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Safari Niagara in August 2011 (pictures and videos)

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I commented the other day that we hadn’t been to Marineland the previous few years. One of the reasons is that we were going to Safari Niagara instead. The kids love seeing the animals, and the play park and splash pad are fantastic. We probably went 7 or 8 times last year.

I took some pictures of our visit last August. Most of the pictures are of the bird show, but there are a few others. As always, you can see some of the thumbnails below, and you can see the rest of the thumbnails and the larger images in the Safari Niagara in August 2011 gallery.

As a side note, the Niagara Falls Image Gallery now has 3399 images in 265 categories.

I also took a couple of videos. The first one is of the Birds of Prey show. You can see a few of the birds, including one that is “hunting”. You can watch this HD video on YouTube or see it below.

The other video I took is very short, but super cute. It is of a baby Siamang Gibbon hanging off it’s mother and sucking on her thumb. You really need to check it out. You can watch this short HT video on YouTube or see it below:

Safari Niagara in Summer 2010

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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.

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When we were there in 2010, I took a bunch of pictures. You can see some of the thumbnails below, and you can see all of the images in their full size in the Safari Niagara in Summer 2010 gallery.

Here is a map of Safari Niagara.

I took a video of the giraffes and hippos. You can see the Hippos and Giraffes at Safari Niagara in Summer 2010 video on YouTube or below.

I also took a video of some of the bird show at Safari Niagara. You can see the Safari Niagara Bird Show in Summer 2010 video on YouTube or below.

Lastly, I also took a video of some of the other animals and birds at Safari Niagara. You can see the Animals at Safari Niagara in Summer 2010 video on YouTube or below.

A family picnic at Queenston Heights

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This isn’t directly in Niagara Falls, but Niagara Parks Commission does take care of the place, and it is just a short drive up the road, so I figured I’d include it.

On Saturday my family went up to Queenston Heights for a picnic. It is a huge park overlooking the Niagara River. It is also the park where Brock’s Monument is. We had a nice picnic, and the kids played around on the playground and got a bit wet on the (pathetic) splash pad. One of my sisters wanted to go up the tower, and asked me to go along. The last time I had gone up (many years ago), it was free, but they asked for a donation. It is now $4.50 for an adult. What? $4.50 just to walk up some stairs? It seems pricey to me. Needless to say, we didn’t go up.

As you can see by the pictures, it was a beautiful day!

Niagara Falls Campground Opens New Splash Pad

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From a PR Web press release seen on Yahoo! News:

Bring your kids this summer to Campark Resorts in Niagara Falls. The park features daily supervised kids activities, theme weekends and not to mention a new Splash Pad.

Campark Resorts camping has become the top family campground adding new facilities each year for the kids like their new Splash Pad. It is located in the heart of the camp. It opens in May 2010 and will run until mid September. Adding hours of fun for the kids as the parents can relax by the heated pool overlooking the splash park.

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