Marineland is the largest theme park in Ontario, packed with rides and animal experiences that are thrilling for the whole family. Within easy distance of Niagara’s Horseshoe Falls, the park showcases Canadian land and marine animals, and strives to deepen understanding and compassion for all animals and their environments.
Marineland is divided into several sections and you can visit most, if not all, of them in a full day. Arctic Cove is the beluga whale habitat, boasting the largest beluga population in human care. The orcas hang out in Friendship Cove, offering visitors underwater viewing. In the land animals section, you’ll find native Canadian animals like bison, elk, deer, and black bears. And the King Waldorf shows awe visitors with antics of dolphins, sea lions, walruses, and orcas. In addition to the animal experiences, families love the amusement park rides—especially the towering Sky Screamer.
Most visitors buy a day pass for the park, but if you may visit more than once, you can upgrade your admission to a season pass for a nominal fee.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Marineland is a must-do for families with children wanting to experience more of the Niagara Falls area.
- The park has a cafeteria-style restaurant and food kiosks, or you can bring your own food and drinks for a picnic (no alcohol or glass bottles).
- Marineland is accessible to wheelchair users except for the lower level of the Aquarium Dome and the Flying Dragon ride.
How to Get There
Marineland is located just 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The closest major airports are in Toronto and Hamilton. You can take a train, bus, shuttle, or tour to Niagara Falls, but most people drive themselves. There is ample free parking at Marineland.
When to Get There
Marineland is open from Victoria Day weekend (the weekend preceding May 25) until Canadian Thanksgiving (second Monday of October). Peak season is July and August, when hours are extended; spring and fall are less busy.
The Sky Screamer
The amusement park rides at Marineland run from easy to electrifying, and one of the most thrilling is the Sky Screamer. From the top of the ride—one of the highest triple-tower rides in the world—you can see Niagara Falls. Hang on tight as you plunge 450 feet (137 meters) to the ground at speeds up to 60 mph (96 kph).