Many tourists find that spending one day in Niagara Falls is enough time; however, we enjoyed 2½ days in the area. We arrived about 5:30 P.M. and spent the evening sitting in our hotel room (see Niagara Falls Marriott Fallsview review) gazing out the window. The next morning we drove along the Niagara Parkway, north toward Niagara- on- the- Lake. We stopped at the Botanical Gardens (free) and enjoyed visiting the Butterfly Conservatory (about $12 each). We had planned on spending more time in the gardens; however, it was a chilly, rainy, blustery day and just not enjoyable to walk around outside. The floral clock was an interesting stop. It is cared for by the students at the School of Horticulture.
Wineries and fruit orchards dot the area. We stopped at Walker’s Country Market where we decided to have dessert first and my husband quickly chose a warm mini apple pie. I chose a date bar that was yummy. We also bought some local apples to snack on later.
Niagara- on- the- Lake is considered one of the country’s prettiest and best-preserved Victorian towns (according to Fodor’s). It borders Lake Ontario at the mouth of the Niagara River. The rainy weather did not deter the tourists from visiting this quaint town. The brightly colored umbrellas added to the sights and the wind had died down so they didn’t blow away. There are lots of shops and restaurants to suit all tastes. Since we had already had dessert, we decided to try a sandwich at Taste, advertised to be a healthy alternative. Our sandwich was called Pig in a Poke. Pulled pork and caramelized apples made a winning combination. Their sandwiches come in boxes which could be recycled. We thoroughly enjoyed our day, but were anxious to return to the hotel so we could gaze out the window.