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Whirlpool State Park
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.
 
The Basics
Situated on the grassy, wooded area beside Niagara Gorge, the whirlpool is a natural formation downstream from Niagara Falls. It was created by the enormous volume of water passing through. A public learning center encourages visitors to find out more about the park and its natural features.
 
Visitors on day tours to the US side of Niagara Falls often make a quick stop at Whirlpool State Park. Scenic helicopter tours are also available, from which you can see the park and the whirlpool from above. Visit independently if you want to spend a bit more time in the park. Pack a picnic and hit the trails, or just relax.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • While the park is open year-round, the restrooms are only operational between mid-April and late October.
  • The park’s natural history room is open daily from May to September, and only during weekends the rest of the year.
  • The park is to the south of the 42-acre (17-hectare) Devil’s Hole State Park, which also overlooks the Niagara Gorge. It’s worth combining a trip to the two parks for a leisurely day out in nature.
 
How to Get There
Aside from organized bus tours, the Discover Niagara Shuttle is a convenient way to visit Whirlpool State Park, on the US side of the Niagara Gorge, near Lewiston. Park your car and explore the Niagara region on this hop-on hop-off shuttle, which connects 15 sites along a 14-mile (22.5-kilometer) route.
 
When to Get There
The park is at its best during summer and fall, when the weather is fine and the greenery and foliage are at their most colorful. Fishing is best during fall and winter, but winters here are cold and snowy, so dress appropriately. The park is open from dawn till dusk throughout the year.
 
African-American History at Lewiston
Lewiston, near Whirlpool State Park, is a small town with an interesting history. The Freedom Crossing Monument honors Lewiston’s place on the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes across the US that runaway slaves used to escape to Canada in the 19th century. As Lewiston is within sight of Canada, many slaves passed through here on their way to freedom.
Address: Robert Moses State Parkway, Niagara Falls, New York 14303, USA
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Day Cruises

Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride

Get to know the best of Niagara Falls, Canada on this 4- to 5-hour tour. Visit some of the area’s top attractions, like the incredible view from the top of the Skylon Tower and the thrilling Journey Behind the Falls excursion. Then get front and center with the water on an exciting Maid of the Mist cruise, Canada’s most iconic visitor experience, to see Niagara Falls up close and personal. Hotel pickup and drop-off at the Niagara Falls Welcome Center included.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Niagara Falls American Side Highlights Tour

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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Helicopter Tours

Niagara Falls Helicopter Tour

Experience Niagara Falls like never before, from an entirely new perspective, on this scenic 10-minute helicopter journey. Enjoy the incredible sight of the American, Bridal Veil and Canadian Horseshoe Falls from high above, along with a spectacular view of the many landmarks along the way, like the Niagara River and Whirlpool Rapids. Each passenger receives an individual headset that provides interesting and educational commentary about the falls during the flight. The view is unforgettable, but bring a camera to capture the moment.
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Bus & Minivan Tours

Maid in America Tour of Niagara Falls: USA side with Maid in the Mist Ride

Experience America’s most iconic waterfalls up close on a 4-hour tour that includes a scenic boat trip to the base of the falls. Feel the spray from Horseshoe Falls as you stand on the deck of the Maid of the Mist, and watch the surging water disappear beneath your boat. Capture classic images of Niagara from the Crow’s Nest observation deck, then go deep into the Cave of the Winds to see Bridal Veil Falls from the legendary Hurricane Deck—waterproof poncho included!
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Cultural Tours

Maid in America Tour of Niagara Falls, USA from Buffalo, NY

Make your trip to Niagara Falls (American side) easy with round-trip transportation from Buffalo, New York. Travel aboard a comfortable tour bus and enjoy the scenery on the way there and back. While in Niagara, make the most of your time there by traveling with a guide, who will provide navigation and in-depth commentary.
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Cultural Tours

Niagara Falls Canada Tour from Niagara USA

See the wilder, less-developed aspect of Niagara Falls with a 4-hour tour to the Canadian side of the border with pick up at New York hotels. Ride the Hornblower boat to the base of Horseshoe Falls, and feel the river’s massive power and cooling mist. Capture panoramic images from the 775-foot (236-meter) Skylon Tower, then listen to stories about the daredevils and adventurers who have taken on the falls in barrels and boats. Explore the Niagara’s scenic escarpment, power plants, rapids and vast whirlpool before returning to New York.
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Nature & Wildlife

Buffalo to Niagara Falls NY Tours and Boat

Explore Niagara Falls in a day without having to worry about planning transport. With pickup from your hotel, ride in comfort and visit all of the key viewing areas, including Goat Island. Take a boat cruise aboard the Maid of the Mist and enjoy unobstructed views of the falls from atop the Prospect Point Observation Tower. A visit to the oldest state park in the United States is also included.
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Jet Boats & Speed Boats

Niagara White-Water Jet Boat Tour

Take a ride on the wild side with a thrilling 45-60 minute jet boat tour down the Niagara River. Adventure seekers will revel in this ride through the river’s whitewater rapids, a must-have experience for those who love whitewater jet boats and the excitement they offer. Choose a seat in the enclosed main cabin (dry seating) or get really close to the water on the Wet Jet deck as the boat rumbles over and through Class 5 and 6 rapids. A safety orientation, led by a Coast Guard–certified captain, precedes the tour.
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Cultural Tours

Discovery American Niagara Falls Tour And Boat Ride

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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Bus & Minivan Tours

Niagara USA side Evening Illumination Tour and Boat

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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Cultural Tours

Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto including Hornblower Boat Tour

Skip the hassle of planning and let a guide navigate for you on a full-day tour of Niagara Falls from Toronto. In addition to providing commentary on board, your guide reveals the best the region has to offer, from a Niagara-on-the-Lake wine tasting to a Hornblower cruise for a close-up view of the Falls. Unlike most day tours with rigid schedules, enjoy free time to explore at your own pace.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Niagara Falls Sightseeing from US Side

Customize a Niagara Falls sightseeing experience on this private, guided tour of the area’s main attractions and landmarks. Hop in a vehicle of choice — a luxury sedan, van or SUV — and get ready to experience everything the Niagara Falls area has to offer, from Niagara Falls State Park to Niagara-on-the-Lake and everything in between. Let a knowledgeable guide lead the way to all the must-see attractions. Pick-up and drop-off in Niagara Falls USA only.
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Niagara Falls USA Private Custom Tour

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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Multi-day Tours

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2-day Niagara Falls and Cave of the Winds tour

During this two day trip from Boston, you’ll explore the Niagara Falls and the Thousand Islands through a series of actives including Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, Old Fort Niagara, Niagara Falls Illumination, Whirlpool National Park and a Niagara Jet Adventure cruise!
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Nature & Wildlife

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2 Day Tour Niagara Falls + Thousand Island (From Boston)(BNT2)

1. Visit Niagara Falls and 1000 Island within the shortest time.2. Take the 1000 Island Cruise to enjoy the romantic 1000 Islands!3. Get closer to Niagara Falls by taking the Maid of Mist!4. In-Depth tour of Niagara River: Whirlpool Park, Old Fort Niagara and Great Lake Ontario. Promotional informationBuy 2 get 1 free
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