Our biggest problem in visiting Niagara Falls was that we needed to leave the new van somewhere because it only had transport tags and did we really want to try and explain to the Canadian customs person why we were bringing it into Canada? No, we did not.
So we drove all the way to the town of Niagara Falls, NY without finding a place to stop and eat. No big deal. We'll just park the new van somewhere overnight, head over to the Canadian side, park the camper at the campground, and go eat. Um, yeah.
I won't go into all the details, but things never work out quite that simply for us. We finally found a place that seemed to be closed for the season, advertising parking for the Falls for $5 a day (or $10 depending on which sign you read). We parked the new van and headed to Canada.
After pulling in to the campground and setting up our pop-up, we finally went to find dinner. Now, you remember the big buffet breakfast I mentioned that we had that morning? That was the last time we'd eaten. It was after 9 p.m. and I was beyond hungry. And when I get that hungry and that tired, it's not pretty. Add a bunch of children who won't be quiet and sit still and you've got mental and emotional breakdown.
We ate at the very cute Flying Saucer Restaurant, which looks like a giant flying saucer all painted silver and everything. The boys loved it. They even had a newspaper story on their menu about how the saucer landed there and ended up a restaurant. Very cute. Not cheap, but definitely cute.
We found out the next day that the exchange rate was par. What that meant was that we spent over $60 for dinners of burgers and fries. Yikes!! Whatever happened to Canadian money being worth less than US? Honestly, we wouldn't have gone over there if we'd known.So, the next morning, we had a breakfast of whatever we brought with us (Pop Tarts, English muffins, bread - and I remembered the coffee maker this time - hooray!). We went to the Falls, still an amazing sight, and one the boys had never seen before. We tried to avoid looking directly at any of the tourist traps (because you know if you look into the entrances, you get sucked in). On the way out, we stopped at Harvey's for lunch. Excellent. Best fast food salad I've ever had. And then we went back to get our trailer and start the long trip home.