the entire time we were there. We eventually passed him off to a staff member who told us he had just been born that day.

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There were so many gorgeous butterflies and unique flowers in the conservatory, you could spend hours looking at everything – the kids loved it and didn’t want to leave. The building itself is surrounded the botanical gardens so once you leave you can enjoy the gorgeous setting as well. There are almost 100 acres of gorgeous grounds to experience, including a beautiful rose garden. Don’t miss this Niagara Falls attraction – !!

Some Useful Info: Tickets are free for children under 5, $8.50 plus tax for 6-12 year olds, and $13.50 for 13+. Parking is $5 and the hours of Operation vary so check online!

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