Hey niagara! After the community's warm response to my history posts here pertaining to Clifton Hill and the amusement industry, I thought I'd come to you all with some information I unearthed about a possible attraction lost to time. I hope now maybe your memories could again help fill some gaps in Niagara's rich amusement history. I was digging around in the Canadian Trademark Database and found the name of the company that Bob Dunham operated the House of Frankenstein and Castle Dracula locations under. For a quick recap, there was chain of six of these attractions across North America, the first and flagship location of both the House of Frankenstein and Castle Dracula being the Niagara locations. The company he ran these under was called Waxattract, and Niagara artist Derek Costello provided the art, figures and animation for these attractions as well as much more. In 1979, two years after the sixth and final location in the haunted house chain opened (Castle Dracula in Lake George, NY) Waxattract filed trademarks for "Jungleland Golf" and "Monsterland Golf". Both are listed as "For proposed use in Canada." Just a few months later both trademarks were abandoned. A year after that, Waxattract filed trademarks for a Jules Verne attraction with an animated dog barbershop quartet out front as well as an Arby's franchise. A few months later these trademarks were abandoned as well. For these attractions to have had names and characters trademarked, they must have been far enough into development that art, business plans and structural drawings were likely already partially developed. That's interesting enough, but the story doesn't end there. I tried googling these attractions to find old news articles announcing upcoming attractions or building permits, but found nothing with the exception of Jungleland. In a 2002 growth plan for the City of Niagara Falls, a section discusses the construction of the parking garage for Fallsview Casino. It reads: "To accommodate parking in the event of a closure of the Allandale parking lot at the discretion of the City of Niagara Falls and/or the Jungleland parking lot." Adding fuel to the mystery, Jungleland Golf is the only of the above trademarks transferred to a new owner and renewed after being abandoned by Waxattract. Its transferred to an Herbert W. Cowan in 1980 and not inactivated until 1996. I can't find anything on Jungleland Golf on the internet. No brochures, merchandise, postcards, photos or references outside of the 2002 growth plan. It's possible for this reason that the municipal parking lot referenced in the 2002 plan was simply the land that was proposed for Jungleland once upon the time, still being referred to as such by the city despite the attraction never being built, even under the trademark's new owner. It's also possible however that this municipal lot referenced was called such by the city because it used to be the land Jungleland sat on, and that this Herbert Cowan ran the attraction from 1980 to 1996 as the records indicate. Adding merit to the theory the attraction existed is the fact that there is a municipal lot about 100ft from the Fallsview Parking garage at the corner of Main and Fallsview. That would have been directly across the street from the Boris Karloff Wax Museum, which was in the parking lot of the Oakes Hotel. This is significant because as I'm sure you guessed, The Boris Karloff Wax Museum was run by Bob Dunham/Waxattact. In fact, this too was recently unearthed due to a telegram auctioned off online. The telegram was sending condolences to Boris Karloff's wife after the actor's death in 1969 and was sent from Robert (Bob) Dunham of the Boris Karloff Wax Museum. Since the museum opened roughly a year before this, it seems like he owned it from the beginning, making it both Dunham's first attraction and likely Derek Costello's, pre-dating the House of Frankenstein by a year. If he owned an attraction directly across the street from the possible location of Jungleland, it makes sense he would develop more on empty land there after all the space on Clifton Hill was used up. After heavy digging, I found 2 aerial shots of that area from the early 90s. What's now the municipal lot indeed has a tree filled area with some small structures around it. The photos are not clear at all being taking from the Skylon tower, and one was taken in the dead of winter under a good 3 feet of snow. This makes it impossible to make out any text, logos or even evidence of a mini golf, but whatever is there looks like it couldn't be much else. Does anyone remember this? It's not to be confused with Jungle Putt on Lundy's Ln. near Typhoon Lagoon, the 80s-era mini golf/arcade/Dairy Queen that was abandoned in early 2010s and eventually burnt. Jungleland would have been near the Seagram/Minolta Tower, specifically directly across from the Oakes Hotel and there between roughly 1980-1996, if it existed. Anybody remember anything?
History of Clifton Hill Part 5 (Final): What Could Have Been, and What Can Still Be
Thank you to everyone who has followed this series or voted for it's creation. I'm glad you've enjoyed it and I'm always happy to spread the important history of the amusement industry, especially pertaining to the place that inspired me to go into the industry. For parts 1-4 scroll back in this sub or click my profile. In 1989, Welland Securities, who owned the entire south-west side of the Hill, would develop the final portion of unused land on Clifton Hill. They would become HOCO (Harry Oakes Company) and gain ownership of almost all the attractions on land they leased out. This included Movieland, The Space Spiral Tower and the Cliffside Motel. The only attractions that would continue being leased were Ripley's and Circus World, meaning HOCO not only owned all the land on the South-West side of the hill, they now ran everything between Circus World and Ripley's, as well as the Fudge Factory (in its original spot) and an ice cream stand immediately down the hill from Circus World. They planned to keep everything that was on the hill but build on it. Movieland was remodeled and the outside was given a more noticeable Egyptian theme to match the lobby. This meant large lion statues and Costello's talking pharaoh. The lobby was remodeled as well. Rather than a cameraman and a director filming Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra, they would now be filming Costello's Indiana Jones figure, who lowered up and down on a rope above a fogging pit with a cobra rising out of it. Many of the early talkie-era stars in the hall immediately after the entrance (along with Elizabeth Taylor) were moved to 2 large display cases in the middle of the attraction with multiple figures, instead of each one having their own scene. In their original spot just inside the entrance an intentionally scary scene was created to match the popular Indiana Jones series. Many of the figures Costello had added since he became the museum's artist were slightly frightening, like a lunging alligator or a startling Joker scene with a machine gun sound effect. The museum had been expanded at the end, and a large horror section had been added, with many figures like the mummy being from the same mold as the House of Frankenstein/Castle Dracula mummys. Unlike when it would move to it's current location in 2005, the old location's chicken exit was placed before the horror section rather than the haunted house portion. In fact, there was no haunted house section, many of the figures that would end up in the haunted house section of the new location were simply scattered throughout the museum. Many of the figures in the horror section of the original museum were actually less scary and less animated than the Jurassic park scene or the alligator encountered earlier in the museum. To prevent unsuspecting parents who had no clue what kind of attraction this was dragging their children in and expecting static figures of washed-up movie stars, getting the living daylights scared out of them, then end ending up filing complaints with HOCO's customer service department, an intentionally scary scene was put at the beginning. This let people know what they were walking in to, an experience rather than a museum. Costello designed figures behind plexiglass such as a man upside down in a cocoon thrashing around, a skull that popped up from the floorboards in a scene full of snakes, a man on a bed of spikes that fell towards you, and a scene with spiders on fishing line "jumping" all over a rotting corpse. The Cliffside Motel was amalgamated into a wing of the Quality Inn, and the driveway into it off the hill was removed as it was no longer necessary because it could be accessed from the Quality Inn parking lot. In the driveway's place was now a large empty space between Circus World and Movieland, with the Space Spiral Tower (with a relatively small footprint) stuck in the middle. HOCO called upon attraction design and layout firm White Hutchison Leisure Learning Group (WHLLG) to design an attraction around the Space Spiral that would use the final undeveloped land on Clifton Hill. And so WHLLG designed Dazzleland Family Fun Centre. Dazzleland was a courtyard of buildings arranged in roughly the same layout as the Great Canadian Midway (for reasons we'll get to later) that sits on the land now. The buildings around the outside of the courtyard were long and narrow, picture a courtyard of carnival game trailers but permanent, appealing buildings. These buildings included a Skee-ball building, a