Category: Niagara Falls Videos

Videos from our visit to the Ripley’s Niagara attractions

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Here are a few videos I took on our evening when we visited the Ripley’s attractions in Niagara Falls. None of them are earth shattering, but they will give you an idea of some of what you will see.

This first video shows one of the rooms in Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks. On one side of the room is a Michael Jackson exhibit (you can hear the music). On the other side is a tightrope walk that is about 6 inches off the ground. There is also a photo opportunity that looks like you are going over the Falls in a barrel. With regards to the tightrope walk, one of my sons and I both made it across but the others didn’t.

This next video shows a very real looking Robert Wadlow figure in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium that stands up, then after a while it sits down. I recorded him getting up and waited for a while, but then stopped the recording. Of course as soon as I did that, he ended up sitting down.

This last video shows the vortex tunnel near the end of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium. As I put in the posting, it is very trippy. You’ll notice occasionally the video starts to drift clockwise, and then it goes upright again. That is because I couldn’t walk straight through the tunnel without feeling dizzy!

Interesting videos and pictures on Shutterstock

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The other day I came across a couple of nice Niagara Falls videos that were on Shutterstock. They all have a “shutterstock” watermark on the videos, so they are meant to be purchased. But I still thought it would be good to share the link. You can start at http://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-13214060-stock-footage-niagara-falls-canada-december-clifton-hill-tourist-area-in-niagara-falls-ontario-in-the.html to see some of them. Of course you can always do a search for whatever term you are interested in. There are both videos and photos.

A full, 360-degree rainbow paints the mist over Niagara Falls

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You have probably heard about this, but a month or so ago there were some images/videos/articles posted online about a full 360 rainbow that was viewed. It was quite neat. Here are a couple of reports:

80-year old video of Niagara Falls

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I first saw this video mentioned in the Americana twitter feed

Niagara Falls 1937 video~ much of the water now flows behind the scenes creating electricity for much of the region.

It links to a YouTube video with the following description:

A home movie that my grandparents made of their trip to Detroit and Niagara Falls in 1937. It’s 8 mm and video only. Has degraded a bit over the decades, but still fun to watch, I think.

The Niagara Falls portion of the video starts about 40 seconds in

I love the Journey Behind the Falls poncho! It was also neat seeing the old Spanish Aero Car

Quadcopter with GoPro camera captures stunning views of Niagara Falls

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From Digital Trends:

For his entry into a quadcopter video contest, YouTube user Questpact had the idea to strap a GoPro Hero 3 camera to his DJI Phantom flyer and send it high, and not so high, above Niagara Falls.

With most tourists opting for a good soaking via the Maid in the Mist boat ride instead of a helicopter experience over the falls, Questpact’s video goes some way to showing what the natural wonder looks like from an elevated position, as well as what you can do with a video camera and quadcopter when you put your mind to it – and yes, the results are pretty stunning.

The pictures/videos do look pretty amazing!

Niagara Webcams

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Not all of us are lucky enough to live in the Niagara Region.  That’s why we follow the AccessNiagara Blog. We also rely on webcams to get our daily dose of Niagara. The first webcam I found was on top of the Sheraton Fallsview (which is now one of the many Marriotts in the area). It was a treat to see what was going on at any particular moment at my favorite spot on Earth. Is it sunny?  Have the leaves peaked?  Is there an ice bridge?  Why is there a crane along the rail?

That particular cam is no longer in operation, but let me share a few that help get us Non-Niagarans through the time between visits…

NIAGARA FALLS LIVE

Niagara Falls Webcam


Two views available.  A link below the image takes you between the two.  This one actually has the sound of the roar of the Falls. Live I suppose, but let’s face it – how would we ever know?

Niagara falls live views

 

FALLSVIEW CAM

http://www.fallsviewcam.com
Hosted by the Embassy Suties. Not the prettiest of pages – lots of ads and links, but a nice big picture – also with sound.

Embassy

 

EARTHCAM

http://www.earthcam.com/canada/niagarafalls/?cam=niagarafalls
Look familiar? Looks like the same feed as the Embassy Suites. I include it here if only because different streams might work better on different computers. Sound on this one, too.

earth cam

 

CROWNE PLAZA

http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/information/niagara-falls-webcam/
Another full river view. this one from the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Crowne plaza

 

CAMVISTA

http://www.camvista.com/watch-live-video/america/canada/niagara_falls_live_webcam.html
This one is a bit different than the rest. Not a true stream, it states that the webcam feeds “updates every hour, 24 hours a day. The new webcam feed updates for 60 seconds. Then shows previous webcam feeds”. But what I like about this is that it pans.

EARTH TV

SOTHEBY’S

http://sothebysrealtyniagara.com/live/
This is the latest in my collection. Found by my Mom, this is a Niagara-on-the-Lake cam provided by Sotheby’s International Realty! Odd combination for a webcam and business, but I love it!  Sorry I couldn’t get a screen shot on a prettier day!   I also enjoy browsing the properties. Let’s call it scouting for my vacation home so I’m ready when the Lottery finally comes my way.

 

NOTL

 

One interesting thing….NONE of these work on my iPad except the Niagara-on-the-Lake cam! Disappointing, because I don’t know why the other cams can’t figure out what Sotheby’s did. Maybe your tablet will have more luck.

Well, there it is. If you’re like me and can’t be there – this is the way to go. If there are any that you know of that I missed, please leave them in the comments!

Our visits to the Aquarium of Niagara in Niagara Falls, NY

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Near the beginning of November I posted about a Groupon for the Aquarium of Niagara in Niagara Falls, NY. Last year we bought one of the family passes as a Christmas gift, and it was one of the best values! We went half a dozen times as a family (5 of us) for a total of $25. You just can’t beat that!

The aquarium is larger that it seems. There is a small tank outside with a few seals or sea lions in it. Then the building itself is surprising large (or at least it was larger than I expected). Inside they have penguins, fish, shark, and many other exhibits. There is also a large tank in the centre where they have some performances.

As a member, you also get access to some other perks. The best one was the “touch tank” sessions. They have a room in the basement where there is a shallow aquarium. They have some sea life that you can handle and learn about. It was very cool.

There are also all sorts of extra activities throughout the year, many of them open to everyone who has paid regular admission. During one of our trips in the summer, there was a magic show being put on. The room was packed and the kids loved it!

If you haven’t had a chance to go over and check out the Aquarium of Niagara, I’d highly recommend it.

As always, I’ve taken some pictures and posted them. You can see some of the thumbnails below, then click through to the Aquarium of Niagara in Summer 2012 gallery to see all 57 of them (in larger size).

Note: As of now there are 3,707 images in 279 categories in the Niagara Falls Image Gallery

I also took a short video showing some of the aquarium show. You can view it on YouTube or below.

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