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You’ve picked a destination and decided it was time for a vacation.  What’s next?  Here are my Niagara Falls Survival Tips.

Choose your dates wisely

We went in May because kids were still in school and the crowds wouldn’t be as bad.  Also, we went on a weekday.  If you get overwhelmed in large crowds avoid long weekends.  If you’re on a budget travel during the week.  Be strategic, it will pay off.

Choose your venue wisely

We chose the Comfort Inn Clifton Hill.  It was comfortable, clean, and the staff was amazing.  Breakfast was included with our stay, there’s a nice big pool, and a Kelsey’s attached to it.

More importantly, it was within walking distance of almost everything we wanted to do.  The only time we took the van was to go to Marineland.  We walked on the hill, walked to the falls, hopped the WEGO from there – it was great.  Thank goodness too because we not only had 6 people to fit in the van but also a scooter and a double stroller.  Bonus, we didn’t spend our week looking for parking.

Road tripping?  Don’t overstuff the car!

Many cities have baby gear rental businesses and most hotels have basics like playpens and cribs.  Don’t spend 6 hours in the car wedged between a car seat and a double stroller, and don’t try to navigate narrow airplane aisles with the limo on wheels.  Rent what you can and arrange for pick up and delivery to your hotel.  We rented a double-stroller from Baby Travels and it cost us $50 for the week.  It was dropped off at the hotel and picked up there as well.  Worth every penny!

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Adult:Child Ratios

Bring as many adults (or capable teens) as you have small children, specially when there are gender and age differences.  Makes it easier to split up when each child wants or needs something different.  If you have 3 or more kids, consider paying the way for a grandparent, and older niece or nephew, or hire a local babysitter for the week.  They get a trip and you get an extra set of hands.

Itinerary

Plan ahead.  Find out what there is to do, choose what you want to do, figure out the budget, and stick (mostly) to that list.  Once you know what you want to do you can find the best deals and plan out an itinerary for the family.

Down time

Kids get tired, big people get cranky, and no one has fun when you’re rushing around.  We stayed 3 nights instead of 2 so we could sleep in if we wanted to.  It also allowed for extra flexibility as we were road-tripping AND the weatherman was forecasting doom and gloom for the whole week. Ends up the weather was perfect but I was glad we had that extra time to shuffle things around.

Kids will be kids

And kids will get hungry.  Plan ahead and pack some snacks for each day.  Having healthy food handy squashes the cravings and the whining that follows cause you’re stuck in a lineup for the ride and everyone decided they were hungry.

Have fun.  Laugh.  It will be over soon.  I promise 😉

Bring a bottle of wine.  There are openers and glasses at the hotel.  Have a glass after the kids are in bed.  You’re welcome.

What are you best travel survival tips?  Please share in the comments below!

 