sports game building (basketball games, football toss etc.), a racing game building, a pinball building, a funnel cake shop, and the prize counter. In the back corner, roughly where the XD Theatre now is in the midway, was a larger building: an arcade housing video games and more pinball machines. In the middle of the courtyard was a small carousel, and a small building housing games that dispensed their own prizes (claw machines, prize egg games, etc.) and coin-op kiddie rides. The Space Spiral was incorporated into Dazzleland, still being accessible directly off the hill. As mentioned in part 3, the tower was exactly where the Fudge Factory now is, as the circular store was once the loading area for the tower. At this time the snack bars beside the tower right on the hill were constructed: a pretzel/hotdog stand and an ice cream stand, both of which are still there. The Wendy's was built on top of Circus World, replacing the mini golf that had formerly been on the attraction's roof. Across the entrance to Dazzleland's courtyard from Wendy's was a Domino's Pizza, roughly where the photo booth just to your right is when entering the Great Canadian Midway now. Between the Space Spiral and the Dominos was a fortune teller machine built right into the wall: "Ask the Brain". The brain still lives on inside Movieland, except now he wants a loonie instead of a quarter. Just up the hill from the Space Spiral, on top of the hot dog and ice cream stand, a small sports bar was built. Very little is known about this sports bar, but obvious remnants of it still exists. The area of Boston Pizza closest to the hill (the back corner near the kitchen, the bar area, and the raised dining area) was the originally the sports bar. It featured a small coin-op bowling lane, arcade games, and food. The stairs in the Midway up to Boston Pizza beside Ghostblasters is the original stairs up from Dazzleland to the sports bar. Additionally, the Boston Pizza entrance closer to the hill (not the one with the big bowling pin, other one) was the main entrance to the sports bar. Little is known about the bar, including it's name. It may not have had one, simply being part of the Dazzleland complex. Many of the areas in Dazzleland didn't have a name, simply having signs heralding "Arcade", "Sports Games", "Skeeball" rather than naming the areas like the "Game Factory", "Sports Zone" or "Strike! Rock 'n Bowl" like in the Midway. For this reason, the bar may have been nameless, simply being part of the Dazzleland complex, but it's unlikely a dining establishment geared at adult nightlife wouldn't have a name. Because the mini golf on Circus World's roof had been operated by the Cliffside Motel operators, HOCO acquired all the assets from it when they stopped leasing the land out. When the aforementioned Wendy's was built, the mini golf was moved just up the hill from the sports bar. It's entrance was right on the hill, but the course wrapped around the sports bar and ran back behind Dazzleland, between the back of Dazzleland and the parking lot of the Quality Inn. It would now be dinosaur themed and heavily landscaped. WHLLG designed the course and HOCO contracted Costello to build all the fiberglass dinosaurs. It's unknown what it's original name was, but in the early 90s, with the smash hit of Jurassic Park, it was renamed Dinosaur Park and given a similar logo. Up until the 2018 remodel, Boston Pizza had a patio. This patio was the exact location of the entrance to the mini golf, and the reason the restaurant's building curved in such a bizarre way surrounding the patio was originally to accommodate the course. Underneath the sports bar and mini golf and was an underground building accessible from a back corner of Dazzleland's courtyard. This area housed all of Dazzleland's miscellaneous ticket redemption games and 2 shooting galleries. The low-ceiling area of the Midway called the "Game Factory" is this original building. The Bonanaza Company shooting gallery is still there albeit heavily remodeled, but Blasteroids, an early project by arcade game company Lazer-Tron, was removed in 2016. Interestingly, the chase lights along the back wall of the Game Factory are Dazzleland holdovers. Between the shooting gallery and where what's left of the racing games now are is a bank of maintenance doors. If you get lucky and see them open, you'll see a stairs that was originally an entrance to Dazzleland from further up the street, beside Dinosaur Park. This now lets out somewhere in Boston Pizza's arcade (although I haven't been able to figure out where) and is used by staff to get from "a" to "b" faster. Dazzleland has been the hardest to dig up information on in my research on Clifton Hill. Although I now know what was in each of the buildings around the outside of this "courtyard", I haven't been able to find which one was where. The only things I've confirmed is where the video game building was, what was in the building in the middle, and confirmed that the Game Factory was originally part of Dazzleland. The rest is beyond me and my memories of it have long faded. If anyone worked here or visited it frequently and has any answers, they would be greatly appreciated. Additionally there was a small pool near the front with a Costello dragon figure in it that spit water out it's mouth. I've heard conflicting reports that this was just a fountain, and others saying it was a small bumper boat or RC boat attraction, but my guess is it was just a fountain as it seems like a pretty small pool. The same year, fiberglass dragon waterslides were added to the Quality Inn pool. Although bearing striking resemblance to Costello's dinosaurs and Dazzleland dragon, at least one more of each of the dragon slides exist, all the way down in Texas. It was originally thought this Texas waterpark bought them off HOCO when Quality Inn closed, but one of the Quality Inn dragons appeared on an episode of shipping wars going to Kansas and the other was recently found abandoned on a private residential property in Niagara, proving they are in fact not the ones at the Texas waterpark. This is evidence they may have been mass produced. By the time Dazzleland opened in 1989, it was the 8th arcade on the hill (after Circus World, Q-Balls Billiards Pub in Quality Inn, the arcade in Ripley's, the arcade in the Foxhead, the arcade in Castle Dracula, Funland in the basement of the House of Frankenstein, and an arcade that had recently opened in the Pilgrim Motel in their gift shop.) These were just the large-scale, dedicated arcades right on the hill. Many others could be found nearby in Maple Leaf Village, the Skylon, the Seagram, Pyramid Place and the Imperial Hotel as well as many mini golf courses and family fun centres along Lundy's Ln. and the QEW. Also, virtually every gift shop on Clifton Hill and Victoria Ave. had a game or 2. The mix of arcades, haunted houses, fast food, nightlife and stores selling t-shirts and posters had started a well-known rock culture in Niagara Falls among Southern Ontario youth. The epicenter of this was "Rock World", a rock-themed gift shop that had opened in 1983 on Centre St. (the street Clifton Hill becomes just above Victoria Ave.) They would later add a second story and build Rock Legends Wax Museum above it, with all the figures sculpted by the store's owner Pasquale Rammuno. In 1996, Maple Leaf Village was replaced by Casino Niagara, and many of the attractions found new homes on Victoria Ave., including Screamers and Nightmares. The Elvis Museum, Antique Auto Museum, 50s diner nightclub, and arcade all moved to Pyramid Place adjacent to the IMAX pyramid. Screamers prospered on Victoria Ave., and 2 "sequel attractions" were built in the early 2000s: Creatures of the Night on Victoria Ave. and Horror Manothe Zombie Zoo Nightclub on Centre St. Another attraction, Alien Encounter, would open at the corner of Victoria Ave. and Clifton Hill beside the Criminals Hall of Fame. This slightly thematically darker "north of the hill" area with the Screamers chain, the Criminals Hall of Fame, Rock Legends, Nightmares and Alien Encounter became a "main strip" all in it's own. As mentioned before, since the cabin courts were all town down in the early 50s, nothing had been torn down on Clifton Hill. The only exception was the Houdini Hall of Fame that burnt to ash in 1996. Some of Houdini's Last Words were claiming that anything revealing his secrets would perish in flame, and even though the fire completely leveled the museum, the plywood and fiberglass paneled House of Frankenstein only separated from it by a 2-foot wide alley was completely untouched, leading a lot of Houdini's fans to believe he was conducting some kind of post-mortem practical joke. The metal objects like handcuffs and the water tank could be saved, and were bought by David Copperfield. Ripley's Moving Theatre was built in it's place. Over the 30 years from Tussaud's opening in 1959 to Dazzleland in 1989, Clifton Hill had expanded and filled up the land. However that didn't mean it was time to tear things down. Things were simply moved around or remodeled to keep them fresh, not out of an unwillingness to change, but because these things had become ingrained in the landscape. Examples of this were Tussaud's moving to its current home in the old building of a restaurant that had since moved on Victoria Ave., rather than the attraction shutting down, or the Adventure Dome Theatre oepneing in part of the Honeymoon City's gift shop. In Tussaud's old place was built the MGM