When our niece Jean and her husband Patrick offered to treat our family to an overnight at a Niagara Falls water park we jumped at the chance. More than just family, they are good friends and Star Wars fans. Patrick is also a Genesis fan, so we have a lot in common - in fact the rest of the family refers to us as each other's "date". Their three daughters get along great with our two. Having said that, this is not something we have done before, and I don't enjoy crowds.
The kids all had a great time. The place is extremely kid friendly to the point of not having much for adults. The smartest thing we did was go on a beer run upon arrival, because you are basically trapped there once you get going. Not physically, of course, but because you are paying a bundle for the privilege of using the water park facilities and want to get the most of it. That means losing out on what the area surrounding the park has to offer, and dining on what is offered withing the complex: essentially a choice between a $16.00 medium one topping pizza from Pizza Hut express or the $20.00 per head all you can eat buffet.
Living in Buffalo, the Niagara Peninsula has been, until border security has increased, a "suburb" of Buffalo - certainly an easy day trip (and it's still not too bad). So we do, and have done, many fun things there. We have dined at diners, paid excessively for bad food at interesting locations, and had one of the finest meals of or lives. So we didn't miss any thing by being trapped.
But, if we were someplace new . . . .