We just got back from our visit to NF earlier this week.
A brief breakdown, we arrived on Monday afternoon (stayed on the Canadian side at Quality Inn Clifton Hill). Walked to the Falls and went to Ripley's Believe it or not.
The next day, I had already purchased the Great Gorge adventure pass. The only things my family all agree upon that we did with that package was the Butterfly conservatory and the Maid of the Mist. We did not care for the White water walk and the Journey behind the Falls.
The last day we checked out of our hotel and went to visit the NY side. I am positive the girls were kind of tired of the waterfalls so we went to the Aquarium of Niagara. We all enjoyed it and honestly it was the cheapest attraction that we had the entire trip! It was a little on the small size but honestly, it was the only place we felt we were not ripped off! We caught the sea lion show and everyone had a great time! I highly recommend it! We then walked over the pedestrian bridge and caught the trolley (only $5 for the entire family!) and toured the American side. From everything I heard from both forums, I thought it would be a run down, neglected park (well I guess in the canadian forums saying their side is nicer), I was really shocked, it was really nice! I actually thought it was prettier on this side! It seemed more of a natural park like the way God intended it. I really wanted to do the Cave of the Winds, but the girls were tired from the previous day. I am disappointed that we did not stay 1 more night on the NY side, I think we would of liked it. Oh, side note, the whole time we were in Canada we did not see a rainbow from the falls- which surprised us, but at terrapin point we saw the only rainbow the whole time, the girls we starting to not believe us that you can see rainbows from the falls. Anyways, I really enjoyed this side a lot more- my hubby and I thought the rapids to the American Falls were kind of cool too! We then left cause the girls (of course) and went to Smokin Joes for smokes (of course). My hubby and I are hoping that next year we can get a sitter for the weekend and we can go visit the NY side on our own to do the Cave of the Winds and the Casino. All in all we had a great time. I just wish that we were able to do more on the American side, but that just means we will have to come back again!
Thank you everyone for your advice!