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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 15 things to do 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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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
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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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Terrapin Point

Terrapin Point

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To take in the majesty of Niagara Falls, there is no better scenic perch than Terrapin Point. This overlook sits adjacent to Horseshoe Falls, so close that visitors come away damp from the mist that rises from the thundering water. Set on the US side of Niagara, the observation area is a must for unforgettable photos of the famous falls.More

Top activities in Niagara Falls

All Attractions Niagara Falls USA Tour Boat Ride and Cave Of Winds
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Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
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Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the 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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A Great American Tour
Sally_M, Aug 2022
Niagara Falls All American Illumination Tour
We learned so much about Niagara Falls and the surrounding area.
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Angela's Adventurers Tour
Chad_S, Aug 2022
Niagara Falls American Side Highlights Tour from USA
We learned so much about the history of Niagara Falls with Angela as our tour guide.
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Randy was a phenomenal...
Joanne_Z, Aug 2022
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Randy has a true passion for history of the Niagara Falls region.
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Great day at Niagara Falls!
Charles_S, Aug 2022
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
We had a great day experiencing both the American and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls.
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Our tour guide, Susan...
MarionSteve_M, Aug 2022
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
She took us to every possible attraction in Niagara Falls, with joy, knowledge, expertise as well as driving skill.
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Breathtaking views and experience.
Roger_L, Aug 2022
Niagara Falls All-American Botique Tour (Small Group max 6)
Niagara Falls was on our bucket list and we finally made the trip.
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We were celebrating our...
Scott_G, Jul 2022
Niagara All American All inclusive Botique small Group Wine Tour
We were celebrating our anniversary in Niagara Falls and decided to book the wine tour.
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Great Day!
Matt_P, Jul 2022
Maid of the Mist Adventure Tour & Cave of the Winds Express-Pass Combo
Darin was an awesome guide and most definitely enhanced our Niagara Falls experience.
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Ron is the best!
Irina_H, Jul 2022
Niagara Falls American Side Highlights Tour from USA
Thank him we learned a lot about the local history and Niagara Falls.
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It was an illumination...
Bobbie_D, Jul 2022
Niagara Falls All American Illumination Tour
It was an illumination tour of Niagara Falls.
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Fun and Adventure
Crystal_V, Jul 2022
Niagara Gorge Scooter Tour
Our guide Gaelen was amazingly friendly and completely knowledgeable about what we were viewing and the history of Niagara Falls at each stop.
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A must if you are in Niagara Falls NY
Miguel_C, Jul 2022
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Very nice experience, a must if you are in Niagara Falls NY.
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Niagara Falls is AMAZING!...
Feliz_S, Jul 2022
USA Maid of the Mist Thrill of Niagara Walking Tour with Guide
Niagara Falls is AMAZING!
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Maid of the Mist
Brett_T, Jul 2022
Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
We enjoyed learning about the history of Niagara Falls.
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Niagara Falls Tour History Lesson
Cara_T, Jul 2022
Niagara Falls Classic All American Tour with Boat and Cave
Learning about the rich history of Niagara Falls as well as getting cooled off on the super hot day at The Cave of the Winds and The Maid of the Mist!
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Great experience!!
Laura_W, Aug 2022
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
This tour is excellent to see everything you need to see in Niagara Falls!
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Great experience
Tiffany_C, Jul 2022
Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
He was super knowledgeable and share tons of info on both sides of the Niagara Falls.
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Cave of the Winds is a must
Pamela_B, Jul 2022
Maid of the Mist Adventure Tour & Cave of the Winds Express-Pass Combo
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable of Niagara Falls history as well.
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Wild ride, best jet boat tour Ever!
Maylin_M, Jul 2022
Niagara Falls USA Open Jet Boat Tour
Our family wanted to experience the waives of the Niagara Falls and loved every minutes....
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Good experience
Angela_A, Jul 2022
Niagara Falls American Side Highlights Tour from USA
I enjoy our trip to Niagara Falls.
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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
US Dollar ($)
Time Zone
EDT (UTC -5)
Country Code
+1
Language(s)
English
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