While in Niagara Falls to view the amazing spectacle of the natures famous Niagara Falls I also decided to check the Hard Rock Cafe that is located here right in the middle of what is a cocophany of tourist venues..
Wherever I may be when travelling I always visit the HRC and view the Rock and Roll memorabilia that is always different in each HRC location. This HRC is no exception with a really quite amazing collection to see...of note ,is the "two special rooms" that they have here to see..one on "Elvis" and another on the "Beatles" both with a excellent collection of their personal memorabilia..
.On entry..One is immediately taken by the motorcycles hanging from the ceiling along with the many gutars around the rooms and the coloured glass display of some noteable legends behind the bar. I always enjoy the local HRC for a cold beer and one of their great burgers and fries...wherever it may be.
ITS ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC
Visiting the Niagara Falls is awesome. These famous falls one as seen on photos and in films (f.ex. Niagara with Marilyn Monroe) are even more spectacular up close.
There is a ferry which rides on the river and straight up to the Niagara Falls, the Maid of the Mist (remember Bruce Almighty!) if you want to get up real close and personal.
There are 3 falls which make up the Niagara Falls, - i.e. the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. The Horseshoe Falls are on the Canadian side and the other ones are on the American side. The ones on my photos are of the Horseshoe Falls. The drop of the Horseshoe Falls is 53 meters and are 790 meters wide.
The Niagara Falls are on the boarder of the Canadian province of Ontario and the American state of New York and from the Canadian side you can see Buffalo. We went there as well for a couple of hours' visit. The falls are only 27 km from Buffalo and 120 km from Toronto, from where we were coming.
I walked the length of Queen st going to St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church and I found numerous bars, stores, shops and restaurants in the area but too bad there's an ongoing construction during my visit. There are also old brick houses in the area.
Clifton Hill is full of fun and it has wax museums and one is the Loius Tussaud's waxworks. I got a combo for 24 dollars the pass for Ripley's is included. You can shoot your photos with your favorite celebrity or famous personalities in politics, movie, sports etc. You can sit beside Oprah or give your final look to the king of Pop, make spell with the harry Potter Characters and much more. The more than 200 figures are really amazing but I find it creepy though walking alone. Don't touch any of the figures.
It is not actually that far from Bampfield hall. This Episcopalian church was built in 1865 with gabled roof and small windows. The church has a ten-bell set that dates back to 1912 and underground tunnel. It also has a pipe organ since 1964. After this church I headed to Queen st.
This old church was built in 1895 out of red sandstone with a gothic style. It has octagonal spires and rose windows decorating the facade.It's my last stop in my historical walking tour and rode a bus going to Clifton hill in a bus stop at Morrison st. corner Victoria Avenue not far from the church. There's a convenience store there where I bought a bottled water to quench thirst from walking :)
The old Zimmerman bank is a few metres walk from the old imperial bank in Zimmerman avenue. It was opened in 1855 and it is the first bank of the region owned by a wealthy businessman Samuel Zimmerman. It's made of solid limestone. When it ceased to operate as a bank it was turned into post office, custom house and police station. As of my visit, it looks abandoned and no operation inside.
This is my second stop after the railway station. The old imperial bank is a massive limestone structure constructed in 1906 with a solid limestone structure. It is now over 100 years old and still standing and dominates the old downtown landscape. Am sure this structure is not know to many tourist but if you like old architecture then definitely this will be one among your destinations.
The bank became famous in 1964 when it was the site of Niagara Falls' biggest bank robbery. The robbers cut into the southeast corner vault from an adjacent building and took $900,000. The property is recognized for its heritage value by the City of Niagara Falls
Also known as the blue house before but it's not blue anymore when I saw it. It was built in 1875 by James Bampfield, a notable local tradesman. It is the second house of the Bampfields built on their arrival in the Clifton area and it belonged to the family until 1969. It has gothic revival style with pointed windows and iron cresting on the main roof. The building was recognized for its heritage value by the City of Niagara Falls. At present the hall serves as a bed and breakfast.
Every tourist mostly go to Niagara falls just to see the Falls but me I decided to see structures with historical value. So before going to the falls I had a little walk around. From the bus terminal I saw this red brick structure with elements of gothic revival style, the Niagara Falls railway station. It is actually the oldest rail stations in the province of Ontario dating back to 1879.
This is a big park down clifton hill where the observation decks are located. It features manicured gardens and platforms for viewing both the American and Horseshoe Falls.It's really nice to walk here and see colorful flowers and sit under a tree staring at the falls.
Of course, this is what the place is known for. What I can say. Beautiful and stunning. A great wonder of nature.
I spent more time here looking at the falls with the bustling crowd of tourist everywhere. Even hard to get a spot from the observation deck. Niagara falls can also be viewed from the skywheel, skylon tower or simply sitting on a bench in the park that made the place more beautiful.
What captured my attention while walking towards Clifton hill from the bus stop is this towering giant wheel. I went there first and paid 12 dollars for the 10 minutes ride I think.It is Canada's largest observation will towering 175 feet. At this height, It's really a unique sightseeing opportunity with breath taking views of the 2 falls (Horseshoe and American), Niagara river, Clifton hill, the parks and other landmarks It's not moving fast so you can snap at any angle with great focus. The gondolas are enclosed which makes you feel safer and equipped with heating and air conditioning that will make one comfortable. I guess trying this at night is also great capturing glittering lights and the illuminated fall. Try this newest and exciting way to see the falls.
The Niagara Whirlpool is where the Niagara River makes an abrupt, counterclockwise turn, thus creating a furious rush of water. It provides one of the more scenic vistas of the river.
It is easy to located because it is the starting point of the Whirlpool Aero Car, which offers round trips across the Niagara Gorge from roughly early March to late October. I didn't try it myself, but I can only imagine that it offers dramatic views of the whirlpool and the river. I was also told that a zipline should be opened for the 2013 season for all you thrill-seekers out there!
The Niagara Glen, to the north of the Whirlpool Aero Car, is another location from where you can admire the Niagara Whirlpool. Unlike the Aero Car, it is free, but adequate hiking shoes are required for its nature trails.
This self-proclaimed largest indoor aviary in the world is a great place to keep in mind for a rainy day. It features a wide array of birds, but also a few species of reptiles and night creatures. The highlight is the main aviary, which must be a birdwatcher's paradise: the room is so vast that you will probably not spot the birds at first glance, it is best to take your time. (While I was taking pictures, a Victoria crowned pigeon started pecking at my shoes and made a strange whooping sound. The other birds didn't seem as fearless, however.) There are also scheduled lorikeet and bat feedings. For $2 you can take part in the lorikeet feedings (or, to be more precise, have some lorikeet eat off you).
Bird Kingdom was only opened in 2003, but it is housed in a wonderfully well preserved/restored building from 1907, which originally served as the Spirella Corset Factory and was home to the Niagara Falls Museum from 1958 to 2000. A nice nod is given to its history in the form of a small exhibit on the history of the building, which mirrors the development of Niagara Falls in the 20th century.
Bird Kingdom is every day from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours in July and August (9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) and reduced hours on Christmas Eve (9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Christmas Day (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.).
Cost of admission is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors (aged 55+) and $9 for kids aged 4-15. Prices don't include taxes. You can save a bit of money by purchasing your entry tickets online on the Bird Kingdom website.
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