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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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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
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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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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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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

Top activities in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
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Niagara Falls American Side Highlights Tour
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Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
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All Attractions Niagara Falls USA Tour Boat Ride and Cave Of Winds
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Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
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Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
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Niagara Falls American Tour Maid Of Mist Boat And More
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Best of Niagara Falls, USA Tour + Helicopter Ride
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Niagara Falls, New York Day & Night Tour plus Dinner
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Niagara Falls All-American Tour (Small Group max 6)
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Niagara Falls Canada Tour from Niagara USA
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Discovery Niagara Falls USA Tour with Boat & Cave of winds
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Recent reviews from experiences in Niagara Falls

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The maid by mist boat...
Meydar_S, May 2022
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Marty is a fun guide and shares many interesting story of Niagara Falls.
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Great tour!!
Nancy_L, Apr 2022
Niagara's Fall/Winter Wonderland All-American Tour "Small Group"
We learned so much history about Niagara Falls and our guide was not only informative but very personable!
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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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Great tour to learn about the Niagara Falls!
Leslie_G, Apr 2022
The Cave of the Winds USA Adventure Tour
Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable, friendly and went out of his way to show us other places along the Niagara Falls even after the Cave of Winds.
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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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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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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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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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Get Eduardo as guide
Gulnara_A, Sep 2021
Niagara Falls All American Illumination Tour
It took 5 hours and we saw Niagara Falls from every angle as possible
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Great tour!
Grace_R, Sep 2021
Niagara Falls All-American Tour (Small Group max 6)
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
Maid of the Mist Thrill of Niagara with Walking Tour with Guide
Our Family had a blast and is recommend this adventure to anyone who travels to Niagara Falls😁😁😁
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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.

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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