I simply could not do justice to our recent trip in one blog post, so I am splitting it up and featuring them in our “Where We’ve Travelled” series. I will also intersperse with non-travel related blog posts for those who stop by for the financial and early retirement stuff. Enjoy!
First stop on our adventure: Niagara Falls.
We departed from Sydney, via LAX and arrived at JFK Airport a little after four o’clock in the afternoon. Our connecting flight to Washington D.C was due to depart at about seven thirty. Unfortunately, Delta Airlines experienced significant delays and we didn’t take off until after midnight. We arrived at our friend’s house in D.C at around two a.m.
After a couple of hours of shut eye, we were in the car and headed off. It took approximately seven hours before we arrived at the American side of the Falls.
It was incredible! We purchased Cave of the Winds tickets for $17 per adult or $14 for children. With a yellow raincoat on, you can walk down below the falls and get up quite close. Be careful, you do get a bit wet, but it’s worth it!
After we dried off, we attempted to cross the border over to Canada. Unfortunately, it was Sunday night and apparently, that is the busiest time to make the crossing. Over two hours later, we finally made it into Canada.
The next day, we made our way up to a lovely little town called Niagara on the Lake. It was full of quaint little shops that the three girls browsed while the three boys did a tour of Fort George, a military fort on the outskirts of town. Adult entry is $11.70 and kids get in for just $5.80.
That afternoon, we hit the Canadian side of the falls. We both agree that the Canadian side of the falls was much better. The sheer size and force of the falls is incredible.
We did the Hornblower Niagara Cruise which was amazing. Below is a photo Poopsie took of one of the Hornblowers. Obviously it’s not the one we were one, but it gives a good context of how close you get to the falls.
Tickets were $19.95 for adults and $12.25 for kids. It was well worth the money in our opinion. It was pretty cool.
This photo does not do justice to how close we got. The mist of the falls is pretty heavy though, and we were worried about our camera getting saturated. Rest assured though, we got pretty close.
We also did the Journey Behind the Falls. This takes you through some tunnels behind the falls and then out onto a viewing platform, which is where we took the above photo. Adults were $16.95, kids $11.00 (not including tax). To be honest, I don’t think it was worth the money.
Throughout our time at Niagara, we stayed in an AirBnB place. I am not linking it here as it wasn’t great.
The friends we were travelling with had eleven year old twins. To pass the long hours in the car, they started a game of counting how many Tim Horton’s they saw. For those who don’t know, Tim Horton’s is a coffee and donut chain in Canada.
Pretty soon, the adults were more interested in how many we saw than they were! Stay tuned, we will reveal how many we saw once all of our Canadian trip posts have been published. Leave your best guess in the comments (for those playing, we spent 6 days in Canada if that helps with guessing).
Have you been to Niagara Falls? What did you think of it? How many Tim Horton’s do you think we saw?
* All prices listed are in Canadian dollars.