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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 9 attractions 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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Since 1996 Hard Rock Café in Niagara Falls has been a destination for travelers who want to relax, unwind and let loose after a day exploring the incredible landscapes of this true travelers paradise. Located just minutes from the falls, this iconic restaurant offers up a classic menu of American fare in a setting that’s a real nod to pop culture. Enjoy burgers, milkshakes and fries surrounded by music memorabilia, including instruments, clothing, gold records and other items from top entertainment icons.Hard Rock Café is more than just a popular eatery—traveler can catch performances of local and national stars on the restaurant’s stage many nights of the week. Just check their calendar for a listing of events and get ready to enjoy an evening of live entertainment after a day outside.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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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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This 314-seat theater offers a larger-than-life experience to travelers visiting Niagara Falls. Its 45-foot-tall screen brings the thundering waters of this epic destination inside and creates the sense of being surrounded by the falls (in climate-controlled comfort).More than 14 million people have watched this 30-minute film, which showcases the beauty of the falls and describes its history—including the men and women who’ve attempted to cross it or go over it throughout the years. Gain a deeper understanding of what makes this international destination so unique before heading out into the open and getting an up close look in real life.More

Top activities in Niagara Falls

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

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Nice trip on the niagara falls River
Rosendo_M, Nov 2021
Niagara Falls USA Open Jet Boat Tour
I like this trip was worth the money on the niagara falls River I was happy I definitely recommend was worth it.
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Jimmy is the best
Maylen_G, Nov 2021
Best of Niagara Falls, USA, Cave of the Winds
We had a really nice time with Jimmy he explained us every little detail and history about the Niagara Falls, the Goat Island, Withpool , everything we love it , i recommended him, Jimmy is rhe best 😊
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Niagara Falls
Yosvany_G, Nov 2021
Niagara Falls American Tour Maid Of Mist Boat And More
Have a guide who explained the history to us Off the Niagara Falls.
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Niagara Falls Tour
Nicole_G, Oct 2021
All-Inclusive Niagara Falls USA Tour with Boat Ride
Dale was wonderful myself and my husband visited Niagara Falls from Baltimore.
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Love every minutes of niagara falls
thuy_n, Oct 2021
All-Inclusive Niagara Falls USA Tour with Boat Ride
I traveled with my family and friends to new york and decided to rent a car and drove to Niagara Falls.
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Bucket list event
Randy_T, Oct 2021
Private Tour: Niagara Falls Sightseeing from US Side
We received a guided tour of Niagara Falls.
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Dale was our tour guide...
Colleen_W, Oct 2021
All Niagara Falls USA Tour And Maid of Mist Boat Ride
He gave a lot of history of Niagara Falls.
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Beautiful Niagara Falls Tour
Jay_S, Oct 2021
Niagara Falls American Side Highlights Tour
Our first trip to Niagara Falls on a beautiful autumn day.
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This was the most awesome...
Roger_P, Oct 2021
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
This was the most awesome trip that I have ever been on, the thrill of a lifetime, anyone that goes to Niagara Falls this boat is a must
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Great experience Maid of the Mist/Cave of the Wind!!
Paula_C, Oct 2021
Niagara Falls American Side Highlights Tour
The Cave of the Wind and the Maid of the Mist was definitely such a HIGHLIGHT of our trip to Niagara Falls and the East Coast!!
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Tom was a gray tour guide...
kathy_G, Oct 2021
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Tom was a gray tour guide I would recommend this to anyone who had a short amount of time to spend in Niagara Falls.
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Love our honeymoon!
Toni_S, Sep 2021
All Niagara Falls USA Tour And Maid of Mist Boat Ride
If your in Niagara Falls for sure book with these guys!!!
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Great tour!
Grace_R, Sep 2021
Niagara Falls All-American Tour (Small Group max 11)
He was very knowledgeable about the area and history of the Niagara falls.
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Awesome time had by all
Tanya_T, Aug 2021
Niagara Falls USA Open Jet Boat Tour
Definitely a mist do when visiting Niagara falls.
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Peter
Samantha_S, Aug 2021
Niagara's Fall/Winter Wonderland All-American Tour "Small Group"
He gave us a lot of information on the history of Niagara Falls, made us laugh more than a few times, and was very friendly...
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Family Fun For Everyone!!!
Gregory_K, Aug 2021
Cave of the Winds Gorge Walk Experience
Our Family had a blast and is recommend this adventure to anyone who travels to Niagara Falls😁😁😁
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Awesome
Donald_W, Jul 2021
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Randy was phenomenal if I ever go back on excursion I would like for him to be our guide very informative and it was very educational learned a lot about the Niagara Falls!
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My friend and I had a wonderful experience with the guide and the Maid of the Mist boat ride!
Lynn, Aug 2021
Cave of the Winds Gorge Walk Experience
The close up experience with the Falls and our guides informative and enriching history and stories of Niagara Falls.
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Niagara Falls Tours
Ariel_R, Aug 2021
Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
It was my 1st time visiting Niagara Falls and all I have to say are positive comments.
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Best excursion ever taken!!
Anonymous, Sep 2021
Niagara Falls American Side Highlights Tour
He was very entertaining, informative, and was very knowledgeable in the history of Niagara Falls!

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.

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