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“Niagara Falls Family trip” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Michigan
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3 reviews
10 helpful votes
“Niagara Falls Family trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2009

Niagara Falls is a fun place! Yes, there are some aspects that are quite tacky, not to mention expensive. But, on a whole, we had a wonderful time! We were there May 24-26 and stayed at the Holiday Inn. We visited the following places;
Skylon; dinner was too pricey for three of us, so we just went to the observation deck. This is a great choice and we had a beautful day. The view is amazing!
Behind the Falls; a great experience. The kids, both teens, said this was their favorite part. We went early in the morning and were just about the only people there. The power of the Falls is amazing. Great Photo ops!
Bird Aviary; it was different, somewhat pricey, the first part is a little cheesy and makes you feel like you may have wasted your entrance fee. But the last part, the open aviary is very interesting. Lost of birds flying around freely.
The Fireworks; short display but very nice. We were treated to two nights. Best viewing spot was Queen Victoria's park.
Clifton Hill; yes, this is the cheesy part, but we enjoyed every bit. Don't expect perfection at the wax museums, you'll be greatly disappointed. The kids were 'entertained' by the wax figures, and we laughed alot, so that made it fun.
Ripley's believe it or not; fun place, lots of interesting stuff.
Ripley's moving theater....was different. The ride really does jerk you around alot, probably not a good idea for small children or those with back issues.
White Water Walk; beautiful!!!! Well worth the visit.
Buddhist temple; very beautiful, right across the street from the WHite water walk.
The People Mover transport system; this is a great thing, well worth the price, but we had two different bus drivers that were downright rude. We'd decided to get on the bus and drive the route to see what's available...the bus driver made it known, loudly, that she was not happy that we did that. I asked if she'd rather that we got off her bus and she answered by slamming the door shut and speeding off, sending the three of us stumbling to find a seat before falling to the floor! Another bus driver deliberately gave us wrong info about when the buses shut down, 45 minutes before they actually did. We just waited for the next bus where we were told that the drivers often do this at the end of the day. Not sure why.
IMAX: ....we laugh about this still. Not sure this was worth the price, my teens said it was a waste of time.
A great time, wonderful & Beautiful place to visit.

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10 Thank Mary_N_1
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USA
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25 reviews
22 helpful votes
“SOME STUFF THE INTERNET WONT TELL YOU ABOUT NIAGARA”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2009

We went last week to see the Niagara Falls . As per what everyone suggested, we decided to go from the Canadian side - and it was a good decision . The view of the horseshoe falls from there was breathtaking, to say the least. However, among the spots we saw the falls from, we thought that the best view that we got was from Table Rock. Extremely close to the falls.. great for pictures, as well as for soaking yourself in its mist and beauty. Well worth the twenty dollars for the parking. Also, the white chocolate at one of the fudge shops there is YUM.We skipped the expensive meal at the restaurant there, and preferred to grab a quick bite at Tim Hortons, before we sat by the falls for hours.

The fireworks over the falls at night wasnt that fascinating for me, the magnificence of the falls comes alive only by day, with the enormous rainbows adding to the magic.

The Maid of the Mist Boat tour was great. Reasonably priced and definitely one of the best ways to check out the fury of the falls. We were on the top deck, and right at the edge too, but it was still great fun, not scary at all. We were soaked completely, but the ponchos did their bit. Their souvenir shop is a delight .

The Clifton district, which is the touristy (almost tacky) area that surrounds the falls, has a number of souvenir shops, shows and attractions for all, many of which (like the Ripley's theatre), you might have experienced elsewhere . Crowded and busy, it poses a great contrast to the solitude that the falls themselves provide. It helped that our hotel was right there (Imperial), and therefore, the falls were an easy stroll each time we went

We also visited the quaint Niagara -on - the- Lake town , beautiful at this time with all the seasonal flowers in bloom, and the lake truly picturesque. At the Pellar Estates winery, reputed for its ice wines as well as the restaurant there, the wine tour provides generous and free wine tasting for those who are keen to sample them. The restaurant was a delight, we sat on the patio on a pretty day, and were served very well. The vegetarian risotto I had there was the best I have ever had. However, watch out for the prices - we paid about 80 dollars for just two entrees, no wine/dessert/cheese/other drinks.

The butterfly conservatory , which is part of the beautiful botanical gardens not too far from the falls, was something we explored on the side only because we had the time. It was a delight. Do make time for it, just an hour would suffice. We skipped the aviary though.

All in all, it was a great trip. And we hope you have fun too , when you visit.

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5 Thank nomadcouple
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews
104 helpful votes
“Great family get away!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2009

We are in Niagara Falls as we speak, after a 2nd very full day of fun, everyone is sleeping, so I thought I would write my review while it is fresh in my mind.

