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Cinderella Motel & Campsite, near Buffalo, New York

Cinderella Motel & Campsite, near Buffalo, New York

A Target Destination on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour

By Jim Fulton

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I spent a week at Cinderella Motel & Campsite, on Grand Island, across the Niagara River from Buffalo New York. I came to visit Buffalo's Museum of Science, but also to witness for myself the grandeur of Niagara Falls.

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Id Flights_GFT_2018_0925
Title Cinderella Motel & Campsite, near Buffalo, New York
Subtitle A Target Destination on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour
Keywords Buffalo, New York, Cinderella Motel & Campsite, Buffalo Museum of Science, Niagara Falls
Author Jim Fulton
Author's URL https://fenixnest/Phoenix/
Copyright 2018
Status Development Began: 2018/2/19
Last Revised 2018-10-21

Buffalo, New York

Arrived 2018/9/25
Day of Tour 430
Nights Stayed 7
Departed 20128/10/2
Map miles from last stop 72
Mileage on arrival 43,650
Actual miles from last stop 98
Accumulated miles for trip 25,479

I spent a week at Cinderella Motel & Campsite, on Grand Island, across the Niagara River from Buffalo New York. I came to visit Buffalo's Museum of Science, but also to witness for myself the grandeur of Niagara Falls.

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Buffalo, New York

Buffalo is famous for its cold winters and deep, lake-effect snows. Fortunately - and by deliberate planning - I didn't come to the city to witness that weather for myself. What I experienced was early fall, mild temperatures and cool nights.

The Journey to Buffalo

A gray, drizzly day to move my trailer, but I didn't have far to go from Toronto to Buffalo, only 72 miles, about an hour and a half. But I ended up back in the States, with good old-fashioned miles instead of kilometers. I'm going to have to be careful not to automatically translate speed limits down from km to miles, as I've been in the habit of doing. Other drivers might be impatient with my driving 50 kph instead of 50 mph.

Another perk: I have an updated edition of my cellular WiFi router, and don't have to rely on campground WiFi Of course there are a few places where cell service is too poor for even that to work, but for the most part I will again have all four devices connected: computer, phone, tablet, and TV.

The Cinderella Campsite, where I stayed, is on Grand Island, which splits the Niagara River in its rush from Lake Erie, over the Falls, and on to Lake Ontario. This put me conveniently between Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

Map of Journey to Buffalo

Map to Buffalo
Route of Journey to Buffalo, New York, from Toronto, Ontario

Cinderella Motel & Campsite

I chose Cinderella because it was substantially cheaper than the KOA down the street. It was a pleasant campground, with a large, well-wooded, park-like area for family activities. It was convenient both to Buffalo and to Niagara Falls. The manager was very friendly and helpful.

However, the campground was built on a very old model of what a camp site should be. T

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Cinderella Motel & Campsite
Cinderella Motel & Campsite
Cinderella Motel & Campsite
Cinderella Motel & Campsite
Cinderella Motel & Campsite
Cinderella Motel & Campsite
Address 2797 Grand Island Blvd
Grand Island, NY 14072
Home Page http://www.cinderellacampground.com/
Phone ‭(716) 773-4095
Associations
  • none
Rate (net US$) $36
Pros
  • Well-wooded, park-like
Cons
  • Tiny sites, closely packed
  • Deep puddles after rain
Reviews (as of 2018/1/27)
Reviewer Rating Out of
RV Park Reviews 7.2 Good 10
Good Sam 5 10
KOA n/a 5
Tripadvisor 3 5
Phoenix 4 10
  Site Type back-in  
  Site Size 3 10
  Ease of Access 4 10
  WiFiPhoenix 7 10

Points of Interest

There were two places I wanted to see during my stay near Buffalo: The Buffalo Museum of Science, to expand my collection of fossils, and Niagara Falls, to see what all the hype is about.

Buffalo Museum of Science

Like many municipal institutions, the Museum of Science is old and underfunded. It has some interesting exhibits, and I managed to get into an exhilarating conversation with a volunteer who was working on her personal collection of trilobite fossils. But their fossil collection is too small, and their other science exhibits are too low-tech, for the museum to attract many repeat visitors from older youngsters.

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Buffalo Museum of Science
Albertosaurus sarcophagus
Late Cretaceous (about 70 MYA)
Buffalo Museum of Science
Buffalo Museum of Science
Albertosaurus sarcophagus
Late Cretaceous (about 70 MYA)
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Buffalo Museum of Science
Albertosaurus sarcophagus
Late Cretaceous (about 70 MYA)
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Buffalo Museum of Science
Albertosaurus sarcophagus
Late Cretaceous (about 70 MYA)
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Buffalo Museum of Science
Rhamphorhynchus munsteri
Late Triassic (about 228 MYA)
Buffalo Museum of Science

Niagara Falls

Snoqualmie Falls, east of Seattle, at 270 feet, is higher by half than Niagara Falls, at 167 feet, but Niagara, which dumps 85,000 cubic feet of water per second, is by far the more awesome.

I invested in a tour that let me see all three spans of the falls – the American, Bridal Veil Falls, and the Horseshoe Falls – from both the American side and the Canadian side of the Niagara River. It also put me on the Maid of the Mist boat and Behind the Falls, so I could see them up close and personal (and wet!)

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Onward

My next stop after leaving Buffalo was Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from which I will visit the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

At this point in my journey, family matters interceded, and I rescheduled my itinerary to return to the Seattle area before November, and especially before the snow flies in the mountains. This has dulled my anticipation for local tourist activities. This week in Buffalo and next in Pittsburgh were the last of my just enjoying the journey. From then on, I'll focus on the destination.

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