During my brief stay in Buffalo on my 30-day train voyage, I decided to take a day trip further north to check out Niagara Falls. With my furry friend Chelsea in tow, we took a 30 minute Uber ride to the park on the Canadian border only to find that it was incredibly disappointing.
I blame Hollywood for my high expectations as the falls are always depicted as this breathtaking monstrosity on the big screen. In reality, Niagara Falls was much smaller and defaced by tourist attractions.
Stripped of much of its natural beauty, I found myself sitting on a park bench, frustrated and soaked as we were hit with a sudden downpour of rain. Did I mention it was my birthday? (33!)
After ignoring the park’s rules to keep all dogs outside, I patiently waited out the storm in the Visitors Center. This gave me the time to attempt to download the Niagara Falls app for travel tips, which I’m assuming is an interactive map of sorts but after downloading the app I was required to download the park’s “information” which would have taken longer than I planned to stay in the area. If you have more patience than I do and enjoy looking at maps, I recommend downloading the app before leaving the house. There are traditional maps scattered around the park though for you to refer to if you prefer.
The rain didn’t last long, and I found myself following the herd of tourists through a few of the trails. Views were much better as I walked around the falls, and I got more of a nature vibe as I wandered further away from the gift shops and Dippin’ Dots ice cream stands.
While underwhelming, Niagra Falls was a great kickoff to my 30-day train trip. Numerous attractions were closed which was disappointing, but it was worth checking out. I’ve heard that the Canadian side of Niagara Falls is better, so I might give that a look next time I’m in the area.
Niagara Falls is a dog-friendly park, but your pup isn’t allowed inside any of the buildings unless they’re a service dog. I’m assuming this excludes the bathrooms, which are separate buildings scattered around the park. Chelsea wasn’t wearing her service dog vest and no one gave me any trouble when I brought her inside numerous buildings though.
Also, the falls aren’t terribly loud, but they were loud enough to make Chelsea a bit uneasy at times. If you have a nervous dog, you may not be able to get as close to the falls as you’d like.
I’m Rose! Get lost with me as I travel the world with my spoiled dog Chelsea in hopes of accidentally uncovering a few hidden gems along the way. Far from being considered a planner, it’s not uncommon that we stumble upon both the best and the worst of what this world has to offer.
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