My parents came to see me as part of their east coast trip. With there not being much to do in the immediate area, the plan was to explore the surrounding areas. Specifically, the majestic sight that is Niagara Falls. Or, as my parents kept saying, Nia-ga-ra Falls.
My mom had purchased an adventure/tourist booklet for us, which included the Maid of the Mists boat tour, Cave of the Winds tour, access to the Aquarium, a movie describing the history of Niagara Falls, and a one day pass on the trolley. I highly recommend the Maid of the Mists and Cave of the Winds tour. It was such a great experience! Very up close and personal, which is why both tours include a poncho so your clothes (mostly) don’t get wet.
In the Maid of the Mists tour you are on a boat that gets really close to both the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls and by really close, I mean you WILL get sprayed! It was so much fun!
The Cave of the Winds tour is a walking tour and you get so up close and personal, they even provide you with sandals and a plastic bag for your shoes. The trail starts at the bottom of the falls and you get greeted with the sight of sea gulls just hanging out. They don’t seem afraid of humans all that much.
The falls were just beautiful to look at, especially since it was a really sunny day that day and because of the way the light reflected on the water you could see a rainbow.
There’s a part of the rail that’s pretty close to the falls and you can feel the waterfalls pounding on you. It was pretty cool!
After we dried off, my parents and I went to the theater to learn about the history of Niagara Falls. Apparently, there were some
crazy adventurous souls who decided to do some tricks at Niagara Falls such as crossing the falls on a tight rope, or the 63-year old lady who decided to go down the Niagara Falls in a barrel.
The aquarium was ok. I guess I must’ve been spoiled by the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA and the one in Boston, MA.
The trolley ride was fun. We mostly just did this because it was part of the package and we had nothing else planned that day. Funny enough, I ran into some friends from Binghamton while we were waiting in line for the trolley!
After that, we stopped by Rochester to see my cousin and her husband, then we went home. It was a very eventful two days and although it was tiring (since I was driving the whole time), I had a great time!