Destination: Niagra Falls, Canada
Date: May 2009
In May of 2009 we packed up five of our kids, and my niece who was living with us at the time, for a trip back east. We started off by visiting the LDS Church history site, Palmyra New York. Then after a two-day visit there we headed over to Canada to visit Niagara Falls. What a wonder of nature!
Niagara Falls is actually three waterfalls that straddle the border of the United States and Canada. It is only about an hour and a half drive from Rochester or a three hour drive from Albany. Since we had rented a car we took off for the Canadian border and we were excited to see what all the talk was about concerning Niagara Falls.
Crossing the border in to Canada was not a problem, even with six kids. Immediately we could see the falls from the window of our vehicle. Since we were now in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada we were all set for the action. We set up our camp at a local Marriott and we were ready to see the falls up close and personal. So of course we immediately booked our passage on “Maid of the Mist”.
The Maid of the Mist provides recycled rain coats for all of their passengers and I can’t recommend this enough! Wear the raincoat or prepare to be soaked!! My kids loved this adventure. For about $20 per adult and $13 per child we rode up close and personal to the crashing waters of this fall. It was a sight to be seen! I am always amazed by the show that nature has to offer. From all the artificial entertainment we have these days, it is jaw dropping to see something in nature have such a powerful effect. My kids were giddy with the sight, feel, and sound of these majestic falls. We rode so close I half expected to be sucked into some sort of whirlpool. I highly recommend this adventure.
While we were in Niagara Falls we also had a chance to visit some other cool places. We experienced the Journey Behind the Falls and went to a railing that gets you as close to the falls as you can possibly get! We also watched Niagara’s Fury which shows a brief movie on how the falls were created. We took a bus ride with all the kids to see the nature trails around the Niagara area. This is where we saw the Queen Victoria Park, Oakes Garden Theatre, and the floral clock on Niagara Parkway. Tours for any of these sites can be purchased at the Maid of the Mist website.
The entire little city around the falls is like Vegas or Branson at night. There is a nightlife with the attractions like Ripley’s, and Guinness, to restaurants, and souvenir shops. My niece, Colton, Bailey, and Trent went through a haunted house there that they still to this day, say was the scariest they have ever gone through!
In the end we spent one and half days in the area and felt like we had seen it all. If we were to have wanted to do more hiking on the trails around the area we could have spent more time up there. However, since we had come with a specific purpose in mind we were done with our purpose and ready to get home. We had a great time visiting Niagara Falls and I personally think it should be on everyones bucket list!
Happy and Safe Travels!!