How we spent Labor Day Weekend 2018?! Niagara Falls experience and review!
Last year we spent our labor day weekend in the Adirondacks, NY for the Hot Air Balloon festival and The Lost River in NH. This year we spent our labor day weekend in Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada. We decided to stay at a campsite instead of the hotel or using our timeshare because it has been 5 years since we went camping and Sophia hasn't really experienced it. Not that she would remember being 3.5 yrs old, but it was something she really enjoyed at this moment of her life. We are the kind of parents that travels even when the kids are just babies. Even if they won't remember a thing from the experience of the trip, we still want them to see when they look back in our photos that we let them experience how it's like to travel and just be in the moment with our family. At least they would see that we took them places since they were little and we will do it for as long as we can. Some people may have different opinion about this and that's ok! You do YOU! We invited our friends on this trip and they are thus far our favorite travel buddies! Meet the Nicholson's! Warning: Loaded photos! Sorry about the quality because I used my phone and it's night time and I took a quick snaps because you know when you have kids, you just grab every opportunity to take their photos.
The Travel Buddies
We bought our tickets and booked everything online like we always do to get ahead and avoid ticket lines. What we cannot avoid is the line when we go to the attractions but surprisingly, it wasn't bad at all. Since we only basically have 2.5 days there we made sure we will be able to make the most of our stay. We arrived on Saturday around 4 pm and we set up our tent while we were waiting for our friends. We bought some food, water, and ice and other stuff we need from a local grocery store nearby. As soon as our friends arrived, we waited for them to get settled. Mike helped Matt to set up their tent while myself and Miriam were watching the kids running around driving us both crazyyyy!!! It was fun though! It's great to see our kids having fun until it's not fun anymore hahaha! After Mike and Matt were done setting up the tent, we went to Red Lobsters to grab dinner since I haven't been there in 8 years, plus Matt and Miriam were huge seafoods lover. The next day, Sunday, we started our day pretty late, 10 am. We were exhausted from the drive and late night that's why. But that didn't stop us to do the stuff we booked for. We started with getting our bus passes for the WeGo transportation. It's great to have it since parking have very limited spots, plus it saves you time and money.
1. Our first attraction stop was the Niagara Fury. It's an animated show that basically talks about the history of Niagara Falls. After the show, they take you into a room where they have a huge 3D screen, but you don't need 3D glasses. The platform is moving like you're moving with what you see on the screen. Like you're riding a boat kinda thing. Last around 30mins. They give a poncho but expect to get a little wet. Plan on about 45 minutes. The show was about 30 minutes, but you should there a head of time for line and photos. This was good for the kids since it's animated but to me it's just meh! Whatever, it's included in the package so might as well go see it! (No photos on this one because cameras and phones aren't allowed. We missed the picture taking before going in because we were late. You know the ones they sell after?)
2. Our next stop was our lunch reservation at the Skylon Tower Revolving dining. It was awesome! My husband actually took a time lapse video and posted it on his IG. The food was good but not spectacular to wow me plus our server must have been exhausted he forgot to ask what we want to drink and since we were so excited, we also forgot to ask, so we just had the complimentary water on the table. The settings was great though. Of course the view was priceless!
3. Journey behind the Falls. This visit will take 30 to 45 minutes and in the spring and summer months, you'll receive a free souvenir biodegradable rain poncho as protection from the mist of the Falls. You get close enough to take photos of falls and the rainbow! It was fun and amazing and perfect for the hot weather. I just wished I wasn't wearing a maxi dress. But since I have some sun damage skin problem I had to cover up and this is why I was wearing what I was wearing. That's another topic to talk about.
4. Whirlpool Aero Car. This is good to see the whirlpool and the strong rapids of the river. However, in my opinion it was the most boring one. The aerial cable car travels safely between two different points of the Canadian shore of the Niagara River over the spectacular Whirlpool. It was a super short trip and I didn't even take photos. I mean it's still nice to see the whirlpool and the people on a speedboat ride which we didn't do. (Sorry no photos for this one!)
5. White water walk which we did on Sunday at around 10ish in the morning. This was a super short walk, 20 minutes total back and forth. It was nice for photos and the sound of water was very relaxing. I just wished it was a little longer hike and probably get a little closer to the water and maybe a huge rock by the water where you can take an Instagram worthy photo. But for safety purposes, since the rapids is very dangerous, they don't have that option.
6. Last but not least was actually my favorite of them all. The Hornblower Cruise which we did during the day. You cannot get closer than this! It was ahh-mah-zingggg!!! They also have a night time experience which I think is actually super cool too because they have Illumination lights that feels like the Northern lights because of its colors and the other one comes with fireworks. But since we didn't do this on the first day and we had to drive 8 hrs back home, we didn't experience the night time. But it's ok, we plan on going back so maybe we will do the Falls Illumination or Fireworks Cruise next time.
Overall, it was an amazing experience. Great labor day weekend! There are so many amazing and wonderful places, but we only have 7 wonders of the world. Niagara Falls made it to 8th! Not bad! Even though it didn't make it to the top 7, it doesn't change the fact that this is really an amazing creation of God through erosion during the Ice Age! Here is a glance of Niagara Falls History. An area 12,300 years in the making, Niagara Falls is a natural wonder unlike any other. The history of Niagara Falls goes back thousands of years, to the Ice Age, when large torrents of water were released from the melting ice, draining into what is now known as the Niagara River. It may sound tragic because it is, but God intended to create this beautiful falls by shifting and shaking the earth.
Just like in life, we go through ups and downs and the motivating and molding process of God to make us into a better person sometimes is tough and frustrating. But what is the beauty of success and glory without going through pain?! Whatever it is that you are going through today, trust that this too shall pass. Trust that God has a very beautiful plan in your life. Jeremiah 29:11 made it clear that God wants the best for you! 😍😘🤗
I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Also what's in your bucket list?