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NJ to Niagara Driving with Kids

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NJ to Niagara Driving with Kids

We will be traveling from Northern NJ to Niagara in the next month with a 6 and 8 year old. Is it better to drive up the the Thru Way or to go up through Pennsylvania? What are some good stops to make with kids along the route, and is there any advice for attractions along the way? In Canada, we will be staying two nights on the Canadian side. We are interested in the Cave, Maid of Mists (both American side?) and other venues. We would also like to find nice kid-friendly restaurants, and any Yoga places might also be nice.

Please provide any advice to help us plan.


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1. Re: NJ to Niagara Driving with Kids

Niagara Falls, Ontario forum is here:


West Grey, Ontario
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2. Re: NJ to Niagara Driving with Kids

Hi Oak973;

Just a reminder…citizens of the United States require one of the following to cross the border, by land.

• U.S. Passport

• U.S. Passport Card

• Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL)

• Trusted Traveler Program Card

Kids 15 and under just need their birth certificates.

For complete details;


Best Regards

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I would recommend the thruway... I would also highly recommend the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester if you have time. Your kids would love it. There is also aquarium on the american side of the falls. The bird aviary and butterfly conservatory are nice for kids on the Canadian side. There are also a few water parks with hotel packages that are great.

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How did this go? We are leaving from Northern NJ in a few weeks w/5 and 8 yr old staying 2 nights Canadian side and thinking of Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds. Which route did you take and can you tell me how your trip went?

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How did the trip go? We go at the end of August. Where did u stay?

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