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Niagara Falls:

General info:
There are 2 sides to Niagara Falls - the Canadian side and the US side, with several bridges crossing over. The Canadian side has the Chabad and Kosher restaurants as well as almost every activity, therefore almost all DDFers stay in Canada. The 2 main activities are: boat ride to the falls and walking next to the falls. In CA, the boat is called Hornblower and in US, it's called Maid of the Mist. Reviews are great for both and say they are similar experiences. In CA, walking by the falls is called Journey Behind the Falls, and in US, it's called Cave of the Winds. COTW is the clear winner from DDF reviews and is worth crossing over the border for.

Set your phone to network only (no roaming), and it should pick up the signal from the USA. However, in the 4P and Chabad area, Sprint did not work well for @Yehuda, but by Sheraton on the Falls / Clifton Hill and the different activities, it worked fine. May be worth looking into getting a Canadian sim card.

http://www.niagarafallsbridges.com/ lists all 4 bridges with appx wait times. You can also call 1-800-715-6722 to check wait times.

Restaurants:
There is a Dairy (no meat as of June 2015) restaurant in the Chabad Center (which is located in the parking lot of the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel, map) open during the summer season, cash only (they were taking CC's as of June 2015), see the website and/or Facebook page for details. There is no official parking at the Chabad center/restaurant, the chabad website recommends staying at the Four Points by Sheraton Fallsview which is right across the Chabad center, however people park in the parking lot in front of the chabad center for davening/eating. Park at your own risk, as it's officially only for hotel guests.

Nissan's Deli - There is a limited deli (shnitzel, hot dogs, hamburgers, deli salads, etc.) about 20 min drive away, located in the Top's Supermarket at 3980 Maple Road, Amherst, NY. Call ahead, hours aren't posted on website. The supermarket also has a good selection of fresh kosher items (cold cuts, cheeses, cholov yisroel milk was frozen). The bakery in this Tops is kosher (Va'ad Hakashrus of Buffalo), extensive & delicious - dairy & parve items available.


Hotels:
Be careful with hotel names as there are 4 SPG properties that have similar names - Sheraton on the Falls (CA), Sheraton at the Falls (US), Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview (CA), Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls (US). Come on Starwood...

Sheraton On The Falls nice hotel, right next to to the local attractions, Hornblower, Journey Behind the falls(10 min walk) Niagara SkyWheel etc. You can get a Deluxe Fallsview room for 11k Starpoints. The only suites they have are corner suites, so if you book/upgrade to a suite you'll get a corner suite which is very nice and spacious.

Near each other and Chabad
Four Points by Sheraton Fallsview - 3K SPG, within Eruv to Chabad across the street, meals are in this hotel
Embassy Suites - 70K HH
Hilton - 70K HH (see here for info on a contact for upgrades)

Near Clifton Hill
Sheraton on the Falls - 10K SPG

Can often find package deals or cheaper rates (not during holiday season) on Groupon or by Googling hotel name and "packages" or "deals" as they each have a packages section of their website.

Activities:

Canadian Side:

Journey Behind The Falls
Phone: 905-354-1551
Admission: $16.75/adult, $10.95/6-12yrs, Free/<5yrs (CAD, +Tax. Including a rain poncho)
Mid-December to mid-April: The Lower Observation area closes due to bad weather conditions. Ticket rates will be reduced: $11.25/adult, $6.95/6-12yrs, Free/<5yrs (CAD, +Tax)
Open late on most days

Hornblower Niagara Cruises
Phone: 905-642-4272
Admission: $19.95/adult, $12.25/5-12yrs, Free/<5yrs
Off-Peak (before 10:30am after 4:30pm): $17.95/adult, $12.25/5-12yrs, Free/<5yrs
http://www.niagaracruises.com/

Niagara Helicopters
Address: 3731 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6V5
Phone: 905-357-5672
Admission: $137/adult, $85/child, $264/couple
Hours: 9:00AM-Sunset
Duration: 12 minutes (including boarding time)
http://www.niagarahelicopters.com/

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours
Address: Several Locations
Phone: 888-438-4444
Admission: $61/adult, $51/child
http://www.whirlpooljet.com/

Niagara's Fury
Address: 6650 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 0L0
Phone: 905-358-3268
Admission: $13.50/adult, $8.80/6-12yrs, Free/<5yrs (+ Tax)
http://www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-attractions/niagaras-fury.html

White Water Walk to the Whirlpool Rapids
Admission: $10.95/adult, $7.00/6-12yrs, Free/<5yrs (+ Tax)
http://www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-attractions/white-water-walk.html

