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.