Sometimes it’s best to go off the beaten path. There are so many hidden gems sprinkled around the Niagara region and summer is the perfect time to catch a glimpse.
From gardens of blooming flowers to tucked-away restaurants, the options are endless.
Tipsy Theory has put together a list of the top seven hidden spots in the region that you’ll want to check out.
Niagara Parks Centennial Lilac Garden
This lilac garden in Niagara is probably the city’s best-kept secret and it’s gorgeous. Every year between May and early June the flowers blossom in purple hues.
The collection features over 1,200 plants for you to explore with over 200 different varieties that will surround you with a wonderful aroma.
Niagara Glen Hike
This hike has a hidden staircase that leads to four kilometres of winding paths. The adventure will lead you to a stunning outlook of the rapid waters of the Niagara River.
Thistle Bookshop and Cafe
This adorable bookshop looks like it belongs in a fairytale. With a big circular window and shelves overflowing with books, it’s a great place to pop in.
The spot is also a cafe and meeting place for those who are looking to grab a coffee.
Avondale Dairy Bar
Operating since 1955, this is one of the true hidden gems in Niagara. You can enjoy the region’s best ice cream that is made right on the premise in so many different flavours.
In fact, the sweet treat is made by hand the old-fashioned way and has won numerous awards.
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This quaint village is the perfect place to do some shopping and grab some lunch. The flower-filled street will lead you to many boutiques and galleries.
You’ll also be able to enjoy many restaurants and sample some wine from Cave Spring Vineyard.
Chef and Bub
If you’re looking to cool down this summer, stop into this shop in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The gourmet ice pops come in so many different flavours including Pina Colada, Nutella, Strawberry Cheesecake, Iced Coffee, Apple Pie and more.
This restaurant in St. Catharines is the perfect place to try if you’re looking for some authentic Italian. Bread, pasta, sauces and desserts are all house-made.