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Monte
01-09-2008, 04:49 PM
Is it cold there during February:confused: Nah I'm joking;) .. The wife and I are planning to go for our 9th anniversary.. Any places I need to visit? What is the likelyhood we will get snowed in in Buffalo??? Feb 1st??

beef
01-09-2008, 05:01 PM
I grew up around there, and I can safely say that the chance of snow is approximately 100%. You will NOT, however, get snowed in. That virtually never happens around there.

The Falls are awesome, but February? Be prepared for some cold and ice. I hope you get some decent weather, but if it's below freezing the mist freezes on everything. Very cool to see, though.

Get some wings, check out the casinos in the area. If you have time and a car and go to Buffalo and/or Toronto.

Monte
01-09-2008, 05:10 PM
I grew up around there, and I can safely say that the chance of snow is approximately 100%. You will NOT, however, get snowed in. That virtually never happens around there.

The Falls are awesome, but February? Be prepared for some cold and ice. I hope you get some decent weather, but if it's below freezing the mist freezes on everything. Very cool to see, though.

Get some wings, check out the casinos in the area. If you have time and a car and go to Buffalo and/or Toronto.

I'm not too concerned with cold weather... I hope to not be too concerned with the outside;) .. I def want to get some wings since we will be flying into and out of Buffalo.. The girl at the hotel said its about a 45 minute drive to the Canadian side of the The falls?? I guess that is accurate.. Thanks for the info:) BTW and I guess the car rental place will know should I specify 4 X 4 or will a fwd vehicle be OK?

Maristar210
01-09-2008, 05:32 PM
I'm not too concerned with cold weather... I hope to not be too concerned with the outside;) .. I def want to get some wings since we will be flying into and out of Buffalo.. The girl at the hotel said its about a 45 minute drive to the Canadian side of the The falls?? I guess that is accurate.. Thanks for the info:) BTW and I guess the car rental place will know should I specify 4 X 4 or will a fwd vehicle be OK?

Bert,
My parents lived in Buffalo for years. I would go with the four wheel drive for sure. I would definately visit the Anchor Bar and enjoy a Genny if they still have 'em. Catch a Sabres game if you can and enjoy !!! My parents were season ticket holders to the Bisons, Sabres and Bills. Fun, blue collar town. Chicks are hot !!!! I mean wings, yeah wings !!!

tex
01-09-2008, 05:41 PM
I went years ago in the summer. Wasn't too excited about it but was blown away by it's beauty. It's amazing!

Monte
01-09-2008, 05:50 PM
Bert,
My parents lived in Buffalo for years. I would go with the four wheel drive for sure. I would definately visit the Anchor Bar and enjoy a Genny if they still have 'em. Catch a Sabres game if you can and enjoy !!! My parents were season ticket holders to the Bisons, Sabres and Bills. Fun, blue collar town. Chicks are hot !!!! I mean wings, yeah wings !!!


Thanks! is the Anchor Bar in Niagra Falls or Buffalo?

Yeah I figured I would at least need 4X4...:cool:


Does anybody know why SUV's are not allowed in part of Canada?? Seems odd, maybe it is just enterprise:confused:

Monte
01-09-2008, 05:53 PM
I went years ago in the summer. Wasn't too excited about it but was blown away by it's beauty. It's amazing!

It does seem like an odd place to go in the dead of winter, but I'm looking forward to it :)

TMCNo1
01-09-2008, 06:29 PM
Thanks! is the Anchor Bar in Niagra Falls or Buffalo?

Yeah I figured I would at least need 4X4...:cool:


Does anybody know why SUV's are not allowed in part of Canada?? Seems odd, maybe it is just enterprise:confused:

Buffalo, http://www.buffalowings.com/index.html Click on Restaurant, there is a map!

We first visited in 1984, towed our boats to Buffalo with friends and stayed with his parents, who lived there. We went thru the locks in the Rock Canel and all the way down the Niagra River to the barriers to the falls and back up the Canadian side of Strawberry Island. Took a 1 hour trip up the Erie Barge Canal. Then towed the boats to Toronto and boated up there for 1/2 day later in the week.
We still order wing sauce from Anchor Bar and Grill by the gallon.

Monte
01-09-2008, 06:40 PM
Buffalo, http://www.buffalowings.com/index.html Click on Restaurant, there is a map!

We first visited in 1984, towed our boats to Buffalo with friends and stayed with his parents, who lived there. We went thru the locks in the Rock Canel and all the way down the Niagra River to the barriers to the falls and back up the Canadian side of Strawberry Island. Took a 1 hour trip up the Erie Barge Canal. Then towed the boats to Toronto and boated up there for 1/2 day later in the week.
We still order wing sauce from Anchor Bar and Grill by the gallon.

