Niagara Falls

We decided to stay a week, but you could see the Falls and some of the other sights in less time. We tend to take a leisurely approach on our stays as we have more time than some folks. However, I would recommend planning for at least two or three full days. We did have one day of bad weather.

From the Observation Deck above the Maid of the Mist

Normally, we like to travel in the Spring or Fall when there aren’t as many vacationers. However, this year it worked out that we ended up going to all the popular places at the height of the season. I have to say that it is crowded here in June. You must go early to get a decent place to park. Most of the lots on the American side are full by late morning,

We opted to take a four hour tour one day from Bedore Tours. They also have a six hour tour that includes the Canadian side. We got the brochure from the KOA. They picked us up at the campground and brought us back which saved us the huge hassle of navigating a new city and finding parking. We got to see more sights in one day than we could’ve done on our own in several days. The convenience alone was worth the $109.00 per person cost (gratuity not included). That price also included admissions to all the attractions we visited. The 6 hour tour is $149.00 per person. Our tour guide was excellent too. He gave us tips on what else to see and do in the Buffalo/Niagara area. Below are some of the pictures from our tour.

Cave of the Winds
Horseshoe Falls
Liz on Maid of the Mist
American Falls
On the Maid of the Mist

We did venture to the Canadian side one of the days. We crossed the Rainbow Bridge ($3.50 toll) to Canada. Don’t forget your passport. We had made reservations to have lunch at the top of the Skylon tower. We chose the buffet lunch as it was less expensive than the a la carte lunch at the revolving restaurant. It worked out great as our table was next to the window overlooking the Falls so we had the great view for our entire lunch. We didn’t have to worry about revolving away from it. Our reservation was for 1130 am. and we crossed the bridge at around 10 am. It was a Saturday and the sidewalks and streets were already packed. We got a parking place next to the tower ($15) and browsed the shops till it was time for the elevator ride to the top. Lunch was great but as with most things in Niagara Falls overpriced. That was OK though as it was a once in a lifetime experience for us. Below are some of the pictures from the lunch and the observation deck.

Skylon Tower
Skylon Tower lunch
Horseshoe Falls and Maid of the Mist
American Falls
Maid of the Mist
A Full Boat

There are certainly other sights to see in the Buffalo/Niagara area. We spent a day at Fort Niagara which we enjoyed. Lots of history from this fort which was under French, English and American control at different times in it’s history.

Canon at Fort Niagara on Lake Ontario
Looking toward one of the towers
Archeology students doing a “dig” for artifacts

We also couldn’t come to Buffalo without trying the original Buffalo Wings. To do that you have to go to the Anchor Bar downtown where they were originally served. Liz isn’t a fan of wings, but I had the one’s with medium hot sauce and they were great. If we come again, I might kick it up a notch to hot as medium wasn’t that hot. At least for me.

Anchor Bar on Main St.
Liz in front of bar
Crispy wings
Enjoying my wings

We enjoyed our stay in the area, but now it’s off to Ithaca, Watkins Glen and the Finger Lakes of New York.

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