Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls

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  • Louis Tussauds Waxworks

    by CoAir13 Written Sep 29, 2005

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    Madame's great nephew twice removed (or something like that) tries his hand at the family craft. Unfortunately, the artistic gene never made it to poor Louis. There are over 100 of the worst looking wax figures here...which, quite possibly, could be a world record. I'll check the Guiness World Record Museum.

    Fun Alternatives: Next time you are in London, England...check out the REAL Tussauds...I hear it's much better!

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  • Ripley's Moving Theatre

    by CoAir13 Written Sep 29, 2005

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    NIAGARA FALLS' ONLY 70mm MOVIE! Experience 3-D technology in 4-D form. Seats move in 8 directions which will take you right into the movie.....or give you whiplash. The wind, snow, and mist effects add that extra reality factor!!

    Unique Suggestions: May I suggest the whirlpool jet boat ride? It's WAY more realistic!

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  • Movieland

    by CoAir13 Written Sep 29, 2005

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    YAY!!!! Angelina Jolie!!!

    If you are a movie buff, pay $10 to see the painstakingly carved wax statues of your favorite stars in their most memorable movie "poses". Trouble is, they look nothing like the real people. Luckily everything is labeled. You could probably make a game of it....preferably, a drinking game!

    Unique Suggestions: Why even bother?

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  • Criminals Hall of Fame

    by CoAir13 Written Sep 29, 2005

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    Can't get enough of mobsters and serial killers? Then this is the place for you! See wax renditions of notable figures such as Hannibal Lecter ( serial killer), Jeffery Dahmer, Bugsy Segal, and Charles Manson. One hasn't lived until they've seen a John Wayne Gacy in all of his waxy glory! There is even a photo-op electric chair that buzzes when you sit in it.

    Unique Suggestions: I don't think there would be any way to tolerate this place....not enough alcohol in Canada, I'm afraid!

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    This is THE tourist trap

    by Bilimari Written May 9, 2005

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    Clifton Hill is just one block to the Falls and the Queen Victoria Park.
    There are hundreds of shops, restaurants, attractions, and amusements on about 500m strip called "Midway" on Clifton Hill.

    Unique Suggestions: Souvenir shopping

    Peak into the freak shows

    Pick up the latest guitar pin at the HRC

    Fun Alternatives: Go to the American side, and experience the similer tourist trap.

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  • watch your money disappear

    by JoelAM Written Dec 18, 2004

    the clifton hill area is full of hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions, but many of the attractions cost quite a bit and frankly just aren't worth it. the various "museums"(and i use that term loosely) are pretty much a five minute in and out thing, but you've dropped a big chunk of change for your family to see them. if cheesy stuff is your thing or money is no object, then go for it otherwise forget it

    Unique Suggestions: the best (and cheapest) way to enjoy clifton hill is to just walk up and down and see it all. buy a few souvenirs and a Hard Rock Cafe t-shirt. take in all the sights, particularly at night when the lights make it stimulating visually

    Fun Alternatives: if you want to spend money on something good- ride the maid of the mist (april-october)or ride to the top of the skylon tower and take in the views. the journey behind the falls looks exciting although i've never done it

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    WHY OH WHY OH WHY?????

    by kentishgirl Updated Nov 4, 2004

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    the tacky clifton hill

    The falls, parks etc are beautiful.
    Why oh why did they have to build a street full of tacky museums,fast food outlets and tacky shops?!

    Unique Suggestions: I guess its to make money out of the area, but it could of been much nicer.

    Fun Alternatives: Just dont visit - UNLESS - you have kids.

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  • Clifton Hill is NOT a bad place

    by Malyssuh Written Oct 13, 2004

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    Clifton Hill is not an awful tourist trap. It's a fun place to go and see things you wouldn't normally see. You can get away from all the tour groups pushing and shoving to see the falls and get away from screaming children who are terrified of the falls. It's a place for people who do not take themselves too seriously to enjoy a tacky good time. As an child and adult, Clifton Hill has always made Niagara Falls more than just water.

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    Clifton Hill is a tourist magnet

    by theagent Written Sep 24, 2004
    Caught in the trap!

    Full of wax museums, fast food joints and souvenir shops, this place is depressing but lively.

    Unique Suggestions: Grab a coffee and find a window to people watch.

    Fun Alternatives: It's not to be avoided but don't spend too much time here after you visit the Falls. Move on to another area instead...Niagara on the Lake is supposed to be nice...

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    Tacky !!

    by joanj Written Aug 9, 2004
    Clifton Hill

    That is how I describe Clifton Hill, well at least the top half of it with all the tacky tourist shops and wierd shows

    I think it spoils the beauty and majesty of Niagara Falls.


    Fun Alternatives: Just stay down the bottom end of the hill, and see the falls, the lovely park and gardens

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    One word to describe Clifton Hill: Ugh

    by AcornMan Written Apr 24, 2004

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    Clifton Hill

    Clifton Hill is easily one of the most tacky and tasteless places I've ever been in my life. I felt like I was in a combination of Las Vegas and Disney Land. Do yourself a favor and stay as far away from this area of town as possible.

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    Clifton Hill

    by Allikatac Written Mar 4, 2004

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    Granted, Clifton Hill can be an entertaining place, but most of the attractions seem to be gaudy and expensive. There are a ton of overly-priced haunted houses and 3D rides.

    Unique Suggestions: Younger adults may enjoy some of the night clubs, and I personally think some of the restaurants are good such as Rainforest Cafe and Kelseys.

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    Lundy's Lane -- Clifton Hill -- Yuck

    by worldcam Written Feb 29, 2004

    Clifton Hill is most certainly a place a traveller can avoid and not be disappointed. Niagara Falls is not Clifton Hill ... here you'll find high priced fast food and loud "muesums" like believe it or not places and wax museums. Go see the falls -- Niagara on the Lake -- the butterflies -- but avoid Clifton Hill.

    Unique Suggestions: If you have to go here -- just park here. It's a pretty good deal to park at a hotel and walk to the falls.

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  • It's hard to choose just one thing to do

    by Kristin050900 Written Feb 20, 2004

    Okay, this where you can do just about anything fun you can think of. You can play arcade games, minuature golf, go to different wax museums, and ride 3D rides.

    Unique Suggestions: If you happen to stumble up here, there are a few things I recommend that you see. The Great Canadian Midway, where you can play all sorts of arcade games, go bowling, play pool, or even ride a few 3D rides. Try going into every shop on the hill. You'll get an array of things that you just can't do without(just kidding). And go into at least one of the many wax museums.

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    Clifton Hill

    by chrissyalex Updated Aug 2, 2003

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    Clfiton Hill

    Clifton Hill is one of the biggest tourist traps I have ever seen. This street is crammed with tacky souvenir shops,wax museums, haunted houses,and theme chain restaurants such as Planet Hollywood,The Rainforest Cafe etc. Everything is gaudy,over the top and overpriced.

    Unique Suggestions: If you chill out and don't have a snooty attitude, it can be kind of fun to take a stroll just to see the carnival atomosphere of it all.. Obviously many people have a great time here,since this street has been this way for years.

    Fun Alternatives: Take a drive on Niagara Parkway about 20 kilometers to the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. It is an enjoyable drive with many wineries and fruit stands along the way. The town is filled with flowers ,nice shops and has far fewer chain restaurants.

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