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    Niagara Whirlpool

    by brazwhazz Written Nov 3, 2012

    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.

    Whirlpool Aero Car Niagara Gorge
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    Bird Kingdom

    by brazwhazz Updated Nov 1, 2012

    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.

    Entrance to Bird Kingdom What are you looking at?
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    Niagara Skywheel

    by spidermiss Written Apr 18, 2011

    Niagara Skywheel towers 53 m above the Nigaara Falls area. On the ride you get great views of both The American and The Horseshoe Falls along with other natural landmarks of Niagara Park. If you ride in the evening you get the illuminated views and Clifton Hill Resort's glittering lights. The ride lasts approximately 10 mins.

    The ride cost 9.99 + tax CAD (April 2011).

    Views of the Falls (from Niagara Skywheel) Views of the Falls (from Niagara Skywheel)
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    CRIMINALS HALL OF FAME

    by kris-t Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    "WAX MUSEUM The Criminal Hall of Fame boasts a vintage selection of masterfully crafted wax replicas of notorious criminals from throughout history"
    A vintage police cruiser is parked in front of the Hall in a failed attempt to draw attention.

    CRIMINALS HALL OF FAME
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    Historic Niagara Falls Trolley of US Side!

    by machomikemd Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Explore Niagara Falls State Park in the comfort of the Niagara Falls Scenic Trolley. Enjoy an overview of the park in half an hour as a knowledgeable guide shares the history of the park with you along the three-mile route, or get off at each of the six stops and explore the Niagara Falls attractions. The Niagara Falls Scenic Trolley is a favorite because they allow you to see the park while you relax and enjoy the ride. Each vintage-style trolley is equipped with modern conveniences and tickets are available at various locations throughout the park, so you can zip from one Niagara Falls attraction to the next.

    Trolleys run every 30 minutes
    First trolley starts - 9 a.m.
    Last trolley starts - 11:30 p.m.

    Ride all day for just $1 visiting downtown Niagara Falls USA hotels and attractions. Just purchase a Trolley Day Pass when boarding. It is valid for one adult and two children, age 11 and under. Senior citizens (age 65+), disabled and Medicare cardholders with valid ID pay 50 cents. Exact change is required.

    Aboard Trolley Fun Way Around Map of Trolley Stops!
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    SIR ADAM BECK NO2 GENERATING PLANT

    by BerniShand Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Take the 40 minute tour and learn how hydroelectic power is produced here, the tour includes a short video presentation and our guide was informative and amusing. Tours leave on the hour March to May, every half hour May to September, and every hour September to November. there are no tours during the wuinter months
    you are not allowed to take bags into the plant but there are free lockers to leave them in

    Admittance prices $8.50 Adults, Child 6 to 12 years $5.00, 5 and under free

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  • Audio Driving Tour of Niagara region on CD

    by clasinvest Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a 2 part driving tour from Niagara Falls to Niagara-on-the-Lake that you play in your car CD player. It has 20 sites with directions and a map. The directions are easy because you only go on the Niagara Parkway. It's got lots of information, and explains all of the sites. You can do any part or parts you want or the whole thing. It's much cheaper than a bus tour and you make your own schedule.

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    Fallsview Casino

    by kazander Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Lou and I won it big at the Fallsview. OK, not big, but we won enough to pay for everything during our stay at Niagara Falls! It's very nice Casino/ Hotel overlooking the falls. They have a large shopping area, a few resturants and Live Music and Comedy Acts. They were advertising for Kenny Rogers and Howie Mandel when we were there.

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    Falls View

    by Dabs Written Aug 26, 2010

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    After visiting the attractions at Table Rock, Niagara's Fury and Journey Behind the Falls, we spotted the Falls Incline Railway which was included with our Adventure Pass so we hopped on for a ride up to Falls View near The Embassy Suites Fallsview which has a nice walk with several overlooks with good views of the Falls from up above. The ride takes less than a minute and we didn't have to wait to get on. If you are staying at the Embassy Suites, Marriott or any of the other hotels near there, that's a good way to get up and down the hill to the Falls.

