Now that many of the new operations on Clifton Hill/Victoria Avenue are open, I guess the next big thing is going to be the Niagara Speedway go-kart track. There used to be banners up on the fencing that showed that it was a go-kart track, but now it is just blank. I’ve actually had a few people ask me if it was a water slide.
There has been no official word on when it will open, but there still seems to be a lot of work to be done. However, they are still working and making progress. Yesterday I noticed that new red railing was up along the track.
I’m not sure how long it has been around for, but Mystery Maze at the end of Oneida Lane (just off Clifton Hill) in Niagara Falls is something I remember from many years ago. It has been spruced up a bit over the years (nothing new this year), but the basic premise is the same. You enter the maze and race to reach 4 checkpoints and then find the exit.
A couple of weeks ago my family went. As we were walking towards it my 9-year-old daughter was terrified that see was going to get lost in the maze. I promised her it was safe, and that she could even crawl under the wall partitions if she needed to. Once we got inside, she was thrilled. She and I raced around trying to beat her two brothers.
As you can see by the card at the end of this post, at each check point you are to stamp your card to prove that you found each checkpoint. Then you try to find the finish line. We found the four checkpoints very quickly, but then just couldn’t find the stairs to go up and get to the exit.
Of course, my two sons decided to cheat… they found one of the walkways (the wrong one) and then just stepped over the railing. No fair!!
It’s kind of funny… you pay money to go on an attraction, and then you try to finish it as fast as you can 🙂
The attraction is kind of pricey on its own, but there is a combo pass that gets you a variety of admissions for $15-$35 (depending on how many attractions you want to go into).
Niagara Falls — it’s not a destination that many people associate with peaceful vistas and quiet countryside. Instead, you might be thinking of crowds of tourists and cheesy attractions in the Clifton Hill District. But a road trip to Niagara Falls brings the opportunity to take in breathtaking country scenery, quaint lakeside towns, local wineries and historic sites.
On Saturday I walked along Victoria Avenue and then into the new Clifton Hill Courtyard to show the work that has been done. As I mention in the video, it is hard to believe there used to be a hotel there!
Anyway, if you haven’t had a chance to come down to the Falls yet, then check out the video. You can see some of the work that is going on around the Niagara Speedway go-kart track, see the Kelsey’s patio, the new Zombie Attack attraction, the new games building and more.
On Friday many of the new operations on Clifton Hill opened for the first time. It looks like the only thing that is NOT open is the go-kart track.
Right behind Kelsey’s is the new Zombie Attack attraction. It is a motion simulator (similar to the one in the Great Canadian Midway) that also has a great interactive shooting feature. You shoot zombies. I’ve had a chance to go on it once, and it was a lot of fun. I was very impressed.
Beside Zombie Attack and right behind Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium are a couple of new food outlets. They have the look of carnival/fair food trucks. They sell pizza, hot dogs, French fries, milk shakes, pop, funnel cakes, ice cream cones, Dippin’ Dots and more. I’ve had a funnel cake, and it was delicious. I’ve also tried the pizza and it was decent.
Across from Zombie Attack, Funnel Cakes and Hot Dogs & Pizza is the new Speedway Game Zone. This is essentially an extension of the Great Canadian Midway. There are a bunch of games, a redemption counter along with some washrooms.
Last night my family had a chance to go to the Big Top Maze of Mirrors on Clifton Hill. It was a lot of fun. In particular, the Lazer Maze was fantastic! I’ll have a write-up in a couple of days, but I thought I’d let you know that we were pleasantly surprised by our trip and would highly recommend it.
As you are probably aware, the two May holiday weekends (Victoria Day weekend in Canada, Memorial Day weekend in the US) marks the unofficial start of the summer tourists season here in Niagara Falls. I haven’t heard or read anything specific about what sort of business levels people are expecting this year, but I would definitely assume that people will continue to flock to Niagara Falls.
The zipline will have a full summer in operation
The Big Top attraction on Clifton Hill will open
The new developments by Kelsey’s will open (Niagara Speedway, Funnel Cakes, etc)
The Canadian dollar is weaker, so more Americans should be coming