Niagara Falls...any tips?

  1. Hello...

    I will be going to Niagara Falls for the first time with my mom during Labor Day week....

    We are so clueless and there is an overwhelming amount of info. on the net...

    So if any of you have been and can recommend places to go, eat, shop...things to do....anything, it would be greatly appreciated.

    TIA
     
  2. I went there about a month ago, and it was a lot of fun!! Despite not having a lot of time, there was still a lot to see. Definitely cross over to the canadian side, it's funner to walk over there, it's not that bad of a walk. There is a lot to do on the canadian side as opposed to the american side. There is also the ferris wheel and a viewing deck that gives you better views. There are also quite a few casinos, good hotels, and there are some tours on boats you can go on(one they kept telling us about was a 4 hour tour, but I found 4 hours too long to see something you can do yourself; I believe it was called maid of the mist.) Be sure you bring your passeport for crossing the border, and have a great time!!
     
  3. If they ask you to get into a barrel...don't do it!
     

  4. :nuts: That is so funny! I laughed when I read that.
     
  5. I live about an hour away and have been dragged there every year with my parents since I was a kid, so I can tell you a lot about the Canadian side. First, like someone else mentioned, definitely do the Canadian side instead of or in addition to the American. It's larger and has a better view. If you are looking at a place to stay, I would recommend the Fallsview Hotel. For things to do, you can check our Clifton Hill (it's just off of River, ask anyone and they can point you towards it) for all the touristy stuff and one of the casinos. Another casino--a much nicer one--is located right in the Fallsview Hotel. You should definitely check out the Maid of the Mist, which is the boat that takes you down to the bottom of the falls. There is a lot to do there, and it's fairly densely packed so you could figure a lot out once you arrive. I can't think of anything else right now, but feel free to PM me if you have more questions or want more suggestions. Have a great time!
     
  6. We go usually once a year. The kids LOVE it. The most important thing is to stay on the CANADIAN side. The american side is pathetic. Really. You also will find the rates are cheaper on the canadian side.

    Do the whole touristy thing. THey have a large pass that takes you on all the main sites..its not to expensive and you really need to do it all. The maid of the Mist, the gorge, butterfly museum and more. Its all amazing. There is a nice night life on the Canadian side. We stayed in a great hotel I believe it was a marriott courtyard.....reasonalble and nice! You are going to have a blast! We enjoy it year after year.
     
  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE the Niagara Falls, I saw them (twice) from the canadian side too, absolutely amazing !!!
    The rest of the city is visually not nice and full of casinos and horrible buidlings, they made a mini Vegas, but at least there are many activities to have fun.
    But the falls, wow I had never seen anything like that in my life...
     
  8. niagara is my fav place ever.
    i went for my 18th because im a huge marilyn monroe fan and i wanted to stay in the hotel she stayed in when she filmed niagara. the hotel was called the brock plaza, its near the bridge that goes across to america, it has the best views but its really haunted!
    as everyone said, the canadian side is the best.
    the maid of the mist is great but i was a little disapointed with the journey behind the falls.
    have fun!
     
  9. Thank you so much...My mom and I are definitely staying on the canadian side...

    OK, now I feel OK about doing the Maid of the Mist.

    charles...what if they offer me a million dollars to ride the barrel? Still a no? :roflmfao:

    We are flying into Buffalo....should we rent a car to cross border, or do one of those shuttles? From what I have been reading...it doesn't seem like you need a car? Is this true?
     
  10. As long as it covers your medical bills and any future prosthetics needed...balls to the walls, girl...balls to the M Effin walls!!!
     
  11. You definitely don't need one once you get to the Canadian side.

    I was also really dissapointed with Journey Behind the Falls. Skip that one, unless you get one of those passes and it's included.
     
  12. DEFINITELY go to the Canadian side...SO worth it! Go to the casino [Seneca I think it's called] and eat at the buffet there..it's TDF!! The desserts are ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!

    Maid of the Mist is a definitely also!
     

  13. Maybe then at least 2 million...1 to cover all medical expenses, including new limbs...and the 2nd million to accessorize my new limbs :yes:
     
  14. Forgot to mention Niagara-on-the-lake. It's a small, historic touristy town close by where you can do some shopping, wine tasting, etc. It's a lot more laid back than Niagara falls itself, and I think there is even a theatre festival going on around labour day. You will need a car to get there though.
     
  15. that place spooked me. its too perfect. theres a hint of stepford wives about it.