Day Two at Niagara Falls

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Friday May 23, 2014 Under Claire, Cobey, Homeschool, Kid's Corner, Travel

Butterfly Conservatory

 

World's Largest FlowerWe had another full day. The weather was rainy on and off all day but most of what we had planned was indoors so it worked out okay. We finished the activities on both passes. The first stop was the Floral Showhouse which was part of the Nature Pass. This was a huge disappointment. It had a room with the world’s largest flower and one other room full of hydrangeas. Outside there were lot of tulips. There was not much to it. We moved on from there to Butterfly Conservatory.  Claire loved this place and it was in her top picks for the two days. It was bigger than some we have been to but basically the same.

 

 

We next went to Laura Secord Homestead. The Canadians are very proud of Laura Secord who traveled 20 Kilometers on foot to warn the British where the American’s were going to attack.  It then took her 50 years to get the recognition she thought she deserved.  The next stop was in both kids top three activities- MacKenzie Printery.  We first heard background information about William Lyon MacKenzie , a rebel printer. The kids got to typeset their names and print a paper with their names on it. They also got to print a bookmark on a different machine.

????????We drove through the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. I love this town and wish it was beside the falls. It was old and quaint. We then went to McFarland house. We learned more about the War of 1812  and how upper class lived at the time.  The last stop before we crossed the bridge to the US was the smallest church in the world.

Musket Firing We made it to Fort Niagara just in time for the last movie and guided tour. We had two hours and we were rushed to see it all. We loved this fort. We learned so much more about the War of 1812. The fort was built by the French which is different than other forts that we have visited in the states. One of the top three activities for both kids during the two days.

After we left the fort, I wanted to go see the American side of the falls. It started raining on the drive. We parked and went to this large gaudy store. Clifton Hills is Myrtle Beach and the American side is South of the Border. It is tacky and not decent places to eat.  With the rain and hunger pains, we decided to skip the falls on the American side and headed to dinner. Overall great day and fabulous visit to The Falls.

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