Radisson Fallsview - LOVED IT! got a 2 night deal, thru priceline, for the same price as 1 night at Embassy Suites. Got to the hotel to check in, they had already upgraded us, for free, to a Fallsview Room : ) Great front desk service, pool was nice (hot tub could have been a little hotter). Free wi-fi, and this is why you will have a prompt review! One thing... $20/day to park, and although you have in/out privledges, it is valet, so tips are additional : ( Maybe we should have tried the Casino parking - it was closer than we thought.

Great Gorge Adventure Pass - worth every penny. Maid of the Mist, Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara's Fury, White Water Walk and 2 days of transportation. Loved all of the attractions. I still don't care for how each thing (in true Disney fashion) dumps you out into a gift shop when you are done. Parents -- stay strong, it is just more junk to find on the floor next week when you are home! The best pictures of the falls came from waiting in line at Maid of the Mist - both falls, great views. Oh, and when they tell you to watch your step at Journey Behind the Falls, they mean it!! Very slippery floors. Make sure you get a picture of the "mistbow" that appears over the Horseshoe Falls daily. Best rainbow that i have ever seen!

Clifton Hills - Had we not just spent 2 days worth of cash on everything else in Canada, I think we would have had more fun here. if you have the extra money, I hear that Ripleys Museum is well worth it. It was fun to walk around and see the sites.

Food - all restaurants are pricey at Niagara Falls. We did steer clear of the chains as advised by other members. Went to Lundy's Lane to Mick & Angelos (had to find a sports bar that was showing the Pens playoff for the Stanley Cup!!) Great sandwiches and kids pizza. Very nice manager/owner(?) wish I would have caught his name. Tried a "$6.99" breakfast buffet, but the staff left a lot to be desired even before being seated, and after finding out that there were a lot of "extras" to pay for, bottled water only???, and $4 coffee, we opted out and went to Perkins. Very happy there. Zappi's pizza and calzones hit the spot too - ordered online and walked over to pick up. Was nice to have a quiet dinner in the room after walking all day.

Fireworks - great place to watch the fireworks, unubstructed, is the walkway behind the Casino. The closer to Murray St, the more open the area. Fireworks were just ok, we have better shows at home, so don't plan your trip around the need to see them, but if you are there anyway, this is the best place to see them.

Recommendations.... ask the locals for advice, this is how we came up with where we ate and the fireworks location. Bring a cooler of drinks and snacks, along with a backpack for in between meals. At $2 for water, and nothing less than $5 to snack on, a family of 4 can drop $30 easily. On top of meals, and attractions, you don't want to have to take out a loan to come here. Free ponchos are given at all wet attractions, but your shoes will get wet, so prepare accordingly.

I hope this info helps families coming to Niagara Falls. It is hard to find a lot of info on it lately. Enjoy, 'eh!!

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11 Thank jes1969
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Hamble
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22 reviews
17 helpful votes
“How to have fun in Niagara Falls”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2009

A fantastic time and 2 must things to do if you are up for fun. One is the Maid Of The Mist and the other is the Whirlpool jet boat ride.The latter was the most exhilarating experience I have ever had and probably the wettest I have ever been as well.

Ok I am 50 but still a big kid at heart but I would recommend both these to anyone.

Niagara town is a bit of a dump but one place I would recommend to eat is the Casa Doro on Victoria Ave, fantastic food and good service.

Be warned alcohol in Ontario is expensive due to local tax, a pint of lager is about $7

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1 Thank simon1958
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
2 helpful votes
“Niagara Falls past its heyday”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2009

visiting Niagara falls from the Canadian side is like going back in time to the 50's when it comes to the standard of hotel accom. They even "origami" their bathroom towels into the shape of swans!!! We had booked into the Best Western but didn't bother sleeping there because it was noisy, carpet smelt, was very tired in its decor and finish. We then booked into the Holiday Inn which was somewhat better, quieter and full of pensioners on holidays. The whole town seems to be lost and forgotten because very little seems to be spent on public spaces; both amenities and aesthetics. For a Sydney sider from Australia, it was like going to our scenic lookout town of Katoomba where there is very little else than the Blue Mountains to occupy one and so hotel accom is awaiting the next big boom. Niagara Falls on the Lake is quant and geared for tourists with true quality of anything including decent espresso coffee, sadly lacking. Its not so pictureesque as tour opertors would have you bleieve and in fact the hour we were allowed to spend there for lunch was ample time.
In Niagara Falls, Construction of new hotels is underway which will be a breath of fresh air, but even the casino which is 13 yrs old is looking its age and living on past glorys.
The best place to eat wholesome, well prepared food is "the Famous" for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
All in all, I would suggest you visit the Falls for a day, stay to see it lit at night after dusk and bed down elswhere for comfort.

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2 Thank MarcSydney_Australia
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