walkthrough/store, Pink Panther ride and 4D Ride in 2002. The beer garden beside it was replaced with the WWE building and the Piledriver ride, but the beer area was moved to between the 2 attractions. In 2004 the Foxhead's arcade was expanded and re-themed into the Marvel Superheros Adventure City. Another great example of re-freshing an existing attraction was Dazzleland. A simple realization was made, more games = more money and higher guest enjoyment. The outdoor courtyard style with it's room for walkways between the buildings was re-designed, and HOCO again called upon WHLLG. WHLLG designed not only a remodel of Dazzleland, but an incredible 5-step plan that would have made Clifton Hill financially on par with a major theme park. Steps 1-3 came to fruition. Step 1 was remodeling Dazzleland into the Great Canadian Midway in 2002. The level, concrete foundation Dazzleland was built on was kept as the foundation of the Midway, hence why it has the same layout. The former video game building at the back became the FX Ride Theatre (now XD Theatre/Wild West Coaster) in the Midway. The funnel cake shop was kept where it was in Dazzleland except now it was in the Midway, between the FX Ride and the Prize Counter. The area housing Dazzleland's ticket redemption games became the Game Factory. The middle building housing the claw games and kiddie rides was demolished, as it was no longer needed because the Midway was fully indoors and there was now a massive space to put games. The sports bar was expanded and became Boston Pizza, so Dinosaur Park was moved to in front of the Comfort Inn. Under the expanded Boston Pizza, Sally Corp. was hired to build the interactive Ghostblasters dark ride. All of Dazzleland's old games made the transition into the Midway, however very few are still around. With the Midway making serious buck, HOCO went ahead with phase 2 of WHLLG's plan. Movieland was moved to Circus World's former location in 2005, and Circus World's owners moved the attraction to what was then the popular Victoria Ave. area. In Movieland's old home, Cosmic Golf, a blacklight golf was temporarily set up. 2 years later in 2007, the golf moved to it's permanent home in the basement becoming Galaxy Golf and the gift shop that had been formerly in the basement was moved upstairs. Movieland retained all the figures and sets they had at the time of the move, moving them all into the new space. All the scary elements were put in the new "House of Horrors", a small optional haunted house at the end of the attraction. Phase 3 involved beginning to demolish the only thing that WHLLG's 5 phase plan would have torn down: Quality Inn. In it's place an amusement park would have been built, anchored by Canada's largest ferris wheel. The wheel would be phase 3 and the amusement park phase 4. Though both WHLLG and HOCO recognized the historical value of the hotel, it had reasons to go. The hotel may have been full of your usual hazardous mid-century building materials (however Comfort Inn built by the same firm the same year was found to have no hazardous materials when it was torn down in 2015, so who knows) but the main issue was elevators and the amount of space it took up. Comfort Inn only had 2 wings, one on each side of the lobby, and only 2 elevators would have needed to be installed. This wasn't legally necessary, as no law states that buildings of age absolutely have to be 100% accessible, it was more something HOCO wanted to do. Quality Inn had multiple wings that weren't accessible from one another, so an elevator would need to be installed in each wing. In addition to the elevator issue, Comfort Inn was chosen as the hotel to keep because the building was integrated with Kelsey's, Rumors Nightclub, Ripley's, and Dinosaur Park, all of which wouldn't have been touched in WHLLG's 5 phase plan. Finally, Comfort Inn's land wasn't big enough for an amusement park whereas Quality Inn's was. 2 things would justify the demolition of Quality Inn. One, it's sister hotel, Comfort Inn, would have been kept. The other reason justifying the demolition would be phase 5: a skyscraper hotel and indoooutdoor waterpark in the field between Clifton Hill and the Skylon Tower. The dragon figures from Quality Inn's pool were kept in HOCO's storage for a time for this waterpark. The final vision can be seen here. Phase 3 would go ahead in 2006, with the lobby, Golden Griddle and Q-Balls Billiard pub of Quality Inn being torn down and the Skywheel built in it's place. For the last year Quality Inn was open, you would need to register at Comfort Inn's lobby. The same year, the Space Spiral was torn down, as 2 observation attractions wouldn't be needed on the hill. However, a new spiral tower would have been constructed during phase 4 in the theme park. The reason the tower would be demolished rather than moved was because a tower manufactured by the same company in Wildwood, NJ, had begun to sway a few years earlier, resulting in it needing to be removed entirely for safety reasons. Phase 4 was set to go ahead in 2010, so in 2009 the remainder of Quality Inn was demolished. It seemed as though everything would fall into place, and with the exception of Quality Inn making it's sacrifice, everything on Clifton Hill that had been there for 20-60 years would be there forever, just greatly expanded on. Unfortunately, this came at a turning point for Clifton Hill, when the recession was in full swing and tourism had declined since 9/11. Changing technology and interests, but no real nostalgia trend yet, created a perfect storm, and the idea was scrapped. Especially now that there would be no amusement park, a lot of area attractions closed. HOCO now needed to find a new design company to completely re-design the project. The problem was, Quality Inn was already torn down to make way for the amusement park. HOCO reluctantly found a new design company who had no projects under their belt yet, IDS. HOCO was hopeful the Canadian company could help give them a similar vision to their previous 5 stage plan, that would help them re-use many of the already implemented stages and despite scrapping the amusement park, would simply scale down and redesign the hotel. This was done in hopes that the city would be much more likely to approve just another high rise hotel than an amusement park as well. IDS' new plan was much different than what HOCO was looking for. It featured tearing down Ripley's, Comfort Inn, Kelsey's, and Rumours Nightclub and building a Titanic Museum shaped like the boat. It also featured building a large mall within the hotel rather than a waterpark and relocating and expanding Dinosaur Park into Dinosaur Adventure Golf on Quality Inn's old land. While HOCO thankfully chose not to go ahead with the mall and Titanic Museum, they would build Dinosaur Adventure Golf and work with IDS to make a more feasible plan that better suited Clifton Hill. The new plan featured Dinosaur Adventure Golf and Strike! Rock 'n Bowl as phase 1. It also included removing a lot of the thematic brand identity elements WHLLG had implemented to coincide with their final amusement park vision and replacing Galaxy Golf with Wizard's Golf as phase 2. Phase 3 would feature tearing down Comfort Inn (that never got it's elevators due to it no longer being planned to be kept), building Niagara Speedway in it's place, and removing Rumors Nightclub to accommodate the new Kelsey's bathrooms and Zombie Attack. Phase 4 would feature remodelling Wendy's, Boston Pizza and Kelsey's. Phase 5 would feature a mall (no hotel) in the field between Dinosaur Adventure Golf and the Skylon, but this final phase will likely never come to fruition. Multiple attractions have closed since the late 2000's, such as the entire Screamers chain, Circus World, The Criminals Hall of Fame, Funland Arcade and Alien Encounter. The Hilltop Motel became the current home of the Upside Down House, and the Pilgrim Motel became Captain Jack's. Ironically, the only part of the building that's not part of the entertainment centre is a Mini Mart at the back that was the original arcade in the Pilgrim. Virtually everything in the Falls. Ave. complex other than Rainforest Cafe and the 4D theatre is gone. Marvel Superheroes Adventure City lost its license after Disney bought Marvel, and it simply became Adventure City. The Hulk Mini Golf became jungle themed, Spider-Man references were (poorly) removed from the dark ride, and X-men referenced were (also poorly) removed from the bumper cars. References to Marvel can still be found in the arcade, such as Spider-Man's face on a tree that was only covered up a few years ago. The WWE Store, after being abandoned since 2012, was turned into the Niagara Brewery Beer Store in 2016, fitting considering the land's history as a beer garden. Planet Hollywood on Falls Ave. closed around 2014, and is still abandoned. The MGM walkthrough was abandoned for over 10 years before becoming a barbecue restaurant in 2019. The changes in the Falls Ave. complex are an example of good change, replacing abandoned attractions with ones that if anything are closer to what used to be there, such as Adventure City becoming an unthemed arcade again or the Beer Store being where the Beer Garden once was. Another example of this good change would be the long abandoned (and burnt) Adventure Dome that had briefly held a Lego attraction being turned into the Amazing Big Top Mirror and Lazer Maze in 2017. However a perfect example of negative change is the Rock Legends Wax Museum being forced out of business because