Niagra Falls USA/Canada

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Hurricane Deck

What a spectacular site the Falls are, a must see. I would love to go back some day. Maybe in winter next time. At 9:00 pm each night the light show goes on, it is beautiful from both sides of the falls. The view is better from the Canadian side, although I enjoyed the US side better. We got close to the top of the falls (I believe we were near the Bridal falls), and I got great photos, plus enjoyed the roar of the falls. The falls are beautiful by viewing, but they are also beautiful to hear, so majestic, so powerful. I do recommend a flashlight on the American side at night as the park is not well lit, probably to enhance the light show. In some parts it was really hard to see where you were going.

We were blessed to have went on Memorial Day weekend and saw a spectacular fireworks display courtesy of our Canadian neighbors.

Restroom of the casino...yes, this is where you dispose of your sharps.
Thank you so much, it was fabulous. The show was on friday night when we went, so check if you go, it may not be on the actual holiday night, which makes sense as many people are off from work on Saturday and can enjoy them on a Friday night vs. a Monday night. Plus they may be travelling back home on Monday (the actual holiday), as it was with Heather and I.

We did most of the tourist things, which I recommend. The Maid of the Mist (yes, you get a little wet, but they provide a plastic cover up), I took a disposable camera. Journey behind the Falls is on the Canadian side and gives a unique expierence looking out at the falls from behind them (you can't see through them, thats a lot of water). I was fortunate enough to capture a photograph of a double rainbow from the outside overlook of the falls at this destination.

View of the light show from the American side.
Plan to get soaked at the Hurricane Deck on the American side. Again you are given a cover up and sandals, I believe this adventure is called something like??journey to the bottom of the falls? (that doesn't sound right) , it is great fun in the late Spring when we went. We simply laid down on the grass in the park and dried out and relaxed while listening to the roar of the falls. It was amazing. I recommend renting  car if you are not staying right at the falls. We stayed at a hostel in a neighborhood and it was quite the hike to the falls and then more walking to get to the Canadian side and there was not a cab in sight on the American side unless you phoned one. We did a bus tour to get to different sights that were to far for us to walk, which wasnt a bad deal, it included entry fees to all the attractions they took you to.
We signed up at the visitor center on the American side. Among the sites the bus tour took us to, was the Daredevil Museum. This museum is located in the back of a convience? store/gift shop. It houses some of the contraptions that people have went over the falls in......you wouldn't believe it. One guy has actualy did it twice and survived. Some have died, a lot have made it. The one guy who has done it twice, did it once with a girl in the barrel (for lack of what to call the thing) with him. Yes, both survived. Now those are daredevils! The walls host newspaper clippings from the acts of bravery or craziness (whichever you want to call it). It was one of the highlights of my trip, so definately find this little store, buy a souvenir and peruse the memorabilia.
American Falls as seen from the Maid of the Mist

The best place to eat  that we tried was on the American side. The Canadian side is all neon and nightlife, however the American side is mostly park. There is one shiny new casino on the main drag to the falls and it has an incredible buffet. If theres a line it moves super fast and the food is terrific. A friend recommended a restaurant on the Canadian side, a tower, but we did not try it. Although, I will pass on her recommendation to you, that she said it is well worth the price. I would imagine the view is incredible too, since it is a tower. 

The Canadian side has a ferris wheel of sorts thats gives you a great view of the falls. I do love to go up and look around, I like a view and am not afraid of heights. We also did the wax museum (which I don't care for these in general, just a preference for me, not that this one was bad). We did one of those vitual ride things, where you are in a movie theatre of sorts and the chairs move, etc. That was great fun.

Well, enjoy the photos, that I will be uploading shortly.

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Hurricane Deck
Hurricane Deck
Restroom of the casino...yes, this…
Restroom of the casino...yes, thi…
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View of the light show from the A…
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American Falls as seen from the M…
Aboard the MAid of the Mist
Aboard the MAid of the Mist
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On the American side looking at t…
Park at night
Park at night
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on the American side looking at t…
on the American side looking at th…
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on the American side, Canadian si…
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spectacular light show
spectacular light show
spectacular light show
spectacular light show
spectacular light show
spectacular light show
Niagara Falls
photo by: portia