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Planning a trip in mid April, advice appreciated

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Planning a trip in mid April, advice appreciated

Hello,

I’m starting to plan a trip for my wife and I, both in our early 30’s, in April. We plan to stay on the Canadian side for the first 2 nights, and the American side for the next 2 nights. Looking like a Fallsview room at the Marriott in Canada, not sure about the American side. Looking at maybe Holiday Inn, or Hampton Inn. I understand that on the American side no hotels really have a view, but would still like to be close to the Falls and Goat Island. The Marriott will be booked via a deal on Travelzoo.

We will be flying into BUF and renting a car. It looks like enterprise is the cheapest at the moment. Would it be wise to wait for a better deal, or jump on a decent price now? My wife will be about 6 months pregnant during the trip, so a lot of time will be spent resting and relaxing. We are looking for a nice massage, and Massage Niagara seems to be cheap, and looks decent. Any better options?

We would also like go out for a nice dinner, thinking something like Ruth’s Chris. Any suggestions for great steak houses?

As far as attractions, we’d like to do the Maid of the Mist, Journey Behind the Falls, White Water Walk, the Whirlpool Aero Car, Skywheel and Cave of the Winds, and Goat Island. The Butterfly Conservatory would be optional. Would Cave of the Winds be suitable for a pregnant lady 6 months along, or any of the other ones for that matter.

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1. Re: Planning a trip in mid April, advice appreciated

Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds will not likely be open yet, they can't open until all the ice is gone from the river which is typically late April or early May. Journey Behind the Falls, Skywheel and the Butterfly Conservatory are open year round, and White Water Walk and Whirlpool Aerocar should also be open by then. Without Cave of the Winds and Maid of the Mist, there will be very little else to do on the U.S. side.

Steak restaurants in the vicinity of the Marriotts are: Ruth's Chris, The Keg, Canyon Creek and 2 Brazilian style - Brasa and Copacabana.

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2. Re: Planning a trip in mid April, advice appreciated

If I may give you one piece of advice.......spend all 4 nights on the Canadian side. It's far better in every way, including much safer, better views and more things to see and do. Do visit the American side but stay on the Canadian side.

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3. Re: Planning a trip in mid April, advice appreciated

Be sure to make some time for Niagara on the Lake.

niagarafallstourism.com/plan/…

I would also recommend the Keg Steakhouse over Ruths Chris as American Chains in Niagara Falls always seem to be overpriced with less offered on their menus.

Edited: 08 February 2013, 23:57
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4. Re: Planning a trip in mid April, advice appreciated

What exactly is wrong with the American side? Safety wise, and otherwise.

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5. Re: Planning a trip in mid April, advice appreciated

The crime rate for Niagara Falls New York is unfortunately high, but according to recent press reports, the new police chief is trying his best to change that.

Statistics say 51st worst crime stats in the U.S.A. per capita.

About 50 thousand people live there.

Hundreds of cities in the states have lower crime rates.

Just saying.

The city is not very pretty.

The north end, (Main Street) is one boarded up store after another.

The Goat Island park is one bright spot. A more natural kind of park, sort of like New York`s Central Park; as opposed to the manicured beauty on the Canadian side.

The Cave of the Winds attraction has many stairs and might not be appropriate for a pregnant gal.

Edited: 09 February 2013, 02:50
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6. Re: Planning a trip in mid April, advice appreciated

I would agree that you should stay all four nights on the Canadian side. There is very little night life on the American side. The casino is pretty much it, as far as nighttime activities on the American side. One full day or 3/4 of a day is all that is really necessary to enjoy the American side. Also since your wife is pregnant, just an FYI that the American side park involves much walking.

On our trips to Niagara Falls, we always stay on the Canadian side and usually end up going for a late night walk alongside the Falls. Usually after midnight and sometimes as late as 2am. We always feel safe and have never had any issues. I wouldn't feel safe in the American park at anytime after dark.

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Oh, in regards to the rental car. I would reserve the car now if you think it is a decent price. Then, maybe on a weekly basis, recheck the price for the same time period and see if the price goes lower. I have done that in the past and if I found a lower price at a later time, I would make a new reservation and then cancel the first reservation. It seems most car rental companies allow cancellations without incurring any fees.

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Wow, thanks for the heads up about the crime. Having traveled to such major cities as London, Paris, NYC, LA, Vegas, and being from New Orleans/Chicago, I didn't think crime in such a small town as Niagara Falls could be that bad!

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9. Re: Planning a trip in mid April, advice appreciated

So, my main reason for wanting two nights on the US side, is to avoid spending a long time at the border crossing. The plan was to do all the Canadian stuff in the first two days, and the American stuff the last two. From the responses on here, I'm getting the impression that its not that big of a deal? How bad would it be crossing in a car at 9/10am and then heading back to Canada in the afternoon?

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10. Re: Planning a trip in mid April, advice appreciated

It's never going to be hours and hours if you cross on a weekday or before 9 a.m. on the Rainbow Bridge in April.

Even after 9 a.m. it isn't that busy, excepting holidays etc.

Weekends are busier because of cross border shoppers from all over southern Ontario combined with tourists.

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