Day 65: Tourist Traipsing

On the Hornblower boat

On the Hornblower boat

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After breakfast at IHOP, we walked down the hill from our hotel to start our day of Niagara Falls sightseeing. First thing on the list was the Hornblower boat tour of the falls. We purchased our tickets and took the elevators down to water level in the Niagara River Gorge. Before you board the boat on the Canadian side, every one gets a red plastic poncho. On the Maid-of-the-Mist boats that start from the American side of the river, everyone is wearing a blue poncho. It makes identifying the boats quite easy as they motor around the river to view the falls. Alan and I donned our ponchos and boarded the boat. First stop on the tour is the American Falls. There’s a lot of spray, but its not too bad.

American falls seen from the boat

American falls seen from the boat

Trying to stay dry

Trying to stay dry

Then the boat moves on to the Horseshoe Falls. If you are standing on the front of the boat, it feels like a full on rain storm. The falls are roaring and it is all-around spectacular. Our boat spent about 10 minutes at the Horseshoe falls and then retreated back to the dock. Niagara Falls can kind of seem like a cliche, but when you get to see them up close and in person, they are really amazing—a true natural wonder. To me, despite being rather short, the boat tour was completely worth doing and the best way to see the falls.

More photos from our Hornblower boat tour:

Niagara Botanical GardensAfter the boat tour, we hopped on a bus going north along the river to the Niagara Botanic Gardens. We purchased a day pass for the WeGo buses that run all over Niagara Falls and this proved to be very convenient for us. The Gardens are lovely and we wandered around a bit, but both of us were feeling kind of lethargic in the heat. We spotted two bike tourists who were heading to the east coast and chatted with them for a bit and then decided to find some lunch.

More photos from the gardens:

We took the bus to Queen Street, which is a less touristy part of Niagara Falls (if that’s possible). A late lunch at the Paris Creperie was exactly what we needed. Then we hopped on the bus again, back to the hotel to rest and relax in our room. After dinner, we walked down the hill to see the falls. At night, the falls are illuminated with powerful spotlights and changing colors, which is pretty darn cool.

More photos of Niagara at night:

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