May 7, 2019
Niagara Falls NY & ON
I woke up Wednesday morning to absolutely beautiful weather. The temperature was around 60 degrees, the sky was blue with fluffy white clouds, and I decided to head back down to the falls for some pictures in better weather. The previous afternoon I was looking at the revolving restaurant and the buffet restaurant at the Skylon tower and tried to make reservations online, but it kept timing out, so I called and made reservations for 1pm.
So I headed to the welcome center by the falls and purchased tickets for the Behind the Falls experience at 11am. This was a chance to get up close and personal with the falls, taking an elevator down and first going behind the falls to 2 different shafts that are directly behind, and then to an observation area just beside the falls so that you can get an up close and personal view of them. It was definitely worth the $24 CAD to do, and I was able to get some more fantastic photos of the falls and the gorge.
Around noon I headed back up and walked to the Skylon tower, just up the hill from the welcome center. I found the ticketing office and informed them I had reservations for the buffet, but they informed me that the buffet isn’t open in the off season, and my reservation was for the revolving restaurant instead. So I was sent with my ticket to the elevator and up I headed.
The revolving restaurant at Skylon gave great views of the falls and the entire area. I had a filet with béarnaise sauce, and French Onion soup as a starter. This was actually one of the best cooked and best tasting filets I’ve had. I was impressed. It takes about an hour to do a full rotation around on the revolving restaurant and once I made my way back around I paid for the meal and headed to the observation deck.
The observation deck is actually outdoors and as it was very windy, I made my way out for some views, but the views from the restaurant were far better, so I was done quickly. Needing a nap, I headed to the hotel and slept for a couple of hours. I found the indoor pool at the hotel, which I had planned to spend some time in later. After my nap I headed over to the American side of the falls. I’d wanted to do the Cave of the Winds but unfortunately it ends at 4:15 and I wasn’t able to get there in time. I took some photos from the American side and walked around the park. I could have went to Goat Island, but chose to find food instead.
As I walked through Niagara Falls, NY, I realized that the casino would likely have a buffet or at least some food options, so I headed to Seneca Casino. You can tell it was the off-season as there were no cars or valets at the front, which was set up for drop off. I made my way in and to the back to their buffet. The food was really good. Once I was full I headed back out to find a Walgreens and get some nose spray, before heading back over. That evening I spent some time in the hotel’s empty indoor pool. I don’t think there were more than 10 rooms being used the entire time I was there, which was nice. Then I went to bed early as I planned to get up early on Thursday.