a YouTube video of the museum was flagged for copyrighted music by YouTube's algorithms. This lead Sony Music to investigate the museum and shut it down last year if it wouldn't pay ridiculous licensing fees, which it couldn't afford. Another example is IDS' redevelopment plan. HOCO is now locked in a contract with them, even though they obviously have very different ideas on the direction of Clifton Hill. Phase 1 was implemented in 2011, with Boston Pizza expanding their arcade to include Strike! Rock 'n Bowl and Dinosaur Park moving to where Quality Inn was and being renamed Dinosaur Adventure Golf. All of Costello's original dinosaurs (with the exception of the original Pterodactyl) would "migrate" to the new location where they would be joined by dozens of new mass-produced dinosaurs. Interestingly, foundations were built back in 2011 for the original 2 Brontosaurs to appear as if they were coming out of the ponds, but they wouldn't show up until 2019 when they were brought back out of storage to be installed, only to lay on the ground for a few months before going back into storage. Although it didn't use new hand-made figures, this attraction was a change that fits the spirit of Clifton Hill and was a good replacement for the empty plot of land that had once housed Quality Inn, even if an amusement park would have been better. The same cannot be said about the rest of IDS' plan. Many thematic elements installed throughout the hill by WHLLG (especially in Movieland and the Midway) were removed in phase 2 in 2013 simply to fit with IDS's image better, costing HOCO a lot of money. Phase 3 went ahead in 2015, and the 60 year old Comfort Inn was demolished, along with the old HOCO offices in it that if you remember from part 1, was the original nearly 200 year old stable building for the Zimmerman estate. Niagara Speedway was built in it's place, and if you look at the prices to drive it, then watch how many people do, you realize just how much they're making off it. Rumors Nightclub, originally the Queen's Door Nightclub in 1956, was gutted and turned into Zombie Attack and the new Kelsey's bathrooms, as the old ones had been in the Comfort Inn building. Phase 4 in 2018 extensively remodeled Wendy's as well as Boston Pizza, removing the patio. Ghostblasters is now the final untouched WHLLG era attraction on the land. This is made even more troubling by the fact the signs for it were just removed and replaced with temporary ones, as I said in the post that started the entire discussion on whether or not I should do this series. If the attraction does go, we can only hope that a new interactive dark ride utilizing artistry, dimensional scenes and props much like Ghostblasters does is built, however that likely won't be the case. Triotech is the lead designer of ride through shooting games, that feature a dark ride car that travels through a hallway with screens on each side of it rather than real props. Triotech has dealt with HOCO before, building both the Wild West Coaster and Zombie Attack, so all signs point to one of these attractions replacing Ghostblasters if it closes. There is still hope that Clifton Hill can retain it's spirit, but it stands at a crossroads. The House of Frankenstein for example, while retaining many original scenes, has had many removed and replaced with nothing, and many areas of the museum taken out entirely. Castle Dracula on the other hand hasn't updated a thing, but hasn't cared for the original scenes either, leaving them to fall into disrepair and only having 7 or 8 of the original 70 still lit, and none of them still functional. There are 2 directions Clifton Hill can go. With many attractions like the ones on HOCO's side being demolished to make way for whatever is trendy and lucrative, and many hanging on by a thread like Castle Dracula or Ghostblasters, the Hill is in real danger of becoming an endlessly overturning and developing area. However, with money recently being poured back into attractions like the Haunted House, Ripley's, and Guinness and attractions being redeveloped like the Falls Ave. complex or the Big Top Mirror maze, there is hope. If people, including the companies that own them, can recognise the historical value of attractions like Castle Dracula, The House of Frankenstien, Movieland, Tussaud's, etc., this can be promoted and the recent nostalgia boom can create large profits if this is played up. Additionally, future developments can still be more in the vein of what WHLLG envisioned for Clifton Hill, or what the Burlands recently did with the well done Big Top Mirror Maze. This is both profitable and economically sensible, as repeat customers that make memories and come to the area for generations with occasional new updates/re-themings (like what Clifton Hill did from the 50s-2010s), is far more profitable than a constantly turning over wave of new developments that cost millions to build that changes with each generation. Thank you to everyone who has followed this series. Sorry for the length of this, but I promised this would be the last installment, so it has to be longer. If you have any information pertaining to Dazzleland or anything you know that I didn't cover in this series, let me know. Additionally, if you would like me to dig up photos on anything that I mentioned in the series, let me know, as unless it's the Dazzleland dragon, I probably have a photo of it. I will likely post many of them here anyway in time. Thanks again.
Two friends and myself are planning a trip to y’all, firstly to see the falls, but what are some other not well known things to do around there? We’re late 20’s early 30’s, so with that in mind, any can’t miss food places, bars, I collect records, we’re into live music, off the beaten path type things, a fun hotel to stay at? Any and all suggestions are appreciated. How’s the Erie County Fair?
Thank you to everyone who read and commented on part 1, your feedback is much appreciated. If you haven't read part 1 or want to see the original poll that brought me here, scroll back in this sub or (if you're reading this in the future and it's long since buried) click on my profile and find them there in my posts. By the 50s, it had become clear that using Clifton Hill as a series of budget, away from the falls tourist camps wasn't nearly as lucrative as the land could potentially be. Welland Securities opened the Quality Inn Fallsway where Dinosaur Adventure Golf now sits and the Park Motor Inn (later Venture then Comfort Inn) where Niagara Speedway now is. Clifton Touring Camp was torn down to make way for these, save for the snack bar where Wizard's Golf now is that was an original Zimmerman estate gate house. The guest house building and gardens of the estate that remained at this point were torn down, but the stable building was gutted, re-enforced and turned into the Welland Securities offices in the Park Motor Inn. This remained Welland Securities (now HOCO)'s offices until Comfort Inn was torn down in 2015 (and the nearly 150 year old stable building with it). Quality Inn featured a restaurant and nightclub in it's lobby building: the T-bird room. The T-bird hosted a variety of early rock and roll acts over the years until it's eventual transition into a Golden Griddle and Q-Balls Billiards Pub in the 70s. The hotel also featured 4 swimming pools: a large outdoor pool, an outdoor kiddie pool, an indoor pool and an indoor hot tub. The Park Motor Inn only featured a single outdoor pool and hot tub (area became an enclosed atrium in the 70s.) However, it featured a gift shop (where Kelsey's has been since the 80s), the Queen' Door Nightclub (became Rumors Nightclub in the 80s, now divided up into multiple things like the relocated Kelsey's bathrooms and Zombie Attack) and Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum. Ripley's leased the land from Welland Securities. It was the second attraction in the Ripley company's popular chain of "Odditoriums", predated only by the original St. Augustine FL location. The Niagara Falls History Museum had opened a few blocks away in the early 1900s in the building currently occupied by the Bird Kingdom, but it was closer to a museum than a tourist attraction. Ripley's was the first real attraction to open up in Niagara. Ripley's was a massive success, becoming Niagara's must visit location second only to the falls itself. It (along with Marilyn Monroe's breakthrough film "Niagara" in 1953) opened the floodgates, and by 1960, all the cabin courts had been demolished. In 1955, Charles Burland tore down his Niagara Falls Tourist Camp and bought all the land from the aforementioned field where Captain Jack's now is to Tussaud's. He tore down all the cabin courts on this land, building the Honeymoon City Motel (known as Travelodge since the early 2000s) in the place of Reinhard's Riverhurst Inn and his Niagara Falls Tourist Camp, a parking lot (now Castle Dracula) in the place of the Darling Cabins, and the Clifton Motor Inn (known as Thriftlodge since early 2000s) where Clifton Camp was. The Honeymoon City Motel had a restaurant where the Guinness museum now is, as well as the gift shop that's still there beside Guinness. Clifton Motor Inn had the Clifton Hill Family Restaurant in the old Camp Clifton restaurant building (still there), a "Bonanza" company shooting gallery (now replaced with a newer gallery) and the iconic Dairy Queen, which was then a Frostee Freeze. Burland responded to Ripley's in 1958 by opening the Life Museum in the former restaurant in the Honeymoon City