Niagara Falls A Great Family Destination


No matter how many times we go there, Niagara Falls is a sure fire winner with my family. A couple of weeks ago we ventured on down to the falls, checked in to our "go-to" hotel for the evening, the Courtyard by Marriott on Victoria Avenue, and quickly got back out to see the sights.

As we arrived right around the lunch hour, the girls were all over me, "Mommy, can we go to TGIFridays for lunch?" As I too like the restaurant, it was an easy decision, although I had to play hardball. Mom can't come across as a pushover, now can she? After a great lunch, we decided to go play the mini golf course on Clifton Hill. Watching 4 children who have no clue how to play golf is in a word, hilarious. Several lost balls, the requisite amount of arguing about rules, lies, and whose shot it was and we were done. Still a lot of fun though.

I contemplated taking them up in the giant Ferris wheel to see the sights from up high, but instead we decided to save it for when the sun went down, maybe after dinner had digested.

Niagara Falls has for years had to reinvent itself over and over. When I think about the day trips with my own parents as a kid, it is sure to bring a smile to my face. The changes to the amusements, the restaurants, and the overall experience that is the Falls has become much more of a big city spectacle. I still feel very safe traveling down there with my girls, even on those occasions when my husband can't make it. We went for the long walk down to the falls. No matter how many times I see it, it still leaves me in awe of its sheer power and beauty. The Canadian side (Horseshoe Falls) is definitely my favourite.

The weather was co-operating quite nicely for our walk, which made it that much more enjoyable. The crowds were crazy busy, as always.



The dinner destination was narrowed down to either the Rainforest Café at the bottom of Clifton Hill, or the Kelsey's at the top. Thankfully, the consensus was the Rainforest Café. It is a place you need to be able to dedicate a couple of hours towards the entire experience. The kids absolutely loved being there. My youngest appeared genuinely scared when the storm began inside the restaurant. From the thunder and the lightning to the animals calling out to their family members, all had an amazing time. There is never a dull moment when a torrential tropical storm takes over the dinner conversation.

After dinner, we headed on over to the giant Skywheel to see if I could convince everyone to take the ride 175 feet above the ground. The view from atop the ride was made even more special when the fireworks started. If only we could have stayed up there a little while longer.

As this momma was beginning to feel a little weary from all the walking and eating, we opted to head back to the Courtyard for a late night swim in the indoor heated pool and giant hot tub. Needless to say, another wonderful overnighter in the Falls.


I think the goal for our next Niagara adventure is a night away with just my husband. That would make this girl very happy, a little romance, a little fine dining and a little relaxation over a bottle of red. The possibilities in Niagara Falls are endless, and it is right in your backyard.