A May 2005 trip
to Niagara Falls by Virago Vagabond
Quote: Beyond the tourist traps of Clifton Hill and two new casinos, Niagara Falls is good, clean fun - especially if you bring a kite.
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.
There are great packages to be found - dinner, hotel, and shuttle for on a weekday - you just have to look.
Unless you're Canadian, you're soon going to need a passport to get back into the U.S., so either get there now or remember to bring your passport. And on the weekends, try to avoid the Rainbow Bridge - there are others just a few miles down the road that have far less traffic, and you'll save a lot of time.
Parking at the top of the falls and walking down is a great option, especially if you have a passenger. The TRICK is to have a player's card from the casino. Run in, sign up for the free card (you'll need ID), and then run back out to the car. You can park as long as you want for free, even if you never play, which saves at least .
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 hat with a restaurant name on it, but I had to prove beyond my full stomach that I paid all that money for an experience.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 19, 2005
5685 Falls Avenue
Niagara Falls, Ontario
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, you don't want to miss THIS boat! And if you have a sweetheart, you can fall in love at the falls. My parents had their honeymoon there.
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
Rochester, New York