After a wonderful, but buggy stay in Syracuse, I was more than ready to check our next stop – Niagara Falls!
I’ve always wanted to see the famous falls but I’ve also learned an important lesson – if I want to do something, make sure it’s a short drive from the campsite.
Which is why I was beyond thrilled to find a state park campground just 20 minutes from the Falls! Fourmile Creek Campground is located in Youngstown, NY, and offers electric and non-electric sites, many on the banks of Lake Ontario. (I definitely had the old H.O.M.E.S. moniker from grade school running around my head).
We chose a site that was close to the washroom as this campground doesn’t offer sewer or water hook-ups (and trust me, you don’t want a long walk to the bathroom in the cold).
The next day we headed to the falls. First, we stopped at a Goodwill to get some warmer clothes for the boys (it was 52F out and I’d heard it was cooler at the Falls).
We decided to visit the Canadian side of the Falls – I’d heard it was a better place to view them. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. TIP: make sure you have your passport or you won’t be able to visit the Canadian side.
We parked at the Welcome Center, located next to Horseshoe Falls. I loved that there was a huge walkway all along the falls giving us the chance to see all of them safely with the kids.
Both boys fell asleep, giving Damon and me the chance to enjoy the Falls and take lots of pictures. We even saw a rainbow.
By the time we’d gotten to the end of the area, the kids we’re awake and we were all ready for lunch. Fortunately, we were in an area full of restaurants, so we didn’t have to walk very far.
Both boys were awake for the walk back. They’re both a little young to be interested, but they did enjoy walking around.
We made it back to the trailer very tired and hungry. While Damon and I wanted to sleep, mini-man wanted to play. Unfortunately, he got into some soap while we weren’t looking and tried to drink. We think we caught him in time, but he still got an upset stomach.
Due to a long night trying to get mini-man to sleep, the next day was a campground day.
Fortunately, this turned out to be great. By staying at the campground, we were able to enjoy their playground. The one near our site was built for toddlers and mini-man loved it. He even learned a few new ways to slide.
All-in-all, a wonderful stop. Next stop, the city where Damon went to college – Pittsburgh!