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what else to do other than the falls?

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what else to do other than the falls?

hi, Thinking of a 3/4 day trip from VT to Niagra Falls in mid August. A first for my 10 yr. old boy.

We want to stay in a reasonalbe (under 75.00?) a night hotel, doesn't have to be right at the falls, we don't mind driving. What other fun things are to do close by so that it feels like a real mini vacation? Any advice/suggestions welcome about any of this trip.


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1. Re: what else to do other than the falls?

There are the jet boat tours & a new snow park for tubing. There is always the Cave of the winds and Maid of the Mist boat ride.



You now have to have a passport or an enhanced drivers license to cross over the border to the Canandian side. The Canadian side is much more touristy than the American side. The views from that side are also more spectacular.

If you go to NF and do the jet boat tours - try to get in the front of the boat, you will experience the greatest effect when they hit the rapids.

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Actually, you don't need a passport to cross to the Canadian side, photo ID and birth certificate would still suffice, but you will need a passport to return to the U.S. (although no one without a passport or equal has been refused re-entry yet).

For things to do on the Canadian side:

Maid of the Mist

Journey Behind the Falls

Niagara's Fury


White Water Walk

Skylon Tower


Clifton Hill (museums, attractions, restaurants)

Butterfly Conservatory

Bird Kingdom

Aero Car


Greg Frewin Theater

Safari Niagara

Fallsview Casino and Casino Niagara

Indoor Waterparks

Welland Canal

Fort George and Fort Erie



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If you do not have an enhanced Driver's License or Passport customs and immigration they will let you back in but you will be detained and held for a while. I suggest buying a Discovery Pass for you and your son. It includes admission in to a lot of attractions in Niagara Falls.


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4. Re: what else to do other than the falls?

Don't forget about Fort Niagara on the US side. Great old buildings!

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5. Re: what else to do other than the falls?

The Jet boats are a thrill. Your 10 year old would love it. Fort Niagra is well worth a visit too

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Had a great trip to Niagara there for the 4th July

Stayed in Elizabeth House B&B would highly recommend it. Easy walking distance to Goat Island and Falls. Debbie - owner very helpful.

Maid of the Mist is a MUST and the Jet Boating was awesome - lasts about an hour prepared to be soaked right through to the skin - no way to avoid it.Jet baoting was on Canadian side Debbie helped us organise it. Enjoy you will have a wonderful time.

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If you have a 10-year-old with you, you MUST visit Martin's Fantasy Island Theme Park on Grand Island! No annoying passports required, as it's on the American side; just cross the Grand Island Bridge at Buffalo Avenue! The park is on Grand Island Boulevard, very easy to access from the bridge; one admission price ($23.00 for adults, discounted for children under 12) includes everything but the restaurants and concessions, and (I believe) the adjacent Splash Park. Features include many rides for all ages (including "Flight", a not-to-be-missed thrill ride consisting of flying swings that rise 150 feet into the air), an optical illusion Magnetic Mine, a Wild West Town with shootouts occuring several times daily, a petting zoo, and much more. Grand Island also features a KOA Campground, a go-cart park, a nice beach at Beaver Island State Park, the quirky and always entertaining Kelly's Country Store, and several shopping plazas.

Other kid-friendly sites in Niagara Falls include the Niagara Power Project Visitors' Center (a/k/a the Power Vista) (it's free!), the Daredevil Museum (also free!), the Niagara Wax Museum (very reasonable at something like $5.95 for adults, less for kids), the Niagara Falls Aquarium (complete with a marine petting zoo), the outdoor swimming pool at Hyde Park (also free!), Sullivan's Hot Dogs on Buffalo Avenue, the Four Seasons Cinema on Military Road (always weekend matinees and usually at least one kid-friendly feature; all shows %3.50), the Thunderfalls 4D Movie adjacent to the Hard Rock Cafe, the IMAX movie theatre (showing an educational film about the Falls) at the Niagara Falls State Park Visitors' Center, the Observation Tower (free!) and the Crow's Nest Staircase ($1 for the elevator ride) adjacent to the Maid of the Mist Landing Dock at the Niagara Falls State Park (kids LOVE this staircase - you climb right up next to the American Falls, climbing right through a circular rainbow on sunny mornings, and usually get absolutely soaked!), the Schoellkopf Mustum (geological displays centering on the Falls), Whirlpool Park and the Devil's Hole gorge trail (free - and well worth the long climb down!), the Snow Park adjacent to Rainbow Boulevard (a snow tubing slide - yes, genuine frozen "snow", in August! - and an ice skating dome), the Book Corner Bookstore on Main Street (especially if you like cats!), the Children's Room at the Niagara Falls Public Library (always books for sale, 10 cents to 30 cents, along with computers, sn aquarium, and various displays), Blackwind's Pet Shop on Military Road, DeDee's Dairy and Old Greenwall's Restaurant on Cayuga Drive, the Twist o' the Mist Ice Cream Parlor and the adjacent Misty Dog Grill on Falls Street, the Ponderosa Restaurant on Niagara Falls Boulevard, and the Farmers' Market (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) in the City Market. Mom may like the Seneca Niagara Casino and the Fashion Outlets Mall! And as for choosing a hotel, why not stay at the Howard Johnson Closest to the Falls? They have special kid-oriented rooms, free continental breakfast, and a great indoor pool! They also feature the Three Sisters Trading Post, and - gulp! - helicopter rides over the Falls!!

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8. Re: what else to do other than the falls?

Just met someone who was at the falls recently and went to Martins Fantasy island and said the kids were not very impressed.

Not my opinion but just remembered posting here so decided I'd pass it on

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9. Re: what else to do other than the falls?

For sure check out the Canadian side. As far as the view goes, it is superior to the others, and there are many more attractions on the Canadian side. There is cheap parking close to the Falls if you know where to look, (on the Canadian side) and you will probably not have much of a problem getting back over, passports or not.

Good luck,


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