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Best of Access Niagara – Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum

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This is a continuation of my “Best of Access Niagara” series. This series looks back on popular posts, highly commented posts, my favourite places, etc.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum (now call an Odditorium) has been in Niagara Falls for many, many years. When I first went, I really enjoyed it, but then it seemed to go a decade or more without almost any improvement. However, about a year and a half ago it closed for a full renovation, and reopened last May. What a difference! It is a tremendous attraction now. We visited last June after it had been open for a month or so, and were very impressed. Previously it had been much more like a museum, where you just stand and look/read. Now it is almost entirely interactive. There are things to stand beside, boxes to fit into, valves to turn, buttons to press, things to look through, and more.

Probably the most important thing is that my kids loved it. Every so often when they go past the attraction they ask when we should go again. If you’ve been before but haven’t been for a while, or if you’ve never been at all, I highly recommend it.

I won’t get into all of the details again, but you can read about our visit in the post I put up about our trip. It includes pictures.

20160620 Trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium

 

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Best of Access Niagara – Hornblower Niagara Cruises

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This is a continuation of my “Best of Access Niagara” series. This series looks back on popular posts, highly commented posts, my favourite places, etc.

The other day I told my kids about the series I was putting together about the best of Niagara Falls, and asked what attraction we’ve been to that I should highlight. Without hesitation my daughter said, “Hornblower!”.

One of the biggest news stories in Niagara Falls in the last decade was the renewal of the Maid of the Mist contract with the Niagara Parks Commission, and then the subsequent uproar about how it was done. The end result was that the contract was opened to other companies, and it was ultimately award to Hornblower. They already had experience providing tours to Alcatraz, Statue of Liberty, and more.

Well, it seems to have been a great decision. Hornblower improved the platform at the river’s edge, brought in new boats, and is setting sales records each year. They are now going to improve the incline railway that goes down the hill.

I’ve been on the Hornblower tour a couple of times, but it appears I’ve never written about it (or at least I can’t find the blog postings). I’ll have to take another trip and write about it. For now, just trust me… if you haven’t had a chance to try them yet, you should. It really is the best way to see the Falls!

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Best of Access Niagara – My visit to Niagara Helicopters

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This is a continuation of my “Best of Access Niagara” series. This series looks back on popular posts, highly commented posts, my favourite places, etc.

I have to admit… I’m not much of a thrill seeker. I don’t mind a roller coaster every now and then, but I’m definitely not an adrenaline junkie. That’s why prior to my visit to Niagara Helicopters in the Fall of 2012, I was kind of afraid to go up. I wasn’t really worried about safety, but it was still kind of unnerving. My wife was even more afraid than I was, as she is afraid of heights.

Anyway, the 5 of us arranged to go up, and it was an amazing experience. My wife was still uncomfortable, and squeezed my thigh pretty tight as we were flying, but the rest of us loved it. It was a beautiful clear day, and so the view was tremendous. It seemed obvious to me at that point why people would spend the money on such a trip. It really was a memory that has stuck with me.

I won’t get into all of the details again, but you can read about our visit in the post I put up about our trip. It includes pictures as well as a video.

My trip to Niagara Helicopters in Fall 2012

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Best of Access Niagara – My visits to Canyon Creek Chophouse

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This is a continuation of my “Best of Access Niagara” series. This series looks back on popular posts, highly commented posts, my favourite places, etc.

It looks like my first mention of Canyon Creek Chophouse was in April 2007 as a result of a newsletter from the city talking about how they had opened. To tell you the truth, I had never set foot in either Casino before, and had no idea there was a big shopping area inside the Fallsview Casino. I had heard about the buffet, but I assumed everything was connected to the gaming floor somehow.

Anyway, at some point I was contacted by someone who worked there and they offered me a complimentary meal in exchange for writing about the restaurant. I took my family there (5 of us) and had an amazing dinner. It was so good, that my wife and I continued to go for many years (and we paid our own way!). Whenever someone would ask me about a good restaurant in the area, I would always tell them about Canyon Creek Chophouse.

The restaurant is situated right up against the windows on the back side of the Fallsview Casino building, so you get a great view of the Falls.

The menu has changed quite a bit. We went a year or two ago, and they didn’t have the same items, and we were both really disappointed. We tried a couple of other things, and just didn’t care for them. I’m sure it is still a popular restaurant, but it’s not really one that we’ll go back to again.

Here is a post I put up about an anniversary dinner I had there with my wife.

My anniversary dinner at Canyon Creek Chophouse

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Best of Access Niagara – Doubletree Marineland package

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This is the first of my “Best of Access Niagara“. This series looks back on popular posts, highly commented posts, my favourite places, etc.

The DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton – Niagara Falls open in 2004, and it looks like my first post about them was in 2005. I had never heard of Doubletree before they came to Niagara Falls, but now see them all over the place. I’ve had the opportunity to stay there a couple of times, and it has always been a nice stay.

Strangely, one of my most popular posts ever was one I did back in 2008 that was about a Marineland package that they were offering. For the summer of 2008 it was by far the most visited page, and all of the traffic was coming from Google. I guess if you searched for Marineland package back then, my site was right up near the top. The Doubletree themselves told me that the hits to their website about the package “was [their] best result ever!”

Anyway, I’ve been hit hard by changes that Google has made over the years and I don’t get the traffic I got before. I still look back on those days in 2008 and wish that I could get such a high listing again. Maybe then I could actually make some money off this site 🙂

As a side note, the Doubletree does not have a Marineland package anymore. Apparently very few hotels do. However, the Doubletree does have a Summer Family Package that contains meals and Niagara Adventure Passes. You can read more about it here.

Here is the original page that I had about the Doubletree Marineland package

Doubletree Resort Lodge & Spa Fallsview Marineland package

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