Thanks Harold:D We will def. be eating there:cool:

TMCNo1
01-09-2008, 07:14 PM
Thanks Harold:D We will def. be eating there:cool:

If you have time, go visit the Broadway Polish Market, http://www.broadwaymarket.com/b/news.php, in the old Civic Center building downtown and go across the street to a Polish Restaurant for lunch. It was like stepping into the "All in the Family" TV set with Archie Bunker at the bar he frequented that had the bar in the front and the restaurant in the rear.
WOW, what a meal!
We bought 40lb each, smoked and fresh Polish Kielbsa home frozen.

atlfootr
01-09-2008, 07:50 PM
Been there, done that .... however it wasn't that time of year so I'm no help :(

suedv
01-09-2008, 09:46 PM
One of my co-workers went there last year about the same time. She had a good time. I looked at her pictures when she got back. The ice made it really pretty. I will try to remember to ask her tomorrow about good places to eat or visit.

beef
01-09-2008, 09:50 PM
Broadway Market is a good idea. So many good local foods in Buffalo. Besides wings everywhere: beef on weck, fish fry every Friday at just about every bar, Ted's hot dogs. If I still lived there, I'd probably be 300 lbs.

Another thing you might want to do is the jet boat ride up the Niagara Rapids from Lewiston, NY. They have an enclosed version that I think they run in the wintertime. Of course, it won't be nearly as much fun a having your head nearly knocked off by a wall of water when they submarine!

Monte
01-09-2008, 10:17 PM
I was about to say wow.. I like cold weather, but not THAT much! We may try the boat ride (if we can find an enclosed one).. Sounds like a rush!:D

Monte
01-10-2008, 12:06 AM
One of my co-workers went there last year about the same time. She had a good time. I looked at her pictures when she got back. The ice made it really pretty. I will try to remember to ask her tomorrow about good places to eat or visit.

If you get a chance that'd be great!

shepherd
01-10-2008, 12:28 AM
We first visited in 1984, towed our boats to Buffalo with friends and stayed with his parents, who lived there. We went thru the locks in the Rock Canel and all the way down the Niagra River to the barriers to the falls and back up the Canadian side of Strawberry Island. Took a 1 hour trip up the Erie Barge Canal. Then towed the boats to Toronto and boated up there for 1/2 day later in the week.

What kind of boats were they? Ski boats/Mastercrafts? I know it wasn't your current boat.

TMCNo1
01-10-2008, 12:59 AM
What kind of boats were they? Ski boats/Mastercrafts? I know it wasn't your current boat.

I/O's before I saw the light!:rolleyes: :D

Jesus_Freak
01-10-2008, 02:14 PM
My only advice is to spend most of your time on the Canada side. I drove my family to the falls this past summer, and we spent ample time on both sides. The Canada side is, IMO, far better.

Monte
01-10-2008, 03:16 PM
A funny little story (maybe just to me) I called the customs gate to verify what forms of ID I would need to cross the border (yes I am slack I don't have a passport). The numbers were supplied by the girl at the reservation desk.
I call the Canadian side first.. One ring, picks up, (nice guy) gives me the info I need.. NCDL and birth certificate... Eff Jan 31, 2008.. He even joked with me when I said I don't want to get stuck in Canada.. He said "we don't WANT you stuck in Canada" ha ha

Call the US side.. 5 minute phone prompt first asking if I prefer English or Spanish followed by a ton of different "depts" I could select.. Ending with if you are unsure who you should speak with press "something" so I press "something". About three or four minutes later I get a person. I begin to explain what I am doing, he interrupts me and says "what do you want?" I say "to get back in the country after my visit to Canada" Then he gives me the same info that the Canandian guy gave me, but with an overly strict, super serious, why are you bothering me? attitude.. I know those guys are under some some pressure, but WOW.. And way too many places including the govt would rather you talk to a computer:(

I just found it comical..:rolleyes:

TMCNo1
01-10-2008, 05:06 PM
A funny little story (maybe just to me) I called the customs gate to verify what forms of ID I would need to cross the border (yes I am slack I don't have a passport). The numbers were supplied by the girl at the reservation desk.
I call the Canadian side first.. One ring, picks up, (nice guy) gives me the info I need.. NCDL and birth certificate... Eff Jan 31, 2008.. He even joked with me when I said I don't want to get stuck in Canada.. He said "we don't WANT you stuck in Canada" ha ha

Call the US side.. 5 minute phone prompt first asking if I prefer English or Spanish followed by a ton of different "depts" I could select.. Ending with if you are unsure who you should speak with press "something" so I press "something". About three or four minutes later I get a person. I begin to explain what I am doing, he interrupts me and says "what do you want?" I say "to get back in the country after my visit to Canada" Then he gives me the same info that the Canandian guy gave me, but with an overly strict, super serious, why are you bothering me? attitude.. I know those guys are under some some pressure, but WOW.. And way too many places including the govt would rather you talk to a computer

I just found it comical..