Day 1
Day 1
3 adults, 3 kids, 2 car seats, 1 wheelchair and gear for 4 days!
3 adults, 3 kids, 2 car seats, 1 wheelchair and gear for 4 days!
Loaded up and ready to go - with room to spare!
Loaded up and ready to go - with room to spare!
Coffee run before heading out - I need more hands!
Coffee run before heading out - I need more hands!
This kid was born ready!
This kid was born ready!
Come on let's go!
Come on let's go!
Blew a tire on the 401 - There has to be a better way to save on gas!
Blew a tire on the 401 - There has to be a better way to save on gas!
Testing out the scooter - Yahoo!
Testing out the scooter - Yahoo!
Thank you thank you very much
Thank you thank you very much
Just hanging
Just hanging
Acting silly - Jasmine and her funnies :)
Acting silly - Jasmine and her funnies 🙂
Beer O'Clock!  It's been a loooong day
Beer O'Clock! It's been a loooong day
Happy to be out of the car seat!
Happy to be out of the car seat!
Ripley's fun at Clifton Hill
Ripley's fun at Clifton Hill
Frankenburger
Frankenburger
Through the mist
Through the mist
Riding with my girls - Grandma's having fun!
Riding with my girls - Grandma's having fun!
This is life
This is life
Flags, fountains and crowds
Flags, fountains and crowds
JF getting the highlight of his week on day 1 - looking over the falls
JF getting the highlight of his week on day 1 - looking over the falls
Rainbow on the falls
Rainbow on the falls
I don't get it - what are they all looking at?
I don't get it - what are they all looking at?
Checking out the view - Annabelle & Jasmine
Checking out the view - Annabelle & Jasmine
Fun at the falls
Fun at the falls
Oh No! it's time to go :)
Oh No! it's time to go 🙂
Guiness world of Records - Too heavy for this shirt?
Guiness world of Records - Too heavy for this shirt?
Monkey see, Monkee do
Monkey see, Monkee do
Ripley's Believe it or Not!  the BIG chair
Ripley's Believe it or Not! the BIG chair
OMG it's Katy Perry - Oh... it's wax!
OMG it's Katy Perry - Oh... it's wax!
This guy looked so real I stood beside him for 5 minutes waiting for him to get his shot
This guy looked so real I stood beside him for 5 minutes waiting for him to get his shot
All Glamour!
All Glamour!
The Obamas & I - They were quite friendly! ;)
The Obamas & I - They were quite friendly! 😉
And they LOVE kids, too :)
And they LOVE kids, too 🙂
E.T. Phone Home!
E.T. Phone Home!
Day 1 isn't over yet, but I'm ready to call it a day - Get me outta here!
Day 1 isn't over yet, but I'm ready to call it a day - Get me outta here!
Droolworthy fireworks
Droolworthy fireworks
Clifton Hill - Niagara Falls: my best picture
Clifton Hill - Niagara Falls: my best picture
Day 2
Day 2
Getting ready for the show!
Getting ready for the show!
Not my proudest moment...
Not my proudest moment...
Hellooooo!
Hellooooo!
Mama bear
Mama bear
Fish!
Fish!
Killer Whale
Killer Whale
Annabelle on the roller coaster
Annabelle on the roller coaster
Jasmine on roller coaster
Jasmine on roller coaster
Sister love!
Sister love!
Les Girls!
Les Girls!
A sling is a mom's best friend!  So many uses :)
A sling is a mom's best friend! So many uses 🙂
Jasmine feeding beluga
Jasmine feeding beluga
Annabelle with beluga
Annabelle with beluga
Mom with beluga
Mom with beluga
Beluga Fun
Beluga Fun
Last goodbye with beluga
Last goodbye with beluga
Belugas!
Belugas!
Can't make me
Can't make me
Why am i still in here?
Why am i still in here?
Sling Love!
Sling Love!
Jasmine with deer
Jasmine with deer
Mom feeding the deer
Mom feeding the deer
Stand off
Stand off
Whatcha looking at?
Whatcha looking at?
Day 3
Day 3
Skywheel view from below
Skywheel view from below
Family Picture in front of the Falls
Family Picture in front of the Falls
Pretty falls - view from the boat
Pretty falls - view from the boat
What are we up to now? About to get covered up on the boat :)
What are we up to now? About to get covered up on the boat 🙂
Ready for anything!
Ready for anything!
having too  much fun!
having too much fun!
It's about the get wet
It's about the get wet
Mini Falls - so pretty!
Mini Falls - so pretty!
I'm not liking this anymore
I'm not liking this anymore
OMG it's wet!
OMG it's wet!
we're getting close!
we're getting close!
A little dryer now
A little dryer now
Flower Clock
Flower Clock
Jasmine at the flower clock
Jasmine at the flower clock
More sling magic!
More sling magic!
Loving the we-Go!
Loving the we-Go!
Ceiling at the butterfly conservatory - how cool is that!
Ceiling at the butterfly conservatory - how cool is that!
Butterfly love
Butterfly love
The highlight for Jasmine!
The highlight for Jasmine!
Whoo Whoo
Whoo Whoo
This guy greeted us in the main atrium!
This guy greeted us in the main atrium!
These pink beauties were gorgeous!
These pink beauties were gorgeous!
What a gorgeous fellow!
What a gorgeous fellow!
Snack Time!
Snack Time!
In front of the Rainforest Cafe
In front of the Rainforest Cafe
Day 4
Day 4
Jasmine's wax hands!
Jasmine's wax hands!
On the road again!
On the road again!

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