Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls
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.
So, when you are on sensory overload from the sights and sounds of the natural beauty of the falls, you can come here and play mini golf with glow in the dark balls. Nothing says fun like 9 holes in a black lit room! Really fun if there's someone playing who happens to have a fake tooth or two (they glow in black light, you know!).
Unique Suggestions: Miniature golf in natural light kills me with boredom. I have no suggestions....
In case you have seen enough horrifying wax renditions of your favorite actors and mass murderers, you can move on to see your favorite "rock" legends like Madonna and Britney Spears. Careful... the Marilyn Manson statue is likely to give you nightmares! You can't miss this place....it's the blue building with paintings of "rockers" that bear no resemblance to the real thing!
Unique Suggestions: OY VAY!
NOPE...I was surprised to learn Louis Tussaud was not in here as the worst wax figure carver maker person. I did, however, learn about the world's longest mustache and most tattooed woman. Oddities abound. Amazing.
Unique Suggestions: I'm sure you can find something better to do!
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!
Want to go gamble at the casino, but have kids to contend with? Give 'em $20 and leave them here at this GIGANTIC gameroom/entertainment complex. Actually, give 'em $40 because most of the games cost 2 tokens or more. When they're done, they can exchange their tickets for Canadian Midway labeled prizes such as mugs, cooler cups, noisemakers...even INVISIBLE DOGS!
Unique Suggestions: Wear earplugs...
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.
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!
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 (yeah...movie 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!
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?
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.
Step inside this house and be chased around by Frankenstein. That should work up an appetite. Then, when you're done...you can stop and get an $8 whopper at Burger King right next door!!
Unique Suggestions: When you get home, rent the movie!
If you ask me, all of Clifton Hill is a tourist trap. It's full of tacky wax museums and TONS of gift shops that sell a bunch of cheap junk. Plan out what you'd really like to see, and spend more time on that.
Unique Suggestions: If you must go to Clifton Hill, limit your wax museum visits! Only go to one and try to steer clear of all of the gift shops! Also, I found that going in the morning, when things first open, is a good way to beat the crowds, which can get pretty crazy!
Fun Alternatives: Instead of spending all of your time on Clifton Hill, visit Niagara-on-the-Lake (very short, easy drive!) or go on the Maid of the Mist, which gives you an up-close view of the Falls. Don't forget to spend a little time in the casinos. Sic Bo (spelling?) was a very easy game to pick up if you're not a big gambler!
Have no fear...you can fulfill your DVD dreams here! Pay top dollar for CDs, DVDs, clothes, and movie memorabilia. I suppose movie buffs spend a lifetime looking for Cowardly Lion shaped mugs..
Fun Alternatives: The internet is a great place to shop.....GO LOOK AT THE FALLS!!!!
If you are easily scared by the dark and 20-somethings with spooky makeup, DO NOT enter! I think the most terrifying thing about it is the entrance fee!!!
Fun Alternatives: If you want to be scared, go to the Rock Legends Wax Museum!