June 24, 2010

Tourists in Niagara: Amusement

Welcome to Clifton Hill, the amusement and entertainment area just above Niagara Falls. My husband and I took a ride on the SkyWheel, which gives a fantastic view of the falls and the river.

the SkyWheel at Niagara Falls


Clifton Hill is a street full of amusement centers, restaurants, gift shops, themed attractions and hotels. Though my husband and I didn't go to any of the attractions, I had great fun looking at all the outrageous signs and displays. I think the House of Frankenstein is a haunted house, but poor Mr Monster was forced (notice the chains) to sell burgers at the neighboring Burger King so I have no idea who's doing the scaring in the mansion.

Frankenstein's monster selling Burger King at Niagara Falls


My favorite building was Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, designed as a toppled-over tower with a view of the pipes underneath the building. But someone has to explain to me how the car managed to stay on the street.

Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum at Niagara Falls


Is there anything else that Ripley's could have considered to place on top of the tower's spire?

Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum at Niagara Falls


Even if you don't play, the architecture and interior design of Fallsview Casino Resort is worth the visit. Though it also has shops and a theater. This is the upper part of the fountain in the lobby—Victorian Era meets Industrial Age.

the fountain at Fallsview Casino Resort at Niagara Falls


I love the dome over the escalators that lead down to the food court and the promenade overlooking the falls.

glass dome at Fallsview Casino Resort at Niagara Falls

22 comments:

Jacob said...

You should be a tourism director. These are all wonderful photographs and give the viewer a real sense of what you experienced! Beautiful post.

Re your comment on Ocala DP: I think the horse is proportioned properly...the problem is probably the angle at which I took the shot.

Al said...

It's been so long since I've been to Niagara (over 20 years) that none of this stuff was there! I need to make another trip back with my wife and children one of these years.

Olivier said...

j'adore l'enseigne pour le burger ;)

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Love your photo of the ferris wheel. Great angle and industrial detail. Did you know that the Ferris Wheel was introduced at the Chicago Expo of 1893? It was conceived as the American answer to the Eiffel Tower from the Paris Expo of 1889. At least, that's what I read in "The Devil in the White City."

lewi14 said...

Amusement is necessary indeed.

Pam said...

Fun pictures, and looks like you had a very fun day!

Louis la Vache said...

What a hoot: the Burger King and Ripley's!

Château-Gontierdailyphoto said...

I have taken time to enlarge your pictures, it's full of small interesting details. I hope you had good time there.

VP said...

Wonderful set of images and... I NEED a Whopper!

Cezar and Léia said...

Lots of fun there, wow this place is amazing!
I love your last picture, fabulous angle!
Léia

Luckaa said...

I love the picture of the wheel!

the donG said...

applause to the first and last photos! galing!

brattcat said...

Fun post, Hilda. You are a welcome guest in any city, I think.

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

There are several photos here that are just marvelous and you must have had a hard time trying to decide what to shoot next.

Princess Sarah said...

I wish to visit this place too. Thanks for the visit Hilda... Blessings!

Lois said...

This place looks like so much fun! I would not have been able to resist going into Ripley's.

Kaori said...

I love that dome in your last photo! Very classy :D

arabesque said...

i think frankenstein's cute in his pose don;t you think?! ^0^
oh! the structure's are all just interesting to looked at,
i love the inverted car, for awhile, i thought i was looking at it the wrong way.
such ingenuity on each of them,
sigh! i wish we have that here too...:(

mia said...

Lucky you you got to see all the beautiful architecture!!!

George said...

Thanks for showing a part of Niagara Falls that we did not see while we were there. Some of these were built after our visit and others we just didn't have time to see. I guess we'll have to go back.

AB said...

Nice perspective on the Ferris wheel

I-5 Design & Manufacture said...

What a very impressive dome and water fall. It has a very classic feel for a casino and that would make it a very nice experience. I also really like the lights in the fountain. Thank you for sharing these.