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Itinerary Suggestions for Late May - Niagara Falls

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Itinerary Suggestions for Late May - Niagara Falls

We will be spending 3 days in Niagara Falls at the end of May 2010 and would like to get some ideas of what our itinerary should look like. We are a middle-aged couple, not big on gambling or nightclubs, want to see the "touristy" stuff in a non-touristy way whenever possible but don't want to miss anything fabulous just because it's popular! We love good restaurants, enjoy hiking and outdoor attractions, would enjoy a good show or theater experience in the evening.

Also ... we've been told we should see Niagara-on-the-Lake. How much time should we dedicate to this area? We will be staying at a B&B near the Falls.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Itinerary Suggestions for Late May - Niagara Falls

Hi Eproofreader,

RE- NOTL

Time dedicated to exploring NOTL and the surrounding Niagara Region will depend on how much of an interest you have in - Fine Dining - Good Wine (Ontario's premier wine region) - Theatre (Shaw Festival) - Geography (Niagara Escarpment, and the Peninsula formed between two Great Lakes) - Transportation (Welland Canal and the amazing Staircase Locks) - Agriculture (Vineyards & Orchards) - Golf - Hiking - Biking - Shopping - Art Galeries - Music Venues - History (War of 1812... Fort George, Laura Secord Homestead, Brock Monument - Terminus of the Underground Railway).

Personally, I have been to Niagara Falls many times, and it certainly is a magnetic draw whenever I am in the Niagara Region (The Falls are amazing and mesmorizing) BUT it is the whole of the Region that brings me back time after time... you may very well find that the commercialism of NF is a big turn off... and based on your interests find that there is much more for you to enjoy in NOTL.

You will need a car to explore the scenic countryside, as public transit won't get you where you need to be to take it all in (NO Transit between NF and NOTL).

For more info on NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE check out their TA Pages and TRAVEL FORUM.

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

PS... We visit at least once a year, and a typical visit to the area for us is 3 Days and that includes the prerequisite visit to The Falls (Maid of the Mist is a MUST DO) along with a meal overlooking The Gorge. Butterfly Conservatory and The Botanical Gardens are also great... beyond that you'll find us in the Peninsula.

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2. Re: Itinerary Suggestions for Late May - Niagara Falls

We are big fans of Niagara-on-the-Lake. We visit family in the Niagara Falls area every few years. We divide our time between Niagara Falls and NOTL.

The Falls, themselves, are magnificent and the Niagara Parkway Commission has done wonderful job with the Gardens along the Parkway. As Wine-4-2- said, the Maid of the Mist is a "must". However, we stay away from the Clifton Hill area. Lots of people obviously like it because the business stay in business year after year. However, it is very, very touristy.

The drive up the Niagara Parkway from NF to NOTL is quite lovely (and there are places where you can park your car and walk along the Niagara River). One of the draws of NOTL for us is the Shaw Festival -

http://www.shawfest.com/

We generally attend a couple of productions each time we are there.

Here is the Chamber of Commerce site for NOTL -

http://www.niagaraonthelake.com/

It will give you a sense of what is there. It is worthy of a day, if you are staying in NF (rather than NOTL), particularly if you book a matinee at the Shaw Festival.

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3. Re: Itinerary Suggestions for Late May - Niagara Falls

Addendum - DH has reminded me that it's the "Niagara Parks Commission", not the "Niagara Parkway Commission".

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4. Re: Itinerary Suggestions for Late May - Niagara Falls

The previous advice is great so far...

I'd suggest giving yourself 1 day in Niagara Falls. Park your car and purchase a pass on the 'People Mover' transit system at $7.62/adult for an all day pass. Pass includes hop on/off at most all key major attractions, including the falls themselves, Journey behind the falls, Maid of the Mist, and the Butterfly Conservatory (which all should be on your list). Probably best to avoid Clifton Hill, as it's geared mostly for family than anything. Finish the night off with a meal at the top of the Skylon Tower with a revolving view of the falls. Try to make it up the tower just before the sun sets so you can catch the sunset, and the view of the falls get lit up.

Day 2, head to Niagara on the Lake. How long you want to visit this town will probably be determined by how deep your wallet is. As has been mentioned, the Shaw Festival is a must with fantastic theatrical performances. Also take some time to take a stroll down the main street and check out the boutiques and shops. A horse drawn carriage ride to familiarize yourself with the town is always special. Rent bicycles to tour the town and local wineries. Let out the thrill seeker and head up the rapids in the Niagara Jet Boat Tours (<-- very popular). There's tons to do... If your interested in history, check out completely restored Fort George that played a vital role in the war of 1812.

