here is a picture at the State Park entrance, I couldn't even attempt to get a picture with the kids in front as there were people waiting in line just to do the same. We skipped around the lines looking for any way to bi-pass the long line when Mark suggested we get the tickets at the Trolley stops, which we were informed would grant them to us. I still had to wait in line, but it was much smaller then in the visitors center. Tickets finally in hand we headed to the MAIN attraction the Maid of the Mist.
This is what the line looked like at the bottom of the elevators. Needless to say, we were in for a LONG wait, just to get on one attraction. We were already deciding we were not going to attempt the additional four attractions on that day.
Another view of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.
As we waited in line we joked about throwing "some people" over just to get the line moving, the boys had asked about throwing pebbles etc, and both Mark and I informed them that they would get arrested, they did not believe us, when we came upon this sign I just had to get a picture. And they thought we were kidding.
looking up to the Observation Tower. Once at the bottom things started to move quick, we got our blue signature Maid of the Mist rain coats, we were one step closer to getting on the boat. We were the last people to board, and I was getting nervous we would not be able to be on the edge and see everything. We got lucky and were right at the ramp to both get on and off. Last ones on, first ones off, Mark said.
Here we FINALLY go.
We had perfect viewing pleasures on the ride into the bigger (often claimed to be the prettier Canadian Falls) Horseshoe Falls.
We were able to get a family picture on the return back to the dock. The fun did not stop there that Sunday. We all agreed we should come back at a later date and enjoy the rest of our attractions and made a beeline to the elevators. bathrooms, and headed as far from the State Park into The Hard Rock Café for lunch.
Lunch was delicious. We had nacho's as an appetizer and I had a burger and fries (of course).
We made our way back to camp, taking one last picture of the Buffalo as we entered onto the Thruway by Buffalo, NY. I love these guys, what a nice hello to fellow travelers to have Buffalo wondering around.
SOME FINAL THOUGTS: 1. Niagara Falls is AMAZING! 2. Get your tickets online before you leave. 3. DO NOT (I repeat) DO NOT go on a Holiday weekend, try a random day during the week. 4. BE ready to Be THRILLED with the sights, it was absolutely beautiful.
Camp awaits, and there is a band this evening, as well as several activities yet to engage in. Plus it was actually somewhat warm. Well not totally. We did have a few extra guests stay the night in our warm cabin. See Part IV for the rest of our Jellystone adventure.