Post # 32
Niagara On The Lake is soooo beautiful, but Its pricey. Especially the food, its way too pricey for what it is. Accommodations are very over priced. I’d stay somewhere in Niagara Falls and make the trip to NOTL.
Also, all the shops shut down at 5pm and there is nothing to do at night there. At least in Niagara Falls there is a night life.
With that said, you have to do the Carriage ride through the town, it’s awesome. You can pretty much do Niagara On The Lake in one day. maybe another day for the winery tours. But I think staying there a week may be too much as it can be sleepy.
although Niagara Falls is a tourist trap….. There are fun things to do there that you don’t get to do every day. The Bird Kingdom is cool, the Jet Boats are super fun, dinner up the Skylon Tower is cool too. There’s a good variety of restaurants……. It depends what you’re into.
Post # 33
@RockStar33: Thanks for your suggestions, i’ll look into them. I think our trip will be about four days long.
Post # 34
@jsrt2012: honestly, my suggestion would be to stay at a hotel in Niagara Falls. Make 1 day of niagara on the lake. Wake up early and do a wine tour, then when that’s done, since youre there, hit up the small shops which are all on the Main Street, and do the carriage ride ( you have 2 options with this, half hour or hour…. The half hour is plenty). From the Main Street you can also make the short walk down to the park on the lake which is nice.
Regarding the wine tour….. there are a few options depending on budget. You can drive yourself( make sure you drive along the Niagara Parkway to get there…. So beautiful). But then someone will have to stay sober. You can rent bikes and bike there, or you can hire a private driver. If you hire a private driver don’t do it through the hotel or you’ll be paying a lot more, outsource a company in the area, there is lots and its cheaper. if you opt for the bike rental, that may take almost the day so you’d either have to start early, or go back another day to check out the shops.
There is also a really cool butterfly conservatory just outside Niagara Falls on the parkway.
Post # 35
@jsrt2012: Well if you’re willing to go to Toronto…there’s the Pantages theater. I saw Phantom of the opera 3 times there, plus Showboat and Miss Saigon. I have no idea what’s playing now. But if you’re into that check it out.
Post # 36
We went a few years ago and stayed at the Fallsview Marriott. We actually got a package deal – we had a room with a hot tub and a gas fireplace. They also gave us a credit for their restaurant, and sent strawberries and champagne to our room 🙂 We went in winter – it was beautiful, but cold!
We spent a day at Niagara-on-the-Lake. I don’t know if it’s still there, but there was a Christmas store there with some of the most beautiful ornaments I’ve ever seen. If you decorate a tree, it might be fun to get an ornament to commemorate your trip.
As for stuff we did, we did the Skylon Tower and dinner in their revolving restaurant (expensive but fun!), Brick City (Lego place), Ripley’s Believe it Or Not, The Wax Museum, SkyWheel, just walked around Clifton Hills, walked by the falls, walked around the Table Rock Centre. We also did the Journey Below the Falls – that was neat being down at the Falls level. We also went to both casinos too.
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Marineland is awesome! Also maybe a trip to Toronto? It’s only about 2 hours on way on the train.
Post # 39
If you’re into history, there’s also Fort George National Historic Site, which is just outside of Niagara-on-the-Lake. There is a small admission fee, but there are lots of things to see and do – historic buildings, displays, artifacts, costumed reenactments and activities. It’s open well into the fall, so it would be a good time to go!
Post # 40
Niagara Falls is beautiful but very touristy. There is the Skywheel, along with shopping and simulation rides and arcades. You can also find romantic restos with a view of the falls and spas if you are into pampering yourself.
Niagara-On-The-Lake is more expensive but full of wineries and GORGEOUS bed and breakfasts. You can arrange for horse drawn carriage rides and winery tours. If you would like to save on your accomodations, I would suggest getting a hotel room in Niagara Falls and then taking the short ride to NOTL. You can find decent rooms in three star hotels in Niagara Falls. If you would like to go all out, it would make more sense to stay in NOTL than Niagara Falls.
My husband and I go to Niagara Falls every Christmas for the Winter Light Festival. It is not crowded around that time. We will hit Niagara On The Lake when we renew our vows.