Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to see the Niagara Falls, but somehow never got around to it until last September (some 50 years later!). And my husband and I couldn’t have chosen a better time to travel. The weather in September was still warm and sunny and there weren’t big crowds. Plus, what makes it even easier for us to travel in September is that my youngest daughter is in college and my oldest daughter graduated in 2009. So, being “empty-nesters” sure opens up many travel opportunities to us.
We stayed on the “Canada side,” (the city is split into two sides: the “Canada side” and the “US side”) right on River Road which runs along the Niagara River and is just down the street from the Falls. We had our dog Bentley with us and the location was perfect because there was a park-like setting right across the street by the Whirlpool Cable Car Ride (goes over a giant whirlpool created downriver from the Falls). Overall, I was amazed at how clean and nicely maintained the area was by the Falls. You could park your car, picnic, and walk over to the visitor’s center where you can see both the Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls (which we did with Bentley).
When we walked from the Niagara Falls park area up to Clifton Hill Road and turned the corner, my husband and I were totally astonished at what we saw…it was just like the boardwalk with one attraction after another lined up along both sides of the street. From Ripley’s Believe It or Not to the Hard Rock Café to the giant Ferris Wheel just like the “London Eye.” Of course, we had to stop at the Harley Davidson Motorcycle store to get my husband a Niagara Falls Harley shirt to add to his growing collection. Who knew they had all these rides and attractions, too!?
We were only there for a weekend and I wish we had more time there because there was just so much to see and do on both sides of the Falls. (And, oh, did I mention there are helicopter rides you can take right over the Falls, too?) When we go back (hopefully again in September for that warm weather!), one of the things I really want to do is go up into the giant spindle called the Skylon Tower, which is right next to and overlooking the Falls, and have dinner in its revolving restaurant while viewing the illuminated Falls at night! Now that view must be just “over the top”!
Check back on the RCI blog this week when we share stories and photos from RCI subscribing members who have taken a trip in September. And if you have a story or picture of your own to share with us, do it here – maybe we’ll feature it on the blog at the end of the week!