Day 3, cool off... Settle down, and relax before beginning your journey back home. Hike down into the gorge, and explore the class 5 rapids up close . Discover the Brock Monument at Queenston Heights, stroll through the Botanical Gardens (<-- also a favorite of mine), visit the Falls again by foot.

My favorite resource for everything you need to know about Niagara is found at http://www.niagarafallssource.com. Don't hesitate to check it out...

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5. Re: Itinerary Suggestions for Late May - Niagara Falls

HI. We went to Niagara Falls for 3 days at the end MAY a few years back for our anniversary. We were there for 3 days and did almost everything we wanted to do. Lots of stuff is close to the falls. Even though it has been a few years & there might be a few newer attractions....I thought I might still be able to help some.....

Things I recommend:

Cave of the Winds

Lunch at Top of the Falls near Cave of the Winds

Terrapin Point

Aquarium of Niagara in Niagara Falls, NY

The Butterfly Conservatory

The Centennial Lilac Gardens (Queenston)

Clifton Hill

Journey Behind the Falls

Maid of the Mist

Visit Rossi Glass & see glassblowing tour

Flying Saucer Restaurant (breakfast)

Antica Pizzeria (pizza)

Happy Wanderer Restaurant (breakfast)

Peek in the Daredevil Museum in NY

I will show you what my iteniary looked like since it might help you.

Day ONE:

Personally I did the Aquarium on my way into Niagara Falls, NY (1:30PM)..since it is a small Aquarium. I went over and did the Butterfly Conservatory right after arriving in Niagara Falls, ON. Then I went and got dinner and checked into my hotel to relax by the pool.

Day TWO:

Breakfast followed by Niagara Falls Floral Clock, Botanical Gardens and the Centennial Lilac Gardens in Canada. The lilac gardens are fragrant and beautifully in bloom in May. Then I drove over to Niagara Falls, NY to the State Park. I went and did the Maid of the Mist and then went to get lunch at the Top of the Falls restaurant. We did the Cave of the Winds right afterwards. We checked out Terrapin Point and the rest of Three Sister's Island too. Then we drove over and checked out Whirlpool park. Then back to Canada. We walked around Clifton Hill at night & watched fireworks over the falls.

Day THREE:

Breakfast followed by...Souvenier City and Rossi Glass. We stopped in the Imax theatre and looked at the miniature museum set up there. We shopped around Clifton Hill. The Hershey shop there had some great milkshakes and chocolate covered strawberries. We then did Journey Behind the Falls and walked through Victoria Park. We decided to walk around Clifton Hill again that night and through the Fallsview Casino. The tulips around the casino are beautiful!!

Departing Morning:

Breakfast followed by hotel check-out. Then we drove back over to Niagara Falls, NY and stopped at the Daredevil Museum inside the souvenier shop since it was free. Then we departed for Buffalo. If you don't mind driving about half an hour to Buffalo...then I would recommend the Buffalo Zoo. It is a really nice small zoo. That was our last stop before heading for home!!

**Each day and night we spent time just wandering the streets..like Murray street, Fallsview Blvd, Falls, Ave, River Road/Niagara Parkway. We walked to Clifton Hill several times (day and night). We also saw fireworks over the falls 2 nights we were in town.**

IF you have a car..I recommend driving to a restaurant for breakfast that is not right AT the falls since they are more expensive. We made the mistake of eating at the Dennys on Fallsview BLVD our 1st morning there and it cost us like $30.00 for 2 of us for pancakes. Later we found the Happy Wanderer (had a 1.99 breakfast special) and Flying Saucer (which had a 99 cent early bird special: 2 eggs, homefries, toast and jam).

Things that I didnt get to do that I might consider adding to the list of things to do...the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark and Marineland. Also there is a Bird Kingdom there too if that is something that interests you.

Whatever you do...definately take advantage of the FREE fireworks displays over the falls!! They have them on fridays, sundays & holidays in the summer months. In May, they have them on Victoria Day & Memorial Day (May 24 & May 31st 2010). We were lucky enough catch 2 nights worth of fireworks! Here is a link to the fireworks & illumination schedule:

www.niagarafallstourism.com/fireworks.html

Hope this Helps!! Have a great trip!!

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