For those who want to experience Niagara Falls up close, a tour of Cave of the Winds is a must. In fact, the excursion takes you as close to the falls as you can possibly get. Sporting a souvenir poncho, you’ll descend 175 feet (53 meters) via elevator into Niagara Gorge, where you’ll follow the Niagara River to the Hurricane Deck. Here you’ll learn where the platform gets its name, as Bridal Veil Falls creates conditions similar to a tropical storm, with winds reaching up to 68 mph (109 kph). Feel the torrents of water from the cascading falls wash over you from only 20 feet (6 meters) away as you truly experience the power of Niagara Falls. Many people even liken the experience to being inside of a hurricane. It’s safe to say you will get wet when experiencing the Cave of the Winds.
Interestingly, the actual cave -- nicknamed Aeolus' Cave after the Greek God of the Winds -- is no longer there, as it was destroyed in 1954 after a serious rock fall followed by a dynamite explosion. Today, visitors are taken in front of Bridal Veil Falls instead of behind it.
Keep in mind this experience is seasonal, as the walkways and decks are taken down in November to be rebuilt for summer. This is because winter weather in Niagara Falls is severe and can damage these platforms.
Tours to Cave of the Winds depart from Goat Island on the U.S. side. The attraction is open daily from 9am to 7:30pm. Tickets are $11 for adults, $8 for children 6 to 12, and free for children under 6. Cave of the Winds operates from May to November.
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