Thinking about visiting Toronto and Niagara Falls with our son, daughter in law and two teenage grandchildren in mid to late August . Would this area be a good place to stay for a couple of nights?
First - Niagara Falls & Niagara-on-the-Lake are TWO separate and distinct locations.
Niagara on the Lake is a small heritage community focused on high-end restaurants, boutique shops, spas, live theatre, and local wineries.
I would suggest a full 24 hours for Niagara Falls...longer is you plan to visit the surrounding wine region.
You could spend an entire week in Toronto and still have plenty to see & do !
As for your grand-children...
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Toronto and Niagara Falls are two distinct areas, they are 120 km apart. It takes 90 minutes to 2 hours to travel between them depending on the time if day and the traffic conditions.
Are you flying into Toronto? Or driving across the border?
We are flying into Toronto and plan to spend the night of our arrival in the city. We will rent a car and drive to Niagara Falls and I think all of us would enjoy spending an overnight at the Falls. I was looking at your town as a place to spend a night as traveling back to Toronto for another overnight before flying home. Total of four nights will most likely suit us all. I appreciate your assistance.
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Given you are posting in the Niagara on the Lake forum I am assuming you are thinking of staying at Niagara on the lake for a couple of nights? NOTL is a quiet historic town with great restaurants, wineries and world class live theatre. Check out the Shaw Festival. Personally I prefer staying in NOTL but maybe your grandkids would enjoy Niagara Falls touristy and somewhat carny atmosphere. There is an amusement park area with kitschy fun houses and wax museum and rides plus all the action around the Falls. You can always spend a bit of time in NOTL on the way back to Toronto.
If you're grand kids like anything Christmas they might enjoy the Christmas shop in NOTL. The name escapes me at 5:36 a.m. From the outside the size of the shop is deceiving. It is a HUGE shop filled with a multitude of ornaments and all things Christmassy. I literally spent hours and a small fortune in there.
You should stay in Toronto and just catch one of the tour buses for a day trip to Niagara Falls. It basically only takes a day to do the tourist attractions there. Downtown Toronto has way more to do.
Not sure it makes sense to unpack & pack up again for one night. Pick one or the other to stay for the two nights. As noted, the two communities are quite different... maybe let the grandkids do a bit of research and decide which they prefer ... always good to start kids off on travel planning early. While NOTL tends to appeal to a more adult audience, there are still things to do there for young people - Fort George, window shopping, ghost walks, etc. Even take in a play at the Shaw festival - they have a few plays on that appeal for younger audiences.Edited: 23 May 2018, 08:24