Niagara falls trip.. tips? worth it?
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Dec 2, 2012 8:22 PM Last Post By: scottyheather
Nov 20, 2012 7:32 AM
Niagara falls trip.. tips? worth it?Hi all!
I'm hoping you can help me decide how to plan this little getaway. This coming weekend I'm gonna be celebrating my anniversary with my husband and we wanted to travel somewhere nice. Unfortunately because of his job we only have 3 days to travel. We live in NYC and thought about going to NIagara Falls since its not too far from here and stay at a hotel by the falls. We've never been there but from what we've heard there's nothing much to do there so we would just be there for one day. That leaves us with 2 more days to travel. Do you have any ideas or recommendations of where else to go? and in your opinion, is this trip "worth the travel" or do you recommend another romantic destination near NYC for a 3 day trip this weekend?
Thank you so much for your time and help!
Nov 20, 2012 4:55 PM
Nov 20, 2012 7:19 PM
2I'd spend a day (max) at the falls, then find someplace agreeable in the Finger Lakes region. Much depends on the weather, however: if it's miserable out, the waterfall and glen walks won't be much fun.
Niagara isn't so bad compared to a lot of places. The falls themselves are pretty, and each of the points of view (boat tour, tunnel tour, above ground viewing on both sides of the border) is impressive.
There are about a zillion "romantic" alternatives within easy reach of New York City. Depends on what you like to do and how much you're willing to spend.
Nov 21, 2012 5:21 AM
3I think you could put together a nice weekend trip. However, the Maid of the Mist, the boat that takes you to the base of the falls, stopped running at the end of October. Also, one of my favourite activities is hiking down into the gorge, which might also be tough this time of year, though temps have been relatively mild recently. That being said, Niagara-on-the-Lake is very pretty and quaint and may be nicer to explore at this time of year, without the hordes of tourists. You can spend half a day at falls and half a day in Niagara-on-the-Lake. You can then spend another day exploring the wineries; you can see via the website posted above that there are still activities happening at this time of year. From there, you can also head up to the Waterloo region, exploring the quaint towns of St. Jacob's, Elmira, and Stratford. Unfortunately, Niagara-on-the-Lake's world-famous Shaw festival is on hiatus for the winter.
Nov 21, 2012 8:08 AM
4Niagara on the Lake is quite nice and there are a multitude of wineries to stop at.
However you probably picked the worst time to go, as all the leaves are off the trees, and the Christmas season isn't in full swing yet.
However if you do go, stop on the US to go out on goat island and view the falls from there.
However even if the Canadian side is cheesy, it is miles better than the US which is downright dismal.
Like I said you can drive down the Niagara parkway to NOTL, but you really couldn't have picked a worse time to do it.
My suggestion is a weekend in Montreal.
Even with lousy weather that city is always fun.
And there is an Amtrak train that leaves on Friday morning from NYC, and returns Sunday night that is party central for NY'ers who go to Montreal for the weekend.
Nov 21, 2012 4:24 PM
5Either Montreal or Quebec City is perfect for a getaway from New York. Both have historical connections to NYC. Assuming you are flying, the connection to Montreal would probably be quicker. Get set for good food and drink, as much culture and history as you want, and a partying spirit. And no, French is not an issue, especially not for tourists. The bad-tempered post above may give some indication of why les Quebecois can get irritated with the rest of us but it won't touch you.
Nov 21, 2012 10:34 PM
Nov 22, 2012 5:15 AM
7I'm not sure if it would be on the route between the falls and NYC but Cooperstown would be a nice stop if it fits in. Yes the town revolves around the Baseball Hall of Fame but aside from that it's a very nice small town that I'd consider romantic. Although if you're looking to stay busy with tons of things to do it's probably not a good choice. It's mostly about the scenery not the action.
Nicoletta's Italian Cafe there would make for a nice anniversary dinner I think. The food is great and it's a nice place but not to the point of being stuffy.
Nov 22, 2012 7:50 AM
8Scotty not only is it still there but my university room mate's dad is one of the owners! He said it is a cash cow!
Vagabonder is an idiot...you will no problems as an anglo in Montreal.
I'm going there Monday.
Nov 22, 2012 2:12 PM
Nov 23, 2012 4:01 PM
10Believe it or not, Scotty, Ripley's is not only still in existence but has flourished; see http://ripleysniagara.com/
It even includes a wax museum, Louis Tussaud, not 'Madam' you will notice.
Niagara Falls' stunning physical spectacle has always drawn hucksters and carnivals, led by the fools who wanted to go over the falls in a barrel. A wirewalker revived that traditional stunt over the waters this summer.
The egregious Elvis Presley Museum seems to have disappeared, though.
Ripley's is owned by British Columbia zillionaire Jim Pattison, a highly respected tycoon whose holdings constitute the third largest private corporate group in Canada, according to Wikipedia. His grasp of business reality surpasses Ripley.
Nov 23, 2012 5:43 PM
Nov 24, 2012 1:11 AM
Nov 28, 2012 11:09 AM
13It's the perfect destination for a short trip. Lots to do there. You will not be bored.
However, it you want a spectacular hike, then go to Watkins Glen State Park in NY on your way back.
Nov 30, 2012 10:41 PM
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