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Welcome to Niagara Falls

Straddling the international border between the American state of New York and the Canadian province of Ontario, Niagara Falls is arguably one of the most famous waterfalls in the world. The section of the falls accessible from the American side (the aptly named American Falls) is separated from its northern neighbor by the uninhabited Goat Island, itself accessible by two bridges carrying foot, car, and train traffic. There are almost countless things to do in the area, but the main spectacle is the falls itself and the best use of one’s time is found in taking advantage of the various methods of observing this extraordinary natural phenomenon.

Top 9 attractions in Niagara Falls

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Cave of the Winds

Cave of the Winds

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At the Cave of the Winds observation decks, thrill-seeking visitors can get within 20 feet (6 meters) of the thundering Niagara Falls for an experience that feels like the inside of a tropical storm with torrents of water cascading down and winds up to 68 mph (109 kph). Safe to say, you’ll probably get wet.More
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Maid of the Mist Steamboat

Maid of the Mist Steamboat

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You can't get any closer to the thundering cascades of Niagara Falls than on a Maid of the Mist boat tour. The little steamboats have been chugging away into the falls' misty sprays since 1846, making this one of the area’s oldest tourist attractions. Be prepared to get up close and personal with the highest-flow-rate waterfall in the world—and to get wet, which is all part of the unforgettable Maid of the Mist experience.More
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Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

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The smallest of the three waterfalls that comprise world-famous Niagara Falls, Bridal Veil Falls is anything but small. Located on the US side of the falls, the 56-foot-wide (17-meter-wide) waterfall thunders over a 78-foot (24-meter) drop. Its frothy white cascade is reminiscent of a bride’s veil, hence the falls’ name.More
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Three Sisters Islands

Three Sisters Islands

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In Niagara Falls State Park, three footbridges link Goat Island to the Three Sisters Islands. From there, you can see impressive views of the rapids of the Niagara River racing toward the falls. It’s a peaceful place to take a walk amid the highly popular park and town of Niagara Falls, New York.More
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Whirlpool State Park

Whirlpool State Park

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Whirlpool State Park proves that the Niagara region’s natural beauty doesn’t end with Niagara Falls. With hiking trails, picnic tables, Niagara River views, and an impressive whirlpool, this park is a great place to spend a few hours. Thanks to the highly oxygenated water, there’s good salmon and trout fishing here, too.More
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Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls

Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls

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Founded in 1996, the Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls USA is located just minutes from the iconic falls. Part of the global rock ‘n’ roll-themed restaurant chain, and one of two Hard Rock Cafes in the area, Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls USA offers traditional American fare, a full bar, and authentic music memorabilia.More
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Aquarium of Niagara

Aquarium of Niagara

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Established in 1965 by scientists, the Aquarium of Niagara has grown to become a charming and educational place to spend some time in Niagara Falls, New York. More than just a museum, the aquarium is a rescue center for injured sea animals and is home to seals, Humboldt penguins, and all kinds of fish.More
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Devil's Hole State Park

Devil's Hole State Park

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Devil’s Hole State Park is a peaceful place to relax after visiting thunderous Niagara Falls or when exploring the Niagara Gorge. The 42-acre (17-hectare) park has picnic areas, hiking trails, and fishing spots. Just north of Niagara Falls, New York, it overlooks the Devil’s Hole Rapids on the Niagara River and has views across to Canada.More
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Niagara Adventure Theater

Niagara Adventure Theater

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Discover the history, legends, and stories behind Niagara Falls with a showing of Niagara: Legends of Adventure at the Niagara Adventure Theater. Featuring a state-of-the-art digital projection and surround sound system, the theater delivers an immersive movie experience and a great introduction to the majestic falls.More

Top activities in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls All American Illumination Tour
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Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
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Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
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Best of Niagara Falls, USA Tour + Helicopter Ride
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All Niagara Falls USA Tour And Maid of Mist Boat Ride
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Discovery Niagara Falls USA Tour with Boat & Cave of winds
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Recent reviews from experiences in Niagara Falls