Whirlpool Aero Car
Phone: 905-354-5711
Admission: $13.50/adult, $8.50/6-12yrs, Free/<5yrs (+ Tax)
Parking: Free
http://www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-attractions/whirlpool-aero-car.html

Marineland
http://www.marinelandcanada.com/
Admission: $42.95 CDN/ Adult (13+), $39.95 CDN/ Child (5-12), 4 and under- FREE
Parking: Free

Falls Incline Railway
Admission: $2.50/One way, $5.00/Round trip, $6.00/All day (Free <5yrs)
http://www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-attractions/falls-incline-railway.html

SkyWheel
Address: 4950 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N4
Phone: 905-358-4793
Admission: $10.99/adult, $6.99/<12yrs

Skylon Tower
Hours: Summer 8:00AM - Midnight, Winter 9:00AM - 10:00PM
Admission: "Ride-To-The-Top & Observation Decks" $13.91/adult ($10.79 online), $8.11/3-12yrs ($6.47 online), Free/<3yrs
"3D/4D Theatre"  $11.59/adult ($10.61 online), $6.95/3-12yrs ($5.89 online), Free/<3yrs
Check out the Revolving Dining Room!
http://www.skylon.com/

IMAX
Address: 6170 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7T8
Phone: 905-358-3611
Hourly shows.
Admission: $12.50/adult (+ taxes = 14.50), $9.90/child (+ taxes = 10.44)
http://imaxniagara.com/

Butterfly Conservatory
Phone: 905-356-8119
Admission: $13.50/adult, $8.80/6-12yrs, Free/<5yrs (+ Tax)
Parking: $5.00
http://www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-attractions/butterfly-conservatory.html

Botanical Gardens
Phone: 905-356-8119
Admission: Free
Parking: $5.00
Hours: Dawn - Dusk
http://www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-attractions/botanical-gardens.html

Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Address: 4960 Clifton Hill Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 3N4
Phone: 905-356-2238
Admission: $15.81/adult ($13.99 online), $9.03/6-12yrs ($7.99 online)
http://www.ripleys.com/niagarafalls/

[Wiki in progress, need to reconcile these activities to those listed above]
CANADA
Hornblower Niagara Cruises (canada) - $20, 5 min walk from SOTF
Journey Behind the Falls (canada) - (bleh compared to cave of the winds)
White Water Walk to the Whirlpool Rapids - $10, take bus to it or park for free.
Whirlpool Aero Car - $11, take bus or park for free.
Falls Incline Railway - just for a view, can get view from hotel room
Clifton Hill
Bird Kingdom - $15, 7 min walk from SOTF
Botanical Gardens - free, $5 parking, bus
- Floral Clock - something to see
- Butterfly Conservatory - $15
Skylon Tower - $13, 15 min walk from SOTF

USA
Goat Island
- Cave of the Winds (usa) - $17 much better than journey behind the falls, 30 min walk from SOTF
- Trolley - $3
- Terrapin Point - view
Fireworks - can be seen from hotel room
Rainbow Bridge for pics/views of both falls - need passport, 50 cent cash toll
Whirlpool State Park - hiking down to see the rapids, will do White Water Walk instead

Activities packages - Canada, USA - I found that they didn't have enough of the activities I wanted to do on the same pass (particularly because I wanted to combine CA and US activities). Chabad also has a discounted package called J-Pass as well as discounts to individual activities but they aren't so organized and it's hard to find someone to help you with tickets.


American Side:

Maid Of The Mist
Address: 1 Prospect St, Niagara Falls, NY
Boats depart every 15 minutes. Trips are 20 minutes.
Last day of operation for the 2014 season is October 31, 2014
Admission: $17.00/adult, $9.90/6-12yrs, Free/<5yrs
http://www.maidofthemist.com/

Cave Of The Winds
Phone: 716-278-0337
Hours: 9:00AM - 7:30PM
Admission: $12.00/adult, $8.00/6-12yrs, Free/<5yrs (must be at least 42" tall)
Parking (on Goat Island): $8.00
http://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com/cave-of-the-winds.aspx

Rainbow Air Helicopter Tours
454 Main Street Niagara Falls, NY 14301
Phone: 716-284-2800
Hours: 9:00AM -
Open until 10/31
http://rainbowairinc.com/index.html

Aquarium of Niagara
Address: 701 Whirlpool St, Niagara Falls, NY 14301
Phone: 716-285-3575
Hours: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Admission: $10.00/adult, $9.00/seniors(60+), $6.50/3-12yrs, Free/<2yrs
Parking: Free
http://www.aquariumofniagara.org/