and moving the restaurant a floor up (now Ruby Tuesday's.) The Life Museum was a bizarre attraction celebrating the life cycle from conception to death for both the male and female body, incredibly taboo for the time. Ripley's and the Life Museum would begin Clifton Hill's staple of bizarre attractions themed to the curious and macabre. In 1959 Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum had opened attached to the Foxhead Hotel where the building with the Pink Panther ride/former MGM attraction is now. In 1960, 2 hotels opened between the Frostee Freeze and the old Victoria Ave. railway station at the top of the hill. These were the Clifton Motor Hotel (renamed the Pilgrim just 3 years later, now the building now occupied by Captian Jacks) and the Hilltop (the land now occupied by the Upside Down House.) With these hotels came Oneida Ln. running off Clifton Hill towards what's now Casino Niagara's Parking lot. Of course, in 1960, this was the parking lot for the Oneida Plate Factory that was the Casino Niagara building's original life. At the front of the factory between the 2 Falls Ave. hotels was the Antique Auto Museum, opened the same year, and a few years later in 1964 they would add a large observation tower sticking out the top as part of the factory tour, now the abandoned steel-plated tower that simply says "Casino". The Clifton Motor Hotel had a restaurant and gift shop on the main floor adjacent to the lobby as well as a pool on the third floor at the back of the building in a room with a glass ceiling. The Hilltop Motel's office was where Beavertails now is, and the motel contained a snack bar (now burger king), and 2 gift shops. One was in the current location of the Crystal Caves attraction. A fun history tidbit: this basement gift shop was leased out, and apparently a brother of the motel owner conspired with the gift shop operator in the mid 60s to run a bookie racket, but a Toronto investigator seemingly found out the jig fairly fast. This brother would mysteriously disappear years down the road in the 80s, which may or not have been related to his criminal activity nearly 20 years before. The other gift shop was what's now the first floolobby of the House of Frankenstein. The building was only one story at this point, seen here. The second story wouldn't be added until 1969, in a business move by local businessman Robert Dunham that would forever change the face of Niagara Falls, the world of animatronics, and the amusement industry as a whole. We'll cover that later in part 3. Meanwhile, riding high on the success of Ripley's, Welland Securities leased more land to private companies for more attractions to be built starting in 1965. The first was a motel built between Quality Inn and the hill, the Cliffside. The Cliffside resided roughly where the employee parking space is now between Dinosaur Adventure Golf and the large cliff down to Victoria Park. It's driveway in off the hill was where the Great Canadian Midway now resides, as can be seen here. At the end of the motel farthest from the hill, it was adjacent to one of the wings of the Quality Inn. This often created confusion as to things like which lobby was who's, if guests from one were allowed to use the other's pool, etc. This confusion would end much later in 1989 when Welland Securities stopped leasing the land out and amalgamated the Cliffside into being part of the Quality Inn. Just down the hill from the driveway into the Cliffside was a small snack bar on land leased from Welland Securities by the same people as the Cliffside, with a miniature golf course on the roof. Further up the hill, the last remaining gate house from the Zimmerman estate that was being used as a snack bar was torn down in 1965 to make way for a new attraction. Malcolm Howe leased the land from Welland Securities and would take 2 years to build a pivotal attraction: Movieland Wax Museum. Opened in 1966 in the building now occupied by Wizard's Golf and the Upper Canada Trading Co., the museum was on the main floor with a gift shop called Niagara Marketplace in the basement. All of the figures were sculpted by legendary halloween mask creator, artist Don Post at his Don Post Studios in Florida. Chances are, if you know anything about trick or treating from 1950 to the early 90s, you're familiar with a celluloid plastic mask created by Don Post. However, Post's artistic abilities went far beyond disposable plastic monsters. His team at the Florida factory, headed by sculptor Pat Newman, created 60 wax figures for the museum. The lobby was Egyptian themed, with two torches on either side of the door in to the white building and simulated Egyptian sandstone walls in the lobby. Beside the ticket booth in the lobby, just beside the entrance was Elizabeth Taylor dressed as Cleopatra from the 1963 film of the same name, with a cameraman and director filming her. The museum itself contained many stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby, Lucille Ball and Laurel and Hardy. The most impressive figure however was a 12 and half foot tall King Kong figure, the largest wax figure ever made at the time. The news article about his creation can be read here, however it incorrectly calls Movieland the "Hollywood Wax Museum". Noticeably absent from Movieland on opening day was a horror section. The notion of putting horror movie sections in wax museum hadn't caught on yet, with Tussaud's "Chamber of Horrors" being dedicated to torture methods and historical tyrants rather than film. This would later change and Movieland would receive a horror movie section as we'll cover in part 3. To coincide with Movieland's opening, Howe also leased the land from Welland Securities just up the hill from the driveway into the Cliffside. On this land he constructed the 184 ft. tall Space Spiral Tower, built by Universal Design of Wildwood, New Jersey. The tower was half ride-half observation deck, with a large, circular, slowly spinning observation deck that rose up the tower that held 30 riders. This is exactly where the Fudge Factory now sits, as the store is circular because that was originally the loading area for the tower before it was demolished in 2006. So by this point, the hill had gone from a budget, off the main strip camping and cabin area to a strip of motels and small attractions, with a large observation tower ride it's focal point. Motel strips like this could be found all throughout North America in the 60s, in tourist hot spots like Lake George, Gatlinburg and Myrtle Beach. But a single attraction was about to usher in a wave of arcades, haunted houses and testaments to the weird that would make Clifton Hill unlike anything else on earth... And it would all be thanks to a young artist, beloved city engineer, avid horror fan and technology wizard who was about to change everything. Stay tuned for part 3!
Planning on driving to Niagara Falls (Canada side)
Does anyone live there recommend take the drive up (from NYC)? I want to go to the Nightmare Fear Factory and the falls, and then promptly to a bar and anywhere else. So if anyone lives in the area and would want to meet up with my girlfriend and I and do shitty touristy bullshit (as well as not lame local bullshit) for a weekend let me know. Thanks
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An Ultimate Guide To Niagara Falls- Things To Do In Niagara Falls Canada Niagara Falls is situated in the New York and Canadian border along the Niagara River, which flows between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. It takes 8 hours to travel by car from Niagara Falls to New York or about 10-12 hours with public transit. It will be a nice break over if you're going from New York to Toronto. Reason To Visit Niagara Falls Niagara Falls is a combination of three waterfalls, namely: · American Falls · The Horseshoe Falls · Bridal Veil Falls 📷 Niagara Falls is a perfect place for a family getaway; there are lots of kid-friendly activities nearby in the surroundings of the falls that will impress your kids and make them feel happy. It is a perfect Niagara Falls Day Tour if you're travelling between the United States and Canada. There are many things to do in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can see and do a lot of things in one day. It is best to spend two or three days to explore the Honeymoon Capital of the World, Niagara Falls. You can always find a lot of new Niagara Falls attractions that are opening every year in Niagara Falls. If you visit Niagara Falls by car, it is ideal, but if you are visiting it from out of the country or having a trip from Toronto, then you don't need a car to travel to Niagara Falls. You can also book Niagara Falls Wine Tours out to Niagara on the Lake or Niagara Falls bus Tours from Niagara Falls. Things To Do In Niagara Falls Canada There are so many places to explore and many more fun things to do in Niagara Falls, Canada, that can be done near and around the Niagara Falls area, some are more interesting. Here is a list of the 10 Best Things to do in Niagara Falls, Canada:
Niagara Falls is the largest waterfall in North America. It is at an impressive height of about 188 feet and 2200 feet in width. Almost 90% of the water from the river Niagara flows through this waterfall.
Niagara Falls Boat Tour
Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Niagara Falls with Hornblower Boat Cruise. It is the main and an essential attraction of the Niagara Falls, and from over 170 years, it has been attracting visitors to see its scenic beauty.
