Niagara Falls and the Maid of the Mist

This was taken from the Maid of the Mist observation deck.

If you ignore our brief trip into Canada, the rest of our time in the Niagara Falls area went well.  One thing that made us accidentally go into Canada was the fact that ALL of the fun stuff is on the Canadian side of the falls.  They have casinos, Ferris wheels, observation decks, and all sorts of stuff.  We ended up on some side street that funneled into the bridge.  By the time we realized where we were headed it was too late.

Instead of a lot of commercial stuff, the US side of he falls has a big park.  The park is actually pretty neat.  There are lots of walking paths that take you to different vantage points of the falls.  The big draw is the Maid of the Mist boat ride which takes you right up into the falls.  By the time we made it on our first day, the boat was closed.  So we headed out for a quick dinner so we could come back to see the falls light up at night.

Unfortunately the lights at night weren’t all that spectacular.  The US falls are lit up with a light from Canada.  I’m sure they looked pretty from Canada, but from the US it wasn’t that spectacular.  It was worth seeing though.

Quick family picture after the boat ride. Sawyer was starting to lose it at this point, so he wasn’t very impressed.

We returned to the falls early the next day for the Maid of the Mist.  The boat takes you right up to the falls, so there was a lot of mist in the air.  The blue poncho they give you is more than a novelty – it is very much needed.  If the wind hits you just right, you get soaked!

We ended up leaving Niagara Falls at about noon to make the eight hour trek to Boston.  So our time at Niagara was quick, but enjoyed!

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