I recently got engaged and am going to get married in August. My fiance and I want to get married in Niagara Falls. I've done a lot of research online, but know that nothing beats a personal account. I was wondering if some of you could recommend a relatively inexpensive, but nice hotel that has a view of the Falls. Also, any attractions that we should see while there. I'm so excited at the prospects, but also overwhelmed by all the data I've taken in. LOL
Niagara Falls is so gorgeous. Dh and I had our honeymoon there. We enjoyed sitting back in some of their outdoor patio bars and sipping on drinks. We stayed at The Quality Inn there so we didn't get a view of the falls but we were on the main street for all the attractions.
A few of the things we did...
Lots of miniputt
we took a tour under the falls
Has some great meals at their restaurants along the main strip.
oh gosh we did so much walking
MarineLand was good too.
Those things are what comes to mind first...although I do know we did tons of other stuff. I don't think we ended up back at our hotel everynight until like 2am. We really enjoyed ourselves and I am sure you will too.
Grow Happy - congratulations. I have to admit it's been a couple of decades since I've been to Niagara Falls, but be sure to view the falls from the Canadian side and you will need a passport to get back into the USA. You might want to apply now or soon if you don't have passports already.
Depending on your time available, you might like to visit wineries on the Niagara peninsula - they are making some very fine wines there now, or visit the Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake and/or Stratford, ON - which also has a festival. Even Toronto is just a couple of hours from Niagara Falls (or less).
I emailed a friend who lives in Welland, Ontario which is about 20 minutes from the Falls and here is what she had to say:
[quote] Re N Falls hotels. If Shanika "Googles " Niagara Falls hotels', she will get dozens of listings. The hotels/motels with a view are of course much more pricey and especially in high season in the summer. A 5 minute drive will take them to Lundy's Lane, a main road with many hotels/motels. The (Sheraton I think) Fallsview hotel is right by the new casino, don't even have to go outdoors, Perkins restaurant inside also. On Lundy's Lane my brother and wife always stay at the Americana which has a water park included. There are some motels/hotels on Fallsview Road, I know a friend stayed at the 'Days Inn Fallsview', was quite happy, a block from the Falls. It can be pretty misty right on the 'Waterfront". if she have any specific questions, I can ask my son, his friend is a manager at one of the hotels. Lundy's lane is a pretty good bet nearer to the city, farther out you come to some pretty questionable places. look for street numbers close to the Americana. Several of the ones on Lundy's lane have honeymoon packages advertised. best of luck let me know if we can help further. Tell her to have dinner/show one night at "Oh Canada Eh?" about $50 each for about 3 hours entertainment and meal. [/quote]
Re Canadian side: A biased selection of what's there:
(1) Niagara Parks Greenhouse just above Horseshoe Falls.
(2) "Niagara scow" (barge) stuck above Horseshoe Falls (see Wikipedia).
(3) just the thundering of the Horseshoe Falls. And the falling drizzle.
And the mesmerizing rush of water over the top.
(4) tunnels going behind edge of Horseshoe Falls.
(5) View of the American Falls
(6) Art Deco gardens (hardscape) by Rainbow Bridge
(7) Maid of the Mist (boat up to Horseshoe Falls): very impressive: (as with
tunnels, they provide you with raincoats): access also from U.S. side ?
(8) Whirlpool Aerocar (never been on it: don't like heights)
(9) Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens: impressive: roses, plant collection,
butterfly conservatory, etc.
(10) As already said, wineries (as you drive to Niagara-on-the Lake):
I always have to drive, so it's my wife who gets the full benefit of visiting
(11) Niagara on the lake: historic: Shaw Theatre: Mori Gardens Garden
Centre (but assume you can't get the plants back over the border), etc.
And then there's the U.S. side!
Tend to meet most of my friends from the other side when we are in Florida!
Hi Grow Happy...I just stayed in Niagara this past weekend and had a great deal through Travel Zoo. We had a really nice clean room with a jacuzzi at the Hilton Fallsvew Hotel. Our room was on the 26th floor and we had a beautiful view of both the American falls and the Canadian falls. I think it would be worth checking out :)
Our plans are finalized now. We are driving to Canada, staying at the Hampton Inn Fallsview the first 3 nights and the Sheraton Fallsview(where we actually will have a view of the Falls) the last 2 nights. The Sheraton offers a whirlpool jacuzzi in the room we booked. What better way to spend your honeymoon, huh? :)
Dumb question:- Can I take any plant material back to the states with me? I love gesneriads and it would be very nice if I could! Would also love to take some iced wine back with me!
Glad to hear you've made your plans. I hope you've got your pass ports too.
I know we cannot bring plant material in to Canada without certificates and I think it works the other way around too, but I'm not sure. You WILL be allowed a certain amount of alcohol. Being out of the USA for 5 days you should have a reasonable allowance but best to check with the most recent US allowances. They probably have a web site somewhere which lists them all.
I believe you will need a phytosanitary (plant health) certificate for any plant material that you take across the border. If you know where you will be shopping for your gesneriads, I suggest you ask in advance for a phyto to be provided at time of purchase. It will cost you extra - probably around $20 - but without one, the US customs officer may confiscate your plants. You shouldn't have any problem with ice wine, but there is only a certain number bottles you are allowed to import without having to pay duty at the border. Ask about the duty limit, before you buy too many bottles and have to drink them right away! Have a great trip!
The Marriot is my personal favorite...beautiful rooms and an awesome view of the falls at night they have colored lights around the falls and you can see them change colors an awesome view... also great restaurant.
The Hilton was ok however, very noisy as it's right on the corner of Clifton street?? A VERY busy spot at night time...so I couldn't sleep well with all the noise.
I'm thinking the way the economy is that you may find alot of deals because I'm most certain tourism is way down...I personally would opt for a "nicer" hotel such as the Marriot...for your wedding...
GrowHappy, I was speaking from experience. I bought a bottle of limoncello in Europe and suddenly realized it was too big to take through airport security. Thereafter, for each of the remaining days of my vacation, I enjoyed a hearty nightcap of lemon liqueur until it was all used up. Enjoy the ice wine!