Maid Of The Mist Tour
The must-do visit when you visit the waterfalls from the American side. It would be a beautiful journey that you’ll never forget, which is enthralling the visitors since the 1840s. Get ready to soak yourself deep in water as you take a tour towards the base of the Niagara Falls; you will get wet.
The Old Fort Niagara
The Old Niagara Fort is the longest operating fort in the USA, situated on one of the most scenic locations near the Niagara Falls. Having played an essential part in the American Revolution, French Wars and Indian wars. Visit the gunpowder rooms, prisons, old army barracks, and ancient cannons that take yourself back in the time. Skylon Tower It is a small version of Toronto's CN Tower. It takes 52 Second ride to go to the top of the Skylon Tower for the beautiful views of the Falls and its surroundings. Niagara Falls Illumination And Fireworks The Falls are decorated up with powerful LED lights in the evenings, and colourful fireworks display in the evenings of summer. When the sun goes down, Make your way down to the falls to watch the picturesque falls. But make sure to get there early.
White Water Walks
If you want to experience the close-up view of nature, the White Water Walk is just the perfect attraction that suits you. Experience the enormous and dangerous force of the rapids of the River Niagara, only 230 feet away from the base of the gorge.
Take a sightseeing tour of all the Niagara Falls attractions aboard a helicopter. This ride makes you sure that you won’t forget these views and you will have the time of your life.
Journey Behind The Falls
Journey Behind the falls allows you to stand behind the roaring white waters of the Niagara Falls. Journey Behind the Falls is the most popular way to experience the waterfalls, way better than the confined tunnels.
BEST NIAGARA FALLS SIGHTSEEING TOURS Niagara Falls, Canada, has everything that a perfect vacation destination should have. It is close to major cities like Buffalo, NY (30-minute drive) and Toronto, ON (100-minute drive). Many visitors come to Niagara Falls for just a day. Some of the Best Niagara Falls Sightseeing Tours are from out of town. People visiting Toronto can drive down to Niagara Falls or book a tour from a variety of Toronto to Niagara Falls tours. With beautiful parks, great hotels and restaurants, wineries, spas, theatres, casinos, museums, theme parks, and much more, Niagara Falls is perfect for a romantic getaway or a family vacation. Best Sightseeing Stops to View Niagara Falls There are many ways to experience the power and majesty of Niagara Falls. Experience at least some of them. The Hornblower Niagara Boat Cruise and Journey Behind the Falls are two attractions where you get very close to Niagara Falls. For a bird’s eye view of the Falls, go up Skylon Tower or take a ride on Niagara SkyWheel. You could book a hotel room with a view of Niagara Falls – your personal window to the Falls. Dine at a restaurant that offers views of the Falls. See Niagara Falls Illumination which takes place every evening. Falls Fireworks (seasonal) is another popular attraction. Best Niagara Falls Sightseeing Tours The best way to see Niagara Falls Canada is by taking one or more of the tours offered by various tour operators. Most of the tours cover both Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls, so you are getting two tours for the price of one. Some of the Best Niagara Falls Sightseeing Tours are: • Niagara Falls Day Tour (with pickup from Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, etc.) • Niagara Falls Evening Tour • Niagara Falls Private Tours • Niagara Falls Half Day Tours If you are interested in wines, there are many winery tours to choose from. What You Will See On The Best Niagara Falls Sightseeing Tours Hornblower Niagara Cruise, Clifton Hill, Journey Behind the Falls, Floral Clock, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Queenston Heights Park and winery tour are part of any Niagara Falls tour itinerary. Choosing The Best Niagara Falls Sightseeing Tour For You If you are in Toronto and can spare a day, book a one day tour of Niagara Falls. Take a half day tour from Toronto if you cannot spend a day in Niagara Falls. Take a helicopter tour of Niagara Falls (15 minutes) if you have time. A guided tour is a great way to see Niagara Falls!
Niagara Falls, Canada’s most famous waterfall, is just a 90-minute drive from Toronto. If you are in Toronto, do not miss out on the opportunity to see Niagara Falls. You can book seats on a tour bus or rent a car (chauffeur driven or by yourself) for a Toronto Niagara Falls Tour. Spend an entire day in Niagara Falls, Ontario, exploring its natural wonders, museums, recreational activities, casinos, parks, history and culture, cuisine, and the famed Niagara wine country. Must-See Attractions On Your Toronto Niagara Falls Tour Viewing Niagara Falls is absolutely free. Stop on Niagara Parkway, which runs along the Niagara River and Gorge, to view Niagara Falls. The Hornblower Niagara Boat Ride to the Falls is the most exciting attraction in Niagara Falls; take it if you do not mind getting wet. Some of the other notable attractions are: • Journey Behind the Falls. • View from Skylon Tower • Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Conservatory • Clifton Hill attractions • Niagara Falls Illumination (from evening to midnight) • Niagara Whirlpool and Whitewater Walk • Bird Kingdom If you are up for some thrills, take a helicopter tour of Niagara Falls. It lasts just 15 minutes, but the panoramic views are amazing. Queenston and Niagara-on-the-Lake Take a peek into Niagara region’s historic past by visiting Queenston Heights Park just outside of Niagara Falls. This former battleground has the Brock Monument. Other historic attractions in Queenston are Laura Secord Homestead and Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum. A Toronto Niagara Falls Tour by tour operators usually includes a stop at Niagara-on-the-Lake. This town is famous for its well-preserved Victorian-era architecture, quaint shops, brew pubs, vineyards and wineries. Visit a Winery A Toronto Niagara Falls Tour is incomplete without a visit to a winery. The Niagara countryside is dotted by vineyards and wineries. Some of the vineyards also run restaurants. Visit a winery, taste wine and Canada’s famed icewine. Niagara Falls Illumination and Fireworks Take an Evening Toronto Niagara Falls Tour to see Niagara Falls lit up in a wide spectrum of colours. On weekends, special occasions and most days in summer, there is a fireworks display at 10:00 p.m. over the Falls. Niagara Falls – A Destination For Everyone Toronto Niagara Falls Tour is perfect for a romantic outing. Niagara Falls has attractions for everyone –from waterparks to casinos – making it a fun destination for everyone. You can either take a tour on your own or book with a tour operator. Tour operators offer Toronto-Niagara Falls one day tours, half day tours, private tours, and evening tours. Select a tour that is convenient for you and enjoy some truly spectacular sights in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Plan A Trip To Niagara Falls From Toronto Niagara Falls is by far the most famous waterfall in the world. Located on the US-Canadian border, it is the most visited waterfall in North America. Niagara Falls is also the name of two towns on either side of the border where the Falls is located. Niagara Falls – A Vacation Destination for All Niagara Falls has been the backdrop for many daredevil stunts, honeymoons, proposals, historic events and movies! Niagara Falls, Ontario, has beautiful parks, fun activities, iconic landmarks, shopping, theatre, spas, hiking and biking trails, historic sites and more! If you are visiting Toronto or Buffalo, you can drive down to Niagara Falls to view this awesome sight and experience attractions like Hornblower Niagara Cruise, Journey behind the Falls, etc. See the Majestic Niagara Falls at Night There are a lot of exciting things to do in Niagara Falls, Ontario, at night. It has casinos, fun activities in Clifton Hill and Lundy’s Lane, shopping, great restaurants, entertainment shows, and of course, the Falls Illumination. Enjoy the sight of the majestic waterfall even at night when it is lit up in multiple colours by LED lights located on the Canadian side. If you plan your trip correctly, you can see fireworks over Niagara Falls at 10:00 p.m. You can also experience Niagara Falls at night with the Hornblower Falls Illumination Cruise or from Skylon Tower or Sheraton Fallsview Restaurant. There are many hotels which offer rooms with a view of the Falls. With a “Fallsview” room, Niagara Falls is just outside your window. Niagara Falls Evening Tour from Toronto – Day and Night View of the Falls If you are in Toronto and wish to see the Falls at night, you can book a Niagara Falls Evening Tour from Toronto. As pickup time is later in the day, you are not harried, are more relaxed, can attend to work in Toronto, get up late in the morning, and most important of all, you get to view the Falls in daylight and again at night when it is illuminated. After arriving in Niagara Falls, Ontario, you can view the Falls and explore the neighbourhood in the late afternoon. Take the Hornblower Niagara Cruise, a boat ride that takes you close to the American and Bridal Veil Falls and into the turbulent waters below Horseshoe Falls. This thrilling attraction should not be missed. Stop to view the whitewater rapids and Niagara Whirlpool. Later, visit Niagara-on-the-Lake, go on a winery tour, stop by at historic Queenston Heights Park, admire the Floral Clock on Niagara Parkway, and head back to Niagara Falls for dinner. For a view of the illuminated Falls, you can eat at the Sheraton Fallsview Buffet Restaurant. After dinner, you can view the illuminated Falls from Niagara Parkway and maybe even fireworks in the night sky at 10:00 p.m. before heading back to Toronto. Create memories of a lifetime with a Niagara Falls Evening Tour from Toronto.
