Bug’s fall break was last Friday and Monday, and since we fancy ourselves a traveling family (finances willing), we couldn’t miss the opportunity to take a short trip. This year we settled on Niagara Falls, Ontario. I can’t say Niagara Falls was something I always considered a must-see in my life, but I’d always kind of wanted to go, and Bug LOVES waterfalls. When I started reading about it online, I thought it would be perfect for a short trip. So we booked the trip a few months ago, and on Friday off we went!
We flew up on Friday to Buffalo connecting through NYC. That part was actually a treat in and of itself. G has never been to NYC, and even though we didn’t get to leave the airport, G happened to be sitting on the side of the airplane with a full view of Manhattan. He saw the Statue of Liberty, the new World Trade Center under construction, and the Empire State Building. He’s always wanted to go to NYC, and still does, but it was fun for him to get at least a glimpse of the big city.
We got to the hotel on the Canadian side close to dusk, and after checking in made our way to the room. We stayed at Sheraton on the Falls (http://www.sheratononthefalls.com/), and I highly recommend it. I’d made sure to book a full waterfall view (of both falls), and couldn’t wait to pull back the curtains and show it to Bug. She was in love! She sat in front of the window the rest of the evening, and slept the first night on the pull-out couch by the window. It’s so fun to experience these kinds of events through her eyes– she makes it magical!
The next day we devoted to exploring the Falls and environs. First up after breakfast was the Maid of the Mist (www.maidofthemist.com). The concierge warned us that we’d get a little damp. You crazy Canadians. Poor Bug got drenched. And, mind you, it was 45 degrees Farenheit when we went. So, a little chilly. 🙂 You can imagine how a six year old reacted. Not well– you’d think she was being tortured. Nevertheless, she declared it pretty cool and one of the highlights only a day later. Here’s some pics.
Both Falls from the overlook:
Bug getting ready to go, before pre-and post-poncho donning:
Looking down at the Maid:
The American Falls from the Maid:
And last, a rainbow close to the Horseshoe Falls:
We took Bug back to the hotel room, got her warmed up and changed, got the car, and drove up the Niagara Parkway to the Butterfly Conservatory at the Niagara Parks Botanical Garden (http://www.niagaraparks.com/garden-trail/butterfly-conservatory.html). Wow, was this cool. If you pressed Bug, I’m sure she’d say this is the top highlight of her trip. I’d never seen so many butterflies in one place. I took probably 50 pictures, so I’ve tried to distill it to the best ones.
After the Butterfly Conservatory, we drove into Niagara on the Lake (very cute town; horrible parking), and then back to the Hotel for a late lunch overlooking the Falls. The rest of the day was spent chilling out and having supper up on Clifton Hill, one of the main drags of Niagara Falls.
Per Bug’s request, we spent the entirety of the next day at the Fallsview Water Park (http://www.fallsviewwaterpark.com/), connected to the hotel. That was TONS of fun. Bug could have spent 8 hours there. Twelve waterslides Bug was tall enough for — heaven! We ended up spending about 5 hours, and we were whupped. The tickets were pretty pricey for a day pass, but given how much time we spent there, it was money will spent.
After collapsing back for a nap in the hotel room, we went for dinner at Rainforest Cafe, also connected to the hotel. I know that Rainforest Cafe is basically a tourist trap, but Bug loved it, and the food wasn’t too bad even if it was overpriced. Like so much on this trip, Bug’s excitement made the extra cost worth it.
On Monday, Bug insisted that we take a ride on the Sky Wheel, a massive ferris wheel with enclosed cars. It sits in the heart of Clifton Hill, the kind of cheesy tourist trap entertainment district unique to resort areas. The Sky Wheel was pretty cool; I only wish we’d done it at night.
And here’s one of the best pics of Bug from the trip, while on the Sky Wheel:
Here are a few views of Clifton Hill, including the Canadian icon Tim Hortons, as well as our hotel in the background:
And last, but certainly not least, one more pic of my sweetie in front of the American Falls with Honey Bunny:
Overall, this was a great trip. Bug asked almost immediately when we’d go back, so in six year old-ese that is two thumbs up.