Another week has come and gone and we can officially say that we’ve visited Niagara Falls, USA! We could not make it to the Canadian side due to COVID but that gives an excuse to come back ;). We stayed at Cinderella Campground. A mere 20 minutes from the falls! Since our beloved Thousand Trails membership will expire at the beginning of October we sprang for one more money-saving membership. May I introduce to you, Passport America! The savings it provided us on our stay at Cinderella campground had paid for more than half of the membership already and we knew we’d be able to utilize it at least a couple more times before we complete our journey.
Downtown Niagara Falls, NY
We found free parking downtown that evening to do some exploring and catch the light show at the falls (pro-tip, there’s free parking at the casino just a couple of blocks from the park).
The Falls at Night
After a short walk we made it to the beautiful Niagara Falls! We were first greeted by rapids and the bridge that leads to Goat Island, which is a great place to get a good walk in while visiting the falls.
Niagara Falls State Park
We came back bright and early the next day to experience the falls in daylight and enjoy a Maid of the Mist boat ride! Maid of the Mist is the American boat ride while the Hornblower is the Canadian boat ride, both are awesome (at least so the reviews say 😉 We splurged for this once in a lifetime opportunity, the boat ride is about $22 a person but they do provide you with a beautiful blue poncho that I’m sure you could wear on many other occasions (wink wink).
Tips for riding Maid of the Mist; secure your poncho hood sooner rather than later (haha), wear waterproof shoes if possible or stand towards the front of the boat (I lucked out and had on hiking boots), put your phone into a waterproof case so you can snap as many photos as you want.
The Perfect Ending
As we made our way out of the falls and back into the park we saw so many chipmunks, squirrels and seagulls. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day. The leaves are starting to change, it’s getting cool and I am here for Fall. Bring it on! Next up, New Hampshire and Vermont! We do plan to spend more time in New York and will make another stop on our way back down. Hope you wonderful readers have a great week, thanks for taking the time to read about our adventures!
Last week’s post here if ya missed it!