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3 night itinerary...

Hi, we'll [Mum, Dad, DD20 ]be in NF over 30 Aug-2 Sep, with car staying at the Country Inn & Suites, arriving late on the 30th Aug, and leaving early on the 2th Sept.

Tues 30th -- Arrive at Buffalo Airport at 10pm, pick up rental drive to hotel.

Wed 31st -- Breakfast at hotel. Drive [?] to Journey Behind the Falls, be there for 10am, [how long does this attraction last?] Drive back to hotel, park car there. Walk down to Maid of Mist, and get queuing as I've read you can't reserve, is this correct? How long would the queue be hours? Should we have lunch before or after.

Then what should we do? hit the waterpark, casino, stroll around Clinton Hill?

Thrus 1st Sept -- Daytrip to NOTL, hit some wineries, lunch at the Pie Plate, stroll around main area of NOTL. Will are be able to buy a local map of the NOTL area, in NF?

Fri 2nd Sept -- Drive to Cedar Point.

Thoughts?

Thanks :D

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1. Re: 3 night itinerary...

Clinton Hill and the casino never impressed me, but that probably partially reflects my personal tastes, especially in the case of the casino.

As you are at Niagara Falls, celebrating not only the beauty of the falls but also the fury of the Niagara River, don't miss IMO the White Water Walk and the Whirlpool Spanish Aero Car. The Butterfly Conservatory and Victoria Park are other worthwhile activities.

http://www.niagaraparks.com/attractions/

Niagara Parks says the Journey Behind the Falls takes 35 to 45 minutes, but a lot of it depends on how long you linger at the various observation decks and portals. Of course, other visitors will be waiting for their turns so it's socially hard to linger too long.

niagaraparks.com/attractions/behind-the-fall…

At NOTL, have you ruled out the Whirlpool Jet Boat ride? It's great fun, and the Wet Jet is a great alternative to a waterpark if you want to get wet! There are discount coupons available online. The jet boat ride is somewhat akin to a white water rafting trip on steroids.

http://www.whirlpooljet.com/

IMO, also don't miss the Cave of the Winds attraction and Goat Island on the U.S. side.

niagarafallsstatepark.com/Activities_CaveOfT…

niagarafallslive.com/goat_island_in_niagara_…

The Canadian Parks have a very good bus shuttle system between attractions.

BTW, on your drive to Cedar Point, consider stopping for an hour or two at Presque Isle State Park just west of Erie. Go to the top of the observation tour for one of the best available views of Lake Erie. As you like coasters, consider visiting Waldameer amusement park located at the entrance to Presque Isle. It's the home of the Ravine Flyer II, which actually crosses a freeway! It's a world-rated coaster. Admission to Waldameer is free, you would just pay to ride the coaster.

…state.pa.us/stateparks/…presqueisle.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waldameer_Park

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravine_Flyer_II

Personally, I would consider driving directly to Erie from NOTL. There are a lot of hotels along I-90 south of Erie and I would expect the area is much cheaper than the Niagara region of Canada these days.

Edited: 03 August 2011, 00:44
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Some more info on Presque Isle:

visiteriepa.com/presque_isle_state_park.shtml

As a Lake Erie resident, I've always viewed Presque Isle and Niagara Falls as symbolic bookends -- the lake alive in all of its glory and the lake ending.

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Hi Emmaxoxo,

Welcome to the NIAGARA FALLS TRAVEL FORUM

I suggest that you become familiar with the lay-of-the-land by taking a look at an On-Line Map (I like GOOGLE MAPS) it can help you “see” where things are, particularly so with its Satellite & Street Views (and can also calculate times & distances in close up mode for walking, cycling or public transit)

Niagara Falls is very walkable… so expect to walk a lot. The Falls Gorge from the Brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls to the Rainbow Bridge is aprox 1 Mile (1.6 Kms). You can certainly walk to both Journey Behind the Falls and Maid of the Mist…

Looking at the map, the Journey Behind The Falls (JBTF) happens at Table Rock Centre (near the Horseshoe Falls) and Maid of the Mist (MOM) Dock is closer to the Bottom of Clifton Hill. About

Line ups at the various attractions in the summertime varies from one day to the next. Weekends and Holidays can be particularly long. A Wednesday shouldn’t be terrible.

JBTF lines start upstairs at Table Rock Centre (waiting for the Elevators into the rockbed below)… Maid of the Mist Lines at the top of the Falls Gorge (also waiting for the Elevators to the shoreline). Maid of the Mist although it can certainly look bad, can go quite quickly… the Boats are HUGE (Canada capacity 600 – US capacity 300)… the run out and back to the base of the Horseshoe Falls takes aprox 15 to 20 Minutes… and they run several boats, so they can process 1000s of people per hour on the Canadian side.

