Our very first stop on Day 1 in Niagara Falls was Marineland! It was the girls’ first time there, and they had been excited about for months.
We grabbed a bite to eat when we arrived (as you would expect, the food wasn’t cheap, however Marineland does allow you to bring in your own food, which is a great perk). Here you see the girls analyzing the park map and coming up with a plan!
We also made a stop at Bear Country, where you can observe (at a very close distance) and feed the black bears hanging out at the park. (You can feed deer at Deer Park, too!)
We found that a full afternoon was enough time to see everything we wanted to at Marineland, but if you have kids (or adults) who want to ride every ride, you may want to make a whole day of it. (Admission gates are open from 9:30 – 6 and the park closes just before dark.)
As we were leaving, one of my daughters asked me, “Are you going to write bad things in your blog post too?”
“Of course, if there’s anything my readers need to know. Why, did you think of something?”
“Well, the ‘Park at your own risk’ signs freaked me out.”
I explained to her that in a large – free! – parking lot such as the one at Marineland, owners don’t want to be legally responsible if anyone hits your car or makes a poor choice to break into it. If that was the worst thing about the day, I think we did pretty well!
Top 3 Things About Marineland from Frannie (9 years old):
1. Wave Swinger ride
2. Feeding and petting the belugas
3. Ocean Odyssey ride
Top 3 Things About Marineland from Maggie (7 years old);
1. Feeding and petting the belugas
2. Wave Swinger ride
3. King Waldorf’s Stadium Show
It was time to head to our hotel, the Courtyard Marriott. I’ve reviewed this hotel in the past, and they were kind enough to offer us a great rate for this stay. We love the central location, spacious rooms and free WiFi, plus and they have a great pool and hot tub. Last time we were there it was April, and we only used the indoor pool (which was warm enough this time that even I could swim in it!) On this stay, we took advantage of the beautiful weather and tried the outdoor pool too. I also love that there’s a Keg right in the hotel lobby (where a complete buffet breakfast is served in the mornings, too).
Coming up: Niagara Fun Day 2 – exploring Clifton Hill and the Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show (Niagara’s Must-See Musical)!
Disclosure: We were provided with free admission to Marineland, as well as an interactive beluga session. Opinions are, as always, our own.