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post #1 of 17 Old 01-22-2011, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone been to Niagara Falls, Ontario as a tourist?

I'm planning a summer road trip and want to hit Niagara Falls. I want to do the jet boat tour -- sounds like a blast. Anyone have any input on when to go? We like to go when there aren't too many people. "We" are me, my husband and one or two of our teenage sons.

Also, what to see? What to do? Where to stay? Package tour or do the hotel, tour and everything separate? Someone told me there is a all-in-one pass available downtown Niagara somewhere so you can hit everything without having to pay at every door.

We like adventure, architecture, museums, history, science, good food at reasonable prices, clean hotel rooms! We don't like sitting at the beach or socializing or going somewhere to say we've been there. It's all about the experience for us.
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post #2 of 17 Old 01-23-2011, 10:15 AM
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I have been to Niagara Falls!! It is AMAZING! I forget the name of the boat, but we also went on a large boat that goes to the base of the fall where all the water is landing and it was so cool! I don't have any recommendations on where to stay because we were just passing through but we went during the summer and it was really nice. I can't imagine going during the winter because the entire water fall freezes.

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I'm planning a SUMMER trip; I'd love to go in the winter, but I just don't have time to do it. The boat you went on is called the "Maid of the Mist". I don't want to to that one. Too many people. I'd rather do the walkway.

Anyone else?
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I would go in the summer, I went there a lonng time ago but it was AMAZING..I also went on the boat at the base of the falls, they give you a rain poncho before you go because you might get wet haha.
But it was so awesome! You're going to enjoy yourself

EDIT: I also think (can't remember if this is some other waterfall lol) there is this really cool cave you can go too that is behind the falls.
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The "cave" is the same falls; or at least there is such a thing at Niagara. But has anyone done anything OTHER than just the falls there?
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post #6 of 17 Old 01-23-2011, 11:51 PM
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Ahhh Niagara Falls!

Make sure you go on the ferris wheel as it gives you a great view. There are several historical sites nearby (if you are driving) that could be neat too see. Fort Erie is a short drive away, and Fort George is also near-by.
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I think there are also helicopter tours, but I always think that they are more expensive then what you actually get. I would assume first thing in the morning would be the best time, when most everyone is still trying to get up and going/organized for the day.

There is a wind tunnel in Niagara Falls somewhere, where you can suit up and go in that. (Indoor Skydiving - Niagara Freefall and Interactive Center)

There is a rainforest thing that you can go to that has all of these different types of birds. Sorry...can't recall the name of it at the moment, but it was interesting. Found it...Bird Kingdom.

The last time I was there, my ex bf and I stayed at the Holiday Inn, which I believe has a pool. We walked to everything right from the room, which was great. Great Wolf Lodge has an indoor water park, and is aimed at families.

Recently just went to Fallsview Casino, and they have a really good buffet. It isn't cheap, but it isn't expensive. $20ish a person I think?? The also have a variety of shows there. Reba is a frequent act!

When my Dad got married, we went to this restaurant that was a dinner and a show. It was traditional food from where ever, but was delicious! The show part was very entertaining, and I'm sure your sons (if they are older) would be fans of scantily clad girls in traditional costumes prancing/dancing around. I think it is called Brasa or Braza.

If you want to go into some of the places on Clifton Hill, do a bit of research to find the ones you actually want to go to, and see if the price will work out better if you get the six-in-one pass. Honestly, they are stupid expensive when you do them individually.

Marineland is also close by, and about an hourish away is Canada's Wonderland. I love Wonderland, but during the summer it is pretty busy, so if it is looking like one of the days you are going to be down here is going to be drizzling, that would be the best day to go. Less people. ,

Not the greatest site, but has a fair bit of info: Niagara Falls Attractions and Things to Do in Niagara Falls, Ontario

This link is from Tourism Ontario, and has a lot of suggestions:
Niagara Falls and Wine Country

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post #7 of 17 Old 01-24-2011, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, VelvetsAB, thanks! That's great info. I am going to look further into this. I just heard that there is a Ripley's museum somewhere there also. I guess if we go for two full days, we should be able to keep busy.

We're even talking about making this a sibling reunion trip now... That'd be way cool. That way everyone could find a buddy to do something with at one time or another. I wonder if it'd be cheaper if we go as a group of 8 or more... some kind of mass discount...

I have been to Wonderland a couple of times. Didn't make it on the newest coaster though :( have to go again I guess. What a blast, as long as one is patient in the line-ups.
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post #8 of 17 Old 01-25-2011, 06:45 AM
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No problem.

The Ripleys museum is on Clifton Hill, along with a ton of other places just like it. Haunted houses, a wax museum...again...all within walking distance if you get a hotel thats in that area.

Are you talking about Behemoth? (Track Layout | Behemoth | Canada's Wonderland) Yeah. Freaking scary!! Honestly, you only have a lap belt thing that presses down onto you and it feels like you are going to fall out! Great roller coaster though. I DARE you to do it without holding on! LOL. The first hill you go down, it feels like you are going to go straight into the ground....soooo steep. I prefer going to Wonderland at the beginning of the year, or at the end, when it is still pretty cool out. Not as many people want to go then. Its always a bonus when it looks like its going to rain. I went the first weekend of October last time, and for some of the rides we just stayed sitting on it, not even getting off to get back in line, just because no one was in line. Trick for taking food into the park is saying that someone has a special diet or has diabetes....wink wink. I haven't tried it in a while, but it has worked in the past.

Also....since you are going in the summer, there is a water park called Wild Water Kingdom ( it isn't in Niagara Falls, and more Toronto way, it is quite fun. If you go, pay the extra to rent the tubes, as you can go on more waiting in line for other people to come down.

African Lion Safari is also somewhat close by as well, near Flamborough/Cambridge. There is also a horse exibition in Toronto I think sometime during the summer, but not completely sure about that.

Not sure how long you are wanting to be in the area, but at least you have ideas!

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post #9 of 17 Old 01-25-2011, 06:59 AM
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i have been to niagra falls one of the greatest sights i have ever seen you will really enjoy it x
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post #10 of 17 Old 01-25-2011, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Velvet, the whole T.O. / London scene isn't that far from us. Only a few hours drive. Mabye wildwaterkingdom could be for another trip.

Ya, the Behemoth! That's the one. Man, maybe we'll stop there on our way back, just to do that one ride. I LOVE that stuff. And it tells the truth, man:

My kid's friend was all tough about all the rides and was giving my kid a hard time because he didn't want to go on some of the rides. He knows what he likes and what he doesn't but she wouldn't stop. Well, after the Behemoth she shut right up!!! Hahahaha... it was sooo funny because finally she had to admit that not every ride is for every person. I railed her the rest of the day. Little girls can be sooo annoying, but grown-up girls can be worse! :)
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