A few weeks ago, Mr. Handsome had to fly to upstate New York for a continuing education class. I considered coming along with the kids, but there were no direct flights from Nashville, so we decided it would be too complicated. Instead, we had my mother-in-law stay with us. She always spoils us, so we definitely had more fun that Mr. Handsome did at his course.
It was a quick trip, and Mr. H was busy pretty much every moment, but I told him that he had to make time to visit Niagara Falls. I went to Niagara as a child, but he had never been.
So when the course was finished at 8:00pm, he set out. He called me while he was eating street food beside the falls. Apparently Niagara sets off fireworks every night at 10pm, so he was looking forward to those. And I must say that his three-year-old smart phone did a pretty good job at capturing the beauty.
I had told Mr. Handsome before he left that it’s a known fact that the Canadian side of Niagara Falls has better views, but he had decided that crossing the boarder for only a couple hours would be more of a hassle than it was worth (which was probably true). He told me afterwards that as he was looking at the falls from the American side, all he could think about was the fact that the view would be even better from across the river.
You need a passport or an Enhanced Driver’s License to cross from the US to Canada.
I’ve visit Niagra Falls 3 times and each time was breathtaking! I would like to visit again, my husband said3 times is enough. Lol. Nice your mother-in-law stayed with you,your husband didn’t have to worry.
Niagara falls is beautiful. I haven’t seen them in many years. I’m Canadian & have never gone over to see them on the USA side for comparison.
That is my neck of the woods! Grew up about 20 minutes from there and always took it for granted being so close and going there all the time. But then I’d look around and see tourists from everywhere and realize how special it was for those visiting, maybe once in a lifetime. It probably would have been a hassle if he didn’t have the right identification to cross (or COVID testing proof, if that was still in place at the time), but I enjoy both views–or all three, rather. Mr. Handsome’s view, looking at the Horseshoe (Canadian) Falls at their brink from the American side, and anywhere on the Canadian side where you can see both the American and Horseshoe Falls at once. Or the best is actually on the Maid of the Mist boat in the gorge! That view is unlike anything else I have ever experienced! I actually like that the American view shows all of the Canadian hotels and their lights. But from an entertainment perspective, nothing compares to the fun activities on the Canadian side–it’s a tourist trap paradise, and I love it!
That would be a beautiful place to grow up! He did have his vaccine card but decided not to bring his passport since he knew he wouldn’t have much time. We will have to visit again. What kinds of tourist trap activities do they have?
Sorry, just remembered to check back in on this post and saw your question – the activities range from mini golf and go-karts to Ripley’s and Guinness Records museums, haunted houses and arcades. A lot of them have fun photo ops out front, too. There’s also a giant ferris wheel that gives great views of the falls. Oh, and lots of different food options and souvenir shops. It’s always a fun walk!
Went to Niagara falls for my honeymoon 28 years ago and the Canadian side is definitely better,.
It was nice that your mother-in-law was able to babysit you and your children while your husband was gone.
I WENT TO NIAGARA, BUT THE CANADIAN SIDE!!!!!!!
The Canadian side is great- my husband lived in Ontario before we were married so we have been lots of times. It’s always great- the views, especially staying for the lights to go on and in all seasons- sometimes iced up in the winter. There is an Imax film on the falls, a funicular to ride up the hill, lots of food, restaurants, then the tacky tourist stuff on Clifton Hill (wax museum, that kind of thing). The maid of Mist ride is great but wet and lots in the area (there is a Marine park I think). In the area Niagara Pathway is lovely and Niagara on the Lake is beautiful town with a fort nearby. You could spend a day or several there.
That sounds like a great place to vacation!
You have to have your passport,Driver’s license, vaccine card to get into. Canada.
Ellie: if you take your kids they will have to have a passport, ID card, Vaccine card. To get into Canada too.
Niagara falls looks beautiful.