Niagara Nirvana

Trip Start Aug 11, 2006
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Trip End Aug 14, 2006


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Friday, August 11, 2006

We set out on Friday morning (August 11) from NJ at 6 AM figuring our 21 month old daughter would sleep a good portion of the trip.
OK so we were wrong on the first assumption of the day. She was a good girl, enjoyed the ride and since we bought a portable DVD player she watched a movie between stops.

After about 7 hours we arrived at Buffalo, NY on our first stop to eat lunch at the famous Anchor Bar where they invented Buffalo wings. It was easy to get to and after a short wait we got a corner table. The place is kids friendly, clean and busy. The menu was OK and we were hungry. My wife and I ordered 10 Buffalo wings each, she ordered the chef's salad and I ordered the pulled pork.

Turned out we weren't as hungry as we thought, sure enough the wings were delicious, some of the best, if not the best we have ever had. The "Chef's Salad" was a disappointment, a soup CUP filled with lettuce, two cherry tomatoes and one hot cherry pepper. The pulled pork was OK but we didn't finish it.

We got back on the road to Youngstown, NY which is where our inn was (The Fyfe & Drum). Youngstown is a very picturesque town next to Fort Niagara, on the lower Niagara River. There are several inns and B&Bs in the town as well as Lewisville (a town over). The town is very quite, very kids friendly (parks and grass all over) and on the water (the river was across the street from the inn). We found out the town has a position for an employee that all they do is make sure that the kids have fun at the parks, get chalks, crayons, games etc. A night's stay cost us $90, as compared with $350 at anyplace around the falls. I don't know about you but for $1,000 savings on hotel stay I'd drive 15 minutes a day.

We got to the inn, put our stuff in our room and went to the falls (after a nap). We paid $10 for parking at the Niagara Falls visitors center on Main Street (they take US or Canadian money) and went to check what tours are being offered. We figured we'd pay for a tour for several reasons :
- It would be easier with our daughter not standing in lines
- We'd see more in less time
- And less aggravation for us.

We found out there are three tours, U.S. side (they said around 4.5 hours), Canadian side (around 4.5 hours) and both (around 9 hours) in which you do everything there is to do around the falls. We signed up for the 10:30 AM US tour figuring it will end just in time for our daughter's nap ($60 a person, young kids that don't take up a seat are free, we didn't ask about AAA discount). Later we went on the balloon ride which brings you up 300 feet for a magnificent view ($20 per person, young kids are free, $18 with AAA discount).

The park on the US side is fabulous, great for kids and adults. We took a walk all around, the bridge to Goat Island and back, looked at the US falls and the Canadian falls, took pictures, and by that time our daughter was exhausted so we went back tired but happy.


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The Fyfe & Drum

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