i felt like the last person in North America who hadn't seen the Falls, until my husband dragged me, our friend and the trailer there last Thursday. It was pretty cool, except the food was pretty lame. Fortunately the trailer, which we camped in near Fort Erie, was packed with snacks. Our campground also had...BUNNIES!!! Jim pretended they were making him hungry, and the night we ate at the Happy Wanderer, he was bereft over not having hassenfeffer on the menu.
i'm a bit ashamed to say we didn't visit any of the tacky attractions on Clifton Hill. The whole point of the trip was that we were too broke and exhausted for WorldCon, so we kept talking ourselves out of Spiderman rides, Frankenstein mansions, and rock 'n roll wax museums. We did have fun anyway! A lot of our water viewing was near the Niagara Fallsview Casino.
The lobby has a fountain that is a tribute to Tesla with spinning wheels, interior illumination, and wires ascending the dome.
Several times each evening, they dim the lobby lights, and crank up the fountain until the tanks overflow, and lightning shoots up the dome...
The First Hand Canadian Crafts and Design shop had a nice selection of Roger Wood clocks on display. And the casino buffet wasn't bad. The best meal we had was at the Venice Lighthouse, just a smidge south of our camp on Niagara Parkway. A crappy Chinese buffet we visited had really outstanding Japanese ice cream. i wanted Italian, Vietnamese or sushi, but was vetoed.
The food aside, i really enjoyed the quaintness of the town, which was jam-packed with tourists from all over the world. It was so nice i forgot about Boston, except to wonder who won the 2007 WorldCon bid, Japan, who i presupported, or Columbus, who bought our memberships. It is Japan. i'm sorry for Ohio, who would have run a fine Con, practically in our back yard, and excited for Japan. If we win the lottery, we will go!