Niagara Falls Journals

Flying a Kite at Niagara Falls

A May 2005 trip to Niagara Falls by Virago Vagabond

Rainforest Cafe Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario More Photos
Quote: Beyond the tourist traps of Clifton Hill and two new casinos, Niagara Falls is good, clean fun - especially if you bring a kite.

Flying a Kite at Niagara Falls

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If you like overpriced, kitschy things to do, visit the Guinness Book of World Records Museum. Find out how many hot dogs one man can eat and how much the world's most expensive perfume can cost. But I'd rather visit the butterfly museum any day and spend a warm summer evening cuddling with a sweetheart watching the falls change colors. Then we can try our luck in the casinos - there are two. The new one at the top of the hill has a smoke-free area and an amazing fountain. And my favorite thing to do is fly a kite along the falls. The gusts and mist make it an adventure, and tourists snap photos like mad. Quick Tips: The best place to convert American dollars into Canadia...Read More

Rainforest Cafe


Rainforest Cafe Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario
The food's overpriced and generic, but the setting's so cool that you almost forget the pain to your wallet. Set amidst a tropical rain forest of fake plants, moving mechanical animals, and an awesome water light show, my friends from Italy could not believe it was a restaurant. The wait staff is friendly in that crazy tourist-trap way, and the food comes out late enough for you to stroll around wishing you had gotten a different table. If you want the water show, you'll have to make a reservation or wait a while. If you have kids, you might want to consider it -- they'll be there anyway. We shared a dessert, and that was fine. We also bought souvenirs in the shop – it’s weird to wear a ha...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 19, 2005

Rainforest Cafe
5685 Falls Avenue
Niagara Falls, Ontario
(905) 374-2233

Maid of the Mist


Maid of the Mist Photo, Niagara Falls, New York
Looking at Niagara Falls is a joy from any view, but getting up close and personal with a sheet of white mist is like nothing else. Along with a boatful of other tourists decked out in thin blue ponchos, you can get taste the falls and get soaked in style. The boat ride takes you to both falls and gets you so close that you can't see anything but mist for a minute. Bring a camera that can get wet, because the viewpoint is one you can only get from the boat - well, until you can't see anything, and then you can get that by sticking your face into a white sheet. It costs about C$15, but it's worth it. If you've never visited the falls or you have but haven't gotten on the Maid of the Mist, y...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 19, 2005

Maid of the Mist
Niagara Reservation State Park at Prospect Point
Niagara Falls, New York 14303
(716) 284-8897