It's all because of that ugly azz monkey you carry around!:rolleyes: :D 8p

Monte
01-10-2008, 05:16 PM
No way.. Surely he couldn't see the monkey.. I guess the monkey cant go with us either.. I doubt customs would let an animal of such fine species go through the border:rolleyes: Especially with those stylish striped pants and beutiful eyes;)

Monte
01-10-2008, 11:03 PM
Well? Who else has been? I need to hear of some attractions!

ski_king
01-10-2008, 11:26 PM
Niagra Falls.......
Slowly I turned...step by step...inch by inch...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQ9lQe2YoBs

ski_king
01-10-2008, 11:30 PM
As others said, spend most of your time on the Canadian side, much nicer.
Make sure you get to see it at night with the lights on it.

It has been a few years since I have been there, I hope to make it back next year, or maybe even this spring.

Doug G
01-10-2008, 11:36 PM
I lived in Rochester NY for a few years and a group of us boys would frequent the Canandian side. Our favorite spot was the sundowner. More info here: http://www.thesundowner.com/clubs.html

suedv
01-11-2008, 12:08 AM
I asked my co-worker about their trip to Niagra Falls last February. As I'm sure you know the Canadian side has the big tourist attactions she said it's almost a carnival atmosphere; she said wander around and you'll just find things that catch your interest. The American side is the nature attraction side. They made sure they did a bit of both. There is a casino in Canada that is fun if you are into that kind of thing. The "Journey Behind the Falls" is the main thing you can do if you want to have one of the up close experiences with the falls because the boats don't run in the winter (are we surprised???).

They had a lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe and thought the food was good. The Canadian falls are where you see the moving water. The American side was frozen. She did say that they light up the American Falls with colored lights at night and that was pretty looking through the ice. The observation deck on the American side was open one day they were there because it was a rather nice day. She said if you've been there in the summer it is interesting to compare the view. The area where you would board the boats was totally frozen over to the point she couldn't make it out.

They like history so they went to Fort Niagra... I guess that is on the American side. She also said all the state parks were free to visit.

That's about all she said. Hope it's somewhat helpful.

Monte
01-11-2008, 09:18 AM
As others said, spend most of your time on the Canadian side, much nicer.
Make sure you get to see it at night with the lights on it.

It has been a few years since I have been there, I hope to make it back next year, or maybe even this spring.


Found a special;) We will be 100 yards away with a veiw of the falls from the room:D

http://hotels.travelzoo.com/international-hotels/356326

Went with three days... two nights

Monte
01-11-2008, 11:41 AM
I asked my co-worker about their trip to Niagra Falls last February. As I'm sure you know the Canadian side has the big tourist attactions she said it's almost a carnival atmosphere; she said wander around and you'll just find things that catch your interest. The American side is the nature attraction side. They made sure they did a bit of both. There is a casino in Canada that is fun if you are into that kind of thing. The "Journey Behind the Falls" is the main thing you can do if you want to have one of the up close experiences with the falls because the boats don't run in the winter (are we surprised???).

They had a lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe and thought the food was good. The Canadian falls are where you see the moving water. The American side was frozen. She did say that they light up the American Falls with colored lights at night and that was pretty looking through the ice. The observation deck on the American side was open one day they were there because it was a rather nice day. She said if you've been there in the summer it is interesting to compare the view. The area where you would board the boats was totally frozen over to the point she couldn't make it out.

They like history so they went to Fort Niagra... I guess that is on the American side. She also said all the state parks were free to visit.

That's about all she said. Hope it's somewhat helpful.


Thanks for checking with her Sue.. We plan to do just what you recommended. Wonder around and see what peaks our interest. Once in town, I hope to leave the rental car parked and either walk everywhere or take the free shuttle service..

ski_king
01-11-2008, 11:45 AM
Looks like a great deal on the hotel.

Remember to keep a lookout for somebody jumping the falls.

tru-jack
01-11-2008, 11:46 AM
Last time I was there (canadian side) there were some US people joking about the name of a restaraunt 'the keg' since it sounds like a 'beer keg' i guess, and I still remember that I should have told them it's a great steakhouse with ok prices. Always a great steak, and great canadian beer, if you can go for dinner one night. Oh ya, I also second the sundowner...

Monte
01-11-2008, 11:55 AM
Looks like a great deal on the hotel.

Remember to keep a lookout for somebody jumping the falls.

Ha ha.. I'll keep an eye out:D

Monte
01-11-2008, 11:57 AM
Last time I was there (canadian side) there were some US people joking about the name of a restaraunt 'the keg' since it sounds like a 'beer keg' i guess, and I still remember that I should have told them it's a great steakhouse with ok prices. Always a great steak, and great canadian beer, if you can go for dinner one night. Oh ya, I also second the sundowner...

Yep the reservations I made include a $50 voucher to eat there, and I think it is in the Hotel.. I have a feeling THAT is where we'll eat the first night;) Thanks for the recommendation :cool: