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Please critically review this itinerary

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Please critically review this itinerary

I will be traveling to Niagara with 2 young preteens on the Memorial-day weekend. Can you please critically review our trip plan:

DAY 1 FRIDAY :

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Arrive at Buffalo International Airport at * 3 PM *

Check into Hotel at Niagara Falls * 4 PM *

Buy Discovery pass at Visitor Center

Enjoy trolley ride in the park + stop at Terrapin & 3 sisters

Night Lighting Illumination at 9:00 PM

Fireworks at 10:00 PM

DAY 2 SATURDAY :

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Breakfast at hotel

Maid of the Mist

Lunch

Cave of the Winds + (unless I chicken out) Hurricane deck

Aquarium

Early dinner

Return to hotel

DAY 3 SUNDAY:

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Top of the Observation Tower

Maid of the Mist (2nd ride)

Lunch

Imax Movie

Jet boat ride www.whirlpooljet.com (budget permitting :-)

Dinner

Last visit to the Falls for Night Illumination & Fireworks

DAY 4 MEMORIAL DAY:

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Depart early AM flight

Edited: 5:53 pm, May 08, 2012
Niagara Falls, ON
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1. Re: Please critically review this itinerary

Itinerary looks OK. Just a few comments so you know exactly what to expect:

The nightly illumination is pretty hard to see from the U.S. side, since the lights are shining at you from the Canadian side.

The theater that shows the movie is not an Imax Theater, it just shows the same movie as the Imax Theater on the Canadian side.

The Observation Tower is the same elevator you will use to get to Maid of the Mist.

The Jetboats leave from Lewiston, about 7 miles downriver. If you do decide to go, check online first to make sure there are spots available before driving there.

New York
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2. Re: Please critically review this itinerary

Sorry for the late response. I have a few additional comments:

-You can buy the Discovery Pass online in advance for a discount.

-The night illumination from the US side is totally fine and worth checking out, especially since your itinerary appears to involve only the US side.

-The Jet Boat Ride is expensive but worth it. You can book in advance online and also do a Google search for "coupon + whirlpool + jetboat" because they are always floating around online. Also if you go at certain times of the day there is a discount (I think first ride of the day).

-Your itinerary works, assuming you are driving a rental car.

-The daredevil Nik Wallenda (Flying Wallendas) is practicing his tightrope walk that he will be doing over Niagara Falls in front of the Seneca Niagara Casino daily at 1030am and 330pm. Might be worth checking out before or after lunch.

Post again if you need restaurant recommendations.

Happy travels.

Edited: 10:19 am, May 22, 2012
3. Re: Please critically review this itinerary

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