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    Niagara's Fury

    by Dabs Updated Aug 9, 2010

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    The fourth and final attraction we visited on the Canadian side was Niagara's Fury which we probably wouldn't have done if it hadn't been included on the Adventure Pass and I wouldn't recommend to adults not traveling with young kids. The attraction starts off with a cartoon explaining the creation of the Falls, although not explaining it all that well. Then they take you into a room where you watch an 360 degree IMAX style movie, the floors move and vibrate, you feel like you are soaring over the Falls, water, snow (actually foam) and cold air spurting out at you on occasion. Exciting maybe for the 6-10 year old crowd, for this adult it was a bit of a snooze. I would have been irritated had I waited in line or made a special trip over to see it.

    Included on the Adventure Pass, adults $15.00, kids 6-12 $9.75

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    Top 10 Things in Niagara Falls, Canada

    by JennysTravels Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Top 10 Reasons you should come to Niagara Falls, Canada:

    1. Well ... let's start with the obvious ... Me.
    2. Niagara Falls of course!
    3. Fallsview Casino and it's many sins.
    4. Late night eats.
    5. Winery bike tours. Helmets required.
    6. Haunted Pints at the Angel Inn.
    7. Hiking the gorge.
    8. A trip to Toronto would complete it.
    9. Afternoon Tea at The Prince of Wales Hotel, NOTL.
    10. Private bonfires in the country.

    Take your pick. :)

    Come on ... it will be fun!  I promise.  :) :)
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    Niagara Falls top 10

    by Suzanne123 Updated Nov 12, 2009

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    1. Skywheel - Right in town on Clifton Hills. Heated and Air Conditioned gondolas. www.skywheel.ca 53 meter ferris wheel.

    2. Journey behind the Falls. Directly across the Canadian Falls there is a building where you can pay to walk thru a hidden tunnel. It's pretty darn awesome.

    3. Bird Aviary - 400 creatures. Or was it 400 species? It's a lot and you will like it.

    4. Fear Factory. It's very scary. You get to walk thru a scary building. If you can't handle it you scream "Nightmares" and 'someone' will come and get you. You are then added to the chicken list. Don't worry you won't be alone. 900,000 are also on the list.

    5. Skylon Tower Observation Deck

    6. Maid of the Mist.

    7. Fallsview indoor waterpark

    8. Jetboat whirlpool

    9. Whirlpool aero car ride

    10. Niagara Fury (experience the creation of the falls in 4-D) or an IMAX film if you've never seen one

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    Whirlpool Aero Car

    by Tom_Fields Written Sep 26, 2009

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    The Niagara River, below the falls, has carved out a huge cavity in the cliffs and formed an eddy, or whirlpool. Inside, the water swirls about, creating a spectacular display of nature's power. You can visit one of two ways: by cable car (aero car), or by speedboat. You'll probably get better pictures by aero car.

    Opened in 1916, it was designed by Spanish engineer Leonardo Torres Quevedo. This is one of Niagara's top attractions. The trip takes about 10 minutes each way. Needless to say, it's out of the question if you're afraid of heights.

    The Whirlpool The Aero Car getting ready to depart From the Aero Car, a view of the rapids
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    Mystery on the Lake

    by kehale Written Aug 25, 2009

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    On a weekend camping trip with some friends, the girls wanted to find the perfect girls day out activity that was diffrent from your usual Niagara Falls trip. Doing a google search a friend of mine came across "Mystery on the Lake" which takes place in historic Niagara on the Lake.
    It is an interactive theatre that takes you on a walking tour of the Niagara on the Lake area. We were lucky we had a beautiful day, and the actors were fantastic and really engaging (of course they had to be to get you to find the clue and move on to the next location). It was a bit pricey but you get admission to two area attractions and food and drink at a few local eateries. We really enjoyed ourselves and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a unique day out in Niagara.
    Check out their website for more details! (No address because they won't provide you the starting location until you buy your tickets... or else how would they make money, huh?)

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    Cave of the Winds

    by apbeaches Written Aug 18, 2009

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    From the American Side we put on yellow poncho's and sandals to go down to the foot of the American Falls. We climbed steps alongside the Falls at times getting really soaked. It was very memorable & a lot of fun.

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