we came across a tour of the power plant at niagara falls, we paid over five dollars
per person and only looked through a window museum type area quite dull.
Unique Suggestions: at least look at the large map of the area, its free anyways, some nice books in shop
Fun Alternatives: Drive further down the road along the river to the lovely town of niagara on the lake. or family enjoyed ice cream in this storybook town.
If you walk on the street closest to the falls you will avoid most, but not all, of the tacky tourist stuff on the Canadian side. As you walk closer to the falls there is a beautiful park and visitor center and the ambience changes very much for the better!
Unique Suggestions: Realize that most of the stuff being sold is junk. Really the best thing to do is to focus on the falls.
This big dragon may swallow you when walking into it's mouth!
Unique Suggestions: Speed up and try to be in it's belly as soon as you can.
Fun Alternatives: Ok, this is a joke. :) There is really no tourist trap at Niagara Falls. This is the entrance of a Dragon Rollercoaster at Marineland Canada. That guy is my cousin.
There are many, many fast food joints all down the strip, and the first thing you'll notice when you're ordering is the hike in price. I guess this is to be expected in such a tourist destination.
Unique Suggestions: There are, however, some hidden independently owened places just west of Clifton Hill, off Victoria Ave. Keep an eye for Japanese, Chinese and even Thai!!
We were looking for a cheap place to stay after splurging at the Sheraton Fallsview and found the room at Casino Niagara for $25US a night. The rooms were very nasty and the casino was disgusting. I'm not a fan of casinos anyway but usually I can find a place to read while my husband gambles. Not here. It was just too dingy and creepy. Stay Away!!!
Fun Alternatives: Do anything except the casino. Look at wax people, take an elevator up the Skylon Tower, get soaked on the Maids of the Mist, pick your nose-do anything!!
If you're American, it is much more economical to stay on the Canadian side of the falls. When we visited, the exchange rate was about $1.50CN to $1US so we saved money on food, accomodation, gas etc..
This town is crawling with tacky tourist shops. The kind where junk type souveniers are being sold. There are some decent souveniers to be found if you look hard. Mind you, if you know someone who collects tacky souveniers, as we did, then this is the place to find it!
The bus tours seem to make their stops here. So there are loads of people everywhere.
Fun Alternatives: If your on a bus tour you might end up here...you might as well pick up a postcard or two.
Just because you CAN buy anything -- well does it mean you SHOULD??? Here a young man tries out one of the many options :)
Wherever you go and whatever you do - you pay. Well, you don't have to pay for LOOKING yet and smelling the flowers in a nearby park....
This must be one of 'the' tourist traps of the world. The waterfall itself is beautyful, but the area around is crowded by shops, hotels and entertainment.
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