Niagara Falls Journals

The Tourist Trap

A travel journal to Niagara Falls by James.

Quote: Niagara Falls is basically a tourist trap, but there's lots to love.

The Tourist Trap

Overview

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The Falls are by far the best attraction in Niagara Falls, but it's so close to Niagara-on-the-Lake...

Quick Tips:

Get to like crowds, especially on holidays or when there are fireworks.

Best Way To Get Around:

There are some buses that hit the major tourist spots and a shuttle bus to the casino from parking lots, but you can walk it all.

Flying Saucer Drive-In Restaurant (The )

Restaurant | "The Flying Saucer Drive-In Restaurant"

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Taking leave from the over-priced Denny's down the street, we trundled in to the Flying Saucer Drive-In on the very shaky premise of having seen them on The Space Channel (Canuck Sci-fi channel). To say it was busy would be a grand and sweeping understatement - it was a mad house!I can't fathom the attraction - the food is ok, it's grease-laden and there's a whole lot of it, and you will not for sure go hungry. I had a gargantuan omelette purportedly of only 3 eggs, but it was the size of a full carton, with mushrooms (canned) and far too much faux mozzarella, it was at least filling - I didn't get hungry again until 9 at night. I liked the kitschy space-themed decor and the waitstaff are friendly,...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 18, 2002

Flying Saucer Drive-In Restaurant (The )
6768 Lundy's Lane
Niagara Falls, Ontario
519-356-4553

Suisha Gardens

Restaurant

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They claim it's the largest Japanese Restaurant in Canada, and in square footage they look to be right. The sushi is average, and they also have a grill section which we didn't try. We found it quite reasonably priced, and the meals were good aside from the sushi. The salmon was quite good as was the tuna - other fish I didn't find up to their level.

It was however very busy, and we made the mistake of not making a reservation and waited in their lounge. Admittedly, it had some very nice, plush seating so the wait was at least comfortable.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 18, 2002

Suisha Gardens
5701 Lewis Ave
Niagara Falls, Ontario
(905) 354-1500

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Housed in a glass enclosed, temperature controlled environment, the Butterfly Conservatory features a large number of rare and amazing butterflies. Some seem very attracted to people, especially (and much to our chagrin) men. At $8.50 it's a bit pricy for adults, and while you can take as long as you like, being in a cool but humid environment (albeit necessary for the butterflies) isn't the most pleasant experience on a hot, humid day in the summer. The surrounding Botanical Gardens are pleasant and relaxing. It's a nice stop on the way to Niagara-on-the-Lake for a wine-tasting.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 18, 2002

Butterfly Conservatory
2405 Niagara Parkway
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada L2E 6S4
(905) 358-0025

Niagara Falls

Attraction | "The Falls"

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Literally you can't miss 'em. There's more than adequate signage. The kitsch of the shops and hucksters in Niagara can be dwarfed by the sheer magnificence of the Falls, the thunderous roar that reverberates in your bones, and the excited tourists and travelers looking on with awe - it's all good.

My favorite times at the falls are late night when there's a lot less people and during fireworks displays when there are so many people you can barely move. It's some how comforting to see nature with that much raw power. And aside from parking, food and your hotel room, it's free!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 18, 2002

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, Ontario

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Pricey and loud, the falls are marvelous, but they roar. The little elevator trip under the falls is fun once, just to say you've done it, but at $7/pp it's at the maximum of it's value. We visited on a very nice day and the coolness under the Falls was a welcome relief - on a bad day, expect to get soaking wet, especially if you dare to go out to the outer platform.

Precise address for Niagara Falls Parks Commission attractions are a bit hard to come by, but there maps can be found here.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 18, 2002

Journey Behind the Falls
6650 Niagara River Parkway Located In The Table Rock Complex
Niagara Falls, Ontario

The Tourist Trap

Story/Tip

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I'm not sure why I like Niagara Falls at all - it's crowded in the summer, very crowded, and sometimes the parks near the Falls are literally thick with people. It has the kitsch of Vegas but without Vegas' sterling production values. The tourist spots are mainly cheesy - the horizontal rail (at $0.50 it's only marginally better than the long walk around) is old and in dire need of a spruce up, the tunnel under the falls is filled with a heavy cheese of barrel-riding daredevils and factoids, but I still like it for some reason. Partly it's the kitsch, partly it's the tourists; watching people from around the globe marvel at the Falls is fun, and partly it's fun to see the various hucksters peddle thei...Read More