Activities on the Way from NY:
Krispy Kreme in Scranton - on Moosic Street, under KOA with supervision from local Scranton Rav - R' Fine, recommended by Rabbi Eidlitz from KosherQuest.com via email to @Yehuda
Corning Museum of Glass ($20) - large museum of varying glass displays and creations, glass blowing demonstrations, has high reviews although @Yehuda didn't think it was that amazing
Watkins Glen State Park (free, $8 parking) - hike in a gorge along several waterfalls, more of an upward step climb than a hike which is quite strenuous, @Yehuda recommends going 20 minutes in to see the first few falls then turning back, if you go the whole 1-1.5 hours you can wait for a shuttle school bus to take you back to the parking lot for $5 cash
Letchworth State Park - hot air balloons
Finger Lakes - can go on a boat cruise or just find a nice place to pull over for a good lunch spot, @Yehuda took Hwy 14, which runs alongside Seneca Lake and found a grassy area with benches.
Strong Museum of Play in Rochester ($15) - not exactly on the most direct route, but a fantastic, huge museum of toys and games (many of which you can play) for all ages
Howe Caverns ($25) - boat ride in a cave, but close to Albany, so not on a great route to Niagara
« Last edited by @Yehuda on February 13, 2018, 09:34:46 AM »

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Niagara Falls Master Thread
« on: July 18, 2009, 11:28:26 PM »
hi guys,
 Can I hear sugestions which Sheraton property is better in Niagara?
 Which one has the nicer view?
 Minyanim in Niagara in August?
 Where to obtain Canadian dollars at a good rate?
 Any other good suggestions?
 Any suggestions or advice about taking a newborn?

 Tons of feedback would be much appreciated!!!
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Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2009, 01:58:46 AM »
Any suggestions or advice about taking a newborn?
take plenty warm clothing and enough pampers and food for the baby.

which Sheraton property is better in Niagara?
well the sheraton fallsview is nicer and cheaper

Which one has the nicer view?
if you want to get close view of the falls go there, from your hotel room you can only see it in the far distance, or the lights. it is pretty far.

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Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2009, 02:27:03 AM »
thanks kishke,
 Now can someone please give me helpful advice for niagara???
 Where's a good place to get Canadian dollars?

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Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2009, 11:48:59 PM »
For Miyanim check out chabad, they have alot going on during the tourist season... http://www.JewishNiagara.com

I went last year with a newborn and took him on maid of the mist... Pretty cool place to go on vacation!

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Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2009, 10:44:10 AM »
you can always exchange money at the casino and get a good rate.

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Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2009, 04:54:02 PM »
Here is the kosher restaurant: http://www.niagarakosher.com/

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Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2010, 09:41:15 PM »
Does anyone know of a bus/shuttle or train that goes from yyz too Niagara falls?
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Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2010, 09:54:38 PM »
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Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2010, 05:02:08 AM »
Does anyone know of a bus/shuttle or train that goes from yyz too Niagara falls?

http://www.niagaraairbus.com/

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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2010, 08:37:37 PM »
You should probably fly to Buffalo (if you have a choice)

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Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2010, 11:27:01 PM »
I will be going from NYC to Niagara Falls in six weeks. Anyone have suggestions for things to do while there, and any places worth stopping at on the way from NY?

Also looking for suggestions on which Starwood hotels to use and where to change money.

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« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2010, 11:40:22 PM »
I will be going from NYC to Niagara Falls in six weeks. Anyone have suggestions for things to do while there, and any places worth stopping at on the way from NY?

Also looking for suggestions on which Starwood hotels to use and where to change money

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Sheraton on the Falls kicks the Sheraton Fallsview's location 

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« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2010, 02:15:57 PM »
Sheraton on the Falls kicks the Sheraton Fallsview's location  

I noticed they're the cheapest too.
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Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2010, 03:13:41 PM »
The thing is that I don't know which attractions are open at this time of year. Don't know if the people-moves buses are in operation, at this time. But during the summer the Sheraton on the falls is one block from those buses, as well as the Maid of the Mist. Don't mkow if there is minyan or kosher now

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Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2010, 03:28:28 PM »
The thing is that I don't know which attractions are open at this time of year. Don't know if the people-moves buses are in operation, at this time. But during the summer the Sheraton on the falls is one block from those buses, as well as the Maid of the Mist. Don't mkow if there is minyan or kosher now

I don't need the bus as I'm driving. Or is this some special tour bus? So Maid of the Mist is one block from the hotel? Great. Where can I find out which attractions are open? Any attractions not to miss? I will only be there for a day or two.

Thanks.