|Checking out the Falls.|
Niagara Falls Adventure Pass which gets you into four attractions: Maid of the Mist, Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara's Fury, and White Water Walk. It also includes transportation on the WeGo shuttle bus service for two days. You can do all four in a day without too much trouble (we did!) but it will be a full day. Since the bus pass part is good for two days, I assume the other attractions are also doable over two days if you are staying overnight.
|Table Rock Welcome Centre - photo courtesy of Niagara Park.|
|This is what happens when I let my husband take pictures. That is me and the girls in our first of several disposable rain ponchos at Niagara's Fury.|
|The kids liked the time travelling beaver movie well enough but this was me during most of it.|
We all liked Niagara's Fury quite a bit with my oldest daughter and husband liking it the most. That is probably partly because I don't do well with 3D type movies in general and my youngest daughter found some of the dark parts and the thunder a bit scary. "Scary but still good!" she informed me afterwards.
The show runs about a half an hour total but that includes the Furry Falls part, so Niagara's Fury proper is probably about 15 - 20 minutes or so.
|All dressed up and ready to go for Journey Behind the Falls.|
|Checking out one of the portals.|
|My husband pretending to turn off the falls. I laughed.|
So, having donned our second disposable poncho of the day we headed down in the elevator to Journey Behind the Falls. When you get off the elevator you are in a long dank tunnel. Now, call me crazy, but I thought that was pretty exciting! First off, that is a feat of modern engineering don't you think? I mean, they built tunnels, long ones, way far down, under and behind the falls just so we could amuse ourselves by getting a better view of the Falls. I tip my hat to all of the engineers and construction workers who made that happen.
|Despite the fact that she looks like a drowned rat, she did enjoy Journey Behind the Falls.|
|My kids' favourite thing, checking out gift shops.|
- I would highly recommend wearing shoes with some tread on them since it is wet and slippery at most of these attractions and you have to do a lot of walking in general at Niagara Falls. Flip flops will be the death of you at Niagara Falls.
- Pretty much every attraction has a gift shop at the entrance and the exit so be prepared for kids to want to look around and nag you for flashlights with their names on them, giant jawbreakers and stuffed dogs with giant eyes (things that I actually ended up bringing home with me).
- There are no lockers or baggage check area at either of these attractions so you will have to make sure your backpack or purse or whatever is well covered by the rain poncho. You will also want to keep your camera and phone covered as much as possible.
- There are no bathrooms once you get down the elevator so make sure the kids go before then head downstairs.
- For some reason the pre show, Furry Falls, is shown in a theatre that can easily hold 50 people but only has seating for about half of that. So you may actually have to stand while watching the antics of a time travelling beaver.
- If you are going to do these two attractions you really should just go for the Adventure Pass. It is cheaper to buy them online. They are $46.95 per adult and $34.95 per child online. They are about $20 more if you buy them in person at Niagara Falls. Kids under six are free. You can also get the passes using airmiles.
- At Journey Behind the Falls (and Maid of the Mist) they take your picture and then offer them to you for sale when you are done with the attraction. They were 2 for $25. Now, the thing that cracks me up about these pictures is - if there is one place in the world where you don't need to green screen yourself in front of Niagara Falls, it is at Niagara Falls. You know what I mean? If you want a picture of you and your family in front of the Falls you can find a friendly tourist who will snap one for you. Just don't ask my husband to do it for you.
- There are tons of other things to do in Niagara Falls that are educational and interesting for kids, things like Laura Secord's Homestead and the Floral Showcase that are quite affordable that we didn't get to this year. Next year we plan to ride the bike trail that follows Laura Secord's route so we will check those out then on a more mellow trip.
- There are fireworks several times a week at 10:00 over the summer, so check the schedule to see if they will have them when you plan to be there.
Thanks to Holly Goertzen at Niagara Parks who answered all my questions and arranged everything for our visit.