International travel with kids can be challenging, but finding the right place to visit and experience can make the visit even more enjoyable! While we were in Niagara Falls we were able to explore numerous fun spots like Ripley’s, Niagara Helicopters, Bird Kingdom, Skylon Tower and of course Niagara Falls itself. On the second day that we were there it was raining and we decided to go and see Bird Kingdom even though we did not know a lot about what to expect.
When we arrived at the building I can say that the building is very unassuming. The building looks small and you cannot really tell much although there are pictures of birds on the outside. As you enter the building though the unassuming outside is transformed into vibrant colors, perking your interest in what else is in store for you further in the building.
As you enter the building you first learn about the history of Niagara Falls and some of the daredevils that crossed the falls. Then you get to meet and interact with some of the resident birds and reptiles of Bird Kingdom. My girls, wife and I loved being able to have one of the Macaws rest on their arm, and although we did not choose to buy the photograph that they took of each of us, this still was an experience that we will not soon forget.
Your continue through different rooms meeting different birds, small and large and what is great is thmoreat you get to meet so many that are from so many diverse countries, many of which you would never have seen before. You get to meet birds of the nights and other night-time creatures and creepy-crawlies in the Night Jungle and toward the end of the exhibit you enter an amazing open air forum that is simply filled with birds roaming free. In this open air area there is a beautiful three story tall indoor waterfall as well as Lorikeet Landing where you can feed myriads of Lorikeets, and let me tell you, when you have food for them, they simply flock around you!
This last room was massive and was a crowning achievement for the whole exhibit. Though I say this I will also say that really my family and I were very impressed with all of Bird Kingdom and even though it may not look like much from the outside, if you like birds and other reptiles and insects you will love this as much as my family did!
All-in-All Bird Kingdom really delivered. From the animal encounters, to the natural beauty and so much more, this is a gem and something that all families should experience together!
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