After spending some time in our room taking in the beautiful view of the falls, my mom wanted to go out and see the falls closeup. We followed the sign in the lobby for the bridge that connects the Marriott Fallsview to the other side of Portage Road. At first we walked along the trail looking for a way down to Niagara Pkwy, but it became evident the further we walked that there was no connection down other than taking the Niagara Parks Falls Incline Railway. The Incline Railway is not free and each ticket cost $5.50 CAD roundtrip. My parents and I laughed that the Niagara Parks had a good racket going by not putting in any stairs down from the hotel area and forcing everyone to buy a ticket.
After taking the short ride down on the Incline Railway, we headed out to the viewing area through the welcome center. The viewing area/trail goes up right next to Niagara River and Horseshoe Falls. As expected, everyone was jostling to get their shot of the fall and the perfect selfie. After taking pictures near the Horseshoe Falls drop, we walked towards the American Falls. The further we walked away from Horseshoe Falls, the mist from both the Horseshoe Falls and American Falls created a rain like situation. If you linger too long between the two falls, you will get drenched from the mist. I had to be quick with taking pictures to prevent my camera lens and the electronics from getting wet and damaged.
Eventually, my mom got tired of her hair getting all wet and messed up so we headed back to the Incline Railway to go back up and back to the Marriott for the evening appetizer event for Gold and Platinum Marriott Rewards Members. While we did not go, inside the Welcome Center, is the “Journey Behind the Falls” which takes you downstairs via elevator and through old tunnels before coming out to a platform to get up and close to the Horseshoe Falls. Because this wasn’t our first time to the Niagara Falls, we avoided the usual touristy things such as the boat ride up to the falls and Skylon Tower. We did all that 17 years ago when we last visited Niagara Falls.
Later on in the evening, we were having a hard time deciding on what to have for dinner. Eventually I suggested that we go checkout the Fallsview Casino, since it had a bunch of different restaurants and a food court. After doing a walkthrough of the retail and food area, I saw that the Golden Lotus Restaurant was a Chinese Buffet and after some consultation between the three of us, we agreed to eat at Golden Lotus. The buffet was $24.00 CAD but we had to pay $3.00 CAD extra per person since we did not have the PAC card. The price already includes tax. We could have gone into the casino to sign up for the card, but we just paid the extra $9.00 CAD.
As we were walking out of Golden Lotus Restaurant, I told my parents that we should have gone to the Italian or Japanese place instead. Golden Lotus Restaurant inside the Fallsview Casino is best to be avoided if you are not familiar with some Authentic Chinese ingredients and flavors. Again I will emphasize that Golden Lotus Restaurant wasn’t for us but other guests seemed to enjoy it very much. What I don’t like others may think it is delicious and what others think is fabulous, I may think it is repulsive.