During the winter months unless you’re ice fishing, a lot of fishermen are dreaming of the days the fish are ready to be caught. This weekend, thousands are traveling to The Conference and Event Center of Niagara Falls to get prepared.
One fisherman told News 4,”Gone are the days of the little red and white bobber and a hunk of worm.”
Although it can be as simple as hook, line and sinker, fishermen at the Niagara Convention Center have lots of gadgets to help them get the best catch.
More than 40 acres along the Niagara Gorge on the American side between the Whirlpool Rapids and Rainbow bridges will undergo a three-year, $1-million restoration.
“This gorge is one of the most important places ecologically in the world with the plant diversity that it has, with the fresh water resource that we have at the Niagara River, with migratory bird habitat going through and across the gorge, with fish spawning habitat underneath,” said Jajean Rose, deputy executive director for the Western New York Land Conservancy.
“If we don’t do this work the diversity of plants and animals will continue to decrease and we’ll lose species. What this project will do is restore that natural, high bio-diversity corridor.”
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).
The other day I tweeted some of the recent Groupon-type deals that were related to the Niagara Region. I wanted to post about this one separately.
Have you been to the Aquarium of Niagara? I hadn’t before this year, but it is great. It is a small aquarium in Niagara Falls, New York, not too far away from the Rainbow Bridge. Last year about this time they had a Groupon. It was the same price as the one right now… $25 for a family membership. We decided to go for it, and it ended up being used several times. There are penguins, lots of different kinds of fish, and even seals and sea lions. The kids loved it.
Note: I was going through some of my draft posts, and found that I had this post essentially all done, but never did post it. It is from some of the trips we took last year to Safari Niagara. I still wanted to post it as there are some nice pictures and a good HD video of the giraffes and hippos.
Prior to 2010, I had only been to Safari Niagara (formerly Zooz) twice. We had gone in the Summer of 2002. I didn’t realize it until now, but it had just opened in May of that year. We also went in December of 2004. The zoo itself wasn’t open, but they had a special Christmas hay ride where they had the Heat Miser, the Snow Miser, and Santa around the zoo.
Boy, how things have changed in the intervening six years. All I remember from that first trip was the bird area and how they had lots of space. This year, they still have lots of space, but it actually has a lot of animals now. There are birds, flamingos, deer, moose, tigers, lions, giraffe, hippopotamus, monkeys, and more. Other than the animals, there are lots of other things to do as well. There is a huge playground, a large splash pad, a “lake” to fish in, an area to play volleyball or badminton, giant chess and checkers, as well as paddle boats.