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Advice for Niagra Falls!

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Advice for Niagra Falls!

Hi Everyone!!

I have decided that I am booking a 7-10 night break for next September to stay within NIagra Falls, have always wanted to see them and have never been to Canada, I am from the UK.

First question is how is the weather early - mid september?

Secondly I am torn between staying within view of the falls at a more expensive hotel or staying a short walk away within a less expensive hotel but nearer attractions etc?

Myself and my partner will love to see the falls and love walks etc but we are not people to stay in all day, we like hotel swimming pools ocassionally but its more important we have things to do in the daytime such as various attractions etc?

Where is the best location for resteraunts, attractions, and the falls?

Lastly what other kinds of things are there to do in Niagra falls such as attractions / trips etc?

We would love to see more of canada but are limited on funds, is there anywhere close by you can go on day trips etc?

Sorry for all the questions, I am obviously over excited!

Thanks in advance :)

Emma

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1. Re: Advice for Niagra Falls!

Hi Emma;

The weather in mid-September is very nice, but you may need a jacket in the evening.

My esteemed colleague Wine 4-2 previously posted her suggestions & ideas for things to do with 4 days at Niagara Falls. Here’s her list of ideas:

• See the Falls

• Ride the Maid of the Mist

• Walk under the Falls - Journey Behind the Falls

• Ride the Whitewater - Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

• Ride over the Falls - Whirlpool Aero Car

• See Clifton Hill (and how tacky it is, LOL)

• Visit a Casino (NF has two)

• Visit the Butterfly Conservatory

• Walk thru the Botanical Gardens

• Shop in Niagara-on-the-Lake

• Visit the Home of Laura Secord

• Visit the Brock Monument

• Visit the NOTL Museum (and learn the history of the War of 1812, and the sad story of NOTL)

• See a play at the Shaw Festival

• Take a Winery Tour (an organzied tour that goes to several wineries BIG and Small over the day... get expert info and someone else does the driving)

• Play a round of golf (lots of beautiful courses)

• Buy FRESH Fruit (Labour Day is an awesome time for Niagara Peaches)

• Visit Historic Fort George

• Take a Ghost Tour (the one at Fort George is NOT recommended for anyone under 16 - very scary)

• Have a laugh at the Oh Canada Eh, Dinner & Show

• Have Dinner Overlooking the Falls (lots of places)

• See the Nightly Illumination of the Falls

• Catch the Fireworks

I would add...

Marineland

• Niagara Freefall Centre

Bird Kingdom

Greg Frewin Theatre - Vegas style Illusion dinner theatre

• OH Canada, Eh – dinner theatre

• Skywheel

• Niagara Glen - hike down into the Niagara Gorge to get up close to the raging rapids.

Skylon Tower

Imax Theatre

• Helicopter over the Falls

• Museums - Tussauds, Ripley's, Guinness, and many others

• Safari Niagara

After your visit to Niagara Falls, I would suggest spending some time in Toronto, Canada's largest city.

I hope that helps get you started.

Best Regards

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2. Re: Advice for Niagra Falls!

Thanks very much for your help!

Do you know the best place to book multi centre holidays at all?

I have no idea where to start!

Also is it pheasible to see Torronto and New York?

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3. Re: Advice for Niagra Falls!

You're Welcome !

Many people have mentioned using Canadian Affair to visit Canada from the UK.

http://www.canadianaffair.com/

Niagara Falls is approx 80 miles / 130 km, an average drive of 1½ hours southwest of Toronto, without traffic delays. You could spend an entire week in Toronto and still have plenty to see and do. More people take side trips from Toronto to Niagara Falls, than vice versa.

;-)

NYC is approx. 420 miles / 670 km from Niagara Falls. Unless you plan to fly between cities, I would suggest leaving NYC for another trip.

Best Regards

Edited: 02 August 2012, 15:51
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4. Re: Advice for Niagra Falls!

With 7-10 days, you'll probably want to split your time between Niagara Falls and Toronto.

It may be a pain, but how about splurging one night on a Fallsview room, and then moving to a less expensive hotel for the rest of your stay in Niagara Falls?

Assuming you are talking about Sept. 2013, you have lots of time to plan your vacation by yourself, without the need for a booking agency. There's lots of information on here about hotels and attractions. And don't be afraid to ask lots of questions - plenty of people on TA happy to help you out.

Toronto is a 2 hour bus or train ride from Niagara Falls. New York City is a 10-12 hour ride.

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5. Re: Advice for Niagra Falls!

Thanks for all your messages and posts!

