Niagara Falls calls and you can follow in Marilyn Monroe’s footsteps by taking a tower trip for awesome views
From the Sun (UK):
NOTHING can prepare you for the power and majesty of Niagara Falls.
I’d wanted to see them since a relative had brought me back a souvenir snowglobe when I was a kid.
I wouldn’t get to see them in all their deafening glory until more than 30 years later — but it was worth the wait.
A while ago I found this Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Souvenir Guidebook. The subtitle is “A password to the strange, the bizarre & the unbelievable”. I don’t think it is specifically for the Niagara Falls location, but in general it highlights a lot of the strange things that Ripley’s Odditoriums exhibit.
I don’t know if they still offer these guidebooks.
Quite a few years ago I posted about finding a penny souvenir. I’ve seen lots of these Penny Press/Elongated Coin machines when visiting Florida, but I don’t see too many of them around here. Add to that the fact that Canada no longer uses pennies, and these machines just aren’t that popular around here any more. When I have seen them, they have copper blanks that look like pennies that are used for the souvenirs.
Anyway, I don’t know where this coin came from (most likely Canada), but it is clear that it was an American penny.
Last week I received an email newsletter from the Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview & Spa.
You can subscribe to the newsletter by clicking on the Special Email Offers link on the side of the Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview & Spa main page.
Someone with a Blogger blog posted about a recent trip to Niagara Falls:
I had been to Niagara Falls over 20 years ago as a child with my parents. At the time, they seemed huge. Now, as an adult, they are beautiful and romantic, but not inspiring.
It’s sad to see what much of the Canadian side has become. Clifton Hill and the surrounding area is block after block of bad fast food and souvenir shops. The quaint charm of most Canadian cities is given way to the worst forms of American Yankee commercialism. Forget romance. It’s sad really.
Since the arrival of Casino Niagara, Niagara Falls has changed immensely. Perhaps the quickest change was in the food & beverage industry in the city. Almost right away “brand-name” restaurants came into the city. It started with Planet Hollywood and the Hard Rock Cafe and continues today. One of the more recent ones has been the Rainforest Cafe. You can’t miss the entrance to it… there is a giant volcano near the bottom of Clifton Hill! They often will have someone out in the plaza area with a snake, and there is a small shark exhibit in the souvenir shop.
I’ve scanned their promotional leaflet and included the text below:
Front of leaflet:
Free Shark Exhibit
Under the Volcano
On Clifton Hill
with a merchandise purchase of $15 or more.
Back of leaflet:
Your advenure begins here…
An adventure in casual dining
80 foot erupting volcano
Live shark (FREE) exhibit
Animatronic elephants & gorillas
Daily live animal encounters
From the Rainbo Bridge:
Take the first right immediately after customs. Turn left on Hiram, and left again on Ontario.
From QEW/Hwy 420:
Take QEW to 420 toards the Rainbow Bridge and “The Falls” to Falls Avenue.
Located at Clifton Hill & Falls Ave.
5875 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls,
Ontario, Canada L2E 6W7
One per customer. No cash value.
I have also created a PDF file of the leaflet if you’d like to download it and see it in full size/colour. You can download it here:
Rainforest Cafe leaflet
This was almost exactly the same as the last version. The back is exactly the same. The front used to have a picture of 2 kids with a snake wrapped around them. Now there is a picture of the volcano. You can see the older leaflet here.
You can see pictures of the Rainforest Cafe in the AccessNiagara Rainforest Cafe Image Gallery (remember, the pictures never look as good as the real thing).