Niagara Falls, Ontario: What To See and Do
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Growing up within a couple of hours of Niagara Falls meant we visited whenever relatives came to visit from the UK. It's a Wonder of the World and what visit to Canada would be complete without it? But as I grew older Niagara Falls grew dingier and it seemed to lose some of its luster. The falls were still there but the Skylon sort of emptied out and the tourist area just seemed to be dying off.
After I got married, we moved away from Ontario but just about two years ago we moved back. It was time for a visit because unlike us, our kids had only seen the falls once or twice.
Niagara Falls has changed significantly. I am not a big gambling fan, but I have to say, the two Casinos that have opened since I left Ontario have made a significant difference in the overall feel of the city. It is more vibrant, more alive than it had been the last time I visited.
Over the past year, we have visited Niagara Falls four times and have barely scratched the surface and we have seen and done different things each time.
Our first visit was to our relatives. We stayed at their house and took a quick trip down to the falls one day. We did the touristy walk by the falls and then took a trip under the falls.
My second visit was with my mother and sister for a ‘girls' weekend. We stayed at the Skyline Inn because it probably has the best location for your buck. We weren't there to lounge in our room so we weren't worried about luxury accommodations. The beds were comfy though and it was nice inside. It is a very short walk to the American Falls and right across the street from the Casino which was our destination both evenings we were there. One night we went to the closer old Casino (which I liked better because it seemed brighter and was on two floors) and the second night we took a free shuttle over to the newer casino.
During the day, our goal was shopping. We visited the Outlet malls in Niagara Falls, NY and found many bargains. We also visited the Outlet mall on the Canadian side and bought some things there as well. Before our trip to the Casino in the evening we also saw the Festival of Lights which takes place November through January. It was quite spectacular!