Niagara Falls, NY

YAY! Our friends Maureen and Ben flew up to visit us in Niagara Falls 🙂

We were so excited to meet up with our good friends Maureen and Ben in Niagara Falls, NY. It was a first visit for all of us, except Joel visited with his family when he was 5. Wow, what an awe inspiring sight it is to see Niagara Falls. We took the Maids of the Mist boat tour right up to the edge of the falls, we were rocking and rolling from the pounding water and got nice and wet from the mist. There was a thunderous roar and you could feel the powerful force of nature as water crashed over the edge of the falls. It’s hard to believe that this amount of water can completely freeze in winter….brrrr!

Maids of the Mist

Fort Niagara

French Castle at Fort Niagara

The history of Old Fort Niagara spans more than 300 years. During the colonial wars in North America, a fort at the mouth of the Niagara River was vital, for it controlled access to the Great Lakes and the westward route to the heartland of the continent. With the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825, the strategic value of Fort Niagara diminished. However, it remained an active military post well into the 20th century. France, Britain and the US all had turns controlling Fort Niagara. The French built the French Castle pictured above and inside shots below. The timbers on the floor of the third story are all hand pegged. This Fort features live actors that recreate life at the fort in detail from cooking authentic 18th century food, silversmiths hand forging jewelry and other items, and live demonstrations of cannon and musket firings.

Lots of canons and musket firepower
Inside the French Castle

Historic Botanical Gardens

The koi and gardens

We took a daytrip to Buffalo and visited a Botanical Garden that first opened in 1900. This is a national historic site, education center and tourist destination full of exotic horticulture treasures from around the world. They are separated into various “rooms” through passageways and each features either a specific region or type of plant. Fountains, waterfalls, a Japanese pagoda, orchids, and all sorts of flowers, plants, and trees fill every corner. They also host weddings and special events – what an amazing place to be wed.

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