This past fall, our family decided to visit Niagara Falls.

This past fall, our family decided to visit Niagara Falls. Since we already had our passports, getting there was a pretty easy process. If you're considering a visit there, than be sure you're prepared. After traveling a few hours with the family, you certainly don't want to get to the border to find out you needed more paperwork. Trust me on this, be prepared. Visit www.travel.state.gov to get all the details on what you need to cross the border. Our visit began with a close-up look at the pounding Canadian Horseshoe Falls, looking right over the brink at Table Rock Point. We arrived in the evening so it was a perfect time to check out the falls when they were illuminated. Table Rock is the gathering place where every year over 11 million visitors come to witness first-hand the thundering water rushing over the brink of the falls. This breathtaking view at the edge of the rushing cascade has thrilled visitors for many years. I understand that in the summer it can become crowded, but our fall visit was perfect for beating the crowds and enjoying the crisp air.Entertainment at Niagara Falls has become more plentiful over the years. To get the most out of the vacation, considering purchasing a Niagara Falls and Great Gorge Adventure Pass. The Adventure Pass provides an economical way to take in Niagara's most popular attractions Niagara's Fury: The Creation of the Falls, Journey Behind the Falls, Maid of the Mist and the White Water Walk. Getting there is easy too, with 2-days unlimited travel on the step-on, step-off people mover bus and the Falls Incline Railway. This is perfect for families. One word of advice, consider using a smaller stroller if possible. [Folding the large ones up quickly can be a challenge. The top adventure pass allows you to take in the following:Niagara's Fury: The Creation of the Falls: Travel back in time 10,000 years to experience the creation of the falls. Witness the power and beauty of nature in 4D as the history of Niagara is revealed. You'll feel like you were actually there when Niagara's Great Gorge was formed! Journey Behind the Falls: The sound is like thunder, the sight awe-inspiring! Take a journey deep below and behind the heart of Niagara and stand right in the mist and spray. You'll be amazed by the mighty Horseshoe Falls crashing down from 13 stories above you! Maid of the Mist: Water rushes all around as you "soak" in the excitement of this half-hour thrill of a lifetime! Since 1846, millions of visitors have taken a ride on North America's oldest tourist attraction, the world-famous Maid of the Mist. Open seasonally.White Water Walk: Discover raging white water deep in the Niagara Great Gorge. Stroll the boardwalk at the very edge of the pounding water.There are plenty of hotels and restaurants in the area to ensure you have a great stay. We chose to stay and dine as close to the falls as we could get. After all, that's why we were there. The Sheraton offered both great views and parking (which is an absolute must when traveling with the kids in tow). Elements on the Falls says it's the closet dining you can get to the falls. And we found that it certainly did offer both a great meal and view. The restaurant is located next to Horseshoe Falls and the atmosphere is casual elegance. So while we chose to go out for dinner, we were comfortable in our sweaters and khakis. We also found the wait staff to be attentive and helpful despite the large dinner crowd. Our whole family enjoyed the experience at Elements.While Niagara Falls may be where your parents honeymooned, the area has changed. One thing that hasn't changed the thrill of seeing the falls. For more information, please visit www.Niagarafallstourism.com.