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Cave of the Winds Tours

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Cave of the Winds
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.

The Basics
A Cave of the Winds tour is a must for those who want to experience Niagara Falls up close. Though the cave that once existed behind Bridal Veil Falls is no longer, the site now features wooden observation decks that allow visitors to experience the powerful, thundering water. The journey begins on the US side of the falls, with a 175-foot (53-meter) elevator descent down Niagara Gorge to the level of the Niagara River. From there, visitors can venture onto the aptly named Hurricane Deck or keep their distance on a platform 150 feet (46 meters) from the base of the falls.

For an in-depth experience, combine your Cave of the Winds tour with a ride on the famed Maid of the Mist boat or a trip to Prospect Point Observation Tower. A half-day tour of Niagara’s American side allows visitors to explore highlights such as Goat Island and the Mighty Whirlpool, while a full-day tour also features Canadian attractions such as Skylon Tower. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Tours to Cave of the Winds depart from Goat Island in New York on the US side of the falls.
  • You will get very wet when experiencing the Cave of the Winds—be sure to use the provided rain poncho, and consider bringing a light jacket and change of clothes.
  • Cave of the Winds has a deck set 150 feet (46 meters) from the falls that is specifically designed for wheelchair users and adults with small kids.

How to Get There
Niagara Falls State Park is located along the US–Canada border. To get there, most visitors fly into Buffalo Niagara International Airport or drive in on Interstate 90. Cave of the Winds tours leave from Goat Island, roughly 15 minutes by road from Niagara Falls, New York. All-day parking is available on Goat Island for a small fee. Most full-day and half-day tour options include pickup from local hotels. 

When to Get There
Cave of the Winds only operates from May through November, as the wooden walkways and decks are taken down in late autumn to prevent potential damage from ice and snow. The site is open daily from 9am to 7:30pm; opt for an early visit to avoid crowds.

History and Legend
The original Cave of the Winds was a naturally formed cave behind Bridal Veil Falls. Discovered in 1834, it was first named Aeolus' Cave after the Greek god of winds. The cave was roughly 130 feet (40 meters) high, 100 feet (30 meters) wide, and 30 feet (9 meters) in depth, but in 1954, it was destroyed by a rock slide caused by a nearby dynamite explosion.
Address: Cave of the Winds, Niagara Falls, NY, USA
Hours: Varies by season
Admission: Adult: $7; Child (Ages 6-12): $5
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Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides

Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides

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Some Niagara Falls tours are American and some are Canadian. Not this one. Get the full experience from both sides of the border on this deluxe tour of everything Niagara Falls has to offer. Visit all the must-see Niagara Falls attractions, from the thrilling Maid of the Mist boat cruise to the exciting Cave of the Winds walk—even a trip to the top of the Skylon Tower and much more. All attraction and admission fees, plus hotel transfers and road tolls are included. Food and beverages are at your own expense.
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  • 7 hours
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Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride

Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride

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Get as close as possible to Niagara Falls on this escape to one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders. Feel the powerful rush of the falls from the Prospect Point Observation Tower, overlooking the American falls. Take a journey to the edge of the rushing water — by boat on the Maid of the Mist and by land on the Cave of the Winds walking adventure.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Best of Niagara Falls, USA, Maid of the Mist+Cave of the Winds Private Safe Tour

Best of Niagara Falls, USA, Maid of the Mist+Cave of the Winds Private Safe Tour

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Discover Niagara Falls’ best side on this 4-hour comprehensive tour from Niagara Falls, New York. Avoid the crowds on a small-group tour of seven people or fewer that lets you explore the falls in four popular and distinct ways: view from the walkways of Cave of the Winds, ride aboard the Maid of the Mist, travel to Goat Island, and see the falls from the American Observation Tower.
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  • 4 hours
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All-Inclusive Niagara Falls USA Tour Maid Of Mist Boat Cave of Wind

All-Inclusive Niagara Falls USA Tour Maid Of Mist Boat Cave of Wind

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Ride aboard the World Famous Maid of the Mist Boat ride and be right next to the beautiful and roaring Niagara Falls! Along with this Wonder of the world come and see other major attractions that Niagara Falls has to offer and learn about it's rich history as well in our Discovery American 4 hour Tour package.The Niagara legends of adventure movie replaces the Maid of Mist boat ride attraction during off seasons.(November-May) Buz Boat Ride close in winter and open in May.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Niagara Falls American Side Highlights Tour

Niagara Falls American Side Highlights Tour

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Get as close as possible to Niagara Falls on this guided escape to one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders and the surrounding Niagara Falls, USA region. Feel the powerful rush of 150,000 gallons of water per second from the Prospect Point Observation Tower, overlooking the American falls. Take a journey to the edge of the rushing water—by boat on the Maid of the Mist and by land on the Cave of the Winds tours—plus much more. Local hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Cave of the Winds Express Pass and One-Hour Walking Tour

