The plan calls for removing a 2-mile section of the Niagara Scenic Parkway in Niagara Falls.
And it’s getting some good reviews.
“We certainly see it as a positive opportunity for us,” said Gary K. Siddall, executive director of the Aquarium of Niagara. “There’s a lot of obstruction (now) with the bridge over the parkway and the parkway itself. It cuts us off from the tourist areas.”
The Niagara Falls Trolley will begin service to guests staying in participating Niagara Falls hotels and motels starting today.
Metro’s Niagara Falls Trolley buses serve Niagara Falls Boulevard, Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls International Airport and downtown Niagara Falls, USA.
Trolley stop signs along the route indicate where riders can board a Metro trolley. Trolley stops in downtown Niagara Falls are located at the Aquarium of Niagara Falls, Seneca Niagara Casino, and Tony Roma’s Restaurant. Service will also be provided to hotels and shops along Third Street, Rainbow Boulevard, and Buffalo Avenue.
Don’t let the kids be bored this winter break. There is plenty to do at the Aquarium of Niagara – and all inside.
If it is too cold for the kids, they can discover penguins feel the same way at aquarium “Penguin Day Camps” running 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 28 and 30. Families with children ages 6-plus can dive deep with staffers at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 27 as part of a “Sharks in Depth.” For all the kids who like to ask “Why?”, the hands-on junior scientist class running from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Dec. 29 will show them how to find the answer.
“Our classes are meant to be fun ways for young and old to experience the aquarium during a time families traditionally gather,” educator Katherine Jones said. “We offer a chance to continue the learning through the break and create new memories as a family.”
Niagara Falls enjoyed a record summer for tourism, according to local tourism leaders. The Niagara USA Official Visitors Center reports assisting more than 103,000 guests during the summer of 2016. The Center estimates that to be a 16 percent increase from the previous summer tourist season.
Changes that helped boost the local tourist trade this year include the introduction of a trolley service that linked users to more than a dozen destinations along the Niagara River.
“We’ve done something great, as far as the trolleys, because we’re bringing patrons from downtown Niagara Falls, throughout all the other attractions all the way up to Fort Niagara,” said State Assemblyman John Ceretto during an appearance at the Aquarium of Niagara Wednesday. “But this is at the cusp. We’ve got to continue moving forward.”
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).