So far we have shared the details of our summer RV trip to Niagara Falls by sharing our experience staying at the Niagara Falls KOA and our morning spent at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
What we haven’t touched on yet is visiting the Falls and the Great Canadian Midway!
Our family LOVES an arcade. Big, small, redemption games or pinball, we love spending some time in an arcade when we can and don’t mind spending a couple hours playing games if we get an opportunity. Since we have been to Niagara Falls plenty of times before this trip, we knew all about the Great Canadian Midway.
Great Canadian Midway
The midway is located in the Clifton Hill Tourist District and is a short 5 minute walk from the falls. It’s central location makes it a perfect stop when sightseeing in this tourist hub. Food, shopping, casino,waterpark, attractions, sky wheel and mini golf are all within walking distance.
The midway has over 300 games from skill games, classic video games, push coin games and play till you win claw machines. It is HUGE! Almost all of the games give rewards in the form of tickets which can be redeemed for prizes from the prize counter. Any guesses what my main job is? Yep, ticket wrangler and redeemer of prizes! #momlife
The game of the day was this humongous Space Invaders game. Everyone wanted a couple of turns. The screen was huge and so perfectly clear. It was even fun to watch people play.
One thing that I love about the Great Canadian Midway is that it really does include the whole family. The play till you win claw games are always so much fun for my little ones and they are never disappointed or walk away empty handed. They each won a rubber ducky from this game. Additionally this game was sized for little ones. No one was on their tip toes trying to see what they were doing.
Many of the kid games were smaller in size for good viewing with smaller controls and simple instructions for kids. The image below looks like a shooting game, but the theming was family friendly. This game required the player to launch peanuts towards some very hungry elephants.
The scaled down skee ball was perfect for Miss P to try. And it made me feel like I had mad skee ball skills when I got a good score!
There was also an old fashioned Shootin’ Gallery which I gave a try and did terrible! It was way harder than it looked but a lot of fun.
When we were all done we collected up our ridiculous pile of tickets and cashed them in for some fun toys the kids picked out from a very very large wall of goodies. It was a very successful couple of hours which out entire family really, really enjoyed.
Niagara Falls – The Falls
Niagara Falls is the name given to the 3 waterfalls (Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the American Falls) along the Niagara River which divide Ontario and New York state. Seeing them up close is always amazing and never gets old.
Below is Horseshoe falls. You can take a boat ride right next to Horseshoe Falls, more details HERE. We didn’t take it this time because they kids are a bit small for something like this, but I did take this tour before and it is truly amazing. You really can’t tell how powerful the falls are until you are right next to them. I highly recommend taking the boat tour if you can!
Below are the American and Bridal Veil Falls. The American Falls are to the left and the small falls to the right of them are the Bridal Veil Falls.
Below is one of the boat tours passing the American Falls. The red dots are boaters in raincoats!
And this was the best picture we could get of the group! We had a great time in Niagara, we will be back!
Good to know:
- If you take a car down to the Clifton Hill area, we found fabulous parking behind the Great Canadian Midway. We visited on a Thursday and parked for $12 for the day which we found very reasonable. More information HERE.
- We visited the Midway mid morning to very low crowds. Before lunch seemed to be a great time to visit with almost no wait for your game of choice and EVERYTHING was running. I didn’t see one out of order sign.
- Bring hand wipes for the little kids. They touch everything, drop coins, play with prizes on the ground… you will be glad you brought some!
- There is plenty to see and do. You will be steps away from food and entertainment.
- Watch at crosswalks! We noticed that cars have the right of way at some popular crossing areas.
- There is lots to see and do down by the falls, boat tours, zip lines, parks and picnic pavilions to sit and rest, tourist information and restaurants. We didn’t stay long but there is plenty to see and do along the Falls area.
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