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Three Night Getaway- Day 3: Niagara Falls Day Trip

We are back home, after a three-night getaway. We spent October 23 through October 26 at Airbnb “LaVida Cottage” in the town of Newfane. This blog post is about our third day at the cottage. You may read about our first and second day at the cottage here and here.

We left LaVida Cottage at 8:30 am en route Niagara Falls.  We stopped at Whirlpool State Park, before arriving at Niagara Falls.  At Whirlpool State Park we walked a short way to a scenic overlook.  

The Whirlpool at Whirlpool State Park

This was our first visit to Whirlpool State Park. Someday we would like to ride the Spanish Aero Car, seen in the top left portion of this picture, and see the whirlpools from that vantage point.

In Niagara Falls we parked at Niagara Falls State Park.  Our Empire Pass enabled us to park for free.   It had been 3 years since we last visited Niagara Falls.  This visit was a little confusing, as a new Welcome Center is under construction.  In the past we have walked through the Welcome Center to go to Prospect Point for our first view of the waterfalls. The old Welcome Center still stands but is blocked off by construction fencing. Once we got our bearings, all was good.  By the way, the new Welcome Center is expected to be completed in Spring 2023.

Prospect Point
American and Horseshoe Falls

In past visits to Niagara Falls we walk from Prospect Point to Goat Island to see Bridal Falls and Horseshoe Falls.  On this visit we drove to Goat Island, as my arthritic knee was hurting.  

Luna Island – Bob at the top of Bridal Falls
Luna Island
Bridal Falls and American Falls
Goat Island
Bridal Falls and American Falls
Horseshow Falls at Terrapin Point

I think we spent only an hour enjoying the falls, undoubtedly the less amount of time that we have spent in Niagara Falls.

We drove from Niagara Falls to Cafora’s Pizza and Pasteria in Newfane, where we enjoyed lunch.  Bob ordered baked ziti with meatball.  I ordered lasagna.  Salads and Italian bread accompanied our meals.

After lunch we returned to LaVida Cottage, where we stayed for rest of the afternoon and the evening.  Dinner was leftovers.

We returned home the next day around 11:30 am.

It was a very relaxing and enjoyable 3-night getaway.

11 Responses to “Three Night Getaway- Day 3: Niagara Falls Day Trip”

  1. Eileen Wise

    Beautiful photos of the falls, the rainbow is lovely. Sounds like a great getaway.
    Take care, enjoy your day and a happy new week!

    Reply
  2. Betsy

    Niagara is always gorgeous no matter what season one is there.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

    Reply
  3. Snowbrush

    Linda, I saw your comment on Joe’s blog, and thought I would say hello. I see that you and Joe live in same part of the country and that you and your spouses both enjoy traveling. I wish you well.

    Reply
  4. Beatrice

    We have only been to Niagara Falls once and it was when we lived in VA. We would like tob return again, but maybe best to wait until the Welcome Center is done in 2023. The fall colors were beautiful, Linda.

    Reply
  5. DeniseinVA

    What a wonderful trip this must have been. Great photos and I remember the whirlpool from a few years ago. You brought some good memories back, thanks Linda!

    Reply

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