Niagara Falls, New York

My family and I decided to take a trip to Niagara Falls.  We visited years ago before we had a child and have wanted to return to show our daughter the beauty of the area. On our drive to the Canadian side where we stayed we stopped in Niagara Falls, NY for lunch and some sight seeing.  We had a great lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe located right near the sights. I had the Legendary 10oz burger made from angus beef  which tasted like it were grilled on my seasoned charcoal grill at home.   My husband had the Local Lengendary- the burger had horseradish and was on a famous western New York kimmelwic roll.  What’s a kimmerwic roll? Take a brioche roll, slather butter on top and dip it in kosher salt and caraway seeds.  Fries were awesome too!

Entrance to the Cave of the Wins



After lunch we visited the Niagara Falls New York State Park.  I highly recommend purchasing the Discovery Pass which bundles the best attractions to save you money, it also includes the Niagara Scenic Trolley to get you form one attraction to another.  We rode the Maid of the Mist which is a boat ride that takes you into the waters beneath the American and Horseshoe Falls.  We were provided with water sandals and ponchos  so don’t worry about being unprepared for the water. This was probably the coolest thing we did all day because the falls tower over you and you realize how powerful they are. Another fun attraction was the Cave of the winds where you navigate catwalks to the famous and appropriately named Hurricane Deck.  You are also given ponchos for this attraction and you will need them because you will be up close to the water pounding down nearly 200 feet from above.  We also enjoyed walking around Three Sisters Island.


Later that evening we enjoyed dinner at the Top of the Falls Restaurant.  We usually stay away from restaurants at the attractions because the view might be great but the food usually isn’t.  We were pleasantly surprised at Top of the Falls.  Not only was the view breathtaking but the food was delicious. The restaurant prides itself on serving local fair so we started with a platter of local cheeses presented on a board shaped like New York State.  They really should sell these boards- I’d definitely buy one.  We also shared their house salad tossed with concord grapeseed vinaigrette.  For dinner my husband had Barreled Over and I had the fish and chips. The fish and chips were made from haddock that is beer battered with local beer- easily the best fish and chips I’ve had.  Now to get to Barreled Over which is a hand-stuffed angus burger filled with all the best New York has to offer- Yancey’s Fancy Buffalo Wing Cheddar, candied bacon and New York State apples. My husband was confused at first but after giving it a great big bite he fell in love. This is owned and operated by Delaware North.

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