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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 10 attractions in Niagara Falls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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

Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride Option
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Recent reviews from experiences in Niagara Falls

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Amazing Niagara Falls day tour with Nick
Liz_P, Sep 2022
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
My husband I spent a day with “Team Nick” on an Over the Falls tour.
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Get ready to have a blast and get WETTTTT!
Michelle_R, Sep 2022
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
If you are in Niagara Falls, you absolutely must do this tour!
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Falling Into View
Carol_F, Sep 2022
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
The majestic beauty of the Niagara Falls - both the American and Canadian sides.
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Informative and fun
Laura_D, Sep 2022
Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride Option
Learned a lot about Niagara Falls that I never knew before.
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It was a first time visit...
Charles_S, Sep 2022
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
It was a first time visit for the kids to Niagara Falls.
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We are Very impressed and...
Channin_B, Aug 2022
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
We are Very impressed and amazed with all the different things we were able to experience about Niagara Falls, breath taking sites
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"Loved"
Beverly_C, Aug 2022
Niagara Falls USA Open Jet Boat Tour
Enjoyed the experience, had a good time, weather was beautiful, the tour boat guide Zach was very funny helpful and knowledgeable of Niagara Falls
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Wonderful Experience
Andrea_D, Aug 2022
All-Inclusive Niagara Falls USA Tour with Boat Ride
Uncle Moe was a great tour guide and he really knows the history of Niagara Falls.
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Zack Pack group!
Marilyn_M, Aug 2022
Maid of the Mist Adventure Tour & Cave of the Winds Express-Pass Combo
Our tour guide Zak Pack was so informative about Niagara Falls and the dare devils that crossed the water!
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Must take this tour as part of Niagara Falls visit
Ruth_J, Aug 2022
Maid of the Mist Boat Ride with Adventure Tour
Love the US side of Niagara Falls and boat ride best way to see all of the falls without going into Canada.
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Brett for Mayor
Bree_M, Aug 2022
Morning American Tour with Maid of the Mist ticket- Best selling Tour
We loved listening to his knowledge of the history of Niagara Falls and the surrounding areas.
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Majestic
Diane_V, Aug 2022
Maid of the Mist Adventure Tour & Cave of the Winds Express-Pass Combo
I've seen Niagara Falls in pictures and movies, never really cared if I saw them in person.
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Amazing experience
Vera_T, Aug 2022
Best of Niagara Falls, USA, Cave of the Winds
We had a best two days on Niagara Falls.
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Our Tour Guide, David, was terrific!
Susan_W, Sep 2022
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
The beauty and history of Niagara Falls and the way it was explained by our tour guide.
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Niagara Falls Tour with Mickie
Justin_B, Aug 2022
Best of Niagara Falls, USA, Cave of the Winds
She gave excellent insight to the history of Niagara Falls.
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Ed was a great tour...
Christina_O, Aug 2022
Niagara Falls Classic All American Tour with Boat and Cave
We experienced Niagara Falls themselves but also was able to see the whirlpool park and a delicious bakery.
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Niagara Falls I tour
Ronnie_G, Aug 2022
Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride Option
Gave us much information on the history of 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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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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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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