Day at Niagra Falls, ON

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Thursday May 22, 2014 Under Claire, Cobey, Homeschool, Kid's Corner, Travel

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We arrived late last night  and we were looking forward to a great view this morning from our room.  We were disappointed when all we could see was mist and fog.  We decided we wanted to do the Heritage Trail Pass and Adventure Nature Pass.  We will see if we can get it all done in 2 full days. Today, we started at the south end of Niagara Parkway at Fort Erie. We watched a 30 minute film about a battle during War of 1812. Then we had a tour of the fort with a guide in costume.  Cobey talked the entire day about how 3,000 killed was not that many compared to some of our battles in the US.

 

Behind the FallsThe next stop was Journey Behind the Falls. We added this onto our Nature Pass. This was a bit of disappointment. It was the closest view by far we got of the falls. It is kind of cool to know you are walking in tunnels behind the falls but when you get to the cutouts you can’t see anything.  They did have plaques with cool information in the tunnels. This one ranked last of all our activities.

Niagara FallsThe next stop was new Hornblower Niagara Cruises. This was an awesome experience. They ride the boat into the mist of the falls which is like a steady rain when you get that close. The ride is only 15 minutes or so but  really fun. The kids loved it and quickly became their favorite of the day. Don’t worry about rain gear. Both the Journey Behind the Falls and the Hornblower Niagara Cruises provide you with these nifty rain ponchos.

Whirlppol Aero CarWe next went on the Whirlpool Aero Car. You ride in a open air cable car high above Class 6 rapids.  The round trip is about 1 Kilometre. This actually exceeded expectations and we really liked it.  It was a close second to the boats. We took the WEGO bus from the cruise to the car and back. Save your gas and the outrageous parking fees and use the WEGO which is included in the pass. It is easy to use. It will not work for the Heritage Trail Pass but for everything else you are good.

Niagara Helicopters We finally ate at Hard Rock around 3:30 in the Clifton Hill district. The Clifton Hill is Myrtle Beach squeezed into a block. It is full of wax museums, haunted houses, mini golf, rides. I really think it is tacky.  I decided early on today that this would not be a place I wanted to come back. We had a wonderful day and the falls are beautiful but all the commercialization takes away from it. I have seen overall more beautiful places in the world. I am glad I have been once but not on my return list.  On my list to do again for sure is our last activity of the day. Shop for bargains,  skip wasting your money at Clifton Hills and put on your must do list the helicopter ride with Niagara Helicopter. It was fabulous. They have a recorded tape of what you are seeing and a little history about the area. Cobey was thrilled to sit up front with the pilot. He said it was the best 11 minutes of his life. Claire was smiling ear to ear the entire trip. It was a huge hit. The only  bad thing is that the rest of the trip will be a let down.

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