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Niagara Falls - What to do once you are there!

Niagara Falls is a classic destination for somebody in the US or Canada.  The power of the water falls needs to be experienced in person.   By which side of the border do you want to be on?  What activity do you want to do once you are there?  Let me tell you and as always, I have videos letting to get a taste of each adventure.

Which side to stay on?   We feel the Canadian side is nicer. regardless fo which side you choose, you can walk across the Rainbow Bridge or drive.  But if you do drive, go early because parking will be a problem by late morning.  We stayed in a couple different hotels.  The Holiday Inn (Canadian side) was great location but expensive.  We did an RCA timeshare trade which brought the price way down.  As for location. it is walking distance from the fall, and walk behind the falls.  It shares a parking lot with the Skylon tower.

Holiday Inn and room 407

Canadian Side:

On the Canadian side were some great vineyards.  You'll want a car to get to them.  You van only take 2 bottles back across the border to the US.  If you have more, the customs agent will likely get grumpy but lat you pass.  At the worst, they'll charge you tax but the paperwork won't be worth their while if you don't have too many bottles.

 The Skylon Tower

Above is a video of what you'll see.  It is a fantastic view of the falls.  You can't get this on the US side.  Better yet, we got a discount from the Holiday Inn which was next door.  As with all Fall related activities, try to go when they first open because the lines can get long.  And bring a camera with a telephoto lens!

The Walk behind the falls sounds cooler than it is.  We found it more tunnels and less waterfalls.  All in all it was pleasant.   It should be considered if you have bad weather because you are inside most of the time.  Sadly, the best view of the falls is from the walk to this attraction.  There is a tunnel that does take you outside next to the falls.   This is nice but if you only have time for one thing during your visit, this is not it.

Walk behind the falls

Sailing into the falls

If you only can do one thing, this is it!  Sail into the falls on the Hornblower.  There is the equivalent on the US side. It is just as good.  They provide rain ponchos.  You are going to get a little wet so plan you vacation during the summer because if you haven't done this, you haven't experienced Niagara Falls.

River Walk

The River walk is on the Canadian side at the end of the free bus route.  The power of the river is impressive and no, the bridge in the video is NOT the Rainbow bridge.  If you drive to the vineyards on the Canadian side, stop here on the way.  It doesn't not extend all the way to the whirlpool.  That it just a little further down the road.

US Side

This is the other don't miss activity!  On the US side you can walk INTO the falls (Cave of the Winds).  You are going to get very wet so put your car keys and cell phones in zip lock bags before you do this.   They supply BOTH ponchos and flip flops. 

Walk into the Falls

Above all, feel free to act silly. We do!

Dancing dog (Canadian side)

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Niagara Falls - What to do once you are there!


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