Went on a road trip with my daughter for a weekend trip to Niagara Falls. We spent the day on a Saturday at Niagara State Park in NY, then crossed the border (took an hour!) to Canada and spent the night and part of Sunday in Ontario. The state park in NY is absolutely beautiful. The grounds are so well kept and the flowers were all in bloom, just lovely. I HIGHLY recommend doing the Maid of the Mist boat tour. Buy your "ticket vouchers" online before you go, then you need to ASK someone at the ticket line and they will let you go to the front of the line. Big advantage! Mid-day the line was probably 75-100 people long just to buy the tickets. We got there around noon on a gorgeous Saturday and there were only 5 people in line! The Maid of the Mist tour is about 20 minutes long. Be prepared to get wet! I was worried about my phone getting wet so I locked everything in my car except my digital camera, but people were on the boat taking pictures and videos with their ipads and cellphones and no one seemed concerned about them getting wet! Our boat went right up alongside the falls, it was absolutely breathtaking! After the ride, you can walk up a stairway that goes right along the edge of the falls, and there are areas for taking pictures with the falls in the background. That was well worth the hike. Don't miss out on going out onto the observation deck before you leave the elevator area - there are beautiful views there as well.
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