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Old Feb 17th, 2004, 07:25 AM
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Niagara Falls in mid-March

Any advice for visiting the Falls in March? I'm planning on a weekend trip (primarily because I live within driving distance and have never been there!), but want to make sure it's not a waste of time that early in the season. I understand that the Maid of the Mist may not be operating, and the Cave of the Winds will probably be closed. Is it still worth it?

Also, I've noticed many posts encouraging visitors to stay on the Canadian side. This is a naive questions, but what do I need to cross the border? Just driver's license, or passport as well?

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Old Feb 17th, 2004, 07:38 AM
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To cross the border you will need proof of citizenship - not just identification. A passport is best and simplest. Lacking that proof of citizenship - birth certificate and picture ID, or nationalization papers are needed. I had a friend get by with a voter regisration card - but that was before 9/11.

Separately that seems awfully early in the year to go. If you can;t do Maid of the Mist or the Cave - and walking along the Canadian falls or doing the island on the US side is bitterly cold - I'm not sure there will be much to enjoy. If you live right nearby and know the weather will be warm for a couple of days it might be OK - but remember it's considerably colder right by the falls (and if its windy at all you'll be covered in cold spray).
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Old Feb 17th, 2004, 07:41 AM
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I've been to Niagara Falls several times including once in the winter. I was glad that I had seen it in the summer so that I could appreciate the winter view. Its an awesome sight when it is freely flowing in the summer as well as when it is somewhat frozen over in the winter. The ice build up is amazing. I suspect that March will give you a sense of both. But you will be missing the beauty that is around the falls on the Canadian side. The gardens will not be blooming. I also think that missing the Maid of the Mist tour would be unfortunate. Its really something to experience. If possible I would wait until later in April if at all possible. If you don't have any choice then go in March and maybe you can plan a return trip later.
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Old Feb 17th, 2004, 08:06 AM
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Although some things will be closed (amid of the mist, cave of the winds), Niagara Falls is absolutely gorgeous in the winter. There is ice everywhere, the mist of the falls is mystical, you wont be disappointed. If this winter continues as it has been, count on it being cold. Niagara on the Lake is a great side trip-20-30 minutes away, on Lake Ontario. It's a picturesque town of lots of shops, restaurants, and theater (mostly in the summer). It has very quaint inns and spas and may be a good choice to stay there. If you're into gaming, there are casinos on both the US and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls. Also, if your hardy, a walk across the US/Canada Bridge presents a beautiful view of Niagara Falls. It's not a long walk, just cold in the wintertime. You may also venture into Buffalo, only 20 minutes away from Niagara Falls. A great art gallery, great architecture, wonderful restaurants.
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Old Feb 17th, 2004, 11:06 AM
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If you can, I would wait until at least May. It would be worth it to go on the Maid of the Mist and to see the beautiful gardens on the Canadian side. March can be a very dreary month in Niagara Falls. Usually we're past the beauty of the snow and before what comes in spring.
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Old Feb 18th, 2004, 08:13 AM
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Thanks, everyone for your opinions. I will definitely take them into account as I make my decision. Unfortunately, it's a birthday weekend getaway, so I don't have too much flexibility. Neither of us has ever been to Niagara, so I thought the trip might be worth it just to go and see it. Although I was disappointed to learn that many attractions won't be open. It will be a six hour drive for us, so I'm still up in the air about it.

Thanks again for the responses, and more are welcome, of course!
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Old Feb 18th, 2004, 08:18 AM
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If you're going to go in March I would suggest that you stay in Niagara on the Lake, a short distance away, and split your activities between there and the Falls area. Your activites around the Falls will be limited because of the time of the year, but I think the trip would still be worth it if you spend time in Niagara on the Lake. Nice hotels, restaurants and shopping there.
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The falls is gorgeous any time of the year. Would also recommend the Butterfly Conservatory to get you in a spring mood. it would probably be a good time to visit Niagara on the Lake since it's terribly crowded in summer. I have heard great things about the White Oaks spa but have never been myself.
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