Yes I am talking about September 2013, so I do have a while! I think I am going to look at staying in Toronto for 5 nights and then stay in Niagara Falls maybe 3 nights.

Is Fallsview a hotel?

Also what are the prices to eat out in the area?

I have never been to Canada so I dont have any idea.

Thanks again!

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6. Re: Advice for Niagra Falls!

Stay in Niagara between Sunday and Thursday, hotel prices are much cheaper vs Friday - Saturday nights.

You are going after labor - labour day, hotel prices are much cheaper then but yes the weather still is great during the day but chilly at night.

The Comfort Inn right on Fallsview Dr has a $49 a night internet rate. I called the hotel this week but the special rate ended mid June but she thought it be on again sometime in Sept. I did stay there one night back on June 17th. For the price I was thrilled. Pillows seem lumpy, water pressure wasn't the best, only one ice machine on the lobby floor and only one elevator - lift.

On the plus side it was clean - nice and I was right by the high dollar hotels with rates 3 times the price.

Meal prices can vary wildly, just like hotel rates

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7. Re: Advice for Niagra Falls!

My use of 'Fallsview' was a hotel room with a view of the Falls, of which there are several. To make it more confusing, Fallsview is also an area of Niagara Falls, so many hotels may have Fallsview in the name or description but not have views of the Falls. Here is a list of hotels that DO have views of the Falls from their rooms:

Marriot Gateway

Marriott Fallsview

Tower Hotel

Embassy Suites

Oakes Hotel

Four Points by Sheraton

Hilton Niagara

Fallsview Casino Hotel

Sheraton on the Falls

Crowne Plaza

This view will give you an idea of the layout of the area. Niagara Falls, ON, Canada is to the bottom, and Niagara Falls, USA to the top. niagarafallslive.com/Niagara_Falls_Interacti…

Restaurants in the tourist areas of Niagara Falls tend to be expensive (by Canadian standards), with places that have views of the Falls at the top of the scale. Typical meal at these places (app, main, drinks) will easily be $60-$75 min. per person, plus 13% tax and 15-20% tip. Places without a view, and away from the Falls, will be much less.

One other note if doing more online research, the spelling is Niagara.

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8. Re: Advice for Niagra Falls!

I've done a lot of what you're asking about.

Embassy Suites is a suites hotel (2 rooms in your suite) and has excellent falls views. It is closest to the Canadian Falls. However it's split into 3 different types of view - American Falls, Canadian Falls and finally both. Expect to pay more if you want a view of both (actually there are three falls but for most intents and purposes there are two). The good thing about staying at the ES is it's possible to get a fantastic view at breakfast if you're seated in The Keg restaurant.

Clifton Hill is much like Blackpool and is the height of tackiness and all things tat.

Lundys Lane is only about 10-15 minutes drive away, has an 'average' outlet mall and lots of popular restaurants at more reasonable prices than NF proper.

A visit to Niagara on the Lake is a must for any tourist. You can spend most of the day here and there are beautiful wine routes all around that you can drive. I've done this in Autumn and it really is very, very pretty at this time.

A ride on the Maid of the Mist is also a must. Be prepared to get wet (they give you cagoules/ponchos) and be prepared for the amazing sound of the falls as you pass close by.

If you want to visit NYC it is drivable but it will take you a long time. I was stuck at border control for almost 3 hours last time (and this was in late October) waiting to get into the US. Everything was in order but unfortunately the wait was long. About 9 hours later we made it to NYC. The drive via upstate NY is ok, again, there are a couple of outlet malls on the way where you can stop off if you like shopping ;). Pennsylvania is pretty.

But as already suggested, if this is your first trip you might be better off staying in Canada - there is so much to see and do. As already mentioned Toronto is an amazing city where you could easily spend a week.

Finally, this has been done to death on this forum, but be prepared to see maybe 30-40% on top of your base bill if eating in NF - lots of different taxes (plus your tip ;) )

I forgot to add - Ancaster is on the way from Toronto (small diversion) and is quite a pretty town too.

Edited: 02 August 2012, 18:27
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"Finally, this has been done to death on this forum, but be prepared to see maybe 30-40% on top of your base bill if eating in NF - lots of different taxes (plus your tip"

There is only ONE government tax - the 13% HST. Anything else shown on a bill is a fee, charged and kept by the establishment that you are dealing with, or a gratuity (which should be totally optional).

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10. Re: Advice for Niagra Falls!

Sorry - my over-riding memories tend to be the taxes/fees whatever :p.

And don't forget at no time do they tell you that the DMF is optional.

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