Not sure if this will help someone in the future but hopefully it does. The main attraction of going to Niagara Falls was going to my favorite band Collective Soul that were playing at Seneca Casino on the American side. Since it was a bit much of a drive back I decided to go down and spend the night down there. Plus I wanted to visit the Canadian side and do some fun stuff. Finding a hotel without losing an arm and a leg was easily the hardest part. I ended up going with the Econo Lodge By The Falls on Victoria Avenue. I was able to get 15% through my college's alumini so it came to about $157 where as some hotels nearby were asking $300.00 or more. Due to the price and since it was close to the attractions made it worthwhile for me but the room was pretty basic. The TV only had 10 channels and the picture was a bit fuzzy for instance. The one thing people might want to look at is find a hotel further away from the area and just park there as there didn't seem to be any shortage of parking. I did get the Clifton Hills Fun Pass and each one were okay. I wasn't blown away by them as an adult but they are geared towards kids. I ended up doing some of them after the concert since they were open until 1 am. I was still surprised to see how busy the place was at midnight and still lots of kids were running around at that time. For getting over the border I actually walked over the bridge. It cost a $1 to get into the States while it cost nothing to get back into Canada. There was a short 5 to 10 minute wait to speak to an agent on both ends for me. The casino was big and really nice looking so it was a bit strange to find the concert being held in a conference room with conference room chairs. They were comfy though. The one other note is on the way down the QEW was stop and go in around the Hamilton area which added an extra 30-45 minutes to the drive. On the way back I had no slowdowns.
Niagara Falls needs no introduction. Located on the US-Canadian border, it is a top tourist destination. Peak tourist season in Niagara Falls is between June and August. The namesake city of Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada, where the Falls are located has a number of attractions for every age group. You can enjoy pristine views of the Niagara River, Niagara Gorge and Niagara Falls from Niagara Parkway, the main boulevard in Niagara Falls, Ontario. A Tour of Niagara Region – Niagara Falls Tours You can arrive in Niagara Falls, Ontario by train, car or plane. Visitors to Toronto or Niagara Falls, USA, can spend a day in Niagara Falls, Ontario with Niagara Falls Tours. Once famous as a honeymoon destination, Niagara Falls in Canada has been developed to attract families. There are many waterparks, nature and wildlife reserves and parks, amusement parks, museums, parks, jet boat rides, shopping, and eateries that will keep kids occupied and happy. Niagara Falls Tours – The Most Popular Stops One can expect to visit some or all of the below attractions with any of the Niagara Falls Tours: Hornblower Niagara Cruises Niagara Whirlpool Journey Behind the Falls (at Horseshoe Falls) Skylon Tower Clifton Hill Queen Victoria Park Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Conservatory Scenic drive on Niagara Parkway Viewing of Niagara Falls Floral Clock Queenston Heights Park Tour of Niagara-on-the-Lake, a 20-minute drive from Niagara Falls, Ontario Winery Tour Whitewater walk Niagara Falls Illumination (part of an evening tour) Niagara Falls Day Tour – Best of Niagara Falls Tours This roughly 9.5-hour trip is a comprehensive tour of Niagara Falls and neighbouring Niagara-on-the-Lake. It has pickups from Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton and other local areas. Click here for more details. Niagara Falls – A Romantic Destination You can surprise your loved one with a trip to Niagara Falls. Book a private Niagara Falls Tour where you can visit places ideal for couples. A suggested itinerary would include: Lunch/Dinner at Skylon Tower or Sheraton Fallsview Restaurant with Niagara Falls as a backdrop Hornblower Niagara Cruise Shopping Picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake and winery tour Visit a casino for some entertainment and gambling Pamper yourself at a spa. Niagara Falls illumination and fireworks (please check schedule). Helicopter tour of Niagara Falls Niagara Falls – Plan Your Vacation Today! Anyone who has been to Niagara Falls will tell you that it is a must-see place. You have the chance to witness firsthand the power of nature when you visit Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls Tours can be booked by families, solo travellers, colleagues, large groups, small groups or couples. Niagara Falls was part of the Underground Railroad that helped slaves flee USA. You can visit some of the historic places such as Lundy’s Lane, Fort Erie and more. The Niagara Falls Evening Tour is perfect for viewing the Falls Illumination and fireworks at nighttime. There is a lot to see and enjoy in Niagara Falls, so start planning your trip to Niagara Falls today.
See the top sights in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake Canada with a Niagara Falls Tour. Stops at Niagara Falls, a winery, boat ride, Floral Clock and more! Niagara Falls, Ontario, is a popular tourist destination because it is affordable and has a wide range of activities and attractions. There is something for everybody here. Accommodations for every budget are available! The massive Niagara Falls is a breathtaking sight. Experience the raw power of the Falls with the Hornblower Niagara Cruise to the base of American and Horseshoe Falls. For some fun, visit Clifton Hill. It has museums, arcades, the Niagara SkyWheel, and more! The Niagara region is famous for its wines and icewines. All Niagara Falls Tours include a winery tour and wine sampling. Niagara-on-the-Lake, a 20-minute drive from Niagara Falls, is a lovely place – famous for wineries, vineyards, and Victorian-era architecture. Niagara Parkway, running parallel to the Niagara River on the Canadian side, has many attractions like Queen Victoria Park, Dufferin Islands, Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Conservatory, Hornblower Niagara Cruises, Floral Clock, Niagara Glen, Whitewater Walk, etc. Casinos, great theatre, restaurants, amusement parks, recreation trails and shopping are some of the other attractions in Niagara Falls, Ontario. You can even book a helicopter tour as an add-on with your Niagara Falls Tour. See Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake in a Day with Niagara Falls Tours Niagara Falls Day Tours take you to all the top sights in Niagara Falls, Canada. It is roughly 9 hours’ duration with pickups from Toronto, Mississauga, and other places close to Niagara Falls, Ontario. Any Niagara Falls tour of the Canadian side includes a stop in the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Floral Clock and Queenston Heights are some of the other major stops on the tour. An Evening Tour Of Niagara Falls, Canada – See Niagara Falls By Day And Night If you do not like getting up early in the morning or wish to see the illuminated Niagara Falls at nighttime, you can take the Niagara Falls Evening Tour. The tour starts at around 1:30 p.m. This 9-hour tour includes all the major sights in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake, and ends with a view of the Falls illuminated by colourful lights in the evening. On some nights, there is a 10-minute fireworks display over Niagara Falls at 10:00 p.m. Check schedule here. Do It Your Way – Niagara Falls Private Tours You can book a private tour where you get to decide the itinerary. Depending on your group size, you can book a limousine, SUV, van, or a bus coach. Best Time to Visit Niagara Falls Any time between May to October is a great time to visit Niagara Falls as all the attractions are open during this time. Summertime (June to August) is peak tourist season in Niagara Falls. Hotels are cheaper in the fall and winter. Niagara Falls looks beautiful in every season!
