Niagara Falls – Downtown

Hey everyone! How were the holidays?

Last week, I wrote about the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve, but that was only half of our trip to Niagara Falls – the other half, we spent in the downtown area!

Niagara falls is one of the most popular tourist areas in Canada. Most people like to call it Canada’s Vegas, but I like to call it the most gimmicky place in the country!

We spent the beginning of the day admiring the falls – I’ve seen them before, but they’re always breathtaking.

The ship in the photo is the Maid of the Mist – it’s a tour that takes you onto the water, and behind the falls. I wouldn’t quite say it’s worth the money, but it’s a wonderful way to face the falls head on.

Between the morning and the night, we went bouldering at the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve – but we returned in the evening  to check out the nightlife.

By the way, we stayed in KOA campgrounds – let’s just say, this was the weirdest place I’ve ever stayed in my life. KOA is like any other family camground: there were some sites to set up tents, some cabins, some bungalows, your real picturesque modern camping. But here’s the weird thing: it was right downtown! You drive down one of the main roads, make a right, and there you are – right in the middle of the wilderness. I couldn’t believe it.

Anyway! So late on our last night in Niagara, we headed downtown. We decided that we would go to maximum three gimmicks that nights – we are students after all. (We went to four, but whatever).

We started the night at the Boston Pizza, which was wayy more amazing than any other one I’ve been to – they have a whole area dedicated to a bar and an arcade. So needless to say, we spent a few hours there earning tickets and winning pointless prizes.

On our way through the city, we laughed at all the gimmicks meant to attract the tourists – the ones we later took part in.

This one was the best – this sphere was named the attraction of the year! In Niagara Falls! Over the falls!!!

Afterwards, we stopped by Wizard Golf – which was a hilarious experience! It was all glow in the dark, which dragons and magic stuff (total rip-off of Harry Potter – but you didn’t hear it from me).

After 18 holes, we somehow decided we hadn’t had enough – so we went across the street and tried out dinosaur golf! Similar, but better – and outside. It was cool.

To end off the night, we visited Nightmares, the most popular haunted house downtown. The first time I went there, I was about 7, if I remember correctly. I begged my parents to take us in – the inside is pitch black, and there’s a point where you have to crouch down and crawl under something, and I lost my mind! We had to leave the haunted house – and when you do that, you get labeled as chickens! Haha, I felt so terrible that they spent the money to get us in and they we left halfway through. Don’t worry though – we made it through this time (with lots of screams).

Anyway – that was our evening in downtown Niagara. I hope you all have a great end of the year! ~


  • I need to get out more – i never knew Niagara Falls included such a busy town. I’m glad to have read your article on it and see the photos!! Happy new year to you

  • You were close. Your first visit to Nightmares was in 2005, so you were 8. And I thought you did remarkably well. You lasted quite long and certainly did a lot less screaming than I did 🙂

    This was a very funny post. I really enjoyed your sense of humour!

  • It looks fun …
    Nightmares … I’m sure I could hear your screams! LOL!

    Enjoy the last day of 2017 and all good wishes for a brilliant 2018.

    All the best Jan

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