Friday, September 7, 2012

Niagara Falls

We try to camp at State or National Parks when we can.  The check in process is more flexible and they have more of a "camper" feel to us.  Andy found a site at Niagara-on-the-Lake at the New York State Park- Four Mile Creek.  We arrived at our site on the shore of Lake Ontario at dusk and looked to see Toronto but couldn't; as it got darker we could see the lights though! Plus, if you camp on any state park, you get free entrance/parking at any of their other parks.  Pretty neat, and not nearly advertised as much as it should be. 

We have a list of attractions that we would like to see, but they are prioritized.  We were satisfied after The Cave of the Winds and Maid of the Mist. At the Cave of the Winds you can walk right into the fall, and Andy and I had a lot of fun.  Anne was a little scared without her ear muffs.  We went back to the car before the Maid of the Mist just to get her ear muffs.  An added bonus of doing the caves first was that they give you sandals (that you have to wear for insurance purposes), so we wore those on the Maid of the Mist to keep our other shoes dry.  As we were leaving we ate at Twist of the Mist, it was recommended but was just okay.

We ate at the two restaurants we picked beforehand.  The Top of the Falls has an awesome view, right on the water, in the park.  We were the first people there so they let us sit anywhere, so we ate outside.  I would recommend eating inside, the view is actually nicer and Anne freaked out about the bees (not sure if it is just our timing or if they always have bees, but they seemed use to them).  For dinner we ate downtown at the Silo which was featured on Man vs Food.  Andy got the haystack (item featured on the show) and it was surprisingly good.  Overall, it was a fantastic day.

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