Niagara Falls is one of the world’s most famous waterfalls. Millions come to see the Falls every year. It is perfect for a family vacation, a romantic getaway, or a group outing. Across North America, for many families, Niagara Falls has become a yearly vacation destination. Niagara Falls can be viewed from its two namesake towns on the Canadian and US sides. The view from Niagara Falls, Canada is better and it also has more activities/attractions for tourists. Niagara Falls – A Natural Wonder of the World This geological wonder was formed about 12,000 years ago by retreating glaciers and erosion. The spectacular sight of Niagara Falls leaves visitors awestruck. Visiting Niagara Falls is a once in a lifetime experience. The Niagara Falls is made up of 3 waterfalls - American, Bridal Veil and Horseshoe Falls. The best view of Niagara Falls is from Niagara Parkway, a road that runs parallel to the Niagara River. For a closer view of the Falls, visitors can go on the Hornblower Niagara Cruise, which takes them to the basin of Horseshoe Falls. Where to stay in Niagara Falls, Canada? Hotel accommodations are costliest during peak tourist season, which is June-August. A wide range of accommodations is available in Niagara Falls, Canada. There are resorts, upscale hotels, motels, campgrounds, bed & breakfasts, inns, vacation rentals and budget hotels. Popular Attractions in Niagara Falls Canada Some of the must-see attractions in Niagara Falls, Canada are: • Hornblower Niagara Cruises • Journey behind the Falls • Queen Victoria Park • Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Conservatory • Niagara Whirlpool • White Water Walk • Niagara SkyWheel & other places in Clifton Hill • Adam Beck Power Plant • Skylon Tower • Niagara Daredevil Museum • Niagara Falls Illumination Popular Places near Niagara Falls, Canada There are many places surrounding Niagara Falls Canada that are also scenic, full of history and has many interesting sights. If you are in Niagara Falls, Canada for more than a day, you can visit Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Port Dalhousie, and Fort Erie. Niagara-on-the-Lake has many award-winning wineries and vineyards that offer a tour of their property and wine tasting too! Chocolate FX is a delightful place to visit. Niagara Falls Canada – A Family Vacation Destination Niagara Falls has many activities for families. There are museums, waterparks, zoos, boat tours, eateries, etc. Some places you can visit with your family are: • Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum • Queen Victoria Park • Bird Kingdom • Fallsview Indoor Waterpark • Niagara SkyWheel • Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls • Butterfly Conservatory • Marineland of Canada • Great Canadian Midway • Americana Indoor Waterpark • Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks • Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours …….and more! Niagara Falls Canada – Things To Do For Adults The Niagara region is famous for its wines. Couples/adults can tour wineries dotting the Niagara Peninsula. Niagara Falls has a vibrant nightlife with many pubs, nightclubs, and gourmet restaurants. There is also Casino Niagara, Niagara Fallsview Casino, spas, fine dining restaurants, and theatres. Niagara Falls Canada is the perfect vacation destination for everyone!
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Visiting Niagara Falls with your friends and family is a unique experience like no other. Niagara Falls Private Tours provide their guests with an up-close exploration of the natural beauty of Niagara Falls. Enjoy One Of The World’s Greatest Natural Wonders Travellers around the world come to admire its majestic beauty. Drive along Ontario's prettiest town, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls and many more. Experience the romantic Niagara Falls Helicopter Tour with your loved one. Walk around Niagara Falls without the hassle of planning a visit to all the ‘must-see’ attractions. Hornblower Boat Cruise. Canadian Horseshoe Falls & American Falls (from Canadian Side). Floral Clock. Tour of the Historical town of Niagara on-the-Lake. Free wine tasting. Scenic Drive with Picture Stops at Clifton Hill. Rainbow Bridge & Falls view Casino Toronto Power Plant & Water Control Dam Queen Victoria Park & Whirlpool Aero Car. During the months of November to April, Hornblower Niagara cruise is not operated. Enjoy Journey Behind the Falls or Skylon Tower during this season. 5-Hour Niagara Falls Private Tour Plot your route around one of Canada’s top attractions on this private tour. Plan the sites you most want to see with your private driver on hand. Visit the Whirlpool Rapids, climb the Skylon Tower or take a Hornblower boat cruise. The experienced driver guide will take you through Niagara Falls and along the streets of Niagara-on-the-Lake to explore the Niagara Falls with his knowledge of interesting facts about this amazing natural wonder. 10-Hour Niagara Falls Private Tour You can plan your customized itinerary. Take a Hornblower cruise and visit the Whirlpool Rapids and the Skylon Tower, as you like. Explore Niagara-on-the-Lake and see the 'Smallest Chapel in the World. Enjoy a lavish buffet lunch at a restaurant offering prime views of Niagara Falls. Take a break from sightseeing with a stop at a local winery. The experienced driver guide provides a full commentary that you will not find in any guidebook! Private tour, personally accompanied and guided Niagara Falls Sightseeing Tours Design your itinerary and enjoy the sites in the company of just your friends and family. Your fully qualified and highly experienced tour driver is the perfect guide to take you through the streets of Niagara on-the-Lake & Niagara Falls. Ask your driver to take you along a route specially chosen by you. Alternatively, let your driver guide you around instead, stopping off at the major sights. Forget about finding scenery that is unique to take a photo, forget about bothering strangers to take your picture, or forget about selfies. The experienced driver is knowledgeable, polite, friendly and just fun to be around. Beer Lovers Niagara Falls Private Tours Not all tastes are the same. Journey into the heart of Niagara’s Wine Country for a delightful scenic trip - Visit wineries, both small and large, as you travel deep into Niagara wine country. Visit breweries for beer tastings in Niagara region. Travel from Niagara Falls to Niagara- on-the-Lake with your loved one and sample some beer along the way! It is cold, delicious, and excellent. New Year’s Eve – A Memorable One Niagara Falls Private Tours are operated from Toronto to Niagara Falls every day all year around. All the Niagara Falls Private Tours get the privilege to start & finish according to the customer's time convenience. Make your visit on this New Year’s Eve to Niagara Falls a memorable one to remember by booking a Niagara Falls Private Tour.
Weekend trip (MDW) to Niagara Falls. How feasible is this itinerary? Suggestions?
Hello travel! My friends and I are planning an extended weekend trip to Niagara Falls on Memorial Day weekend and we'd appreciate any tips, feedback on itinerary, etc. Some background: The 4 of us are from New Jersey which is about a 6+ hour drive. I expect it will take longer because of fellow holiday travelers but I'm hoping it's not too bad since we'll be heading north, not south. Does anyone have any experience traveling to Niagara Falls on MDW? What can we expect in terms of traffic? We are staying in a hotel on the Canadian side of the border Friday night through Monday morning. We are in our 20s and all in good shape. Below is an itinerary I've out together for us. I'm worried we won't be able to fit everything in. We are thinking about cutting out the Aquarium and some other things (the only reason I included it is because it's included in a package we were thinking about purchased), which I've marked with a "?". What do you think? Is this itinerary feasible? I'm especially worried about Day 1 since we'll be so exhausted from the drive and it may be too late (were leaving around 1 PM so without traffic it'll be at least 7 PM when we arrive. Any tips or feedback? Thanks so much! Day 1: Travel
Goat Island: Bridal Veil Falls Terrapin Pt (Horseshoe Falls) Three Sisters Islands Dinner at Top of the Falls Cross Rainbow Bridge Check into the hotel 10 PM fireworks
Day 2: U.S. Side
Gorge Discovery Center? Aquarium? Niagara Falls State Park: Niagara Falls Visitor Center Prospect Pt (American Falls) Observation Tower Maid of the Mist Cave of the Winds Whirlpool State Park: Whirlpool Aero Car Devils Hole State Park?
Day 3: Canadian Side
Journey Behind the Falls White Water Walk Niagara Scenic Trolley Old Fort George? Clifton Hill/Canadian Midway? Upside Down House? Niagara SkyWheel? Dinner at Skylon Tower Casino Niagara
Day 4: Return Home
Old Fort Niagara? Leftover U.S. activities? Return Home
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