When I think of the Niagara Falls, this is not what comes to mind. But if you come to the Falls, you need to be prepared to drop a lot of money, be ready to be surrounded by people who randomly stop in the middle of the sidewalk, and be forgiving when employees are less than patient.
The Niagara Falls are breathtaking, and genuinely overwhelms the senses. However, like many other Wonders of the World, they are filled with tourists. But with tourists comes tourism and a lot to keep the average person busy for a week. You can enjoy a glass of wine from a Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard while getting soaked on The Hornblower boat as you get up close and personal with the Falls; you can zip line near the Falls; you can eat a great meal while overlooking the Falls; you can watch a movie about the Falls and you can walk under them. That’s just what’s near the Falls. When you wander up the hill you’ll find Ripleys attractions, Hard Rock Cafe, Rainforest Cafe, an IMAX theatre, a Casino, dinosaur mini-golf, and more food than you’ll ever need to consume.
The Niagara Falls are truly something everyone should experience. We’ve been here several times and never get tired of seeing the Falls from every angle. The only thing we get tired of is the people. There are days where it feels like everyone is in a bad mood and nobody learned manners. There are days when I feel like I’m going to snap if someone else bumps in to me or cuts in front of me.
On those days, when we can’t “people” anymore, we escape to a place where few tourists go. It’s funny tourists all stay within about a half mile radius of any attraction. This is true when we’re in the Great Smoky Mountains, Yosemite National Park, the Grand Canyon, or any other major attraction. All you have to do is walk a bit further than the average tourist and you’ll have a quiet paradise all to yourself.
We’re staying at a small campground on the Canadian side of the Niagara River and we were able to bike to the Falls. The Niagara Parkway bike path is quite impressive and will help you get away from all the people.
This morning we were even able to get out and just walk about 5 miles on the parkway. We enjoyed the Niagara River and only encountered about a half dozen people. Now that’s a good way to start the day.