Looking back on all of our road school adventures, one of my favorites by far is our trip to Niagara Falls and the Lake Ontario area. I was born near Lake Michigan, but I haven’t been back to the Great Lakes for quite some time. We visit the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico on a fairly regular basis, but this was something different entirely.
(Directly behind us? That’s Canada!)
And we loved it!
Coming from Georgia, this was a very long drive. We stopped near Cincinnati on the first leg of the trip, and then continued to Niagara Falls the next day. This eight-hour driving day took us fourteen hours! With seven children, including a nursing baby, this was to be expected.
Despite our tiredness, my oldest daughters and I couldn’t help but squeal when Canada first came into view.
We drove straight to our campsite at Four Mile Creek State Park in New York. My mouth dropped open when we pulled into our spot…we were parked on a bluff overlooking Lake Ontario and the view was spectacular! I began to regret that I had only booked our spot for two nights. After the kids ran around our huge (100 by 50 feet) site, we decided to ignore our tiredness and hop back into the car to view Niagara Falls at night. We wanted to see the lights shining on the falls.
The roar of the falls was something that we really didn’t anticipate. As soon as we opened our car door, we could hear it loud and clear. After a five minute walk, we were at the top of the American side of the falls. We didn’t see the lights too well since they were beamed onto the American falls from the Canadian side, but it was still a site to behold, and we enjoyed seeing Canada lit up at night. Unfortunately we do not have passports, so we were not able to cross the border. Maybe next time!
We woke up bright and early and headed to the Niagara Falls Discovery Center before boarding the Maid of the Mist at the base of the falls. You do not want to miss this, and we even got an up-close look at Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side.
We then ate at the Rainforest Café before heading to Whirlpool State Park. With so many little guys in tow we didn’t hike to the base of the gorge, but it was a beautiful site none the less. If we ever return, we would love to take a ride on one of the whirlpool/rapid tours.
We ended the day at Fort Niagara and Lake Ontario. We missed the admittance window by 10 minutes, so I was kind of disappointed. This will also definitely be on my list if we ever return.
The next morning we spent some time enjoying our beautiful campsite before pulling off to enjoy Amish country in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for four days. As much as I wanted to see Pennsylvania, I seriously about cried, y’all! We had so much fun, and to me there is nothing better than exploring God’s beautiful creation with my family.
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