Don’t think it matters a great deal what time of day you do MOM… what matters more in my opinion is WHAT ORDER. I strongly suggest that travellers do the Attractions so that the thrill builds… saving MOM for later on in their explorations… most importantly do JBTF early… if you do it later on, then all the wonder of it is lost (remember it is the oldest falls based attraction… and was once quite a big deal to have dug in under The Falls… it does give one a whole other perspective of those millions of gallons per second cascading over The Falls).

If you are planning to do JBTF & MOM you might also want to look at just buying an Adventure Pass from the Niagara Parks Commission… it will cover 4 of the major attractions… Niagara Fury – Journey Behind The Falls – Maid of the Mist – and White Water Walk… along with 2 Day Unlimited Use of the PeopleMovers & the Incline Railroad.

The PeopleMover passes are fabulous… they connect all the major Niagara Parks Commission Sites together (aprox 15 Kms from above The Falls on the Niagara River thru to Queenston Heights Park & Historic Battleground). If nothing else, the ride from end-to-end is worthwhile…

On the US Side, you can take in the Niagara Falls State Park – Goat Island – The Observation Tower - and Cave of the Winds & its Hurricane Deck if you don’t mind getting SOAKED !!

<< Waterpark, Casino, Clifton Hill Arcades, Stroll the Parks >>

Whatever meets your fancy… lots to take in in NF… something for everyone.

Lol, when it comes to Clifton Hill… you either love it or you hate it. I’d be in the camp that feels it is an eyesore and huge rip off to Tourists…

There are so many other great things to see and do in the Niagara Region, including the Attractions that TRANSCENDENTAL EYE has mentioned… those that take in the Niagara River Gorge & Whirlpool Rapids (White Water Walk – Spanish Aerocar – Niagara JetBoats) and those that just focus on the incredible beauty of this Parkland and Natural Wonder… Queen Victoria Park & Oakes Garden Theatre – Floral Clock – Botanical Gardens – Butterfly Conservatory etc.

You will find maps of NOTL on their Tourism Website ( www.niagaraonthelake.com ) and Wine Touring Maps are available many places… including all the Ontario Wineries (look for the Official Guide to Ontario Wine Country), local LCBOs and some Tourism Offices.

The historic area of Niagara-on-the-Lake is also very walkable… or you could enjoy a caleche ride (horse & carriage). The Wineries though (aprox 30) are spread out in the countryside around NOTL… you’ll need transportation for decent exploration. Infact, the Niagara Peninsula Wine Region is quite large… covering aprox 50 Kms from NOTL thru to Stoney Creek on the Peninsula that lies between the two Great Lakes. Many wine lovers will tell you to mix it up a bit… look at Wineries that are both in the NOTL Regional Appellation as well as some farther afield in “the Bench” closer to The Escarpment. And don’t just concentrate on the BIG Corps that dominate the NOTL Wine Scene… be sure and also look for Medium, Small and Family Run Operations… and explore some of the more innovative wineries as well (be for architecture, setting, method ~ gravity fed, green, or organic)

While you are out in the countryside, be sure and make a visit to the Welland Canal to see the Giant Staircase Locks where the Ocean Going Ships & Lakers “climb the mountain” from Lake Ontario UP to Lake Erie… a change in elevation of 325 Feet (aprox 100 Metres).

You can find out more info about all the Destinations on your list by looking at their respective TRAVEL PAGES and TRAVEL FORUMS here on TA… NIAGARA FALLS CANADA – NIAGARA FALLS USA – NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE – and SANDUSKY OHIO

Hope this is helpful,

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

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4. Re: 3 night itinerary...

Wine 4-2, an excellent post! I forgot about the Welland Canal, which is another of my favorites, both because of the engineering magnitude of the project and the interesting photography opportunities.

The wineries in the NOTL region never fascinated me as much because similar wineries line the shores of Lake Erie from Buffalo through Toledo, several a few miles from I-90. It should be mentioned that some of the best ice wine in the world is produced in the Lake Erie wine region, including Ontario, especially appreciated by lovers of sweet wine.

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There are some attractions to the Whirlpool Jet Boat rides that aren't often mentioned.

It's a great way to appreciate how the falls have moved up the gorge in a relatively short geological time.

Also, downstream from the power plants, visitors can appreciate the full power of the river as the sizable percentage of water diverted from the falls has been returned to the Niagara River. The only large amount of water missing from the Niagara River is the water diverted to the locks of the Welland Canal.

http://www.wellandcanal.com/

Many persons have wanted to see all diversions of water stopped for a day or a few hours just to see what Niagara Falls would look like in all its glory. Apart from the economic impact, the worry is that the water flow would undermine the existing falls location, dump boulders in the Horseshoe Falls as has occurred under the American Falls, and perhaps damage infrastructure in the gorge.

When you here the famous words, "This is Niagara Falls," on the MOTM, it's good to remember that it really isn't, and, it were, it probably would be terrifying to be that close to the untamed falls.

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