I just returned from Niagara Falls yesterday and wanted to share my trip experience with you all. I got a ton of help here while planning the trip and I really appreciate it. Our trip was great!
Traveling was me and my husband.
Day 1: Left Boston, flew to Buffalo, and rented a car to drive into Canada. There were no cars available so we waited about 45 minutes and then got one. We drove up and crossed at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge and then headed into Niagara-on-the-Lake. The drive was pretty and enjoyable. It was super crowded and hot, but we were able to find parking after a little hunting and then had a quick lunch at the Stagecoach restaurant, which is just simple food like burgers and sandwiches. We both enjoyed our burgers and then spent the afternoon wandering around NOTL, checking out the stores and walking down to see the water. We were tired around 4:00 so we headed to our hotel in NF. We were staying at the Days Inn by the Falls (Centre Street). I have to admit that I found Clifton Hill to be very tacky but on the other hand, having our hotel so close made it easy to just go walk through it, see a little, and then escape back. I think if I'd stayed someplace further from it, I either would not have bothered to see it at all, or I would have felt compelled to spend longer periods of time there if I'd paid for parking (parking was free at our hotel). Anyway, the hotel itself was fine, I'll post a review on TA. After resting up a bit, we went to have dinner at Tony Roma's on Ferry Street, a quick walk from the hotel. Dinner was as to be expected at Tony Roma's, which was fine for me, as I like it there and haven't eaten at one in years. After that, we wandered around Clifton Hill a bit, checking out a wax museum of criminals and my husband rode the Ripley's moving ride but I could not as I'm 6.5 months pregnant. We had an ice cream and turned in for the night.
Day 2: We got up and walked down to the Welcome Center on Clifton Hill to purchase our Adventure Passes. I didn't realize they were going to be making timed reservations for most of the attractions. We first headed off to the White Water Walk. We really liked this! It was just a stroll next to the rapids but they were impressive to see and we took some nice pictures. Next we had reservations for Niagara's Fury so we took the People Mover up to Table Rock and had a quick lunch at the food court there. Niagara's Fury was okay. I probably wouldn't pay to see it on my own but was glad to experience as part of the Adventure Pass. After that, we gawked at Horseshoe Falls for a long time. The falls are just so beautiful! We loved staring at them. Next we took the bus back down and went on the aerial tram over the whirlpool. It was a pleasant ride over the whirlpool and allowed us to take in some prett views. By then we were beat from the heat and the crowds so we took the bus back to Clifton Hill and walked up the hill to our hotel. That evening for dinner my husband wanted to try the Riverview International Buffet that he saw advertised. It's at Queen Victoria Place and it was TERRIBLE!! We hated it, but it was so bad that it was actually funny. Very few choices, the food looked like it'd been sitting out forever, loud, etc. We left there hungry! But oh well...live and learn, right? We walked back to Clifton Hill and checked out Ripley's Believe it or Not Musuem and the wax museum. It was 11:00 by then and we were really hungry so we headed to King David's bakery near our hotel and had some Israeli pastry that was nice. Finally we retired back to our room to rest up for the next day.
Day 3: We had coffee and muffins at Tim Horton's and then headed back to the Welcome Center to get reservations for Journey Behind the Falls and new passes for the bus. We headed back to Table Rock and there was about an hour before our reservation time for Journey (and no, they would not allow us to enter sooner) so we went across the street and rode the incline railway up and back down. It was then our time for Journey so we headed there. When we first went down there was a big crowd on the observation decks so we headed down the tunnels first. It was pretty cool to be behind the falls like that, although it just looks like water pouring down. Then we saw the observation decks and were completely impressed! The view was amazing. I've read reviews where some people don't like this attraction but we LOVED it! Afterwards we headed to Maid of the Mist. The line was about an hour but seemed to move fast. What can I say about the Maid? We just loved it so much. Hands down our favorite thing and just so impressive. Had a quick bite to eat there and then my husband got our car and we drove down the floral clock to see it and take some pictures. Next we took the interesting and informative tour of the Sir Adam Beck power station and then wandered around the botantical gardens for awhile. Headed back to the hotel to get dressed for dinner and then went for our 7:30 reservation at the Keg. Wow! We were fortunate enough to get a table by the window and the view was unbelievable. The food was great and we just generally had a wonderful, romantic, memorable dinner there. We had a coupon for free parking there so after dinner we brought the car back to the hotel and walked down to ride the Skywheel, which was fun, and then headed over to Casino Niagara, where we lost all our money but enjoyed ourselves nevertheless. :-) After that, it was off to bed!
Day 4: On our final day, we had a quick breakfast at Tim Horton's and then drove over to the newspaper and print museum for a tour. Very interesting! Next we stopped at one of the wineries so I could buy a bottle of icewine to try after I give birth in November and then we toured the MacFarland House. We love old homes and history so that was great for us. We wanted to see Fort George but just didnt' think we had enough time so we reluctantly said goodbye and headed back across the border, again at the Lewiston-Queenston bridge. We had a quick lunch and then it was time to fly home.
We had a great time and look forward to returning with our family in a few years!