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Old 07-06-2007, 06:50 PM   #11
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I grew up a few miles away from Niagara Falls, NY and have been to both sides and everything around there about 7 million times! I like both sides. The Canadian side has more to do, but it's very touristy in my opinion. The American side is much improved and just geared toward walking around and taking in the scenery.

Niagara on the Lake is gorgeous and I would highly recommend it.

I don't have an info on hotels since I lived a short drive from there.

I just used to love going to NF and taking photos. It's really so beautiful. I've only been gone about a year or so and I totally miss going there!
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Old 07-06-2007, 07:07 PM   #12
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Oooooh, I forgot about this!
http://www.niagaraparks.com/nfgg/discountpass.php
It's the package deal for a whole bunch of fun stuff on the Canadian side!
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I'm in WNY, too. There is lots of parking on the US side of the falls. The Canadian side is less park like, but if you're looking for "stuff to do" there's more touristy stuff on the Canadian side. Fall months in NY are big tourist times because people come to look at the foliage.

Niagara-on-the-lake is a neat little town, lots of shops, nice park for the kids, but the food is a bit pricey.

If you are in the mood for a little road trip (about an hour from Buffalo), you might want to visit Letchworth State Park. It's a gorgeous canyon with waterfalls, hiking trails, and scenic overlooks that will be stunning with fall colors.
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Old 07-07-2007, 12:16 PM   #14
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I grew up a few miles away from Niagara Falls, NY and have been to both sides and everything around there about 7 million times!
where did you live? I lived in Amherst from '86 to '91.
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Old 07-07-2007, 02:14 PM   #15
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We went to NF a few years ago. I think our hotel room was about $60 through priceline.com or something. (Boyfriend paid, so I am not exactly sure how that worked.) We stayed on the Canadian side. I don't recall having much trouble getting over the border, it didn't really take that much time. The falls were spectacular! We went in October, but it really wasn't that cold like I had thought it would be. You have to eat at the Skylon restaurant!! It is seven hundred + feet up in the air. You ride up in an elevator, and once you are at the top, it slowly revolves. I was kinda queasy at first, because I don't like heights, but it moves so slowly it wasn't a problem after a few minutes. We went at sunset, and the view was stunning. The food was sooo good! They turned on colored lights under the falls once it was dark, and it was really pretty. And you absolutely must SEE THE BUTTERFLIES!!! The butterfly conservatory was awesome! It is pretty touristy, but Clifton Hill has a lot of things to do. Fun houses, a Hershey's store (got a super giant candy bar for my dad, he loved it!) an MGM store, etc. We also went over to the American side, for one afternoon. I didn't think the falls looked as big. We went to the aquarium that is somewhere in that area, I can't remember exactly where. I think both sides have a lot of things to see and do, so no matter what you decide, you will have a great time!!

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In the current geo-political environment, you do have to be prepared for long delays at the borders. It's not something you can plan for, it just depends on what the safety risk is on any given day.

We went up to Toronto last summer and we didn't spend more than 15 minutes at the border either way. Some of our friends sat there for 4 hours.
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we always have more problems coming back to the US...but mostly that's b/c DH's status has been screwed up in their computer system. For a few times there we'd have to go into "the office" for further processing. Took fooorrrever. But the last time we just we just zipped right over, so they must have finally gotten it fixed
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