Cave of the Winds Express Pass and One-Hour Walking Tour

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Get an insider’s look around Niagara Falls State Park during a 1-hour guided tour. Set at a leisurely pace, the short but immersive tour is the perfect option for all ages and attention spans. Skip the line and enjoy included admission to the Cave of the Winds. Learn about the history of the area and stop for photos of Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and more.
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  • 2 hours
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Classic All American Tour of Niagara Falls

Classic All American Tour of Niagara Falls

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Get as close as possible to Niagara Falls on this guided escape to one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders and the surrounding Niagara Falls, New York, USA region. Feel the powerful rush of 150,000 gallons of water per second from the NYS Observation Tower, overlooking the American Falls. Take a journey to the edge of the rushing water by boat on the Maid of the Mist and by descending 175ft (53m) below to the Cave of Winds.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Afternoon Tour Niagara Falls USA Maid Of Mist And Cave Of Wind

Afternoon Tour Niagara Falls USA Maid Of Mist And Cave Of Wind

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Experience the top sights of Niagara Falls on a half-day tour. Your comprehensive itinerary includes provided transportation to each point of interest. Relax and listen to live on-board commentary from your guide.  Enjoy complimentary entrance to all attractions, along with a free ride on the Maid of the Mist. Stop at ideal lookout points, including the American Observation Tower, to take the perfect photos of the falls.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Niagara Falls All-American Tour (Small Group max 6)

Niagara Falls All-American Tour (Small Group max 6)

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Discover the power of Niagara Falls from an array of different viewpoints on a tour that includes a boat ride to the base of the falls and multiple overlooks. The tour covers all the logistics and includes ample time for photos and observing the falls from each viewpoint. Plus, the tour is limited to only 6 participants, so you can maximize your time and avoid waiting on other tourists.
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Discovery Niagara Falls USA Side Sightseeing Tour And Boat Ride

Discovery Niagara Falls USA Side Sightseeing Tour And Boat Ride

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Experience the grandeur of Niagara Falls as well as the interesting history of the area on this handy tour package. Get right up next to the Falls on the Maid of the Mist boat tour, where you can expect to get a little wet and have a lot of fun. Visit a wide range of other Niagara Falls attractions in a single day, to see the full range of natural beauty on display here.
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Niagara Falls Winter Wonderland American Tour

Niagara Falls Winter Wonderland American Tour

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The natural wonders of Niagara Falls are even more magical in the winter months, surrounded by icy glaciers and snow-covered landscapes. On this seasonal tour, wrap up warm and set out to explore the American side of the falls, including Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, the Niagara Falls Observation Deck, and the Robert Moses Power Plant.
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VIP Private Niagara Falls USA Side Tour With Maid OF Mist Boat

VIP Private Niagara Falls USA Side Tour With Maid OF Mist Boat

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Get a fully customized tour of Niagara Falls just for you and your party. With a private guide dedicated just to you and your party, travel in a comfortable private vehicle and get commentary tailored to your interests. You can work together with your guide to decide an itinerary focused on . your desires, then spend the next four hours visiting places around town that interest you.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Niagara Falls in One Day: Winter Wonderland Tour of Canadian and American Sides

Niagara Falls in One Day: Winter Wonderland Tour of Canadian and American Sides

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Come see Niagara Falls in a Winter Wonderland! On this deluxe 6-hour tour, visit top Niagara Falls attractions on both the Ontario side and the New York side. Take an adventure through the 'Journey behind the Falls', view the falls from atop Skylon Tower, feel the falls’ thunder at the Cave of the Winds - Winter Experience and much more. All attraction fees, admission fees, hotel transfers and road tolls are included!
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Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds and History Tour!!!

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Many people choose to visit Niagara Falls on their own, and Many prefer a guided tour. This is the Best of both Worlds. You start with a One-Hour Guided tour that teaches you what you need to know, but doesn't restrict you to stay with a group all day. Visit all of the sights at your own leisure and do so at an amazing price.
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Discovery Niagara Falls American and Canadian Combo Tour & Boat Ride

Discovery Niagara Falls American and Canadian Combo Tour & Boat Ride

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Cross borders and explore the best of the American and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls during this full-day tour. Take a ride on the famous Maid of the Mist boat for an up-close view of the falls, visit the Cave of the Winds, take in the views from the Skylon Tower, visit Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls, and much more.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Customized Private

Customized Private "Step-On" Tour

This Tour is fully Customizable. You will get a personal trip planner that will help you design exactly what you want to do and your tour will be designed accordingly. A great advantage of this tour is you are paying per vehicle up to 14 passengers(Additional fee beyond 14). On the day of the tour you will pick up your guide and off you go on your adventure. (Keep in mind you do need 1 open seat for your tour guide).
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  • 4 to 10 hours
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Guided Tour Niagara Falls America Side Boat Ride And Cave Of Wind

