Ever feel like taking a step across the border to experience an entirely new country. That is what I did last year when my mom and I took a weekend trip to Ontario, Canada to view the amazing Niagara Falls. We packed our bags, headed to the airport, and caught a flight to Buffalo, NY. When we landed, we took the Niagara Falls Transit Bus #210, to the falls. It was a 25-minute bus ride that took us close to Rainbow Bridge. After a 5-minute walk, we saw the sign that read “Entry to Canada.” Walking across Rainbow Bridge, we were able to view the falls and in just a short time, we were having our passports checked.
In front of us was the Sheraton Hotel where we would be staying. With our bags checked in, we were ready to start our adventure. After grabbing a bite to eat, we walked to the Welcome center and picked up our Adventure Pass. For only $44.95 per person, we got access to The Creation of the Falls, Journey Behind the Falls, Maid of the Mist & White Water Walk.
We also got bonus tickets to:
- The arcade at Clifton Hill
- round of mini golf
- Movieland Wax museum
- Ghost Blasters Ride
- The Sky Wheel
- People Mover Bus
We took the People mover to Table Rock to experience the White Water Falls. Then rode it back to Niagara’s Furry and Journey Behind the Falls. Near the hotel, we went to the Hershey Store, the Coca-cola store and a few boutiques. When it got dark, we headed to Clifton Hill. There are even more stores, games, and restaurants to enjoy. However we didn’t stay too long because the fireworks were starting over the falls.
The next day we got up early to ride the Maid of the Mist because that gets the most crowded. I could feel the mist on my face as we rode closer to the falls. We then took advantage of the bus pass and used it to stop at as many sights as we could. We saw the Floral Clock, Souvenir City, and Chocolates of the World store. Then we headed to the Revolving Skylon Tower for an early dinner. Getting a 360° view as we ate was so mesmerizing. We then headed back to Clifton Hill to experience all of the lights and sounds it had to offer when the sky painted black. We hopped aboard the Sky Wheel, played Dinosaur mini golf, and checked out all of the unique stores up and down the strip.
The next day was our final day. Thinking we could stay longer, we had gotten a late return flight home. Turns out it was far too rainy to do anything. We decided to head back over Rainbow Bridge and get to the airport early. With our Maid of the Mist raincoats wrapped around our luggage, umbrellas broken from the wind, and our hair-soaking wet we stepped onto American soil. We had some lunch, and took the bus back to the airport only to find out that our flight was cancelled. We waited over 8 hours hoping another flight would approach. Finally, at 10 PM we finally got a flight to Washington DC, and unhappily had a layover until the next morning. Though this travel experience had a bit of a rocky ending, it had a fun beginning and I cannot wait to go back. More importantly, this trip let me learn something that cannot be taught in a book. It allowed me to step outside my country and experience a completely new world.
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