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Excellent tour
Jose_T, Jun 2022
Niagara Falls American Tour Maid Of Mist Boat And More
Our guide had a lot of knowledge about Niagara Falls.
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Fantastic day at the falls
Jorge_A, Jun 2022
Best of Niagara Falls, USA Tour + Helicopter Ride
Great day at the Niagara Falls , very well organized and efficient, Erik the guide was fun to do the tour , we maximize the time going to key places before the crowds, helicopters ride is a blast
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I would definitely...
Wala_S, Jun 2022
Best of Niagara Falls, USA, Cave of the Winds
I would definitely recommend this tour for anybody visiting Niagara Falls.
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Wonderful experience.
Brian_P, Jun 2022
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
Niagara Falls was a lifetime experience.
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Uncle Mo’s Family Day
Patricia_C, Jun 2022
Niagara Falls American Tour Maid Of Mist Boat And More
We throughly enjoyed our tour of the Niagara Falls with ‘Uncle Mo’.
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Highly Recommend.
PATRICIA_B, Jun 2022
Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
We went on tour with OVER THE FALLS tour co.
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Great sites
Karen_S, Jun 2022
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Must do if in Niagara Falls !
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Great Trip!
Allison_L, Jun 2022
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
We had so much fun visiting all the Niagara Falls games locations!
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This tour is very...
Krishna_G, Jun 2022
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
This tour is very detailed of Niagara Falls Please provide water bottles to travelers since it is 8 hr tour .
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Our tour guy was so nice...
raadsahhar92, Jun 2022
Niagara Falls Classic All American Tour with Boat and Cave
Our tour guy was so nice , he have so much information about the Niagara Falls history His name was eduardo Really thanks eduardo
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Worth the trip!
Tawon_H, Jun 2022
All-Inclusive Niagara Falls USA Tour with Boat Ride
The tour guide the tour the boat ride all of it learning about the history of Niagara falls the people Everything was so wonderful!
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I really loved the Maid...
Stephanie_H, May 2022
Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Can’t wait to return to Niagara Falls!
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Marilyn_C, May 2022
Niagara Falls American Side Highlights Tour from USA
Shelly was professional, personable, and thorough in explaining Niagara Falls and the local area.
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Great tour!!
Nancy_L, Apr 2022
Niagara's Fall/Winter Wonderland All-American Tour "Small Group"
We learned so much history about Niagara Falls and our guide was not only informative but very personable!
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Whirlpool Dry Jet Boat is a Total Blast!
Jennifer_M, Jun 2022
Niagara Whirlpool Inside Dry Jet Boat Tour
A must do in the Niagara Falls area.
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Breathtaking!
Soljane_M, Jun 2022
All Niagara Falls USA Tour Maid of Mist Boat & So Much More
Moe makes everyone feel like family, shared tips on navigating the area, but the Falls were spectacular!
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Great Customer Service
Tammy_S, Jun 2022
Small group niagara falls tour (12 max)
While we were unable to actually go on the trip due to flight issues and not arriving in time, David was very helpful in providing us with the details we needed to still ensure that we were able to take in all the best things of Niagara Falls.
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Can’t Wait To Do It Again !!!!
Miguel_G, May 2022
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
We had an absolute great time during our visit to Cave Of The Winds Niagara Falls New York !
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Bucket List Item- Check!
Tiffany_G, Jun 2022
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
He kept us laughing and entertained while we saw all the amazing sites of Niagara Falls!
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Great tour to learn about the Niagara Falls!
Leslie_G, Apr 2022
The Cave of the Winds USA Adventure Tour
Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable, friendly and went out of his way to show us other places along the Niagara Falls even after the Cave of Winds.
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All about Niagara Falls

When to visit

While Niagara Falls cascades year-round, summer is the ideal time to view attractions such as Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds under sunny skies. Just be prepared to share the view with crowds and book hotels well in advance. Fall offers more elbow room plus harvest season events including the Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival and Oktoberfest.

Currency
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Time Zone
EDT (UTC -5)
Country Code
+1
Language(s)
English
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