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Ride aboard the World Famous Maid of the Mist Boat ride and be right next to the beautiful and roaring Niagara Falls! Along with this Wonder of the world come and see other major attractions that Niagara Falls has to offer and learn about it's rich history as well in our Discovery American 4 hour Tour package.
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Niagara Falls, New York Day & Night Tour plus Dinner - Private Safe Tour

Niagara Falls, New York Day & Night Tour plus Dinner - Private Safe Tour

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This tour highlights the top things to do in Niagara Falls USA from daytime to evening . By daylight, you’ll have a chance to ride on the iconic Maid of the Mist and visit the exciting Cave of the Winds. You’ll also learn about the interesting history of the area while visiting Goat Island and the Whirlpool State Park. In the evening, you’ll enjoy dinner at Anchor bar restaurant, followed by the best viewpoint for the illuminated falls and the fireworks show. Highlights: - Boat ride on the iconic Maid of the Mist - Venture to the "hurricane deck" at Cave of the Winds - Fireworks and illumination light show - Dinner at Anchor Bar - home of the original buffalo wing! - Incredible views of Niagara Whirlpool from Whirlpool State Park
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Epic Full Day Tour of Niagara Falls USA & Canada plus Lunch - Private Safe Tour

Epic Full Day Tour of Niagara Falls USA & Canada plus Lunch - Private Safe Tour

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Experience the best of Niagara Falls in one day on an 8-hour small-group tour. Provided transportation allows you to experience important sights on both the Canada and USA sides of the falls. Highlights include a Hornblower cruise (April - December), visit the Cave of the Winds, and the spectacular view from the top of the American Observation Tower. In between attractions, enjoy a buffet lunch at Sheraton on the Falls.
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Small Group Niagara Falls American & Canadian Side ComboTour and Boat Ride

Small Group Niagara Falls American & Canadian Side ComboTour and Boat Ride

Most travelers have to chose between either the American or Canadian Falls Tour but never both as there is just so much to do that it seems impossible to do both tours but now you can have the best of both countries with our amazing Discovery Combo American and Canadian Tour.
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Niagara Falls, New York Day & Night Tour plus Dinner - Private Safe Tour

Niagara Falls, New York Day & Night Tour plus Dinner - Private Safe Tour

This fully guided 7-hour tour of Niagara Falls, NY is perfect for families with children. The tour covers all the highlights of the Falls and includes admission to the Maid of the Mist and the Cave of the Winds. Tour narration features an emphasis on storytelling and entertainment. Tour includes: - A trip aboard the Maid of the Mist to get up close and personal with the Falls - Stop at the American Observation Tower - Tour of the Cave of the Winds - Dinner at Top of the Falls Restaurant - Watching illumination lights & Fireworks -Visit Goat Island where you'll take in amazing views of Horseshoe Falls, American Falls & Bridal Veil Falls - Small, intimate group tour that consists of approximately 6 people - Pick up and drop off at any location in Niagara Falls, NY - An energetic tour guide that can answer almost any question you have about the Majestic Falls and surrounding area
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Best of Niagara Falls, USA Tour + Helicopter Ride and Lunch - Private Safe Tour

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This fully guided 6-hour tour of Niagara Falls, NY is perfect for families with children. The tour covers all the highlights of the Falls and includes admission to the Maid of the Mist and the Cave of the Winds. Tour narration features an emphasis on storytelling and entertainment. Tour includes: - Trip aboard the Maid of the Mist to get up close and personal with the Falls - Stop at the American Observation Tower. - Tour of the Cave of the Winds - Helicopter Ride over the Falls - Lunch at Top of the Falls Restaurant - Visit Goat Island where you'll take in amazing views of Horseshoe Falls, American Falls & Bridal Veil Falls - Small, intimate group tour that consists of approximately 6 people - Pick up and drop off at any location in downtown Niagara Falls, NY - An energetic tour guide that can answer almost any question you have about the Majestic Falls and surrounding area
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  • 6 hours
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Shared Wonder Tour

Shared Wonder Tour

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Combine two tours into one to get a comprehensive experience of Niagara Falls in a single day, or choose to spread it out into two days. The Maid in America tour includes exploring the falls through adventurous means such as admission to the Observation Tower and a ride on the Maid of the Mist. The Evening Illumination tour is focused on relaxation and taking in sights of the falls lit up for the night.
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  • 4 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Niagara Falls Sightseeing Tour with Lunch or Dinner

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Niagara Falls Sightseeing Tour with Lunch or Dinner

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Get as close as possible to Niagara Falls on this private, half-day escape to one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders and the surrounding Niagara Falls, USA region. Take a thrilling journey to the edge of the falls on the iconic Maid of the Mist boat ride. Visit the famous Floral Clock, one of the largest in the world and learn about the nearby Thousand Islands, the Whirlpool Rapids, the Botanical Gardens and much more. Enjoy lunch or dinner at Hard Rock Café Niagara Falls USA. Local hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 4 hours
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What are Cave of the Winds hours of operation?
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Cave of the Winds hours of operation: Varies by season. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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