Category: Niagara Falls Attractions

Marineland mourning death of walrus

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Marineland has announced the death of one of its walruses.

The Niagara Falls theme park says its marine-mammal care team is mourning the passing of Sonja, who died suddenly late Thursday when the park closed.

In a news release, Marineland said Sonja was under veterinary care for symptoms of an unknown illness, but her death came as a surprise.

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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Tourism operator credits casino patrol unit

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

An incident that occurred during the long weekend at an attraction on Clifton Hill is just another example of how important the Niagara Regional Police’s casino patrol unit is to the Niagara Falls tourism core, says Niagara Clifton Group president Charlie Burland.

Burland, whose family has owned property on the north side of Clifton Hill for about 90 years, said fire alarms at his haunted house attraction went off around 1:40 a.m. Saturday.

Burland said he has hundreds of security cameras throughout his properties and footage showed one male in a group of young men grabbed a fire extinguisher in the middle of the haunted house and shot it off.

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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Skywheel re-opens on Clifton Hill

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Canada’s largest observation wheel is back in business.

The 53-metre-tall Niagara Skywheel re-opened to the public on Thursday after being closed since mid-March due to maintenance work. The court yard kiosk has also been redesigned.

Plans are now underway to install independent LED lighting systems in the hub domes of the Ferris Wheel which opened on Clifton Hill in 2006.

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