This is the pic that they took of us on the way in. This was an exciting ride, it felt like being in a hurricane riding on choppy waters. We all squished in looking like "The Blue Man Group" with our bright blue ponchos!You can see one of the voyages with all the blue people an earlier post. You will get very close to the falls and very very wet! I actually put my poncho hood right over my face and looked through it when we were close because the water was spraying in my face and eyes so I couldn't see very well. I still think that every one should try this (once) to experience it but for me, I enjoy viewing them from the railings
We took advantage of our free "WEGO" bus pass and picked up the bus across the street from our hotel and went to the
Louis Tussaud's Waxworks, one of the "Ripley's Attractions"
. I didn't think I would enjoy this as much as I did. The museum had 2 floors of wax figures of celebs posed so you can stand with them and have fun taking photos. The figures are the actual size of the people they represent. You will really be surprised by some of them! My husband Bruce made this so much more fun for me because he was so goofy posing and made laugh. These are just some of the photos I took. I hope some them made you smile. This museum is in the "family area" of attractions. I'm sorry but I can't remember what it is called but it's fun to walk around and shop. Here are some shots I took of the area:
I loved the Dinosaur mini-golf. we didn't play but it is impressive. Everything is "larger than life"
I was very excited to cross the border and see the Horse Shoe Falls from our suite. My husband had set up the reservations and mentioned that we would like to stay in the highest floor available because it was our 33rd Anniversary. I never expected that we would have a top floor suite. In this photo, our suite was one with the tall arched windows. It was on the 50th floor!
We had an astonishing view of both falls through a wall of floor to ceiling windows. There was a platform that you could stand on that made me feel like there wasn't even glass between us and the beautiful scene before us! Check out some of these photos :)
If you ever plan a vacation here and stay at the Hilton, I suggest that you ask for the North Tower. There are 2 towers and the North tower is taller with a better view (in my opinion). Parking is valet and around $25 a day so we parked our car at the Falls View Casino, attached to the Hilton. if you are leaving your car and using public transportation like we did, it's great. They only charge 5$ when you leave. If you go in the casino and get one of their free rewards cards, you can swipe it when you leave the parking garage and not have to pay the 5$. This saved us a lot of cash as we stayed for a week. If you park on the 5th floor of the parking garage, you can walk straight across the bridge in my photo to re-enter your hotel. It's a short distance from there to the elevators. There is a Starbucks on that level. (mezzanine) We always grabbed a cup of coffee on our way back. They also have a Brazilian Steak House which was great. We bought a package that included a breakfast every day, one dinner at the steak house, 50$ in casino money, 4 drinks in one of the lounges.
Here are some photos of our suite. We would definitely like to go back again and stay in the same room :)
Continuing on our road trip, We made a stop at the nearby aquarium before crossing the border into Canada. The aquarium was on the small side but still very nice and I'm glad we chose not to miss it.
My favorite exhibit was the penguins. They were adorable! It's fun watching them play. the aquarium was crowded on the weekend, it was hard to move along with the crowd. I wanted to stay and watch them for a while.
I forget what this fish was called but he was different. If anyone does know, I would appreciate it if you could leave a reply :)