Niagara Falls Journals

Niagara Falls-Thundering Waters

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A June 2001 trip to Niagara Falls by Linda Kaye

Niagara Falls Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario More Photos
Quote: You hear it before you see it, the roar of water, endless and seemingly unstoppable. Once you see it, you’ll find the deafening noise giving way to sensations of wonder that has taken hold of millions of people who have visited this spectacle that is Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls-Thundering Waters

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Overview

Casino Niagara Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario
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Finding ourselves in Rochester, New York with a couple of days to enjoy the area led us to a beautiful and romantic countryside between there and Niagara Falls. Exploring the back roads along Lake Ontario on a beautiful sunny day was a delight for the senses. Stopping along the way for fresh strawberries and sitting on a park bench facing a massive lake filled with sailboats made for a perfect day. Stumbling onto the Wilson Boat House Restaurant for lunch was a bonus and a surprising step back into a by-gone era of quiet elegance. A short distance from where we crossed into Canada we got our very first look at Niagara Falls. This was truly a "jaw-dropping" experience, and was only a preview...Read More

Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview

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Hotel | "Hilton Niagara Falls"

Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario
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Almost the first thing we saw after check in was the very large indoor pool with a multi-story water slide (great for kids and those who think they are kids), a hot tub and multilevel seating areas. The pool is located immediately off the lobby through large glass viewing windows. One section is divided by a huge waterfall, representing Niagara Falls, and is a popular area for the kids to play. There is a North and South Tower with separate elevators servicing each tower. The mezzanine is the conference area and is interesting to explore. There are terrific vantage points to view the entire lower lobby. Our room was as one might expect from a Hilton; large, well-decorated, comfortable bed ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2001

Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview
6361 Fallsview Blvd
Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G3V9
(905) 354-7887

Watermark Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The Watermark"

Watermark Restaurant Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario
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Our "Bounce Back Package" at the Hilton included complimentary breakfast. Although the coupon we were given at check-in said "coffee shop", we were told later that breakfast was served at the Watermark located on the 33rd Floor. Of far more interest than breakfast itself was the beautiful restaurant and the awesome view. From our vantage point, we could see the American Falls and Horseshoe Falls (Canadian Falls) as well as the Niagara River, Goat Island and all the surrounding area, giving us a perspective that those on the ground cannot appreciate. The buffet-style breakfast included three long serving areas. The first was the traditional early-morning fare: sausage, bacon, eggs, fried p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2001

Watermark Restaurant
6361 Fallsview Boulevard
Niagara Falls, Ontario
(905) 354-7887

Wilson Boat House Restaurant

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Restaurant

Wilson Boat  House Restaurant Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario
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Along our scenic drive we discovered the small lakeside community of Wilson. There we found the Wilson Boat House open for lunch. As we stepped inside, we immediately were transported back to a time of quiet elegance and charm. It is a large restaurant with a panoramic view of the harbor full of sailboats. The tables were covered alternately with blue or white tablecloths. Overhead were old pulley-style fans doing a wonderful job of circulating the air and on each column were antique gas lanterns. The windows that ran from the ceiling to the floor were Cape Cod style. Black and white photos adorned the walls and documented the history of the area and the surrounding waters in by-gone time. In...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2001

Wilson Boat House Restaurant
57 Harbor Street
Niagara Falls, Ontario 14172
(716) 751-3913

Maid of the Mist

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Attraction

Maid of the Mist Photo, Niagara Falls, New York
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One way to view the Falls is on the Maid of the Mist, a double decker boat that takes you up close and personal to the Niagara Falls. The cost of $8.65 USD includes a souvenir rain poncho with hood, which you will definitely need as you approach the Falls. Without it, YOU WILL GET WET. There is plenty of time to view the falls from different angles as the boat slowly turns in the basin of the Horseshoe Falls (the Canadian Falls). No matter where you are standing, you will have a wonderful view. If you have an expensive camera, you may want consider taking a "throw-away" for those pictures that that might taken right in the mist of the waterfalls. Tours are offered from both the American an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2001

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

Skylon Tower

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Attraction

Skylon Tower Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario
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Skylon Tower is Niagara’s highest and most spectacular view, 775 ft. above the Falls. The panoramic view will take your breath away. The top of the Tower is comprised of three levels, the Revolving Dinning Room, the Summit Suite Buffet Dinning Room and the Observation Deck. There are three "yellow bug" exterior elevators that will take you to the top in only 52 seconds On the ground floor of the Skylon Tower are fast food restaurants, an outdoor patio, several specialty shops and boutiques with goods and fashions from around the world. In the lower level is the Amusement area where you’ll find Niagara’s largest indoor arcade. The Observation Deck is open year around for both indoor...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2001

Skylon Tower
5200 Robinson Street
Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 2A3
(905) 356-2651

Scenic Drive and a People Friendly Airport

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Attraction

Scenic Drive and a People Friendly Airport Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario
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SCENIC DRIVE: Deciding to take the scenic drive between Rochester, NY and Niagara Falls was definitely a good decision. Leaving Rochester, we traveled up Highway 390 to Lake Ontario State Parkway, also called the Seaway Trail, which follows along Lake Ontario, through some of the prettiest country we could have imagined. There was very little traffic on this two-lane road and the pace was very comfortable. As we drove through several small settlements, I was amazed at the beauty of the landscaping, flowers were blooming and the manicured laws of the older homes resembled a "country Club" setting. We made several stops to marvel at the sites along Lake Ontario, one of the Great Lakes. ...Read More

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Scenic Drive and a People Friendly Airport
Between Rochester and Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls, Ontario

Fall Facts-Did you know?

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Story/Tip

Niagara Falls Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario
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First and foremost, EVERYONE looks ridiculous in these blue ponchos-type plastic bags, but they are absolutely necessary is you don’t want to get completely drenched if you take a ride into the falls. The name "Niagara" is said to be a version of the Neutral Iroquoian word Onguiaahra, which has been translated as "thunder of waters". The geology of Niagara Falls is fascinating; the original falls seen by the first discoverers was seven miles away from where they now spill into the Niagara River. The Falls continue to recede at the rate of six inches per year. Niagara Falls, has long been called the Honeymoon Capital, and remains quite popular today with the newly married and...Read More