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Niagara Falls, weekend road tripping with family and friends.

July 23, 2015

This past weekend we packed in a little bit of road tripping as we met up with friends from BC. We started our trek to Niagara Falls first, my family had not been there in ages and our friends and their family had never been there – this was the first time some of the members had actually travelled to Ontario, and Niagara Falls was definitely on their must see list.

If you have never been, it is a truly spectacular site to see – the immense power and energy of the water, thundering down the falls.  As you stroll  along the walkway you can view both the Canadian and the US Falls; you are constantly covered in a mist of spray from the falls – quite refreshing when it is very hot out, and it was a very hot weekend!

Niagara Falls

Up close!

I have seen the Falls many times throughout my life having grown up only an hour away, but am always left in awe of the sheer power and beauty of them.  It is even more so up close!  We decided to take the Hornblower cruise in the morning; it is a 15 minute cruise that takes you almost to the foot of the Falls. There you can experience the full effect of the Falls, but be prepared to get wet! They hand out red plastic ponchos to put on before you board, but there is so much mist coming off the falls it really is hard to stay completely dry!  It was a wonderful experience albeit a little wet. 🙂

Fun for the kids

Niagara Falls is full of wonderful things to do – the kids enjoyed going to the FallsView waterpark with the free passes we got from our hotel. They were eager to get back to the waterpark for some more fun before dinner and after our outing on the Hornblower cruise. The waterpark features:

  • 16 extreme slides
  • Massive Wave pool
  • Swirling Plunge bowl
  • Tiny Tot Splash Area
  • 1000 Gallon Tipping Bucket

The smaller kids  rated the purple slide the best…

Niagara Falls

Lighting them up!

Most Friday evenings from May to Sept, they have fireworks at 10pm and they illuminate the Falls.  A great site to see!  You can check out this schedule for both.

We were a bit limited in time but there are so many attractions, you do need time to see them. They will be left for next time, so we have to come back!  They have a variety of restaurants for everyone, we settled on the Outback, a great place for steaks and they have a separate gluten free menu. Be prepared, their prices are slightly higher than even the ones we payed in Orlando! The food was great, and the service was wonderful. We left full and happy for the walk back to the hotel, strolling down checking out some of the sights along the way.  It was nice to be able to share this special time and memories with good friends.

Niagara Falls
Photo credit Niagara Parks Media Centre

Have you been to the Falls?  What was your best memory from there?


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    1. It is and there is a lot that you can do that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg for the budget conscious. 🙂

  1. This is embarrassing. I’ve been to Iguazu Falls in Argentina, but I’ve never been to Niagara Falls— a day drive from my hometown, Philadelphia. I guess I figure they’ll always be there. However, I’m now old enough to realize that I might not be!

  2. I so want to see these! I got very close one, but close is not enough!! The photos are amazing. These are so on my list!

    1. Thanks Natalie!You should go, wish we could have been a little closer and I really didn’t mind getting wet. 🙂 They are spectacular!

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