Niagara Falls Journals

Long Weekend by the Falls

A September 2006 trip to Niagara Falls by Luv2Travel

Embassy Suites Niagara Falls - Fallsview Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario More Photos
Quote: We only stayed in Niagara Falls for 4 days, yet we were able to get in most of the major sights.

Long Weekend by the Falls

Overview

Niagara Falls Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario
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After spending four wonderful days in Niagara Falls, my family and I were exhausted from all the sights and activities. There were many highlights, however, I would have to say that when visiting with children you don’t want to miss Marineland, The Maid of the Mist and a nice relaxing carriage ride through the Botanical Gardens. Older children will enjoy the many museums, shops, and activities located on Clifton Hill and for the adults, don’t leave Niagara Falls without a trip to either of the two Casinos. Even if you don’t gamble, it is a great place to people watch. For those looking for some adventure, try the Whirlpool Jet Boat or the Helicopter Tour...Read More

Embassy Suites Niagara Falls - Fallsview

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Hotel | "Embassy Suites Hotel"

Embassy Suites Niagara Falls - Fallsview Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario
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The forty-two-story Embassy Suites Hotel is located on Fallsview Boulevard just overlooking the Horseshoe Falls. Parking is limited around the hotel, therefore you may want to have your car valet parked which will run you $23.40 per day (this includes tax). The lobby is tastefully decorated with a beautiful glass chandelier and several seasonal photographs of the falls taken from various rooms throughout the hotel. To the right of the reception desk is TGI Friday’s and a nice little gift shop; to the left are the elevators and a Starbuck’s. The receptionist was friendly and helpful upon check-in; however, they did not recognize AAA. After leaving the lobby we headed over to the elevator...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 12, 2006

Embassy Suites Niagara Falls - Fallsview
6700 Fallsview Blvd
Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G3W6
(905) 356-3600

Rainforest Cafe

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Restaurant

Rainforest Cafe Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario
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I would have to say that I am not one to vacation and eat at a chain restaurant; however, I must admit that I have been curious as to why this restaurant is so appealing to people. When my husband and I traveled to Nashville and California the first question we were asked was “Did you eat at the Rainforest Café”? No, we didn’t. We prefer to eat at local mom and pop establishments, thus tasting local cuisine that many tourists miss. However, for this trip we decided to hit the chains and see what all the talk was about.Upon entering through the typical gift shop, we found ourselves surrounded by sights and sounds that took me back to the jungles of Guatemala. I was amazed at the detail put into...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 14, 2006

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

Hard Rock Cafe

Restaurant

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Not another Hard Rock? This, I said to my mother as she insisted we eat lunch at this establishment. Throughout my years of travel I have only been to one Hard Rock, and I wasn’t impressed with the food or the lame memorabilia draping the walls. However, the good daughter that I am, I decided to surrender to her pleas and we went in to eat lunch. Located next to Casino Niagara, the Hard Rock has three different entrances, one at street level (through the gift shop), and the other two are located inside the casino’s food court on the second floor. None of these three entrances are easily accessible for handicap or those with strollers. You have to take the elevator that is hidden on the left as...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 14, 2006

Hard Rock Cafe
5685 Falls Avenue
Niagara Falls, Ontario
(905) 356-7625

Fallsview Keg

Restaurant | "The Keg Fallsview"

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After spending the evening at the casino, my husband and I decided to have a Night Cap at the Keg Steakhouse Restaurant on the ninth floor of the Embassy Suites Hotel. Arriving around 10:30pm the restaurant was virtually empty except for one couple sitting at a window table overlooking the Horseshoe Falls. Hoping for the same type of seating, I was a little disappointed to see the hostess taking us to a table far away from the window. No one was in the restaurant, and knowing the time, I didn’t expect there to be a list of reservations, therefore I asked to be seated by the window. The restaurant was tastefully decorated and dimly lit; thus creating a relaxing atmosphere in order to enjoy the view and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 15, 2006

Fallsview Keg
6700 Fallsview Blvd.
Niagara Falls, Ontario
(905) 374-5170

Marineland

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Attraction | "Marineland Theme Park"

Marineland Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario
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Marineland is located approximately one mile from the Horsefalls. Shuttles to the park end operation around the beginning of September; therefore, we drove our car and found the park with little difficulty. Parking is free and there is an ample amount of handicap spaces available. Marineland season begins around the middle of May and ends in early October. Admission to the park is $37.95 CDN for 10 years and older and children 5 – 9 years of age is $30.95 CDN. These rates do not include tax and children under 5 years of age are free. The park offers stroller and wheelchair rentals on a first come first serve basis. They also offer locker rentals. In the off-season the park is virtually empty, thus...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 12, 2006

Marineland
7657 Portage Rd
Niagara Falls, Ontario L2E 6X8
(905) 356-9565

Spanish Aero Car

Attraction

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Opened in 1916, The Spanish Aero Car, which is suspended by six cables, holds approximately 35 people as it makes its ten-minute journey over the famous Whirlpool. The guide is extremely knowledgeable and informative and the views are outstanding. If you are lucky, you may get to view a whirlpool jet boat taking visitors for a wild adventure. Operation of this attraction depends upon weather conditions, and times vary throughout the season. After your trip don’t forget to stop into the gift shop or pick up some ice cream at the food stand and relax in their shaded picnic area. Admission is C$11 for adults, C$6.50 for children 6-12, and free for 5 and under. Discount tickets can be picked up at...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 12, 2006

Spanish Aero Car
3850 Niagara River Parkway
Niagara Falls, Ontario

White Water Boardwalk

Attraction | "White Water Walk"

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Formally known as The Great Gorge Adventure, White Water Walk began operation in 1967. Visitors enter the building where they will find the elevator to the left and the ticket counter to the right. Once your tickets are purchased you will enter the elevator and descend 230 feet down. Turn right and you will walk down a long tunnel. Once you exit, the view of the rapids is spectacular and picture taking is a must. The only other time I was this close to rapids of this size was during a white water rafting trip in West Virginia. The power of the water is truly breathtaking. Don’t pass up the chance to take a leisurely walk down the ¼ mile boardwalk, complete with two observation decks. You will have to ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 13, 2006

White Water Boardwalk
4330 Niagara Parkway
Niagara Falls, Ontario

Maid of the Mist

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Attraction

Maid of the Mist Photo, Niagara Falls, New York
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Being one of the most popular attractions in Niagara Falls, my husband and I decided to join the list of millions who have enjoyed an up-close and personal view of the falls. Because of the wet experience, I would suggest a hat and sunglasses. Knowing that my hard work would have been washed down the Niagara River, I failed to fix my hair or don my make-up. Once you arrive at the gate, they give you the very fashionable blue piece of plastic they call a rain poncho. If you stand on the bottom level of the boat, make sure you go to the starboard (right side) or even the front. Many people go for the port (left side) to get a good view of the American Falls; however, once you...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 14, 2006

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

Good's and Services Tax (GST)

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Story/Tip

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Good’s and Services Tax (GST) Any purchase on accommodations, restaurants, merchandise, etc., will have a Good’s and Services Tax (GST) tacked on. This tax is listed on every receipt, and once your vacation is over you may be able to retrieve some of the money back, so keep your receipts. However, since my parents last visited Niagara Falls, the policy for retrieving the GST has changed. First and foremost, you can’t get the GST back on food, entertainment, or alcohol. This leaves accommodations and merchandise. Before you retrieve your GST for your hotel bill at the hotel desk, ask if there is a charge. For example, we stayed at the Embassy and upon check out the hotel offered...Read More