Niagara Parks to Kick-off Official Start to Summer with a Variety of Programming and Events​

July 5, 2023

Nick Kuemmling

Niagara Parks to Kick-off Official Start to Summer with a Variety of Programming and Events​

  • The Annual Summer Show is in full bloom at the iconic Floral Showhouse 
  • Science Sundays kick-off for the summer season at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre 
  • Launch of new “back-of-house” tour add-on at the Butterfly Conservatory 
  • Traditional high tea dining experience now open at historic McFarland House 
  • Niagara Parks to offer free golf for kids through Grow the Game initiative 
  • To see all upcoming events and programming at Niagara Parks please visit niagaraparks.com/events 

Summer marks the launch of a brand-new experience at the Butterfly Conservatory, exploring the back-of-house infrastructure that support its operations and learning more about how the butterflies are transported, raised and nurtured by our expert entomology staff. Along with the new tour, long-time popular events have returned for summer, such as Science Sundays at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre, Afternoon Tea at McFarland House and the iconic Summer Show inside the Floral Showhouse. Visitors looking to explore heritage, cultural and environmental learning experiences across Niagara Parks can find all upcoming programming at niagaraparks.com/events. 

All-new Back-of-House Tours Inside the Butterfly Conservatory 

A new offering expands the guest experience at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory with a behind the scenes look into the site’s unique operations. For the first time, guests can explore the back-of-house infrastructure and discover where the butterflies come from, how they are transported to the conservatory and how they are cared for by Niagara Parks’ entomology staff once they arrive. 

The experience also includes the unique opportunity to tour the four greenhouse facilities that support both the Butterfly Conservatory and the Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture. To start, tours will be offered at 1pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Following the initial launch period, additional tour times will be added based on demand. Guided tours are purchased as an add-on to regular admission for an additional $10. Note that tour sizes are limited to a maximum of 10 people. For more info and tickets, please visit niagaraparks.com/butterfly. 

McFarland House’s picturesque Tea Room open for Afternoon Tea 

The captivating McFarland House Tea Room is now open for guests to enjoy traditional Afternoon Tea inside the authentic 19th century glass conservatory from Thursday to Sunday. Located within McFarland House, Niagara Parks’ oldest property with a rich heritage, guests of the Tea Room can enjoy an array of loose-leaf tea options paired with freshly baked scones, delicate desserts and an immersive Victorian era experience. 

Guests are encouraged to book a reservation as seating is limited. For hours and more info, visit niagaraparks.com/McFarland-House. 

Annual Summer Show at the Floral Showhouse 

June 3, 2023, to September 10, 2023 

Floral Showhouse, 7145 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls ON 

Splash into summer with the refreshing Summer Display inside the iconic Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse. Explore the expertly designed gardens featuring stunning arrangements in mellow yellow, neo mint, purist blue and cantaloupe accented by cannas, justicia, ageratum, coleus, begonia, tropicals and much more. Tickets can be purchased in person or online for $8 per adult & $5 per child. For more details, visit niagaraparks.com/floralshowhouse 

Science Sundays return to the Niagara Glen Nature Centre 

Every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Niagara Glen Nature Centre 3050 Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON 

The Science Sundays program returns to the Niagara Glen Nature Centre for kids to learn about the environment and science every Sunday throughout the summer months. This free educational program will allow young participants, aged 6 – 12, to take part in hands-on science activities and experience exciting demonstrations. This drop-in workshop runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every Sunday until September. For more details, visit niagaraparks.com/sciencesundays  

Grow the Game is back at Legends on the Niagara’s Chippawa Course 

Grow the Game is back at Legends on the Niagara’s Chippawa course offering a BOGO deal for junior golfers. From July 3 to August 31, junior golfers (19 and under) can enjoy a free round of golf at the Chippawa 9-hole golf course or a bucket of range balls when accompanied by a paying adult on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

The Grow the Game program, led by the National Golf Course Owners Association Canada, aims to encourage youth to play golf by making the game fun, accessible, affordable, and welcoming. Golfers can learn more here. 

Photo assets are available here. 

​About Niagara Parks 

Since its establishment in 1885, Niagara Parks has remained a self-financed agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, entrusted to preserve and protect the land surrounding Niagara Falls and the Niagara River. Today, Niagara Parks boasts gardens, a horticulture school, recreation, golf courses, restaurants, heritage and historic sites, gift shops and, of course, Niagara Falls. In short, natural landscapes, history, family fun, hiking, culinary delights, attractions and adventure. 

For more information, please visit niagaraparks.com or contact: 

Chris Giles, Manager, Communications
(905) 356-2241 ext. 2259
(905) 809-0182

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