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Adventures: Bird Kingdom, Niagara Falls, Canada

Last Friday we took a day off from the usual routine and headed out on a mini road trip.  Our destination was the Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls, an amazing experience away from the tourist traps of Clifton Hill.

Bird Kingdom - WelcomeToTheZoo.ca


We’ve been there before and we knew the kids would love it.  It’s a place that hubby and I were able to enjoy just as much too!

The Bird Kingdom has much more than just birds.  From the snakes, turtles, fish, and lizards in the Explorer Base Camp, to the bats, cock roaches, and spiders in the Night Jungle, there’s a ton here for everyone to enjoy.

In the Small Bird Aviary, you can sit and listen to the birds sing to one another as they fly past, watch them building nests, and eating.  This was one of my favourite areas.  It’s fascinating to hear the birds singing so loudly, and flying so close to you.

Welcome To The Zoo.ca - Bird Kingdom

In the Night Jungle, our 7 year old loved playing in the Archaeology Dig area — a sand-covered area with artifacts to find, and a tunnel to play in.  I quickly bypassed the cockroaches, but I did watch the bats for a little while.  The scenery in the Night Jungle is amazing, with temple ruins, a crashed plane, and a subtle night sky twinkling overhead.

Bird Kingdom - WelcomeToTheZoo.ca

But the show stopper is the Main Aviary.  In this massive room, a ramp descends through a jungle paradise with tropical birds of all kinds, a 40 foot waterfall, and an area where you can feed nectar to Lorikeets.  All of the birds fly freely around you and they do let you get quite close to them.  It’s an amazing experience.

Feeding The Lorikeets - WelcomeToTheZoo.ca

The cost is pretty reasonable at $16.95 for adults and $11.95 for kids.  They do have Toddler Wednesdays when toddlers get in free, and then up to 6 people with them get in for 50% off — not too shabby!  We spent about 2 hours looking around, feeding the lorikeets and getting way too many selfies!

Niagara Falls - WelcomeToTheZoo.ca

Of course, once we were in Niagara Falls, we couldn’t NOT visit the falls, so we headed there for a stroll.  Be forewarned though, parking along the river is expensive!  We paid $18 to park for about 45 minutes.

It was a great outing, and the kids loved it!

Niagara Falls - WelcomeToTheZoo.ca

What kind of animals do your kids love seeing up close and personal?



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Megan is a WAHM to 3 (and then some) kids, who spends the majority of her time working as an Administrative Assistant, blogging and washing dishes. She loves to write about her adventures in parenting, running a home daycare, adoption and whatever else strikes her fancy!


  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I was just telling my hubby that I wanted to get back to Niagara Falls. I am thinking maybe in the spring.

  2. Kungphoo

    How cool is that place.. My kids just like seeing how the animals interact.

  3. meunfinished

    Oh! What I wouldn’t give to go to the Falls! My kids would really like this too. I am not sure about enjoying the bats, but would love to hear the birds sing 🙂
    A place I hope to visit soon for sure!

    • Megan Elford

      The bats are a little creepy, but the birds are beautiful! So many different types and colours that we don’t normally get to see where the weather is colder.

  4. maggiesblog2

    This sounds like a great outing! Those birds are beautiful!

  5. Eliz Frank

    I loved your photos and reading about your visit to bird kingdom. The birds are always so fascinating and being so close is amazing. One of the best shots is of your child with a rainbow forming behind… Gorgeous! 🙂

  6. julianarw (@julianarw)

    Looks you had fun… I love to visit Niagara falls someday 😀

  7. Katriza @ Everything Home Life

    What a beautiful place! Birds are incredibly fascinating and I would definitely take my kids here 🙂

  8. Chelley @ AisForAdelaide

    My tot is obsessed with butterflies! We went to an exhibit this summer and she loved it!

  9. Yona Williams

    I don’t have an answer to your specific question, but I went to a zoo in Canada before and saw polar bears swim up, close and personal. It was a magical, unforgettable moment.

  10. loveforlacquer

    What a fun time! My son is a huge fan of monkeys!

  11. Joanna Sormunen

    What a wonderful place to visit! My son and I both love tropical birds. They are so beautiful and colorful.

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