And on arrival, we were warmly welcomed with the amicable staff working there who ushered us to the rooms we had booked. Since we were there for a day, we maximized our time by swimming in their prestigious swimming pool, visiting their fishing pier, and taking boat trips.
When the sun was setting, we went to their hotel where we managed to sample lots of food and drinks. We then went and momentarily sat by the tents in the camp and gazed at the beauty of the night as we talked to each other.
We then concluded the night by going to the room we had booked, watched some television after taking a bath, and then finally slept. The next morning as we left Court RV Park, I could not help by feel that I had enjoyed my vacation.
We were able to witness Cosmo creating some awesome art and even purchased a piece. He creates his artwork in front of crowds on the street with spray paint on canvas. They are amazing scenes. Most have a starry universe theme to them but he also made some with castles in the background. It is a stunning site to see.
The next morning we got to Six Flags the moment it opened. Fortunately for us we went on a day that was lightly raining. No thunder, no lightening, and a perfect temperature. I guess because of the rain parents were reluctant to let their kids go to the park so that made it so much easier to get onto the rides. We rode all day and stayed until closing time.
The next day we decided to go to the Dallas Zoo before we left. It wasn’t until then that we realized how tired we actually were from the day at Six Flags. We slowly walked through the zoo taking pictures and checking out the animals. It ended up being one of the best trips we have taken especially since we managed to make it a keep it cheap vacation destination.
We stayed at the Marriott’s Residence Inn in Center City. Our room slept the five of us easily with two beds and a sleeper sofa. The room also had a kitchen, so we saved money by cooking most of our meals. We spent a day walking through South Street, stopping at the magnificent Magic Gardens -- a mosaic garden oasis created by a local artist. We also made sure to try an authentic Philly Cheese Steak!
We stopped by the Philadelphia Museum of Art; however we did not go into the museum itself. We simply climbed the steps a la Rocky. We did go to the Mutter Museum, though, which features a collection of medical oddities and historical surgical tools.
And, of course, we saw the Liberty Bell. The home of the Bell is a little hokey, but it is interesting to learn about the Liberty Bell as a symbol throughout American history. We had a fabulous time and I spent probably less than $100 for the entire weekend!
Niagara Falls, one of nature’s most awesome wonders, can be enjoyed on a budget for those watching their pennies. Most of the most spectacular attractions are free of charge, which includes the wondrous vistas on both sides of the Niagara River. However, with careful budgeting and resourceful research, bargains are available both online and through the local hotels for package deals that include admission to the hot tourist attractions.
You should definitely consider climbing aboard the “Maid of the Mist,” which is an exhilarating boat ride under the falls. Also not to be missed is a trip through the “Cave of the Winds,” which offers thrilling vistas and wild and wonderful experience.
Another place that provides hours of enjoyment is the world-famous “Butterfly Conservatory” where beautifully colored winged creatures fly free and land on your fingers, shoulders and in your hair. And both children and adults will enjoy the whirlpool “Aero Car” which carries you over the swirling waters of the Niagara River.
Adults will enjoy the myriad of entertainment options, especially on the Canadian side, where gaming is legal and casinos dot the waterfront. Children will never be bored – there is something on every corner to delight inquisitive minds.
The Canadian side of Niagara Falls is probably my favorite, since hotels and motels at every price range are within walking distance of the falls. Look for special deals and values when making reservations.
I got a great package deal at the Sheraton Fallsview, which included free breakfasts, one dinner at their rooftop restaurant overlooking the falls, tickets to all the major attractions, free parking and a complimentary fruit and cheese basket upon check in. In addition, at the time I went, the monetary exchange rate was very favorable, so I saved about 10 percent in the process.
Niagara Falls is a great escape for a long weekend but can also support a week or more of touring. There are many things to see and do within 10 or 15 miles of the falls, so with a little bit of planning, you can pack in quite a lot of fun into this ideal cheap vacation destination.