The BF and I spontaneously decided to take a weekend road trip to Niagara Falls, Canada this past weekend. After a painfully loooooooooooong 10 hour (each way!) drive, The BF and I made it only to find out that Niagara Falls. Is. NOT. For. Us. Niagara Falls is this gorgeous thing of nature (Or is it?) and it’s surrounded by every single imaginable tourist trap there is. There are haunted houses, wax museums, ferris wheels, casinos, even a water park! Hardly what I would call a romantic weekend getaway.

The falls are still quite pretty.

I actually won’t hide my disdain for Niagara Falls. It’s really not so much the Falls itself that I didn’t like. The falls were pretty. I LOATHE how they completely turned the surrounding area into a gawdy and cheesey tourist trap. If I ever go back into the area, I’ll probably skip the falls and go to Toronto, ON or Buffalo, NY instead. But if you do find yourself there there are some attractions to make it interesting.

Interesting things to do at Niagara Falls, ON:

1. Wine Tasting: Niagara-on-the-Lake Wineries is a cluster of 18 wineries just a few miles (or km, as you will in Canada). Looks pretty and you can’t really lose if you’re “wine tasting”. 

2. Steamboat Tours: Honestly, I didn’t think this would be something I would want to do, but The BF and I thought that it actually looked really fun! Maid of the Mist Steamboat Company offers boat trips every 15 minutes. For $12.50 USD (adults) and $7.30 USD (kids), they will suit you up in a poncho and take you right up to the falls. FUN!

3. Gamble: There are two majore casinos at Niagara Falls: Fallsview Casino Resort Hotel and Casino Niagara. Both are very conviniently located but HARDLY comparable to Las Vegas (read: Ehhhhh). BUT we had fun playing the tables. This is also a REALLY good place to exchange American dollars for Canadian money. They don’t charge an exchange fee, since they’re more interested in you losing money there. Which is exactly what we did. 

4. Hiking: Niagara River Recreational Trail is a beautiful 53 km hiking trail that winds you through Fort George and ends at Fort Erie. Family bonding seems much more fun on a hiking trail with historical lesson then at a wax museum.

Additional Reading and Resources:

Niagara Falls: America’s Most Unnatural Wonder- Newsweek

Niagara Falls Tourism Official Website


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