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NFT: Looking for Niagara Falls recommendations

pjcas18 : 2/8/2019 8:11 pm
going to Niagara Falls this summer with the family, planning to stay somewhere on the Canada side, just looking for recommendations from people on hotel, restaurants, and anything else like activities, etc. from those who have been (and no I'm not going to visit my high school girlfriend).

I'm particularly interested in the zip lining reviewes, looks awesome and hotel.

Prefer a Marriott or Hilton property since I have a ton of points on both

thanks in advance.
There is a speed boat  
fireitup77 : 2/8/2019 8:18 pm : link
That takes you up into the rapids. Lots of fun.
The view  
myquealer : 2/8/2019 8:24 pm : link
from the rotating restaurant on the Canadian side is outstanding. The prices weren't bad for lunch, considering the location and the food was OK. It's a good family activity.
Cave of the Winds  
Steve L : 2/8/2019 8:24 pm : link
Is amazing. Thereís one on each side. You literally walk under the falls. You get soaked. Itís aweskme.
pjcas18 : 2/8/2019 8:29 pm : link
good stuff.

where did you stay?

there are like 5 marriotts that all say niagara falls in the name.

One looks interesting called Niagara Falls Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa. Does that sound familiar to anyone?
I live in Rochester  
Steve L : 2/8/2019 9:05 pm : link
So I can drive there easily (itís only about 70 minutes) and have never stayed overnight. But I do know that the nicer hotels are in Canada. The Canadian side is more built up and made for tourists. Stay on that side if you can. Thereís even a wax museum and Ripleys museum.

It also goes without saying that you HAVE to do the Maide of the Mist. Iím not sure about the Canadian side, but in the US you can buy a package that gets you Cave of the Winds, Maid and other attractions. Itís worth checking out. Thereís also casinos on both sides.
Clifton Hill is kitschy but fun  
Les in TO : 2/8/2019 9:34 pm : link
For kids. Marine land for dolphins whales etc Niagara on the Lake is close by with great vineyards restaurants and cycling
Not sure how old your kids are,  
slickwilly : 2/8/2019 10:00 pm : link
but there is a Great Wolf Lodge with one of those massive waterparks that is pretty close. My kids were like 5 or 6 though when we took them so that is all they cared about. Wouldn't recommend staying there, but they have day passes for the park.
Donít go when itís turned off  
Jim in Fairfax : 2/8/2019 10:13 pm : link

Samiam : 2/8/2019 10:44 pm : link
My information is pretty dated but I thought the US side was honky tonk and overpriced. But , it could have changed, I would just add that in your calculations, you should consider the strength of the US dollar relative to the Canadian dollar. A few years ago, we went to Canada and, for example, would charge $100 for dinner on the credit card. When we got the credit card bill,the cost was something like $65 US. There are some good deals here
Thanks guys  
pjcas18 : 2/8/2019 10:46 pm : link
our limited research suggests the Canada side is definitely better.

Jim, if the falls look like that when we get there I'm definitely not going over in a barrel.

I appreciate the replies so far, thank you.
There truly is some good Indian food there  
montanagiant : 2/8/2019 10:46 pm : link
Went to school at Niagara  
timintey : 2/9/2019 12:01 am : link
Peppermints and the Sundowner... probably not for the wife or kids 😁

Niagara on the Lake is a cool excursion away from the falls. Town of Lewiston on the NY side is a nice town that has an Artpark that has events and some cool restaurants. Check to see if anything is scheduled at the Artpark.
Embassy Suites is nice  
rasbutant : 2/9/2019 12:10 am : link
You can see the falls from your room plus the benefits like free breakfast and suites (mine had a jacuzzi tub).

American side is more state park like and the Canadian side is more glitzy. Itís worth stopping on the American side to see the falls from that point of view but youíll spend most of your time on the Canadian side.

You can find reviews on the attractions anywhere. But something most people donít take advantage of are all of the hiking trails and bike trails.
I stayed at the Marriott  
Vanzetti : 2/9/2019 2:03 am : link
It was great. Walked down and had coffee every morning right along the river. Only caveat is that all the hotels toward the end are up a hill. 15 min walk at most but you have to be prepared to go up. Not super steep but steady

I would definitely recommend staying down the end rather than in the cheesy tourist section. There are a lot of steak houses. I ate an Zislamic restaurant. Great food but no alcohol
Gman11 : 2/9/2019 12:25 pm : link
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We enjoyed  
Gman11 : 2/9/2019 12:26 pm : link
the helicopter ride over the falls and the Maid of the Mist. Different perspectives of the falls.
maid of the mist  
Hilary : 2/9/2019 1:12 pm : link
An experience you will never forget is the boat ride by the falls the Maid of the Mist

Dinner at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo.The owners were the first people to serve Buffalo Wings.

Niagara on the Lake is an awesome town.
Steve L : 2/9/2019 8:22 pm : link
In comment 14291617 Gman11 said:
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Ha ha. Stooges!
whatever you do  
Ron from Ninerland : 2/9/2019 10:21 pm : link
stay on the Canadian side. I've stayed at the Hilton Fallsview. The location is great and the hotel is pretty good
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